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Strawberry Lemon Pop Tarts



 Sweet and tangy toaster pastry with scratch-made strawberry lemon filling, buttery flaky crust with a yummy lemony frosting and sprinkles.
This recipe was requested by my niece. She's been staying over at my house and she wanted strawberry pop tarts so I decided to make her something freshly baked and delicious.
I wanted to make strawberries since they are so sweet right now and they are my niece and nephews favorite fruit right now. I haven't seen a pop tart with these flavor combos before with the sweetness of the strawberries and tartiness from.
A little note, the strawberry lemon filling is great on its own, I normally don't like jam or jelly. But I really liked this and so did my family.
To cut these, you can use a rectangle cookie cutter. I used a mini hand pie or pocket pie mold to cut them out into the famous shape.

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Strawberry Lemon Pop Tarts

Time
Prep: 30 minutes
Chilling: 2 to 3 hours
Baking: 12 to 15 minutes

Yields: 8 to 10 Pop Tarts

Ingredients

Strawberry Lemon Filling
3 cups Fresh Strawberries, cleaned and chopped
3/4 cups Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest, 2 to 3 lemons
1/3 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Cornstarch, can use Tapioca Starch
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
Colorful sprinkles, for topping

Pastry Crust
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) Frozen Unsalted Butter
4 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour plus 1/4 cup for dusting
1/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt 
8 to 9 tablespoons Milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Lemon Frosting
6 to 7 Tablespoons Lemon Juice or Milk, I used both
2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt

1. For filling: In a medium sauce pan, bring together strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, salt and corn starch. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to a low boil until its broken down and jam consistence, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir constantly and mash with a potato masher. Remove from heat and let cool completely before transferring to a container.
2.  For crust: In a large bowl, grate frozen butter into flour, sugar and salt. Toss the butter into the flour. Beat together egg, vanilla extract and milk together. Gradually add milk-egg mixture until the dough is slightly sticky and floury. Divide dough into two and lightly flour. 
3. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or chill overnight.
4. Once the dough has firm, flour clean counter and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut pie crust into 3 by 4 rectangles. Scoop on 1 1/2 tablespoons worth of filling onto one side of the pie crust. Press the side with your fingers then fork along the sides to seal. Place on a parchment paper cover cookie sheet.
5. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and press pop tarts. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
7. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wired rack to cool completely. Whisk together lemon frosting until thick. Smooth frosting over cooled pop tarts, sprinkle colorful sprinkles over wet icing and let set for 30 minutes. Store in a cool place.
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Comments

  1. OMG this looks delicious. I freaking love poptarts but always get flack because they are a shitstorm of artificial ingredients. This makes for a great sleepover treat.

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  2. OMG those cute sprinkles make this extra adorable! I bet my kids will gobble these up!

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  3. Oh my gosh, staaaaahp it with those adorably delicious looking treats. This is an absolute must try for me. Combining so many of my favourite things :D

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  4. Perfect idea for berry season. Nothing like a homemade pop tart or hot pocket to enjoy anytime. Love the festive sprinkles too.

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  5. This will be a big hit with the kids. Very attractive, well made.

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  6. wow this look so amazing. I can't wait to make this soon!

    Kasey
    TheStyleWright.com

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  7. Yummy! This is the perfect snack for summer!

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  8. Wow! It looks yummy and very delicious. Loved the twist you've done with this recipe, especially the strawberry thing. Would definitely make this for the family.

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  9. These pop tarts look fabulous. I love the combination of strawberries and lemon. Can't wait to try them out! :)

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  10. So here's one of my secrets. Pop Tarts are one of my most guilty pleasures. I totally can't eat wheat anymore due to a horrible skin reaction. But I used to love, love LOVE Pop Tarts - more than I should have. I've never seen a recipe to make your own. So I"m going to try these with gluten-free flour and see if they hold up. They look delicious.

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  11. These look and sound amazing. I'm kind of tempted to swap out the strawberries for cherries , but regardless, I'm definitely making these next weekend for Sunday breakfast!

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  12. Oh my gosh these sounds AMAZING! Perfect to bring to a party and I have always LOVED pop tarts!

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  13. I love the look of these! The cutest sprinkles on top too! Yum

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  14. My girls would love to try this recipe. Love your pictures too! Those look way better than the store bought ones.

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  15. These look so fun! ❤️ My kiddos love pop tarts but I don’t buy them that often due to all the sugar. I love the idea of making your own and knowing what ingredients goes into them.

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  16. I haven't had pop tarts in FOREVER. This is something my boys would love.

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  17. These look so delicious, and something that my kids would love, I will definitely have to try this recipe for them, thanks for sharing!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

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  18. Oh, I am looking forward to making these with my daughter. She loves poptarts!!

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  19. These look better than the originals. Ha! I love that you added the lemon flavor for an extra kick. I have to try this recipe.

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  20. Oh my gosh, these take me back to my school days!!! :)

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  21. Oh man, I miss poptarts so much. I used to LOVE them as a kid. These look so yummy and sound way healthier than the store bought ones!

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  22. Such a fun recipe idea! Would love to try making these at home!

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  23. yum! I love poptarts, but never made my own before!! I love the strawberry/lemon mix!

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  24. I love strawberry poptart, but the lemon must make it amazing.

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  25. Strawberry and Lemon together any day are the best treat for my taste buds. Love it!

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  26. These came out so cute and the strawberry-lemon combo sounds amazing. Totally speaking to the child in me with those colorful sprinkles.

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  27. I love this flavor combo! These will be perfect to make for the back to school in Aug!

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  28. These look amazing! I've made some using store bought pic crust, but I've never made them from scratch. Yours sound delicious.

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  29. my oldest immediately said we need to make them

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  30. Those looks so good. Love the colorful decoration too.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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  31. Looks so fun to make with kids, and the best thing is by using the fresh strawberry will make it more delicious!

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  32. These look awesome. I have done something similar with puff pastry but they were very greasy. Regular pastry would be so much better. Now I can bribe my gardener son to do my weeding with something really yummy.

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  33. Wow! This looks so delicious and I think since you're making it yourself, you know exactly what's going into it. I get a bit worried sometimes when I buy pastries and I don't know what additives they've put into it!

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  34. These look so yummy! I have always wanted to make homemade poptarts! Especially with lemon. Ugh that's my favorite!

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  35. This is the best suggestion your niece could have made!!! I've loved strawberry pop tarts since I was a kid! And I love the fact that these are homemade!!! Man, I would love to try these for myself! I'm pretty sure they taste better than the store bought version!

    www.officiallychic.com

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