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Looking for a quick and delightful sweet treat? Whip up some homemade Toaster Pastries! Using convenient refrigerated pie crusts and filled with your choice of jam or Nutella, these pastries are incredibly easy to create. This recipe makes six charming pastries, perfect for a cozy breakfast or a playful snack.

Searching for creative small batch breakfast ideas? Try our delicious Cinnamon Rolls made with easy refrigerator dough, delightful Apple Cider Donuts, and scrumptious Strawberry Scones. Each recipe brings unique, tasty flavors to your breakfast table, perfect for a sweet start to the day!

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Why You’ll Love This Toaster Pastries Recipe

  • Simple: Uses ready-made refrigerated pie crusts.
  • Versatile: Can be filled with jam, Nutella, or your favorite spread.
  • Quick: Have fresh, warm pastries in no time.
  • Small batch: Perfect for treating yourself or sharing with a loved one.

Understanding Toaster Pastries: The Pop-Tart Story

Toaster pastries, popularly known as Pop-Tarts, are a staple in American households. These pre-baked, convenient treats consist of a thin pastry shell filled with sweet ingredients, ranging from fruit preserves to spreads like Nutella. Introduced by Kellogg’s in 1964 as a quick breakfast option, Pop-Tarts are typically toasted and served warm. Over the years, these beloved toaster pastries have evolved, becoming a favorite treat enjoyed in various forms around the world.

A stack of four homemade toaster pastries on a plate next to a glass of milk.

Ingredients

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  • Refrigerated pie crusts: I use 2 refrigerated pie crusts (most packages come with two inside). This will yield 6 toaster pastries. In the UK, you can substitute with shortcrust pastry, readily available in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets.
  • All-purpose flour: For dusting the cutting board so the pie crust dough doesn’t stick to it.
  • Egg: 1 egg is used for the egg wash. An egg wash is a mixture of egg and water brushed on pastries to give them a shiny, golden finish.
  • Filling: Feel free to get creative! Besides jam and Nutella, try lemon curd or even a savory cheese spread. If you’ve got leftover jam, consider using it to make a small batch of Thumbprint Cookies.
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How To Make Homemade Toaster Pastries

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make a small batch of toaster pastries. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

A homemade pop tart cut in half with jam filling next to a glass of milk.
  1. Prepare Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll Out Pastry: On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie pastry into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle. Trim any uneven edges with a sharp knife.
Refrigerator dough rolled out with rolling pin on large cutting board.
  1. Cut Pastry: Divide the large rectangle into six smaller rectangles.
  2. Arrange Pastry: Transfer the rectangles to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Cutting the refrigerator dough into six rectangles to make the bottom layer of homemade toaster pastries.
  1. Apply Egg Wash: Brush each rectangle with an egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water).
Brushing the dough with an egg wash.
  1. Add Filling: Place 1 tablespoon of your chosen filling in a thin line down the center of each rectangle.
Spooning the filling of jam and nutella onto the dough.
  1. Prepare Top Layer: Roll out the second disc of pie pastry and cut six rectangles.
Rolled out and cut the dough into six rectangles for the top of the pastries.
  1. Cover Pastries: Place these new rectangles over the filled ones.
Place the top of the dough on top of the filling to make pastries.
  1. Seal Edges: Press the edges together with a fork to seal.
Sealing the dough with a fork on each toaster pastry.
  1. Top With Egg Wash: Brush the tops of the pastries with more egg wash.
Brushing the tops of the toaster pastries with an egg wash before baking.
  1. Vent Pastries: Prick the top of each pastry several times with a fork.
Poking the tops of the toaster pastries with a fork before baking.
  1. Bake: Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Cool: Let the pastries cool on a wire rack.
Six homemade toaster pastries on parchment paper on a cooling rack.
  1. Finish: Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with frosting before serving.
Adding a glaze zig-zag to homemade toaster pastries.

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Expert Tips

  • Roll Evenly: When rolling out your pastry, aim for an even thickness to ensure uniform baking. Uneven pastries can lead to some parts being undercooked or overcooked.
  • Seal Thoroughly: Use a fork to crimp and seal the edges of your pastries well to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking. This also gives the pastries a classic, decorative edge.
  • Keep Fillings Centered: Place the filling right in the center of each rectangle and leave ample border around the edges for sealing. Overfilling can cause the pastries to burst open while baking.
  • Vent the Pastries: Prick the top of each pastry several times with a fork to create vents. This allows steam to escape and prevents the pastries from puffing up too much and splitting.
  • Glaze After Baking: If using a glaze or frosting, wait until the pastries are completely cooled. This keeps the topping from melting off and ensures a smooth, even coating.

Serving Suggestions

These homemade toaster pastries are delicious as is, straight out of the toaster. For a fancier treat, serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

A close up of a homemade toaster pastry with a sugar glaze.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store homemade toaster pastries?

Store the toaster pastries in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for a week. Just pop them into the toaster when you’re ready.

Can I freeze homemade toaster pastries?

Yes, you can freeze toaster pastries. After baking, let them cool completely, then place them on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pastries to a freezer-safe container or bag, arranging them in a single layer. When you’re ready to enjoy one, simply warm it in a toaster oven until heated through. You can frost them after warming if you like.

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Small Batch Toaster Pastries

5 from 10 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 pastries
If you love pop-tarts, you'll love these homemade Toaster Pastries! Easily made with refrigerated pie crust, filled with Nutella or your favorite jam and baked in the oven. Just like the toaster pastries you can buy at the grocery, only better!

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour (for dusting the cutting board)
  • 1 large egg -beaten and whisked with 1 tablespoon of water to create an egg wash.
  • 6 tablespoons jam or Nutella

For the frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C; Gas Mark 5)
  • Prepare Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll Out Pastry: On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie pastry into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle. Trim any uneven edges with a sharp knife.
  • Cut Pastry: Divide the large rectangle into six smaller rectangles.
  • Arrange Pastry: Transfer the rectangles to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Apply Egg Wash: Brush each rectangle with an egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water).
  • Add Filling: Place 1 tablespoon of your chosen filling in a thin line down the center of each rectangle.
  • Prepare Top Layer: Roll out the second disc of pie pastry and cut six rectangles.
  • Cover Pastries: Place these new rectangles over the filled ones.
  • Seal Edges: Press the edges together with a fork to seal.
  • Top With Egg Wash: Brush the tops of the pastries with more egg wash.
  • Vent Pastries: Prick the top of each pastry several times with a fork.
  • Bake: Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool: Let the pastries cool on a wire rack.
  • Make the Frosting: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cream until smooth. The glaze should have enough liquid in it to drizzle onto the pastries. If necessary, add a little more cream until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Finish: Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with frosting before serving.

Notes

Roll Evenly: When rolling out your pastry, aim for an even thickness to ensure uniform baking. Uneven pastries can lead to some parts being undercooked or overcooked.
Seal Thoroughly: Use a fork to crimp and seal the edges of your pastries well to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking. This also gives the pastries a classic, decorative edge.
Keep Fillings Centered: Place the filling right in the center of each rectangle and leave ample border around the edges for sealing. Overfilling can cause the pastries to burst open while baking.
Vent the Pastries: Prick the top of each pastry several times with a fork to create vents. This allows steam to escape and prevents the pastries from puffing up too much and splitting.
Glaze After Baking: If using a glaze or frosting, wait until the pastries are completely cooled. This keeps the topping from melting off and ensures a smooth, even coating.
 
Store the toaster pastries in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for a week. Just pop them into the toaster to warm them up when you’re ready.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 327kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 244mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 114IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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31 Comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    Why is the first crust brushed with the egg wash, so that it’s inside the pastry?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      We apply egg wash to the inside of the pastry so that the filling adheres to the bottom layer as it bakes.

  2. Shanthini Jayanthan says:

    I will be trying this recipe. Which brand of refrigerator pie crusts did you use for the above recipe ? Thank you. Yours is my favorite website.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you! I mostly use Pillsbury brand or Trader Joe’s brands of refrigerator pie crusts.

  3. Michel Fitch says:

    on the homemade toaster pastries can apple pie filling chopped up a lot be substituted?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Yes – that should work just fine.

  4. Sheri says:

    Hi, Can I cook them in a toaster Oven and freeze the uncooked for later?

    1. Sheri says:

      Never mind. I saw the instructions in the bottom expert tips. You can delete my comment and this one.. Thanks, Sheri

      1. Joanie Zisk says:

        Glad you found your answer, Sheri. Thank you!

  5. Kathi says:

    Made these one morning for my husband and he loved them. Plan to make a few different kinds and stick in the freezer for his morning Pop Tart instead of buying them in the store. Love the quantity that was made and love the taste of them as well. Thanks for a great recipe for breakfast or snack!

  6. Nicole says:

    There’s no Pin it button for this recipe.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for letting us know. The pin button has been fixed and should now be there.

      Joanie

  7. Maris says:

    Gorgeous! Also? YUM