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Saturday Morning Cartoons and Poptarts

Raise your hand if you grew up on Poptarts and Saturday morning cartoons?

 (I’m raising both arms and legs, currently).

Like I said in the My Story segment, I grew up on the standard processed foods pyramid. ((I believe Poptarts fell into the fruit and lean protein categories for my healthy childhood diet)).

But the other day, I was thinking about Poptarts and how I haven’t had one in years–for good reasons that I don’t need to list here because I think we as adults understand why they are marketed to children primarily.

 Kids will eat just about anything usually, including a cardboard-infused pastry injected with strawberry-flavored sugar. And don’t forget the sprinkles!

So this morning I am deciding to turn on “Inspector Gadget” and “Jem and the Holograms” and make myself a batch of my very own:

They kinda cracked in the heat but they still tasted delightful.

Homemade Strawberry “Poptarts” Recipe


  • 2 1/4 c. Gluten Free (or regular) All Purpose Flour Mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp xantham gum (omit if not using Gluten-Free flour)
  • 2 sticks Earth Balance, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tb ice water (you might need more)

Strwberry Filling

  • 5 oz. strawberry jam (or flavor of choice)
  • 1 Tb cornstarch


  1. Whisk together flour, xantham gum, salt and sugar in a bowl
  2. With a pastry knife (of if you have a food processor–lucky! pulse) cut the butter into flour (welcome new bicep muscles!), cube at a time until crumbly and combined.
  3. Slowly add the water until mixed in. You will want it to be some-what smooth in texture but not too sticky. Add a little more flour if too sticky (try 1 Tb at a time).
  4. Smooth dough out into a ball with hands on floured surface. Divide it in half, flatten into an 8″ disk with your hands, cover with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 60 minutes.
  5. While the is chilling, time to make the filling (hey that rhymes!)
  6. In a small sauce, pour the jam inside along with the cornstarch. Bring to a simmer for a few minutes until it starts to thickening, stirring often. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and thicken some more.
  7. When you are ready to roll out the dough, start with one disc at a time (leaving the other in the fridge). Roll onto a floured parchment paper.

      8.  Cover the dough with another piece of parchment paper and roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is a little more than 1/8″   thick.

      9.  Measure out a rectangle that is approx 10″ x 3″ (this doesn’t need to be exact, you just want enough dough to fold over).

    10.  Place a tablespoon of the fill on one side. With a metal spatula, carefully flip one side of the dough over and fold.

  11.  Close the edges with your fingers to start off and then finish it with a fork along the edges. Poke a few holes on top so it can breath. Sprinkle with raw sugar if you like.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until brown along the edges.

Don’t you love the progression of the photoshoot?

What is missing by the last shot? Hey, lay off me, I was starving!

Besides, did you see the ooey-gooey middle???

Even better than the original!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have Saturday morning cartoons to watch…

25 Comments Post a comment
  1. gf20laura #

    Did you use earth balance “shortening” or “buttery sticks?” I used the butter version and the poptarts didn’t turn out the greatest. The batter was really unstable to work with; it kept cracking and falling apart while rolling it out after the 1-hr chill time. Although, I’m wondering if my gf flour blend I used may have been what messed it up. Since you didn’t list a specific flour blend to use, I searched for a gf pastry blend and found this recipe and copied that flour ratio with the white rice, brown rice, tapioca, sorghum, and potato starch. I want to try to make these again, but I need some suggestions of what to try differently next time! I baked these at 350 for an hour, but they weren’t browning and were very crumbly and moist still so I turned it up to 400 for ~10min, then 450 for ~10min, and finally cranked it up to 500 for 5 min and finally got them to brown and crisp up. The total oven time ended up being 1 hr 40 min which is reeeeally long for baking, I know. Also, when I tried to remove them from the parchment paper/pan, they fell apart into crumbly bits. The whole thing was tasty, but it did kind of taste like fried chicken breading…which kind of makes me want to use the leftover crumbly bits to try to bread chicken and make some chicken nuggests 😀 Please help me, I want to make tasty poptarts!

    February 3, 2013
    • You know, I made these within the first couple of months of learning how to bake gluten, egg, and dairy-free and so I have been wanting to remake them because back then, I am not really sure I knew what I was doing. So in regards to your questions, I don’t remember what I exactly used for butter or what my flour recipe was if I didn’t write it down. How’s that for helpful?! ha. Here is my favorite go-to mix now though:
      I will be making these again so stay tuned over at 🙂 xo

      February 4, 2013
      • gf20laura #

        Yea! Ty! It’s awesome how you respond so quickly 😀

        February 4, 2013
  2. OMG!!! POPTARTS! I don’t think I say this enough, but you are a genius! Why do I find myself always saying when reading your blog “What I wouldn’t give for a ______. WOOT! Now I can have it!!” Thank you for making all my childhood favorites a possibility for this fewllo xgfx’er!

    July 11, 2012
  3. Oooh! I like the idea of rolling out a long strip and flipping over instead of cutting out all the squares. I hope to remember that 🙂

    February 13, 2012
    • We will see what I say about that when I redo them. I might switch sides…

      February 13, 2012
  4. I’m totally going to (attempt) to make these!

    September 19, 2011
    • haha. Let me know how it goes!

      September 20, 2011
  5. Sam #

    Holy Poptarts I ❤ this post everything about it including Jem!! 🙂 She was my idol..

    September 18, 2011
    • I just received a text from my 5 year old niece, telling me that she is going to be Jem for Halloween. My sister is raising her child correctly! 🙂 haha. I am glad Sam that we share a common love for the truly, truly, truly outrageous Jem (and poptarts, of course!)

      September 18, 2011
  6. wowzers

    September 16, 2011
  7. those look georgous!

    September 11, 2011
    • Thank you Mariel!! Tasty too 🙂

      September 11, 2011
  8. Wow! Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been looking for a poptarts recipe! Im going to make some soon..then I can enjoy my Saturday mornings watching cartoons AND eating poptarts! Perfect! 🙂

    September 11, 2011
    • I’m just doing the Lord’s work, Shannon 🙂 Glad it will go to use–if you use different fillings, let me know–I would love to hear how it works out!

      September 11, 2011
  9. Oh geez! These look so doggone good! Something the hubby will like too!

    September 11, 2011
    • By the looks of the photos, can’t you tell that I thought they were good too?? haha. Here’s to earning more points with the husband!

      September 11, 2011
  10. Rebekah #

    Oh my gosh, Cara. You have officially inspired me! I have very vivid childhood Poptart memories of my own. Never even thought about making them from scratch! Who says adults can’t indulge?? This is now on my list of must-dos. I wonder if I could underbake them, freeze them, and go straight from the freezer to the toaster with them. What do you think?

    September 10, 2011
    • YAY!! So glad to hear that you are inspired–you are right, why can’t we have indulgences every now and again?! About freezing them, sure! Try it out and let me know. I think it could work.

      September 10, 2011
  11. Vivian Cutler #

    Oh Oh Oh!!! Way to Go Cara!!! Love This!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2011
    • Thanks, Viv! Hope you are recovering from this week.

      September 10, 2011
  12. This is adorable! Nice job, Cara!

    September 10, 2011
    • Thank you Monica! Hope you had a great birthday…

      September 10, 2011
      • Thank you, Cara! I got an extra special gift in the mail…. from you! Thanks so much for the gift card! Winning your prize was like getting another birthday greeting!

        September 10, 2011
        • Oh good!! I’m so glad that you got the card in the mail 🙂

          September 10, 2011

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