Homemade Apricot Almond Pop Tarts

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For the pop tarts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 45 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup apricot preserves (I use Bonne Maman)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, for brushing

For the almond glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • sliced almonds, for garnish


For the dough

  1. In a food processor, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse in cubed butter, pulsing until the texture resembles a corse meal.
  2. Pour in ice water, then pulse everything together until just combined. If dough is too dry and not coming together, add in another tablespoon of water.
  3. Form dough into 2 equal sized disks and wrap each with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour, but up to 2 days.

To assemble the pop tarts

  1. Remove one of the doughs from the fridge. Place a large piece of plastic wrap over a work surface, then sprinkle flour over it. Also flour a rolling pin. Working quickly, roll the dough out into a 10″x13″ rectangle.
  2. Using a ruler and a long knife, cut your dough into a perfect 9″x12″ rectangle. Then, cut your rectangle into 9 equal pieces, each 3″x4″.
  3. Lift a corner of the saran wrap up off of your surface to help gently release the 3″x4″ rectangles from their place. Transfer to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch between each rectangle. Once all 9 rectangles are moved onto the baking sheet, place the sheet in the freezer while you repeat the rolling & cutting process with the second half of the dough.
  4. Once all of your dough is cut, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Brush the edges of each of your 9 pop tart bases with a heavy cream wash (this will help the dough to stick together).
  6. Spoon a rounded tablespoon of apricot preserves into the center of each pop tart base. Spread it slightly, but not too close to the edges.
  7. Place the remaining dough over the filling of the pop tart. Press down on the edges slightly to seal the dough together. Then, using a fork, create indentations around the entire pop tart.
  8. Brush the remaining heavy cream wash over the pop tarts, then use your fork to create 4-5 airholes on the top. Bake for 30 minutes, then allow to cool completely.

For the glaze

  1. Once the pop tarts are baked, it’s time to glaze! Whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and almond extract. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds to get the mixture more liquified. Spread the icing over the pop tarts, then sprinkle sliced almonds for garnish!