DIY Guava Pop-Tarts Recipe

A Kellogg's Pop-Tart is a reliable (and enjoyable) breakfast treat to have on standby — though its sugar content may be cause for concern. With this Pop-Tart-inspired recipe, however, you can create your own version of the toaster pastry that's perfectly flaky, delicious, and a lot lighter on the ingredients list. Not only will you know exactly what is going into your pastries, but you'll also have the satisfaction of creating something from scratch.

"Making pie dough at home can be intimidating, but fear not," says recipe developer Taylor Murray. "With the right technique, it can actually be easy and rewarding." This recipe uses a cream cheese pie dough that is great for delivering that trademark texture we love so much in store-bought Pop-Tarts. So, dust off your rolling pin and get ready to make a batch of these mouth-watering homemade Pop-Tarts (with guava!) that will have everyone coming back for more!

Gather the ingredients for the guava Pop-Tarts

The majority of the ingredients for Pop-Tarts are what goes into the dough, which, in this case, is butter, cream cheese, salt, baking powder, and flour. This particular recipe calls for guava jam. Guava and cheese are a natural pairing in many Latin American countries, so the jam in the filling and cream cheese in the dough interact nicely. That said, you can use any filling you like. "I had some homemade guava jam on hand, but you can use strawberry jam or jelly or whatever you prefer," says Murray. The glaze is a simple mixture of powdered sugar and milk. Grab some sprinkles if you want, for decoration.

Why use cream cheese in pie dough? "Cream cheese has more moisture and protein than just straight butter," Murray explains. "The protein helps make a dough that is much more tender and easier to work with. This ingredient also adds a tangy flavor to the crust, which keeps the whole pastry from tasting too sweet."

Make the dough

The first step to making homemade Pop-Tarts is to make the dough. Make sure your butter and cream cheese are very cold before starting. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the (cold!) butter and cream cheese along with a teaspoon of ice cold water, and keep pulsing until the mixture resembles small peas and holds together when pressed. If needed, add more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture comes together.

Turn the dough out onto the counter and gather it together into a ball. Press it into a disc, wrap tightly, and chill for at least one hour.

Roll out the dough

Once the dough has chilled, roll it out to 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough into six rectangles roughly 4 ½ inches long and 2 ½ inches wide. Reroll the scraps and cut to make two more rectangles, leaving you with 8 total.

Fill the tarts

Fill the tarts by spooning about 1/4 cup of jam onto 4 of the rectangles of dough, making sure to leave 1/2 inch around the edge. Wet the edges with your finger, then cover with the remaining rectangles of dough and press to seal. Use a paring knife to make a small cross in the top of each tart; this will allow steam to vent out.

Bake the tarts

You'll want to chill the tarts for about 20 minutes before baking, for best results. The chilled fats in the dough (from the butter and cream cheese) release steam when in the oven, which leads to an especially flaky pastry. Place the sheet pan in the oven (set to 375 F) and bake tarts until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let them cool once they're become golden brown.

Top the Pop-Tarts with a simple glaze

Whisk the powdered sugar and milk together to make a simple glaze. Spoon some onto each tart and let them sit until dried. If you're using sprinkles, dust them on before the glaze fully hardens. If you're not eating them immediately, you can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and let them sit at room temperature for up to 48 hours.

DIY Guava Pop-Tarts Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
Guava and cheese are a beloved dessert pairing in Latin American countries. Both play a role in this take on a breakfast favorite.
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Sprinkles on pop tart
Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces cold cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup guava jam (or your favorite jam)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Optional Ingredients
  • Sprinkles, for decorating
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour mixture, butter, and cream cheese. Add 1 teaspoon ice cold water and pulse until the mixture just comes together and resembles small peas, adding more water ½ teaspoon at a time, if needed.
  3. Turn dough out onto counter and lightly press together with your hands to form a disc. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 F. Remove dough from refrigerator and place on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll to ⅛-inch thick, then cut six rectangles about 4 ½ inches long and 2 ½ inches wide. Reroll scrap dough to get two more rectangles, for a total of 8.
  5. In the center of 4 of the dough rectangles, place ¼ cup jam, leaving ½-inch border around the edges. Using your finger, use a small amount of water to wet the edge, then take one of the remaining rectangles of dough and place on top of the jam. Press down along the edges to form a seal. Repeat with remaining dough to make 4 tarts.
  6. Use a paring knife to make a small cross in the center, piercing the top layer of dough. Transfer tarts to a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until well combined. Spoon about a tablespoon of frosting onto each baked and cooled tart and lightly spread. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
Calories per Serving 874
Total Fat 33.2 g
Saturated Fat 20.2 g
Trans Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 92.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 140.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
Total Sugars 98.9 g
Sodium 382.2 mg
Protein 5.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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