How to Make Pop Tarts in the Air Fryer

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Can You Make Pop Tarts in the Air Fryer?

Pop tarts, or their similar product, toaster strudels, are a simple and tasty 6 ingredient recipe that is so easy to make in the air fryer. You can make homemade pop tarts in the air fryer, as well as heat up the store-bought stuff in the air fryer too!

Keep reading to learn how to make pop tarts, homemade and store bought, in the air fryer!

Homemade Pop Tarts Air Fryer Recipe

homemade pop tart ingredients

Homemade air fryer pop tarts are a deliciously easy recipe that you can make in under an hour. You only need two ingredients to make a homemade air fryer pop tart pastry.

Pop Tarts Ingredients

  • 2, 9 inch refrigerated pie crusts
  • Jam or Preserves – I did Strawberry Jam and Peach Preserves (you can do any tasty flavors you love).

Glaze Ingredients

The homemade glaze for these pop tarts are also incredibly easy. It is a little more runny and smooth than your traditional pop tarts you buy at the store, but it tastes soo good.

The ingredients you need for a homemade glaze are:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more until glaze is to your consistency and liking
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients

What’s a pop tart without some sprinkles? While you don’t have to enjoy these pop tarts with sprinkles, it sure makes them look better!

I haven’t tried this, but I think mini chocolate chips would also be a wonderful topping!

What You Need to Make Homemade Pop Tarts in the Air Fryerhow to make homemade pop tarts

There are a couple of tools you will want to make sure that you have before you ahead and start making these pop tarts. For example, you will need:

  • An air fryer – I used my Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer to make this recipe. Any air fryer will work, you may need to adapt the cooking time because all air fryer makes and models aren’t the same.
  • Rectangular shape cookie cutter or a container or a lid – you need this to cut out equal sized dough sheets. I found a plastic container that was roughly 2.5-3 inches by 4.5 inches. You can use any size you want, it just depends on how big you like your pastries.
  • Pizza cutter or knife – if not using a cookie cutter to cut the pie crust into pastry squares.
  • A rolling pin – to reconstruct the pie crusts dough to cut out more squares.

Can You Make Homemade Pop Tarts?

Homemade pop tarts are a fun and delicious recipe that is so easy to make in the air fryer! Be sure to follow these instructions when you are preparing and baking pop tarts in the air fryer.

Instructions

Step 1. Make sure the pie crusts are at room temperature.

Make sure the pie crust is at room temperature before you begin. You can place the dough in the microwave and warm it up for 10-15 seconds on the defrost mode (30% power).

If the pie crusts are not at room temperature, they will be difficult to unroll and may crack and break. If this happens, you can reform the pie crust. Simply get your finger slightly wet with water and lightly pinch the cracks back together.

Step 2. Use a lightly greased surface

Take the pie crust dough and unroll it onto a lightly greased surface. I used a cookie sheet.

Step 3. Cut out the pastries

use a rectangular cut out to make pop tarts

Lightly press the rectangular container you are using onto the dough. I was able to get 5 squares on one pie crust. Take the pizza cutter and cut out the dough rectangles. Then, reform the dough to get the 6th pastry square. I had to lightly wet the edges of the dough to get them to stick together before rolling out a new sheet.

Step 4. Preheat the air fryer

Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400F/200C.

Step 5. Make the pastries

use your favorite filling for the pop tarts

Take three of the pastry squares and lightly wet the perimeter of each.

In the middle of the three sheets place anywhere from 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp of jam/preserves (this depends on the size of your sheets). Spread out the jam to cover the middle portion of each of the sheets.

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Take the other three sheets and place it on top of the sheets with jam. Pinch together the seams, adding any additional water to help it close. Seal it by pressing the sides together with a fork.

Cut a couple of slits into the top of the dough so it can breathe while cooking.

Step 6. Air fry

air fryer pop tarts

Place the pastries in a lightly sprayed and preheated air fryer basket. Lightly spray the tops with cooking spray oil – such as avocado oil or olive oil.

Cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 350F/175C, or until the pastry is golden brown to your liking. While this cooks, repeat for the other sheet of pie crust, if desired, or save the other pie crust for another time.

Step 7. Let cool

fried pop tarts

Remove from the air fryer and let it cool completely on a cooling rack. If you are in a pinch for time, I placed my pop tarts in the freezer for a couple of minutes to help.

Step 8. Add the toppings

pop tarts with vanilla glaze

Add the glaze and sprinkles to the top of the completely cooled pastries.

Glaze Instructions

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Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl or until combined. Add any additional milk and vanilla until the glaze reaches desired consistency and taste.

Special Notes

homemade pop tart recipe in the air fryer

I also had leftover peach slices from a cobbler recipe I was making and placed the small peach slices with the peach preserves. This added a tasty and fresh flavor!

With that being said, you can be as creative as you’d like here for the inside of your pastries. For example, try one of these tasty pie filling flavors for your Pop Tarts

  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Cherry
  • Blackberry
  • Apricot
  • Chocolate or Nutella

Can you put pop tarts in the air fryer?

What about the store-bought pop tarts? Can you cook those in the air fryer? For sure! If you can bake it, grill it, deep fry it, or toast it, you can usually air fry it!

How long do I put pop tarts in an air fryer?

If you want to heat store-bought Pop Tarts in the air fryer, here’s how:

  1. Preheat the air fryer.
  2. Add the Pop-Tart to the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry for 7 minutes at 350°F/175°C, or until warm and toasted to your liking. You do not need to flip because of the icing that is already on the Pop Tarts.

There you have it! Easy peasy Pop-Tarts in the air fryer!

air fryer pop tarts

Final Thoughts

This tasty air fryer dessert will be a hit in your home this summer! I love how easy it is to make this recipe and how delicious and fun the results are. After making this recipe, I shared some with my friends and they still rave about how amazing this recipe was!

Share with us in the comments below what filling you are going to choose for your next Pop-Tart in the air fryer!

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Air Fryer Pop Tarts

Air fryer Pop-Tarts are a deliciously easy air fryer recipe that you only need 6 ingredients for! Whip up this tasty treat in your air fryer for breakfast or dessert!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Rectangular cookie cutter, container, or lid you need this to cut out equal sized dough sheets. I found a plastic container that was roughly 2.5-3 inches by 4.5 inches. You can use any size you want, it just depends on how big you like your pastries.
  • Pizza cutter or knife if not using a cookie cutter to cut the pie crust into pastry squares.
  • A rolling pin to reconstruct the pie crusts dough to cut out more squares.

Ingredients

  • 2 9 inch refrigerated pie crusts
  • ½ cup Jam or Preserves I did Strawberry Jam and Peach Preserves. You can do any tasty flavors you love.

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream plus more until glaze is to your consistency and liking
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Make sure the pie crust is at room temperature before you begin. You can place the dough in the microwave and warm it up for 10-15 seconds on the defrost mode (30% power). 
    If the pie crusts are not at room temperature, they will be difficult to unroll and may crack and break. If this happens, you can reform the pie crust. Simply get your finger slightly wet with water and lightly pinch the cracks back together.
  • Take the pie crust dough and unroll it onto a lightly greased surface. I used a cookie sheet.
  • Cut out the pastries. Lightly press the rectangular container*(see recipe notes) you are using onto the dough. I was able to get 5 rectangles on one pie crust. Take the pizza cutter and cut out the dough rectangles. Then, reform the dough to get the 6th pastry rectangle. I had to lightly wet the edges of the dough to get them to stick together before rolling out a new sheet.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F/200°C.
  • Take three of the pastry rectangles and lightly wet the perimeter of each. 
  • In the middle of the three pastries, place anywhere from 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp of jam/preserves (this depends on the size of your sheets). Spread out the jam to cover the middle portion of each of the sheets.
  • Take the other three sheets and place it on top of the sheets with jam. Pinch together the seams, adding any additional water to help it close. Seal it by pressing the sides together with a fork.
  • Cut a couple of slits into the top of the dough so it can breathe while cooking.
  • Place the pastries in a lightly sprayed and preheated air fryer basket. Lightly spray the tops with cooking spray oil - such as avocado oil or olive oil.  
  • Cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 350°F/175°C, or until the pastry is golden brown to your liking. While this cooks, repeat for the other sheet of pie crust, if desired, or save the other pie crust for another time.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let it cool completely on a cooling rack. If you are in a pinch for time, I placed my pop tarts in the freezer for a couple of minutes to help.
  • Add the glaze and sprinkles to the top of the completely cooled pastries.

Glaze

  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a small bowl or until combined. Add any additional milk and vanilla until the glaze reaches desired consistency and taste.

Recipe Notes

*Rectangular shape cookie cutter or a container or a lid - you need this to cut out equal sized dough sheets. I found a plastic container that was roughly 2.5-3 inches by 4.5 inches. You can use any size you want, it just depends on how big you like your pastries.
You can be as creative as you’d like for the inside filling of your pastries. For example, I had leftover peach slices from a cobbler recipe I was making and placed small peach slices with the peach preserve filling. This added a tasty and fresh flavor! 

How long do I put pop tarts in an air fryer?

If you want to heat store-bought Pop Tarts in the air fryer, here's how:
  1. Preheat the air fryer. 
  2. Add the Pop-Tart to the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry for 7 minutes at 350°F/175°C, or until warm and toasted to your liking. You do not need to flip because of the icing that is already on the Pop Tarts.

Nutrition

Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 273mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g

Recipe Adapted From: Show Me the Yummy

Ingredients: Butter, Heavy Cream, Jam, Pie Crust, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla Extract
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts, Back to School, Easter, Fall, Father's Day, Mother's Day, New Year's Eve, Spring, Summer, Super Bowl Party, Winter, Egg Free
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Air Fryer

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