Gen X’ers and Millennials may not have much in common, but one thing they can agree on is that Pop Tarts were the grab-and-go breakfast of choice from middle school on. I can still taste the overly sweet and flaky crust…and the even sweeter filling! While I steer clear of sugary processed foods now that I’m an adult, I can’t deny the satisfaction of a piping hot hand pie.
With their buttery crust and sticky sweet filling, my Air Fryer Pop Tarts have less refined sugar than the boxed original thanks to the goodness of real honey. Follow the whole recipe for a special weekend breakfast or skip the icing and drizzle with nut butter for a mid-week treat!
This recipe requires just a few simple ingredients:
Store bought pie crusts (I used Whole Foods brand gluten free)
This is one of the few recipes you’ll find on my blog that calls for refined sugar. But when you’re making icing powdered sugars is one of the most effective sweeteners, providing flavor and helping it solidify as it dries. I’ve provided several refined-sugar-free variations below.
No Air Fryer? No Problem!
I use my air fryer to make these little guys because it’s faster and I have a small family. However, the oven will work just fine if you don’t have an air fryer or need to cook a large batch. Just preheat your oven to 400F and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden.
This Air Fryer Pop Tart recipe calls for fig jam and fresh strawberries because both fruits are currently in season. This combo is pretty high in sugar, as I use both honey and powdered sugar in this recipe. You can reduce the sugar and/or adjust for the season with these variations:
Finely dice a handful of strawberries and let the macerate in a little lemon juice overnight. Substitute for the fig jam and top with nut butter instead of icing.
Fill with thinly sliced apples and a dash of cinnamon. Omit the strawberries from the icing and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans.
Use pumpkin pie filling and top with cinnamon sugar, nut butter, or the maple icing described above.
Fill with roasted stone fruit, then top with a drizzle of honey.
Thinly slice a pear and sprinkle with ginger and cardamom to use as the filling. Top with a drizzle of maple syrup.
One last word before we get to the recipe: the filling for gets hot during cooking and stays that way. Do not eat these straight out of the air fryer, or you’re risking severe burns. As the recipe states, I recommend letting cool at least 10 minutes before even starting the icing process. You may even wish to break your pop tart in half before eating just to make sure the sugars have cooled to a safe temperature. In fact, I never serve these to James without checking first!
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Air Fryer Pop Tarts With Fig + Strawberry
These easy, seasonal homemade pop tarts bake up quickly and perfectly ground thanks to the air fryer. Make them on a lazy weekend morning, or sub nut butter for the icing and enjoy them as a quick and easy weekday treat!
- Prep Time: 20 Minutes
- Cook Time: 12 Minutes
- Total Time: 32 Minutes
- 1 pre-made frozen pie crust, defrosted
- 1/4c fig jam
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/2 c confectioners sugar
- 1/4 c freeze-dried strawberries
- 4 medium fresh strawberries
- Roll out pie crust to 1/8 in thickness and cut into 3″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
- Place 1/2 tbsp fig jam in the center of 3 rectangles of crust, spreading slightly.
- Cover with plain rectangles, gently pressing the edges down with your index finger to join them.
- Use a fork to create a border.
- Place in the air fryer’s basket in a single layer and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
- CAUTION: the jam in the center is now molten. Use tongs to remove to a wire rack and cool for at least 10 minutes before icing.
- Brush with icing as desired, and enjoy when you are sure the centers are no longer too hot.
- Place the first three ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
- Pour the warm mixture into a blender and add the freeze-dried and fresh strawberries blend on high until smooth – about 30 seconds.
- Apply to pop tarts while still warm.