Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! This has always been one of my favorite holidays. Whether in a relationship or not, the idea of a day dedicated to all things LOVE, pink, chocolate, and the cheesiest of cheesy romance movies sounds great to me. 😉

Every year, I do two things on Valentine’s Day: wear something red or pink, and give a new Valentine’s Day-inspired recipe a try. I’ve had DIY Pop-Tarts pinned to one of my “Must-Make” boards for years and decided now would be the perfect time to whip them up. I figured they’d be simple, but was surprised to find them 10X easier than I anticipated.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek via Insta-stories on Wednesday. But today I’m sharing the full breakdown with you! 🙂

How adorable are these?! As you can see, there was a little incident in the oven. A few of the Pop-Tarts leaked and basically drowned the others. They were pretty salvageable, so I tried my best to clean them up. Next time I know to pay extra close attention during the sealing process!

I used Serene from House of Yumm‘s recipe (find it here). I highly recommend it! Scroll down for a list of the ingredients, directions, and the minor tweaks I made. 🙂

DIY Pop-Tarts

  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10


  • 2 pie crusts (I bought a box of two 9″ crusts at the grocery store — find them in the refrigerator section with the cookie dough)
  • 10 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • Water
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons milk
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  1. Roll out the pie crust & use the cookie cutter to cut out the hearts! I was able to get 18 (so my recipe made 9 Pop-Tarts). Place 9 of the crusts on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
  2. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of strawberry preserves into the center of each heart. Avoid the edges! Dip your fingertip into some water and run it around the perimeter of the pie crust. Top with another heart and seal the edges. Use the prongs of a fork to help completely seal the Pop-Tart. (This is where I should have paid more attention).
  3. Serene suggested placing them in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking to prevent the filling from leaking (I only left them in for 20 minutes or so…this probably contributed to the leakage). She also said you can leave them in there overnight! I love the idea of preparing Pop-Tarts for the holiday’s or when guests are in town. I will definitely pre-assemble them next time!
  4. Bake at 375 for approximately 15-17 minutes until crust is cooked.
  5. Once they’ve cooled, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and food coloring together. I eyeballed all of this. I started with 1 cup of powdered sugar and adjusted the milk/coloring as I went.
  6. Finish with some sprinkles if you’d like and enjoy!

And the verdict? They’re delicious. I’m convinced that anything in a wonton wrapper, pie crust, or filo-dough is heavenly! 🙂

I wanted to get this recipe up ASAP for those who might want to make them over the weekend! They were a lot of fun and something I think kids would really enjoy. I’m sure you can try any flavor of preserve, but next time…I’m going with NUTELLA! 😉

Have a lovely weekend babes!


2 comments on “BELLA BITES: DIY Pop-Tarts (Valentine’s Edition)”

  1. These look so fun and easy!! Remember seeing them on your insta and getting cravings haha I wonder how they would turn making the dough from scratch and using a different sealing technique. I might just bake a little over the weekend if I get enough motivation. Thanks for sharing, they turned out soooo cute!


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