Homemade Pop Tarts…on the Panini Grill

by on August 17, 2010

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Boy, pop tarts are everywhere these days, aren’t they? Recipes for homemade pop tarts have been appearing on food blogs for a while now, but once Bon Appétit published theirs this past spring it ignited a bit of a trend. Then, last week, the Pop-Tarts World retail store opened its doors in Times Square. The sweet little breakfast treat we grew up with all of a sudden got huge!

Of course, I’m of the belief that almost anything that you toast can be made just as easily – possibly even better – on the panini grill. Pop tarts definitely qualify. So I cut out some puff pastry rectangles, filled some with homemade blueberry jam and others with chocolate-hazelnut spread (aka, Nutella), sealed them up and put them on the grill. Within about seven minutes I had perfectly puffed,  flaky, golden homemade pop tarts…complete with ridges to cradle some tangy lemon glaze.

I used Nutella and homemade blueberry jam as fillings...mmmm!

These were incredibly easy to make, with a few sheets of frozen puff pastry and the sweet fillings I had on hand. They’d also be interesting with savory ingredients, like shredded cheese or barbecued pork. Just thinking aloud.

Sealed and ready to grill!

There was a small ooze factor with the jam. Try as I might, a little always wanted to escape from inside the tart. Deb from Smitten Kitchen recommends mixing in a little cornstarch to thicken it and minimize the ooze. I actually didn’t mind…it makes it easier to tell which one’s which!

Homemade Pop Tarts

After about seven minutes on the grill, breakfast was served!

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1 Sarah Caron August 18, 2010 at 5:30 am

Love this! My son starts school soon and likes the idea of Pop Tarts — though not the real thing. I can’t wait to make these for him (and me too!).
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2 Jennie August 18, 2010 at 6:28 am

I may have to pack the panini press to take on vacation just so I don’t have to wait to try this genius recipe. Thanks Kathy!
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3 Jenny Flake August 18, 2010 at 6:42 am

Get out of here!! This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing, love this!!


4 Erin August 18, 2010 at 7:10 am

This is positively genius!
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5 Sarah August 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

Love this. Super quick. 🙂


6 Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 18, 2010 at 7:58 am

Love this idea! They look AMAZING!
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7 Kalynskitchen August 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

What a great idea! This would be loads of fun to make with kids.
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8 Esi August 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’ve said it before, but you are so very creative. What a way to kick up homemade pop tarts!!
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9 Cyndi August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

Now if I could just duplicate the cinnamon-brown sugar filling. That’s my favorite flavor.
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10 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Wow, so simple!

I LOVE poptarts… they’re a guilty pleasure.


11 Ally August 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Love the step by step pictures. You make it look so simple and delicious! Have you added this recipe to Fiddme yet?


12 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) August 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

My grandkids would love these — and they’d especially love the ooze! Thanks for another great panini idea.
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13 The Food Hunter August 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

What a cool idea.


14 Cynthia (It All Changes) August 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

When my cousins come to visit they always ask for poptarts. We don’t keep them in the house because we don’t eat them. This is a great family fun activity 🙂


15 Faith August 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

This looks so yummy. I just love nutella! Thanks for the creative idea!

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16 Robin Sue August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

Just for these alone I would get a panini grill. My kids would love this!
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17 katy August 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

these are way too elegant to still be called pop tarts! they are gorgeous!
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18 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm

i dont eat gluten or dairy or many other things that i am allergic to but omg bewteen the warm nutella and the panini press…you have me wanting these….bad!

nice to “meet” you, glad Marla played matchmaker!


19 Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) August 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Week before last I actually tried making homemade pop tarts! Yep, I’d been reading about them all over the blogworld too. But our attempt failed because I 1) did not read the dough recipe all the way through (I know, I know, I should have!) and did not realize it called for milk–which we had just run out of and 2) the dough required a 30 minute chill time in the fridge on top of rolling and baking…which did not go over so well with two hungry kiddos. 🙂

Puff pastry on the panini press is genius! I happen to have some in the freezer and I spied the Nutella in the pantry just today thinking it would be great in a homemade pop-tart! Attempt #2 is coming up this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!
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20 Jessica August 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Anything with Nutella is amazing! This looks delish!


21 Priscilla - She's Cookin' August 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I love paninis – glad you stopped by my blog so I could find these amazing pop tarts. So easy to make, too! And there’s a Pop Tarts World retail store – crazy!


22 Nate @ House of Annie August 22, 2010 at 6:07 am

That is a most amazing pop tart! Nice to know there are better alternatives than the overly sweet packaged stuff.
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23 The Duo Dishes August 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm

We made some of these, but just with the oven. The boring way. 🙂 Great idea to use puff pastry. So flakey.
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24 Lys August 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

LOVE this idea! I wasn’t a fan of the pop-tarts that are in a box, however the idea of making them with homemade ingredients – love love love!
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25 Tricia August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Brilliant! I’m so loving this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.
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26 Maria August 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

I love that you grilled these!


27 Harriet September 4, 2010 at 5:00 am

That looks like a really cool idea, and probably much healither than buying Pop Tarts from a supermarket. I love how you make all the pastry yourself instead of just buying it frozen, well done!
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28 Sagan September 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

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29 Heather September 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

How creative! These look and sound amazing. I just got a new panini grill and these are on my list to try. Yummy!


30 Amy January 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hi Kathy – keep forgetting to get over here…I know this post is several months old now, so this comment is more for you than anyone else who might stop by. But I love it when people come back to my blog and tell me they’ve made one of my recipes, so….

I made these Christmas morning (with my new panini grill…ya, baby!) and they were fantastic. Puff pastry usually intimidates me, but I found it incredibly easy. I went with the Nutella option and was happy happy. You can imagine how much my little kids enjoyed them…
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31 Kathy January 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

That’s fantastic, Amy – I’m so glad you guys enjoyed them for Christmas. And thanks so much for coming back to say so, I always love hearing how things went. 🙂


32 sarah@spinach and spice October 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm

What a cute idea! These look so fun and tasty 😀
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33 Rachel @ Bakerita October 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Love this idea!
I wanna try these with cheese for sure..
Do you think it would work with pie crust instead of puff pastry? I have some on hand that I wanna use up!
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34 Kathy October 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

You know, I haven’t tried pie crust on the grill yet. Definitely let me know if you do! The challenge will be avoiding burning, so a lower temperature might be good.


35 Kristen June 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Could I use a George Foremen grill since I don’t have a panini press.


36 Kathy Strahs June 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

A Foreman grill should work! ~Kathy


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