I know I'm not the only one that grew up with the occasional pop tart as breakfast in the morning. That shiny foil wrapper would quickly be torn open to reveal two beige rectangles ready to be popped into the toaster or eaten straight out of the packaging. When I think of pop tarts, there's only one flavor that comes to mind, that classic brown sugar flavor that combines cinnamon and sugar into one delicious treat. These Brown Sugar Pop Tarts have a sweet cinnamon filling and flaky crust that melts in your mouth and their brown sugar glaze will have you reminiscing about the pop tarts you had as a kid.
This recipe for Brown Sugar Pop Tarts is a small batch recipe that will make three delicious pop tarts, but it can easily be doubled if you'd like to make twice as many. It has three components that are each simple to make: a delicious flaky pie dough crust, a brown sugar cinnamon filling, and a brown sugar glaze.
Let's bake! Once your oven is preheated to to 350º, you can get started on making the pie dough base. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Blend the chilled butter into the flour mixture with your hands or a pastry blender until the butter is about pea sized.
Keep in mind that it's important that this butter stay as cold as possible throughout this process. If at any point you feel like your kitchen is too warm or your warm hands are handling the butter too much, pop the whole bowl into the fridge (or better yet, the freezer) for a few minutes to help it firm back up. It's this cold butter that will give us that delicious flaky crust we want.
Next, pour the water over the flour mixture and stir together until it begins to form into a dough. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 20-30 minutes so it can once again have time to rest and firm back up.
Once well chilled, roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about ⅛" thick. Using a ruler and a pastry roller or pizza cutter, cut the dough to 9" x 12". On the 12" side, cut it into thirds so that each column measures about 4" wide. Turn the rectangle 90 degrees to the 9" side and cut it in half so that there are now six rectangles each measuring 4.5" x 4."
Place the six rectangles on a parchment lined baking sheet and place back into the fridge to chill for another 15-20 minutes. To make the filling, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and water for the egg wash.
Brush three of the rectangles with egg wash before carefully spooning the brown sugar filling into the center of those same three rectangles. Brush one side of the remaining three rectangles with egg wash and place the egg wash side down over the brown sugar, pressing down around it gently to seal in the filling.
Place the cookie sheet back into the fridge to let the pop tarts chill slightly. Use a fork and gently press down around the edges of each pop tart to crimp them and fully seal each side. Poke holes in the top of each pop tart with a toothpick or fork and then brush the tops of each with egg wash. Bake the pop tarts for 30-35 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Now let's get started on that delicious brown sugar glaze! Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl and add in the cinnamon and milk, whisking it together until combined. Use a spoon to carefully drizzle the glaze onto the top of each pop tart. The glaze will be thick, but this will work in your favor. Use the back of the spoon to slowly spread the thick glaze out without letting it get too close to the edge. Let the glaze set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Leftover pop tarts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. I recommend reheating them in the microwave or oven, not the toaster.