Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Oh how I love pop tarts! I have loved them since I was a little girl; cherry and brown sugar being my fav! But I especially loved them/craved them/needed them when I was pregnant with Riley. I think I had one every single day of my 1st 2 trimesters. They are just the perfect food!

I used this awesomely simple recipe to make mini cherry pop tarts for a baby shower a while ago . . .

cherry pop tarts

Homemade Mini Cherry Pop Tarts :) Tasted exactly like the real thing!

. . . but ’tis the season for pumpkin flavored everything! Joy the Baker always has awesome recipes, so I used her recipe as the inspiration for the filling of my Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts, and don’t cry friends, but I used pre-made pie crust instead of making it from scratch. Pop Tarts are a convenience food in the first place, so it only seems fitting to take a short cut ;) It was rainy yesterday, and I already had all of the ingredients, (including pre-made pie crust), so that’s how these beauties came to be.

So away we go with some super simple, yet super delicious Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts!

pumpkin pie pop tarts

Mmmm :)

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Ingredients:

2 boxes of pre-made pie crust, (you’ll find this in the fridge section, next to the biscuits, it will contain 2 crusts in each box making about 20 mini pop tarts, if you don’t want this many, which I don’t see why you wouldn’t ;), only buy 1 box and 1/2 the filling and glaze recipes)

For the filling:

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 large egg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, (you can use vanilla extract)

1/3 cup brown sugar

For the Maple Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-4 teaspoons real maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, (again, you can use vanilla extract, but there is nothing like the flavor of the paste, plus you get all of the awesome flecks of vanilla in your finished product)

1-2 tablespoons milk, (I only used 1 because I used more maple syrup than the original recipe called for)

sprinkles of your choice

Directions:

Get your pie crust out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for 15-20 minutes while you get everything ready.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Make the filling: whisk together all ingredients for the filling until fully incorporated and set aside.

Lightly flour your clean countertop and roll out the 1st crust, gently, smoothing and slightly pulling it out a bit. You can make your pop tarts into whatever shape you want, but I thought a medium sized pumpkin cookie cutter was perfect for these. Lay your cut out pumpkins on the parchment lined cookie sheet.

Next, spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of the cut out pumpkins. Don’t put too much or it will seep out the sides.

Then repeat the steps for cutting out 10 more pumpkins with the 2nd crust. Place each pumpkin on top of the filled pumpkins on your baking sheet.

Then use a fork to gently crimp the edges closed. Also poke 12 holes in the center of each completed pumpkin, (3 stabs of your fork will do this job for you).

Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

While your pop tarts are baking, whisk together all of your glaze ingredients until smooth and slightly thick.

Let you pop tarts cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then let cool completely on a wire rack set over a cookie sheet, (remember, easy clean up this way).

Using a large spoon, drizzle the glaze over the top of each pop tart, then top with sprinkles before the glaze sets. I used orange sanding sugar and white nonpareils.

Enjoy!

*Makes about 20 medium sized pumpkin shaped pop tarts

pumpkin pie pop tarts

So delicious and so simple! See the yummy flecks of vanilla bean :)

These turned out super yummy, like teeny pumpkin pies, delightful!

Excited to celebrate Thanksgiving in just a few weeks with our fam! Went and checked out a ton of Thanksgiving books for Riley at the library today too. I have a few fun ideas for crafts to commemorate the day, but we’ll see if I actually get to any of them. The weeks always seem to just float away.

I hope this season finds you all happy and healthy!

Happy Pop Tarting!

 

 

 

 

SO THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS... NOW WHAT ARE YOURS?