Making Pop Tarts in the Air Fryer, from scratch, is easier than you think! These rectangular fruit-filled pastries are topped with pink frosting and sprinkles, just like you remember.

Of course, these Air Fryer Poptarts are way better than the ones from the box, because you made them yourself!

two homemade poptarts with frosting and sprinkles on a board lined with parchment paper

Air Fryer Pop Tarts Recipe

This is not a blog post teaching you how to make boxed pop tarts in your air fryer (although you totally can!), it’s a recipe for homemade Poptarts, made from scratch, and baked in the air fryer!

These homemade pop tart pastries are so, so much better than the toaster pastries you enjoyed as a kid. They’re made with your favorite fruit spread, flaky pie crust, and topped with that iconic pink frosting and plenty of sprinkles.

Air Fryer Pop Tarts make a delicious breakfast treat, but they’re also a great snack or a fun hand-held dessert option.

Baking in the air fryer is so easy, and so much fun! If you like this recipe, you should definitely try our recipe for Air Fryer Donuts next.

the ingredients needed to make air fryer poptarts from scratch, including pie dough and jam.

Ingredients In Air Fryer Pop Tarts

Pie Crust: To make things simple, pick up a box of refrigerated pie crust dough. We’ll use both rolls of dough.

Jam: Cherry Jam, Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, or any other type of fruit spread that you love will be delicious as the inside filling of your homemade Pop Tarts!

For the Icing: Powdered sugar, a little bit of milk, vanilla extract, and pink food coloring.

I also suggest you add your favorite and most fun sprinkles to these air fryer pop tarts!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP

a collage of images showing how to make pop tarts in the air fryer

How to Make Air Fryer Pop Tarts

  1. Unroll the pie crusts out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out as many 2×3” rectangles as you can– you should be able to get about 6 per crust. Then gather any scraps of dough and reroll them to an ⅛” thick. Cut out as many rectangles as you can again– you should be able to get about 4 more. 
  2. Place two teaspoons of jam in the center of one piece of dough.
  3. Then top with another rectangle of dough.
  4. Pinch the edges closed, then use a fork to create a vent, and to decoratively seal the edges fully.
  5. Add 2 or 3 pastries to the air fryer basket, being sure not to overcrowd them. Brush the tops of the Pop Tarts with egg wash.
  6. Air Fryer homemade pop tarts for 8-10 minutes in the preheated air fryer, cooking in batches until you’ve cooked all of them. Allow the Pop Tarts to cool completely before icing them.
  7. To make the frosting, combine powdered sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and a drop of pink food coloring.
  8. Spread the frosting over the cooled pop tarts and top immediately with sprinkles. Let the icing set and enjoy!

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

homemade air fried pop tarts with cherry jam filling and pink frosting

Recipe Tips

  • Air Fryer Pop Tarts can be filled with any type of jam or spread that you like! Try them with Nutella, Peanut Butter, Apple Preserves, Apricot Jam, or Blueberry Jam. The possibilities are endless!
  • This recipe uses refrigerated pie crust dough from the grocery store, but it will work with your favorite homemade pie crust recipe as well.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. You will need to air fry these in batches to cook them all.
  • Be careful removing the cooked pop tarts from the air fryer. Use a spatula to get them out without burning your fingers.
  • The sugar glaze should be thin enough to drizzle, but no so thin that it runs over the edges of the pop tarts. Start with just one tablespoon of milk, and only add more if you need it.

What To Serve With Homemade Pop Tarts

These homemade pop tarts made in the air fryer can be a delicious part of any breakfast.

Kids will love these with a cold glass of milk and some fresh fruit on the side.

You can make things even better by serving up some crispy air fryer bacon, and making yourself a homemade pumpkin spice latte!

FAQs

How do I store homemade Pop Tarts?

Keep them covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can reheat these Pop Tarts in the toaster or in the air fryer, for just a minute or two.

What is the best flavor jam for Pop Tarts?

The best part about making your own homemade air fryer Pop Tarts is that you can choose whatever flavor you like to go inside of them! I made this batch with cherry jam and strawberry jam.

How do I keep the Pop Tart filling from exploding?

Be sure to seal the edges of the pies very well so that the filling stays inside. It’s also very important to poke a few holes in the top of the Pop Tarts so that steam can easily escape. If you’ve done those things and the filling is still coming out, you may have overfilled the pastries. Just 2 teaspoons is the perfect amount!

Can I cook Pop Tarts in the Air Fryer?

You can! The air fryer will do anything that a toaster or a toaster oven can do. To heat pre-made poptarts in the air fryer, cook them at 400°F/200°C for 2-3 minutes. Easy!

a large wooden board holding homemade air fried pop tarts covered in pink sugar glaze and fun spinkles.

Pro Tips

  • Use Any Air Fryer: This recipe can be made in an air fryer unit with a basket or an air fryer oven. If you’re using an air fryer oven, place your food on the middle rack and select the “air fry” function.
  • Check your food as it cooks! Since each air fryer runs differently, sometimes air frying is a trial and error process. When cooking a new recipe, be sure to check on your food often. This will help you avoid over or undercooking, and help you learn your air fryer’s specific ways!

More Sweet Air Fryer Recipes

While the air fryer is a lifesaver when it comes to making frozen snacks and easy dinners, you can use it to make some of the most delicious and easy desserts too!

Aside from breakfast sweets like Air Fryer Waffles and Air Fryer French Toast, you can also try more traditional after-dinner desserts.

My favorites include Air Fryer Churros, Air Fryer Oatmeal Cookies, and Air Fried Oreos.

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Air Fryer Pop Tarts

Making Pop Tarts in the Air Fryer, from scratch, is easier than you think! These rectangular fruit filled pastries are topped with pink frosting and sprinkles, just like you remember. But these Air Fryer Pop Tarts are better than the ones from the box, because you made them yourself!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 8 Pop Tarts
Calories: 289kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

For the Pop Tarts

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust 2 crusts
  • cup jam raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, or your favorite
  • 1 large egg

For the Frosting (Optional)

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk as needed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 drop pink food coloring optional
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

For the Pop Tarts

  • Preheat the air fryer at 375°F/190°C for 5 minutes.
  • Unroll the pie crusts out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out as many 2×3” rectangles as you can– you should be able to get about 6 per crust.
  • Gather any scraps of dough and reroll them to an ⅛” thick. Cut out as many rectangles as you can again– you should be able to get about 4 more.
  • Place 2 teaspoons of jam into the center of one piece of dough and then place another rectangle on top. Pinch the edges to seal in the jam. Poke the top of the pop tart with a fork to create a vent and then crimp the edges with a fork to make sure they are fully sealed. Repeat with the remaining pop tarts.
  • Beat the egg with a splash of water to form an egg wash and then brush the egg wash over the top of each pop tart.
  • Place a few pop tarts into the prepared air fryer, making sure not to overcrowd the basket– you may need to cook multiple batches. Cook at 375°F/190°C for 8-10 minutes or until the pop tarts are golden brown and crisp.
  • Transfer the pop tarts to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, vanilla extract and food coloring. If the frosting is too thick, add the second tablespoon of milk.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled pop tarts and immediately top with sprinkles.
  • Allow the frosting to set completely– about 10 minutes. Enjoy.
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Notes

  • Air Fryer Pop Tarts can be filled with any type of jam or spread that you like! Try them with Nutella, Peanut Butter, Apple Preserves, Apricot Jam, or Blueberry Jam. The possibilities are endless!
  • This recipe uses refrigerated pie crust dough from the grocery store, but it will work with your favorite homemade pie crust recipe as well.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. You will need to air fry these in batches to cook them all.
  • Be careful removing the cooked pop tarts from the air fryer. Use a spatula to get them out without burning your fingers.
  • The sugar glaze should be thin enough to drizzle, but no so thin that it runs over the edges of the pop tarts. Start with just one tablespoon of milk, and only add more if you need it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pop tart | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

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