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Homemade Apple Cider Pop Tart

October 13, 2023

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There’s not much better than a fresh homemade pop tart. I created this homemade apple cider pop tart recipe after our Fall New England trip last year. I couldn’t stop making it because it turned out that good. Logan and I were eating them all the time, but now we like to reserve it for a weekend treat. Because while delicious, I really don’t think we should be having pop tarts for breakfast every day (lol). Even if they are homemade!

The key ingredient in this apple cider pop tart is the apple cider jelly we brought home from Cold Hollow Cider Mill. This stuff is so good! I ordered more for this year and had to send some to my parents as well because they don’t stop talking about it. It’s great on grilled cheeses as well with a sharp white cheddar, a few thinly slice apples, arugula and the cider jelly. YUM! I wish I had an affiliate link, I would literally be a spokesperson for their cider jelly; its’ that good!

What you need to make apple cider pop tarts at home

I like this recipe because it’s quick and easy, and only requires a few pantry staples. Once you have the cider jelly, which I’m sure you could find something similar at the store or swap for your favorite jelly or jam, the rest of the ingredients you probably already have!


The dough comes together with just 5 ingredients: flour, cold butter, ice water, sugar and salt. It doesn’t need any resting time, you just need to work quickly to make sure the dough stays cold. If it gets too warm, you’ll want to chill it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.


The filling for this homemade apple cider pop tart is the cider jelly. Like I mentioned before, I got mine from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which you would have to order online unless you happen to live in Vermont. After a quick Google search, I found similar options at Aldi and Sprouts, so check you local grocery store.

You could even make homemade! What I like about the Cold Hollow one is that the only ingredient is apple cider, so look for that if you can. The tanginess really balances the sweetness of the icing.


For the icing, you need powdered sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar and your choice of milk (I used almond). The cinnamon sugar is optional, but I feel it adds a certain yumminess that I personally wouldn’t skip. To make cinnamon sugar, I like the ratio 1 tbsp of cane sugar to 1 tsp of cinnamon.


Homemade Apple Cider Pop Tart

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These homemade apple cider pop tarts and flaky and tart with just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect for fall mornings!

  • Author: Kirsten Turk
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30


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  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tbs cold butter grated or cubed and forked in
  • 23 tbsp ice cold water
  • 34 tbsp Cider Jelly
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • almond milk or milk of choice 1 tsp at a time
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Set your oven to 425º F.
  2. Add flour, sugar and salt to a mixing bowl. 
  3. Cut in your cold butter.* To do this, either cube your butter and work it into the flour with your hands or grate the butter into the flour mixture. 
  4. Start adding your ice cold water 1 tbsp at a time and mix until a shaggy dough forms. 
  5. Divide your dough into 2 balls and roll them into thin circles about 1/4 inch thick or less. 
  6. Spread on your cider jelly to one sheet of dough, leaving about 1/2 inch on the sides, and place the remaining dough on top.
  7. Slightly fold the edges and crimp around the entire pop tart with a fork.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes. 
  9. Whisk together your powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon and milk of choice 1 tsp at a time until you get a smooth consistency. You want it to be able to spread, but you don’t want it too thin that it just runs off the pop tart. 
  10. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 4 pieces and enjoy!


*You can place your butter in the freezer 5-10 minutes before preparing the dough to make sure it stays cold enough. 

*The cinnamon sugar is optional, but I feel it adds a certain yumminess that I personally wouldn’t skip. To make cinnamon sugar, I like the ratio 1 tbsp of cane sugar to 1 tsp of cinnamon. 


  • Serving Size: 2

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