Vegan Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

by Steph Sunshine at StephSunshine.com

Yield8 Pop-Tarts

Prep Time75 minutes

Cook Time25 minutes

Total Time2 hours

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. vegan granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup vegan shortening
  • 1/3 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • water, for brushing on dough edges
  • plain, unsweetened almond milk, for brushing on pop-tart tops

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Filling

  • 3/4 cup vegan brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegan butter sticks (such as Earth Balance)
  • 2 tsp. canned unsweetened coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 1 cup vegan powdered (icing/confectioner's) sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/3 tsp. plain, unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add flour, 2 tsp. sugar, and 1 tsp. salt to a medium mixing bowl and mix well. Add shortening and cut in (mix, pressing down) with a fork until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, add 1/3 cup almond milk and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and mix well. Then add the liquid mixture to the crumbly dough and mix it well until it comes together and forms a dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it's about 1/8" (3 mm) thick. Check to make sure the thickness is even throughout and continue to roll out any areas that are still too thick.
  4. Cut your dough into 3" x 4" (7.5 x 10 cm) rectangles (or any size/shape you'd like, just make sure they're large enough to fill). You can do this using a [rectangle cookie cutter](https://amzn.to/3rJuWGo), or cut a piece of parchment paper into a 3x4 rectangle, then lay it over the dough and cut with a pizza cutter. You should have 16 pieces if you're cutting 3x4 rectangles. (If needed, re-roll the dough once.) Place the cut pieces on a baking tray (you will need 2 trays) and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. About 5-10 minutes before the dough has completely cooled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp. salt to a small mixing bowl and mix well. Cut the vegan butter into small pieces, then cut it into the brown sugar until well-incorporated. Add the coconut cream and 1/2 tsp. vanilla and mix well.
  6. Remove the dough pieces from the refrigerator and lightly flour a flat plate. Place one rectangle on the floured plate, then add a heaping tablespoon of filling to the center. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to spread it out, leaving some space along the edges to seal the Pop-Tarts. Brush the edges with water, then place another dough rectangle on top. Lightly stretch the top piece to cover the filling and bottom piece, ensuring that there are no air pockets left inside. Press the edges together with your fingertips to seal, then crimp with a fork. Poke holes in the top with a fork to allow steam to escape. Make sure your holes go all the way through the dough (you'll feel the sugar under your fork when you've passed through the dough). Brush the top with almond milk, then transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pieces and filling, then bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F (175°C), until the edges are beginning to turn golden brown.
  7. After the Pop-Tarts have baked, transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Prepare the frosting by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl (powdered sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 3 1/3 tsp. almond milk, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla). If the frosting is too thick to spread, add almond milk one splash at a time until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Use a spoon to spread the frosting on top of the cooled Pop-Tarts. You can allow the frosting to set for about an hour before eating, or enjoy them right away!

Notes & Hints

Check that your coconut cream is unsweetened. Latin brands of coconut cream such as Goya and Iberia have a lot of added sugar and won't work. Trader Joe's, Native Forest, Thai Kitchen, and 365 all make unsweetened coconut cream.

Be careful not to over-fill the Pop Tarts. If you put too much filling in, it will ooze out of the holes on the top and create a mess!

Make sure your edges are crimped well and you have a lot of holes on top; not doing this can cause the filling to ooze out!

Storage: I keep these in an air-tight container at room temperature for about 5 days. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for longer storage.

Reheat in a conventional or toaster oven (but not a toaster) for about 2-3 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius).

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