Mini Almond Joy Pop Tarts

I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day.
My husband got me the earrings that I posted about here!

It seems as though he does pay attention.

I think I will start making wish lists and putting them on the internet and see if it works again.
It would basically be a virtual “vision board”.
I mean Oprah says when you put things out there in the universe they become reality, so since it worked for me with the earrings I’m going to go for it again.

Dear Universe,

I would like someone to come to my house and clean the floors, bathrooms and do the laundry. Don’t worry about dusting, it’s the least I can do.
Also, I would like a trip to Italy for my whole family. Just throwing it out there…or if Italy doesn’t work out, Hawaii would be fine.
And universe, I would appreciate this watch.
One more thing, Universe.  I would like to win the lotto.  I don’t have to win the millionity-million dollar lotto, just a few million would do, really.
That is all.


So while I wait for the universe to do it’s magic and bestow upon me a ridiculously expensive watch we should talk treats.

I haven’t ever made homemade Pop Tarts.
There is a clear reason for this.
Pop Tarts rule.  Sometimes you shouldn’t mess with perfection.  Helloooo Brown Sugar Cinnamon.

BUT since Pop Tarts have yet to make an Almond Joy Tart, I had to take matters into my own hands.

Mini Almond Joy Pop Tarts.

I made these “Pop Tarts” a little smaller than the original. That way you can eat more. Duh.

I went ahead and made my own crust. Just call me Suzy Homemaker, I know.
The reason I made my own instead of buying a roll-out pie crust is because it was a way I found to slip in some extra calories in the form of cream cheese.
Hold your applause until the end, please.

Just get some cold butter and cream cheese and flour and cut it together.
If you don’t have a nifty pastry cutter, just use a fork.
PhotobucketOnce it looks like coarse crumbs, get your hands in there and get dirty.
Knead the dough for a few minutes and it will look like this…
PhotobucketWrap it up in some cling wrap and let it chill for a bit.
PhotobucketWhen you’re ready, get your rolling pin ready for action.
PhotobucketRoll the dough out pretty thin…
PhotobucketAnd cut it into rectangles. You can make them any size you want, really.
PhotobucketNow mix up some coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
PhotobucketPlop a spoonful of that onto half of your rectangles.
PhotobucketWet the edges with water and pinch them closed with a fork.
PhotobucketHow cute.
PhotobucketThen brush an egg wash on top of each…
PhotobucketPlace them on a parchment lined baking sheet a few inches apart…
PhotobucketBake them up.
They will get pretty and golden.
When they are done baking and cooled, place an almond on top of each.
PhotobucketThen heat some chocolate frosting in the microwave to thin it slightly and spoon it over top the almond, coating the top.
PhotobucketI did mine on the wire rack so the excess could drip off.
PhotobucketThen let the chocolate set up.
PhotobucketThat’s it!
It seems like a lot of steps, but they really went together fast. There really aren’t that many ingredients!

Then eat.
And then eat another.



Mini Almond Joy Pop Tarts


makes 12 mini pop tarts


  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3 oz cold cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/2 cup canned chocolate frosting
  • raw, unsalted almonds for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, cut the butter and cream cheese into the flour until mixture form coarse crumbs. With your hands blend the mixture until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Flatten dough, wrap in cling wrap and chill for 1 hour, or until firm.
  3. To make filling combine coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. When dough is chilled remove from fridge and roll out on a floured surface into a 17×10 inch rectangle. Dough will be very thin.
  5. Cut dough with a knife into 2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles.
  6. Spoon a heaping teaspoon amount of coconut onto center of half the rectangles. Moisten edges with water and place another rectangle of dough of top, pressing edges together.
  7. Using a fork seal the edges together all the way around.
  8. Whisk egg and water together to form an egg wash and lightly brush egg wash over each mini tart.
  9. Bake at 375° on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until edges golden.
  10. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  11. When cooled, place an almond on top of each tart. Heat chocolate frosting in microwave for 15 seconds. Pour a teaspoon of frosting on top of each tart and allow to set.


Store in an airtight container for 3 days.


49 Responses

  1. Patti Keil

    I am definitely making these! Sweetened condensed milk and coconut should be their own food group and then when you cover it with awesome pastry and chocolate?….OVER THE TOP! Plus… this blog is hilarious; thank you for making me laugh today 🙂

  2. brat

    I am curious, would a ravioli maker work with pie crust? Have you made this with puff pastry? My pie crust comes out like roofing shingles, I have given up on making scratch pie dough.

    1. shelly

      hahaha, roofing shingles! I am a pie crust novice, but I bet that a ravioli maker would work. I think puff pastry would work, but they might just look, well, puffier!

  3. Love this!

    In 3 years of blogging I have never made anything related to Mounds or Almond Joy bars…but just today posted about Mounds Bar cookies. And now I see your A.J. creation. YOU are SO CREATIVE! Love it!

    And great score on the earrings and the new profile pic you (or that’s new-ish)…cute!

  4. You know, you’d think the Pop Tarts people would create awesome flavors like this. Sadly, they do not. I’m kind of afraid that Toaster Strudels might be beating them…have you seen their Boston Cream Pie flavor??

    I need a dozen of these for breakfast, please!!

  5. Jo-Anne

    You had me until you used canned frosting! Making a ganache is pretty easy and is much better than all the fake stuff that’s in a can of frosting.

  6. Allison

    Awesomely delicious recipe Shelly!… and beautiful photographs…I was ready to get up from my desk at work and head home to make these after reading your post.

  7. Super fun idea. You could call them dessert ravioli, I think, too…That’s what they reminded me of due to their shape. I wonder if you could make them with egg roll wrappers…and fry them….if I could eat that, I think I might – sounds awesome. Stupid wheat allergy….

  8. So with the cream cheese in the pie crust it’s almost like rugelach pop tarts! And really, you can’t go wrong there!

    I should start putting dates I want the boyfriend to take me on, on the blog. Restaurants I want to go to…see if he takes the hint.

  9. I am loving these pop tarts. Great photos of the prep too. I am going to take your advice and put my own wish list out there. One thing on it- Timothy Oliphant…with a bow tied around him. Yup.

  10. Debra Kapellakis

    Oh me oh my, my head is gonna explode and my shirt is wet from drooling and you you you crack me up…I can’t wait to make these! YUM!

  11. Pop Tarts and Almond Joy together?! You are my soul sister, seriously. I am in love with this recipe, and can’t wait to make these bad boys. I will probably eat the whole batch, but whatever…Pop Tarts are not meant for sharing anyway 😉

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Andrea

    Wow – these look and sound amazing! You think of everything (delicious and fattening)! Love to read your funny blog entries, too 🙂

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