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 topped with melted chocolate

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.
A collage of four photos showing how to cut butter into a dry mixture with a pastry blenderOnce 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…
A ball of dough in a mixing bowlWrap it up in some cling wrap and let it chill for a bit.
A disc of dough wrapped in plastic wrapWhen you’re ready, get your rolling pin ready for action.
A baking mat with circles and a rolling pinRoll the dough out pretty thin…
Dough rolled out thinAnd cut it into rectangles. You can make them any size you want, really.
Squares of dough on a baking matNow mix up some coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
A collage of two photos of coconut filling mixturePlop a spoonful of that onto half of your rectangles.
Squares of dough with a scoop of coconut filling in the middleWet the edges with water and pinch them closed with a fork.
Squares of filled dough crimped with a forkHow cute.
Filled dough squares on a baking matThen brush an egg wash on top of each…
Pastry brush spreading egg wash over dough squaresPlace them on a parchment lined baking sheet a few inches apart…
Filled dough squares on a parchment-lined baking sheetBake them up.
They will get pretty and golden.
When they are done baking and cooled, place an almond on top of each.
Pastry squares topped with an almond on a cooling rackThen heat some chocolate frosting in the microwave to thin it slightly and spoon it over top the almond, coating the top.
Chocolate being drizzled over pastry squares on a cooling rackI did mine on the wire rack so the excess could drip off.
Pastry square covered in melted chocolate on a cooling rackThen let the chocolate set up.
Pastry squares drizzled with melted chocolate on a cooling rackThat’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 tart topped with chocolate


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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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May 24, 2012 12:36 am

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

May 21, 2012 9:07 am

Me thinks it’s probably that your husban appreciates that you make desserts like these 😉

May 20, 2012 5:58 pm

omg I love your site!

May 17, 2012 7:50 pm

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!

Debra Kapellakis
May 16, 2012 2:16 am

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!

May 15, 2012 9:36 am

What else could I say?!?! It looks simply mouthwatering!!!! I love your posts with step-by-step pics.

May 14, 2012 10:24 pm

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.

May 14, 2012 9:09 pm

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.

May 14, 2012 8:32 pm

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….

May 14, 2012 6:47 pm

OMG… you are an evil genius!!

May 14, 2012 6:06 pm

These look delicious! I love how you just squeezed in some extra calories!

May 14, 2012 4:37 pm

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.

May 14, 2012 3:42 pm

I can’t wait to make these for a friend of mine. Almond Joys are her favorite! And I agree-PopTarts rule!

May 14, 2012 3:05 pm

These look amazing!!

May 14, 2012 2:17 pm

Mmmm..a fresh warm bite of these with an ice cold diet Coke!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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