How to Easily Make the Best Air Fryer Breakfast Pop Tarts Now

We’ve got the perfect homemade recipe for your favorite breakfast treat from your youth. We’re talking about pop tarts. But this version is our fabulous Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts. We’ve put a fall flavor twist on this one with apple cinnamon filling you’ll love!  delicious homemade apple cinnamon pop tarts are quick and easy fall breakfast treat Smells and tastes just like a homemade apple pie without all the fuss. You can whip this up in minutes in your air fryer. Just 6 minutes and you’ll have a golden flaky pastry treat the whole family will thank you for. Of course you can eat it for breakfast, but it also makes a great snack. Serve it for dessert with some vanilla ice cream. Yum! easy 6 min homemade air fryer pop tarts look delicious and golden brown in air fryer basket   This recipe is also part of a fall recipe blog hop so we encourage you to take a look at some of the other delicious fall inspired recipes below. Take a few moments to visit these fabulous blogs after you’ve made your pop tarts. There are lots of great ideas to add to your fall cooking to-do list!

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Blogger’s Best Fall Recipes

  1. How to Make Pretty Fall Cookies | My 100 Year Old Home
  2. Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding | Modern Glam
  3. Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze | Paint Me Pink
  4. Jalapeno Popper Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball | Tatertots and Jello
  5. Pumpkin Hand Pies Recipe (Mini Pastries) | Happy Happy Nester
  6. Classic French Apple Tart | Sincerely, Marie
  7. A Roundup of My Favorite Fall Treats | Pasha is Home
  8. How to Easily Make the Best Air Fryer Breakfast Pop Tarts Now | The Design Twins
  9. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Maison de Cinq
  10. Gorgonzola & Pear Pizza | My Sweet Savannah
  11. Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie | Twelve on Main
  12. Pumpkin Molasses Cookies | Finding Lovely

Pop Tarts Ingredient List

Here’s what you’ll need: One package refrigerated pie crust. Comes with 2 rolled pie crusts. I used Pillsbury brand.

Apple filling:

  • One small single portion of applesauce, 3.9 oz (no cinnamon added)
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Cornstarch, approximately 2 tablespoons


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk, or until spreadable

How to Make Your Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

  1. Unroll your pie crusts and lay them out on a cutting board.
  2. Your pie crusts are circles but that’s ok. You can try to shape them a little more like rectangles or you can just create pop tarts that have curved edges. Either way them come out tasting and looking.
  3. You want to cut the pie crusts lengthwise into 6 long pieces, 3 pieces for each pie crust.

Next, Let’s Make Your Apple Pie Filling for the Pop Tarts

  1. Pour applesauce into small mixing bowl.
  2. Add cinnamon to taste.
  3. Add one tablespoon cornstarch and mix well. Add additional cornstarch if needed to thicken.
  4. At this point, if mixture still seems runny transfer mixture to small saucepan and place over low heat until mixture starts to thicken. This process is not hard and does not take long.

Caution: Do not leave the mixture unattended. You don’t want it to burn. You just need a small amount of moisture to evaporate, and it will be perfect.  

Assemble your Pop Tarts

spreading apple cinnamon filling over refrigerator pie crusts to make pop tarts

  • Once you have your apple cinnamon paste you will take about a tablespoon and spread it over the center portion of one ½ of each of your pie crusts.
  • It should make enough so that all the apple paste is used.
  • Note: You won’t be putting a thick amount of apple paste onto each pop tart, but don’t worry.
  • The filling is rich and flavorful, and it will be plenty.
  • Too much and it would probably ooze out.
  • Next, fold over each pie crust.

folding over refrigerator pie crusts to make easy homemade pop tarts

  • Seal the edges by pressing a fork around all the edges to create a crimping effect.

pressing edges of refrigerator pie crust pop tarts with fork

Let’s Cook: Time for the Air Fryer

First, preheat your air fryer to 370 for a couple of minutes. Next, spray a small amount of oil on the bottom of your air fryer. Cook pop tarts in your air fryer for 6 min. They will be golden brown and flaky when you take them out. golden pop tarts in air fryer basket easy and ready in 6 min

Let’s Make the Icing

  • Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, & milk.
  • Spread icing over pop tarts. You can do this even if the pop tarts are still a bit warm. 
  • Finish off with some fall-inspired sprinkles or whatever you choose.

Now it’s time to enjoy!

homemade apple cinnamon air fryer pop tarts with sprinkles
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Air Fryer Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

This recipe is inspired by the yummy pop tarts of your youth but this homemade version is SO much better! It has all the delicious flavors of fall with apple smells and tastes like a mini apple pie but its quick and easy to make. Just cook it up in your air fryer and it's ready in minutes!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time48 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, apple, cinnamon, easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 443kcal
Cost: $8


  • air fryer


Apple Filling

  • 1 3.9 oz. applesauce
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch approximately


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tsp milk or until icing is spreadable

pop tart crust

  • 2 pie shells refrigerator


Apple Filling

  • Mix together applesauce, cinnamon & cornstarch in a small bowl..
  • If apple mixture is still runny place over low heat and stir until mixture thickens. Do not leave unattended. Keep stirring until you can feel mixture thickening.
  • Remove from heat.

Making the Pop Tarts

  • Unroll your pie crusts and lay them out on a cutting board.
  • Cut the pie crusts lengthwise into 6 long pieces, 3 pieces for each pie crust.
  • Spread about 1 tbsp apple mixture over the bottom center portion of each pie crust.
  • Do this to all 6 pop tarts until the apple mixture is evenly used up.
  • Note: It's not a lot but don't worry, the mixture is rich and it will give a lot of flavor. Too much and it would probably ooze out.
  • Next, fold over each end of the pie crust/pop tart.
  • Seal the edges by pressing a fork around all the edges to create a crimping effect.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 for just a few minutes.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer with oil.
  • Place as many pop tarts into your air fryer that will fit WITHOUT overlapping any edges.
  • Set the air fryer to 6 minutes and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool for just a few minutes.
  • Next it's time to make the Icing.


  • Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, & milk in a small bowl.
  • Add milk as needed to create a spreadable consistency.
  • Spread icing over pop tarts that are still slightly warm.
  • Add sprinkles immediately as icing will harden quickly.
  • Serve warm.


Poptarts can be frozen. Just seal them and keep them in a freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheat:  You can reheat in the air fryer at 370 for 4-6 min.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg

Choosing Your Air Fryer

If you don’t yet have an air fryer or want to upgrade, here are a few things to consider. 

  • Make sure it has the options and settings that are important to you.
  • Make sure it’s simple enough to use. Does it have too many options that are just so confusing you can’t figure out how to make it work?
  • Make sure it’s easy to clean!
  • Be sure it is the right size for your needs. Too small means you can’t make the batch sizes you want for your family. Too large means you can’t fit it on your counter or store it where you want!
  • Get one that you love the look of on your counter. It’s a big statement on your counter (unless you can keep it in your pantry.)
  • Either way, you want it to add to your kitchen aesthetic and not subtract.

Jodie bought this one and loves it. It checks ALL the boxes above!     Julie bought this one and she loves hers as well.   Julie’s Favorite Features: 

  • large size of the basket
  • easy digital programming
  • easy to use, easy to clean
  • looks great

Freezing Pop Tarts

Pop tarts can be frozen. Just seal them and keep them in a freezer for up to 3 months.


You can easily reheat your pop tarts in the air fryer at 370 for 4-6 minutes.

fall air fryer pop tarts flavored with apple cinnamon and decorated with sprinkles

Make Air Frying Your Favorite with All the Right Tools!

There are many reasons why air frying is the new kitchen favorite in so many homes.  It’s faster, cleaner and leaner cooking. Many foods cook up crispier and healthier in an air fryer.

Are Air-Fried Foods Better for You?

By most measures, air frying is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70% to 80% and has a lot less fat, according to Web M.D. Below shop our air fryers and favorite accessories to make air frying your favorite!      

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  1. […] How to Easily Make the Best Air Fryer Breakfast Pop Tarts Now | The Design Twins […]

  2. Norma says:

    5 stars
    Yum! I’ve been wanting to make homemade pop-tarts! I will definitely be making these!!

  3. Looks delicious! I need to dust off my air fryer!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Melanie, You do! Once we started using our air fryers we are cooking so much faster and easier. It’s amazing. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  4. Sara says:

    Oh my kids would love these!

  5. 5 stars
    What a great idea! I loe that you made them in the air fryer! I pinned it to share 🙂


  6. Janine says:

    5 stars
    Ok, it’s unanimous; I need an air fryer right now, please! Thanks for all your culinary inspiration, you two!

  7. I don’t own an air fryer yet but this yummy recipe is making me think I need to change that!!!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Pasha, We love it. And we didn’t either until this year. We are both happy we took the plunge because it’s fast, easy, and cooks with less fat! Gotta love that! XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  8. ashley says:

    5 stars
    I need to get an air fryer so I can make these! YUM!

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