Homemade Toaster Strudels

by Merissa on May 9, 2011

in Recipes

Some mornings my hubby has to get up at 5 to go to work. I don't like getting up that early but I feel bad when I can't get him some breakfast to take on the go. I've seen several recipes around the blogosphere for homemade pop tarts but I'm not really a big fan of those, I liked toaster strudels better. So here's what I came up with, I'm going to just stick them in the freezer so he can just grab one for breakfast!

What you need:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 6 T. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. (or less) milk

Milk together the dry ingredients. Crumble in the butter. I like to use a fork to do this since I don't have a pastry cutter.

Slowly add in the milk. You may not need the whole 3/4 c. You don't want the dough to be sticky.

Roll the dough into a ball.

Roll out the dough into something of a square shape.

Fold the dough in half.

And fold it in half again. And roll out into another square shape. Do this several more times. Don't knead the dough, you are trying to make layers.

Pull the dough in half after you've folded and rolled it out at least 5 times. It should look like this. Nice and layery.

Roll out very thin. Then cut into rectangles about 5"x6".

Place a filling in the middle of half of the squares. For this batch, I used applesauce that I canned last fall. You could use jams, applesauces, pureed fruit, or more.

Fold the dough in half and crimp the edges with a fork.

Brush the strudels with butter. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. They won't be brown when they are down but they will get nice and puffy.

Yummy. They smell so good when you take them out of the oven! This recipe makes at least 10 pastries.

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1 Rockin' Momma May 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

Love it! My son can’t egg store Toaster Strudels because of eggs in them. But I’d love to try this for him. I’ve got home made strawberry jam from last year that I need to use up soon. I’m trying this!


2 Merissa May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

They are so yummy! Let us know if he likes them!


3 Charity May 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

I was just thinking of the other day I wanted to get a recipe for these. I can’t wait. Have sour cherry pie filling from last summer I’m going to try I made!


4 Charity May 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

Oh one more thing to warm them up can you stick them into the toaster? Thanks, Merissa!


5 Merissa May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Yes you can! Mine weren’t quite right this batch and they were leaking a little of the filling so I told the hubby not to with this batch but, yes they can go in the toaster!


6 Jenni May 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

So excited to see this recipe, my girls aren’t big breakfast eaters but I hate to send them to school without eating something. They love toaster strudels but I don’t buy them often. These look like they would be the perfect thing plus on the mornings we are running late they could eat them on the way out the door to the bus!!! :-)


7 Barb May 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thank you! I was just wondering if anyone had a recipe for homeamde toaster strudels. My kids love them, but we usually only buy them when on sale and have a coupon. Thank you again!


8 Heather May 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

These are awesome! I love that I can make a bunch on the weekends, with whatever flavors I have on hand, and use them all week for quick breakfasts for hubby and I to eat on the way to work. So far, I’ve filled them with strawberry jam and ham & cheese — yummy stuff! Thanks for the recipe!


9 Jolene November 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

We made these this morning and LOVED them! I must say– I appreciate you posting your recipes! Because of dietary restrictions– we have to avoid many things and your generosity, time and effort helps us out tremendously! I love that you value whole foods! Thank you!!

Now– these were fabulous! we put your apple pie filling in them and they went fast! LOVE your recipes! Thanks!


10 mary pheaster January 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I am new to your site, but enjoy it sooo much. I want to know about uses for kidney bean flour. It was said to be toxic?? I want to know all about bean flours and uses. I am a believer in this.


11 Willie Mitchell January 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am thinking of making these and freezing them for my grandchildren. Do you think they will not get soggy if you freeze them? By the way, I just found your site yesterday and I think it is WONDERFUL!!!!!! At least what I have seen thus far.


12 Merissa January 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

They should freeze just fine. And welcome!


13 Kimberly May 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

This is an awesome recipe! Thank you. What is the best way to freeze them so they stay fresh? I have the foodsaver bags and was wondering if you thought that would be good?


14 Merissa May 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

That would work fine! I just used regular freezer bags for mine :)


15 Mike August 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Do you cool the dough in between the folding rolling folding and rolling? Or just do it all in one step?


16 Merissa August 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

No I don’t, just fold, roll, and make!


17 Hayden August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

well im 12 and i dont bake much and there were pretty easy to make besides the exeption of flipping the dough ball ; ) but good recipe


18 Rhonda September 15, 2012 at 6:03 am

Made some this morning using 1 cup white flour and 1 cup wheat flour. Applesauce for the filling. Very good!!!


19 Carissa September 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Was wondering if these could be made with a sausage/scrambled egg mixture or maybe a little bit of sausage gravy. My kids like a little more savory breakfast.


20 Merissa September 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I think that would be really yummy!


21 Laurie October 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I made these today with lemon pie filling. They are really good. My nine year old loves them.


22 adrianna October 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

do you bake them first, then cool them, then freeze them? or do you freeze them raw?

how long to defrost, or toaster defrosts or cooks fine?


23 Merissa October 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I bake them first and then freeze. And then I would defrost them in the fridge overnight before toasting. :)


24 Sue Pekarek November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Bookmarked it


25 Christina 'Swanson' Baksh November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thank you! I have a love/hate relationship with those….my kids love them.


26 Paula November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Wow what a great idea! So many possibilities for fillings! I can’t wait to give this a try! I would love to make a pumpkin filling for these. If you ever experiment with that idea, please let me know! Thanks for the great recipe!


27 Rhonda Jensen November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I made them!! YUM!!!


28 Learn To Preserve November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Oh wow. Delicious.


29 Sarah Siskin November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

we are in New Jersey and at the shore, which has been ravaged. we just got power back on and moved back home after being displaced. this is the first recipe I see. I will make these tomorrow when i get to the store as all we have is gone….look amazing@


30 Eileen November 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Could these be warmed up in the microwave after defrosting them? We don’t have a toaster that works very well….Would love to hear different ideas for fillings…..
Thank you for sharing with us!


31 Merissa November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Yes they could:)


32 Little House on the Prairie Living November 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Sarah, well I’m glad you are ok and glad you got your power back on!


33 Helen November 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love this recipe! Totally have to make these.


34 Cheryl December 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

I found a quicker way to do these.Take a tube of those flaky biscuits and roll each one out into a large square, or as close to it you can.Or you can make them rounded, like a pierogie, your choice. Make sure you flour the surface and rolling pin, as the dough is a bit sticky. Roll them out as thinly as possible. Then take a bit of preserves( your choice of flavor), or hazelnut spread, about a tablespoon and smooth it out, but leave the edges of the dough bare for crimping. Fold the dough over the filling and flatten a bit to make sure the filling is even. Crimp closed with a fork or if you have a pierogie press, use that. Take a little bit of melted butter or oil and brush each one, sprinkle with a little sugar(or not, your choice). Put them on a cookie sheet. Bake at the directions on the tube(set timer for the lesser time and check them), but keep an eye on them, you don’t want them to burn. Pull out when just golden brown. My son is picky and they went quick!


35 Cheryl December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

Oh, I forgot to add, if you are not eating these right away, bake them not so golden so they can get toasted later.


36 Adrianna March 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

Great recipe! My 2 year old had a blast helping me make these and eat them.


37 Sue April 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

About how much filling?


38 Merissa April 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

It depends on how big you make your rectangles but no more than a tablespoon or two or it will spill out.


39 Sue April 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I’ve been making these with puff pastry. I find it hard to work with. These sound promising. Thx for the idea


40 Sue April 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Are you putting a second crust on top or folding them in half?


41 Merissa April 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Second crust on top.


42 Lady A/ March 8, 2014 at 3:40 am

The recipe says fold an half


43 Shannon {Cozy Country Living} April 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

Oh my goodness, these look great! I think these will be a big hit in my house:) Thanks so much for sharing!


44 lisa@ Cooking with Curls May 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them, thank you for sharing :)


45 Lauryn May 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I LOVE this and can’t wait to try it for my kids! They are huge fans of toaster strudels but we only have them once in a blue moon because they are so bad for you. I am totally digging the idea of homemade:) Thanks for the recipe!


46 christianmotherof5 June 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I made these today with apple butter I made last fall. These are so yummy!! We are taking these camping. Quick and easy and everyone will love them!!


47 Brenda August 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

I just made these this morning. Oh, my!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. These are excellent. I made ours with homemade strawberry jam and some of the others with the jam and a dollop of cream cheese. These are much better than the expensive toaster strudels!! Thank you!!!


48 Brenda August 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

Forgot to say that I also drizzled some powdered sugar icing over top of them..


49 Trish August 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I will be spending a few hours before school starts and doing the following for easy healthy lunches,
Ham cheddar cheese, turkey and mozzarella/Havarti cheese, pepperoni pizza
Hopefully they will turn out all yummy.
(Adding a little bit of sugar to the dough recipe makes a hint of sweetness to the pastry when working with meats)


50 Sarah Bowen August 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I can’t wait to try this. I absolutely love the cheese danish recipe! I’m sure this is just as amazing! Thank you! :)


51 Annie December 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Wow this is perfect
My 6yo is soooo picky and i have been striving to clean up what he eats
Soo making these!
We happen to have home made fig jam that he loves so that is going in!
Adore yor site btw! Just found you via Pintetest
I had to simplify my life drastically few years ago and now that i am bouncing back i am hoping to further simplify my life moving foward!


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