If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.
Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer is a snack food lover’s dream cookbook. Inside are recipes for Oreos, Hostess Cup Cakes, Fig Newtons, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and so many other classic snacks. The book is divided into seven sections and covers everything from classic cookies to frozen treats. Each section includes an informative introduction as does each recipe, and I found it fascinating how many of my favorite snacks were developed during the early part of the 20th Century.
I tried the recipes for the Nilla Wafers, Chips Ahoy!, and Biscoff cookies, and each recipe was a success. While the Nilla Wafers lacked the snap of their namesake, the flavor was spot on. The Chips Ahoy! cookies were chewy and tasted amazing right out of the oven. I’ve never had a real Biscoff cookie, so I can’t say how this recipe compares; however, if you are looking for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie, this is it.
My homemade Chips Ahoy! cookies.
The book is full of mouthwatering pictures for almost every recipe, but I do wish that every recipe was given a chance to shine in a picture and not just be left to the imagination. Also, some of the recipes veer towards the semi-homemade end of baking and call for things like refrigerated pie crust and marshmallow fluff, but a strictly from scratch baker can easily substitute a favorite recipe for a store bought ingredient.
Overall, Treat Yourself is a winner and a must-read for those who like to bake. To get a taste of the recipes in this book, check out this excerpt for homemade Twix Bars.
This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.