Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Treat Yourself by Jennifer Stainhauer

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.

After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

So go ahead—treat yourself to your own homemade version of these favorites:

• Samoas, Pecan Sandies, Chips Ahoy!, and other classic cookies
• Nutter Butters, Mint Milanos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and other sweet sandwich cookies
• Twinkies, Drake’s Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and other snack cakes
• Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini-Pies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and other fruity, filled treats
• Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Funyuns, and other salty, savory snacks
• Cracker Jacks, Goo Goo Clusters, Candy Dots, and other candy favorites
• Orange Creamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops, Nutty Buddies, and other frozen treats

Received for review.

I adore cookbooks and I simply could not pass up this one featuring beloved snacks.

I knew I'd love this book as soon as I saw recipes for both Samoas and Thin Mints in the very first chapter. As a Girl Scout cookie addict I almost fainted from joy! Then I discovered the Drake's Coffee Cakes recipe in a later chapter and almost fainted again! I was also happy to come across recipes for Fritos and Cheez-Its. I was very impressed with the sheer variety of recipes offered from sweet to savory.

I love that almost every recipe has a lovely photograph of the treat which is a huge bonus so you know what to aim for when you're making your own.

If you've ever lovingly (and longingly) remembered a Pudding Pop or Twinkie then this is the book for you. It would also make a lovely gift. I definitely highly, highly recommend this!

★★★★★ = Loved It

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Ryan said...

If you make the homemade Funyuns, you have to send me some!

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