I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
“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
Have a party coming up? Or is your family from out of town is visiting this weekend and you want to surprise them with some ultimate sweets? Or your husband is taking all the kids out on a camping trip and leaving you at home with peace and quiet and you feel like Treat(ing) Yourself ? Well, regardless of the occasion, Treat Yourself is the perfect treat cookbook!
As the synopsis says, these recipes are all natural, homemade and fairly easy to make. Some of the recipes look identical to the originals while others differ a bit in their appearance, however all of the ones I made (about 8 different recipes so-far) taste just like they are supposed to.
Before every recipe, there’s an introductory to the recipe with a brief history about that treat and a few comments from Jennifer. Most recipes have pictures alongside them, but there are a few that do not. The outline of the book makes it easy to navigate through, and there is a little “bubble” that tells you about how long it takes to make that particular treat, and it is actually very accurate.
One thing that you may need to prepare for is that many of the recipes take a while to make. Like the Snickers bars I made took almost a day and half because of the ingredients that needed to be frozen, cooked, drizzled and let to set. But they tasted delicious in the end 🙂
If you love baking and love sweets (the two kinda go hand in hand….) I highly recommend this book, as you (and everyone you bake for) will love this book! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
Rated: * * * * *