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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

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  • Remember those snacks that were your favorites when you were a kid?  In the book, Treat Yourself, Jennifer Steinhauer has recreated homemade versions of 70 classic snacks.  Not only can making these treats yourself save you money, they also are a healthier version than what you find on the shelves because they are minus the chemicals and shelf stabilizers that many pre-packaged treats contain (this does not mean these are healthy snacks, just healthier.)  In this book you will find step by step recipes for:

    Classic Cookies-Thin Mints, Gingersnaps, Samoas, Tagalongs, and more

    Sandwich Cookies-Nutter Butters, Oreos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and more

    Snack Cakes-Twinkies, Star Crunch, Zebra Cakes, and more

    Fruity Treats and Filled Things-Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini Pies, Strawberry Pop Tarts, and more

    Savory Snacks- Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Cheez-Its, and more

    Candy-Marshmallows, Cracker Jacks, Twix Bars, Candy Dots, and more

    Frozen Treats-Ice Cream Sandwiches, Bomb Pops, Nutty Buddies, and more

    I saw this cookbook, and I just had to get it.  We love to bake and many of these treats were my favorites as a child and I wanted to have an opportunity to recreate those with my children.  The recipes are well written.  Directions are clear and easy to follow.  A photo is included with each recipe.  I liked the introduction to the book as well as the included information about each of the treats.

    My children made quite a list of things they wanted to make and try.  We started out with the Thin Mints.  My 10 year old did most of the recipe himself, except when it came to dipping the cookie into the melted chocolate I helped him a bit.  The Thin Mints were very good.  Not exactly like the girl scout cookie, but very close.  We thought the recipe was a winner.

    Many of the recipes do use a microwave.  We do not have one (shocking I know!) so instead used the top of the stove.  Some of the recipes may be a bit trickier without a microwave though like the moonpies.  But hopefully they will work as well in the oven.

    We look forward to making more yummy snacks with this cookbook!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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