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Our Trip Down Memory Lane with Jennifer Steinhauer

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All week long, our very own Jennifer Steinhauer from Weeknights with Jenny has shared recipes from her new book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today).  

Today: Put on your favorite classics and get out the chocolate -- we're looking back at Jenny's most clever creations. 

This week, Jenny spoiled us with treats from our childhood -- all adapted for the home kitchen. Her Hostess Cupcakes brought us back to our school cafeterias; we rejoiced when she shared a recipe for Cheez-Its that could pass for the original, but also serve as elegant cocktail crisps. We hope you'll keep these recipes near so that when nostalgia hits, you'll be able to Treat Yourself

Hostess Cupcakes

Hostess Cupcakes





Twix Bars 

Twix Bars


Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops

We're giving away a copy of Treat Yourself every day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What's your favorite DIY recipe? We'll pick five winners at random next Monday, June 9th!

Photo by James Ransom. Excerpted from the book Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer. Reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter Publishers. All rights reserved.

Tags: guest editors, jennifer steinhauer, jenny, treat yourself, snacks, treats, how-to & diy

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11 months ago Emily

Homemade pesto. lt's so nice to use up the fresh basil in the summer and I put it on tons of stuff besides pasta. And, this summer I'm finding that homemade mojito's are delish. No need to head to the bar--we just walk on out to the back deck!


12 months ago theworldsaplate

Bread, especially ciabatta. Homemade tastes so much better than most store-bought options.


12 months ago Carrie

Chocolate syrup! Or homemade thin mints. Can you tell I'm a sweet tooth??


12 months ago Alexis M.

My favorite is marinara sauce. It's easy and it tastes way better than the jarred stuff.


12 months ago BakerRB

This isn't anything unusual to cooks, but home made frosting. Even a basic American buttercream from the back of the C&H package is better than any canned frosting.


12 months ago SilverSage

Homemade copycat of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce. You may have to be from Michigan to know this one.


12 months ago Melody J

New York Cheesecake


12 months ago Liz

Marshmallow Peeps, without a doubt. They're my fondest childhood Easter memory, but as an adult, I can't bring myself to eat commercial Peeps in all of their carnival-colored glory. Now I can have my Peeps and eat them, too!


12 months ago Westcoasty

My favourite DIY recipe is gluten-free thin-crust pizza - I never have to worry that the toppings are skimpy!


12 months ago Mary

My fave is making crumpets!


12 months ago spiffypaws

Home made egg mcmuffin with smoked paprika


12 months ago EmFraiche

I'll have to second mayonnaise. =)


12 months ago crazyasitsounds

I always make my own salad dressing and -- when I have the time -- hummus.


12 months ago Crystal

This sounds so silly but I adore making homemade salad dressing. Really tasty and so much healthier than store-bought dressings.


12 months ago littleknitter

My favorite DIY recipe is for Caramel deLites!


12 months ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I'm gonna have to say New York style pizza. How about a savory spin for book #2, Jenny?


12 months ago susanw

Chipotle's cilantro and lime rice


12 months ago cookbookchick

Homemade mayonnaise! I especially love a variation I found years ago in an issue of Gourmet: Cuban Lime Mayonnaise.