DIY: Pop Tarts and 6 Other Packaged Foods to Make at Home

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When you’re looking for a little baking inspiration, why not turn to the shelves of packaged foodstuffs in your grocery store? Homemade recipes for childhood favorites are pervasive across the Internet — serving up recipes for novelty snacks, baking projects, and healthier versions of store-bought snacks. Of course a little more effort is required to create a homemade version of the pre-packaged variety, but these seven recipes will have you ditching the easy route to put your own spin on an old favorite.

1. Homemade Reese’s Cups

For some people, peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate combination — even better than peanut butter and jelly! To get a bite-sized treat with this salty-sweet combination, follow the directions using a miniature muffin or cupcake pan, but if you are craving a larger serving you can prepare your Reese’s Cups in a regular-sized pan.

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided into half cups
4 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
4 1.55-ounce milk chocolate candy bars

Directions: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until smooth; set aside. In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips, candy bars, and remaining peanut butter; stir until smooth. Drop teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture into paper-lined miniature muffin cups. Top each with a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture; top with another teaspoonful of chocolate mixture. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.

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