DIY Starbucks: 5 Recipes That Bring Home the Bakery

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Routine visits to Starbucks can cause a serious dent in your pocketbook. Brewing a cup at home has long been heralded as a way to save money, but there is one non-financial cost you encounter: no more trips out means no more tempting treats! But just like the home-brew option, there is a home-cook option for the bakery counter. For anyone who wants to skip Starbucks entirely, here are five treat recipes inspired by the chain.

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1. Oat fudge bars

You know what they have up in Canada? Oat fudge bars. The item is not currently on display in American glass pastry cases, but Penelope’s Place has a solution that brings the bars right to your home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk (just less than one full can)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a stand mixer, cream butter sugars. Add the eggs. Mix the flour, baking soda, and oats, then slowly combine with egg mixture. Spread ¾ of the oat dough into a 9-inch-by-13-inch rectangular baking pan, using a spoon to spread to the edges.

In a pot on medium-low heat, melt together the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla. Pour and spread this over the layer of oat dough. Top with the remaining oats, dropping in clumps over the chocolate. Bake for 25 minutes, then cool and freeze before cutting into squares.

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