6 Favorite Treats You Can Make At Home

What pre-packaged treat do you most remember your mother buying you as a child? Graham crackers? Oroes? Fig Newtons? I love me a cookie outta the box as much as the next gal, but I’m wary when I read the listed ingredients and can’t pronounce half of them. I have set myself to the task of recreating some store-bought favorites so we can all enjoy the sweet goodness of these treats without all the unpronounceable and unhealthy stuff! Click through the gallery for copycat recipes for animal crackers, Vanilla Wafers and more!

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    Fig Newtons
    When I started thinking about making a healthier, less sugar-filled, homemade version of Fig Newtons I was a bit intimidated. It just didn't seem like a recipe that would be easy to pull off in a home kitchen. Well, I was wrong. Totally wrong. In fact, in the same amount of time it takes to make a simple batch of chocolate chip cookies, I made these decadently rich bars, filled with sweet fig and tucked inside a tender whole wheat cookie.
  • Wheat Thins 2 of 6
    Wheat Thins
    There are only seven -- count 'em, seven -- ingredients in these Cinnamon Honey Wheat Thins and I'm betting you've already got all of them in your kitchen. Is it easier to go to the market and by a box of wheat thin crackers? Of course it is. But I guarantee that you're not going to find a sweet version that are as naturally crunchy, tasty, and entirely pronounceable as these!
  • Vanilla Wafers 3 of 6
    Vanilla Wafers
    While you may think that a Vanilla Wafer would be complicated to make in your kitchen, my take on it is easy. After many blunders trying to perfect a homemade recipe, I eventually arrived at this version which tastes as good as, if not better than, the ones I remember. Kenya and Chloe have never tried the box kind, but give them a small handful of these cookies and a tall glass of milk and I don't think they're missing a darn thing!
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    Animal Crackers
    Animal Crackers are synonymous with kids. Little ones just love these imaginative treats and I'd bet you have your own fond childhood memories of eating them....and with good reason. Animal crackers are fun, scrumptious and many moms generally keep them on hand to keep everyone happy. If your kids are like mine, any food in the shape of an animal is usually a hit, and the first time I made these crackers for my son and daughter, there was a lot of excitement about which animal they each were going to pick first.
  • Graham Crackers 5 of 6
    Graham Crackers
    Graham Crackers are like a total cookie rite of passage for kids! When I was Kenya's age, I think I ate them every day of my life. So, my next recipe challenge was born. It's so much fun to make these with your kids. I have to say this is one of my favorite new sweet treat recipes, especially when it comes to school lunch. Not only does the recipe make a TON of cookies, but you can cut them out and freeze them to bake as you need them.
  • Oreos 6 of 6
    Even though I don't buy Oreos anymore, I still dream about them. One day I decided to stop fantasizing and come up with my own take on an Oreo that I'd feel good about letting my kids eat. My husband doubted I could replicate the classic taste and experience of the classic, but I plowed ahead and came up with a recipe. Oh. My. Goodness. This homemade version is crazy good. And the part I love most is that you can use cookie cutters to make homemade oreos in an unlimited array of shapes.

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