10 Junk-Food Classics You Can Recreate at Home

From a brilliant variation on Twix to DIY peanut butter cups, these snack-food recipes recreate everything you loved as a kid—minus the suspect ingredients.

  • Twix Bars. Our go-to candy bar, our movie companion, our lunchtime fascination, our trade-anything-for-it Halloween treat, is now available in our kitchen. Our mouths just dropped.
  • Cheez-Its. The paprika is responsible for the tang; the better the cheese you use, the sharper and more elegant the taste, yet they will still remain distinctly Cheez-It-esque.
  • Hostess Cupcakes. This recipe is close to any standard cupcake version you may have on hand, but it is infused with cream and then dipped in chocolate, which sounds like a lot of work, but it all goes pretty quickly.
  • Peanut Butter Cups. We opted for a combination of dark and milk chocolate here, resulting in one heck of a peanut butter cup. The dark chocolate and the floral spice of the Sichuan give them a hint of sophistication, and make for an all-around delicious treat.
  • Milano Cookies. These cookies are as elegant and sophisticated as you are. And adding a little bit of orange zest in the last step makes them even better.
  • Chicken Fingers. Because sometimes chicken fingers are just a snack—especially when they come perfectly crisped with the addition of Parmesan cheese and oregano.
  • Mallomars. We’re showing you how to make New York's rarest cookie, whenever and wherever you want them. Their shape may be a bit wonky, but it’s a charming, imperfect wonkiness. And they’re just as delicious.
  • Sweet Potato Chips. Any spice you enjoy could be appropriate on these (za'atar, smoked paprika, ground cinnamon), but we went with some pre-fab taco spice because it has so many flavors that work great with sweet potatoes.
  • Party Popcorn. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Tonight, we're making perfect popcorn, seasoned your way.
  • Almond Joy Candy Bars. In 30 minutes, these no-bake almond joys can be yours to savor. With an almond on top and a thick chocolate coating, the candy bar is complete.

Remember running home from the school bus stop and straight to your kitchen? At that time, our favorite snacks came in a swanky package, like the blocky red box that held our beloved Cheez-Its or the rectangular, white bag that encased our favorite Milano cookies. Now that we’re a little older and wiser (kind of), we’ve decided that making our favorite snack foods at home beats the plastic packaging. Oh, and they taste better too.

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