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Monday, May 17, 2010

Home Made Twix Bars and Other Treats

Have you noticed how SMALL candy bags have gotten that you purchase at the store? But the price is still ridiculously high for what you get. I have decided to stop purchasing candy because it is such a rip off - not because I should (I know - hanging head in shame)

I've decided to start making my own - because I love chocolate and can't have a home without it. I know I should resist.... but seriously .... we have to keep a mommy happy...*giggle. AND SHE ISN'T HAPPY WITHOUT CHOCOLATE!

I've collected lots of fun recipes and decided I need to make more then just chocolate chip cookies - I needed to start being a little more creative to quench that craving - without going to the store.... I know I'm so bad - LOL!

I found a no bake homemade Twix bar recipe. I like it - but my children couldn't get over the salt in the club crackers (I wonder if they come in low sodium). I, on the other hand, thought they were great. I'm just going to send you to the link for the step by step pictured directions here at Hoosier Homemade.

The recipe for the Twix Bars:

Club Crackers (approx. 48)
1 c. Graham Cracker crumbs
3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1/3 c. White Sugar
1/3 c. Milk
1/2 c. Margarine (butter is what I use)

Place one layer of Club Crackers in a 13×9 pan. Combine ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to boil stirring constantly for approximately 5 min. Mixture should look like caramel and begin to pull away from side of pan. Pour over crackers, carefully, immediately place another layer of crackers on top pushing them down gently. Place in frig to cool.

In a microwave bowl, combine 2/3 c. Peanut Butter and 1 c. Milk Chocolate Chips for 2 min. Stir well and frost the top of the crackers. Place back in frig till firm.
Here they are... Don't they look yummy?? 
I decided to wrap them individually in wax paper and put in a zip lock bag in the fridge. I still have some two weeks later - what a great way to calm that craving... Yum!
I also decided to wrap rice crispy treats in wax paper and then put them in a zip lock bag for snacks and lunches... They lasted over two weeks too and were fresh - down to the very last one! Great idea for my small family.
We also made yellow cake mix chocolate chip cookies for a change. Brady said they tasted like frosting... Very vanilla flavor and good. You know the recipe for cake mix cookies - right?? If you don't here it is. Usually we make deviled food cake mix cookies with butterscotch chips - it's our favorite and has a texture of a brownie..

Recipe:
1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
1 large egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water.

Add chopped nuts, raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, M&M's etc. anything you like in cookies.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. combine cake mix, egg, oil and water. Beat until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredient.

Drop by teaspoon about 1 inch apart on cookie sheet (You can grease it if you want - I don't).

Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Makes about 4 dozen.

(You could also frost the cookies if you want)

Easy and yummy! Enjoy a more cost effective snacks!

9 comments:

Garden of Egan said...

You are naughty!
Just sayin'

I will act all indignant and judgy and act like I will NEVER make any of these recipes cause I'm a health food nut and all......

(thanks so much for sharing these recipes....shhhh don't tell anyone)

gigi said...

Smart lady!

Valerie said...

Yum! I'll have to give these (all) a try!

Enid said...

YUMMY! I have the Club crackers on my shopping list and this will be my chocolate fix for awhile...
I make quite a few cake mix cookies and find them so easy and so GOOD!

Kimmie said...

Great idea for making up homemade treats and then storing them in the fridge.

I just made a recipe for homemade Salted Nut Rolls and the nuts were salty, but since the filling was so sweet, it balanced it out. I'm sure the Club Crackers do to same thing to the Homemade Twix bars.

Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes and tips!!

(and YES, I noticed at Easter this year, the bags of candy were MUCH smaller, but MORE expensive than they were last year. Next year I'm in charge of filling all of the Easter Eggs for the extended family Easter Egg hunt and so I better start saving my pennies how to pay for the Easter treats next year).

So grateful for people who share recipes with others AND for the JOY that comes from making things from scratch and homemade. It's SO nice to know other people that have this same passion as well.

Hope your week is a happy one! I know that it will be YUMMY with all of your treats you have made up.

kado! said...

MMMmmm...I'm totally craving a snack now!

I'm gonna have to try those twix cookie bars! Yummy!


I make a lemon cookie with a cake mix, it is a good one!

Hoosier Homemade said...

I'm so glad you like the Twix Bars! Thanks for the mention!
~Liz

Valerie said...

Look at alllll that good food! Thanks for sharing recipes.

Creative Mish said...

Oh yum! That homemade twix bars look so good!

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