My recent attempt to make Homemade Wheat Thins started me thinking about how hard it can be to duplicate some of our favorite store bought food items in our own kitchens.  The best way to go about those recipes is with the idea that a Make Your Own version naturally won’t turn out exactly like the manufactured versions.   But it’s an adventure to stir it together yourself and even though some recipes can be disappointing, other times you discover that you can actually improve on a beloved store bought favorite.

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So this month, I’m wondering if I should make my own . . . 

- Homemade Oreos
Homemade Oreo Cookies
Can anything compare to the real thing when it comes to Oreo cookies?  Maybe not, but this recipe from the Baking Bites website for a homemade chocolate sandwich cookie looks pretty darn tasty and doesn’t appear to be too complicated either.

- Homemade Pop Tarts
Sorry Kelloggs, These Pop-Tarts Will Make You Crumble
This recipe for homemade poptarts on the Bake Me More blog uses the idea of pie crust dough with jam in between.  It includes two versions – one using a premade pie crust and another using a made from scratch pie crust.  If you’re feeling ambitious you can put frosting and sprinkles on your homemade pop tarts too.

- Homemade Goldfish Crackers
Unwrapped: Goldfish Crackers
The challenge with homemade goldfish crackers, of course, is finding a little bitty fish cookie cutter and then finding the time to cut them all out.  These instructions from the Come On Ilene blog includes a clever idea for making your own fish shaped cookie cutter too.


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