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Reinventing childhood favorites

Simple treats to recreate

Allison Neri, Foods Editor, Puma Press

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In an odd turn of events, the ‘90s have been making a comeback; along with Pokemon and tattoo chokers comes the arrival of delicious treats of which we could never get enough.

Circus cookies enticed us with their bright pink color and melt in your mouth coating. Cosmic brownies were the perfect after-lunch dessert to snack on before running off to recess, and we can’t forget the ultimate breakfast that gave us that sugar high we needed to be able to get through the school day, Poptarts.

These three treats will leave you with a nostalgic feeling and are also easy to recreate. Here a few easy recipes.

Circus cookies

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What you need:

Animal crackers

1 package of pink candy melts

Sprinkles

Instructions:

Step one: Microwave your candy melts for one minute, stir and then microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat this step until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Step two: Dip your animal crackers in your melted pink candy melts and then lay out on a cookie sheet.

Step three: Top your cookies with sprinkles.

Cosmic brownies

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What you need:

Brownie

4 sticks of butter (room temperature)

8 eggs

4 cups of sugar

3 cups of flour

1 cup of cocoa

2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Instructions:

Step one: Combine cocoa, salt and flour; set aside

Step two: In a mixer combine butter and sugar then, add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients

Step three: Spray your pan with nonstick spray and pour mixture onto pan.

Frosting

1 stick of butter

1/3 cup of cocoa

1/3 cup of milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 lb. powdered sugar, sifted

Wilton Rainbow chip crunch sprinkles

Instructions:

Step one: Melt your butter on the stove with your milk.

Step two: Add cocoa and vanilla

Step three: Take off heat and stir in powdered sugar

Once your brownies have cooled, add frosting and then cut into rectangles and slice a line through the middle.

Top with Rainbow chips

*makes 2 dozen brownies

Poptart

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What you need:

Pie crust (I used store bought but homemade would be delicious too!)

Marshmallows (Marshmallow fluff would work great, as well)

Butter

Milk chocolate

*It would also be fun to use jam or sprinkle with brown sugar to recreate your own personal favorite Poptart.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Instructions:

Step one: Roll out pie crust and cut even rectangles; place on baking sheet and set aside

Step two: Melt marshmallows and butter together (directions will be on the back of the bag for proper heating method) and set aside

Step three: Melt milk chocolate in a small bowl

Step four: On a piece of your pie crust make a line of chocolate then spread a line of your marshmallow, and repeat.

Step five: Place your other rectangular cut pie crust and place on top, then continue to seal the edges with a fork.

Step six: Cook for 10-15 minutes

Step seven: After your Poptart has cooleddd your icing to the top

Icing

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What you need:

¾ cup Confectioners’ sugar

1 TBL. Water

Brown food coloring

Instructions:

Step one: Wisk together water and sugar

Step two: Add food coloring to create desired color

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