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35 Junk Food Aisle Copycat Recipes

Ward off a snack attack with these homemade versions of junk food aisle favorites.

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Easy Puppy ChowTaste of Home

Inspired By: Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

This easy puppy chow recipe uses whole packages so there are no fussy leftovers. Plus, it makes enough to feed a hungry crowd. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired By: Farm Rich Mozzarella SticksTaste of Home

Inspired By: Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks

I'm particularly fond of these tasty mozzarella sticks because they're baked, not fried. Cheese is one of my family's favorite foods. Being of Italian descent, I cook often with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. —Mary Merchant, Barre, Vermont

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Inspired By: Chips Ahoy CookiesTaste of Home

Inspired By: Chips Ahoy Cookies

My dad, Art Winter, would tuck some of these cookies in the care packages he and my mom sent to me when I was in college.—Art Winter, Trumbull, Connecticut

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Inspired By: Honey Maid Graham CrackersTaste of Home

Inspired By: Honey Maid Graham Crackers

The way that my boys gobble up graham crackers, it's a good thing I don't buy them at the store. My homemade version is less expensive, with the added bonus of using minimally processed ingredients. These are fantastic, but they don't last long! —Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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Inspired By: Hostess Iced Bear ClawTaste of Home

Inspired By: Hostess Iced Bear Claw

This bear claw pastry recipe is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It's impossible to resist the delicate dough, rich almond filling and pretty fanned tops sprinkled with sugar and almonds. I made yummy treats like this when I worked in a bakery years ago. —Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme PiesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

These easy cookies use only five ingredients and taste very similar to a store-bought cookie. Of course, everything's better from your own kitchen! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Inspired by: SuperPretzelTaste of Home

Inspired by: SuperPretzel

My husband and our friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let the bread machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Inspired by: Hostess Apple Fruit PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hostess Apple Fruit Pie

When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was thrilled when she shared it with me—I finally felt like an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas

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Inspired by: Totino's Pizza RollsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Totino's Pizza Rolls

This is my husband's version of store-bought pizza rolls, and our family loves them. Although they take some time to make, they freeze well. So when we're through, we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor for a long time! —Julie Gaines, Normal, Illinois

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Inspired by: Nabisco Nilla WafersTaste of Home

Inspired by: Nabisco Nilla Wafers

These buttery cookies bake up chewy and crispy at the same time. Sprinkle these vanilla wafers with colored sugar or leave them as-is. Their simplicity is beauty enough! —Edith MacBeath, Gaines, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Alexia Sweet Potato FriesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

A local restaurant got me hooked on sweet potato fries. I started making them at home with different seasonings to match the taste. I'm thrilled with the results! —Jackie Gregston, Hallsville, Texas

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Inspired by: Entenmann's Old-Fashion DonutsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Entenmann's Old-Fashion Donuts

These finger-licking good delicacies are so light and luscious, my family has always called them "angel food doughnuts." They're lovely at Christmas with a dusting of confectioners' sugar. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Inspired by: Planters Heat PeanutsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Planters Heat Peanuts

These crunchy peanuts have a caramel-like coating, and hot sauce gives them a touch of heat. They make a tasty snack any time of day. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: TwixTaste of Home

Inspired by: Twix

Make them on Saturday and they'll be gone by Monday! These chocolate and caramel bars with a cracker crust are just that good. —Ally Billhorn, Wilton, Iowa

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Inspired by: Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food FriesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries

Yes, you do want fries with that—especially these crispy, golden fries, full of garlic flavor and just a little bit of heat. —Steve Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: State Fair Classic Corn DogsTaste of Home

Inspired by: State Fair Classic Corn Dogs

One of the best parts of the many fairs and festivals in Indiana is the corn dogs! My family loves corn dogs, so I fix them fairly often at home. —Sally Denney, Warsaw, Indiana

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Inspired by: Vanilla It's-It Ice Cream SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Vanilla It's-It Ice Cream Sandwich

You'll discover why the treat is so popular in San Francisco. It's snack cream, delicious oatmeal cookies and a touch of chocolate. Swap out the vanilla for your favorite flavor, such as chocolate, caramel or cherry. — Jacyn Siebert, San Francisco, California

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Inspired by: Dean's French Onion DipTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dean's French Onion Dip

Once you taste this fabulous dip, you'll never go back to store-bought french onion dip. While it takes a little longer to make, I promise it's worth every minute. —Kelly Gardner, Alton, Illinois

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Inspired by: Rice Krispies TreatsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rice Krispies Treats

A friend shared with me this fresh take on traditional crispy treats. My husband loves them, and I feel so efficient with their quick prep time. —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama

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Inspired by: Ore-Ida Bagel BitesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ore-Ida Bagel Bites

Garlic powder gives these speedy mini pizzas extra pizzazz. Not only are they a snap to put together, but best of all, the ingredient list is easy on your pocketbook. My husband loves them. And my toddler will soon enjoy them as an after-school treat. -Stephanie Klos-Kohr, Moline, Illinois

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Inspired by: Pillsbury Toaster StrudelTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pillsbury Toaster Strudel

Refrigerated crescent rolls let you make these fruit-filled pastries in a hurry. My family loves these turnovers for breakfast, but they’re so delicious, they’d be welcome any time of the day. Feel free to experiment with other pie fillings as well. —Elleen Oberrueter, Danbury, Iowa

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Inspired by: Reese's Peanut Butter CupsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these homemade peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we're celebrating. People can't believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey peanut butter centers. This is how to make homemade peanut butter cups. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Pagoda Crab RangoonTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pagoda Crab Rangoon

When I'm dining out, crab rangoons are one of my go-to dishes. I decided to create a better-for-you version at home. —Emily Higgins, Wingdale, New York

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Inspired by: Keebler Grasshopper Mint & Fudge CookiesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Keebler Grasshopper Mint & Fudge Cookies

My friends often try to guess the ingredients, but I never tell them how simple they are to make. They taste just like the Girl Scout cookie, and they're perfect for Christmas and bake sales. —Jennifer Setser, Morgantown, Indiana

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Inspired by: Orville Redenbacher's Caramel Popping CornTaste of Home

Inspired by: Orville Redenbacher's Caramel Popping Corn

My guests say they can't stop eating my caramel corn! For our basketball party I fix enough to fill a big red tin with our team's logo. The delectable syrup coats the popcorn well but isn't sticky. —Sharon Landeen, Tucson, Arizona

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Inspired by: Hot PocketsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hot Pockets

It’s easy to turn sloppy joes into hearty hot pocket snacks. I make the filling ahead and use refrigerated biscuits. I time them so they’re done baking just before kickoff. —Shelly Flye, Albion, Maine

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Inspired by: Nabisco OreosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Nabisco Oreos

These cookies freeze well, so it's easy to keep some on hand for last-minute munching. In summer, I often make them larger to use for ice cream sandwiches. —Mary Rempel, Altona, Manitoba

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Inspired by: Chex MixTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chex Mix

This mildly seasoned snack mix is always a party favorite. Served warm from a slow cooker, the munchable mixture is very satisfying. —Dana Hughes, Gresham, Oregon

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Inspired by: Quaker Chewy Granola BarsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Quaker Chewy Granola Bars

These sweet peanut butter bars are perfect for breakfast, dessert or anytime as a quick snack. You can add raisins instead of chocolate chips if you prefer. —Helen Velichko, Kansas City, Missouri

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Inspired by: Tostito's Salsa con QuesoTaste of Home

Inspired by: Tostito's Salsa con Queso

This zesty dip is great for any get-together and allows me to spend more time with my guests. I always have requests to bring it when my husband and I attend parties. —Sally Hull, Homestead, Florida

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Inspired by: Sara Lee Mini EclairsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Sara Lee Mini Eclairs

With creamy filling and fudgy frosting, this chocolate eclair recipe is extra special. —Jessica Campbell, Viola, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: El Monterey BurritosTaste of Home

Inspired by: El Monterey Burritos

My cousin is of Mexican heritage, and I’ve watched her make this crunchy beef burrito recipe for years. The very first time I made them for my own family, they instantly became a favorite meal. They’re even better warmed up the next day in the microwave. —Debi Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Keebler SandiesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Keebler Sandies

Whenever Mother made these cookies, there never seemed to be enough! Even now when I make them, they disappear quickly. These melt-in-your mouth treats are great with a cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. —Debbie Carlson, San Diego, California

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Inspired by: Pepperidge Farm PirouettesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes

Looking for a little something special to share with friends or family? Try these crunchy treats. They’re great with coffee or a glass of milk. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Hostess Cup CakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hostess Cup Cakes

These moist chocolate cupcakes have a fun filling and shiny chocolate frosting that make them different from any other. They always disappear in a flash! —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

Ellie Martin Cliffe
Now a deputy editor at Taste of Home, Ellie has been writing about food and parenting for the last decade. When she isn't at TOH HQ, she's likely trying gluten- and dairy-free recipes, canning whatever's in season, listening to anything with a fiddle, or playing Uno with her family.

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