Betty Crocker does a lot of things right (and some things very, very wrong), but one of the greatest products from the baking and snack food giant has to be its Dunkaroos. Crunchy, cinnamon graham cracker cookies designed to be perfectly dunkable into sweet, creamy icing? What's not to love?! That's why I decided to try making my own Dunkaroos recipe at home. Every 90s child remembers the sense of euphoria that came with opening their lunch box and finding the blue-and-white packaging, complete with Duncan, the coolest kangaroo this side of the equator, smiling back at them. Like Lunchables and Gushers, Dunkaroos defined your level of cool at the lunch table.
Unfortunately, the only place you can still buy Dunkaroos is Canada, where they are manufactured, or on Amazon. If you don't have plans to travel to the great north and you're as wary as I am about ordering snack food online, fear not — you can still get your dunk on. The simplest way to have a do-it-yourself Dunkaroo treat is with cinnamon or honey Teddy Grahams and some Funfetti frosting. The cookies are reminiscent of the hot air balloon-shaped ones in the Dunkaroo package, and the frosting offers the same smooth, sweet vanilla taste that complements them so well. (But when you're sitting on the couch with a box of cookies in one hand and a jar of frosting in the other, try and remember that the original Dunkaroo package came with roughly 10 cookies — ugh, portion control, right?)
If you don't have any Funfetti frosting on-hand and you can't immediately get to the store when that late-night craving strikes, you can make homemade icing with four common ingredients found in most kitchens for the same satisfying taste.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbs. milk
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
In a small mixing bowl, add sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir until creamy, and all lumps have been worked out. (If it is too thick, add a touch more milk; if it comes out too thin, add a touch more sugar.)
Add in sprinkles. Stir. Serve with Teddy Grahams. It's THAT easy, you guys.
The next time your sweet tooth is aching, these DIY Dunkaroos are a quick and easy fix that will satisfy any craving, no matter how nostalgic. Though the homemade icing didn't come out as fluffy and airy as the store-bought frosting, it captured the same sweetness. Whether you feel like whipping up a quick batch of icing yourself, or you'd rather reach for the packaged alternative, this at-home Dunkaroo secret will make you feel like a kid again.
Images: Sadie Trombetta