July 11, 2012

Make Your Own: Cookie Mixes

I'm a big fan of "mixes", of making my own convenience food. In my pantry I have a variety of items that I've pre-mixed when I had time and energy, and I'll only have to add the liquid ingredients in order to make my dish. I multiply the time savings by making several mixes at once. My philosophy is that if I have everything out to make one mix, why not make more than one?

You can see the items I make regularly on my Recipe Index page.

Recently I ran across this post about making Fake Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes. In the past, I've pre-made chocolate chip cookies in several ways: I've made the dry mix, I've made the dough and refrigerated or frozen it, and I've made the dough, formed it into cookie "buttons", and frozen those. I've also made cookies and frozen them, but they don't stay in the freezer long.

Since our two youngest children moved away from home in the past couple of years, I've stopped making cookies. I know hubby misses them, but a batch of cookies is way too tempting, and there are way too many! These handy make-ahead mixes might make a more reasonable amount for just the two of us.

The website gives the recipe for Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal and Gingerbread cookie mixes. If you're interested in the cost savings in making your own mix vs buying the handy packet at the store, the blogger has figured it right down to the penny.

So I started with the Chocolate Chip cookies. Mix the dry ingredients in a quart-size zipper bag or jar:

1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

Write instructions on the bag to add 1 Stick Softened Butter, 1 Large Egg, 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract. Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

I used a quart-size jar for my first attempt. I only made one, so I could try it out before investing more time and ingredients. I printed out the ingredients and instructions and stuck the slip of paper in the jar.

Neither the blogger nor Betty Crocker do this, but I put the chocolate chips in a separate sandwich bag inside the jar. I've found out that it's easier to stir the cookie dough without them, and then add them at the end.

(That's really only one of the reasons I kept them separate. Chocolate chips are my downfall. If they are measured out for a purpose like this, I can resist them. If I have an unopened bag out of sight in the freezer, I can usually resist them. Once the bag is opened though, they are in trouble! Since this mix uses half a bag of chips, I'll have to make two mixes so there won't be any orphan chocolate chips that need to be eaten.)

Granddaughter and I mixed up this first batch yesterday, adding the butter, egg and vanilla, and stirring in the chocolate chips. They are excellent, and since it made 2 1/2 dozen, it's just the right size. I'll definitely be making more of these to have on hand in my pantry.



  1. Since you like to make your own mixes, you should check out my blog for my recipe for an all-purpose Baking Mix. I use it for lots and lots of things and have many recipes posted from cookies to muffins to coffee cake! :)

  2. I'll do that, Candy, thank you.


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