Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fake Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes

Ever have one of those "Ah-ha!" moments?  I happened to me yesterday when I was lamenting the price of those very convenient Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes.  I remember when they used to only cost $1.00 each in Walmart and now they're $2.50 each!  Who says there's no inflation?

Anyway, I usually just tell myself that I can make cookies from scratch anytime with the plentiful ingredients of my pantry, but then it came to me...Why can't I make cookie pre-mixes and keep them in ziplock bags for use at my convenience?  It's a similar idea to those beautiful Cookies In A Jar gifts, but just not as fancy!

So, I've come up with recipes for four of my family's favorite Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes.  They are a cinch to put together for your quick use later!  They're also as convenient as the Betty Crocker Mixes in that they only require butter, egg and vanilla to make!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
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Fake Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies:

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

Mix together and store in a quart size ziplock bag.  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.

Sugar Cookie Mix
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Fake Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies:

1 1/2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Mix together and store in a quart size ziplock bag.  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.

Oatmeal Cookie Mix
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Fake Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookies:

1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Optional: 1/2 Cup Raisins and/or Nuts

Mix together and store in a quart size ziplock bag.  Write instructions on the bag to add:  1 Stick Melted Butter, 1 Large Egg, 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract.  Mix, Refrigerate for 30 Minutes & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

<em>Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix</em> 17.5 oz. Makes 3 Dozen 2" <em>Cookie</em>
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Fake Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookies:

1 3/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

Mix together and store in a quart size ziplock bag.  Write instructions on the bag to add:  1/2 Stick Softened Butter, 1 Large Egg, 1/8 Cup Molasses.  Mix & Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

I put together these 8 different mixes in under 20 minutes!


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes (Pantry Ingredients, Between $0.30-$0.40 each mix)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $3.20 (possibly less) for 8 Cookie Mixes

Compare to Real Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes ($2.50+ each)

Total Fake-It Savings:  $16.80


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214 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I am really trying to keep my shopping to the outside aisles of the grocery store where the fresh foods and unprocessed items are.
    Thank you for everything you post! I recently 'discovered' your blog and immediately subscribed to it and read everything back through at least last summer. My favorites are the homemade cleaners and such. I have been making my own laundry soap for years but I have now entered a whole 'nother level of homemade products! Thank you!

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  2. You are awesome! I was also remembering when the prices on these were so low. Thanks for posting this!

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  3. Thank you so much. I love making mixs for later use. It just makes life a little eaiser. :)

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  4. These look great! I used to have a recipe for a universal baking mix you could make like 30 or 40 things from. I will have to see if I still have it. (Like a Bisquick or Jiffy mix). Do you have a peanut butter cookie recipe? That's my son's favorite, other than no bake cookies!

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    1. Hi Allora!

      I bet you could use the same recipe as the sugar cookies, cut the butter to 1/2 stick and add 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter! Cheers!

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    2. The best and easiest Peanut Butter Cookie recipe ever. Just 3 ingredients.

      1 cup peanut butter (any brand)
      1 cup white sugar
      + white sugar for dipping the fork in.
      1 egg

      Mix the 3 ingredients together.
      Roll into 1 inch balls.
      Dip fork into sugar and flatten cookie balls with a criss-cross pattern.

      Bake cookies for approximately 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.

      These cookies are simple and awesome.
      The only downfall is that the batch does not double well. The mix tends to dry out and the cookies fall apart when you try to roll them.

      Happy Cookies,
      Grammiesthings

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    3. What temperature do you bake the peanut butter cookies at? This sounds so good :-)

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    4. Probably 325-350° like most cookie recipes

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    5. This has been our family PBC recipe for years and people are always blown away that it is that easy. Christmas time pop a kiss on top and you have three easy dozen to give away!

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    6. Sounds good and they are gluten free!

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    7. I think is great- better than the boxed stuff as you know exactly what is in it! Here in Hong Kong the Betty Crocker cookies cost $4.50!

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    8. Thank you so much for these. My husband has been put on an all natural, unprocessed diet by his doctor so I've had to give up all boxed products.
      I used to get Jiffy bran muffin mix with dates and make them with applesauce and orange zest instead of oil. They were really tasty. Do you happen to have a fake recipe for bran muffins?

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    9. how bout any cake mixes...

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  5. thank you for posting these...i was looking for some more mixes to add to my pre-mix list!

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    1. Ashley what other pre-mix things do you already have? Would you share with me or us??

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    2. Ashley do you have any cake mix ideas

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    3. When I adopted my boys they loved muffins, but I had 2 - pre2 year old boys and not a lot of time to be making muffins from scratch all the time. I found a great large batch muffin mix that I still make in a huge tub and can mix with the wet ingredients as I need. I would love to see if I can do these in big batches and measure out the dry. Thanks - I just discovered your blog site and am really happy to be here.

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  6. Any ideas on the pizza crust mixes? They, too, used to be cheap but are getting more & more spendy!

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    1. Funny you should mention pizza crust...I'm currently researching that - it's hard to find a really good recipe for just the right crust!

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    2. Thanks! We make peanut butter cookies the most out of mixes so I'm going to try this!

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    3. The pizza crust mastermix on allrecipes.com is great. I do mix the yeast into the water before adding the flour. And I like to add a little italian seasoning into the crust mixture before it raises. I usually double it for a family of 4. YOu could easily make a mix by mixing all of the dry ingredients in a bag and just having to add the hot water and knead it and let raise. It is so much less expensive than buying dough or buying a pizza. Also, Pictsweet has a frozen diced onion, red and green pepper and celery mix in the frozen vegetable section of your local grocery store that is wonderful for pizza or scrambled eggs, or other cooking. It is 12 oz. for about 99 cents. I use it a lot. I like to make mini pizzas and freeze them for meals in the future when I make a large pizza.

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    4. I found this on Pinterest and it is delightful. As close as I've found to homemade pan pizza crust.

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    5. Ooops... forgot to add the link..

      http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/525/Pizza_Hut_Original_Pan_Pizza41605.shtml

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    6. Pizza Dough
      1 heaping Tablespoon dry yeast
      1 Teaspoon sugar
      1 Teaspoon salt
      2 1/2 cups flour (one of them whole wheat flour)
      (Optional: 1 Tablespoon of Pizza Seasoning)
      Mix in a bag and store in freezer.

      Take bag out of the freezer a little before making and let it warm up.

      When ready to make add:
      1 cup of warm water about 115 degrees
      2 Tablespoons of oil
      Beat about 20 strokes.
      Let rest 5 minutes
      And make pizza

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    7. A great recipe for pizza crust and quick is with Fleischmann's pizza crust yeast. You can have the dough to make your pizza in 30 minutes. All you need is 2 cups of flour,a 1-1/2 tsp. sugar &salt &3 tsp oil. and your topping and cheese. and it taste better than store bought!

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  7. That is such a good idea, I know what you mean, I keep thinking that I should be able to do the from scratch cookies all the time too, but there are just times when I just don't have the energy, so this would be perfect! I found you via the Somewhat Simple Link Party.

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  8. Oh..how easy is this..!!! I love this idea. Always ready, no mixing , measuring, just throw in a bowl.. add the butter and egg and your good to go!!! I'm loving this idea sooooooo much!!!

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  9. these are so awesome i made them for my pinterest 365 challenge today, thank you so much for the inspiration :)

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    1. Hi Kirsty, we are in New Zealand too and I was wondering what amount of butter did you use, as i have no idea what 1 stick of butter equates to in grams here, thank you

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    2. Hi Anonymous: I'm not Kirsty but I can tell you that 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup or 4 ounces in the US. Hope that helps.

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  10. These look amazing! How long do they keep for and how do I store them? Thanks!

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    1. Usually the Cookies In A Jar recipes say that they will keep for 4 months. (I think probably 6 if kept in a cool, dry pantry). Cheers!

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    2. If you use a foodsaver machine with the jar attachment, you can put the bag in a Mason jar, poke a couple pinholes in the bag, vacuum out the air and it will extend the shelf life to 20-24 months easy. Some even say you could go 5 years. Not sure on that. Store your jars in a cool dry place. You won't believe how long you can prolong the shelf life of dry foods with this gadget. Can't live without mine.

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    3. I'm confused...on how to do this with the jar attachment and poking holes?

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    4. I wouldn't even use the bag if you are putting it in the mason jar. Just put in the ingredients in the mason jar and then suck out the air. I don't know if this would work or not because all of the ingredients are powder. If you put the bag in the jar you need to leave it open a little bit or poke a few holes in it so the air gets sucked out of the bag too.

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    5. I wouldn't even use the bag if you are putting it in the mason jar. Just put in the ingredients in the mason jar and then suck out the air. I don't know if this would work or not because all of the ingredients are powder. If you put the bag in the jar you need to leave it open a little bit or poke a few holes in it so the air gets sucked out of the bag too.

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  11. Another fantastic and money saving idea. Do you happen to have one for their Brownie Mix?

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    1. I was just going to ask the same thing, bring on the brownie mix!!!! They've gone up in price too, remember when name brand brownie mixes were 79 cents a box? Now they're anywhere from $1.99 to 3.50, boooo!

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    2. Yeah, I was getting mixes for 0.75 at the military commissary with $1.00 off two coupons, and I was like, HEY! When did these get so expensive!? This is a fab idea - found it on Pinterest and am totally going to go do it soon!

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    3. Google Baker's One Bowl Brownies. So easy, and so much better than a box mix!

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  12. Great idea and you can also make cookies using cake mixes!

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  13. Oh, you are getting pinned, girl!

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  14. I tried the sugar cookie version this afternoon. They turned out perfectly. I had to substitute raw sugar and white whole wheat flour, but they are still wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I linked to your blog today. I just had to share, you have such great ideas!

      http://www.you-can-make-that.com/2012/02/fascinating-find-cookie-mixes.html

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  15. This is perfect, because I was just thinking about all of the chemicals, preservatives, and other non-pronounceable ingredients that are often in these types of mixes. Thank you!

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  16. any idea on how to make it into the pumpkin cookie mix?

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  17. What a great thing! I am very excited to put these together. I am looking forward to more from you.

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  18. would this not be amazing to leave for a sitter. Can not wait to try this one.

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  19. Just found you via Pinterest. Now following and so so happy I found you!

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  20. You should live in Canada. These same mixes are anywhere between 3.95 to 4.95. I used to look forward to my trip to Bellingham where I could stock up on them for $1.50. Now, I'm going to be trying out your recipes for sure to see how they stack up as this is a tremendous savings. I've always used these cookies as a base and doctored them up with other goodies such as cranberries, raisins and nuts. Thanks again!

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    1. Penny,

      I hear ya! I used to live in New Zealand and the mix (they only had choc chip) was $5.25 NZD! Nuts! That's why I resorted to making my own! Cheers!

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  21. Great post--so many great ideas! Store mixes have too many additives I just don't to eat.

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  22. OH, how I adore you. Thank you! Pinning this for sure!

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  23. I make a lot of scones, so for Christmas, I made up some of my scones into mixes. I have buttermilk powder, so used that, and even used my food porcessor to cut in the butter. In the instructions, I wrote to store in the refrigerator, and add the egg and water or whatever liquid was required. And then to shape and bake. I did put a date to use by, as I knew the butter would go bad if not used soon. There is egg replacer powder available, so that is also a component that could be used in the mixes so that the eggs wouldn't even have to be added. I am experiementing with different things to try to make mixes better tasting and more useable.

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  24. this is so great!!!
    Thank you so much!!!!

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  25. These are wonderful - thank you so much for coming up with these! I might have to whip a couple up!

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  26. How long are these mixes good for?? Do you just keep them in the cabinet?

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    1. Depends on how old your sugar and flour are when you make them, but they should last 5-6 months - just in the pantry! Cheers!

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  27. GENIUS!!! I was thinking the same thing, why can't I make the same dry mix (like the mixes in jars) and store them in a bag?!?! Thank you for sharing...

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  28. Our family loves to camp and this is a great thing to throw into the camper and whip up a treat on a rainy day. LOVE fresh baked cookies!

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  29. We do this with pretty much anything that you can easily add all wet ingredients to dry. Pancakes, cookies, and cornbread are ones that have worked great!

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  30. Looking for the cake mix recipes. Have I missed it? Thanks

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    1. I made strawberry cake mix cookies last night. Mix 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil with cake mix. Roll into balls and bake 6 - 7 minutes at 375 degrees. They turned out super.

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    2. I made strawberry cake mix cookies last night. Mix 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil with cake mix. Roll into balls and bake 6 - 7 minutes at 375 degrees. They turned out super.

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  31. One day, when I feel like I have so much energy to bake up a storm, I hope I remember to make a bunch of these - for those days when I don't have as much energy to measure and all. :) Thanks!

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  32. Do you have these for betty crocker cake mixes as well? I would love to know if you know of any or where I can find a pre-made recipe? Thanks!

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  33. Made these last Friday and they were so YUMMY! Shared today on my FB page! {HUGS} http://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Mango-Seeds/187636704599785

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  34. Do any of you have a do-it-yourself recipe like this for the Jiffy brand cornbread mix?

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  35. I made the some of these and for one of the chocolate chip I omitted 1/4 c flour and added 1/4 c cocoa powder. Turned out great as chocolate chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for the idea !

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    1. Thank you!!! I was specifically looking for the double choc chip variety, and I'm thrilled to find your success with it! Trying it this weekend!

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  36. I am looking for something that tastes like the Almond cake mix from Tastefully Simple....any ideas on that one??

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  37. I just made the chocolate chipe recipe and it is really good! I will definately make these again.

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  38. I shared this blog with my friends and family as you have so graciously shared with us.

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  39. Love this idea. Would the cookie mixes fit into a 1 quart preserving jar. I have many of these jars that I don't use for preserves any more.

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    1. Hi Gail,

      Yes, I think they would fit into a quart jar. Great way to use those jars!

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  40. Can you use self-rising flour and skip the baking soda and baking powder?

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    1. Good question! I'm not sure. If you try an experiment, let us know!

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    2. Generally, self raising flour leaves a sharper taste in the mouth than plain flour and bi-carb soda (think of scones).

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  41. Take it a step further! Then place balls of dough on waxed paper lined cookie sheets, and put in the freezer for a couple hours. The frozen cookie dough can then be put in Ziploc freezer bags and stored until you are ready to bake them! To bake, you simply pull out the desired number of balls and let them thaw while the oven preheats, then bake as you normally do. The only problem with this method is leaving the cookie dough alone...it seems my whole family enjoys snitching them! :-)

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  42. Looks great. Although I'll store them in Mason jars because...well, I like Mason jars. :)

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  43. Brownie Mix, Brownie Mix, Brownie Mix, Brownie Mix chanting chanting chanting can you figure out a brownie mix? :) Please!

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  44. this is great! how long can they stay in the pantry? shelf life?

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  46. Do you have a recipe for Betty Crockers Pumpkin Spice Cookies? They are my favorite but hate all the mystery ingredients in the package. thanks!

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    1. I would love a recipes for that too!!

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  47. Great post! Just pinned it. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Awesome idea! I'm doing this tomorrow!

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  49. How bout cake mixes??? To make cakes and cupcakes!

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  50. The cookie mix recipe is wonderful, but do you any for the Betty Crocker Muffin/bread mixes too. I'm always buying the choc chip muffin, and cinnamon muffins for morning functions and they are so darn costly!

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    1. Oh- I was wondering the same thing - we love the Cinnamon Streusel around here, but can't find a good recipe.

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    2. Choc chip muffins are very easy to make from scratch.

      1 cup plain flour, 1 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1 cup choc chips, 1 tsp bicarb soda. Whisk together.
      In a separate bowl, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup oil, 1 egg. Mix together.
      Stor the wet into the dry until just combined, portion into muffin tins, bake at 350F (180C) for 10(ish) minutes.

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  51. This is great but I'm confused.... the intro says "They're also as convenient as the Betty Crocker Mixes in that they only require butter, egg and vanilla to make!," but the directions after the 4 recipes says "Write instructions on the bag to add: 1/2 Stick Softened Butter, 1 Large Egg, 1/8 Cup Molasses." (where'd the vanilla go? where'd the molasses come from?), then again the photo shows directions with butter + egg + vanilla no molasses...???

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    1. Lori, Read the entire post - the recipe that requires Molasses is only for the Gingerbread cookies. All others are Butter, Vanilla & Egg.

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  53. Love this! How about the Double Chocolate Chunk? You are awesome!!

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    1. I was looking for this too, and a previous commenter suggested subbing 1/4 c flour with 1/4 c cocoa for double Choc! WHOOO HOOOO!

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  54. How long will these mixes keep? And should I freeze them? Will it last longer if I DO freeze them?! :) Thanks for posting these-- as all the others have said. :)

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    1. can you share the 3-2-1 recipe?

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  55. WOW so glad i found your page ! forgot my pswd for google mail so i have to sign in anonymous sorry !

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  56. I just got interested in "Make at Home" mixes when someone gave me a 3-2-1 cake recipe that is so kool. Thank you

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  57. Saw this on Pinterest. What a fabulous idea! I only bake once a year, at Christmas time. Sometimes, I've done scratch; sometimes, I've done pre-made mixes (like this year, when I was recovering from surgery). The appeal of these mixes is that they are fast. But taking the time to make them ahead of time (and with my own ingredients)is, in a word, genius!

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  58. This is an awesome idea! I wish I had thought of it before the holidays!

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  59. Great Idea.. Have you thought about adding powdered eggs to those that need eggs? It would make it so much easier when time to prepare and a more complete gift as well ..
    Dehydrating eggs is SIMPLE (no dehydrator needed).. and they have a LONG shelf-life ... (several months)...
    Just a suggestion.. I'm gonna try it .. both ways.. :)
    Thanks for sharing !
    Sabrina Massie

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  60. Just found this on Pinterest and I love it! I wonder if I could just add the wet ingredients to the bag and have my 3 yr old 'help' mix it by squishing the bag.

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    1. Fabulous idea! If you try it, let us know if that works! It would save us all a dirty bowl to clean!

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  61. LOVE THIS!!! Can I pin this on Pinterest?

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    1. Yes, of course! It's viral on Pinterest right now! Cheers!

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  62. How much is a stick of butter in cups?

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    1. a stick of butter is 125ml when melted, and a cup is 250 ml, so a stick would be half a cup.

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  63. This is AWESOME!! Wow, talk about convenient.... Thanks a million!

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  64. Thank you!! Found you on pinterest! So glad I did! I love this stuff! :)

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  65. I am definately going to try this. Thanks for this terrific idea.

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  66. AHHHHHHHHHHH! That you so much. I love these cookie mixes for when you're in a pinch or need something sweet. I am so happy to DIY!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

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  67. Great idea! You can mix your vanilla flavoring with your sugar and let it dry before bagging up, then you will just have egg/oil/water like the store bought kind and you can probably get away with using at least half white whole wheat flour- healthier!!

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    1. This idea is GOLD Paula! I have young adult nieces & nephews that (gasp!) don't always have vanilla in their kitchens! I really don't think the sugar cookies would be good w/out vanilla?Thanks for sharing- it works great!

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  68. We really like the walnut chocolate chip. Do you think there'd be a problem adding 1/4 cup (or so) of walnuts to the choc chip mix, or would you do 1/2 cup choc chips + 1/4 cup walnuts? Add walnuts + some oil? What do you think?

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  69. Something I like to do is to completely make up the cookie batter. After I spoon them out onto a cookie sheet using a small stainless steel scoup. I then freeze the portioned out cookies. Afterwards I put all of my cookie shaped dough into an air tight freezer container and have the cookie dough available whenever I need it. All I have to do is take out the batter, place it on a cookie sheet and bake. I like doing it this way also, because the batter is cold to begin with and doesn't spread out flat as it is baking.

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    1. EXACTLY what I do! I always have frozen cookie balls in the freezer, and while they are baking, I mix and freeze a new batch.

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  70. This is such a great idea! Especially since my hubby has a sweet tooth and sometimes I wish I was unhealthy enough to buy the box junk. But now I can have a stock of healthy cookies made with Whole Wheat Flour and Turbinado Sugar!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this! http://www.tanastable.com/

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  71. Basic Cake Mix Recipe
    It's easy to make your own basic cake mix with these instructions

    Prep Time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients

    15 cups all purpose flour

    copied from Squidoo.com
    9 1/2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups cornstarch
    7 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    3 3/4 cups shortening

    Instructions

    In a large bowl, blend all dry ingredients until well mixed. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Mixture will keep two to three months. Makes about 25 1/2 cups mix.

    For yellow cake, combine 5 cups Cake mix, 1 1/4 cups milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat well. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each additional egg. Pour into two greased and floured 8- or 9-inch pans. Bake 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. To make white cake, simply use only the white of the eggs.

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  73. Is the flour all purpose or self-rising? I am just now getting into baking and wanted to make sure.

    Thanks!

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    1. Good question! It's All Purpose. Self-rising flour is just more expensive flour that has baking powder in it. :) Cheers!

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  74. How long will these mixes last for?

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  75. What happened to mine, I tried the chocolate chip one and the turned out thin, super sweet, and greasy?

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    1. Sounds like you forgot the Flour. Check your measurements and try again!

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    2. I put a cup of flour in and went by the recipe above for the choc chip. So I'm not sure what happened.

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  76. Hi can you tell me how much a stick of butter is as our stores do not sell butter by the stick, only by pound blocks

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  77. i wonder if you can subsitude wheat flower with a gluten free flour blend in these recipes? I'll havt to try it.

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  78. Hi there, awesome recipes! Can you tell me what a "stick" of butter is in either grams or ounces?

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    1. http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/convert/measurements.html

      A stick is 1/2 C, so it's about 118 to 125 oz... not sure if butter is considered dry or liquid.

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  79. I used to do the same thing for my bread machine. I would pre-mix all of the dry ingredients and only have to add the wet stuff when it was time to throw it in. Saved me a ton of time.

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  80. How long do the mixes last for?

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  81. This is a great idea. My question is, will the efficacy of the baking soda decrease as it sits? I know it really does effect my baking when I use baking soda older than 30 days...

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  82. I placed a link to this page on my food blog. It's such a good idea to make our own mixes.

    http://stepbystepinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/05/organized-kitchen-organized-cookie.html

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  83. Genius! I refuse to use the cookie mixes with all the crud, but certainly crave the convenience!! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. How long can these be stored for? This gives me a great idea for my annual Christmas cookie exchange.

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  85. Thanks for sharing this recipe! One quick question, is the recipe for the drop sugar cookies? On the BC packets, in order to make cookie cutter cut outs, the recipe requires adding more flour, I believe its 1 Tbsp.
    So to make sugar cookie cut outs, would I add the extra tablespoon? I know with the packets that it makes a big difference.
    Thanks!

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  86. just wondering how many ounces/pounds or grams 1 stick of butter is. In New Zealand we buy a packet of butter which is 500grams which we can cut to whatever measurement we need. - thanks

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    1. 1 stick of butter is 1/4 lb, or 4 oz, or 113 grams. 1 stick of butter is also equal to 1/2 c butter.

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  87. Thanks a lot for posting such a great recipe! I hope you come up with more such posts.

    5th Wheel for Sale

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  88. I may have missed it - how many dozen do you get? Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

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  89. I love this idea! So much money saved, and no junk ingredients. I'm featuring your post on my "Pinterest Monday" section of my blog @ www.planprepareandprovide.com. It should be up July 2nd. Thanks!

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  90. This is amazing! I can't wait to make these mixes! I know family members who like to buy these convenient mixes, but a gift of some healthier ones (organic ingredients, no additives) might be welcome. Thanks for all these recipes!!!

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  91. What weight is a stick of butter? Here in New Zealand our butter doesn't come in sticks. Cheers.

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    1. 1 stick of butter is 1/4 lb, or 4 oz, or 113 grams. 1 stick of butter is also equal to 1/2 c butter.

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    2. one stick is equal to 1/2 cup or 4 oz.

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  92. A stick of butter is 1/4 pound or 1/2 cup.

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  93. Thanks for the great cheat sheet! I love buying from the bunk section at winco

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  94. has anyone figured out a fake mix for the funfetti mix????? if so please contact me desertchick043ATaolDOTcom

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  95. Is there a cake mix?
    We Aussies have always suffered with the Betty Crocker mixes being expensive (they're currently around $6 a box, but every now and then I find them for around $3 on sale) so I often end up making cakes from scratch - or just not making cakes at all. Same with cookies. My go-to snack food is muffins for the kids and hubby to take to school and work, so I'd like to change it up a bit.

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  96. Thanks for sharing these! I featured this on my post about Pinterest inspired make-ahead mixes:
    http://chrystal-lewis.blogspot.com/2012/08/see-it-pin-it-do-it-make-ahead-mixes.html

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  97. Just bounced over from Saving 4 Six and so glad I found you! Wonderful ideas for savings! Thanks so much! I am your newest follower!

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  98. Found this through Pinterest! What a great idea... not only is it convenient, but then my 11 year old daughter could add the other ingredients and make them herself since she loves to bake more than I do.

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    1. OOH DOuble yes! You are so right (thinking of my daughter) and not have flour all over the kitchen. She can still learn to measure with the liquid ingredients that mop up.

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  99. YES! This may sound wierd but I am already prepping for christmas baking because last year I did not do any and was really bummed because I had planned it then got burned out. Refrigerator cookies are only good in the freezer for 3 months. I had been looking at those make 8 cookies from 1 recipe but they had bad ratings and you still had to add more of this or that. I like that the rest of the recipe is written on the bag so if you loose the recipe card it does not matter. Now I will need a shoe box to store them in :)

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  100. Awesome, I have been on the lookout for additional bulk homemade recipes. A few weeks ago I made two large containers, one of pancake mix and one of biscuit mix. I am sure going to give your cookies mixes a try. Thanks for sharing. I love saving money and avoiding store bought brands. ;o)

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  101. Is this plain flour or self-rising?

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  102. I made your oatmeal version and choc chip. It seems like too much dry ingredients. So I added some more butter and actually tried peanut butter to the oatmeal ones and they turned out perfect! I love this idea too. It's ridiculous paying so much for stuff you can do and get without preservatives! Plus I feel like I've really "beat the man" when I save so much money! I just started making my own laundry detergent too. www.sexylexiskoolkrafts.blogspot.com

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  103. 1 Cup Flour
    1/4 Cup White Sugar
    1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
    IF CHANGE TO g ,that mean how much g?

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  104. I made the brownies :-) :-) :-) Just perfect. I'll be making the cookies this week.

    I'm begging you please, do you have the Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake mix recipe at all?

    Thanks
    dj

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  105. Do you have these for gluten free mixes? My familycannot use regular flour. The gluten free Betty Crocker cake mix is $6 a box. It's lighter than all the cake mixes I've tried. Thank you

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  106. Do you have these for gluten free mixes? My familycannot use regular flour. The gluten free Betty Crocker cake mix is $6 a box. It's lighter than all the cake mixes I've tried. Thank you

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  107. I love this idea! I would love to see a recipe for fake peanut butter mix ;)

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    2. Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookies.


      This is from Betty Crocker's website and it makes great cookies and can be doubled easily.
      Serves: 8-10
      Yield: 30
      1/2 cup granulated sugar
      1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
      1/2 cup peanut butter
      1/4 cup shortening
      1/2 cup butter
      1 egg
      1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      3/4 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      1/4 teaspoon salt

      Directions:
      1. Mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening, butter and egg in large bowl.
      2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
      3. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
      4. Heat oven to 350ºF.
      5. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls.
      6. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped into sugar (water works well too).
      7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
      8. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet.
      9. Cool on a wire rack.
      10. Notes: I always line my cookie sheet with parchment paper. Clean up is easier and the cookies don’t stick to the pan. If you use a Small ice cream scoop, (called a #16), it’s much faster and easier than a spoon. The cookies look more professional also. I don't press them down with a fork. I make them like regular cookies. They come out softer.

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  108. I love this idea and can't wait to try these cokkie mixes! I would love to see a recipe for peanut butter cookie mix ;)

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  109. Cooking novice here…. saw the 1 cake mix recipe. I called for shortening. This is a "wet" ingredient, right? Like a Crisco bar? can this then be stored in the pantry? how long will it last? Trying to convert to convenient AND healthy cooking…. no small task (for me, lol)!
    TIA

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  110. Brilliant and in time for the holidays. Thank you.

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  111. Brilliant and in time for the holidays. Thank you.

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  112. Brilliant and in time for the holidays. Thank you.

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  113. Try substituting oil for the softened butter. It works with oatmeal cookies. If you need a sample recipe, let me know.

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  114. I'd like to use oil instead of butter. It works well?

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  115. Thank you!! I am allergic to almost all preservatives, and as I have gotten older it has gotten worse. It is to the point now that we eat nothing that is prepackaged, the only problem with that, I drive truck for a living and so my time at home is very limited. With these mixes I will be able to have the time saving of a box, without the migraine that usually accompanies such convenience.

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  116. HI this is amazing i think this tastes even better than the original and i know what is in there! I have a request! you are just soooo good with fake its can you try and fake the duncan hines frosting creations the bubble gum flavor? I don't live in an area where i can buy that so... yeah. here is the link http://duncanhines.com/frostingcreations please?

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  117. I am going to :pin" this today-would be cute to give as Gift Jars. To save on the cost of jars I have packed ingredients in a ziplock bag & then put it in a gift bag-don't forget the instructions!

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  118. Don't know what I did wrong but my sugar cookies came out looking and tasting like biscuits. My husband liked them, I thought they needed a piece of sausage in between them. lol

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  119. I have made these a few times now and everyone loves them! The only prob i am having is they are sticking to my pan. i have used silicone cookie sheets and stoneware and they still stick. any suggestions? Also, i mixed some andes mint baking chips in the choc chip mix and they were delicious! mint choc chip!

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  120. I found you via Pinterest. I can't wait to try these!!! Thank so much for sharing!!!

    Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com


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  122. I want to try this with my favorite chocolate chip recipe, but I'm not sure how adding butter to the mix will work when from-scratch recipes call for creaming the butter and sugar together first.

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  123. Thanks so much! My daughter has a corn allergy and this will be so nice!

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  124. I made the oatmeal cookies with about 1/2 a cup of peanut butter. They're delicious!

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  125. Easy Caramel Apple Bars (via Betty Crocker)
    1/2cup cold butter
    1pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) oatmeal cookie mix
    1 egg
    1cup finely chopped peeled apple
    3/4cup caramel topping
    1/4cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

    Directions

    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.In large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using fork or pastry blender. Stir in egg until mixture is crumbly.Reserve 1 1/2 cups cookie mixture. Press remaining cookie mixture into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle apple evenly over crust. In small bowl, mix caramel topping and flour; drizzle over apples. Sprinkle reserved cookie mixture over apples.Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows.I found this on Pinterest:
    Easy Caramel Apple Bars

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  126. These sound great. I made some cookies last year at Christmas that used the Betty Crocker mixes as starters, which got pretty pricey. These will definitely come in handy. I can't wait to try them out!

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  127. Hello I am from the UK just want to double check which flour to use is it self raising or plain flour? Thank you.

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  128. These are very awesome! I can't wait to make some and give them to my daughter too. Very cool. Thank you.

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  129. How about their Pumpkin Cookie mix. My dad loves these and I am always stocking up at holiday time.
    Thank you

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  130. i can't wait to try these.hope you don't mind if i had some to my blog from time to time with your link.these are just wonderful
    http://karenspagekw.blogspot.com

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  131. a friend posted this on FB. I looked around your blog and LOVE it. signed up via email! So looking forward to your posts.

    Gammy/Tammy

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  133. How much is a Stick of butter I work in cups ? Would it be the same as a 1/4 or A 1/2 cup?

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  134. How much is a Stick of butter I work in cups ? Would it be the same as a 1/4 or A 1/2 cup?

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