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ABOUT: My nephews love cookies and I enjoy baking although I don't always get time to make cookies from scratch so I often use this mix from Betty Crocker which has proved popular with everyone in my family. All you need to do is add two ingredients to the packet contents and mix together and then bake for 20mins and you will have perfect and delicious tasking cookies.
PRICE: I purchased a pack of the cookie mix from Tesco for £1.48.
IN USE: All you need to do in order to make the cookies is to stir the packet mixture in with the required amount of water until the mixture turns into a stiff dough. As I mixed the packet contents and water together I could smell a nice sweet cookie smell. I could also clearly see the chocolate chips in the mixture as well.
After stirring just heap teaspoons of the mixture on a non-stick tray. I did this and shaped the cookies a little using my fingers otherwise they can come out looking a little odd. To make larger cookies just spoon larger amounts onto the tray.
I popped the cookies into the oven for the suggested time of 20mins but did keep an eye on them as they were cooking so not to burn or over-cook. As they cooked I could smell the delicious cookie smell coming from the oven which made my mouth water.
I cooked the cookies until they were a nice golden brown colour on top and so they had a very slight crunch to them on the outer edge which I prefer rather than having softer cookies.
TASTE: Once cooled, the cookies smel delicious and I couldn't wait to try one. The cookies are absolutely delicious. They have a slight crunchy outside but are nice and soft inside and there was plenty of chocolate chips in the cookies. It tasted as though I had made these cookies from scratch they tasted so nice and my nephews approved of the cookies as well. We don't normally have many left over but if we do, we store them in a sit-tight container.
OVERALL: Delicious cookies in just 20 minutes.
This packet mix has to be the easiest way to make cookies, even a baking novice can't mess this up.
You literally just have to add water to the mix, stir, put on a baking sheet and then cook for 10 minutes. So you are looking at 15 minutes all in until you are staring lovingly at a plate of hot, freshly baked cookies.
Although the ingredients list isn't exactly what you would use if you were making cookies from scratch (soy lecithin anyone?) on the whole it isn't as bad as it could be, with no artificial colourings or preservatives, and chocolate chips making up 18% of the product.
Because of this, the cookies taste pretty darn good. Much better than anything you would get ready made from the shop. To be honest, they are so convenient and taste so much better I'm not sure why anyone would even WANT to buy ready made cookies again after giving these a go.
Because they only require water they are great for students too - I sent my sister off with about 5 packs before she went. No matter how student-poor she is, even if she has no other food in the house, she will always be able to have a sweet treat with these in the cupboard!
So, overall, these are a fantastic product, super tasty, super convenient. The only person I can imagine not liking these is anyone who is particularly picky about ingredient lists. Otherwise, they are more or less perfect!
I bought the packet version, which simply needs three desert spoons of water to make, and doesn't even require a mixer, just a spoon. It is also available as a box mix, which needs an egg as well as water but I haven't tried this version.
It is very easy to make - put the mix in a jug or bowl, add the water and stir. Although the water may seem a small amount, don't be tempted to add more as the dough becomes very wet very quickly. Once you've mixed it to a firm dough which takes a couple of minutes, you can put it on a baking tray and cook it. It usually takes longer for the oven to get to temperature than to make the dough.
It produces 8-10 cookies, but you can make smaller ones to get more individual cookies. The cooking time is much the same. For some reason in our family cookies are eaten in units of one, regardless of size, so more cookies last longer.
The mix does take extra flavouring: melted cooking chocolate can be added to make double choc chip cookies, as well as fruit and nut pieces. The only thing is that the extra additions will make the mix slightly damper, so you may want to reduce the amount of water. They will also increase the amount of dough so you might find you have extra cookies.
The only thing I did find is that the price - just under £1.50 - is rather high for the amount of cookies produced. However, it is worth it simply for the ease of use and simplicity of the mix - and the taste.
And before I forget to mention it, these do taste great. This mix does make very nice tasting cookies.
In summary, this one is easy, very simple, and makes great cookies. I could say I like this one just for it's ease of use, but I'm rather fond of the taste as well.
I love baking! I used to be absolutely horrific at it until I reached my twenties and then when I was pregnant I started to experiment (out of boredom) and I haven't stopped since! I've tried all sorts of cakes, pies etc and I'm still getting to grips with perfecting biscuits!
When I first started my baking a few years ago I started with simple ready cake mixes and just mixed them and baked them, and shamefully occasionally I took all the credit! In fact my other half still doesn't know that his favourite chocolate cake it a ready mix packet product! As I got used to ingrediants and timings I branched out but Betty Crocker is a brand I constantly come back to.
I've spent a lot of time in the USA and Betty Crocker is a huge brand over there. Here they just have the range of cake mixes, a panckae mix and icing available in shops. However over there the range features so much more-including a wider variety of cakes, pastas, meals and even spray on bacon flavouring! (It's actually really good seasoning!) So I was very familiar with this brand when I started my baking craze.
One day when doing some boredom shopping I thought I would try the cookie version that Betty Crocker offer. I chose to buy the box kit, although you can purchase it in packet from too. The front of the packaging said all it needed was oil an one egg which was perfectly easy for me in my beginner stages! In contrast the packet option only needs water to bake but it does make half the amount of cookies.
The cookies themselves couldn't be more simple to make. You literally get one large bowl and mix the included ingreadiants adding the egg and oil as you go. Stir until thick enough and then your ready to put them in the oven. The box says it apparantly makes 16-20 cookies but I find this a little on the opptimistic side. I also think it's due to the fact that 'cookies' here are different to 'cookies' in the States. To them, just biscuit sized treats but to us cookies are larger, more squidgy biscuit/treats! I usually find if I'm making them the larger more UK version I get about 11 or 12 from each batch-not that they last long.
To cook them it takes less than 15 minutes and you need to be careful to stick to minimum timing because they go quite hard when removed from the oven and left to cool. I like to do mine so they are minimally cooked in the middle so lovely and soft and this mix is perfect for that! Ours are always eaten even while still cooling on the rack!
The dough itself has a hint of vanilla in it that works very well with the chocolate chips and although there is no cinnamon in the mix, there is deffinately a secret ingrediant here which makes them taste absolutely divine! I could eat the whole batch myself if I was allowed-and I'm not even pregnant anymore!
Even the day after they have been made they remain soft and don't really go nasty and by the time the do, they are usually all gone anyway!
The box version costs approximately £2.50 which considering you only need to add an egg and oil (both ow which is usually found in most fridges anyway) it's actually well worth the price tag. In the chain 'Millies Cookies' you pay 89p for a basic cookie on it's own so it's a much more cost effective way of indulging! Their shelf life is quite long too both when made and in the box so it's deffinately worth investing in a box for the cupboard for a rainy day!
Even though I now know and frequently do bake my own cookies in different flavours and I am always experimenting with cakes and pastries, I still always have a box of these in my cupboard for those days when I simply can't be bothered to measure everything out and just fancy cheating a bit! Also, no-one will ever know if you don't tell them they are from a packet!
Also available in white chocolate chip version as well as the previously mentioned packet mix. Can be purchased from supermarkets such as ASDA, Sainsbury's and CO-OP.
Please visit www.bettycrocker.co.uk for more details and details of their other products!
...Best not to mention that one cookie provides you with 14% of your guideline daily amount of sugar!
I got this mix to bake with my goddaughter when she comes to visit me as she loves to bake and it looked quick and easy for both of us to do together.
The mix comes in a 200gram pouch which says just add water, how simple could it be. Usually I can't be bothered to bake as I usually forget to buy a certain ingredient and never have the right things in the cupboard.
On the back of the pouch, there are three easy to follow step by step instructions, you just add two tablespoons of water, mix and then place on a baking tray and cook for 12 minutes.
The pack makes eight average sized cookies or you could make four large ones. It also suggests adding extra chocolate chips or orange rind to offer a bit of variety. I personally add chocolate chips as you can't have too much chocolate!
The pack recommends cooking for 12 minutes at 190 degrees centigrade but I think they need slightly longer to brown them off, an extra couple of minutes. They were still very soft, when I took them out the oven and the pack advises leaving them for a minute to cool down and harden but I leave them for about 5 minutes as they are quite hot and need to become firmer.
Well they look like the ones on the pack which is always a bonus!
To the taste test, the cookies are chewy but soft in the middle and slightly crunchy round the edge. I believe this is how cookies are meant to be, so was quite pleased. They are very sweet but also greasy but the kids loved them and it kept them happy and occupied.
It isn't suitable for those who are allergic to egg, milk, soya or wheat, as a word of warning.
I think I probably would probably buy this again as it is really simple to do and the biscuits are fairly decent. I think the cookie "just add water" recipe is better for younger children than say the other Betty Crocker products as young kids can really get involved rolling out the dough, you can even use different shaped cutters. It isn't the best cookies that I have made but it is easy and quick.
It is available in most supermarkets for the pricey amount of £1.19 for a 200 gram packet that makes about 8 cookies.
I got this mix for my little boy as he loves baking and it looked quick and easy for him.
The mix comes in a 200g pouch that has a big banner across it saying "just add water" - this was the selling point for me.
There are 3 step by step, easy to follow instructions on the back. They are very basic - add 2 tablespoons of water, mix well, place on a baking tray and cook for 12 minutes! - It really is that simple.
The pack makes 8 cookies although they give ideas of making 4 larger ones or adding ingredients to vary the taste eg orange rind or white chocolate chips.
After 12 minutes at 190 oC The cookies were not yet cooked so I left them for a few more minutes. When I took them out of the oven they still appeared very soft but we left them to cool- the pack advises 1 minute before removing from the tray but we had to wait about 10 minutes until they had got to a firm consistency.
At this stage they looked just like the pack ( even though the chocolate chips were not as plentiful!) so my little one was very pleased with himself!
Taste test... The cookies still had a very soft, almost chewy texture, they were not crunchy at all apart from a little around the edge. Im not sure if this is how they are meant to be but it wasn't really our preferance.
They had a very sweet and slightly greasy taste but they were still edible for the sake of "Wow what a good job you've done!"
It was fun making these as it was so simple, kids can do it almost independantly and he was happy enough with the outcome.
For me, I doubt I would buy the mix again as I have used much better ones in the past that have tasted nicer but I may try one of the many other Betty Crocker products that include another 'just add water' one- chocolate fudge brownies.
Not the worst product but certainly not the best.
Available from most supermarkets priced £1.19 for 200g pack that makes 8 cookies.
NB: Not suitable for those allergic to Wheat, egg, milk and soya.
Me and my sister decided to get this as we had a sudden urge for cookies, and made it on the same day... but the results were not entirely what we expected...
The cookie mix came in a plastic packet, with a lovely photo of the supposed outcome printed on the front, and easy step by step instructions on the back.
Preparing the mixture was simple, all you had to do was add water... and we did that... but my sister claimed it was too WET, so we added some self raising flour before ovening it... The process took around 15 minutes, including preheating the oven. The cookies need to be baked for about 10-12 minutes.
~~~APPERANCE TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
In the end, the cookies were not as expected. We should NOT have interfered!! They were more scone shaped but still tasted of cookies. The consistency was also more cake like... It had a good taste, and the chocolate chips were nice, but did not achieve the overall effect...
It was all finished and delicious so I am sure, had we made it right, it would also be good!
Although the texture was not what it should be, there were aspects that were nice. It did taste good and yummy. It was quite indulgent and perhaps it was too sweet due to us making it too condensed. We shall have to try again!
It costs around £1-2.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who wants cookies quickly... and fresh. Even cookie making noobs like me can make this and made it successfully (somewhat) and edible means you can too!! It makes about 8 cookies and all you need to add is water!!!
For those of you who are too lazy to make it from scratch, this is for you.
Review of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
The product I am reviewing is a home baking mix from the Betty Crocker range. The product comes in two sizes, to make 8 cookies and the larger size, which makes up to 24 cookies. This review will concentrate on the larger size.
**The Product, Packaging and Instructions**
The chocolate chip cookie mix can be found in the home baking section of most major supermarkets. My daughter purchased this pack as a treat for my 10 year old grand daughter, Katy, who enjoys learning to cook. My grand daughter brought her cookie mix with her when she came to visit and asked me if I'd like to help her make them. The things Grandmas do!
The mix is presented in a recyclable cardboard box, the box bears a picture of three very tempting looking cookies stacked one on top of the other. The Better Crocker red wooden spoon logo is at the top of the pack front and the information concerning ingredients needed and amount of cookies (24) one box will produce. Instructions are on the reverse and the ingredients and allergy warnings can be located on one of the side panels.
Surprisingly, there are no nutritional values given for this product.
On opening the box we found an inner plastic pouch containing the dry ingredients. The three stage instructions were easy to follow:
Stir the dry ingredients to separate any lumps and add an egg, 50ml vegetable oil and 25ml water and mix well to form a stiff dough.
Drop well heaped teaspoons approximately 5cm apart on a greased baking sheet.
Bake in a pre heated oven ( gas 5, electricity 190 C) for approximately 10 minutes until light golden brown around the edges. For crisper cookies, allow 1-3 minutes longer. Cool for 1 minute before removing from the baking sheet.
As the cookies were baking, the kitchen was filled with a really delicious aroma, reminiscent of an old fashioned sweet shop.
**Appearance, Taste and Texture**
The cookies appeared very luxurious, with large pieces of chocolate well distributed throughout. The colour was a light golden brown, with a slightly glossy finish due to the surface chocolate chips melting into the cookies.
They tasted absolutely gorgeous, sweet and rich, yet not cloying or artificial in anyway. The texture was a delight, crisp on the outside, yet chewy in the middle, just as cookies should be in my opinion. The cookies were light and not too filling. The chocolate was of a very good quality, very rich and satifsying, just as I like my chocolate to be.
I have to admit that we did not get 24 cookies out of our pack, only 14, I fear this may have had something to do with my grand daughter eating the raw cookie dough! Oh well, that's children!
I won't bore readers with a long list, but the basic ingredients of the mix are: Wheat flour, sugar, 20% chocolate chips, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, skimmed milk.
Contains milk, wheat and soya ingredients. Suitable for vegetarians.
**Availability, Price and Company Information**
Available from most of the big supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrison's.
The price my daughter paid was £1.98 which seems to be pretty universal, according to the website www.mysupermarket.com
The smaller pack (8 cookie size) costs in the region of £1.29.
The Betty Crocker cookie mix was made in Switzerland fr General Mills Europe, the parent company of Betty Crocker.
Company contact information:
PO Box 363
**My thoughts and Conclusion**
My grand daughter thoroughly enjoyed baking these cookies and I admit I enjoyed helping her. As an introduction to baking for a youngster, this mix is an excellent way of encouraging children to be creative in the kitchen.
Katy was delighted with her efforts and she loved arranging the finished cookies on a plate and offering them round to the family. I think we were all surprised at just how delicious the cookies were considering that they were a packet mix. The cookies were very good and would appeal to adults and children alike. Although not cheap, the quality was so good that I felt they represented good value for money.
Of course, eating large quantities of the raw cookie dough is not obligatory!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2009
N.B. My review may be found on other review sites, under the same user name.
I love cooking and I want my two children to grow up able to cook their own food too. They're only two at the moment, so I guess I've got a while yet before I need to start teaching them cookery skills, but in the meantime, Betty Crocker's Cookie mix is a fun thing to do on a rainy afternoon with them.
The packet itself contains dry ingredients for the cookies and all you need to do is add a couple of tablespoons of water and mix in a bowl with a spoon (my kids love doing this!). You then place teaspoons of the batter on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 10 minutes or so. Super easy and the kids feel very grown-up and important! They love eating the results too! The only problem I had was trying to explain to them that we needed to wait for a bit for them to cool down before we ate them.
The cookies themselves are actually really nice - they taste quite strongly of vanilla and have plenty of chocoalte chips in them. They also have that 'crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle' quality that I always seem to fail to get when I make cookies from scratch.
The ingredients were listed on the back of the packet, but the nutritional information wasn't. I would hazard a guess that they are pretty calorific, though.
The packet I bought cost £1.10 from Sainsburys and it made eight biscuits. I think this is a bit pricey, when you consider that to make your own batch of biscuits from scratch would cost about the same, but would make thirty or so. However, for an afternoon's entertainment for the kids I think it was worth it.
This chocolate chip mix is available in two sizes a small packet for 8 cookies & a larger packet for 24 cookies. The only difference between the two (besides ingredients) is that you need to add an egg & oil to the larger packet but only 30ml of water to the smaller packet.
I purchased my packet for making 8 cookies from my local Co-Op for just under £1.00 and the larger packet is available from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk for £1.98. I think that the price is very reasonable for the quality of the cookies and the taste.
I simply cut open the top of the packet (it has a little ridge to help but I was feeling hopeless so used scissors!) and then added the entire contents to a mixing bowl, added 2 tablespoons of water (30ml as advised on the packet) and then begin to mix it all together with a wooden spoon. I ended up adding around another spoonful of water and this gave me a fantastic dough consistency which was very easy to seperate with a spoon and put out on to an ungreased baking tray. I was worried that the cookies would stick to the tray but they did not stick a single bit so I was very pleased as it left me with a mess free tray that required minimal washing up.
I made 6 dollops of dough and I did not think that they looked very big, however, when cooking (12-14 minutes 170 degrees in an electric oven) I noticed that they rose very well and took on a deliciously golden brown colour (darker than the picture on the box) they were still slightly springy to the touch when I took them out but I pierced one with a small knife just to make sure all of the dough was cooked (it was). I left the cookies in the tray for a minute or two and then transferred them to a wire rack to cool down.
The smell of the cookies was delicious and a real home bakery smell, the whole flat smells fantastic and I just found my mouth watering so much in anticipation. The cookie was deliciously crunchy on the outside and soft inside and there was absolutely lots of chocolate chips in every cookie.
There is no nutritional information available on the back of these cookies but frankly I don't want to know! They are delicious cookies and it's lovely to say that I baked them myself. The recipe is far nicer than the one I usually make myself which gives a similar amount of cookies and probably costs me almost twice the price to make.
Overall I found these cookies to just be simply fantastic, therefore I am rating them 5/5 and would highly recommend them.
My boys love baking buns and biscuits and whilst I am not a bad cook these days (the smoke alarm only goes off now and again!) I am not very good at baking, probably because I haven't done it much in the past.
So when we were shopping at our local Asda store last week and I saw this pack of 'easy to make' white chocolate chip cookies and threw them into the trolley with some excitement- surely I can manage these..?
So, you take the non offensive looking pack and open via the easy to tear top and get a bowl ready.
Pre heat your oven to 190 degrees C( or 170 if it's fan assisted)/ 375F/Gas mark 5 and we are ready to rock and roll people!
**Stir the cookie mix in the bowl along with 30ml of water (about 2 tablespoons) till blended into a stiff dough.
**Next drop well heaped teaspoons of the dough approx 2inch apart onto an ungreased baking tray. The pack says it makes 8 cookies but we made 10 small ones so judge yourself.
**Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are firm.
(For crispier cookies allow 2 minutes longer)Cool for 1 minute before removing from tray and transfer to a cooling rack.
Sounds simple enough..and you know what- it was!
I managed to make the cookies with the boys and they not only tasted lovely but looked the part too!
As I mentioned the pack is very easy to open and their is a picture of mouth watering cookies on the front and very easy to follow instructions on the back.
This will no doubt vary from shop to shop but I paid £1.09 from Asda.
Without listing all the ingredients I will just point out that it does contain the following:Wheat; Soya; Egg and Milk so allergy sufferers beware.
I like the fact the only thing you needed to add was water, and overall I was very impressed they tasted nice and moist and did what it said on the packet!
Betty Crocker is a well known brand and while browsing in the cooking aisle I noted these with in a red pouch with a picture of fresh baked cookies and a big sign across the front saying just adds water. I was immediately attracted so dumped them in the trolley. It cost just over £1 for a 200g pouch from Morrison's.
Sugar, wheat, chocolate chips, vegetable oil, dried egg yolk, flavourings, lactose, salt, dried egg whites raising agents: sodium bicarbonate, milk protein and dry molasses
Contains milk, egg, and milk and Soya ingredients.
Best before date: they have a shelf life of about a year so something that you can store in your cupboard for a spot of no effort baking.
While examining the packet I found in the flap at the bottom that this is a product of India and Betty crocket is a Swiss firm. It seems this is deliberately hidden away as much as possible as there is a UK contact address on the back of the packet
The packet does not contain nutritional advice but it isn't rocket science to work out that these are low fat or low calorie/
I have always been a reasonably good cook and enjoyed cooking from when I was little I want my son to not only enjoy cooking but not be a useless man who can't even make himself breakfast so to start him cooking from an early age is important.
As he is only 22 months old though he does have a very short attention span and the idea of him sitting and watching me measure out all the ingredients and patiently watching me putting them in a bowl is laughable so these packets seem an ideal way to start.
We made it on a table in the lounge as I needed to preheat the oven to 170 degrees. It is 190 degrees or gas mark 5 for a normal oven. My son loves the cooker and doesn't yet understand why he can't touch it although he does know I tell him not to. The minute I put his cooking apron on he was excited.
The packet is a rip open sachet and I got my son to help pour in the contents of the packet. When opening there is a mixture of brown and white powder mixed in are plenty chocolate chips throughout. There is an aroma of a mix of chocolate and a very sickly sweet smell.
I added the water. I added a little at a time as I didn't bother measuring the water and sometimes these recipes you can add the measured amount and it is too runny then you are left hunting through the cupboards for a way to thicken it back up.
My son then started stirring with a wooden spoon which he loved. He wasn't very skilled an a few times the spoon flicked up in the air resulting in big patches of the powder on my floor. I helped him with hand over hand stirring. I gave it a little stir to ensure I had got all the powder mixed in from the bottom of the bowl
As I didn't measure the water I can't say how much water it needed but it appeared to be more than the 30mls suggested on the packet.
He spooned some blobs of cookie dough onto the tray and he seemed to have a great idea of how to do this. The packet suggests it makes 8 cookies that take ten minutes to cook but offers an alternative of making 4 cookies and cooking for and extra 2-4 minutes. We made six as that roughly what size my sons cookies came out.
I put them in the oven while my son ate the scraping of dough off the spoon.
The taste test
We both ate one while they were still warm. They were delicious they were slightly crunchy around the edges and more gooey in the centre. They were sweet as expected but the ingredients seemed well blended. There was the right amount of chocolate chips and because the cookies were still warm they were slightly runny.
I have to say that for most people this is an extremely lazy way of cooking but as a beginning to get children interested it is fantastic. The children get to see the results and taste their own cooking.
I would recommend this as a way to start cooking but with a plan to moving onto learning to follow a recipe.
Betty Crocker is an invented persona for the baking market that specialises in all sorts of desserts or treats ranging from pancakes to brownies and of course cookies.
I've really gotten into cooking for myself recently and prefer to make things from scratch using a proper recepie book, however the book I'd purchased was lacking anything about cookies so I picked up a box of Betty Crocker's Cookie Mix whilst in Tescos.
At 1.98 for 24 homemade cookies, it's not bad value at all. The box is bright red and very attractive with three cookies stacked on top of each other on the front looking very inviting. The back of the box has easy to read and simple instructions on how to make the cookies. I found this most useful as I have to follow instructions to the tee [it's an OCD of mine]. You really only need some vegetable oil, an egg and a bit of water as the cookie mixture itself is in the box.
The cookies take about 10 minutes to prepare and round about the same amount of time to cook, so they're a great treat to make in a very small amount of time. They're also great for children who enjoy baking or for something to do during the school holidays for example.
You stir the mixture into a bowl and add the other ingredients, mixing until you create your very own cookie dough. You can use your fingers to mould the dough if you wish [another thing the kids will love]. Using a teaspoon, you then heap lumps of the dough onto a baking tray making cookie esque shapes in the process, pop in the oven and voila.
The cookies themselves taste gorgeous. They're not crumbly at all and are very soft with a sweet and mouthwatering texture. Just one or two can fill you up but you find yourself craving for me within half an hour or so. They are miles ahead of the usual packets of cookies you can find in a shop, though the price may be a bit steep to buy constantly they're still brilliant for a treat either for yourself or the family every now and again.
The cookie mixtures ingredients are as follows:
Wheat, flour, sugar, chocolate chips [20%] (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin, naturing flavouring: vanilla),
brown sugar, vegetable oil, flavourings, salt, raising agent: sodium bicarbonate, dry molasses, skimmed milk powder.
Contains wheat, soya and milk ingredients.
Whilst shopping for a few basics the other day, and allowed to go on my own for once I was able to have a long browse down the aisles, I decided that I would make something with Toby as he is really into cooking at the moment. I normally encourage him to help me with a full recipe, but as he was feeling a bit under the weather I opted for a packet mix.
As I scoured the shelves I saw this cookie mix staring up at me, and remembering the review Mummy2harry had written a while ago, I knew these would be worth buying. At £1.99 they are a similar price to other packet mixes, but these don't contain various added colours like the character cakes do.
This afternoon I gave Toby the choice of doing some playdough or cooking, he opted for cooking, and was rather excited as he ran straight to the kitchen to put his apron on.
Extra ingredients we needed to add were 50ml sunflower oil, 25ml water and a medium egg. Toby found these ingredients and after helping to measure the liquids out, poured the packet mix into the bowl: this consisted of the flours, chocolate chips and other ingredients Betty had used. You could instantly smell the cookie aroma, and knew that once these were cooked they would taste delicious.
We mixed all the ingredients together then scooped out small amounts onto baking trays, then carefully put them in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes I went to take a look, they were still small mounds, and fairly soft in the middle, I had expected them to flatten slightly, so I got a fork and pressed them lightly and popped them back in for a couple of minutes, after that time they had gone a nice golden colour and was slightly crispy on top, I didn't want them to go completely hard and crunchy so I removed them to cool.
When they were almost cool I decided to try a little one, purely for health reasons (in case they were revolting) and so that I can tell you what they are like. Honest!!
They were crispy on the outside and soft, yet moist in the centre, they had cooked properly, so wasn't at all doughy. The chocolate chips had held their shape and gave a nice flavour to the cookie. They are not over sweet, and despite adding oil, they are not at all greasy.
I have tried many cookies in my time, and although I have tasted better, there's nothing more satisfying than making your own, (well almost making your own!) They are more expensive that a standard packet of cookies at the supermarket, but just think about what the children have learnt from being in the kitchen and how they feel when they have made something like this to eat.
It was suggested that you can make up to 24 cookies, we made 22, and some were slightly larger than others. You could make them all a lot smaller and have bite-sized cookies, but they would not take so long to cook, so keep an eye on them.
Overall a great product and I will buy them again as a change from the cakes we like to make. Thank you Harry's Mummy. x
Now that I've got a driving licence, Harry and I seem to be popping out every day, just to get out of the house because we can really! We'd been doing some puzzles and he'd been doing some by himself for the first time, so I said I'd get him a little treat when we went to the supermarket. When we got to the shop, Harry kept asking for his "special treat" so I went down the baking aisle. I make all my own cakes from scratch but haven't really made many cookies before. I saw these Betty Crocker cookie mixes on offer on the shelf, and thought they'd be worth a try, and that Harry could help me make them, as he's rather into cooking at the moment!
Betty Crocker produces a big range of ready-to-make cakes and desserts which can be found in Supermarkets all around. I haven't ever tried these sorts of products before, but I was pleasantly surprised by the range that was available, from cookies to brownies to ready-made-icing for cakes as well. This particular cookie mix comes in a 200 gram pouch, and was available in both white chocolate chip and the milk chocolate, which is what I decided to try, as they are Harry's favourite.
The packet has a very yummy looking image of the cookies that you can make, along with a blue strip that says " Just add water". Couldn't be simpler, right? The instructions on the back are also incredibly simple, telling you how to make the cookies in just 3 easy steps that are really idiot-proof to be honest! To let you know how easy they are, even daddy2harry could make these, and he can't cook anything lol! As well as instructions, the packet contains a list of ingredients, ideas for variations on th e recipe, and a best before date, which gives me well over a year to use the product by. The only bad thing is that there is no nutritional information on there at all, but ignorance is bliss hey?!
Making these cookies couldn't be easier. Make sure you pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees before you start so the oven is hot enough when you put the cookies in. Firstly, you need to put the entire contents of the packet into a mixing bowl, and then just 30ml of cold water on top of that. 30mls is roughly 2 tablespoons, so I used my stainless steel measuring spoons to add the right amount rather than guessing. When I added the water, I wa a bit unsure about whether it was going to be enough because it didn't seem much compared to how much dry mixture there was. Anyway, I carried on and mixed the 2 together until it formed a (very) stiff dough. When that's done, just use a teaspoon and measure 8 generous dollops of dough onto an ungreased baking tray, and then pop into the over for 10-12 minutes.
I couldn't believe how easy it was, and how little mess was created by making these cookies! It did seem a little too good to be true, so I wasn't sure that these were going to be too nice when they were done! As soon as 10 minutes were up, I removed the tray from the oven, but they weren't quite done so I added them back into the oven for 1 1/2 minutes, and they were then much firmer and golden in the middle. You have to leave them for 1 minute on the baking tray then remove to a cooling rack. I must say at this point, they looked and smelled delicious. They were golden brown all over, with lovely lumps of chocolate showing all over, and they had spread out from the big dollop I'd put on the tray.
I left them to cool for around 45 minutes before trying one. Harry was almost beside himself by this point so was desperate to try one as well. We sat down at the table with our plates and ate them up...and they were really lovely! They had a really sweet flavour to main dough of the biscuit, and the chocolate were lovely and rich, really complementing the sweetness of the biscuit perfectly. They had also cooked perfectly - crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, just how I like them! I was so shocked something out of a packet could be so nice! My other half loved it as well, and the 8 small-ish cookies that came out of the oven were soon gone! The after-taste was fine, just a sweetness left in my mouth after I'd eaten and nothing at all unpleasant which was excellent. They couldn't be easier to make, and they taste really delicious. I can't say how long they will keep for as mine were gone in just 2 days, but in a sealed tin they should keep for a good few days without going off. These pouches are ideal to keep in the cupboard for rainy days or just when you fancy a treat, and I'll be making these for Christmas without a doubt!
The 200 gram pouch which makes 8 cookies cost me £1.19 in Sainsburys but was also part of a 'Buy 2, save £1' offer which made them a real bargain!
Official website: www.bettycrocker.com
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