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My son loves baking and for ages he has been wanting to make cookies so this morning we decided to make some.
We used a Betty Crocker White Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix.
The cookie mix comes in a plastic pouch on the front of the pouch are 2 cookies that look delicious, it says on the packet that all I need to add is water and it makes 8 cookies.
On the back of the pouch are the cooking instructions which are very easy to follow there are basically 3 steps.
So first of all I preheated the oven to Gas Mark 5.
The pouch was very easy to open, we added the mix to the bowl and then added the water. As my son and I started to stir the mixture with a wooden spoon we could smell the white chocolate!
We then spooned the mixture onto the tray and managed to make 8 cookies. It took us around 15 minutes to make the cookies though my son is only 4 so I guess with an older child the process might be a bit quicker.
On the pouch it says to cook the cookies for 10 - 12 minutes, I checked these after 10 minutes and they were a light brown on the edges but very very soft and pale in the middle so I put them back into the oven and eventually in total it took 14 minutes for the cookies to cook.
When I took them out of the oven they still felt very soft but as they were a golden colour I felt they were ready.
I left them on the tray for a few minutes and then very easily removed them from the tray onto a wire rack.
~Appearance & Taste~
Once our cookies were on the wire rack my husband and son eagerly waited for them to cool down, we were quite surprised that our cookies really did look like cookies!
We each had a cookie which looked golden on the outside they had hardened up a little but when you bit into the them they tasted soft and delicious though to me they were a bit sweet. The cookies had tiny chunks of white chocolate which tasted quite creamy.
~What do I think?~
My son and I had a lot of fun making these cookies, he loved helping me stir the mixture and then spooning it onto the baking tray though he did find it a little bit difficult as he hates getting his hands messy!
The instructions said we needed 2 tablespoons of water we actually used 4 as the mixture was very dry, we landed up with quite a thick dough.
One thing I didn't notice on the packet was we could have made 4 large cookies instead of the smaller ones and also if we had wanted double choc chip cookies we could have added an extra 25g of chocolate though I think our cookies had enough chocolate!
I paid 99P in Morrisons for this cookie mix and I think it is good value because they tasted really good and best of all my son and I had fun making them!
Please note the ingredients contains wheat,soya,egg and milk.
After reading so many positive reviews on dooyoo about the various Betty Crocker cake and cookie mixes, I thought it was about time I tried some for myself. Before reading these reviews, I'd never even heard of the name Betty Crocker, but that's probably because the type of product in its range is stocked in an area of the supermarket I don't often venture by.
So, one weekend I decided the kids might enjoy it if I made some cookies, thinking they could even help out. Browsing through the cake mix section, I spotted the Betty Crocker name and picked up a packet of White Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix for £1.19. After a quick scan of the ingredients to make sure there were no nasty e-numbers or hydrogenated vegetable fat, I popped this into my shopping trolley.
I noticed they were also selling cookie mix in boxes as well as pouches. However the boxed mixes contain more mixture for making 24 cookies. The pouches contain enough mixture to make 8 cookies.
The packet itself is made out of plastic that you can tear or cut open. There's a delicious looking picture on the front of some crumbly, moist looking cookies with generous chunks of white chocolate in each. This is what you hope your own results will end up resembling.
I thought the kids could help out, but to be honest, there wasn't really much they could do. Once I'd opened up the pouch and emptied out the contents, which resembled white breadcrumbs, into a bowl, all I had to do was add 2 tablespoons of water. I suppose I could have asked them to stir the mixture, but I was a bit dubious as to whether there as actually enough water in there.
It was quite hard going making sure all the mixture was thoroughly mixed in as the dough produced is very thick. But, it did say in the instructions that this is how it should be, so I resisted the urge to add more water and proceeded as per the instructions. There was no way my daughters would have been able to mix this dough.
Before I commenced with the mixing, I'd put the oven on to gas no. 5 and lined my baking tray. Now the mixture was ready to put onto the tray. However, this is where I deviated slightly from the instructions. I was told to put well heaped teaspoons of mixture onto an ungreased baking tray, which should amount to eight cookies altogether. However, I decided that making such large cookies was only encouraging overeating and I decided to make teeny weeny cookies instead.
Finally, after eeking out the mixture into 17 individual cookies, I placed them into the oven and waited for the recommended 12 minutes. Trouble is, my oven doesn't cook evenly. Anything that's closest to the flames, also cooks the fastest. So halfway though the cooking time I could see the cookies at the back near the flames were already brown so I had to take them out and turn the tray round. This usually works fine (unless I'm cooking a cake, which is probably why my cakes are always a disaster).
My daughter turned on the oven light and excitedly told me how much they'd grown and spread out so much they were bumping into each other. This surprised me as the individual amounts I'd put on the tray were very tiny. They all browned up quite quickly and I opened up the oven door and left them to sit for a minute. Then I removed the tray from the oven and let them cool down for another minute before sliding a knife underneath each one and placing them onto a wire tray to cool down.
Not that they had a chance to cool. Straight away the family were crowding into the kitchen, clamouring for one of these freshly baked cookies that they'd been sniffing for the past 15 minutes. So, despite my carefully rationing them out at first, it only took a couple of hours before they were all gone. But it wasn't down to the kids alone. My husband came home and after making a comment about putting the house on the market right now (due to the lovely biscuit smell), he polished them off.
So what do they taste like? Well, they are very sweet and if you eat them while still warm, the chunks of white chocolate are still soft and just melt straight away when you bite into them. The cookie texture is light and crumbly on the outside and slightly sticky and soft inside.
A success all round. Thank goodness I only bought the small packet. I hate to think how many calories are in these things. I notice that information has been omitted from the nutritional information on the back. It'd probably scare off potential customers. But then, what biscuits or cookies are healthy?
I'll probably buy these again occasionally, but I don't tend to buy biscuits often because my family just seem to lose all self control when it comes to biscuits. If they are there, they will eat them, and fast. It's just healthier not to buy them at all. If you're a biscuit lover, then I'm in no doubt you'll enjoy these as they really are at the luxury end of the biscuit market. And even if you're not a cook, it'd be hard to go wrong making these yourself.
Here are the ingredients and if you want to see what else Betty Crocker has to offer, then check out this website: http://www.bettycrocker.co.uk.
Wheat Flour, Sugar, White Chocolate Chunk (18%) (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavouring: Vanilla), Vegetable Oil, Brown Sugar, Dried Egg Yolk, Lactose, Dextrose, Salt, Milk Protein, Dried Egg White, Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate, Dried Molasses, Flavouring.