Christmas: it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but with the wonder can come stress.
One area where you can cut down on some of that stress is cookie baking. Thanks to Betty Crocker cookie mixes, baking beautiful and delicious cookies is within anyone’s reach.
Each year, I hold a Christmas recital/party for my piano students. I make all the refreshments for these recitals, and Betty Crocker cookie mixes feature prominently. After all, the mixes help you make homemade cookies so easily. Most of the mixes require just an egg, oil, and water. Mix them up, and voila: delicious cookies in just minute!
I headed to Walmart to get a head start on the season’s baking.
I entered by the market side of the store, since I knew the baking mixes would be in that area.
I made my way down the main aisle, toward the baking aisle. But before I even got there, right in the center aisle, was a display of Betty Crocker holiday baking supplies.
I ended up choosing a sugar cookie mix. This makes it so easy to create cut-out cookies that are fun for the kids to decorate with frosting and sprinkles. I also grabbed a chocolate chip mix — those are always handy to have on hand. And finally, I picked up a pack of peanut butter cookie mix. I like making the peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses on top, and the peanut butter mix is perfect for those.
The mixes at my Walmart were priced under $2 each, so they’re quite reasonable.
Back at home, I prepared a cookie recipe I created using Betty Crocker cookie mix: Chocolate Mint Squares. Come on, I’ll show you how I make them.
Chocolate Mint Squares
Combine one pouch Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk cookie mix, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Bake in greased 9 x 13″ pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool.
Mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick), and a few drops peppermint oil. Add a few drops of green food coloring to produce a green color. Spread this mixture over the cooled chocolate layer.
Top with glaze made of 6 ounces chocolate chips mixed with 6 tablespoons butter (microwave and stir until melted). Chill until layers are firm. Cut into squares.
Check out the Betty Crocker homepage to see all the flavors, and to find more cookie inspiration this holiday season.
Purchase Betty Crocker cookie mix to have on hand during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Which flavor is your favorite? Do you have a unique way you’ve used these mixes?