There just ain’t much that says love, home and family than a well fed cookie jar. But, you say, they are such a fiddle to make. Ah … nay … ye of little faith. Start with a box. But I want to make more than one kind and I can’t always find very many varieties of mixes. Again, faa and fiddle sticks. All you need is one kind of mix and that doesn’t even have to be a cookie mix.
Buy just plain ol’ cake mix: plain, spice, yellow; it doesn’t matter, just make sure you buy which ever is the cheapest or is on sale. And of course, don’t forget a box of chocolate mix.
So, now what do I do?
Follow the directions on the box, adding only enough water to bake a dough instead of a batter and add whatever ingredient you need to make the type of cookie you want:
Chocolate Chip – add chocolate chips – how many? The more the better. And you can take it further if you like – in addition to the chocolate chips you can add a few chopped nuts, some raisins, and perhaps a bit of spice like cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps even a bit of ginger.
Peanut Butter – to a box of cake mix add about 1 cup of crunchy style peanut butter and again, perhaps a bit of spice.
Walnut Cookies – add chopped walnuts of course, or don’t add chopped walnuts to the dough and instead place a walnut half on top of each cookie before baking them.
Thumbprint Cookies – roll the dough into balls, place on the cookie sheet and press your thumb into each one. Then put a dollop of jam in each before baking. Or, roll each ball of cookie dough in chopped nuts before making the thumb print.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies – just use chocolate cake mix or make Chocolate-Chocolate Chip by adding chocolate chips or nuts, or more spice.
Raisin Rocks – just add raisins to the dough
Coconut – add packaged flaked coconut
Heck, you can even add M & M’s or gum drops. Hey, all you licorice lovers, here’s one you will never find anyplace but your kitchen – add licorice gum drops and some anise seeds.
Now, after you have added the extra ingredients to make the cookies, “your special cookies,” do not add as much water as the recipe calls for. Add just a bit at a time until you have achieved a “dough,” not a batter. Then drop by the spoon full, or use a portion scoop, onto baking sheets that have been lined with bakers parchment and bake until the cookies are golden brown. You may adjust the time to suit your likes. A little less time for soft, chewy cookies, a little longer for crisp cookies. Twelve to fifteen minutes is usually about it.
Now, that’s the way to keep the cookie jar and the family happy.