Betty Crocker & Krusteaz mixes

by Ryan

I made Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies and Krusteaz Cranberry and Orange Muffin Mix.  Pre-packaged boxed baked goods are never my first choice, but both of these were on sale in the last 3 months, and I bought some to keep just in case I ever needed to make something quickly.

The chocolate chip cookie mix was a little gritty out of the box, but very easy to make.  If I had it to do over I would have substituted vegetable oil for half the butter.  Overall the cookies are okay, but certainly not great.  They would have benefited from a little liquid vanilla as opposed to the dehydrated vanilla flavoring inside the mix.  The dough itself was also very dark, probably from food coloring, and didn’t quite look right according to what I know from making tons of batches of sugar cookies.

With the muffin mix I decided to not drain the cranberries, and instead I just subtracted about 2 tbsp water, and mixed it all together.  The muffins are very moist for being fat free, and overall I’m pretty happy with them.  They could have easily doubled or tripled the cranberries, but otherwise it was yummy.  I’m quite happy with this brand and since I also have two other mixes in the pantry I’m certain I’ll be making these again.

Overall I’m still not enthusiastic about making most boxed baked goods.