Making cookies with kids is a classic rainy-day (or hot summer day) activity! Kids learn a bit about mixing and baking, and then get to decorate the finished cookies. Use cookie mixes when you are short on time (or patience).
Although I normally make cookies from scratch, I saw cookie mixes in the grocery store and decided to try two of them for cookie favor bags needed for a party this weekend. I picked out the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix and the Krusteaz Bakery Style Sugar Cookie Mix.
I made the cookies today and am pleased with both of them, although overall I prefer the Krusteaz brand a little more for taste and handling. Both kits recommend adding some flour for rolling the dough for cut-out cookies, but the Betty Crocker brand mix was still too sticky. If I had more time I would have let it set in the refrigerator for awhile. I liked the taste of the Krusteaz baked cookies better, but would buy the Betty Crocker brand again if Krusteaz wasn’t available.
- Both packages call for 1/2 cup (one stick) butter or margarine, one egg, and some flour if the dough is to be rolled out.
- The Betty Crocker package clearly stated “Do Not Eat Raw Cookie Dough,” so I didn’t. (If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.)
- The Betty Crocker dough turned out a little “poofier” than Krusteaz, but I think it was because my little helper turned the oven down to 325 degrees after the Krusteaz cookies were baked.
- I piped Betty Crocker Cookie Icing on all of the cookies – I was pleased with the taste and consistency, although I do need to work on my piping skills!
Notes To Self:
1. Be sure that the cookie cutter you use does not make cookies bigger than your favor bags.
2. Be sure to have larger favor bags on hand, in case you forget #1.
Copyright 2012 Kathryn Depew
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