Wednesday, September 17, 2008

domestification.

well team, I thought it was about time to let you in on a big secret of mine.



let the minds wander a bit.



ok. (gear up). i am a cheater. and i am not ashamed.

let me elaborate. I am a proud user of the Betty Crocker rip and pour bags. All's you got to do (that phrase never gets old) is pour, add an egg, maybe some butter or veg. oil, mix, and then slap on a cookie sheet. Pop it into the oven and wait for 8-10 minutes.


I have perfected the art of making cookies. Yes, some may think that "REAL" homemade cookies are SOOO much better--- to them I say this "You do your thing and I'll do mine." I've had many a conversation with my gal pals here in Tejas about the subject, and they all know of my feelings toward these cookie packs. Thankfully, they still accept me and, mysteriously, the produced goods vanish into thin air. Interesting...


These days, there are always things I am needing to bring a 'lil something to... i.e. young women activity nights, BBQs, baby & bridal showers, etc. And since we have made this little discovery, my life has been forever changed. Oh, and when I discovered the idea of putting a piece of aluminum foil down on the cookie sheet, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. No mess! (And, if you haven't invested in any cooling racks, you can actually lift the two opposing corners of the foil and lift the hot cookies out and set them on the counter---seriously, with your bare fingers too! I know, it sounds like a miracle. I get it.)

People, when these bags go on sale for $1 at Albertsons (regular price $1.50), I say, "StoCK uP!" As we have done. Seriously, they are wonderful. And, if you want to get crazy (which I occasionally am known to do), you can add delicious Ghirardelli or Hershey Chocolate Chips, or Heath toffee chips, or mini Reeses PB cups. I know. Totally crazy and TOTALLY delicious. I think my favorite combo is to get the Betty Crocker Walnut Choc. Chip pack then add the Heath and more milk choc. chips.

Try it. I dare you.
And yes, you can thank me later.

oh, word to the wise... the oven will NOT take out the cookies on its own. You still have to do that. And when you forget and they burn---let's just say, you won't want to give them to your friends. Yeah, that stinks. Maybe one day I'll really be domestic for reals. Maybe.

13 comments:

CHERI said...

Try the peanut butter ones with a hershey's kiss on top--put it on after they bake! nothing is better than that, especially if you eat it when it is still gooey!

Becker said...

Not quite as Cheat-y, but close. My great-aunt taught me this one. Take a regular cake mix, add 1/2 c. oil, 2 eggs and whatever chunks you want to--For example: chocolate cake, eggs and oil, and milk and white chocolate chips. Divine. Heavenly. Don't overcook them and you have happiness in about 8 minutes.

BETH said...

haha hoho hehe - they were delicious - I just trained Brian to make the cookies- okay I can't take credit for it - his mom can

lizzy said...

hey to see my comment look at sunday best because i put it on that one on mistake.
love aunt lizzy

Rebecca Snyder said...

My favorite part is that you have become one of those bloggers that does something and then says- hey I need to grab the camera so I can have a perfect visual for my next blog post- This is when you know you have made it in the blog world, so congrats on that. I like the new title thing, but could you add some more color please. Thanks.

emily snyder said...

i love love love you!!! i vote that you write a column for some newspaper like dan in real life!!

Kajsa said...

im so sad that 2 pans got wasted bc they are as good as you are making them sound in this post. i love love love your cookies! my fav is the peanut butter with the reeses p. butter cups in them. soooo good!

Janine Padilla said...

They were soo yummy and I was soon going to ask you for the recipe. So thank you for sharing the secret. I have a few recipe's also that have some shortcuts. It's so nice to have some desserts that are fast and easy. And.... no one is the wiser.

azufelt said...

I knew right from the first bite that these things were posing as real cookies. They just tasted like imposters. Good ones though. So good that I ALMOST didn't detect the imposterness. But my domesticated senses are keen, and I sniffed out the imposter cookie just as fast as you unwrapped the plastic covering....

I'd say you've got a handle on the whole sprucing up a store purchase mix to taste just as good (better even) than a homemade version. Who would have known? You could have kept that secret for years!

azufelt said...

Oh yeah, and as a side note, love the updated seasonal embellisment on the blog! In fact, you and I ought to talk sometime... I'd like to swipe your files so I can cut them out on some fancy paper... you've heard of my love affair with paper?

annie and jared said...

those cookies just made me so very hungry, i need some chocolate badly right now. maybe i will give these little gems a whirl since you say they are good!

Steffani said...

Melissa, I am all about finding the shortcuts in life! A warm gooey cookie brings a smile to a face whether it's homemade or not! If this gives you even a few extra minutes to play with that adorable Tillie of yours than more power to you!

mommyballs said...

You mean there are other ways to make cookies besides the bags? Don't tell Adam!! Me, Betty and Duncan have a pretty great thing going on here! Actually, to be honest, I skip the bags, mixing and measuring and go straight for the refrigerated cookie squares you just break off and stick right on the cookie sheet. And, Adam knows my secret. He won the husband of the year award from me when he said the boxed brownies were his favorite and that he preferred them to homemade (especially with the CAN of frosting I spread on them!) Thanks for an amazing shower, by the way. Emma and I feel so completely loved!!

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