Pillsbury Cookie Mix Review & Recipes
How good are Pillsbury Cookie Mixes?
Terrific. I have tried out a lot of cookie mixes and this is probably one of the best I've found because the cookies don't have any chemical aftertaste and have a terrific crispy texture. I like cookie mixes because they are fast, but they often don't taste quite like homemade. I'd have to say that Pillsbury Snickerdoodle Cookie mix actually tastes better than my homemade Snickerdoodle recipe. The cookies form perfect circles and have a balance of sweetness and cinnamon. The other Pillsbury Cookie mixes are also very good. I like to use the Pillsbury Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and add in chocolate chips or frost them with chocolate frosting.
Are Pillsbury Cookie Mixes Worth Buying?
Definitely, especially when you can get them on sale. I wait until my grocery store offers a coupon and stock up on them for under a dollar each. That makes these cookies cheaper than buying packaged cookies. However, even at full price, these cookies are probably worth it because they are much better than a store bought
However, even at full price, these cookies are probably worth it because they are much better than a store bought cookie, or even packaged dough. These taste like scratch. They were eaten up fast in my house. I would definitely buy this mix again, especially since I found out that the cookies I didn't roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture were terrific when topped with my fudge and buttercream icings (see below for recipes and pictures).
Pillsbury Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
Any Problems with the Snickerdoodle Mix?
I did have a couple of minor complaints with the Pillsbury Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix. The dough was very soft and so it was a little hard to roll in the cinnamon sugar, but that is probably the same thing that makes the cookies so crisp. It would have been harder for my kids to make these cookies, however. I think they would have made a bit of a mess.
My second problem was that I ran out of the sugar and cinnamon when I had about 5 cookies left to go. Now, I have more cinnamon sugar in my cupboard, but the point of buying a mix is that it should have everything you need. I did check on Amazon and other people seemed to think there was plenty of the cinnamon sugar. Maybe they have changed the amount in the box, or maybe I rolled mine in too much, but I think the mixture was a bit skimpy.
However, I used the problem to my advantage by pulling out some frosting and experimenting with different ways to decorate these cookies and dress them up. The results were the first ones my family snatched up. They especially liked the chocolate ones.
Ingredients for Snickerdoodle Cookies 3 Ways
- 1 package Pillsbury Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- 1 egg
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 1 cup chocolate fudge frosting, (recipe below)
- 1 cup vanilla buttercream frosting, (recipe below)
Pillsbury Snickerdoodle CookiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Instructions for Snickerdoodle Cookies 3 Ways
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Either grease a cookie sheet or cover it with parchment or a silicone baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, put the Snickerdoodle mix, egg and softened butter (put butter in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften). Mix with a spoon until everything is blended. The dough will be soft.
- For Snickerdoodle Cookies: Open up the packet of cinnamon sugar and put in a bowl. Use a teaspoon to get balls of the dough. Roll these around in the cinnamon sugar and then put on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- For Sugar Cookies: Just put teaspoonfuls of dough on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are set and just lightly brown on the edge. Take them out to cool.
- Make fudge frosting and buttercream or use canned frostings. Frost the sugar cookies and put on decorations and sprinkles.
Easy Fudge Frosting
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 Tb. butter
Put all ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir them with a fork. If they are not fully melted then microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between. When fully melted, stir until all is blended and smooth. Frost the cookies with the warm frosting, or cool it a bit in the refrigerator. For a sweeter frosting which is fluffier, you can stir in:
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
Decorate the cookie like the photo above by putting about half a cup of white butter-cream frosting in a Ziploc bag. Snip off a small part of one corner and squeeze out squiggles of white frosting. This is really easy to do and if it doesn't look good at first, you probably just need to add some more.
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookie with Sprinkles
Frosted Sugar Cookie
My supermarket sells wonderful soft sugar cookies which are frosted with buttercream and have sprinkles that match different holidays. I've often wanted to learn to make these cookies and I found that this Pillsbury Snickerdoodle mix makes an excellent base cookie.
To make these cookies, just make the dough as directed and scoop it on the cookie sheets without rolling it in the cinnamon sugar. After the cookies bake, cool them completely before frosting them and putting on toppings.
White Buttercream Frosting
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TB milk or cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Soften the butter by leaving out on the counter, or putting in the microwave for just 5-10 seconds (you want it soft but not melted). Add in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and mix. To make it fluffy, use beaters, but I often just whip with a fork if I'm doing some quick cookies like this. Use a tablespoon or so of the icing to frost the cookies, then top the icing with one of the following:
- M & Ms
- chopped Oreo cookies
- toffee bits
- 1/2 maraschino cherry
- chopped nuts
- crushed peppermint candies
- two small candy canes put together to make a heart shape
- gummy candies
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