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Basic Cookie Mix

Updated on December 22, 2009

Save Money with Baking Mixes

Making homemade baking mixes is a great way to save money in this tight economy. In addition, many store-bought mixes have additives that you may not want your family eating. If you make the mix yourself, you will know exactly what is going into your food.

This basic cookie mix is one that I have been using for years and it makes wonderful cookies. It is versatile and can be used to make ten different kinds of cookies simply by adding a few basic ingredients. Along with the cookie mix recipe, I will include a few of my favorite cookie recipes using the mix as a base.

Basic Cookie Mix Recipe

This basic cookie mix is wonderful to have on hand, especially if you ever need to make a quick batch of cookies. Has your child ever "reminded" you (for the first time) that s/he needs to bring cookies to school *tomorrow*? If you have this mix in your pantry, the crisis will be averted. Each of the cookie recipes makes about two dozen, so it easy to make a variety of flavors without taxing your supplies too much.

I also like to use butter-flavored shortening when I make this mix; it gives it a bit richer flavor. You cannot substitute butter, however, because butter requires refrigeration.

Basic Cookie Mix

8 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups vegetable shortening

Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir them together until well mixed. With a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Place mix into airtight containers and store in a cool, dry place. Mixture should be used within 3 months. Makes approximately 16 cups of Basic Cookie Mix.

The Best Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. I especially love them when they are crisp on the outside edges, but still chewy in the middle and that is how these cookies turn out every time.


2 1/2 cups Basic Cookie Mix
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

1 egg
2 TB sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°. Using a medium bowl, stir together Basic Cookie Mix, baking soda, and cream of tartar until evenly mixed. Add the egg and mix together well. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Shape cookie dough into 1 1/2" balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a baking sheet (ungreased). Using the bottom of a glass (actual glass works best), flatten the balls slightly. Tip: If the cookies stick to the glass, dip the bottom in the cinnamon sugar.

Bake cookies 8-10 minutes. They will be lightly browned with cracks on the top when they are done. Makes 2 dozen.

In case you are wondering what cream of tartar is and if you really need it to make Snickerdoodles, here is your answer. Cream of tartar is an acidic salt that when used in baking reacts with baking soda, causing the formation of gas bubbles. It is these bubbles that give Snickerdoodles their light, airy texture. So, yes, you do need cream of tartar to make Snickerdoodles.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These chocolate chip cookies turn out soft and chewy, and don't flatten out much so they are more cake-like in texture. Delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 cups Basic Cookie Mix
3 TB milk
1 tsp vanilla

1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° and grease baking sheets. Using a large bowl, combine Basic Cookie Mix, milk, vanilla, and egg and mix together well. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.

Bake cookies 10-15 minutes until they turn golden brown. Do not overcook. Makes 2 dozen.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter cookies are another favorite (I guess I really love cookies) and while I won't go so far as to say that these are as good as my grandmother's, they are close. And, since she won't share her recipe with me, this is as close as I can get, anyway. I like to use crunchy peanut butter in these cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3 cups Basic Cookie Mix
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 375° and grease baking sheets. Using a medium bowl, combine Basic Cookie Mix, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs and peanut butter and mix together well. Make 1 inch balls of dough and place onto the greased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Dip the tines of a fork in granulated sugar and flatten the cookies twice with the tines, pressing the opposite way the second time so that you end up with a criss-cross pattern. The sugar will help keep the fork from sticking and makes the tops of the cookies crisp nicely.

Bake cookies 10-12 minutes until the edges *just* brown. Do not overcook. Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen.

If you are interested in making more mixes of this type, this is the book that you will want to purchase. It is full of many different mix recipes for every aspect of cooking: baking mixes, salad dressing mixes, drink mixes, side dishes and many more.


This book was originally published in 1978 and is full of wonderful recipes designed to make cooking and baking easier and cheaper. This version has been updated and includes 67 make-ahead shortcut mixes for everything from all-purpose cake mix to meatball mix that be used to prepare over 300 recipes that run the gamut from breakfast dishes to after-dinner treats.

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Have you ever made homemade baking mixes? Do you think you will try this recipe?

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      Laurel Johnson 

      8 years ago from Washington KS

      Excellent lens about one of my fave topics. 5, fave, and Merry Christmas to you.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A really interesting food lens, and wonderfully presented. I like the recipe card sections; makes the recipes easy to find and read. The idea of making your own homemade cookie mix is not only cost-saving, but a great solution for mothers of kids with food allergies - knowing 'exactly' what is in the basic mix!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderfully done and great recipes! Blessed and lensrolling to my bread lens.

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a great idea! I've received these before but wasn't quite sure how to make them. Thank you so much for sharing them! :)

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I always did this too. 5*


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