So, I love to cook but I also LOVE trying new products, including mixes. Typically, Betty Crocker isn’t one of the brands I buy, but when I checked out the ingredients and understood what each one was and how it affects my body, I was excited to give these new products a try! I think it’s a never-ending quest to find the best mix for when you’re in a bind in this case. Plus, Betty Crocker is one of the old standards in American baking. Betty’s mixes are what people are used to, though not gourmet or fancy by any means. Heck, I’ve had some better tasting boxed mix cake than plenty of the expensive professionals’ cakes at weddings!
First I made the cookies. They spread pretty easily so I learned my lesson and packed them into tighter balls after the first batch, then they were much better. Having no gluten to hold them together the traditional way (I’ve found this is a zillion of my own personal gluten-free cookie recipes as well), taking the cookies off the baking sheet is somewhat of a challenge since they’re pretty delicate. I found the best way to do it was to lightly pick up a side of the cookie with my thumb and index finger, and then quickly slide the spatula underneath the cookie. They mostly stayed together when using this trick. Just trying to get the spatula underneath didn’t work so well, they really wanted to break. They’re much less breakable when cooled completely, but no one waits for cookies to cool completely before taking them off the sheet! What did they tatse like? Pretty much like a regular old chocolate chip cookie! I detected a very mild tartness that no one else seemed to notice, and also a slighly different texture-not quite as smooth on the tongue. Again, no one else noticed that either. All in all, they were a hit in that everyone ate them, but not so great in that some were thrown away after getting stale. I think this would be a great cookie to make for lots of people who are otherwise skeptic of gluten free or healthy cooking. OR, they would also be good for a classroom since the main allergen is the one egg you add to the batter – in which case I suppose you could use an egg replacer. I’m going to stick to my regular cookies and continue my quest for the perfect recipe. I haven’t had much time to cook or bake so these came along at just the right time for me.
The other Betty Crocker gluten free box mix I tried was the brownies. I love a good fudge brownie! These were extremely simple to make and tasted pretty darn good as well. They are only a little fudgy so I undercooked them a tad for some more fudginess. The chocolate flavor is a little semi-sweet but not dark chocolate. I’m a little biased to the richer fudge brownies that I make, but again, if you’re making for a crowd with kids, this is probably a better bet. Especially when you’re in a hurry. My son is used to my cooking and has developed a sophisticated little palate so he likes most of the treats I make, but not all kids are going to go for the gluten free hazelnut brownies or dark chocolate caramel brownies! I made mine in an 8×8 glass dish and baked them about 25 minutes at 350. If I make these again in a hurry, I’ll probably break up a candy bar or something and put it in the mix as well- just to add some excitement.
All in all, I’m very happy with the two mixes for when I’m in a bind! Though not amazing or gourmet or super-healthy, at least they are pretty normal:) I’d absolutely make either of these and bring it to a party (like a bbq or football party) and I’m sure no one would have any idea that they are gluten free! Though if I buy a mix, it’s typically in the health food section and I don’t usually buy it twice – I am glad I noticed these at Target! If you compare the ingredients to all the other mixes in the main baking aisle at the grocery store, I’d be surprised to find one much healthier than this. And you probably know that Betty Crocker would hate to tarnish their reputation with a gross healthy mix:) I can imagine the test kitchen and the many different combinations they tried before deciding on these! I was happy enough with these to buy the yellow cake mix. Sometimes I like making nut roll bars which call for cake mix, so I’m excited to see how those turn out with this mix!