Subject #7: Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
I feel almost ashamed posting about these. This is serious oh-no-she-didn’t territory. For one thing, I’m not even sure if this mix is still available in Estonia, as I bought it during a theme month at the Stockmann department store a while ago. I bought it so long ago, as a matter of fact, that the mix was expired. Seriously, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I guess I still wanted to make them because I hate throwing food away, I was feeling rather lazy, and I wanted to see whether cookies from a mix were still as good as I thought they were when I was a kid.
I figured the powdered mix itself would still be fine since it’s filled with preservatives, but guessed that the chocolate chips might be a little bloomed. I was right. The chips looked a bit gray. The main ingredients in the chips were sugar, chocolate liquor, and cocoa butter– I’m not sure if that makes them real chocolate or not. The mix itself smelled almost like powdery peanut butter. I added some softened butter and one egg. I toyed with the idea of sprinkling sea salt on top of the cookies, like I do with my favorite cookies, but the dough already tasted quite salty, so I decided to skip it.
They didn’t look too bad when they came out. Golden brown edges, a little bit of height, bumpy tops. The chocolate chips no longer looked gray.
The taste? Flat. Despite the dough tasting salty, the cookies themselves were very sweet– the sea salt topping actually would’ve paid off. The chocolate chips had a nice texture but are nothing exceptional. The brown edges had a nice crispy texture, but once again kind of flat– almost like toast. And the centers, soft but not chewy, and also sort of bread-like.
So… yeah. The cookies aren’t terrible, but I understand that I’ve come to expect more from chocolate chip cookies. Big chocolate chunks, a satisfying chew, the deep taste of slightly caramelized brown sugar, the contrast from a healthy dose of salt. And of course, I like knowing what goes into my food, too. Now that I am 100% sure that I can make cookies that are way better than this, I think my cookie mix-buying days are definitely over.