The Lazy Baker Cookie Mix

August 24, 2009 · 83 comments · Print This Post

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The Lazy Baker Cookie Mix

Generally speaking I make fun of people who use mixes to bake cookies. I mean, come on, how hard is it to soften some butter, break a few eggs, and measure a little flour? Not very. But I can see the appeal, especially for those of you with kids, carpools, soccer practice and ballet class to get to. I’m sure the last thing on your mind is putting on an apron and churning out a few dozen baked goods.

However, I think we can agree that cookies from a mix or a tube usually taste nothing at all like the hot-from-the-oven creations our parents and grandparents dutifully whipped up for us. The texture is wrong, they have a strange chemical-like aftertaste, and the cookies tend to look disappointing on the plate. So, needless to say, when I was offered the chance to try out The Lazy Baker’s cookie mixes I almost declined, but then I thought, “what the heck” and had them send a Double Chocolate Chip over.

The Lazy Baker Cookie Mix

Frankly, the results were shocking. CK and I absolutely loved the cookies! In between alternating sips of cold milk we couldn’t stop gushing about how fabulous the rich chocolate treats tasted. The chewy texture was exactly in line with how I bake my own cookies and we were simply floored by how homemade they actually appeared. During the next few days we ate every last crumb and had the same exuberant reaction to each decadently rich bite time and time again. This was definitely a mix I could get behind. In fact I’m positive that you could pass off a batch of these as your special “top secret recipe” to some food snob friends and they’d never know the difference.

So now that I’ve fallen for The Lazy Baker mixes I’ve had to eat my words and take back my cookie mix prejudice. Hopefully I’ve peaked your curiosity about this product as well. To that end I’d like to offer one reader the chance to try a Lazy Baker mix in their own home. To enter the contest please leave a comment on this post mentioning the cookie mix flavor you’d most like to try. Check out The Lazy Baker website for a complete listing of flavors and varieties. A winner will be selected via the nifty random number generator this Friday, August 28th at 5:00 PM EST and then I’ll promptly arrange to have the mix shipped to your home. Best of luck!

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The Lazy Baker Cookie Mix

1 Susan Koutalakis August 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I think you just might have compelled me to try this too!

2 Jade B August 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

The Oatmeal cherry rasin spice sounds delish. Dang, now I want a cookie!

3 Carol August 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Their Double Chocolate Chip or the Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread sound great! Interested to see how their gingerbread is when it comes out. Making that dough can be such a pain!

4 Audrey F August 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Mmmm cookies! I’d love to try the Chocolate Chip!

5 Whitney August 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread sounds awesome!

6 Maria August 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm

i’m a huge sucker for old fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

7 April in CT August 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Mmmmmm, hello lover.. brown sugar pecan shortbread sounds fantastic.

8 Grace August 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Definitely the oatmeal cherry raisin spice.

9 Aaron August 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Chocolate chip!

Just how much of a ‘mix’ is it? What needs to be added? Is it some kind of ‘just add water’ kit or are you basically just given the dry goods in a box and adding eggs/butter yourself?

10 Erin August 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm

You add eggs, butter, and a little vanilla to the mix.

11 Ryan August 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

If I made Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread cookies… my wife just might faint.

12 Nat August 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

mmm, the brown sugar pecan sounds awesome! But sometimes you just cant go past the good old chocolate chip – I might have to make some tonight…

13 k August 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm

They all sound delish – and I need all the help I can get in the kitchen!

14 Stacy August 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Brown sugar pecan shortbread… all the way!

15 Carrie August 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Um, I would like to try all of them but I’ll start with the Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice.

16 Carolyn Ell August 24, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Ooh, those pecan shortbread cookies look yummy. I never get to bake with nuts since most of my family is allergic, so I’d love a chance to indulge myself. :)

17 Ellen August 25, 2009 at 12:04 am

Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice sounds delicious!

18 Claire August 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

Those look soooo good :)

19 Monica H August 25, 2009 at 12:44 am

Though I’m not a lazy baker, I’d like to be one for the day. These cookies look homemade and yummy. My husband would automatically go for the chocolate over anything else, so that’s my choice. The oatmeal cherry and shortbread lood delicious too!

20 kat August 25, 2009 at 1:13 am

ooh i hope i win since i AM a lazy baker. ;) brown sugar pecan sounds DIVINE.

21 kristina August 25, 2009 at 3:09 am

Oooh, definitely Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread–sounds yummy! K x

22 Lisa August 25, 2009 at 3:45 am

I love love love chocolate chip cookies… but can you even win if you’re living on the other side of the great pond?

23 carrie August 25, 2009 at 8:12 am

uh… yum.

I have absolutely no shame in admitting I’ll eat mixes. they’re very helpful for cravings when you know.. you’re in the middle of decorating 7 dozen cookies and aren’t allowed to eat any of them!

sign me up!

24 Regina August 25, 2009 at 8:33 am

So everything sounds good, especially the Oatmeal Raisin Cherry, but you still have to add butter, eggs and vanilla on your own? That’s hardly less work than scratch where you just also measuring the flour, sugar and baking soda yourself. These must be some amazing cookies.

25 Erin August 25, 2009 at 8:40 am

Hi Regina,

It’s a “mix” not “magic” so yes you do have to add some ingredients ;)

I certainly don’t condone using a mix all the time but if one so desires they should use a quality mix such as this that maintains homemade taste and texture.

Best,
Erin

26 Lindsey August 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

I usually have no problem using a mix for a cake, but I agree on the cookies, they never really taste quite the same. But when it’s a Friday night and all I want is to eat some cookie dough, well then I’ll just buy a tube and call it a day.

27 Jessica August 25, 2009 at 8:50 am

Sounds like something I need to add to my cupboard! The Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Chocolate chip sounds like a good one to have on hand for the holidays.

28 Valérie August 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

Now here’s an endorsement you don’t see on many food blogs! But it’s entirely possible that cookie mixes have come a long way.

I think my grandmother only ever made me cookies once, and my mom never baked 9(though she’s a fabulous cook). Making cookies from scratch is my way of making up for lost time!

29 PaintingChef August 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

I could NOT agree more, most of the cookie mixes you find in the stores are so sad tasting. So I cannot WAIT to try these!! (I just ordered the chocolate chip and the oatmeal). But I’d also love to try the Pecan Shortbread. That sounded super tasty!!

Thanks for sharing!!

30 Erin August 25, 2009 at 10:43 am

Oh yay! So glad to hear that you decided to try these on your own. I certainly hope they live up to my recommendation. I look forward to hearing what you think.

31 Amanda August 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

OH I would so love the double chocolate chip (and I’d probably throw in some peanuts, too). :)

32 Kelly August 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m impressed those turned out so well. I too am a bit of a from scratch snob and admittedly have often turned up my nose at cake mixes and cookie mixes (even though they were the very thing I grew up on, but that is beside the point). I imagine though if they were made from high quality ingredients and stirred with love that they could come pretty close to the real thing.

33 Keri August 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread mix sounds amazing!!

34 MeLissa August 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread all the way (but only because I have access to a great chocolate chip cookie mix from my company)! Heck, I might throw some chocolate chips in the shortbread mix just for kicks. :)

35 Bob August 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hey, I’ll try a mix for free. :D Chocolate chip ftw!

36 Pat August 25, 2009 at 11:36 am

Very interesting! I think I’d like to try the Brown Sugar Shortbread.

37 Kristy August 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

The Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread look like winners.

38 Danielle August 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I’m a sucker for a classic. Chocolate chip please!

39 Jeannette August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

the double chocolate chip looks DIVINE. i seriously feel the need to go home and perfect my chocolate chip cookie recipe now.

i grew up on the break and bake cookies so i don’t see myself as a snob. BUT i am still learning the baking ropes so i don’t think i have the knowledge to be a cookie mix snob…. yet ;)

40 Ally August 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm

These look delicious!! All of their flavors sound like they would taste magical. The oatmeal cherry raisin spice and brown sugar pecan shortbread would be my first choices of flavor, I think!

41 Raina August 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

double chocolate sounds sooo good :)

42 Priyanka August 25, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Hmmm… Lazy Baker? That’s me! Good ol’ chocolate chip is probably the flavor I’d most like to try. Thanks for holding this contest!

43 Kerstin August 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

What a fun giveaway – I’d like to try the brown sugar pecan shortbread!

44 Elaine August 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

It would have to be the chocolate chip for me. Thanks for sharing!

45 Vickie August 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Oatmeal cherry raisin spice. Each and every word is delectable.
I love the texture of oatmeal in cookies, but I don’t stock plain oatmeal for breakfast – having it handy in a mix would be wonderful!

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

46 April August 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Leaving my comment … sounds yummy! :)

47 brittany August 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm

the double chocolate chip looks amazing.

48 pjamma August 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Oatmeal Cherry Raisin, Pecan Shortbread, Double Chocolate, everything a cookie lover could ask for and the ease of Lazy Baking??!! Sign me up!

49 Marti August 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

That double-chocolate-chip looks so tempting that I would have to say…

PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!!

Haha! Great blog. :)

50 Eileena August 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

brown sugar pecan shortbread! mmm

51 judy August 25, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I’d have to go with the good old chocolate chip. Thanks for sharing!

52 Susie D. August 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Hmmm… I guess I’ll say chocolate chip.
Those cranberry/pistachio ones in the ‘coming soon’ section are cute!

53 Chris M. August 25, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Double Chocolate Chip I think would be my favorite

Wish they made like a lemon poppy seed one…..that’d be awesome

54 cassie August 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

those cookies look sooooo delicious!! OMG!!! chocolate!!

55 Luke Gattuso August 26, 2009 at 12:37 am

Oh, those double chocolate chip guys look pretty darn good to me…

56 Aria August 26, 2009 at 1:26 am

Great review! I too scorn mixes but the Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread sounds intriguing!

57 Elina August 26, 2009 at 7:03 am

I’d like to try the one you used – double chocolate chip. The more chocolate, the better! :)

58 Sandi August 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

Oooh, I’d really love to try the Gingerbread mix, but since it’s not available yet… chocolate chip loooks yummy!

59 Sweta August 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

Double chocolate chip or chocolate chip please!

60 Ann August 26, 2009 at 11:08 am

brown sugar pecan shortbread…4 of my favorite things…

61 Angie M. August 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Chocolate Chip! Thank you!

62 Karly August 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Double chocolate chip cookies have always been my favorite. My mom used to get me one each week from the grocery store bakery and mmmm, they were good! I’d love to try the mix!

63 Rebecca August 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I would love to try the regular chocolate chip mix.
Now if they could just wash my dishes while they were at it…

64 Kim August 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Although I am partial to shortbread cookies, the Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice sounds fantastic! That would be my first choice.

65 Karen Larsen August 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I’ve always been a “make it from scratch” type ever since my mom began to teach me to cook at 5 years old- and now I’m 50 years past that- but even “do it your own damned self” types like me have surprise guests call or have hard weeks at work, so I’d definitely try a mix that a seasoned foodie recommends!

The brown sugar pecan shortbread would be my first choice since I make shortbread fairly often and would love to compare theirs to mine, but the double chocolate chip mix is appealing since my sweetie can’t eat chocolate for a medical reason and I miss it! :-)

66 F_D August 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

looks freakin’ delicious!

67 Moni August 27, 2009 at 1:24 am

Personally I think that the Betty Crocker mix for peanut butter cookies tastes amazing, but it’s been a few years since I had time to make some from scratch. :P

The double chocolate chip one looks delicious!

68 edina August 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

Mmmm I’d like to try the Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread!

69 Rachel August 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

The double chocolate chip sounds amazing!

70 Eve August 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

While the Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice sounds intriguing and the cookie purist in me is screaming chocolate chip I’d probably have to say the double chocolate chip.

What can I say? The more chocolate the better.

71 kimz August 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I’m salivating at the mere mention of those double chocolate chip cookies. Holy moly.

72 nicole August 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm

The Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread looks good. I would wait for their availability! But the Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread looks just as good too!
Plus it would be a good excuse to buy mini muffin tins!

73 christa August 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I would love to try the Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice. Sounds awesome!

74 Meg August 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Mmmmm…. the chocolate chip cookies look and sound delicious… I would bake them double the size they’re meant to be baked.

75 Dianne August 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

They all look good to me! But if I had to pick one, I’d go with the double chocolate chip.

76 julesf August 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice–it almost sounds healthy!

77 Beth G August 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Oh my goodness, what a great idea!!! I truly NEED the Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread. :) Thanks for the tip!

78 Amber August 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Umm, Brown sugar pecan shortbread? Yes, please!

79 Mel August 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

mmmm cookies…..

ps, its piqued your interest, not peaked.

80 Jennifer August 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

What a coincidence…I was in T.J. Maxx yesterday, saw these mixes and wondered if I should try one out. The packaging is adorable.

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