I’m always up for trying new recipes and baking new things… today I decided I wanted to try to make homemade brownies (I’m a sucker for Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge, so this was a big deal for me). Mostly, I didn’t have a box of brownies, and I had all the stuff to make them from scratch, so it sounded like a good combination. I pulled out the ol’ Methodist Cookbook (you can’t go wrong there), and got to work. After I added the baker’s chocolate, though, the batter wasn’t turning the dark chocolately brown it should ave.
I was slightly concerned, so I called my mom. She said as long as I was following the recipe it should be fine. So, of course, I tasted the batter (only a tad so Baby Gray didn’t get Salmonella). You could tell the chocolate was there, but it wasn’t like it should have been. Since baker’s chocolate wasn’t the answer the first time, I added a little cocoa. That didn’t do much. So then I added some meltaway center Hershey’s Kisses. I figured at least they’d add a little chocolate in some places.
This is what I got:
A pan full of beautifully textured, perfect, non-chocolate brownies! They were the most perfect brownies I have ever seen (with the exception of the off-color from the missing chocolate). I cut into them to taste and be sure they were not good. They weren’t.
I still needed a dessert for this afternoon (I wanted to take one, anyay; I didn’t need one). I had a box of cake mix and about 30 minutes, so I pulled out my Lookie, Lookie It’s a Cookie cookbook and got started tweaking a recipe to fit what I had. I decided I wanted oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and it looked do-able based on the recipes in the book and the white cake mix I had.
This time, my results were much better:
These were the perfect density and texture; the only thing I would have done differently is add a little more oatmeal. (Too bad I didn’t measure so I know how much that is… ) They were a hit at dinner!
Cheater Chip (+Oatmeal) Cookies
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4-1/2 cup (or so) minute oatmeal
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil
- Mix well
- Add chocolate chips and oatmeal until well blended
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet (I didn’t grease mine)
- Bake 10 minutes
- Makes about 45 cookies