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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ for fresh, chewy cookies in a flash!

So…raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself volunteering (or volunteered) at the last minute to bake something sweet for your child’s school, a church potluck, or a bake sale?

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash!  |  {Five Heart Home}The only problem is, that last minute part meant that you were a little short on time or ingredients and you found yourself tempted to repackage some brownies from the bakery section of the grocery store and call it a day (hypothetically speaking, or course).

Well, this need not be a problem ever again! Enter your new BFF: a homemade mix that will allow you to whip up a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies faster than you could otherwise zip to the grocery store and back.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash!  |  {Five Heart Home}Now, of course, you can already buy bags of cookie mix in the baking aisle, right next to the boxed cake mixes. Heck, you can even buy refrigerated, pre-formed cookie dough that you just have to pull apart and pop in the oven. But if you like the idea of controlling your own ingredients while still maintaining the advantage of speed and convenience, homemade mixes are the way to go. Throwing together a mix takes no longer than making a single batch of said recipe, but it saves you the time of pulling ingredients out of cabinets, measuring out everything, and cleaning all of the utensils multiple times down the road. Now tell me…how can you argue with that?

My family has been reaping the advantages of this post over the past week because I did lots of research and experimentation — AKA, I baked dozens upon dozens of chocolate chip cookies — in order to get this cookie mix just right. After basing my multiple trials on different recipes and various methods, I think I finally came up with a winner. You see, I’ve been stocking my pantry for awhile now with various homemade mixes, but I had yet to put together a homemade cookie mix. So this new recipe is going to be a timesaver for me as much as I hope it is for you!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash!  |  {Five Heart Home}In the spirit of full disclosure, the photos here are representative of one of my earlier trials. I took all of these pictures thinking I had found my final recipe, but then I wasn’t happy with how the cookies were already starting to dry out by the next day. So I went back to the drawing board with the recipe, but I didn’t have the time or energy to take a bunch of pictures again. My three children and my sanity thank you for your understanding… ;)

Suffice it to say that the cookies that result from this mix don’t spread out as much as the ones in the above pictures. They end up being thicker and, as a result, slightly smaller. But they also end up chewier and don’t dry out so quickly, and that’s what I was ultimately going for. Just for comparison’s sake, here’s a picture of some unbaked and baked cookies from the new and improved recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash!  |  {Five Heart Home}Can you see how much thicker and more textured they are? Also keep in mind that I didn’t stud the tops of this batch with extra chocolate chips for more photogenic cookies. That’s a trick for you if you’re ever interested in your chocolate chip cookies looking “pretty,” with whole chocolate chips peppering the tops, as opposed to all of the chips being buried within the cookie dough.

All I did to get the below look was stick five or six chocolate chips on top of each ball of dough before popping them in the oven. As the cookies spread out, so did the chocolate chips, and the final result was bakery-looking cookies. Of course, this was just for aesthetics and entirely unnecessary…these cookies are equally yummy either way.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash! | {Five Heart Home}And now for a few additional tips…

Melt your butter over low heat on the stove or at reduced power in the microwave so that it doesn’t get too hot. You don’t want your butter to be overly warm when you make your cookie dough, and by not heating it up too much to begin with, you save yourself the time of waiting for it to cool.

As for the eggs, I know it’s a pain to use a whole egg plus one yolk, but it really does make for a chewier cookie that remains moist over time. I experimented with two whole eggs and the cookies did, indeed, dry out more quickly.

Some of you have already seen me wax poetic about my favorite type of vanilla extract, and in my opinion, chocolate chip cookies are another one of those recipes that really benefits from a high quality variety of this ingredient.

Another key to making these cookies chewy (aside from not overbaking) is to allow the cookies to cool completely on the pan. If you don’t have enough cookie sheets to do so, at least let the cookies cool as long as possible on the pan, and then perhaps consider removing them to a large plate or other solid surface (rather than a cooling rack) to finish cooling.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ~ just add butter, eggs, & vanilla for fresh cookies in a flash! | {Five Heart Home}This cookie mix recipe makes enough for four separate batches of chocolate chip cookies. If you make small, tablespoon-sized cookies, you’ll get about four dozen cookies per batch.

Also, this baking mix tends to get compacted while sitting in the pantry and most of the chocolate chips may migrate towards the bottom, so for best results, be sure to stir/fluff up the baking mix before measuring it out.

Finally, measure out 4 scant cups of mix to make your batch of cookies. Any more and your cookie dough will be too crumbly. You can always stir in a tad more melted butter if you end up using a bit too much dry mix. My dough was slightly crumbly when I mixed it together but it held together just fine when I rolled it into balls and flattened them out on my cookie sheet.

I’m so excited to have this homemade chocolate chip cookie mix in my arsenal that I can hardly wait for the next time I’m called upon to do some last-minute baking! Waiting for them to bake is by far the longest part of making these cookies, and that suits my busy schedule just perfectly.

Homemade Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Yield: 4 dozen small cookies or 1 1/2 dozen large cookies

Homemade Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

This mix is quick to throw together and saves even more time down the road when you want to whip up fresh, chewy, homemade chocolate chip cookies in a jiffy!

Ingredients

    For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix:
  • 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 6 cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 36 ounces or 3 bags)
  • For the cookie dough:
  • 4 scant cups of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted & cooled
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

    For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugars until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.
  2. For the cookie dough:
  3. Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick cooking spray).
  4. Fluff/stir cookie mix to aerate and redistribute the chocolate chips. Measure 4 scant cups of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix into a bowl, using a knife to level each cup. By hand or with an electric mixer, blend in cooled melted butter, whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  5. Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to measure out cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place ball on prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Repeat, spacing cookies two inches apart.
  6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges of cookies are starting to turn golden brown and centers are puffy yet set. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheets.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

To make large cookies, use a scant 1/4 cup of dough. Roll it into a ball and slightly flatten out on the cookie sheet. Space cookies 2 1/2 inches apart and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

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Adapted from Baking Illustrated.

 

This post is linked to Give Me the Goods Monday #24 at Rain on a Tin Roof, Two Cup Tuesday No. 35 at Pint Sized Baker, Time to Sparkle Link Party #25 at Love Grows Wild, Terrific Tuesday #79 at Adventures of a DIY Mom, Tuesday Talent Show #99 at Chef-in-Training, Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl, Dandelion Wishes Wednesday #17 at Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes, Wake Up Wednesdays #2 at Kitchen Meets Girl, Live Laugh Linky #77 at Live Laugh Rowe, Hookin Up With HoH #164 at House of Hepworths, Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday Link Party #81 at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons, Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop #26 at House of Rose, Weekend Potluck #83 at 4 Little Fergusons, Link Party Palooza at Lil Luna, Best of the Weekend at A Little Claireification, Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party #113 at Six Sisters’ Stuff, Show Stopper Saturday #4 at Joyful Healthy Eats, Pin It Monday Hop #25 at Pursuit of Functional Home, Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, and Monday Funday Link Party {34} at Uncommon Designs.

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Comments

  1. What a great idea! I love being able to control what goes in my cookies. And this is great for those last minute cookie cravings!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Kathy! Yes, being able to appease those last minute cookie cravings so easily is what makes having this mix on hand just a little bit dangerous… ;)

  2. Yeah, this is a great idea! Thanks, Samantha. BTW, I am your newest follower, via Feedly.
    Thanks so much for visiting me at Cranberry Morning!

  3. Love the idea of having the mix prepped and on hand! Thanks for sharing all your trails and tribulations to finding the best mix. I’m visiting from the Two Cup Tuesday link party.

    Christy @ Creating A Beautiful Life

  4. What a great idea! I’m thinking Christmas gifts for teachers, bus drivers, etc! So excited to try this!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Jenifer! I bet it would make a great gift…I know I’d appreciate receiving something that was time-saving and tasty! I hope you make some for yourself, too… ;)

  5. what a terrific idea! I need to keep this in the pantry always!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Heather! I have a feeling that this jar ‘o mix is going to save me more than once over the next few months of school… ;)

  6. Genius! Why had I not thought of that… kinda jealous! Definitely pinning this one and taking effect immediately! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays Samantha!

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  7. These sound so good right now! And I totally get the picture situation :) I’m featuring this on Terrific Tuesdays.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awwww…thanks for the feature, Rachel! You made my night! I had no doubt that other bloggers would empathize with my not wanting to redo the photo shoot. Staging everything/occupying my kids once per post is about all I can manage… ;)

  8. Love this! I have a habit of saying, “Oh yeah, I’ll bring something” when in reality I actually have no time, so this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Me too, Abby…that’s pretty much what inspired the idea. I’m not good at saying “no,” so at least I can make “yes” a little easier on myself! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. This is a great idea! I was doing this with cookies & cakes a couple of years ago – making a mix – but haven’t done it in a while. It really is a time saver when you want to bake. I need to start doing this again.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Kimberlee! I have plans to make my own cake mixes at some point as well, but I haven’t gotten that far yet…glad to hear it worked for you! I really appreciate you stopping by. :)

  10. Melanie (The Inspiration Network) says:

    Ya can’t go wrong with ANY chocolate chip cookie mix! YUM! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Smiles,
    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

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