Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My Cheater Cookies

Our church has cookies served after services each week.  Every week, two volunteers bring 7 dozen cookies each for this fellowship time.  This quarterly commitment helped me develop my "cheater cookies".


  • Family Size Brownie mix (store brands work just as well as name brands)

  • Oil, water, eggs required for brownie mix

  • Your choice of baking chips (chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, white chocolate, etc.)

  • Mini-muffin pan

I have two mini-muffin pans.  They each make 2 dozen mini-muffins.  A family size (9x13)  brownie mix will fill both pans.  4 dozen "cheater cookies" in half an hour. 

I mix up the brownie mix per its instructions.  Then I stir in whatever baking chips I have on hand and desire to use that time.  I've used white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and peanut butter, milk chocolate and caramel, etc.  Use baking spray in each mini-muffin hole and fill 2/3 full of brownie batter.  Bake at 350* for about 9 minutes.  Test with a toothpick in one of the middle mini-muffins. 

Remove from oven and let cool in pan for a short while.  Use a plastic knife to loosen the "cookies" from each mini-muffin slot.  Set aside to finish cooling.

While these are still hot, you could add a candy to the top of each one.  Yesterday, I pushed a caramel/chocolate chip into the top of each one.  You could do the same with an M&M, a Reeses piece, or a Hershey's kiss.  Hmm.  Other add-ins could be mini M&Ms, crushed peppermint candy, Reeses pieces, etc. 

I like that they're easy and quick.  I like that I can change their flavor by changing the "add-in".  I can dress them up by adding a candy to the top.  Since we only buy brownie mixes and baking chips when they are on sale, they aren't *that* expensive, either.  We stock up on those sale items whenever we can.

I also like using my Pampered Chef small cookie dough scoop.  It's the perfect size for filling the mini-muffin holes in the pan.  One scoop per hole. 

I know this isn't a brilliant recipe. I know it isn't from scratch.  But it is something that has made my life easier.  It stretches the brownie mix further than a pan would, and it is easier to serve than cutting up the pan of brownies.  (Am I the only one who usually butchers the brownies by cutting them while they're still too warm?)   It's also easier than making cookies the traditional way, one dozen at a time on the cookie trays.  And it's certainly cheaper than buying cookie mixes or cookie dough.

Tonight I'm going to a cookie exchange (barring any unforeseen circumstances between now and then).  Yesterday, Baby L took a nap.  I wasn't sure how long she'd sleep or how fussy she was going to be this week since she was so sick all weekend long.  So, I decided to make the cheater cookies, and I prayed I'd get them in the oven before she woke up.   In the long run, she actually took a very long nap, but my cookies were done.  One less thing to worry about.  And I actually was able to accomplish several other tasks while she slept instead of having cookie making take up the whole time.

I also like using muffin mixes in my mini-muffin pan ... 2 or 3 mini-muffins per child are less messy than one big muffin.  Also, they work better for the Sunday Fellowship.

Just an idea that might make someone else's life easier.


  1. Great idea! : ) I used to have a pampered chef recipe for cookies made with a cake mix, but lost it. :-/

  2. I often make refreshments for my Wednesday night class. I usually do brownies because they are easiest! This will really help and they will like the added variety!

    Merry Christmas! In Him, Eva


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