I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "semi-homemade," right, Sisters and Brothers. Magazines, websites, even books are put out giving recipes about using mixes and pre-made food items into something else by twisting the directions, adding extra ingredients, or using it in different ways. We review a lot of products here on The Chocolate Cult because part of our goal is to help you spend your money wisely. So starting today, and from time to time, I'm going to give you "recipes" for how I mix up mixes or add in ingredients to make something new. As a busy woman, doing semi-homemade is a wonderful thing I can do for myself and my family that saves us money as well as time. If I'm careful, I can even make it more healthy though not this time.
First I decided that my arm still wasn't up to snuff when it came to manipulating cookie sheets yet so I'd go with bars. Consulting both packages I found bar directions on the chocolate chip cookie mix box. First I mixed together all of the wetter ingredients and made sure they were mixed very well meaning that the butter was thoroughly blended. Then I added the peanut butter cookie mix and made sure that was mixed very well. Finally I added in the chocolate chip cookie mix and got that all blended together. Don't worry, I used my electric stand alone mixer so I didn't hurt my arm. Then I spooned the batter into a 13 X 9 X 2 inch glass pan that I also have a plastic lid for -- I wish I had more of those because plastic wrap and foil never seem to stay on very well.
Then I baked it at 10 minutes beyond the maximum time listed on the box. I had to test it with a toothpick at the max time and then added a few more minutes at a time until it was slightly golden and not doughy at all. I let it cool for an hour then cut it into 18 pieces. There you can see to the right the results -- you can see the peanut butter and the chips of chocolate both. My husband could smell it and so I let him try a bar. He loved it! So much for my bad idea, huh?
Now of course it might not have turned out well. Just a few days before my attempt at a tomato cheese sauce was horrible but generally when I'm manipulating mixes or products I do a decent job of it. How about you? Do you ever combine cookie mixes to make your own variety or own dessert?