Useful Mixes - Cornbread, Brownies, Cookies and More!

Thursday, September 26, 2013
If going whole hog and doing entire meals in jars isn't your thing, don't fret!  You can still save time and money by putting together your own mixes right at home, with ingredients you already have in your pantry!  These are handy and very convenient to have around!  And much, much cheaper than the boxed versions at the grocery store.  Plus, you control what goes into them, and there are no additional additives or preservatives.  And no need to vacuum seal these - they will stay good on the shelf for several months. 

These are also very versatile - because if you WANTED to turn them into "just add water" mixes, you could!   And if you WANTED to then vacuum seal them and add to your food storage, you could!  He he he!


There are 3 mixes and 1 variation in the picture above, but I'm going to give you recipes for several more, too!  Let's start with my all-time favorite one, shall we?

Best Ever Cornbread
For the mix:
  • 1 cup Bisquick (or your own homemade baking mix)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
Add to bag. Seal and label with instructions. 
To make:
  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl.  Cut in 1/2 cup butter until course.  Add 4 beaten eggs and 2 cups buttermilk (or soured milk).  Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until done.
Best Ever Cornbread (the "Just Add Water" option)
For the mix:
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter powder
  • 4 Tbsp. powdered eggs
  • 5 Tbsp. buttermilk powder
Add to bag.  Seal and label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl.  Add 2 1/2 cups water.  Stir just until moistened.  Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until done.
All I did for this second one is use the powdered dry equivalents to the fresh dairy from the first one.  See how easy?!?

Brownie Mix
For the mix:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
Add to bag. Seal and label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 tsp. vanilla.  Pour into prepared 8x8 or 9x9 pan.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until done.
For this one, you *could* make it a "just add oil and water" mix, but you'd need to use vanilla powder, which isn't exactly in most standard pantries.  But it can be done.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mix
For the mix:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins or nuts (leave out raisins if storing for very long term)
Add to bag.  Seal and label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Place dry ingredients into bowl.  Add 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.  Mix together; drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
For the mix:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Add to bag.  Seal and label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Place dry ingredients into bowl.  Add 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.  Mix together; drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.
Sugar Cookie Mix
For the mix:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Add to bag.  Seal and label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Place dry ingredients into bowl.  Add 1 stick softened butter, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.  Mix together; drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.
White Cake Mix
For the mix:
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cup super fine sugar (buy or make own)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
Mix together and add to bag or jar.  Label with instructions.
To make:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 2 (8-inch) cake pans with shortening and set aside.
    Cream 3/4 cup unsalted butter.  Add 5 egg whites, one at a time until incorporated. Add 1 cup milk, 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. almond extract.  Bake 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy!

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