Master Cookie Mix: 3 Flexible Variations

Flour, butter, and  water combine with sugar to make awesome cookies. The Master cookie mix makes it easy!

Flour, butter, and a sweetener combine with add-ons to make awesome cookies. The Master cookie mix makes it easy!

Our mother made cookies using a recipe similar to the  master mix we introduced in our last post. She would make a pouch and fill them with figs, or cut out trees and sprinkle them with small candies. Health-wise, these were not the best choice because she used shortening and lots of sugar.  The first recipe in our last post calls for butter and brown sugar to add flavor but does little to cut cost or calories in a meal plan. If you are like many of us, added calories may not be a big concern.  For others who are trying to limit fats and simple sugars, here are some practical solutions:

  • Make cookies only for special occasions.
  • Limit yourself to two per day.
  • Make smaller cookies.
  • Eliminate the icing.
  • Use less sugar  in your recipe.
  • Better yet, explore ways to make cookies without butter, simple sugar or dairy but, that is a topic for our next post

Until then, here are three simple recipes using our Basic cookie Mix.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Traditional cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Master Cookie Mix
  2. 1/2 C softened butter
  3. 1/3 C smooth peanut butter
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 t vanilla extract
  6. (optional 1/4 chopped peanuts if desired)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Use a fork to combine softened butter and peanut butter.
  3. Gradually add master cookie mix and cut the flour into the butter mixture until crumbly.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla while stirring until well blended.
  5. Knead the mixture with clean hands until smooth and pliable. Add more peanut butter if too dry
  6. Form into 1" diameter balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  7. Use a fork to press the top into the traditional shape.
  8. Bake on center rack for 10-12 minutes.
Notes
  1. Sprinkle the top with granulated sugar for a sparkly effect.
Adapted from 1 Master Mix, 51 cookies
Adapted from 1 Master Mix, 51 cookies
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Banana Granola Cookies
Bananas help to bind ingredients together, add flavor and make a soft-textured cookie.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C softened butter
  2. 3 C Master Cookie Mix
  3. 1 mashed banana
  4. 1 egg (beaten)
  5. 1/2 t nutmeg
  6. 1/2 C granola
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mash banana in a bowl.
  3. Cut butter and Master Mix into the banana.
  4. Add egg and nutmeg, stirring until is mixture is even.
  5. Fold the granola into the mixture.
  6. Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Notes
  1. Garnish with a nut on top.
  2. You can use chopped nuts in place of granola.
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Apple Oatmeal Cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C softened butter
  2. 2 C Master Cookie Mix
  3. 1 C oatmeal ( quick oats)
  4. 1/2 C applesauce
  5. 1/2 C finely chopped apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut butter into flour until crumby.
  3. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  4. Add apple sauce and stir until evenly distributed.
  5. Add chopped apples and stir.
  6. Using a table spoon, drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Notes
  1. Substitute chopped nuts or chocolate chips in place of chopped apples.
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About Don R

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Retired teacher. Multiple successful business endeavors including screen printing / sporting goods business, executive director of a Boys & Girls Club, commercial fishing, and co-founding an alternative high school. Interests include family, hiking, cooking, Parkinson's research and developing an educational cooking program.