Normally, I don’t use mixes to make cookies. Not because I don’t think they’re good enough (I’ll devour them the same as any other kind), but just because I like the process of baking from scratch. But, the other day I was in the grocery store getting some last minute things for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, and realized I didn’t have anything fun to serve at the playgroup I was hosting the next day. Ordinarily, I’d just pull something out of the freezer, but we were having a mini-birthday celebration for her and so I wanted to make it a bit special for her and her friends. She had asked for an M&M birthday cake, so when I saw the package of Betty Crocker cookie mix that had M&Ms in it, I tossed it in the cart.
Here’s the fun part: I remembered a tip I had read in Parents Magazine about dressing up store-bought cookies in simple, ingenious ways to make them more special. So, I decided to cut the cookies into butterfly shapes after they came out of the oven. I did this when they were really warm and soft so they didn’t crumble, and they came out great! (I really wanted to cut them into flower shapes and put one M&M in the center of each flower, but I didn’t have a flower cookie cutter small enough.) Anyway, they were yummy and cute, and a little more fun than regular drop cookies.
So, what did I do with all the scraps after I’d cut out all the butterflies? My husband had a great idea: We crumbled them on top of ice cream at her party the next day.
This idea (and the ones listed below from that Parents article I mentioned) are particularly Home Made Modern-ish because they save you time and money, and help bump something ordinary, like store-bought or mix cookies, up a notch. Just one more way to inject some fun and personality into the tasks we all have as moms.
I couldn’t find that Parents article (September 2008) online to post a link, so here’s what it said:
1) Turn Butter Cookies into Flower Cookies
How: Buy a brand that has a hole in the center and secure a gumdrop in it with a dab of frosting.
2) Turn Gingersnaps into Jammin’ Sandwich Cookies
How: Spread two with raspberry jam and press them together.
3) Turn Vanilla Wafers into Black-and-White Cookies
How: Cover half with melted semisweet chocolate (just microwave a bag of chips) and the other half with melted white chocolate.
4) Turn Chocolate Cookies into Chocolate Krinkles
How: Stencil on a kid-friendly design with powdered sugar