Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Your Food Storage Items

Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Your Food Storage Items

By Jalapeno Gal77 -via APN

choc chip cookiesHow many of us have thought about adding a pre-made cookie mix to our food storage?  I know I have because we love cookies in our family.  Before I thought of using products in my home storage to make cookies, I would buy the cookies already pre-made in the packages at the store.  You know, the ones you just add water to?  While those are great to have and very convenient they can take up lots of space and the money can add up.  Using some basic ingredients, you can make much more pre-made mix to add to storage at a much cheaper cost.  It just takes a little labor to put it together, but it’s well worth it.  This is also something you can get your children involved in to make it go faster.  My kids love helping because they know if they want cookies all mom has to do is add a little water and voila! Cookies!

Below is the recipe you will need to use to make the mix. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. You can store it however you like.  Large canning jars work well.  I prefer to vacuum seal the mix to seal in the freshness.  I know people who store it in Zip-Lock Bags (freezer size) and then when they want to use them they add the water and vanilla and mix it in the bag to avoid a mess.  Whichever methods you choose, just remember to keep it in a cool dry place.  You don’t want melted chocolate chips. :)

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered butter (I used Honeyville Farms)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered whole egg (I used Honeyville Farms)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups Nestle toll house semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup of any chopped walnuts, pecan, macadamia, peanuts (optional) (only use one type of nut per batch and I keep the nuts in a smaller bag inside the larger bag)
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-size bowl, stir in the flour, powdered butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered whole egg, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the warm water and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and stir until combined (the mixture will be very stiff).
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts.
  • Drop the batter by rounded teaspoons onto the cookie sheet.  Allow at least 2″ between each cookie for expansion during baking.
  • Bake approximately 10 minutes or until edges brown.

110618 solar oven cookiesI know, I know, you’re thinking, “JG, if we are in a SHTF scenario we might not have power to use an oven! Then what?” That’s when you break out your solar oven (which you should have) Typically it takes 12 minutes to bake a batch of cookies in a solar oven using granite cook ware, but what the heck, if you have nothing else to cook in it, why not?  Store bought solar oven, is just one option to buy a solar oven of your own. I am sure there are many, many ways to build a solar oven to your likings.

Have fun preparing home-made chocolate chip cookie mix for your food storage or just your everyday baking when you want cookies!!

Keeping it Spicy,
Jalapeño Gal

Recipe found here