As part of the Influenster Cozy Vox Box I am participating in, I was given a free coupon for Country Crock butter and a simple cookie recipe with the instruction to make it my own. I love to bake but I always use recipes and have never taken the next step of making my own creations. This prompt, however, inspired me to try it out. Below is the basic cookie recipe that Country Crock provided:
Make It Yours Cookie Recipe with Mix-Ins
- Makes 3 1/2 dozen
- Prep Time 10 min
- Cook Time 12 min
- 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- Your choice of mix-ins
- Preheat oven to 375°. Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.) Add your favorite mix-ins until every spoonful of dough has some of the delicious mix-ins or choose from the variations below.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.
I followed this recipe exactly as listed and, once I got to the step to add in the mix-ins, I separated the dough into three equal parts, put each chunk of dough in its own bowl and then let my creative juices flow!
Cookie #1: Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 4 strips of crumbled bacon
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of bourbon
Cookie #2: Potato Chip White Chocolate Cookies
- 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of crushed potato chips
Cookie #3: Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies
- 2 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup of sprinkles
I think the Potato Chip White Chocolate Cookies were my favorite but the Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies were a close second. The Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies were pretty but ended up being a little bland. I think if I was to do the Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies again, I would add more sugar to the recipe or put frosting on the cookies.
I loved this activity and it has definitely inspired me to get more adventurous with my cooking.
How would you take this cookie recipe and #MakeItYours?