Gone are the days of Betty Crocker’s reign over boxed mixes; small producers are turning out amazing cookie mixes with organic ingredients, locally made chocolate and super-fresh mix-ins. From perfectly executed classics like chocolate chip to funky mash-ups like Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow, we’re on board for these super-easy boxed cookie mixes that make us look like pros, but without all of the work.
Of all varieties of cookies, I’m hardest to please when it comes to chocolate chip. As a person who makes a pretty kick-ass chocolate chip cookie (#humblebrag), I reluctantly admit that Jacques Torres’s cookie mix might just make one that’s better. This mix, which weighs about as much as a newborn and uses large round disks of chocolate in place of the standard chip, yields 15 massive cookies and only requires mixing in butter and eggs. The price might seem a little steep, but do yourself a favor and buy a bag. You’ll never feel the need to make your own cookies again. $18 for a 15-cookie mix, mrchocolate.com
Krista’s Baking Co.
A one-person operation out of Seattle, Washington, Krista’s Baking Co. has a rotating line-up of amazing, seasonal cookie mixes. The cookies use non-GMO flour, organic cane sugar, chocolate from the Seattle-based company Theo, and they are often finished with Jacobsen’s flaky sea salts. Try her chocolate chip cookie that’s sprinkled with espresso flaky sea salt or, if it’s in season, her perfectly chewy Smoked Molasses cookie. $13.99 for a 14-cookie mix, kristasbakingco.com