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Baking Mix Cookie Challenge for Homemade Lofthouse Cookies 
 
Nov. 10, 2010 2:39 pm 
Updated: Nov. 14, 2010 1:14 pm
Well, I finally did it. I took it upon myself to check out other baking mixes like Jiffy to see if it compares to their Sugar Cookie recipe....well as interchangeable as someone mention...there is no comparison that duplicates the recipe exactly per brand. Other then a fimilar taste.

Recipe on Jiffy...
2 cups Jiffy baking mix
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tbsp Criso Shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees...Grease baking sheet. Mix all ingredients and spoon onto pans(shorten version of directions) Bake for 8-10 minutes and remove to cool.

So...I went ahead and portioned out the recipe in triplicates. As not to skip a beat and then measure out each brand, in the same manner in exact measements.

1st up, of course, Jiffy did what it was intended to do. The mix it's self, is clumpy and I spooned in the baking mix into a measuring cup and level off. I didn't pack the measuring cup at all. But after all ingredients are mixed, the batter was sticky, and totally was easy to scrap the bowl and place batter in a decorator's piping bag with a large star tip, and pipe it on to a parchment lined baking sheet as I have done previously in making this recipe. I actually prefer to do so in these steps(less mess). And makes the cookies more uniformed in size. After baking the cookies, they turned out beautifully. Light, soft and fluffy. Slightly sweet and airy texture. I made 18 large exactly. And baked 8-10 minutes.

2nd up, Pioneer, I got worried when I saw the baking mix out of the box. The baking mix was light, like flour with no clumps and thought---oh no, this isn't going to work. Well, I mixed it and the batter was thicker, not too sticky or maybe runny as the Jiffy Baking Mix was in the 1st batch. But still, I used the piping bag to portion out the batter. I did the exact same thing as the 1st batch and place in a piping bag. It's batter had made 19 large size cookies. Ok, now things look great, I popped the pans in the oven and waited......time passing by...doo dee doo..la la laaa. 10 minutes and my thumb left an imprint in the cookie and dang they are big...OH BOY!! So a few more minutes......hmmm hmmm hmmm, tick tock tick, okay, I check again....now I didn't leave a print..COOL they are ready....but they spread and spread they did into the next cookie....WOW, but after pulling them out of the oven, they quickly fell flat. So I waited and then took a photo of the size difference between cookie #1 and cookies #2...BIG difference. Ok, so we tasted. Similar flavor as Jiffy, slightly sweet, but more like a sugar cookie, just as soft as a regular ole' bakery sugar cookie, but the texture was slightly different as well, but not bad. But it was a good cookie as it boils right down to it. So I can say, I'd make again with this brand. But doesn't not look like a "homemade LoftHouse cookie" or Jiffy's recipe verison.

3rd and last up, Bisquick Gluten-free baking mix....well after seeing the mix and noticing it was the same as Pioneer's, I wasn't so worried at all. I figured, okay this is going to be about the same...Boy was I wrong. As I mixed the ingredients, it quickly formed into dough. I thought....this really looks like sugar cookie dough....and wow to my surprise I got excited. It pulled away from the bowl as my beater mixed it around. So I got a little getty. So I tasted the mix, and not bad, lite on sweetness. Similar to Jiffy, so I figured the taste is about the same across the board when it comes to the pre-tasting at the batter stage. But there was no way I was going to be able to pipe this onto a cookie sheet at all. So i grabbed my mini cookie scooper, love that thing. And scooped even amounts on to the pan. This batch made 22 small cookie balls. So I'm still getty about this and totally excited. I pop the 1st tray in the oven, 8 minutes pass....and of course I'm juggling getting out the door for an appt, when hubby comes home...I ran in to take the tray out, and low and behold, they didn't spread at all. They looked like macaroons. Or baked Ice Cream Scoops. I thought...okay, that's weird. I quickly ran out for my appt for the daughter, and came home an hour later, and finished up the 2nd part of the batch. Well, the 2nd tray, still did the same thing. But really I wasn't worried. Other then appearance, Would it taste the same? Would it be soft? Well..taste, it tasted fine, slightly milder but yet sweeter. In a different aspect. I believe because it has potato starch and rice flour. But the texture was fine, it was soft, not stiff like it looked like it would be...if that makes sense. But the one thing I noticed was it wasn't crumbly but did have a texture residue or residual left in my mouth. I didn't think it was bad. Hubby couldn't tell what I was talking about. But all in all, If I was to not be able to eat the other mixes, I would diffently make these on the gluten-free homefront. Even though I have to watch what I eat anyway, and should avoid a lot of gluten products. But this is a  great alternativefor the GF folks out there that want to eat a nice styled cookie like this made for me. It sure wasn't what I was expecting because everytime I expected something with this brand...it did something different. Even though I had never used the product before making this recipe. I can consider using it again. And venturing into other recipes where it calls for bisquick or some sort of baking powder.

I can overly say, each brand is not as interchangeable to the next, Because I used the same recipe exactly measured 3 times using different brands....Each with their unqiue ending. Each with a different result, but each being rather good. I will say, if you're low on one brand and you need to accomendate using in an addition to what you have...don't. Be sure to use the amount required in one brand and not mix multiple brands together. Say for instance the recipe calls for 2 cups and you have a cup & a 1/2 ... don't add 1/2 cup of another brand just to fill the gap... you might be disappointed and not get the desired result in the end. But as far as the cookie challenge goes...it was great just to see what happened. And in turn I know I can use the recipe on any brand. But I now know what to expect from each. Happy cooking y'all!
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Jiffy baking mix and Pioneer baking mix..see the difference
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Homemade Lofthouse Cookies aka Jiffy baking mix cookies
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Pioneer Baking Mix Sugar Cookie w/Decorator Frosting I
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Bisquick Gluten-free Baking Mix Sugar Cookies
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Comments
Nov. 10, 2010 4:12 pm
Mis7up, Thank you so much for the blog!!! I have been looking for the recipe for those soft store bought cookies that the store sells, and someone did post the jiffy recipe. Now I know, thanks to you. I'll go ahead with the jiffy recipe, since they are more like what I was looking for. Great pictures BTW.
 
Nov. 10, 2010 5:18 pm
Wow! What an informative blog. I've been using more gluten-free products because of my husband. It's nice to know I can make him some cookies! Thanks!
 
Nov. 10, 2010 5:45 pm
I too made the Jiffy ones today. They are almost identical to the Lofthouse ones. Thanks for both of your blogs about these. The first blog is how I discovered them and I am thrilled to have this recipe. I just wish I was a talented as you to make mine look as great as yours. :)
 
Nov. 10, 2010 7:25 pm
Excellent Blog and cooking demo Mis7UP! Thank You so much for all the hard work and yummy results you received. I will look for the Jiffy box of mix. I have only seen the little boxes of batter. Thank You for sharing with us!
 
Nov. 11, 2010 12:25 am
Patty Cakes they sell it in the pancake section not the cake mix. Great job I was wondering how they would turn out. I used the Jiffy mix for dumplings in my Chicken and dumplings tonight and they were so good. I will buy Jiffy mix from now on. Glad everyone is enjoying our secret cookie recipe find. Wonder if we are allowed to post the recipe on AR or if we could contact Jiffy to do it.
 
mis7up 
Nov. 11, 2010 6:09 am
Thanks y'all, And I'm thinking of posting the GF one...thinking though. And yes, I would hope AR could post the Jiffy recipe here. It's really a good cookie.
 
Nov. 14, 2010 1:14 pm
Hi mis7up just took out the frist batch of bisquick cookies and yum. May not have cooked them long enough, there kind of falling apart and really soft,but yum. Will leave the next sheet in the full 10 min.
 
 
 
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I'm an active mom of 4 and married the love of my life. I'm a full~time certified care giver, part~time food blogger @ http://the7upexperience.com , avid & obsessed novice photographer. I love allrecipes and pretty much an addict. I'm also a new member to Banana Belt Photography Club that's local to my community, and an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. And have stamped allrecipes on me for life. The site has opened up my eyes to so much more then just recipes. I'm proud to be a member of this site and my love, passion & learning other recipes from other valued members has really broaden my horizens.
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
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Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
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I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
 
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