Scott and I share duties around the house and I believe we both have strengths and weaknesses. However, I was recently informed by Madison and Kennedy that Dad is better at grocery shopping. I think my sensible purchasing habits lose out to him because he comes home with multiple items exclaiming, “Let’s do a science experiment and see what type of peanut butter cookies are the best.” I bring home broccoli, milk and eggs and he arrives with the same items as I do but additional items too. Most recently, three kinds of peanut butter cookie mixes. How can I compete with that? I can’t. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! The girls have been saying they want to do more in the kitchen. They’re perfectly capable so I agreed to let them run the experiment themselves as long as I was allowed to participate in the taste-testing. Scott purchased three kinds of peanut butter cookie pre-mixed packets – Betty Crocker, Krusteaz and Great Value (Walmart house brand.) The girls gathered the ingredients together for each one, prepared them according to the directions, used the same utensils, mixing method (wooden spoon and bowl), utilized a pre-measured scoop for consistent cookie size and used the same baking sheets for all three. Here’s the summary of what each included, how much they cost and what we thought:
Betty Crocker Naturally Flavored Cookie Mix
Cost was $1.98 and it required two teaspoons of water, three tablespoons of oil and one egg. Package indicated it would makes three dozen 2″ cookies. Me: I liked the flavor of the cookie and thought the process was extremely easy. I thought it had a light peanut butter flavor. This one was not my favorite and was not the least either at first. After continuing to sample, this one is still fighting to not be on the bottom. More testing needs to be done. Madison: These cookies are pretty good. If you are looking for a cookie that has a good appearance for a party of some sort, this is it. There isn’t a lot of peanut buttery flavor, but is still satisfying! Kennedy: The Betty Crocker cookies are very peanut buttery. They are soft and sweet. Needs more peanut butter. This is my second favorite.
Cost was $1.68 and it required one egg and 1/4 cup of butter. Package indicated it would make 16-18 2 1/2″ cookies. Me: I have to admit that flavor-wise, this was my favorite. It had a creamier taste than the other two but it also had the advantage of using butter instead of oil and water. It’s hard to compete with butter. It may also be the chips that are part of the batter that gives them that extra umph. Madison: These cookies look more crumbly than the others, but pack a lot of flavor into it. This cookie is great for dipping in milk! By far, these are definitely my favorite. Kennedy: The Krusteaz cookie is great. Soft and sweet, has lots of peanut butter and also has peanut butter baking chips. This one is different because it uses butter. This is my favorite.
Great Value Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
Great Value Double package cost $2.86 and it required two teaspoons of water, 3 tablespoons of oil and one egg (per batch). Package indicated it would make 36 cookies. We only made one of the two batches in the package for this experiment. Me: The flavor probably had the richest peanut butter flavor of the three. I felt the cookie itself was drier than the others which is probably why at first it my least favorite. I wouldn’t say it was dry, just not as moist as the other two. BUT after letting them rest for a day, they seemed to settle a bit and didn’t seem as dry. They’re fighting for second place! Madison: The Great Value cookies are delicious! They may not look the best as the others, but they have lots of that peanut buttery flavor you are looking for. Kennedy: The Walmart brand is probably the sweetest and most peanut buttery. But is kind of dry. This is my least favorite.
All three yielded about the same amount of cookies per batch and were the same approximate cost per package. The Krusteaz required butter compared to the oil used in the other two. The flavors of all three were very similar and all would benefit from the addition of peanut butter in place of or in addition to some of the oil/butter. Given how close in flavor and texture these are, I would likely purchase whichever was on sale. The girls felt Krusteaz was the winner so I’m sure they would ask that I only purchase that one. Personally, I think we should try more kinds and incorporate a home version as well into the next test! Do you usually make peanut butter cookies from scratch or do you have a favorite type of peanut butter cookie mix?