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Time for me to bake, er, bake and review, some cookies! : )

Another box of baking mix I recieved (please see previous post) for free was the Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. This mix, according to the front of the box, was vegan, dairy free, egg free, and nut/peanut free! What I also enjoyed was the front of the box had Arthur on it- one of those cartoons I remember watching as a kid! I could just feel this was going to be one of those nostalgic baking experiences!

So, I took out 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of water, and the mix, and put it in a bowl. I started to mix with a spoon and smelled the delicious chocolate aroma- ooh, I was getting HUNGRY! I  saw there was a lot of chocolate chips, that were rather large too, and was impressed!

As I was mixing, I did notice it was a bit crumbly and dry, so I decided to add a little more water as I was having difficulty stirring it. Then, I decided to just mix by hand, which was convenient since the next step was to roll these cookies into small balls.

After baking, I saw that these cookies did not spread out as I had expected them too- they rather “puffed up”. Normally when I bake cookies, I space them far apart expecting them to expand in a circle. With these, they expanded a little, but mostly rose up.

But, that didn’t affect the taste! They sure were good- buttery rich tasting and sweet but not too sweet. Since there was a lot of chocolate chips, they also had a good chocolatey flavor. They also became crispy and crunchy cookies, rather than super soft cookies. I do prefer soft chocolate chip cookies over crunchy or hard, but these were still enjoyable. I can see myself eating these with a nice glass of milk! 4 stars

Have you ever watched Arthur? Or what was your favorite cartoon growing up? If you’d like to answer, please leave a comment below! 🙂

Ingredients in mix: Unbleached Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Evaporated Cane Juice, Granulated Brown Sugar, Non Dairy Chocolate Chips ( sugar, chocolate liquor, dextrose, cocoa butter (no dairy derivatives), soy lecithin, pure vanilla extract), All Natural Vanilla Flavor, Non-Alluminated Baking Powder, Sea Salt.

30 Jul 2010, Comments (1)

Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Mix

Author: Healthnuttxo

Who likes CAKE? I know I do! : )

Cake is great. For birthdays, bake sales, or even just to bake for fun (like I often do!). I was given a box of Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Mix to try, and I was very excited. This cake mix was a bit different than ones I have used in the past- according to the front of the box, this cake mix was all natural, vegan, dairy free, peanut/nut free, and egg free!  I also thought the front of the box was adorable- it looked as if there were two cartoon children standing on top of a piece of chocolate cake, flying a “piece of chocolate cake kite”. Adorable!

What I noticed first after reading the instructions, was that this cake mix was made to make either 12 cupcakes or one 9-inch cake. I decided to use a pan instead of cupcakes, as I wanted to cut them into squares when I was finished. I also decided to swap 1/2 cup of applesauce for the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil that was called for. I sometimes do this when I bake breads or cakes- I can’t tell the difference!

I poured the cake mix, water, and applesauce in a bowl. The cake mix itself looked like a soft brown cocoa powder, and smelled absolutely delicious- just like a chocolate bar. I started mixing, and was puzzled at first. Why aren’t these bumps going away? Then- surprise! They were chocolate chips! I had no idea they were in the cake mix!

Then I poured the cake batter, which was a good consistency- easy to pour- into my pan and put it into the oven. When it was done cooking, it certainly puffed up! They were a deep chocolate brown, with “crispy-type” edges bordering the pan.

After letting them cool, I tasted a piece- these weren’t bad!  I tried another piece the day after, and noticed that they were much more like brownies than cake- as in they were quite “fudgy” in consistency and flavor! The chocolate chips added a nice touch too! Sweet enough as is, I didn’t even need to put frosting on my piece to enjoy it. I really liked the edges of the cake- they were slightly more chewy and crispy than the rest of the cake- but still yummy! Overall, this product gets 4  stars. Pretty good, and easy to make! : )

Unbleached flour [wheat, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], evaporated cane juice, non-dairy chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, dextrose, cocoa butter (no dairy derivatives), soy lecithin, pure vanilla extract], natural cocoa powder, all natural vanilla flavor, baking soda, sea salt.

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I’m always curious about cookies (who isn’t?) so i got a box of the Vanilla Graham mini cookies (because if cookie wasn’t enough, they are MINI!! Who doesn’t love mini cookies!) in the mail from Cherrybrook Kitchen. Aside from being cute and gluten free, they are also peanut, dairy, egg and nut free.
YEP!
They are certainly yummy. They are about the size of a half dollar each, and they have swirls on top. It resembles the top of a snail shell to me. They have a very strong vanilla flavor, but are not overly sweet. They sort of taste like a better Vanilla  Wafer (and they don’t contain any trans FATS!). They are crispy and very “light” tasting.

So overall, there good! I’m giving them 4 stars.

6 cookies are 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
My only complaint is the low fiber content

Evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, corn flour, palm oil, cornstarch, low fat soy flour, corn syrup, vanilla and natural flavors, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecitin, xanthan gum, cinnamon.

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