Cookie mix is undeniably convenient. But the flavor? Eh, it’s good, but it’s noticeably not “homemade.” Does that mean you should toss your packet of Betty Crocker cookie mix? No way! Just make it better using one of my many tips and tricks for revving up cookie mix.
Hey! I’m Michelle, a baker who lives in a home where we are 100% split on cookie flavors. The boys love peanut butter, and the girls prefer chocolate chips. So what do I do? Make both, of course!
But hear me out – just because I have a peanut butter cookie recipe I use regularly doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes use packaged goods just for some convenience. It can get tiring trying to bake two batches of cookies in a single night!
However, I’ve found a way to amplify Betty Crocker’s peanut butter cookie mix – and you can, too.
- How to Improve Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix: 7 Ways
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How to Improve Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix: 7 Ways
Yes, you read that correctly. There are seven super ways to take the “package” flavor out of this cookie mix, replacing it with an exquisite homemade taste that will stump any cookie enthusiast. And with so many options, you can try something new every time. Hooray for creativity!
1. Swap Vegetable Oil for Butter
First things first – look at the back of your Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix. It will have a few ingredients and directions. The first thing that should catch your eye is the “three tablespoons of vegetable oil.”
While using vegetable oil in your PB cookies is perfectly fine, replacing it with three tablespoons of softened butter is better. Butter is impeccably decadent and rich, so it will easily enhance the flavor of your cookies. So much yum.
2. Swap Water for Milk
Water… in cookie dough? Excuse me while I cringe. This is an absolute no-no, at least in my kitchen.
I recommend replacing the water content with milk. I use full-fat milk just because I want the added flavor and moisture. But you can easily slide by with low-fat milk or a milk alternative like almond or oat.
Want to give your PB cookies a hint of chocolate? Use chocolate milk instead!
3. Use Brown Sugar
Peanut butter and brown sugar go together like milk and Oreos. It just works. If you want your peanut butter cookies to “sing” with developed flavors, consider using brown sugar in the dough.
Brown sugar will amplify the overall sweetness, but it will create a chewier cookie, too. And who doesn’t want that?
If you’re concerned about too much sweetness, sprinkle a touch of sea salt into the dough. This will level out the flavors, providing just the right amount of sweetness.
4. Add Vanilla Extract
Honestly, I try to add vanilla extract whenever I can. The delightfully aromatic flavor, which is almost caramel in nature, is just so scrumptious. And, since peanut butter meshes with vanilla and caramel so wonderfully, it’s no wonder why it’s an excellent add-on for PB cookie mix.
All you need to do is add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to the dough, and voila! You will have cookies that have an enhanced flavor all around.
5. Don’t Forget Mix-Ins
Changing the ingredients is just the first step. And while those simple swaps will create decadent, homemade-tasting cookies, you shouldn’t stop there. Mix-ins are the gateway to superb cookies that taste like the “real deal.”
Which mix-ins are best, though? Honestly, there are an endless number of mix-in ideas. Here are just a few of my personal favorites.
- Nuts – If you want to enhance the nutty flavor of your PB cookies and create an irresistible crunch, the easiest way to do it is to add peanuts to your dough. For some exciting flavor profiles, you can use other nuts, like almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
- Coconut – If you’re a lover of peanut butter and coconut, I highly suggest adding coconut flakes to your bowl of cookie dough.
- Chocolate chips – Go with the classic milk chocolate for a pairing made in heaven. Or, choose white chocolate for an intensely sweet flavor. Choose dark chocolate chips if you’re looking for a more savory and indulgent twist.
- Pretzels/chips – For a salty twist, consider adding crushed pretzels or potato chips to your dough.
- Jelly – Peanut butter and jelly, anyone? If you want to recreate your favorite childhood lunch into an adult-friendly treat, consider stirring some jelly into the mix. Strawberry also works wonders, but grape and blackberry are also tasty!
6. Add a Topping
Making Betty Crocker’s peanut butter cookie mix better isn’t solely an “inside job.” You can also add toppings to take the flavor to the next level. Here are a few crowd favorites.
- Frosting – Frosting is always a wonderful topping for any dessert. Plus, it’s easy to make! Vanilla frosting is a definite win here, but chocolate is an undeniable runner-up.
- Drizzles – Don’t want to make icing? No worries. Drizzle some chocolate, caramel, or marshmallow on top, and enjoy!
- Ice cream – Everyone loves ice cream and cookies. So, feel free to add a scoop of your favorite complementing ice cream on top of your freshly made PB cookies.
7. Chill the Dough
Everyone says you should chill your cookie dough, but is it essential? In my opinion, yes, you should always chill your cookie dough, especially when you’re trying to rev up the cookie mix.
Chilling the dough will solidify the fat (butter), allowing the dough to hold its shape while cooking. The result is a cookie that’s softer and plumper. Chilling will also allow the ingredients to meddle together, ensuring that you get the boldest peanut butter flavoring. Yum!
Cookie mix doesn’t have to taste like “packaged” goods. These simple solutions will make your PB cookies taste as if they came from a bakery. Want to keep learning? Check out these fun FAQs below!
You can add peanut butter to the peanut butter cookie mix, and it works wonderfully! This is best for PB lovers who want to “bathe’ in peanut butter flavoring. It can make your dough on the thick side, though, so that’s something to consider. (Add peanuts instead!)
Peanut butter cookies are notoriously crumbly. The best way to fix it is to use enough fat (butter) and liquid (milk), chill your dough, and use brown sugar rather than white sugar. Try not to overmix the dough, especially when using a stand mixer.
Truthfully, it doesn’t matter. If you want more control over the salt content, use unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, you won’t need to add more to the mix.
Betty Crocker’s peanut butter cookie mix is super convenient, but it doesn’t have that delightful “homemade” taste. You can enhance the flavor by using butter, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Then, consider mix-ins and toppings, such as chocolate chips and vanilla frosting.
How do you enhance cookie mix? What are your favorite mix-ins and toppings for peanut butter cookies? Share below!About Michelle