Warm cookies fresh out of the oven are like a dream come true for many people. Unfortunately, the cost of ingredients is skyrocketing, and even simple pleasures like homemade cookies are becoming increasingly expensive. There are, however, lots of ways to limit your costs, and these recipes can help.
These are a standby when you’re looking for both simple recipes as well as cheap ones. Traditional shortbread cookies contain just three ingredients – butter, sugar, and flour. Here’s an easy recipe you may want to try. It’s easy to dress up by drizzling chocolate over the cookies when they’re done if you want to add a bit of cost to the recipe.
To get started, you’ll need 4 cups of flour, two cups of butter (soften it before you get started), and a cup of sugar. Cream your butter and sugar together. Add in your flour. Work the dough together with your hands until it’s well mixed. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about ½ inch. Cut out the shapes you want (something as simple as triangles or sticks will do just fine). Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.
If you’re into a completely homemade cookie, this is not the recipe you want to try. If you don’t mind taking some shortcuts and you have picked up a cake mix on sale at the grocery store to put back for a special occasion, this is the one for you. You just need any flavor cake mix, two eggs, and a ½ cup of vegetable oil.
Mix it all together. Shape into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. The box of cake mix will make about four dozen cookies, so it’s economical and easy at the same time.
When you’re short on time and cash, these cookies manage to do the trick every time. In most cases, you may even have the ingredients on hand, which makes them even cheaper. You’ll need ¾ cup of chocolate chips, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and a cup of quick oats. On your stove top, melt the chips and the peanut butter together over low heat. You’ll want a creamy consistency. When it’s melted together, remove the pan from the heat. Add in the oats and stir carefully. Drop by the spoonful onto wax paper and let them cool for about fifteen minutes. It only makes about a dozen cookies, but it’s well worth it.
Looking for that expensive taste without all of the ingredients? These cookies will do the trick. Once you make them, you may never want to go back to more traditional peanut butter cookies. To get started, you need a cup of chunky peanut butter, an egg, and a cup of sugar. Combine the ingredients and make certain you mix them well. Shape into balls. Flatten each ball, and using a fork, create a crisscross pattern on each cookie. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove to a cooling rack.
Homemade cookies taste far better than the store bought variety, and with cheap cookie recipes like these, you can even make cheap cookie bouquets! You’ll never have to rely on store bought choices again.