I grew up with a mix of homemade cookies and cookies from the roll. Homemade are just better. The ones from the roll always seemed to burn, maybe it’s the cookie or we got distracted with something else since we were just not as invested in them as if we made them. So I have been a bit bias to homemade vs ready to make/mixes when it comes to cookies. (I will admit to LOVING the Special Edition Cinnabon Cinnamon and Sugar Cookie from Pillsbury.)
When I was on Erin Cooks a few weeks ago she was running a contest from The Lazy Baker. To enter I had to leave a comment about which one I would like to try- Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread. Well I get an email from Erin…. I won!! So exciting. Even better was that the folks at Lazy Baker were really quick about sending out the mix and I got it 2 days later.
Well on Monday night I thought it was a perfect day to try them. Being labor day and the fact that is a mix I thought the minimal effort would be good, and reflect well on the holiday. The mix was really easy to follow, only 7 simple steps (and the last is ‘let cookies cool and enjoy’), and you only need to add 1 1/2 sticks of butter and some vanilla. I used unsalted butter and my homemade vanilla extract.
Cookies in the mini muffin pan, pre visit to the oven.
I thought The Lazy Baker Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies were really good. So good in fact that we ate them right out of the oven with some milk (yea, I burned my mouth on one- I’m not very patient), which is why I forgot to take a picture of them all done. There was a nice cinnamon flavor that was followed by a punch of brown sugar. I could clearly taste the brown sugar- it reminded me of a mellow carmel. There was a very good ratio of pecan to cookie. The texture was very good- crumby and soft, with the contrasting pieces of pecan. I did notice that the ones that managed to live another day were a bit chewy but I liked them just was much as right from the oven.
The Lazy Baker currently has 4 mixes and I think I will try another, like the double chocolate chip. I really want to try their seasonal cranberry pistasio shortbread- which is coming soon. I think those will be trouble… I wold pop them in my mouth way too quick.