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Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Your Food Storage Items

choc chip cookies

How many of us have thought about adding a pre-made cookie mix to our food storage?  I know I have because we love cookies in our family.  Before I thought of using products in my home storage to make cookies, I would buy the cookies already pre-made in the packages at the store.  You know, the ones you just add water to?  While those are great to have and very convenient they can take up lots of space and the money can add up.  Using some basic ingredients, you can make much more pre-made mix to add to storage at a much cheaper cost.  It just takes a little labor to put it together, but it’s well worth it.  This is also something you can get your children involved in to make it go faster.  My kids love helping because they know if they want cookies all mom has to do is add a little water and voila! Cookies!

Below is the recipe you will need to use to make the mix. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. You can store it however you like.  Large canning jars work well.  I prefer to vacuum seal the mix to seal in the freshness.  I know people who store it in Zip-Lock Bags (freezer size) and then when they want to use them they add the water and vanilla and mix it in the bag to avoid a mess.  Whichever methods you choose, just remember to keep it in a cool dry place.  You don’t want melted chocolate chips. :)

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered butter (I used Honeyville Farms)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered whole egg (I used Honeyville Farms)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups Nestle toll house semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup of any chopped walnuts, pecan, macadamia, peanuts (optional) (only use one type of nut per batch and I keep the nuts in a smaller bag inside the larger bag)
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-size bowl, stir in the flour, powdered butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered whole egg, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the warm water and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and stir until combined (the mixture will be very stiff).
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts.
  • Drop the batter by rounded teaspoons onto the cookie sheet.  Allow at least 2″ between each cookie for expansion during baking.
  • Bake approximately 10 minutes or until edges brown.

110618 solar oven cookiesI know, I know, you’re thinking, “JG, if we are in a SHTF scenario we might not have power to use an oven! Then what?” That’s when you break out your solar oven (which you should have) Typically it takes 12 minutes to bake a batch of cookies in a solar oven using granite cook ware, but what the heck, if you have nothing else to cook in it, why not?  Store bought solar oven, is just one option to buy a solar oven of your own. I am sure there are many, many ways to build a solar oven to your likings.

Have fun preparing home-made chocolate chip cookie mix for your food storage or just your everyday baking when you want cookies!!

Keeping it Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

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  1. Bob says:

    Wow, the home made one in the video got up to an astounding 60 degrees after 40 minutes! She probably should have waited for a sunny day at noon to try that. An observation: If your construction skills are limited to using cardboard boxes, perhaps a good prepping step would be to learn better construction skills.

    Yours in the picture seems to be getting up to 250 degrees, which is enough to cook stuff. But it’s hard to read that thermometer. Do you think you’d be able to bake bread that needs to rise in that thing?

    One nice advantage I can see for a solar oven is that you don’t have to start a fire. As such, you could use it in your apartment building patio, roof, parking lot, etc.

  2. Jalapeno Gal says:

    Yeah the one downfall to a solar oven is its hard to cook on a cloudy day and take a way long time. I hate that part. On a real sunny day, and depending where your at in the USA, ours has gotten to about 325-350. I know one important thing about constructing a sun oven is the insulation and it helps to paint it black. I personally would never build a cardboard sun oven. I would use wood, but its hard to find a good video on it. :(

    • jedi1111 says:

      They make ovens that run on small propane canisters.  Some people have said the glass on the oven has shattered. Other people have had no problems. I live in a Northern climate with long winters and  I have a lot of  trees  so sun is limited. A sun oven would probably be of limited usefulness. So it’s a good thing to have. They even have small scale cookware to fit in it.

  3. Christina says:

    How did you figure out how much water to use? Also, I’m curious about the butter powder. On the Honeyville website and on the butter powder label it says you can substitute on a one to one basis. In a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe (the one on the Nestle bag) it calls for 1 cup of butter. I’m just wondering why you put 3/4 c. of butter powder rather than a cup. I’m new to using butter powder and having a hard time finding recipes or any info on the best ways to substitute it in baking. I would experiment on my own, but these powdered ingredients are not cheap and I really don’t want to waste too much. Thanks for any info!

  4. I found this recipe on the internet so the water configurations were already measured out. I suppose if you want to follow the honeyville instructions you could. However i have made it this way a lot of times and it saves on the butter and the eggs. As you said, those things are expensive. I dont make them this was as often anymore. I just use the store bought eggs and butter now and save these for hard times.