Real Cornbread, Brownies and Cookies- No Box Required

I was perusing Pinterest a few months ago and came across some recipes for baking mixes. Apparently years and  years ago in a land not far away people used to make brownies, cookies and cornbread without using something out of a box. Gasp!

The pin I followed was for “Fake Jiffy Mix” and Heather at Fake It Frugal shared her recipe for homemade cornbread mix. Being the penny pincher that I am, I was ecstatic that she outlined the estimated cost per mix. It saved me from having to do any pesky math. In addition to the cornbread mix (that you store in individual plastic bags), she also had links for “Fake Betty Crocker” cookie and brownie mixes. Never mind the fact that I know how to make all of these things from scratch, it had just never occurred to me to package the dry ingredients for convenience.

Enthused, I dove in and made several sets of each mix:

Fake Jiffy Cornbread

Fake Betty Crocker Cookies

Fake Betty Crocker Brownies

In addition to the frugality of this little project, I felt good about the fact that the ingredients were real and included no chemicals. My husband and father are both allergic to MSG and other random ingredients in many processed foods, so it was nice to put some things into my pantry that I know everyone will be able to eat.

Random tip- I added half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips to the brownie mix to give it more of a Trader Joe Brownie Truffle taste. They were delish and a hit at a dinner party I hosted a few weeks ago!

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