I admit Iâ€™ve had sample cookie mixes from Celebration Generation for an insanely long time.
And, all along, Iâ€™ve felt bad that I havenâ€™t made them.
But the past few weeks havenâ€™t really been conducive to baking. And so the mixes sat in my pantry while I continued to assure the PR rep that I would make the cookies just as soon as I was home again.
And with my travels finally concluded (at least for the meantime), I had an engagement party on Saturday night and I promised the PR rep that I would finally make the cookies for said party. (â€œThe engagement party sounds like a perfect excuse to bake Celebration Generation’s mixes,â€ she wrote. â€œI can’t wait to hear what you and everyone else at the party thinks.â€)
Butâ€¦I only had enough butter on hand to prepare one mix, so I decided on spiced oatmeal raisin and that chai shortbread would have to wait.
The mix itself smelled really good when I opened the bag â€“ sort of like chai tea or something. I almost had to double-check to make sure that it was the oatmeal raisin bag I had opened and not the shortbread after all â€“ and I admit the cookies were super-easy to pull off. All I had to do was mix butter, vanilla and eggsâ€¦and then add the mix. It doesnâ€™t get much easier than thatâ€¦especially with my whizbang mixer.
And the cookies themselves were quite tasty. Iâ€™m not even sure you could tell they came from a mix. (And Iâ€™ve baked a lot of cookies in my timeâ€¦)
The only real problem was that I felt like a bit of a fraud when guests at the party asked if I had actually baked the cookies. (â€œThat was so nice of you! Did you really bake them?â€ they asked. â€œUm, yesâ€¦â€ I said, over and over.) I suppose I got by with answering, â€œyes,â€ on a technicality, but I still felt a little bad that I hadnâ€™t actually made these cookies from scratch.
But, regardless, they were really well-received! The bride-to-be said they were a â€œBIG hitâ€ and I even got a text message from a number I donâ€™t know saying the cookies were â€œAMAZINGâ€ (their caps â€“ not mine).
According to the press kit, the Celebration Generation bakery in Plymouth, Minn. has always offered obscenely delicious goodies…and Celebration Generationâ€™s seven new gourmet cake, brownie and cookie mixes are made from all natural, purely recognizable ingredients.
The cookie mixes I have on hand retail for $12 a pop, but I say itâ€™s $12 well spent — especially based on ease of preparation and ability to discern origin.