Baking the Semi-Homemade Way

Some of my earliest memories contain fingers coated in flour, sprinkles dancing away, and sitting on top of the counter to roll out pie dough. As a result, I’ve always loved baking. I’ve done my best to instill a love of baking with my kids, and my son’s goal to be an astronaut chef is fairly good evidence I’ve succeeded so far. 

But with busy schedules of preschool, working from home, activities and events, we don’t always have the time to give baking its due diligence.

I was beyond grateful when I discovered some shortcuts that let us have fun baking, but with just a little bit less work so we can fit it in more frequently. I wanted to share a couple of recipes in case you, too, would like to bake more.

Cake Mix Cookies: Double Chocolate Chips
Yields 3
Enjoy the deliciousness of double chocolate cookies in half the time.
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1538 calories
166 g
124 g
95 g
19 g
12 g
322 g
1852 g
67 g
0 g
79 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
322g
Yields
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1538
Calories from Fat 841
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 95g
147%
Saturated Fat 12g
61%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 28g
Monounsaturated Fat 51g
Cholesterol 124mg
41%
Sodium 1852mg
77%
Total Carbohydrates 166g
55%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 67g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
30%
Iron
54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of your favorite chocolate flavored cake mix
  2. Dash cinnamon
  3. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup of your favorite chips (dark chocolate, semi-sweet, white chocolate, peanut butter, etc)
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine cake mix and cinnamon. Add remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips and mix well.
  2. 2. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. 3. Chill dough in refrigerator for 45-60 minutes.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. 5. Shape approximately 3 tablespoons of dough into balls and place on nonstick cookie sheet.
  6. 6. Bake for 9 minutes. Enjoy!
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calories
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fat
95g
protein
19g
carbs
166g
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These cookies are firm enough to not fall apart, but soft and chewy inside. I love using chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips to make Reese’s style cookies. Bonus: cake mix is often half the price of cookie mix!


Pumpkin Pancakes
The pumpkin spice craze has gone too far, but before it got out of hand these delicious pancakes were born. Fall mornings (or evenings, because breakfast for dinner is magic) are perfect for these delicious flapjacks.
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1091 calories
167 g
5 g
38 g
21 g
10 g
762 g
3085 g
33 g
0 g
26 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
762g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1091
Calories from Fat 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g
58%
Saturated Fat 10g
49%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 3085mg
129%
Total Carbohydrates 167g
56%
Dietary Fiber 11g
45%
Sugars 33g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
509%
Vitamin C
13%
Calcium
51%
Iron
51%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Bisquick
  2. 1 1/2 cups cold water
  3. 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. Dash each of ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground ginger
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine all ingredients and mix, but let batter stay a little lumpy.
  2. 2. Spray non-stick spray onto griddle or hot pan.
  3. 3. Drop pancakes in approximately 1/4 cup increments. When top is bubbly (this takes approximately 2 minutes), flip. Let cook for another 1-2 minutes, remove. Repeat until batter is gone and you have a stack of scrumptious pancakes.
  4. 4. Top with butter and syrup, or whipped cream and a dusting of more pumpkin pie spice (the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger).
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calories
1091
fat
38g
protein
21g
carbs
167g
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Knoxville Moms Blog http://www.citymomsblog.com/

I spent years making these without knowing the ‘semi-homemade’ language that goes with it. What are your favorite semi-homemade recipes and baking hacks? 

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