Heidi Strawn
November 10, 2009

Cookie and brownie mixes probably rank at the top of the convenience-food favorites list. A typical package at the store, which yields about a dozen brownies, costs about $2.80. The following mix costs about $2.06 and makes enough for two batches of one dozen brownies or six dozen cookies.


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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

When you’re ready, put your mix to use in cookies or brownies.

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