By the time the actual day of Christmas rolled around I was so over baking that I didn't want to make dessert for my own dinner. Instead of dealing with mounds of flour or cookie cutters, I just wanted to relax and watch the yule log on TV. Weeks earlier I was given a box of all-natural oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix from Kodiak Cakes, which seemed perfect given my laziness on Christmas morning.
Like most packaged dessert mixes, the big draw of Kodiak cookie mix is its ease. All you do is beat together an egg, 1/2 cup of butter, and the mix. Roll out some dough balls, bake in the oven for about ten minutes and you're done. Easy peasy. What I didn't expect was how good the cookies would taste.
To hear what I thought of them,
I was doubtful before digging into the first one, especially since they looked more ginger, molasses than oatmeal chocolate chip. The dough is brown because the base flour is a whole grain blend. I suspect that the rolled oats are blended pretty well into the flour because unlike most oatmeal cookies where you can see the individual oats, the Kodiak cookies looked really uniform and smooth on the surface.
Everyone that tried the Kodiak cookies were astonished that they came from a mix. The cookies were crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle, and the chocolate chips were rich and gooey. The whole grain flour gave the cookies a nice texture but were not too "grainy" like other whole grain cookies I've tried. The subtle taste of brown sugar came through, and one cookie was extremely satisfying — probably because it's made from whole grains.
Beyond tasting good, Kodiak cookies are much better for you then any other pre-mix dessert I've come across. The ingredients are completely natural, and each cookie contains 110 calories with only 20 calories coming from fat. The calories can also be cut down since there are alternate directions that replace half the amount of butter with applesauce.
I've definitely become a fan of Kodiak Cakes and will be trying the other cookie mixes soon, as well as the brownies and waffle mix!
|Ingredients: 100% Whole Grain Blend (Whole Wheat Flour, Whole Oat Flour, Rolled Oats), Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate Chips (Evaporated Cane Juice, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla), Natural Vanilla, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt|