In my experience, there have been a number of products where the directions are less than perfect. Some have been outright wrong. However, there are some products where the directions could have been written a bit clearer which includes this Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix.
So as a part-food writer, foodie at heart let's go over some basics of recipes. Most of us do it wrong.
What I mean by that is most of us read the directions as we go. So we get the ingredients out and don't always manage the read the directions all the way through. Or worse, we make assumptions about what should go in when. However, in reality, a recipe should be read first and then read a second time for follow-through.
This is one of those products that if you don't read the directions, this product won't work for you. When it first debuted I was shocked to see people complaining of it failing.
Usually, mixes should go 1-2-3. However, with a mix, it is easy to assume that every ingredient goes in and you pop it in the oven and in 10 minutes you'll get the pictured cookies.
So here is how I foresee a few people seeing the directions: Add 3 tbsp butter or oil, 2 tsp vanilla extra, and 3 tbsp milk to mix.
In reality, if I could reword what you need to do, it would read something like this add 3 tbsp butter or oil, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbsp milk + 2 tbsp more if necessary until it looks like a dough.
The vast majority of the complaints are going to come from the confusion about the milk. I found that after 1 tbsp of almond milk it looked like familiar cookie dough.
That's when I didn't add in the other 2 as they weren't necessary.
Now, this is an interesting item because when I originally reviewed Trader Joe's Almond Flour it already had a chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back. Granted the one on the back wasn't vegan, but it was still gluten-free.
And what came out of the oven was good chocolate chip cookies for gluten-free cookies. There was a difference but nothing major.
But as non-gluten-free individual I thought this product is kind of redundant. We already had something similar to the recipe on the bag of almond flour. To be honest, I liked that recipe better. This mix is quicker but not by much.
But this mix won't save you if you just dump everything you think you should in.
But the cookies were on the soft side so if you like crispy leave them in for another minute or two.
For $4.99 for a mix that makes just 12 cookies, it isn't going to save you that much. You'll be able to make far more cookies from the bag of almond flour in the same aisle.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix is a pass from me.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix:
Calories and ingredients
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
Product Name: Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
Product Description: Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix is a new gluten-free and vegan cookie mix that comes together quite easily.
Trader Joe's Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix is easy as 1-2-3 as long as you read the directions first
- Makes cookies quicker than your oven can pre-heat
- If you don't read the directions, this might turn out terrible.
- Pricey for just a dozen cookies