Review of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix

The Spruce / Barbara Rolek 

The flavor is what you'd expect from a packaged mix, but Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix has revolutionized gingerbread-house-making. Why? No more measuring ingredients, and that's a huge plus!

Note: Don't confuse this product with Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake and Cookie Mix. They are two different items. This is a cookie mix only and does not include a royal icing mix, which is the mortar that holds the house together.
Suggested Retail Price: $2.29
Where to Buy: This limited-edition item is available at most major supermarkets during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays only.
Would I Buy It? Definitely.

How Betty Crocker Describes Its Gingerbread Cookie Mix

  • Homemade cookies in 20 minutes.
  • Makes 3 dozen 2-inch cookies.
  • Allergy note: This product contains wheat, milk, egg, and soy ingredients.

The Pros of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix

  • Betty Crocker limited edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix is a real time saver. Only three ingredients are added to the mix -- butter or margarine, water, and an egg.
  • No need to purchase expensive spices for a once-a-year gingerbread-making project and the option of using margarine instead of butter makes it more affordable.
  • While the cookies are what you might expect from a mix, they do have adequate spice flavor. Where they shine, however, is in their sturdiness -- strong enough to support candy and icing for a gingerbread house.
  • The dough rolls well and cuts easily and directions on the back of the packaging for making Holiday House Cookies is a nice alternative to a full-blown gingerbread house.
  • These Holiday House Cookies are delightful one-dimensional cookie-houses that can be used as ornaments or, when bagged and ribboned, as school class treats, hostess gifts or part of an edible gift basket.

The Cons of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix

  • The claim of "Homemade cookies in 20 minutes" is a bit of an exaggeration. True, the mixing only takes 10 minutes but rolling, cutting and baking takes more than an additional 10 minutes.
  • The purchase price of $2.29 plus tax per package could be prohibitive. It takes two packages of Betty Crocker limited edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix to make one gingerbread house using this.
  • The flavor is close, but it's not homemade.

How Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix Performed in the Kitchen

  • The mix was easy to use. The dough rolled easily, but let it rest wrapped in plastic for 30 minutes before attempting to roll and cut, just to let the gluten rest.
  • Use softened butter or margarine as the recipe directs, not melted butter or margarine.
  • Don't expect a soft, chewy interior. This is more of a ginger snap -- ideal for building houses because its sturdiness will support lots of icing and candy.