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Cooking with Skratch Labs: Can’t-Miss Desserts

By now you may know that the Skratch Labs Cookie Mix makes a mean chocolate chip cookie, berry blondie, and vegan cookie bar, and that all of them fit sweetly in your pocket or pack for rides, runs, and adventures.

But you can also put the Cookie Mix to use when you’re looking to make an impression at a dinner party, office function, or Sunday brunch. Here are two can’t-miss recipes that even the most baking-challenged can manage, with impressive results.

Apple & Pumpkin Buckle

This buckle recipe comes together in just a few minutes. You can swap out the apples and pumpkin for other seasonal fruits if you like (peaches, berries and pears work particularly well). It makes a great dessert for holiday gatherings with family and friends.
The buckle as written below fits in a large 9×13 inch pan, but you could make a smaller buckle in an 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan by simply cutting the recipe in half.


The Apple & Pumpkin Buckle

  • 4-5 large apples, sliced thinly (peeling optional)
  • juice of one-half lemon
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 bags of Skratch Labs Cookie Mix
  • optional topping: yogurt, ice cream or creme fraiche

    Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Arrange the oven racks with one smack dab in the middle.

    Slice the apples as thinly as possible and place in a large bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice over the slices as you go (this prevents them from oxidizing and turning brown). Set aside.

    In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cookie mix, butter and eggs. Your hands are the best tools for the job here!

    Next, assemble the buckle. Layer half of the apples with half of the pumpkin in the prepared pan, then cover with half of the cookie mix. Repeat with the remaining ingredients being sure to press the mixture into the pan once all of the ingredients are in.

    Pop the buckle in the oven and bake until the apple juice is bubbling from the sides of the pan, and the buckle is golden brown, roughly 30-45 minutes.

Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

We have a thing for bacon around here. We enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner … and sometimes we put it in our cookies. This Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe made with our Cookie Mix is (obviously) one of our favorites, and is sure to make a splash with fellow bacon-lovers and foodies alike.

Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 lb of your favorite bacon
  • 1 box Skratch Labs Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

    Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper. (NOT waxed paper!)

    Cook 1/2 lb of your favorite bacon until crispy. When cool enough to handle, chop into small bits.

    Mix together the cookie mix, butter, egg, and maple syrup.

    Sprinkle half of your dough in small chunks into your prepared baking pan.

    Sprinkle your chopped-up crispy bacon and chocolate chips into the pan.

    Sprinkle in the remaining dough and press the dough and mix-ins together so that the dough is level and the pan corners are filled.

    Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

    Cool completely before slicing. Wrap individually in Skratch Paper, or serve up immediately! Cookies kept refrigerated will keep up to one week.

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