Make Ahead Mixes

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Saving time and money is what I love doing.  So when I came across this idea to do both at the same time…I jumped on board.  I don’t know about you, but I very much dislike pulling out flour, salt, baking soda, powder, and all the mess that goes along with baking.  But, I love the end result…not the mess…the goodies!  So the whole idea of Make Ahead Mixes is a brilliant one to me.  So one day I decided to make up a bunch of mixes.  Cookie mix, brownie mix, and pancake mix…  I got the mess out of the way all at once.  Brilliant, huh?

I did some browsing and found great ideas for different mixes, but really the trick is just to put all the dry ingredients from your favorite recipe in a quart size bag and then write or print a label for the front of the bag with the wet ingredients that you need to add before baking.  Don’t forget to add baking temperature, and time of baking.  Make up several of each recipe.  This will save you time later.

Here is my Brownie Mix Recipe
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
Place all of these ingredients in a quart size bag.  Then write on the outside of the bag:
Add:  2 Eggs, 1/4 Cup Cooking Oil, 1/4 Cup Water, 1 teaspoon Vanilla.
350 degrees for 25 minutes.
This recipe works best in an 8×8 pan.
Heart, Hands, and Home has quite a few mix recipes if you need some ideas.

Fake it Frugal has a wonderful Betty Crocker Cookie Mix recipe.  This will save a bunch of money as those convenience mixes are EXPENSIVE.

I really like the IHOP copycat pancake recipe at Semi Homemade Mom.  That’s what’s in my pancake mix bags.  I think I’ll make these for dinner tonight!

Not only are these mixes a great time and money saver, they are a great little Thank You or Hostess gift.  Just fancy up a brown bag and share with friends.
Next, I’m gonna make some banana/apple bread mixes and try out a pizza dough mix.  What kind  of mixes are you thinking of making??


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  1. That's a very good idea! I have been thinking of doing that for gifts for people, now I'm wondering why I never thought to do it as a gift for myself…

  2. Thank you so much for the recipes and the link. May you have a blessed day.

  3. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a very neat idea! I would love to try your brownie recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Blog hopping from Happy Hour Projects. :)

  5. Super cool idea! Good for everyday use at home or gifts, as you pointed out–also for camping and travel where you'd have access to a kitchen (condos, for example).

    Thanks for linking this to Food on Fridays!

  6. Visiting from Feasting in Fellowship – yes, this is such a great idea. I have done the same at times – really saves time, and money!

  7. These are such a great idea! Don't have to shop the premade aisle at the grocery store anymore. :)

  8. What a great idea! Perfect for gifts. I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on

  9. Great idea! Haven't been around much this summer, but glad I saw this post! Love the idea! Gonna do it!

  10. I love homemade mixes as gifts. These look great! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  11. Clicked here through Mop it Up Mondays. What a nice surprise to see that you use my Copycat IHOP pancakes! Ok, I totally need to mix up some bags and keep them in my pantry. What a wonderful idea! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

  12. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your mixes!

  14. you are so resourceful and love the little brown bag with bow!

  15. What a great idea. I love the idea of making the mess once and them being able to whip something up in the oven whenever the mood strikes. I would love it if you would share this on Tout It Tuesday.

  16. I am going to give our bulk cookies mixes and brownie mix a try. Awesome Idea. Thanks for sharing. ;o)

  17. Great idea!

  18. Loved the brown bagged thank you gift…cute idea!

  19. These look really good. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  20. Great Idea!!

  21. Brilliant! This will make it easy to bake cookies, etc! Love it! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  22. Great idea! Thank you for sharing these recipes!

  23. I love this idea- will surely be trying this.

  24. Yes! This is awesome! Pinning and making asap! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  25. Carrie,

    I like how you do this with more than cookie dough or bread mix. (I’ve done and still do this with bread mix). Thank you for the great idea.


  26. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  27. Love these mixes! I am featuring you today at 1pm on my Facebook page! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing it in Mommy Solutions!


  28. Hi Carrie!

    Guess what? I”m back!

    Congrats! Your post was the #3 most clicked post in The Mommy Club this past week. I appreciate you sharing your mommy solution and resources with my readers! Stop back over and share more of your wonder ideas!

    Crystal & Co

  29. HI! Lots of great ideas here — inspiring me to be a little bit more organized. I used to do this all the time with my favorite (1961) Better Homes and Garden’s pancake recipe. Made it super easy for my husband to mix them up for the girls if I was at work. I need to get back in the swing of things! Found you on The Country Cook’s weekend link up. Thanks!

  30. These are great ideas, I have stash of books with recipes like this and I’ve never tried one. I wish I had talent like you in the kitchen!

  31. I had a recipe book full on make a mix recipes. Hum, I will have to try and find it. But in the meantime I’ll try yours.
    Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your mix recipes would be perfect as a holiday gift idea.
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    Hope to see you there!

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