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6 Baking Mixes You Won't Believe Are From a Box

Feb 03, 2015

Real Simple staffers tested fifteen different gourmet mixes (made with real, simple ingredients) to find these stars.

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Archer Farms mix
Archer Farms

Archer Farms Chai Latte Cupcake Mix

Dinner party? Bake sale? We’ve found your new secret weapon. Four steps is all it takes to make 12 trendily flavored, perfectly domed cakes—every time.

To buy: $3.50 for one 18-ounce box, target.com.

Kodiak Cakes mix
Kodiak Cakes

Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix

A batch of six of these fluffy pancakes contains 14 grams of protein, thanks to whole grain oat flour and a special blend of egg whites, milk protein, and wheat protein. For a warm, energizing breakfast ready in fewer than 10 minutes, just add a cup of water.

To buy: $19 for three 20-ounce boxes, kodiakcakes.com; $4.70 for one 20-ounce box, target.com.

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Cissé Trading Co. mix
Cissé Trading Co.

Cissé Trading Co. Milk Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

Simple, high-quality ingredients like organic Fair Trade cocoa powder and organic Fair Trade cane sugar give this mix a leg up over competitors. In the depths of winter (or mid-July), this fudgy treat is a quick way to satisfy all of your cravings. Not a brownie fan? Their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix delivers an equally potent dose of deep dark chocolate in every chewy bite.

To buy: $9 for one 16.2-ounce box, abesmarket.com and Whole Foods stores.

Scratch & Grain Baking Co.
Scratch & Grain Baking Co.

Scratch and Grain Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Kit

From two Portland-based moms who wanted to make baking healthier and easier, these certified Kosher and organic cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Plus, 5% of the profits are donated to charity.

To buy: $31.96 for four 14.7-ounce boxes or $8 for one 14.7-ounce box, scratchandgrain.com.

Read more: The Best Brownie Mixes

Fleischmann's mix

Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Pretzel Creations Baking Mix

Though a little more labor-intensive than our other picks, this kit’s easy to follow steps will dependably turnout nine beautiful giant soft pretzels or six pretzel rolls.

To buy: $3.24 for one 16.5-ounce box, grocery stores and amazon.com.

The Invisible Chef
The Invisible Chef

The Invisible Chef Praline Pecan Scone Mix

Candied pecans, brown sugar, and sea salt combine to great effect in these airy, addictive pastries. Stock up for weekend breakfasts and impromptu tea parties with the little ones.

To buy: $7.50 for one 9.50-ounce box, theinvisiblechef.com.

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

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