chocolate cookies

Muffins are just one of the items you can make from a chocolate chip muffin mix. Coffee cake, quick bread and pancakes provide additional options for a creative cook. Cookies are also easily crafted from the mix, which contains ingredients you typically find in a cookie batter. Instead of adding just milk or water to create muffins, add butter and egg to create a thicker batter that yields puffy, tender chocolate chip cookies.

Plain chocolate chip cookies are ready in less than 15 minutes when you use a muffin mix. The southern baking products company, Martha White, suggests a simple technique.

Add 1/2 cup of nuts of choice -- pecans or walnuts -- if you like. Marshmallows, extra chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, candy pieces, butterscotch chips and toasted coconut are other add-ins that could embellish the cookies.