Dear Betty Crocker – Why are You Baking with Artifical Trans-Fats?

Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix

Cake and cookie mixes take sizable shelf space in the supermarket. They save you time and effort, and let you feel good about having made some effort to prepare a home made treat. but the reality is that they contain harmful ingredients that you would not use if you were preparing the cookies from scratch.

Here is the ingredient list for Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, Peanut Butter:

enriched flour bleached (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter (peanuts, dextrose, hydrogenated canola and cottonseed oil, salt), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, baking soda, salt, natural flavor, color added.

As you know, partially hydrogenated oils are responsible for the worst type of fat to enter our digestive system – trans-fats. Heath experts recommend people eat exactly ZERO trans-fats per day. So why is Betty adding them to the mix? Because it has longer shelf life this way, and provides a better texture and mouthfeel for the cookies.

Here’s the ingredient list for a homemade version:

Peanut butter (peanuts, salt), white sugar, eggs, baking soda.

Estimated prep time: 5 minutes to mix everything in a bowl. 30 Minutes in the oven.

What’s your excuse?


  • Catherine

    I am a from scratch baker and I just never understand why people use mixes (or cans of frosting – really, you can mix up some confectioner’s sugar and water/milk and a bit of butter in a minute). It really is almost as easy to do a lot of baking from scratch. I have recipes that I can make from start to pulling out of the oven in 30 minutes. There are loads of quick mix cakes and cookies and bar recipes out there. Hmmm, I feel an ebook coming on….

    • Fooducate

      Thanks Catherine. Care to share a recipe or two with the community?

  • James Cooper

    You are absolutely right that the easy-to-make scratch recipe is a lot better. But if the cookies or mix contain trans fats, don’t they have to be on the label?

    • disqus_XKGPuWZFRy

      It is on the label. hydrogenated oils = trans fat

      • James Cooper

        No, I don’t think that is the case. Trans-fats must be labeled specifically unless below a very small threshold. See the FDA site

        • james

          The point is consuming these oils leads to your body taking them in as trans fat. At least that is what I understood reading this.

          • James Cooper

            I don’t think this is right. Either trans fats are present or they aren’t. Some years ago Crisco solved this problem by mixing fully hydrogenated solids with non hydrogenated oil, leading to a baking product with very low trans fat content.

  • Ting Ruan

    Homemade version only stays on shelves for 2 days max, Betty’s version can do that until the Xmas day of 2020

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