Foodstirs is a baking subscription box that ships baking mixes kits to your door! Co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, this subscription is all about high-quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. They feature ingredients like organic heirloom flour, all-natural food dyes, and fair trade chocolate.
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About Foodstirs Baker's Club
The Subscription Box: Foodstirs
The Cost: $18.99 plus shipping, every other month. Discounts on 3, 6, and 12 box prepaid plans.
The Products: High quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Ships to: United States, but they have an international waitlist, so be sure to sign up if you're interested!
Good to know: Foodstirs ships bi-monthly. You should get your first box right away when you sign up, then they ship in August, October, December, February, April, and June.
Foodstirs Baker's Club: Monster Cookie Bash Review
I love that Foodstirs decided to conserve paper and make things fun by including a word search and connect the dots activity on the back of their Nutritional Facts sheet. This is cute and it even goes with the theme!
This is the included recipe card with a photo of the finished product for reference. It also tells you how long it will take and everything you will need from home. They provided all of the dry ingredients, but we needed to provide eggs, unsalted butter, and plain yogurt. Luckily I had the butter on hand since I do a fair amount of baking, but I did have to run to the store for yogurt. This recipe makes about 6 cookies sandwiches.
The directions are broken down into six steps with pictures to go along with them. They were very clear and easy to follow, but this recipe did call for a lot of chilling and wait time. This is probably fine for older kids, but since mine are four and two, I opted to do the majority of the baking solo!
The cookie mix and frosting mix came packaged in bags labeled with "best by" dates which is helpful if you aren't able to get to this box right away.
This recipe called for 9 TBSP of room temperature, unsalted butter. Since I only had one stick unfrozen, I opted to use 5 TBSP of unsalted butter and 1 TBSP of salted butter for the cookies, which didn't seem to affect the flavor at all!
Before stirring our organic chocolate chippy cookie mix in, we had to take out 10 chocolate chips to use for later. Then we added the mix slowly making sure to stir it well in between. It was a bit dryer than I'm used to, so it definitely made more of a mess and took me a while to get it all mixed together.
I lined a pan with parchment paper and then added my cookies (2 TBSP of dough) to the pan and then flattened them out a bit. In retrospect, I didn't flatten them quite enough as you'll see later. There was enough dough to make twelve generous cookies.
Next, the cookies went into the fridge to chill, so I decided to get started on the frosting. I used 3 TBSP of unsalted butter that was softened a bit in the microwave and added my TBSP of plain yogurt. Then I slowly added the organic vanilla frosting mix until it was all combined and I had a nice thick frosting. I took half of the frosting and put it in a separate bowl for our next step.
This is where things started to feel a bit different in my baking. Instead of traditional food coloring drops, the frosting got its color from these packets of powdered food coloring. The interesting thing about these is that these are made with plant-based dyes. They worked really well to add some nice vibrant monster color to our frosting. These then went into the refrigerator as well.
While the cookies baked, I got the decorating set up so it would be ready for the kids. We received 5 Dandies All Natural Vanilla Marshmallows , two bags of Yum Earth Candy Corn (both were surprisingly delicious, by the way!) and used the 10 chocolate chips that we reserved from the cookie mix. I cut the marshmallows in half with a knife which was really easy as these were a bit stiffer (not in a bad way) than traditional marshmallows.
To create the eyeballs, we just stuck the pointed end of the chocolate chips into the sticky side of the marshmallow and they stayed put while looking super cute.
Once the cookies were baked and cooled we were supposed to use the included cookie cutter to cut them into perfect circles. As you can see, our cookies were pretty thick and all of them were much smaller than the circle, so we didn't really have to do this step. Oops!
We set up our cookies by laying them with the flat side up and then I placed a dollop of frosting (a TBSP and a half) in the center and then we placed another cookie on top to create our sandwich. I didn't press down too much so that we could see the icing in the center.
Next, I placed two little dots of frosting on the tops of the cookies and we added our monster eyes. My daughter was in charge of this while my son took care of adding the candy corn teeth. They worked really well as a team and had fun doing this part!
We ended up making five monster sandwich cookies, so we had two plain cookies left over. This was the perfect treat for the kids while we placed our sandwiches back in the fridge to firm up a bit since they were starting to get a bit messy after having them out and adding teeth!
I think they turned out great! I was worried it would be a ton of icing since that's what they show in the picture, but we were able to still make them look like monsters without that huge layer of frosting. They were still incredibly generous portions and not something you could eat in one sitting.
Verdict: This was my first time trying out Foodstirs Baker's Club and I was impressed with the taste and how generous the servings were. I definitely had to do most of the baking since my kids are younger, but they were happy to help with the decorating, and of course the eating, so it was a fun family activity for a rainy day. The cookies were so rich and since the frosting wasn't overly sweet, it made for a pretty balanced treat. I do think that maybe smaller cookies might have been a better option for us, and if I had thought about it, I could have easily modified the recipe to accommodate this, but then again, watching those large cookies bake was pretty satisfying! Overall, I thought it was a fun and tasty experience for $26.98 ($18.99 + $7.99 shipping)!
Also worth noting: Foodstirs has gone back down to a more reasonable shipping rate since past reviews (currently $7.99 vs $14.90).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box is still available!
Value Breakdown: For one premium baking kit shipped every other month, the price is currently $26.98 ($18.99 + $7.99 shipping) or $23.19 with our 20% off coupon code ($15.20 + $7.99 shipping).
Kits typically have anywhere from 6 to 12 servings. This box had enough ingredients to make 6 giant monster cookie sandwiches which means each would be about $4.50.
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