Last Christmas, my boss gave me really delicious cookies. These were cookies that were made from Hershey’s chocolate; the kind that would melt in your mouth. It was made by his wife, which was, as my boss mentioned, “just made for family and friends”. I am envious of his wife’s talent. She was probably front row when God showered the talent of baking. I was probably running somewhere.

But since last Christmas, I had made two new discoveries that would help me bake cakes and cookies, all by myself. The first discovery is Mugshots.

Mugshots different flavors

Mugshots are these tiny little bottles that have nicely layered different ingredients. The ingredients, of course, depend on the flavor that you choose. You pour the contents into a mug, then mix it with 1 egg, 2 tablespoon oil, and 3 tablespoons of milk.

Mugshots finished product

Mugshots finished product!

You then place the mug into a microwave oven and cook for 2 minutes at the highest setting. After 2 minutes, it’s baked & ready to be served!

There are different flavors available: Chocolate, Coffee, Choco Peppermint, Strawberry, Cinnamon and Orange. It’s a simple cake that you can do even with a child. You can then mix up icing and pat it on the cake.

Another discovery that I had recently were products from The Cookie Jar. Just like mugshots, it was a jar of different ingredients, but on a bigger scale. What we tried was the cranberry walnut.

Here is how to make it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). You can then cream together 1 and 1/2 sticks of softened butter or margarine, 1 and 1/2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Add the jar’s contents and mix all the ingredients with your hands. Drop spoonfuls onto the greased cookie sheets and bake it from 8 to 10 minutes.

It’s so easy to do, right?

The Cookie Jar

The Cookie Jar

We also got to try the other ready-to-serve pastries that they are selling. I like the Lemon Cream Cheese Bars.

The Cookie Jar Lemon Squares

The Cookie Jar Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

These were like lemon squares, but they were extra creamy. What I liked about it was the strong authentic taste of lemon. If you like fruity pastries, you will love this. A box of 15 is at Php 190.

The Cookie Jar French Macarons

The Cookie Jar French Macarons

My mother-in-law liked the French Macaroons. The macaroons were chewy, quite different (pleasantly different) from the other macaroons that I’ve ever tried before. It had just the right amount of sweetness.

Price for the French Macaroons:
Box of 8: P195.00
Box of 20: P465.00

The Cookie Jar Fan! DW in the house!

The Cookie Jar Fan! DW in the house!

These are sold in the following flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla Buttercream, Cinnamon Buttercream, Lemon, and Pistachio. What we tried was the Red Velvet. It was red in color and had a white creamy layer in the middle.

The Cookie Jar Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Cookie Jar Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband, EJ, liked the Chocolate Chip cookies. They were actually Triple Chocolate Cookies that had semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate chips in chocolate batter. The container had 10 pieces of cookies and these were sold for Php 155. The cookies were a bit crisp and a little bit chewy.

These two innovators are blessings in disguise for those with not much talent in cooking. These are simple desserts that don’t cost much and, more importantly, doesn’t require a baking genius to create.

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About The Author

Ginger is the General Manager of She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for, and She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

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