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I generally bake from scratch. It allows me to choose the ingredients carefully and I usually use organic. But I don’t always have the time and sometimes I just need a quick batch of goodies. But that doesn’t mean I have to leave them as they are. It’s easy to improve on boxed cookies and cake mixes and make them your own.

Semi-Homemade Cupcakes

I did just that recently with a box of

. They’re find on their own, but what if you have someone who doesn’t like peanut butter? That’s easy! Make half of the batch jelly cupcakes! That also means more peanut butter filling for the cupcakes that will have it.

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Putting the filling into the cupcake is easy with a 

($3.99 Amazon.com)  – it cuts the cupcake perfectly and then with the plunger, delivers you a perfect little piece of cake to put back in place after you’ve added the filling of your choice. I did mine half strawberry jelly and half peanut butter and yes, you could do both in the same cupcake if you like!

Decorating is easy with prepared frosting – just give it a stir, place it in a frosting bag or recloseable bag with the corner snipped, and then pipe the frosting in place.  I used a 

 which comes with tips, bags, and a frosting spreader that all store inside the plastic container.

It’s so simple to make a dozen or two of cupcakes and cookies with a little help from Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Hersheys. I’ll be doing some experimenting with the other products they sent –

and the  (the cake mix I use for my Better Than Sex Cake and several holiday recipes because of its moistness).

Betty Crocker® Hershey’s® – New Mixes

New Betty Crocker and Hersheys mixes and frostings

There are 12 new frosting, cupcake and cookie mixes to help you make some fabulous desserts. Mix and match the flavors to make them your own. I’m looking forward to drying the Almond Joy  frosting soon!

Visit http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/hersheys for some amazing recipe ideas including Cookies and Creme Cheesecake BarsPeanut Butter Stuffed Cupcake ConesChocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes and more.

Have you doctored a cake or cookie mix? What’s your favorite Betty Crocker Hershey’s® flavors?