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Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate | 0 comments

Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies pack tart cranberries, zesty little nuggets of candied ginger, and mellow white chocolate in a chewy blondie base, to delicious results.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

This begins a small spate of dried cranberry recipes that will be on Bready or Not over the next while.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

This is because I bought a massive bag of dried cranberries on sale at Costco, and I had an existing stockpile to use up, too. Cue a “oh crap, I need to use up some of this stuff!” response.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

This recipe proved to be a fantastic one, too. The blondies are sweet and chewy, and that combination of dried cranberries, candied ginger, and white chocolate complements and contrasts in an amazing way.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

I’ve been asked before about where to find candied ginger. Sometimes brands will sell it jarred alongside spices on the grocery store aisle. Also, check the bins at your local health food store or co-op. I’ve bought candied ginger at my local Sprouts.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

The good news is that candied ginger (like dried cranberries) keeps well for ages, so you can stock up and enjoy it for months. Though space might be an issue if you’re buying at Costco…

 

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies

Cranberry Candied Ginger Blondies pack tart cranberries, zesty little nuggets of candied ginger, and mellow white chocolate in a chewy blondie base, to delicious results.

  • 2 stick (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 inch dish with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.

Place butter and both sugars in a large bowl and beat until creamed together. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Follow up with the flour, baking powder, and salt, until just combined. Fold in the cranberries, candied ginger, and white chocolate chips.

Spread batter in the ready pan and even out. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes, until edges are firm and the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool on a wire rack.

Use foil to list contents onto cutting board. Slice into pieces. Store in an sealed container at room temperature.

OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 2 comments

I love creating new recipes using my favorite grocery find in recent years, caramel chips! This original recipe for Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies is sublime and delicious.

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

This recipe was inspired by my favorite recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. The secret to success in that recipe is white chocolate chips are melted and mixed into the dough.

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

I considered a bag of caramel chips and thought, hey, if it worked for white chocolate chips, why not caramel?

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

I opted to use pecans because 1) they go so well with caramel, and 2) they are cheaper and generally more accessible to people.

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

The melted caramel chips don’t simply add sweetness to the dough, but a smooth, silky texture that helps these cookies to bake up fat and chewy.

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

You might need to hunt around for caramel chips. I’m still mad that my local Walmart carried them for a year then stopped, but most grocery stores around still carry them. Kroger even stocks their own version, which doesn’t look or taste quite as amazing as Hershey’s or Ghirardelli’s, but it’s still good. And cheaper, for sure.

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

 

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Pecan Caramel Chip Cookies

This original recipe requires caramel chips. A cup of these chips are melted and blended into the dough, transforming these cookies into something magical!

  • 1 bag cup caramel chips, divided
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup (11 Tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Place 1 cup of caramel chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power in short increments, 20-25 seconds, and stop to stir between passes until the chips blend smoothly. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together both sugars, butter, vanilla extract, and eggs until they're creamy. Mix in the melted chips. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Fold in the remaining caramel chips, chocolate chips, and chopped pecans.

Use a tablespoon cookie scoop or spoon to place dough in rounded lumps on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops just begin to turn light golden brown. Cool on the sheet for several minutes, then move to a rack to cool.

OM NOM NOM!

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Book Blog: Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Blog, book blog | 0 comments

I review everything I read and post reviews on Goodreads and LibraryThing. That’s not enough. Good books are meant to be shared. Therefore, I’m spotlighting some of my favorite reads here on my site.

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
out now; Indiebound, B&N, and Amazon

 

 

I received this galley through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sarah Pinsker is among my favorite writers, and I was thrilled to read her new collection from Small Beer Press a few months in advance of release. When I say she’s among my favorites, that also means I’d read most of the stories in this book before; four were new to me, but one sees its first publication in this book.

All of these stories are worth re-reading. Actually, they are worth studying on a technical level to understand why stories work. Pinsker doesn’t write about big drama. She writes about people being people in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. There’s a sense of subtlety to her works. In “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” a man loses his arm, and along with his prosthetic he gains an awareness of being a road in remote Colorado. “Remembery Day” addresses PTSD and the effects of war on the next generation, without ever becoming preachy. In “And Then There were (n-one),” one of my very favorite novellas, period, she brings a brilliant spin to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” by envisioning a cross-dimensional conference of hundreds of Sarah Pinskers on an isolated island in a storm–and one of them is murdered.

Because of this collection, I started my document to track my favorite 2019 releases to nominate for awards in 2020. Yes, this collection is that good.

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Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

These are not mere blondies. No, these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars are practically cake.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Seriously, this could work as a birthday cake for a chocolate-peanut butter lover. These bars are THICK and loaded with goodness.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

This recipe makes a full 13 by 9 pan, so there’s plenty to share. As dense as each bar is, you probably don’t want to cut them large.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Bars like this freeze very well, too, so you can stash some away to enjoy later.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

I can’t help but wonder how this recipe would be with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups chopped into it, too. I should try that sometime.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Recipes are stories. There will always be other ways to twist them into something new and enjoyable.

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

 

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Bready or Not: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These luscious bars are thick, cakey, and delicious! If there’s no Greek yogurt handy, sour cream makes for a good substitute.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups peanut butter chips (1 bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat the oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13X9 baking with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

In a big bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl as necessary.

Add the vanilla extract and vanilla yogurt next, followed by the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Fold in the peanut butter chips and 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and the peanuts over the top and gently press them in.

Bake pan for 30 minutes or until the center passes the toothpick test. Let cool completely. Use foil to lift contents onto a cutting board to slice into bars.

Store in a sealed container at room temperature or in the fridge. Freeze bars between waxed paper in a sealed container to make them last even longer.

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Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019 in bacon, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, pork | 0 comments

Bacon, chocolate, and toffee complement each other in these incredible Bacon-Toffee Cookies.

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

Fact: My Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies (originally shared at the Holy Taco Church lo those many years ago) is among my most popular recipes.

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

This recipe is different. The previous take makes a crisper cookie, while these are chewier with some extra sweetness and crunch from the Heath toffee pieces.

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

This recipe makes a lot, too: about 70 cookies if you use a teaspoon scoop!

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

That sounds like a lot, but my husband’s co-workers inhaled them, so I don’t know how well they keep beyond a day. One of those good/bad problems to have.

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

Modified from Fall Baking 2016 by Better Homes & Gardens.

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

 

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

Bready or Not: Bacon-Toffee Cookies

These cookies mix salty and sweet in a chewy cookie. Using a teaspoon scoop, the recipe produces about 70 cookies.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Heath bits
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped up

Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Ina large bowl, beat butter and shortening together until turning fluffy. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt, followed by the eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour.

Stir in the Heath bits, chocolate chips, and bacon. Use a teaspoon scoop or spoon to dollop dough onto baking sheet, spaced out to allow for minor spreading. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are just turning golden. Cool for five minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

Store cookies in a sealed container.

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