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Bready or Not Classic: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Jun 12, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

If all has gone according to plan, I’ve fled to a far-distant continent to enjoy Wensleydale cheese and scones. I didn’t want to schedule new recipes while I travel as I won’t be able to promote them to the fullest. Therefore, I’m revisiting a classic recipe this week and next. Enjoy!

If you’ve eaten my cookies at a convention or book event in recent years, you may have very well eaten these cookies: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

As WorldCon in Kansas City neared, I asked on Facebook if people had cookie requests. Several people asked for Snickerdoodles. Problem: My traditional Snickerdoodle recipe only stays optimal for a few days.
Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Therefore, I needed to create a new Snickerdoodle recipe, one that would travel well and hold up to summer heat. I looked at my other go-to convention cookie recipe for Chewy Honey Maple Cookies. I Snickerdoodlified it.
Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

The end result: a new kind of Snickerdoodle with a sweet kiss of honey, and the durability to travel without falling apart AND the miraculous knack for staying fresh ‘n tasty for weeks. As long as three weeks, I’ve been told.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

I’ve had numerous people tell me that these are the best Snickerdoodles they have ever had. Try the recipe yourself, and see if you agree!

 

Bready or Not Classic: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

A Bready or Not Original: classic Snickerdoodle cookies with a touch of honey! These cookies are excellent to pack for conventions or ship cross-country, as they’ll stay chewy and delicious for many weeks.

  • For dough:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For rolling:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.

Slowly stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days; dough can also be frozen.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. Prepare sugar and cinnamon mix, and roll dough balls to coat. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, so it will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when spacing the cookie dough balls.

Teaspoon-sized cookies bake in 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for as long as three weeks. They are excellent for travel or shipping.

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Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

Apple Chips are delicious to eat out of the bag, but they can also be used to make delicious baked goods like these Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies!

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

If you recall last month, I shared a new recipe for Apple Chip Blondies as I searched for ways to utilize a Costco-bought gigantic bag of apple chips. I decided to find a way to use them in cookies as well.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

This ended up being tricky. I tried one recipe, and while the result was tasty, the cookies were crumbly and turned hard within a few hours. That would not do.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

I turned to one of my own old recipes for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (which I need to bake again to post here, as I posted before on my old LiveJournal). I modified it to use apple chips instead of raisins, and to use one of my new favorite grocery store finds, caramel chips.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

These cookies worked in the best kind of way. The apple chips soften, but remain chewier than raisins. The cookies themselves are chewy and stay chewy in a sealed container. The caramel chips–well, like liquid caramel, they pair perfectly with apples. The caramel flavor is at the forefront, followed by the sublime taste of the apple chips.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

 

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

This Bready or Not Original recipe uses apple chips, such as Bare brand, along with caramel chips for an innovative, delicious spin on oatmeal cookies. Makes about 45 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1 cup caramel chips
  • 1 cup apple chips, broken small

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat, or use seasoned stoneware.

Melt butter and let cool slightly.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk for 2 to 3 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture. Add the oats, caramel chips, and apple chip pieces. Mix until just blended.

Using a tablespoon scoop, place dough balls on pan. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the edges are slightly brown and the middle is still soft. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, maple, pie | 0 comments

Bready or Not returns to the theme of maple goodness with these delicious Maple Nut Pie Bars.

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

These are like pecan pie, but BETTER because they are portable and easily shared. And really, I love the variety of nuts.

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

That ‘easily shared’ bit is important, as this recipe bakes up an entire 13×9-inch dish of goodness. That’s quite a bounty to keep to oneself.

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

Each bar is exquisite, too: a shortbread base covered with sweetened mixed nuts. The variety of tastes and textures is perfection.

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

Store these in the fridge when all is done, and note that you can also freeze them for later. Make the goodness last even longer!

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

Modified from Brownies & Bars Magazine.

 

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

These Maple Nut Pie Bars are similar to pecan pie, but in handy bar form. They consist of a shortbread crust topped with crunchy, sweet nuts. Perfect for the holidays and year-round.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped mixed nuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring (or substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and grease with nonstick spray or butter. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender or a knife and fork to cut in the butter until it resembles small crumbs. Evenly press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, until light brown.

As that bakes, make the filling. In a medium bowl, lightly stir the eggs. Add the mixed nuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, and maple flavoring. Spread over the hot crust.

Bake for another 18 to 20 minutes, until top is golden and set. Cool in pan for several hours. Lift contents onto a cutting board using the foil and slice into bars.

Store with waxed paper between layers in a sealed container in fridge. Bars can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

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Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cake mix, chocolate, cookies, oreo | 0 comments

I’m no baking snob. Cake mix has a place in my kitchen when I need quick-fix baked goods. This recipe for Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies is fantastic.

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

I made a different variation of this back on my old LiveJournal lo those many years ago. In that one, I used regular Golden Oreos as Oreo Thins didn’t exist yet.

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

Both styles of Oreos are great in this recipe. If you use Thins, use the entire package, chopped-up. For regular Oreos, use about 2 cups of chopped cookie.Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

There IS such a thing as too many Oreos in a recipe like this. They can overwhelm the batter and make everything (a delicious) crumbly mess when it’s cut. I speak from experience.

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

Use whatever kind of Oreo you want here. I used Oreo Thins Salted Caramel when I took these pictures. Use Golden Oreos, regular Oreos, or any seasonal remix–and choose different color sprinkles to match!

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

Sprinkles make everything better, right?

 

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

Bready or Not: Oreo Thins Cake Batter Blondies [cake mix]

This super-simple recipe uses cake mix to bake up a delicious dish of blondies. Use an entire package of Oreo Thins, whatever flavor you fancy (Salted Caramel is great if available)! Regular Oreos are also fantastic for this recipe, but use only about 2 cups of chopped Oreos or they will overwhelm the batter. Adding chocolate chips is an option, too, depending on the Oreos being used; with some kinds it may make the bars too sweet.

  • 1 18.25-oz box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 package Oreo Thins, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate or chocolate chips [optional]

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

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, egg, and milk. The batter should be thick. Fold in the Oreo Thins and sprinkles [and chocolate chips, if using].

Pour into pan and even out. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until middle passes toothpick test. Cool completely. Use foil to lift contents onto cutting board to slice into squares. Store in a sealed container.

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Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, crock pot, main dish | 0 comments

Make a big ol’ pot of meat with this recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Chili!

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

My husband loves a good, spicy chili. He does not like beans. This recipe is his favorite.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

I find it simple to put together, too. The only fussy thing is taking the time to brown the meat, but I can typically do that in two batches.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

There are several heat levels of Rotel-like canned tomatoes and chilies out there. There are also tomato sauce cans and boxes with added spice. In our case, I add a hefty sprinkle of a local Hatch New Mexican seasoning mix.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

These make for great leftovers, too, and you can even throw some in a freezer bag to heat up later on!

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Modified from The Everything Soup, Stew, & Chili Cookbook edited by Belinda Hulin.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Beef Chili

This all beef, no bean chili recipe makes a big pot of delicious chili! Make it as spicy as you want by using different types of Rotel and additional spices and sauces. Modified from The Everything Soup, Stew, & Chili Cookbook edited by Belinda Hulin.

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat or chuck roast, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder, hot or otherwise
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 10-ounce can tomatoes and green chilies, like Rotel
  • 14-15 ounces canned or boxed tomato sauce
  • additional spices or sauces, to preference

In a skillet or wok, brown beef in vegetable oil over high heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer beef to the crock pot. Add onion to pan and cook for just a few minutes to soak up the drippings. Add onion to the slow cooker, followed by the green bell pepper.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Sprinkle over the meat. Pour the cans of chili and tomatoes and the tomato sauce over the meat. Stir with a large spoon.

Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Turn heat to low, and break the meat into smaller pieces. It should flake apart under little pressure. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Eat and enjoy. Keep leftovers in fridge up to 3 more days, or freeze for later enjoyment.

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Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts! The name is a mouthful, but I assure you, the goodies make for delicious mouthfuls, too.

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

If the basic ingredients sound familiar, they should. I did a similar-sounding recipe just recently, but you’ll notice, they don’t look the same–nor do they taste the same, but both are excellent.

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

This recipe has a different sort of soft chewy texture, plus macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts make almost everything better, right?

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

I think these look especially pretty because of the topping as well. You have to sprinkle on the cranberry and ginger bits fast at the end to make sure they stick in the melted white chocolate.

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

It’d be a tragedy if the pieces fell off. Then you have to eat them all. Darn.

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

Modified from Brownies & Bars Magazine.

 

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

Bready or Not: Cranberry-Candied Ginger Blondies with Macadamia Nuts

These soft, chewy bars include dried cranberries, crystallized ginger, and macadamia nuts inside and out.

  • Blondies
  • 1 bag (about 11 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • Topping
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon dried cranberries

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

In the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop, at low heat warm the bag of white chocolate chips until melted. In the microwave, that means brief bursts at low power and stirring well between each pass--watch it, as it can burn fast! Stir in the butter until it's melted. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Whisk the eggs and sugar into the white chocolate mix followed by the flour and vanilla. Fold in the macadamia nuts, cranberries, and candied ginger. Spread evenly in the ready pan.

Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until top is light brown and center passes the toothpick test. Cool pan completely.

In the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop, melt the white chocolate and shortening over low heat until smooth. Drizzle over the bars. Immediately sprinkle the remaining ginger and cranberries over the top and gently tap them into the drizzled chocolate. Let set at room temperature or fridge.

Use the foil to lift contents onto cutting board. Slice into bars. Store in sealed containers with waxed paper between the layers.

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