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Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | 0 comments

I always like to do a chocolate recipe near Valentine’s Day, and this year I present to you a recipe for easy, delicious Chocolate Crumble Bars.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

I tend to regard crumble bar recipes with suspicion, because many times they do indeed crumble when cut. I was very happy these bars were cohesive.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

They are also incredibly good. The shortbread-like base is the perfect complement to semisweet chocolate chips.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

Plus, there’s just something satisfying about a good, basic crumble topping. But then, I always preferred crumble topping on apple pies rather than a closed crust as well.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

I suppose I’m just a crumbly person.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

If you’re also a crumbly person, give these a try! They are easy to make and oh so good.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

 

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

Bready or Not: Chocolate Crumble Bars

These bars look gorgeous with their marbled-dough tops, but they’re also chewy, chocolaty, and delicious. Plus, they’re easy to make, with basic ingredients!

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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

In a big mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy, followed by the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix until it turns crumbly, scraping the bowl as needed. Place 2 cups of the crumbs in the pan. Use floured fingers or a piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass to compress the crumbs evenly.

Bake pan 11 to 15 minutes, until edges of base layer are turning golden brown.

Place 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave safe bowl [or, alternately, do this on the stovetop]. Zap about 30 seconds, stir well, then try another 15 seconds--watch very carefully! It can turn molten, fast. Once it can be stirred smooth, add vanilla extract. Spread over the hot crust.

Stir remaining cup of chocolate chips into the reserved crumb mixture. Sprinkle this over the top of the chocolate layer.

Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until center is set. Cool completely in pan.

Use the foil to lift contents onto cutting board. Slice. Store bars in a covered container, waxed paper or parchment between the layers, at room temperature.

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Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in bacon, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, pork | 0 comments

These soft, chewy blondies are savory, sweet, and amazing–and my original creation.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

The year 2018 was awful in a lot of ways, but it offered one bonus: frequent sales on bacon at my regular grocery stores around Phoenix. I developed quite a strategic stockpile.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

I then realized, hey, I should try baking bacon into more sweets. After all, my bacon fat chocolate chip cookies are among my most popular recipes.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

I didn’t have a lot of free time, though. I wanted something to bake up fast, without a lot of fuss. Therefore, cookies were out. I wanted bars.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

To my surprise, I couldn’t find an existing recipe that appealed to me. I decided that if I wanted soft, chewy bacon and chocolate chip bars, I needed to develop my own recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

That’s exactly what I did.

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

This is a recipe that utilizes sweet and savory together, and it’s a must-bake for any bacon lovers.

 

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Bars

These soft, chewy bars combine sweet and savory by using bacon and bacon fat along with loads of butter and chocolate chips.

  • 14 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 slices thick-cut cooked bacon, chopped

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

Cream together the butter and bacon fat. Mix in the sugars until pale and fluffy, then add the vanilla and eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet, until just combined. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips along with the chopped bacon.

Press dough into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool until room temperature. Use foil to lift contents onto cutting board for easy slicing. Keep stored in sealed containers at room temperature or in the fridge.

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Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

Snickerdoodles are a regular theme on Bready or Not, and this time I present you with a praline version!

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

These Praline Snickerdoodles are absolutely divine. Bits of pecan add a soft crunch, and Heath pieces add an entirely different kind of crunch.

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

These new textures and flavors add a lot to the already-awesome taste of snickerdoodles.

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

I had a hard time choosing which pictures to feature. These cookies were incredibly photogenic.

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

Plan ahead when you make these. The dough needs at least a couple hours to chill. I love to make the dough a day in advance so I can start baking at will.

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

I wish I could say how long these will keep, but my husband takes these to work and the cookies just… vanish.

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

 

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are even more awesome than the usual variety thanks to the addition of pecans and toffee! Plan ahead to make these, as the dough needs to chill for at least a couple hours. A tablespoon scoop yields about 40 cookies.

  • Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Heath toffee pieces
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat the butter until it's soft and creamy. Add the sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Once combined add the eggs and vanilla, followed by the flour. Fold in the Heath pieces and pecans.

Wrap dough in plastic and chill at least two hours or overnight.

Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Stir together the topping ingredients. Use a tablespoon scoop to drop dollops of dough into the topping. Roll to coat. Set spaced out on a greased stoneware pan or parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack then store in a sealed container.

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Bready or Not: Praline Snickerdoodles

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Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

The time for healthy recipes is over. Time to make an entire casserole dish-worth of candy bars with this recipe for Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars.

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

These things are chewy and downright dreamy. Seriously, HOMEMADE CANDY BAR. FRESH. SO GOOD.

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Ahem. Forgive the caps. I get enthusiastic about this sort of thing. But can you blame me?

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

I mean, these have it all going on. Chocolate. A crunch from the toffee and pecans. A chewy blondie base.

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

My husband took these to work and had several co-workers dub this a new favorite. Considering the goodies they get from me, that’s saying something.

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Make these to share with a crowd. You don’t want to be home alone with them.

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Modified from Brownies & Bars Magazine.

 

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

This recipe makes a whole casserole dish of chewy, delicious candy bars! Pecans and toffee add a wonderful complementary crunch. Make these to feed a crowd!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits

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

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter and vanilla. Beat until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 2/3 cup chocolate chips and the pecans. Distribute the crumbs across the bottom of the pan and press down evenly.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden. Immediately sprinkle on the remaining 1 cup of milk chocolate chips. Let sit a minute or two to soften, then use an uneven spatula to spread chocolate across the crust. Sprinkle toffee bits on top.

Cool in pan on wire rack; if desired, place in fridge to speed the process. Once the pan is cool, use foil to move contents to a cutting board. Slice into bars. Keeps in fridge or at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | 0 comments

We made it three weeks into 2019 before we hit a maple recipe. Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies, to be exact.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

This is a recipe that involved heavy experimentation for me. The base recipe made maple logs, which were then dipped in chocolate. I found the log-making process awkward. I didn’t want milk chocolate paired with maple, either.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Therefore, I tweaked and twisted things around, and the end result was a cookie that reminds me a lot of Pecan Sandies from the grocery store, just with a necessary oomph of maple.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Instead of making the cookies into logs, I press them flat and used by bench knife to slice them into squares. A drizzle of maple glaze added just the right touch of sweetness after baking.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

These are ideal cookies to go along with coffee or tea. They are a little dry and crumbly, but easy to eat in a bite or two.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Plus, you can omit the pecans if necessary! You’ll get fewer cookies, but the texture and maple goodness are still downright scrummy.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

 

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

These cookies taste a lot like Pecan Sandies, just with a special oomph of maple. That said, you can actually omit the pecans and they still taste great, you’ll just have fewer cookies. With the recipe intact, the end result is about 35 inch-square cookies.

  • Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1+ Tablespoon milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and confectioners' sugar. Beat in the vanilla and maple flavor.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, oats, pecans bits, and salt. Gradually combine with the wet mixture until it forms a cohesive mix.

Clean off a space of counter or tear off a large piece of parchment paper. Dump the cookie dough out and form it a roughly 8x8 square. Use a bench knife or a pizza cutter to slice into squares about an inch in diameter.

Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Add a little space between cookies, but they won't spread much.

Bake for 14-17 minutes, until cookies are set and lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Once all the cookies are baked and at room temperature, set out another piece of parchment paper. Place the cookies there, close together.

In a small bowl, mix together glaze ingredients, adding enough milk to create a dribbling consistency. Use a fork to dribble glaze or the back of a spoon to coat each one. Leave out for an hour or so to set, then seal in container at room temperature.

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Bready or Not Original: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, healthier | 0 comments

Let’s continue a healthy theme for another week with Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies!

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

Think of these like plump little oatmeal cookies. The texture is cakey and thick, and will otherwise vary depending on the muesli you use.

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

I tested out this recipe using Seven Sundays Vanilla Cherry Coconut Muesli, which was FANTASTIC in these cookies.

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

The customization options for this recipe are really endless. Get a new muesli and get baking! Muesli is often on sale at this time of year. Take advantage of that.

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are slightly tacky because of the applesauce, so be sure to keep waxed paper or parchment between the cookies in their sealed container or they’ll stick together.

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

The cookies will keep well for up to a week, too. In fact, take them on the go. Enshroud some in plastic for a kid’s (or your own) snack or lunch.

The recipe makes about 55 cookies if you use a teaspoon scoop, so you’ll have plenty of cookies to enjoy!

 

Bready or Not Original: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

Bready or Not: Soft Muesli Breakfast Cookies

These soft-baked plump breakfast cookies are full of wholesome goodness. This recipe is easy to customize with different muesli mixes. Using a teaspoon scoop, recipe makes about 55 cookies.

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup applesauce (individual serving cup size)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (one 11 ounce package) muesli

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a big mixing bowl, beat together the applesauce, brown sugar, yogurt, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla with a mixer until well combined. Add flour mixture, followed by the muesli.

Drop cookie dough by teaspoon scoops onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool on pan for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container between parchment or waxed paper layers; the applesauce will make the cookies slightly tacky if they touch each other. They'll keep for up to a week at room temperature.

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