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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 | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars

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: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

Let’s end 2018 on a sweet note with these White Chocolate Spiced Blondies!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

These things are fantastic. Their spiciness is mild and refreshing. These would be great for a between Christmas-and-New-Year party, or any time of year.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

I’m a firm believer that good food shouldn’t be confined to just one season. If you like it, eat it when you want.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

 

This recipe is fairly fast to mix up. Chopping up the crystallized ginger is the most tedious thing; rather than use a knife, I like to use kitchen shears. The blades can still get goopy after a few pieces, but I have more control over the cuts.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

Since I’ve been asked before, you can often find crystallized ginger in the spice area at the grocery store–look in the glass jarred section. Also, if you have a natural food store like Sprouts, check their bins.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

I love to keep candied ginger around for recipes like this. If I can catch a good sale around the holidays, I stock up!

If you want to stock up on these blondies, do note that they freeze well. Pack some in the freezer for later enjoyment!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Spiced Blondies

These blondies are refreshingly spicy. The sweetness of the white chocolate goes so very well with the little kick of the crystallized ginger mixed throughout. These are great for the holidays and year-round!

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks), room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces (about half a bag) white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger

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

In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt.

In a big mixing bowl, beat the butter until its smooth. Add the brown sugar and mix, pausing to scrape the sides of the bowl, until the two are fluffy in texture. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Slowly add in the flour mixture until just combined, then sprinkle in the white chocolate and candied ginger pieces. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool to room temperature. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board to slice.

Store blondies in a sealed container between parchment or waxed paper layers. Blondies can be frozen for later enjoyment.

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Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

This original recipe combines salted caramel chips (my new favorite ingredient) with my beloved macadamia nuts to make something innovative and amazing.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies are soft, chewy, and nigh divine. Plus, if you’re in a hurry, they are fast to make and bake.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

That’s exactly what I needed when I created this recipe. I had another recipe result in total disaster (it happens to us all!) and I needed another platter of baked goods, fast, for my husband to take to work…

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

… where these bars were declared a new kind of crack. All of the bars were scarfed up. Not bad for an emergency oh-crap-what-can-I-throw-together recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

If you need to sub another kind of nut in this recipe, I think pecans and walnuts would work especially well. I do suggest sticking with the balance of 1 cup white chocolate and 1 cup salted caramel chips, though.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Caramel chips are very strong–like butterscotch chips in that way. They are a great ingredient, but you don’t want to go overkill. Plus, this way you’ll still have half a bag for another recipe. Scroll back on Bready or Not for some suggestions!

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

 

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These delicious, fast-to-make bars utilize salted caramel chips, a fantastic new innovation on the baking aisle. These bars are chewy and sweet with a welcome crunch from the macadamia nuts.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted caramel chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

In a large bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, oats, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir in the two kinds of chips and macadamia nuts until just distributed.

Smooth out the dough in the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the center passes the toothpick test. Cool completely before using the foil to life the contents from pan to slice on a cutting board.

Store in a sealed container with parchment or wax paper between the layers.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, pie, pumpkin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

Happy Halloween! Today I bring you a major treat, no tricks. These Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars will boggle your mind in the best kind of way.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

That’s because these bars really do, in fact, taste like a combination of Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Pie. Crazy, right?

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

And since those two things are delicious, that means these bars are REALLY REALLY GOOD. Not just the flavors, but the combination of textures.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

That’s because these are soft and dense, easy to eat in hand or with a fork. The ones in the middle might end up a little gooier, though. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

The list of ingredients looks long but it actually comes together pretty fast. The ingredients are so alike, I didn’t even bother washing the bowl and beater, which saved a lot of time and effort.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

This makes a full 13×9 pan, so this is perfect for a potluck or family gathering. They might get softer after the two day point, but they will still be tasty.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

 

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

This recipe magically melds Snickerdoodle Cookies and Pumpkin Pie in a convenient, delicious bar. Make this treat to feed a hungry crowd!

  • Cookie Layer
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pumpkin Pie Layer
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

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

To make the cookie layer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Once they are smooth, add the eggs and vanilla. Next, mix in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Next up is the pumpkin pie layer. No need to wash the bowl. Cream together the butter and sugar followed by the eggs and vanilla. Add the baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and flour. Once they are just mixed, fold in the pumpkin puree. Spread the everything over the cookie layer.

Spoon together the topping and add it evenly over the top of the dough.

Bake for 38 to 41 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (though it may still be softer when cut). Cool at room temperature at least an hour, then chill in fridge for several hours. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board to slice up.

Keep stored chilled in a sealed container between waxed paper layers. Best consumed within 2 days; bars get mushier after that, but are still tasty.

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