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Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

I continue the matcha-in-baked-goods theme to celebrate the release of Call of Fire last week, this time with Matcha White Chocolate Cookies.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

The weird thing about these cookies is that the green tea’s color didn’t carry through in the baked results, but the taste is still there.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

In fact, when my husband took these to work, a guy kept going back for more. He finally asked, “What’s in these?!”

“Green tea,” said my husband.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

“Oh, does that make these healthy?” the man asked, making a face of disgust as he grabbed another cookie.

I won’t go so far as to say these are healthy, but these do have caffeine, and maybe those provided him with a much-needed jolt.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

The flavor of these is unusual and hard to describe. The sweetness of the white chocolate is bold, and behind that is a mild and pleasant aftertaste from the matcha. It’s enough for you to know there is something unique about the cookies, but not to identify what it is.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

If you want to be sure that the green color comes through in this recipe, maybe add a little bit of food dye before mixing in the white chocolate chips.

Or you may be content with your cookies coming out as mine did: pale yet undeniably delicious.

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

Bready or Not: Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

These firm-but-chewy cookies combine the fresh, mild taste of green tea with white chocolate. If you want to be certain the cookies will turn out green, add a few drops of food coloring before adding the white chocolate.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon matcha
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 cubes), softened
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (most of a bag)

Preheat oven at 325-degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, matcha, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a big bowl, cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs.

Gradually add the dry ingredients until just combined, then mix in the white chocolate.

Use a teaspoon scoop or spoon to dole out cookies on a sheet; the cookies will spread, so be sure to space them out. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes. Let set on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then move them to a rack to finish cooling.

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Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

The second edition in our baked-goods-with-matcha book release celebration features sliced cookies: Matcha Almond Cookies!

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

I found a base recipe for this that produced a very small amount of cookies. I doubled the amounts, added vanilla, rewrote everything… and here we are.

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

These are essentially shortbread cookies with a vibrant green hue and fresh matcha flavor. The almonds add a sporadic, wonderful crunch.

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

I found this dough surprisingly easy to work with. As I sliced cookies, some of them crumbled–an inevitable hazard, with nuts in there–but it was easy to shape the dough into a cookie again.

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

The type of green tea you use may produce different results. I used a Rishi sweet green tea blend that includes sugar, making it ideal for lattes or baked goods.

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

Like most shortbreads this just begs to be accompanied by a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. Perhaps a book, too. Might I recommend Call of Fire? It’s out next Tuesday! (Was that smooth?)

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Matcha (Green Tea) Almond Cookies

These shortbread-like cookies embody the fresh flavor of matcha powder and the lovely crunch of sliced almonds. Note that the dough needs to chill for at least an hour prior to baking. Different green teas will produce different results in taste and tint; look for a sweet matcha variety to use here.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sweet matcha powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly chopped

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, matcha powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy.

Slowly add in the flour mixture until dough is formed. Stir in the almonds.

Stretch out a long piece of plastic wrap. Place dough in the middle to form a 1 1/2 inch log, then wrap well with the plastic. Repeat again so that all of the dough is in logs. Place them in the fridge to chill for at least an hour, or a day or two.

Pre-heat oven at 325-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use a sharp knife to slice the dough into 1/4-inch thick rounds. If the dough crumbles, compress it to reshape. Arrange cookies about 2 inches apart on the pan.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes; set cookies on wire rack to completely cool. Store in a sealed container.

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Bready or Not: Maple Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, cookies, maple | 0 comments

Back in May, I posted my Snickerdoodle Biscotti recipe. This is the next installment: Maple-Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti, modified from a King Arthur Flour recipe.

Bready or Not: Maple Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

I first made this following the original version pretty closely. I received feedback that it was good, but it was also way too nutty.

Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

Clearly, I needed to rewrite the recipe and make it work. I decided to halve the walnuts, and replace that half with white chocolate chips. This time, I received feedback that they were the most awesome biscotti ever.

Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

In a single bite, it’s easy to see why. The maple flavor is great, the walnuts add a wonderful crunch within the already-crunchy dough, and the white chocolate adds sublime sweetness to bring everything together.

Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

Since these are biscotti, they will keep well, sealed, for weeks. That makes these great for mailing (though perhaps not in the middle of summer, as there is some chocolate in these) or presenting as gifts.

Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

As I noted before, homemade biscotti cannot be compared to the store versions, which could be used as billy clubs to defend households against burglars. Homemade biscotti are crunchy but still chewy… and, of course, taste best if dipped into coffee or tea.

Bready or Not: Maple Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

Bready or Not: Maple Walnut White Chocolate Biscotti

These twice-baked cookies bring together maple, walnuts, and white chocolate in glorious cookie-stick form. Eat these dipped into your hot beverage of choice. Biscotti will keep well for weeks. Adapted from a King Arthur Flour recipe.

  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon maple sugar or turbinado sugar for topping, optional

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Toast the walnuts for about 8 minutes, until they're light golden brown and smell toasty. Set them aside in a bowl to cool, but keep the parchment on the pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugars, maple syrup, and maple flavor. Add the melted butter, and beat until smooth.

Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the walnuts next, followed by the white chocolate chips.

Divide the dough in half on the prepared baking sheet. Form each into a log about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long; make sure there is space between the two logs, as they'll grow in the oven.

Sprinkle maple sugar or turbinado sugar over the tops of both logs.

Bake about 30 minutes, until the biscotti is lightly browned with small cracks forming across the top. Remove the baking sheet, but be sure to leave the oven on.

Let the biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Use a large knife, such as a bread knife, to diagonally slice the logs 1/2-inch apart. Use a straight-down motion to cut; don't saw.

Arrange the biscotti spaced out on the baking sheet. Stand them up if possible, or lay them on their sides. Bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, flipping them over halfway if necessary, to equally crisp both sides.

Cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container as long as a few weeks.

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Bready or Not: Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, lemon | 0 comments

Lemon and ginger join forces in these luscious cookies!

Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

I found the original recipe in a compilation from Taste of Home. I immediately thought, hey, that looks good but it needs more ginger… and more lemon.

Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Because if it’s a lemon-ginger cookie, it should scream flavor, right?

Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

And these do, all bound up in a soft, chewy form. These taste delightfully fresh. Perfect for summer, really.

Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

… oh, these would be perfect for the holidays, too. They do have ginger, after all. Make them whenever you want. The dough can be made a day or two ahead of time and kept ready in the fridge!

Bready or Not: Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

Soft Lemon-Ginger Cookies

These soft cookies taste deliciously fresh thanks to the combined forces of lemon and ginger! The dough can be made hours or even a day ahead and kept wrapped in the fridge, too. It’s unknown how long they keep after baking–they tend to vanish rather quickly. Modified from Taste of Home.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven at 350-degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whip together the butter and brown sugar until it gains a fluffy texture. Beat in the egg, sour cream, and extracts.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, ginger, and salt; make sure to press any lumps out of the cream of tartar and ginger. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the other bowl.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned and no longer jiggly. Watch out--they can overbake quickly. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for just a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

These Cinnamon Twist Cookies give you an opportunity to play with cookie dough.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

You divide the dough in half and mix cinnamon into one half. Then you twist the doughs together, creating delicious braided cookies!

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This would actually be a great recipe to involve kids or grandkids! Just keep in mind that the cookies spread as they bake, so you don’t want them too large.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This is one the first cookie recipes I claimed as “mine.” I found it on the Betty Crocker website back in my newlywed days when I was hunting for new cookies that would please my husband.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

I made these cookies all the time for about five years, and then the recipe became buried in my growing collection of clippings and print-outs. I was stunned to realize recently that I hadn’t made these cookies in years.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

These cookies keep well for several days and they’re durable to pack and bring with you places. They have a kind of snickerdoodle vibe going with that kick of cinnamon, but they’re not messy at all.

Most importantly of all, they are delicious.

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Twist Cookies

This simple recipe creates tasty two-color cookies with a lovely boost of cinnamon! Modified from a Betty Crocker recipe.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven at 375-degrees.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Divide dough in half. Stir cinnamon into one half until it's mixed in and brown.

Grab equal pinches of both kinds of dough, place them side by side, and gently twist into a short rope. Place on cookie sheet, with several inches around each to account for expansion. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until the cookie is set with the pale dough just tinted brown. Let cookies cool on wire rack. Store in a sealed container for several days.

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Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies | 0 comments

Brace yourself: I’ve been experimenting with biscotti, and this Snickerdoodle version is the first of several you’ll see this year!

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Yes, these really do taste like Snickerdoodles, only in a crisper, more dunk-able form. I even added cream of tartar to the recipe, to amp up the Snickerdoodliness. (That should totally be a word.)

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

For years, I have said that I dislike biscotti. That’s because the only kind I ever tried came from the grocery store, and it was HARD. Like, “this could break my teeth,” hard. It didn’t help that I don’t drink coffee and therefore had nothing to dip the biscotti into to soften it.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Then the Great British Bake Off featured biscotti and my interest was piqued. The bakers made it look easy. Doable. And the fresh version was supposed to be crisp, not teeth-shatteringly hard.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

I hunted down some recipes. I started baking. I discovered, once again, that the Great British Bake Off abounds in wisdom. Homemade biscotti is easy and tasty.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

These Snickerdoodle Biscotti are fantastic for Snickerdoodle lovers. The cinnamon-sugar top makes these even look and smell like the cookie version, and the flavor….!

Oh yeah. Snickerdoodliness.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Because these are biscotti, they keep well for a few weeks, too. That makes these great to stash away or to even ship across distances.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

And even if they go stale, I bet you they are still a million times better than the grocery store version.

Modified from Brown Eyed Baker.

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

Bready or Not: Snickerdoodle Biscotti

These Snickerdoodle Biscotti are easy to make and stay delicious for weeks. With a cinnamon-sugar top and cinnamon chips throughout, these twice-baked cookies are pure happiness for the Snickerdoodle lover in your life.

  • biscotti
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
  • topping
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl often. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing just until a dough forms. Finally, mix in the cinnamon chips.

Divide the dough in half on the prepared baking sheet. Form each into a log about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long; make sure there is space between the two logs, as they'll grow in the oven.

Mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle over both dough logs.

Bake about 25 minutes, until the biscotti is lightly browned with small cracks forming across the top. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, but be sure to leave the oven on.

Let the biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Use a large knife, such as a bread knife, to diagonally slice the logs 1/2-inch apart. Use a straight-down motion to cut; don't saw.

Arrange the biscotti spaced out on the baking sheet. Stand them up if possible, or lay them on their sides. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, flipping them over halfway if necessary, to equally crisp both sides.

Cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container as long as a few weeks.

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