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Bready or Not Guest: DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, guest recipe | 0 comments

I’m happy to welcome Cheryl Low with a Bready or Not guest post today! The second book in her Crowns & Ash series, Detox in Letters, is out TODAY. Her unique take on cookies here includes a frosting that mixes powdered sugar and avocado. That sounds like my kind of alchemy! Read on to find out more about her cookies and her series from World Weaver Press. 

DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low


SUGAR COOKIES WITH AVOCADO FROSTING & PIXIE DUST
&
DETOX IN LETTERS

Sweet, unexpected, and addictive. One is never enough.

The Crowns & Ash series takes place in a fantasy world where magic is a drug steeping in every cup of tea and baked into the cakes eaten at every meal. The characters are indulgent, born in a city with few rules and too much time filled with parties and duels. But they quickly realize that their comfort is orchestrated by the Queen, their magic stolen and fed back to them in drugs to keep them sedate.

The fine veneer of their posh city is cracking and soon not even Vaun, Prince of the Realm, can turn a blind eye to the mounting dangers in their midst. Flesh-eating pixies, poisoned dust, soul-snatching wolves and so much more.

The first book in the series, Vanity in Dust, introduces the Realm, the prince, and a deadly ploy to undermine the Queen’s monopoly on the city’s dust.
And the second, Detox in Letters, is available now! The Realm finds out exactly where their magic comes from, Prince Vaun tries to survive his mother’s terrible demands, a rebel group threatens the High, and Princess Fay eyes the Queen’s throne.

All while eating cake and sipping tea, because some things just never change.

 


Detox in Letters

Detox in Letters – About the book:

Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope.

An illness is spreading through the city, marking the sick in mysterious letters scrawled across their skin. What is first thought to be madness reveals itself to be an awakening as residents rediscover themselves, their pasts, and their long-forgotten magic… things the Queen wants to remain buried. Things she will sacrifice her own children to suppress.

Mercy has never been a staple of the Realm. Treachery, blood, and magic steeps the city as the rebel leader, Red, seeks to topple the Tower, Princess Fay eyes her mother’s throne, and Prince Vaun must decide whether to submit to his mother’s terrible demand.

Detox in Letters ingredients

Where to buy Detox in Letters:

Amazon
Amazon UK
Goodreads
World Weaver Press
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks

Detox in Letters dough

Bready or Not Guest Recipe: DETOX IN LETTERS Sugar Cookies with Avocado Frosting by Cheryl Low

Cheryl Low’s Crowns & Ash series takes place in a fantasy world where magic is a drug steeping in every cup of tea and baked into the cakes eaten at every meal. In this recipe inspired by her world, sugar cookies are frosted with a blend of powdered sugar and avocado, and topped with sparkly cake dust.

  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Cake dust

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and then chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out dough onto a floured surface and cut into cookie shapes.

Bake 8-10 minutes. I take them out before the edges brown so they’ll be super soft. Let cool.

Mash avocado and mix with powdered sugar into a frosting.

Frost cookies. Let the frosting harden and then dust with glittery cake dust so you can pretend their coated in magic pixie dust.

About the Author:

Cheryl Low might be a dragon with a habit of destroying heroes, lounging in piles of shiny treasure, and abducting royals—a job she fell into after a short, failed attempt at being a mermaid. She can’t swim and eventually the other mermaids figured it out. She can, though, breathe fire and crush bones, so being a dragon suited her just fine.

…Or she might be a woman with a very active imagination, no desire to be outdoors, and more notebooks than she’ll ever know what to do with.

Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, CherylLow.com. The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.

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Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii–with its groves of delicious macadamia nuts–is a major setting in Roar of Sky.

If you love macadamia nuts, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (today)
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. One of the best cookies in existence. There are a lot of recipes out there and I’ve tried many, but I say with no doubt that this is the best.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The melted white chocolate in the dough makes all the difference by adding slight sweetness and a smooth texture.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Be cautious when you melt the chips, though. It can burn quickly in the microwave. Zap it on low power for short stints of time, and stay close.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Did you know that macadamia nuts should always be stored in the fridge? They have a high fat content, and can go rancid at room temperature! Trust me, you’ll know by the smell when you open the bag. Voice of experience.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

So don’t let good nuts go bad. Keep them chilled, and use them up in yummy recipes like this one! If you love this kind of cookie, this recipe will be a keeper for you.

Come back next week for a lemony bar recipe with macadamia nuts, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine #172 April 2001, page 8.

 

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What makes these cookies so magical? White chocolate melted into the dough! These cookies are crisp, light, and chewy all at once. Be careful when you melt the white chocolate in the microwave–it can burn in a matter of seconds! Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, this makes about 35 cookies. Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine, April 2001.

  • 1 bag (10 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 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
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Place 1 cup of white chocolate 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 the sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs until they're creamy. Mix in the melted chips. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the remaining chips and nuts.

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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Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

If you’re craving candy bars–a lot of candy bars–this recipe will result in a casserole dish of Twix-like yumminess.

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

These are a bit softer than Twix, but the similarities are there. The crust is like cakey shortbread topped with caramel-sweet dulce de leche. Chocolate finishes off the top.

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

As the pictures show, there are some crumbs. Very delicious crumbs. I found the chocolate layer on top stayed soft, even after chilling.

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

This is the perfect recipe for feeding a large crowd. If you cut them into long rectangles, like Twix, you’ll have a lot!

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

But if you have leftovers, no worries–these keep well for days in the fridge, and you can also freeze them between waxed paper layers. Just thaw them in the fridge when your craving strikes again.

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

Modified from Twixy Shortbread Bars in Better Homes & Gardens.

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

 

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

Bready or Not: Homemade Twix Bars

This recipe creates a big pan of soft Twix-like candy bars! Note that the dough needs to chill prior to baking. The finished bars keep best in the fridge, but they can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 13.4-oz can dulce de leche
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 12-ounces (1 bag) semisweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a 13x9-inch pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.

In a large bowl beat the 1 1/2 cups butter until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla. Beat in the flour. Press the dough into the prepared pan and set in fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Bake the pan with dough for 20 to 25 minutes, until set and turning light brown. Cool on rack.

Spread contents of dulce de leche can evenly over the crust.

In a saucepan on medium heat, warm up the whipping cream, 6 tablespoons of butter, and corn syrup until they are just boiling. Remove from heat. Add the chocolate and vanilla but don't stir! Let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir until nice and smooth. Cool another 10 minutes, then pour chocolate over the dulce de leche. Spread it evenly over the top. Cover and chill for an hour or two.

Use the foil to lift contents of pan onto a large cutting board. Slice into bars.

These homemade candy bars keep best in the fridge, and can also be frozen (and later thawed in fridge). If at room temperature for a prolonged period, the bottom crust may get soggy.

OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, lemon | 0 comments

Today’s recipe involves a bit of cookie alchemy: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

They combine a lot of elements that you don’t normally see together, but the result is an amazing and unique lemon cookie that is spicy and fresh.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

This is a nuanced cookie. You take a bite, and different levels of flavor evolve on your taste buds.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

It’s also messy because the cookies are rolled in confectioners’ sugar, so this isn’t a cookie to eat before a fancy meeting or on the go.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

Note that the sugar coating will be absorbed and/or fall off the cookie over time, so if you want them to look fully coated, eat them fresh. But the flavor is fine if you wait. The presentation changes, that’s all.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

If you need tips on how to brown butter, there is a lot of advice to be found online, including videos! Browned butter really does make a different in a recipe, as it has a nutty new flavor going on. It’s well worth the effort for certain recipes.

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

 

 

Modified from Martha Stewart Living.

 

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

Bready or Not: Lemon Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies

These lemon cookies are incredibly nuanced, with spices, brown butter, and a powdered sugar coating. Note that the dough needs to be chilled overnight, at minimum, as the dough is otherwise difficult to work with.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Brown butter in a saucepan, watching carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. Set aside to cool.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, place the two sugars. Stir in the browned butter, followed by the eggs, zest and juice, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mix. Dough will be loose and oozy. Wrap it up well in plastic wrap and set in fridge to chill for a day or two.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.

Measure out confectioners' sugar into a small bowl. Scoop a tablespoon of dough, roll it between palms to shape, then roll it in the powdered sugar. Set on parchment paper. Repeat process with other cookies, spacing them out, though expect minimal spreading.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until cookies spread a smidgen and crackle. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to completely cool.

Store between strips of parchment or wax paper in a sealed container. Will keep up to two days, but note the confectioners' sugar will absorb more over time.

OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, lemon | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

If you love lemon, brace yourself. These Lemon Shortbread Bites are small, delicious, and poppable like potato chips.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

This recipe would be perfect for a potluck or picnic or shower. Anywhere where you need small cookies that aren’t necessarily filling… if you manage to restrain yourself.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

These things are sandy and light in texture, and the lemon glaze gives a refreshing, bright flavor that isn’t hardcore sweet.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

That’s what makes these so dangerous. They are cookies you can easily grab by the handful.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

If you have clear vanilla extract, that’s ideal for this recipe so that it doesn’t tint the glaze. But regular ol’ vanilla will certainly do.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

I don’t know how long these cookies will keep. They tend to vanish rather quickly.

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

Modified from Pink Cake Plate.

 

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

Be warned: this recipe makes dangerously-addictive lemony bites of shortbread! The recipes will make anywhere from 45 to 64 cookies, depending on how you slice up the dough, but keep in mind they will spread in the oven. For the glaze, use a clear vanilla extract, if possible, to keep the glaze white rather than tinted.

  • Cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice (more as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (clear, if available)
  • yellow or white sanding sugar, optional

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Gradually add in the flour, lemon extract, and zest.

Lay out plastic wrap. Dump dough onto the surface and form into a 6-inch square about 3/4 inch thick. Completely wrap dough and set in fridge for at least two hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Using a knife or bench knife, cut dough into small squares; note that they will spread in the oven. Set up on parchment-covered cookie sheet, with cookies spaced out.

Bake 22 to 26 minutes, or until cookies are set and turning golden. Use parchment to slide them onto another surface to cool or let cool on cookies sheet.

Mix confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, until it forms thick but oozy consistency. Drizzle glaze over cookies. If desired, immediately sprinkle sanding sugar on top to create a glittery shine.

OM NOM NOM!

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Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

Most of the sweet treats I make go with my husband to his work. These Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars left everyone there dazzled and amazed.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

I confess, they turned out even better than I anticipated, too, though I knew from the start they combine many of my favorite things: soft and chewy blondie bars, cinnamon chips, more cinnamon and sugar on top, and a touch of maple glaze.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

I actually debated whether or not the glaze was necessary. Would it be too sweet?

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

I soon found out that no, the glaze was not too sweet. It adds just a little extra oomph to complement the existing sweetness in the bars.

The bars travel keep and travel well, too. I kept them chilled in the fridge–I live near Phoenix, after all, my kitchen tends to be warm year-round–in sealed containers, with waxed paper between stacked layers. We found the bars were amazing after three days, but it’s kind of a miracle they lasted even that long.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

These things are GOOD. Really good. Even by Bready or Not standards.

Modified from Taste of Home 13×9 Holiday Special Issue, 2015.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

These stunning bars are a cinnamon-lovers dream, sweet but not too sweet. This is an easy dessert that will stun people.

  • Bars
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon baking chips
  • Topping
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar, followed by the eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the cinnamon chips.

Spread batter in the pan. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle them all across the top of the batter.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

To make the glaze, combine all three ingredients in a small bowl until smooth in texture. Drizzle over top of bars and let set for fifteen minutes.

Use foil to lift contents onto cutting board. Slice into bars. Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper, either at room temperature or refrigerated.

OM NOM NOM!

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