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Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

After Christmas last year, I scored a whole stack of fruitcake fruit containers for 80% off on the grocery clearance aisle. I already had recipes in mind for the fruit, and this is one of them.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

These Fruitcake Cookies are essentially good old fashioned chewy oatmeal cookies with new mix-ins. Really good mix-ins.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

Really, these are pretty and rustic cookies to behold. The red and green cherries look like sparkling jewels. I was surprised at how well the dates worked, too; they were meatier and softer than the usual raisins.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

Plus, there’s a comfort food vibe around these cookies. They look like a variation of oatmeal cookies, but the different fruit gives them a distinct holiday vibe.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

Of course, if you’re like me and use fruit snagged on a post-Christmas sale, that might be a holiday vibe in January or February. But hey, good cookies shouldn’t be confined to any one season.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

And these are definitely good cookies.

Modified from Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies & Bars.

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

Bready or Not: Fruitcake Cookies

This recipe is a fantastic way to use fruitcake fruit mix up without the fuss and time investment of making fruitcake! These are like chewy oatmeal cookies with soft nuggets of fruit.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 12 ounces) fruitcake fruit mix with chopped red and green cherries, pineapple, etc

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Gradually mix into creamed ingredients. Stir in the coconut, dates, and other fruit.

Use a tablespoon scoop to place dollops of dough on parchment paper, giving them space to spread. Bake for about 15 minutes. Set on rack to cool. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature.

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Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

These Caramel Apple Cookies involve some extra work, but they are worth it. These are among the best cookies I have ever made. That’s saying something.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

They also might involve some blood-letting. Let’s just say I will never again try to grate apple. I’m fine with finely dicing with a knife from now on.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

But hey, as history and mythology has taught us, sometimes blood-letting comes to good purpose. These are chewy, sweet, soft apple cookies topped with caramel. If that’s not worth sacrifice, what is?

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

Use some variety of sweet-tart apple like you’d use for a pie. I used Braeburn, but Granny Smith and Jonathan are also good choices. 1 cup grated/diced is most of a medium apple.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

These cookies reminded me of a fresh-made and frosted version of the Little Debbie’s Apple Delights that I loved loved loved as a kid. I have never before had a homemade cookie that was like this.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

You may have some frosting leftover at the end; I had about 1/3 cup. Just look for random things you can frost like Golden Oreos, the cat, graham crackers, human flesh, etc. Trust me, you don’t want this apple-caramel frosting to go to waste.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

Modified from Fall Baking 2016 by Better Homes & Gardens.

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

Bready or Not: Caramel Apple Cookies

These stunning Caramel Apple Cookies involve a little extra work, but their deliciousness is well worth the effort. Use a tart or sweet-tart apple like Braeburn, Granny Smith, or Jonathan. Recipe makes about 36 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.

  • Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup peeled, coarsely shredded or diced tart apple (most of a medium apple)
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider or juice
  • 2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth, then add brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and salt. Continue to beat until fluffy, scraping bowl as needed.

Beat in the egg and apple cider or juice. Slowly mix in flour. Fold in the apple bits last; dough will be very soft.

Use a tablespoon scoop to space out dollops of dough on the parchment paper. Bake about 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown; be careful not to under-bake, as the cookies need to be sturdy enough to be frosted. Completely cool cookies on wire rack.

When the cookies are cool, begin making frosting on stovetop. On medium heat in small saucepan, stir together brown sugar, butter, and apple cider or juice. Heat until the brown sugar is dissolved. Gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar.

Begin frosting cookies immediately; the back of a spoon works well. If the frosting in the pan begins to harden, stir in a few drops of hot water until it is smooth again.

Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature with 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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Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple, pumpkin | 2 comments

Do you like soft, cakey cookies? Do you like pumpkin? Oh, do I have the recipe for you!

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

These Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies are stunning. The cookies are soft and tender in the mouth, and the maple glaze adds just the right touch of sweetness.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

I’ve done this annual feature of pumpkin recipes for several years now, and I think this is one of my all-time favorite recipes. It’s not just that it tastes good–it’s textually pleasing, too.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Do note that the dough needs to chill for a while, and even when cold, it can be difficult to work with. Be patient and prepare to have sticky fingers.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Trust me, it’ll be worthwhile in the end.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Modified from a recipe included with ads for Reynolds Parchment Paper.

 

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are like a pumpkin and maple version of soft, cakey Lofthouse cookies! Note that the dough will need to chill for at least a few hours, and even then, it will be sticky to work with. Makes about 30 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.

  • Cookies:
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Maple Glaze:
  • 1 1/4-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon water

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

In a big bowl, beat together the white sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl, then mix in vanilla and egg, followed by the pumpkin puree. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients.

Cover dough and chill in fridge for at least two hours; overnight is fine.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon scoop to place dollops of batter spaced out on the sheets; the dough will be sticky to work with.

Bake cookies until golden brown, about 13 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets.

To make the maple glaze, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, butter, maple flavor, and a tablespoon of water. Add more water or sugar, as needed, to reach a thick yet spreadable consistency. Use the back of a spoon to swirl a thin layer of glaze atop each cookie.

Store cookies, between layers of parchment or wax paper, in a sealed container up to 3 days.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, pumpkin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

Caramel chips are a new and awesome thing in stores, and I couldn’t help but try pairing them with pumpkin in these bars. The result? YUM.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

This is modified from a recipe I shared about a year ago for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

I didn’t simply switch out the kinds of chips. I also decreased the spices. I wanted enough to add some flavor, but I didn’t want them to be spice cake-like as in the old version.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

The use of bread flour creates bars that are especially thick and cakey. Unlike a standard frosted cake, these travel very well. The bars are nice and cohesive.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

I like to place waxed paper between layers to prevent sticking and melting chips (because in Arizona, well, it’s still hot at this time of year).

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

 

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

These Pumpkin Caramel Chip bars are dense and cakey, with just the right amount of caramel chips to complement the pumpkin.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups caramel chips, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

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

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir in most of the caramel chips; coating them with flour will keep them from sinking as they bake. Set bowl aside.

In a big mixing bowl, combine the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. Once that's mixed, slowly blend in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Pour the batter into the ready pan and smooth out. Sprinkle the remaining caramel chips over the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle. Cool completely. Lift up by the foil and place on a cutting board to cut bars. Store in a sealed container at room temperature or chilled. Since pumpkin can be a little sticky, use parchment or wax paper between stacked layers of bars.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

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Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Here’s a great recipe to make with kids! These No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes are quick, cute, and secretly healthy.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Buckeye treats typically include peanut butter and brown chocolate. I switched in Biscoff (aka cookie butter, available by the peanut butter in most American grocery stores these days) but you can use peanut butter instead.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

What makes these secretly healthy, you ask, since I made them unhealthier with cookie butter? Well, the base ingredient of this recipe is… CHICKPEAS. Also known as garbanzo beans.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

You cannot tell there are beans in this. All you taste is Biscoff and chocolate. They keep in the fridge for up to a week, too; they get a little sweaty, that’s it.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

The white chocolate drizzle is pretty fun. There’s no art to it. Just drizzle every which way, then very quickly add the mini chocolate chip eyes. (Hopefully your mini chips won’t have bloomed like mine did! That means the chocolate has a white cast to it. Perfectly fine to eat, it just doesn’t look as pretty. FYI Mummies don’t care about being pretty.)

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Modified from Cooking Light October 2017.

 

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

These one-bite treats secretly contain chickpeas, but all you taste is cookie butter and chocolate. You can substitute peanut butter for the Biscoff. Recipe makes about 24 mummies using a teaspoon scoop.

  • 1 15.5-ounce can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter (Biscoff, Speculoos, store brand, etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips

Pulse chickpeas in a food processor until smooth. Add cookie butter, honey, vanilla, and salt, and pulse more. Use a teaspoon scoop to measure out the dough; place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Use hands to smooth out each ball. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Carefully melt white chocolate in the microwave at 20% power in 15 second bursts, stirring well between each pass, until it's smooth. Dip fork prongs in the chocolate and drizzle back and forth over the buckeyes to create a mummy bandage effect. Immediately place two mini chocolate chips for eyes on each mummy head. If need be, melt white chocolate again to use some dots of it as glue for the eyes.

Store in the fridge for up to a week, but expect them to sweat and get moister.

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