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Bready or Not: Lemon Shortbread Bites

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, lemon | 0 comments

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.

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Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast | 0 comments

Last month I shared a recipe for Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars. This time around, I’m sharing easy and straightforward Apple Butter Bars.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This is a totally original recipe out of necessity. I tried another recipe, and ended up with a crumbly mess. Therefore, I decided to adapt my Lemon Cheesecake Bar recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

That attempt turned out perfect. It’s fast to make, as you don’t have to bake in stages, and the end result was cohesive.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Do note that these are best chilled. They will get softer if kept at room temperature for a while.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

The taste is phenomenal. The crumb layers taste like vanilla shortbread, with a sporadic crunch from nuts. The thin layer of apple butter adds just the right about of spice and flavor.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This would be great with other fruit butters, too!

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This easy recipe will produce a large dish of delicious Apple Butter Bars. The crumb topping tastes like vanilla shortbread, while the thin apple butter layer adds just the right amount of spice and sweetness.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped finely
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tb) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter or other fruit butter

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

In a large bowl, blend together flour, walnuts, confectioners' sugar, butter, and vanilla, until it is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of crumbs; press the rest into the ready pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are turning golden brown and crust is set.

Pour apple butter over crust and smooth to edges. Crumble reserved flour mixture all over the top. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool to room temperature then chill in fridge. Use foil to lift out bars to slice. Store in sealed container in the fridge for maximum flavor and cohesiveness.

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Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake, maple | 0 comments

This bundt cake tastes just like a fluffy pancake with maple syrup. I am dead serious.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

On this date, my 18th anniversary, I celebrate by sharing this amazing not-a-pancake-but-tastes-like-pancake cake. It’ll blow your mind.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

The original recipe was from King Arthur Flour, but I turned it into a poke cake because I didn’t want all the glaze on the outside. I wanted to infuse it. I wanted the dough to marinate in glorious maple.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

If you love maple, this is your new favorite pound cake.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

This would be great for breakfast if you need to feed a crowd. Bake this up the day before, and slice this up in the morning. No fussing over individual pancakes! Just eat more cake!

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Plus, no worries about leftovers. Bundt cakes like this are awesome because you can cut them into slices, freeze them up waxed paper, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Thaw them to eat, or zap them in the microwave straight from the freezer.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

In case it didn’t come across, you should know that this cake is awesome. You should make it.

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

This easy-to-make bundt cake tastes just like pancakes slathered in maple syrup! It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. Bake it the day before, and conveniently feed a crowd for breakfast.

  • Cake
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
  • Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Grease a 9-or-10-cup bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a big mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl in between. Pour in the maple syrup.

Mix in half the flour mixture. Then stir in the sour cream, vanilla, and maple flavor. Add the rest of the flour mix, until everything is just combined.

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack. Don't wash the pan! Set it aside for now.

After an hour and a half--or longer--begin making the glaze. In a medium saucepan, combine all three glaze ingredients. Bring it a rapid boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, until it thickens to a syrupy consistency. Remove pan from heat.

Carefully invert the cooled cake into the pan again. Use a chopstick or skewer to stab all over the cake. Slowly spoon or pour about half the glaze into the holes and edges. Let it rest a few minutes. Invert the cake again onto the cake pan base or a storage plate. Again, stab the top of the cake to create holes, then spoon the rest of the glaze on. Can also use a basting brush to cover the exterior of the cake and sweep up any drippings.

Store cake covered at room temperature. Slices can also be frozen.

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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 | 0 comments

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.

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Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, gluten-free, healthier | 0 comments

Cookies for breakfast. Healthy cookies. No refined sugars. Vegan. Also gluten-free, if you use GF oats.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Even better: they taste delicious.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, one I’ve made at least once a month for the past five years. In fact, I posted it on Bready or Not back in 2014. Delicious as the cookies are, I couldn’t finagle the lighting then to do the recipe justice. Now, thanks to my Shotbox, I can.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I customize these cookies based on my mood and what I have on hand. I’ve used macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter–and combinations thereof. I’ve used apple butter, pumpkin butter, and date butter–and in a pinch, I’ve used applesauce and doubled the cinnamon.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

For the dried fruit, I often use a mix of golden raisins and dried cranberries, but I’ve thrown in dried blueberries, too. If you don’t have pepitas, use sunflower kernels or other chopped nuts.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I usually whip up a batch and freeze 2/3 of it right away. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week. Two or three cookies make for a great breakfast prior to exercising!

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Did I mention they are also delicious?

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These delicious breakfast cookies can be customized in a myriad of ways. Use any kind or combination of nut butters, dried fruit, or seeds and nuts. All kinds of fruit butters work here, or use a single-serving cup of applesauce and double the cinnamon. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week, and can also be frozen for over a month. Makes about 28 tablespoon-sized cookies.

  • 2 cups quick oats (not whole or old-fashioned oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 cup fruit butter (apple butter, date butter, etc)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) or other seeds or nuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats, or use seasoned stoneware.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.

Using a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, drop dollops of dough onto cookie sheet. Note that it won't spread. Use fingers to gently tamp down top and press in stray oats on the sides; it will be a little sticky.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Cool for several minutes before transitioning them to a rack to finish cooling.

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Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, lemon | 0 comments

Lemony. Fresh. Perfection. Those words are the best way to describe these incredible bars.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Not only are these delicious, but they are easy to make. A food processor is especially handy as you can chop up the nuts and then add in the rest of the crust ingredients, too.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

To soften the cream cheese for the filling, leave it at room temperature for a bit, or do what I usually do: place the cheese on a plate and microwave for like 5 seconds. Then flip it over and zap again, if needed. It just needs to be soft enough to blend, not cooked.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I confess, I sometimes get nervous when I do dessert bars with bottom crusts. Because sometimes, no matter how I compress them into the pan, they fall apart when the bars are cut apart. Not so here! They were surprisingly cohesive. (Here’s hoping you have the same experience.)

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

That cohesiveness makes these dangerously easy to eat. These bars have it all going on. Buttery crumb. Nutty crunches here and there. Vivid lemon flavor in the creamy filling.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I’d like to report how long these can last in the fridge, but I don’t know. I make these bars, and they are suddenly GONE. Poof.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Cheesecake Bars

A Bready or Not Original! Bake up a large dish of delicious, lemony-fresh bars in under a hour.

  • Crust
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • Filling
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 eggs

Prepare a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and nonstick spray. Preheat oven at 350-degrees.

Use a food processor (or knife and cutting board) to chop up pecans to small pieces. Add flour, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and butter to bowl, and blend with pecans until crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the mix; press the rest into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until it's just turning golden.

As the crust bakes, combine all of the filling ingredients until fairly smooth.

Pull the crust out of the oven. Pour filling over the top and smooth to the edges. Crumble the reserved crust across the top.

Bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, until the edges are golden and the middle is set.

Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes to an hour, then place in the fridge to completely chill.

Use the foil to lift the bars onto a cutting board for easy slicing. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

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