Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

This is a Bready or Not Original recipe. And it will blow your mind.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

As WorldCon in Kansas City neared, I asked on Facebook if people had cookie requests. Several people asked for Snickerdoodles. Problem: My traditional Snickerdoodle recipe only stays optimal for a few days.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Therefore, I needed to create a new Snickerdoodle recipe, one that would travel well and hold up to summer heat. I looked at my other go-to convention cookie recipe for Chewy Honey Maple Cookies. I Snickerdoodlified it.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

The end result: a new kind of Snickerdoodle with a sweet kiss of honey, and the durability to travel without falling apart AND the miraculous knack for staying fresh ‘n tasty for over a week.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

These cookies were well loved during the con. Several people said they were the best Snickerdoodles they’d ever had.

Here’s the recipe, so that you may replicate their joy.

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

A Bready or Not Original: classic Snickerdoodle cookies with a touch of honey! These cookies are excellent to pack for conventions or ship cross-country, as they’ll stay chewy and delicious for over a week and a half. Also note that the dough is great to freeze for weeks, and the wrapped-up dough can also idle in the fridge for several days before being baked. These cookies are convenient at every stage!

  • For dough:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For rolling:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.

Slowly stir together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days.

When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. Prepare sugar and cinnamon mix, and roll dough balls to coat.

The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, so it will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when you space the cookie dough balls.

Teaspoon-sized cookies need to bake 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.

Cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for over a week and a half. They are excellent for travel or shipping.

OM NOM NOM!

Bready or Not: Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

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Sunday Quote agrees

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
~Joss Whedon

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Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate | 0 comments

Three years ago, I shared my recipe for Cadbury Egg Brownies. Today we revisit that glorious recipe–and double it.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Because it obviously didn’t deliver enough sweetness the first time around, right?

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Here’s the thing about these brownies: they taste like Cadbury Eggs, but BETTER. That’s because they aren’t as cloying sweet. The brownie layer balances things out in a magical way.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

This is a time-consuming recipe because of the layers and the refrigeration time involved, but it’s not hard. The first stage is the only one that requires baking.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I will forever be amazed at how the cream filling layer turns out, too. It’s eerily like the non-runny portion of the Cadbury Egg filling. But you make it yourself. It boggles the mind.

Even better, these brownies will keep as long as a week if sealed and kept in the fridge. Trust me, there is NOTHING healthy about these. You want to make these to share with a crowd!

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I’ve modified this a good bit, but I must give credit to the original recipe from Love and Oil. They shared something amazing.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

These Cadbury Egg Brownies taste like the candy, but better, as the brownie base balances with the acute sweetness of the top layers. This recipe produces a full 13×9 pan of goodness; make this to share with a crowd!

  • For Brownies:
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For Cream Filling:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • yellow food coloring
  • For Glaze:
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Brownie stage

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure to overlap the sides to create handles. Cover with nonstick spray.

Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt (and espresso powder, if using) in a small bowl and set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or in slow increments in microwave. Stir until smooth. Whisk in sugars and stir until dissolved and mixture has cooled slightly, then add eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.

Fold together the chocolate and flour mixes until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Cream filling stage

Beat together corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt on medium-high speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, mixing until creamy.

Dump 3/4 of the cream mixture on top of cooled brownies and spread into an even layer. Add a drop of yellow food coloring to remaining cream mixture and stir until evenly colored. Drop dollops of yellow cream on top of white layer, and then swirl gently with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.

Glaze stage

Slowly melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or microwave bowl. Stir until smooth. Pour over cream filling, carefully spreading into a thin, even layer.

Chill in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to not quite harden, 15-20 minutes, OR let it chill for several hours and then let set at room temperature for about 15 minutes. The chocolate needs to be soft enough to cut through without cracking, but not soft enough to smear with each cut.

Use the foil/paper to lift the entire block out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Keep in sealed container in fridge; brownies will keep upward of a week.

OM NOM NOM!

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

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Sunday Quote reads and reads and reads

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
~Annie Proulx

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