Posts made in December, 2022

Bready or Not Original: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge Redux

Posted by on Dec 28, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, fudge, maple, no-bake dessert, nutty | 0 comments

Let’s finish off the year 2022 by reviving a recipe first on Bready or Not in 2016: Maple Cookie Fudge!

Bready or Not Original: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge Redux

This is a shortcut fudge without any need of a candy thermometer or stress. I like to use the microwave, but you can use the stovetop if you want. You can keep the maple cookies chunky, if you desire, or grind everything to crumbs–your choice! I actually like some small chunks mixed in for texture.

Bready or Not Original: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge Redux

The maple flavor is nice and consistent here, not cloying, while the marshmallow fluff grants the texture some extra oomph. The nuts add an extra flavor and crunch, but you can omit them if you want.

Bready or Not Original: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge Redux

This maple cookie fudge is just about perfect if you ignore the pesky nutritional side of things.

Bready or Not Original: Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

This Bready or Not Original uses maple crème cookies as the base of a fantastic microwave fudge. The fudge should be stored in the fridge, but also keeps very well at room temperature for parties and potlucks.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, maple, no bake, quick fudge
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 9×13 pan
  • aluminum foil
  • nonstick spray or butter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 12.3 ounces maple crème cookies crushed/chopped/maimed, about 20 cookies
  • 7 ounces marshmallow fluff
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts walnuts, pecans, macadamias, etc

Instructions

  • Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining it with foil and applying nonstick spray.
  • Either in microwave or on stovetop, carefully melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and marshmallow cream. If microwaving, do it in short bursts because it can burn fast! Stir often.
  • When the mix is smooth, add the maple flavor and vanilla. Fold in the maple cookies and nuts. Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Use an uneven spatula to smooth out the top.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until the fudge is firm. Cut into bite size pieces. Keep stored in fridge between layers of wax paper. Unlike some other quick fudges, this will keep well for hours at room temperature.

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    Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

    Posted by on Dec 21, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

    These Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies are an absolute classic. Easy to make. Nothing fancy. Great to make with kids.

    Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

    As simple as these cookies are, this recipe suggests a fantastic technique that will be great to apply to other recipes: shape the dough ball, then dip it into water, then dip it in the colored sugar. This gets the sugar to adhere beautifully.

    Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

    One thing I love about these cookies is that you can mix up the sugar dependent on the season. Making them for Christmas? Go red and green. Make them for a sports gathering? Use team colors. Make them for a birthday? Use favorite colors.

    Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

    Really, this is a recipe that has fun dough, and is a fun one to make all the way through. Plus, the cookies are tasty, especially with some milk, coffee, or tea.

    Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

    This classic, kid-friendly cookie recipe is fun and easy, perfect for little helpers. This is a great opportunity to bring out colored sugars to make the cookies festive for holidays or sports gatherings! Makes about 40 cookies using a teaspoon scoop.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: cookies
    Servings: 40 cookies
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • teaspoon scoop
    • baking sheet
    • parchment paper

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 cubes) room temperature
    • 1 large egg room temperature
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup colored sugar
    • water

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Beat together white sugar and butter until creamy. Add egg. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • Place colored sugar in a bowl. Put a small amount of water in a saucer.
    • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of ball in water, then in sugar. Place colorful side-up on baking sheet, spaced out.
    • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until set with golden edges. Let cool on a rack, then pack into a sealed container.

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      Updated Bibliography December 2022

      Posted by on Dec 19, 2022 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, awards, Blog, online publication, podcast | 2 comments

      The Bibliography page has been updated with an array of news and publications:

      Big News:

      “The Bookstore” (NewMyths) won long form Rhysling Award for 2022!

      Short story:
      “P is for Pet” (reprint), Paradoxical Pets anthology for middle grade readers

      Translated short story:
      “Raue Sitten” (Rough Manners) (originally “Canopy of Skulls”), Spektrum.de (Oct 12 2022)

      Podcast:
      “The Library is Open” (reprint), Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast

      Poetry:
      “Doing Her Part to Combat Sexism in the Sciences” and “Mother, Grandmother, God,” Star*Line 45.3 Summer 2022

      “Better Off,” Star*Line 45.4 Fall 2022

      “Summer Evenings,” Frozen Wavelets issue 7

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      Bready or Not: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      Posted by on Dec 14, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

      These Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies are a fantastic holiday treat. They truly do taste like gingerbread and chocolate together, a great combo if ever there was one.

      Bready or Not: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      These are made even better by the crunchy outer coating of Swedish pearl sugar, too. If you haven’t baked with it before, you’re in for a treat, This stuff is great on cookies and also pastries. You can find it on Amazon. [affiliate link]

      Bready or Not: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      The end result is a cookie that is firm to hold, but soft and chewy to bite into, with the sugar crunching pleasantly between the teeth.

      Need other recipes with Swedish pearl sugar? I can help!

      Swedish Cinnamon Rolls in the Bread Machine

      Pearl Sugar Ginger Cookies

      Jam and Cream Brioche Tart

      Bready or Not: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

      These soft, chewy cookies are imbued with strong flavors of gingerbread and chocolate, a perfect combination! The Swedish pearl sugar on top adds a complementary crunch. Makes 40 cookies with a teaspoon scoop. Modified from King Arthur Flour.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: chocolate, cookies, gingerbread, swedish pearl sugar
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • baking sheet
      • parchment paper
      • teaspoon scoop

      Ingredients

      • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
      • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 Tablespoon baking cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 cube) room temperature
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/2 cup molasses
      • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
      • 7 Tablespoons Swedish pearl sugar

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
      • Stir together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until they are light and creamy. Add molasses. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
      • Measure the pearl sugar into a bowl. Use a scoop or spoon to create balls of dough. Roll them in the pearl sugar and then set spaced out on pan.
      • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Let sit on pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
      • Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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        “The Bookstore” won the long form Rhysling Award!

        Posted by on Dec 12, 2022 in anthology:poem, awards, Blog | 0 comments

        2022 Long Form Rhysling winner

        Wow. This was a shock. My poem “The Bookstore,” originally published in NewMyths #56/57, was recently announced as the winner of the long poem Rhysling Award. You can read the poem here.

        This is a fictional autobiographical piece. I wrote it soon after my grandma died. I couldn’t go to the funeral. This poem imagines my visit to a very special bookstore, but many of the details throughout are true to my life. I wrote this in a single sitting, and it was an exercise of grief. That makes this level of recognition all the more extraordinary.

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