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Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted by on Nov 1, 2023 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, nutty | 0 comments

You cannot get a more classic American pairing than chocolate and peanut butter. These Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are a dose of delicious nostalgia.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies contain some rolled oats, but I wouldn’t term them oatmeal cookies. They don’t have that much density. Rather, these cookies are light and chewy.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

The dough doesn’t need any chill time in the fridge. Mix it and bake it right away.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a classic cookie recipe, simple and delicious.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, oats, peanut butter
Servings: 46 cookies
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • teaspoon scoop or spoon
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chunky or creamy
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats also called rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Gradually combine the contents of both bowls. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a teaspoon scoop or spoon to place rounded balls of dough spaced-out on the cookie sheet. Flatten them slightly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until set and golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transitioning cookies to rack. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature.

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    Bready or Not Original: Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars

    Posted by on Oct 18, 2023 in biscoff spread, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, brownies, cheese galore, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

    These Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars are thick and luscious with just the right balance of chocolate and cookie dough flavors.

    Bready or Not Original: Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars

    If you’re one of those people who had just to discover the joys of cookie butter–you’re in for a treat! Think cookies blended with oil to create a spreadable mass just like peanut butter. There is nothing healthy about it, but it tastes like cookie dough. You can find it at Trader Joe’s as Speculoos and at other stores as Biscoff or as a generic.

    Bready or Not Original: Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars

    Cookie butter can pretty much replace peanut butter in any recipe, or even on something as simple as a sandwich. Here, it’s great swirled in with brownie batter. Chocolate and cookie dough, ever the perfect combination.

    Bready or Not Original: Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars

    Since the swirl-in includes cream cheese, be sure to refrigerate these after they’ve baked and cooled. They are divine straight from the fridge!

    Bready or Not Original: Swirled Cookie Butter Brownie Bars

    These gorgeously-swirled bars infuse the gentle flavor of cookie butter with rich brownies, a perfect combination.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: brownies, cookie butter, cookies, cream cheese
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 13×9 pan
    • aluminum foil
    • nonstick spray
    • uneven spatula
    • cutting board

    Ingredients

    Brownie base

    • 3 large eggs room temperature
    • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) melted
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup baking cocoa sifted
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

    Cookie butter swirl-in

    • 2 boxes cream cheese (8 ounces each) softened
    • 1/2 cup creamy cookie butter
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 large egg room temperature
    • 2 Tablespoons milk

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13×9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
    • In a big bowl, beat together eggs, butter, and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the brownie dry ingredients and gradually add them to the egg mix. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set aside 1 cup of the brownie batter for the topping. Scoop the rest into the prepared pan and use an uneven spatula to even it out.
    • In another bowl, beat together the cream cheese blocks, cookie butter, and sugar. Once that is blended, add the egg and milk. Use an uneven spatula to spread the mixture in a thin layer across the top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the reserved brownie batter on top. Use the tip of the uneven spatula or a butter knife to create swirls.
    • Bake pan for 35 to 40 minutes, until the very middle passes the toothpick test. Cool on a wire rack for an hour, then place in fridge to completely chill. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Slice up and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Keeps for at least 3 days.

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      Bready or Not Original: Honey Ginger Blondies

      Posted by on Sep 13, 2023 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | 0 comments

      These Honey Ginger Blondies are sweet and spicy-warm, the bars chewy and delightful.

      Bready or Not Original: Honey Ginger Blondies

      Many years ago, back in January 2016, I posted a recipe for Honey Blondies. They were smooth and sweet. Quite excellent. Earlier this year, I resolved to rework the recipe because I needed to use up ingredients prior to moving.

      Bready or Not Original: Honey Ginger Blondies

      It took me several bakes to get the balance right. I wanted the ginger present, warm and cozy. I wanted adequate chocolate to balance with the sweetness of the sugar and honey. The textures needed to be right, too–the interior smooth but for the chewy bits of candied ginger and softened chocolate.

      Bready or Not Original: Honey Ginger Blondies

      The result is a delicious, unique recipe that is perfect year-round!

      Bready or Not Original: Honey Ginger Blondies

      These bars are chewy with spicy-warm flavor to accompany the sweetness.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: bars, chocolate, gingerbread
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • large saucepan
      • 9×13 pan
      • aluminum foil
      • nonstick spray

      Ingredients

      • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
      • 2/3 cup honey
      • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
      • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh ginger
      • 2 1/2 cups flour
      • 2 large eggs room temperature
      • 1 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
      • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
      • 1 1/4 cup candied ginger chopped
      • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

      Instructions

      • Melt butter and honey in a large saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and fresh ginger. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
      • Since the contents are still likely a bit warm, add some of the flour and stir to cool things off. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract followed by the rest of the flour and the salt. Mix until just combined, and let it continue to cool about 30 minutes.
      • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining with foil and greasing with nonstick spray or butter. Fold the candied ginger and chocolate chips into the batter, then spread into the pan.
      • Bake for about 30 minutes; the edges will just be turning brown. Let the blondies cool completely on a wire rack, speeding the process in the fridge, if desired. Use the foil to lift them out to cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.

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        Bready or Not Original: Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

        Posted by on Sep 6, 2023 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate | 0 comments

        Brownies. There are probably infinite recipes for them. I probably have over a dozen on Bready or Not. These Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies have all the classic elements, plus a little more.

        Bready or Not Original: Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

        That “little more” is Oreos. I suppose I could upgrade these to Triple Chocolate, but I suppose someone might debate if Oreos count as chocolate or just chocolate flavor. So let’s keep things simple.

        Bready or Not Original: Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

        The important thing is that these brownies are bursting with chocolate flavor. To increase that burst, add in some espresso powder (that enhances chocolate) and/or make these a day ahead of when they need to be served. Chocolate cakes and brownies often develop a deeper flavor after a day.

        Bready or Not Original: Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

        I used classic Oreos in this recipe, but add any kind you want, even those seasonal flavors. Heck, use minty ones and add mint extract. Use this recipe as a base for new deliciousness!

        Bready or Not Original: Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

        You want soft brownies with a classic crackled top? This is the recipe for you! Loaded with chocolate and chocolate chips, the flavor and texture are amped up even more by crumbled Oreos. Baked this a day ahead of serving to increase the depth of the chocolate flavor.
        Course: Dessert
        Cuisine: American
        Keyword: brownies, chocolate, oreo
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 13×9 pan
        • aluminum foil
        • nonstick spray

        Ingredients

        • 3/4 cup baking cocoa sifted
        • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
        • 2/3 cup unsalted butter room temperature and divided
        • 1/2 cup boiling water
        • 2 cups white sugar
        • 2 large eggs room temperature
        • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder optional
        • 10 Oreos coarsely chopped
        • 2 cups chocolate chips semisweet, milk, or dark, or a mix

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.
        • In a big bowl, combine the cocoa and baking soda with 1/3 cup of butter. Add the boiling water and stir to combine. Add the sugar, eggs, and remaining butter. Once that is consistent in color, add the flour, vanilla, salt, and espresso powder, if using.
        • Fold in the Oreos and chocolate chips until they are distributed throughout.
        • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and the middle passes the toothpick test.
        • Cool at room temperature, speeding the process in the fridge, if desired. Brownies will be denser and easier to cut if chilled. Use the foil to lift the brownies onto a cutting board to slice. Store in a sealed container at room temperature or in fridge.

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          Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          Posted by on Jul 26, 2023 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cracker, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          These No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars are a sweet summertime treat. No oven is required, and there’s only a brief time standing at the stove. The result is, essentially, a homemade candy bar made from simple ingredients.

          Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          Saltine crackers form the basis for the three layers of these bars. They add intense crispiness that holds up to a deluge of toffee, but they also add salt. That salt really builds incredible flavor throughout the layers, and the flaky sea salt on top adds even more.

          Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          The homemade toffee in this recipe isn’t terrible to work with, but please, use caution. It can go from a simmer to a boil FAST, and you do not want that molten sugar on your skin. So, keep an eye on the temperature and bring it down as you need to, and keep stirring the toffee as the directions say. Once this gets going, don’t leave the pot unattended.

          Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          Modified from Southern Living December 2022 issue.

          Bready or Not: No-Bake Triple-Decker Toffee Bars

          This simple, no-candy-thermometer-needed candy bar recipe creates delicious results using basic ingredients.
          Course: Dessert
          Keyword: bars, candy, chocolate, cracker
          Author: Beth Cato

          Equipment

          • 9×9 pan
          • aluminum foil
          • nonstick spray
          • offset spatula

          Ingredients

          • 48 saltine crackers from a 16-ounce package, divided
          • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
          • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
          • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk one can
          • 3 Tablespoons half & half
          • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
          • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
          • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
          • 8 ounces chocolate chips or chocolate bark
          • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

          Instructions

          • Line a 9×9 pan with foil, overlapping two long strips to cover all four side. Apply nonstick spray all over interior. Place 16 crackers in a single layer to form a base crust. On a plate, count out 32 more crackers to have ready to make the next layers quickly. Stage the uneven spatula nearby.
          • In a saucepan on the stove, cook sugar and butter, stirring often, until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. That will take about 5 minutes. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk, half & half, corn syrup, and salt. Increase the heat to medium to bring the contents to a simmer. Stir constantly. Continue stirring–bringing the heat down as needed to keep it at a simmer, not a full boil–for about 6 to 8 minutes, until it obtains a deep golden color. Remove the pan from heat and add the vanilla extract.
          • Carefully pour about 1/3 of the toffee over the crackers. Set down pan and quickly use the spatula to spread the toffee into an even layer. Place 16 more crackers on top. Add another 1/3 of toffee. Place the last of the crackers, and then pour the rest of the toffee on top and even it out. Let cool for a few minutes. Clean the uneven spatula.
          • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate using a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or a pot on the stovetop. Slowly pour the chocolate over the top of the of the cracker-toffee stack and use the spatula to even it out. Let it cool about 5 minutes. Measure out the flaky sea salt and sprinkle it all over the top.
          • Place the pan in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
          • Remove from fridge and let set at room temperature about 10 minutes, which will reduce the amount of crackling across the chocolate top. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut off the very edges to form neat sides, and then cut the rest of it into small bars.
          • Store bars in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.

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            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            Posted by on Jun 28, 2023 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            These Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies are my own invention inspired by these soft-dried strawberries I found at Costco. (They are also on Amazon for a much higher price. Affiliate link.)

            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            If you love strawberries AND cookies, welcome to the recipe of your dreams. My base chewy honey cookie recipe has ingredients swapped out to make this work.

            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            Chopped up (I used kitchen shears) soft-dried strawberries are distributed throughout the dough. White chocolate chips are the fantastic accompaniment that is easy to find, but I also tried this recipe again using some limited edition Hershey’s Cream Cheese Chips, which delivered an even richer flavor.

            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            Who knows where or how long these chips will be available, but if you can find them, use them in this recipe or any other good chocolate chip cookie recipe.

            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            Like my other variations of this base recipe, these cookies will keep for weeks in a sealed container.

            Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Strawberries and Cream Cookies

            A perfect recipe for strawberry lovers! Soft-dried strawberries pair with white chocolate chips within a honey-enriched dough. These cookies are soft, chewy, and luscious.
            Course: Dessert, Snack
            Keyword: chocolate, cookies, strawberries
            Author: Beth Cato

            Equipment

            • plastic wrap
            • tablespoon or teaspoon scoop
            • baking sheet

            Ingredients

            • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) softened
            • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
            • 1/2 cup white sugar
            • 2 Tb honey
            • 1 large egg room temperature
            • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
            • 1 cup bread flour
            • 1 cup all-purpose flour
            • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1 cup white chocolate chips or Hershey's Cream Cheese Chips
            • 3/4 cup soft-dried strawberries chopped

            Instructions

            • 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, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.
            • Slowly stir together the wet ingredients and flour mix until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and strawberries pieces. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days; dough can also be frozen at this stage.
            • When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, and will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when spacing cookie dough.
            • Teaspoon-sized cookies need to bake 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
            • Stored cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for weeks. They are excellent for travel or shipping.

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