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Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Posted by on Jun 12, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Do you need a whole lot of cookies? This Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread recipe has got you covered.

Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

This recipe doubles my Pride O’ Scotland Shortbread Recipe (one of the first cookie recipes I ever called ‘mine’ back in my teens) and adds chocolate chips. I’ve reworked my basic shortbread recipe many ways over the years; check out versions with Cookie Butter, Lemon, and Chocolate Chip Espresso.

Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

A few important things to mention here. Before the shortbread is baked, be sure to use a fork to poke holes over the top and then cut into the dough to form the shapes of the future cookies. Then, as soon as the pan is out of the oven, cut again along those lines. A lot of classic shortbread recipes produce cookies that are firm and soft, and if they are cut after being cooled, they may just fall apart.

Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Need a lot of cookies, without a lot of fuss? This recipe makes that easy, though the sheer quantity of dough requires some hands-on work!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, shortbread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • jelly roll pan (15x10x1)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line jelly roll pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, egg yolks, and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. If using something like a KitchenAid, by the end, the thick dough will likely require setting the beater aside and using both hands. Distribute the chocolate chips throughout.
  • Press dough into prepared pan. Flatten evenly with palms. Prick surface all over with floured fork. Use a knife or bench knife to score the dough into finger-sized wedges.
  • Bake for at least 20 minutes; the tops should just be turning golden, with the middle set and dry. Remove from oven. Immediately cut again following slash marks.
  • Let shortbread cool. Cut again along slash marks. Use the foil to carefully lift the shortbread onto a cutting board to pull apart the pieces. Shortbread will keep in a sealed container for several days.

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    Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

    Posted by on May 22, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

    This Jammy Shortbread is a fun recipe that’s easy to customize with your favorite jam! Go for raspberry, cranberry, blueberry… something sweet and delicious.

    Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

    I had to make this recipe a few times to get it right. Specifically, shaping the dough was the issue. That’s why I give instructions to form the divided dough into a 12-inch stick that is 1 inch across. That makes the dough thick enough to form a trench that will hold the jam.

    Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

    What initially foiled me was that the dough was too wide, and then it spread with baking. I had these wide cookies with just a little bit of jam in the middle. Oops.

    Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

    Leave it to me to make the screw-ups so that your cookies can turn out great from the first batch!

    Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

    The dough is easy to work with in this classic-styled cookie with jam filling!
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: cookies, jam
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • food scale
    • plastic wrap or bags
    • parchment paper

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) softened
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 large egg room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup thick fruit jam

    Instructions

    • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet to form a cohesive dough.
    • Use a food scale to divide the dough into four portions. Wrap them each in plastic wrap or in a sealable bag, and chill for at least an hour.
    • Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Pull out a portion of chilled dough. On a far side of the baking sheet, form it into a 12-inch-long stick, 1 inch across. Use fingertips to form a trench down the middle. Spoon jam to fill the trench. Repeat the process with the other three portions of dough, creating long lines on the pan.
    • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until dough looks set and is light golden brown. Let cool for 2 minutes. Slice each stick 3/4-inch apart to form individual cookies. Move them to a rack to completely cool. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Posted by on May 8, 2024 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

      I like to say that cookie butter makes everything better. I would also add that rainbow sprinkles make everything better. These cookies feature both cookie butter AND rainbow sprinkles, and will absolutely blow your mind.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The recap, as there is always someone discovering cookie butter for the first time: it’s an addictive substance found near the peanut butter in most every grocery store in America; even my local Walmart has it in the main Biscoff brand or as a Walmart generic, and Trader Joe’s calls it Speculoos. It’s essentially pulverized cookies and oil. It has the exact same texture as peanut butter and can substitute for it in most any recipe. There is nothing healthy about it and it is incredibly delicious.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Cookie butter makes things taste like cookie dough. That’s outright magical when paired with chocolate. These cookies are especially pretty as they include white and brown chips along with the sprinkles.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Customize the sprinkles based on the season or reason. Red and green for Christmas, pink and/or red and/or white for Valentine’s, favorite sports team colors, whatever. Of course, basic rainbow sprinkles are always a great choice!

      Modified from Food Network Magazine December 2022.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      These big, festive cookies taste more inherently like cookie dough thanks to cookie butter. Customize the sprinkles based on the season, or go for classic rainbow sprinkles. Note that the dough needs to be chilled prior to baking. Modified from Food Network Magazine December 2022.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: chocolate, cookie butter, cookies, sprinkles
      Servings: 32 cookies
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • large cookie scoop
      • baking sheet
      • parchment paper

      Ingredients

      • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
      • 1/2 cup smooth cookie butter such as Biscoff or Speculoos
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/4 cup white sugar
      • 2 large eggs room temperature
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
      • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
      • 3 Tablespoons sprinkles plus more for topping

      Instructions

      • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
      • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, cookie butter, and both sugars until they are light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla.
      • Gradually stir in the dry ingredients to form a cohesive dough. Fold in both kinds of chips along with the sprinkles. Cover the dough and chill in the fridge at least 2 hours, or up to a few days.
      • Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour some sprinkles into a bowl.
      • Use a scoop or spoon to shape the dough. Dip the top into the sprinkles and compress to coat. Place spaced out a few inches on sheet–they will spread!
      • Bake 11 to 12 minutes, until set and golden. Let them cool for about 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer them to a cooling rack. Store them in a sealed container at room temperature.

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        Bready or Not: Brown Sugar Pie Bars

        Posted by on Apr 24, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

        If you have a major sweet tooth (like me), these indulgent Brown Sugar Pie Bars may blow your mind with their deliciousness. Seriously, these things are unique and they are amazing.

        Brown Sugar Pie Bars

        The base is similar to shortbread, nice and simple. The topping is like the filling for Pecan Pie without the pecans–or corn syrup, which is usually the sweetness and glue for such pies.

        Brown Sugar Pie Bars

        There’s no need to boil the filling or doing anything fussy. During the baking process, the top will essentially boil and caramelize. That creates a kind of crust that adds to the textural delight of every layer of these bars.

        Brown Sugar Pie Bars

        Modified from Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies 2021.

        Bready or Not: Brown Sugar Pie Bars

        This recipe makes simple bars that are potently sweet and addictively delicious! Modified from Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies 2021
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 13×9 pan
        • aluminum foil
        • nonstick cooking spray
        • food processor

        Ingredients

        Crust

        • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
        • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 3 tablespoons white sugar
        • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

        Filling

        • 3 large eggs room temperature
        • 3 1/3 cups light brown sugar packed
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
        • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted (1 stick)
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
        • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil. Apply a coating of nonstick cooking spray. Dice up the butter into chunks.
        • In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, and salt. Drop in the butter and pulse until the mix looks crumbly. It will not be cohesive. Pour everything into the prepared pan. Use the heel of a hand to press it into an even layer across the bottom.
        • Bake the crust for 15 to 18 minutes, until it is lightly brown. While that is cooking, make the filling.
        • In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Mix in the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, melted butter, and both extracts. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is combined. Pour the filling over the hot crust.
        • Bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until the middle has only a slight jiggle. The filling may form large bubbles near the end of baking but they do not need to be popped. Let the pan cool to room temperature.
        • Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. To make neat bars, use a knife to slice off the very edges, reserving these especially-candied portions for later enjoyment. Slice the rest into small squares. The bars can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature.

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          Bready or Not: Coffee Cookie Bars

          Posted by on Apr 3, 2024 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies | 1 comment

          These Coffee Cookie Bars are infused with coffee flavor inside and out, the perfect complement to the chewy sweetness of the bars.

          Bready or Not: Coffee Cookie Bars

          If the caffeine doesn’t give you a boost, the sugar will. These bars are not only sweet, but tend to caramelize along the edges and bottom. That means you need to be careful that the foil doesn’t adhere!

          Bready or Not: Coffee Cookie Bars

          These bars are great for a breakfast, snack, or dessert.

          Bready or Not: Coffee Cookie Bars

          Modified from Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies 2021.

          Bready or Not: Coffee Cookie Bars

          These chewy, sticky bars are infused with potent sweetness and espresso. Modified from Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies 2021.
          Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
          Keyword: coffee
          Author: Beth Cato

          Equipment

          • 9×13 pan
          • aluminum foil
          • nonstick spray
          • pastry brush

          Ingredients

          • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
          • 1 Tablespoon espresso powder plus 2 teaspoons
          • 1 Tablespoon milk or almond milk
          • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) melted
          • 2 large eggs room temperature
          • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar packed
          • 1/2 cup white sugar
          • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
          • 3 cups all-purpose flour
          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
          • 1 teaspoon salt

          Instructions

          • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
          • In a small bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and 1 Tablespoon espresso powder. Set aside 1/4 cup of this mixture.
          • In a big bowl, mix together the milk and the remaining 2 teaspoons espresso powder. Add the melted butter, eggs, both sugars, and vanilla, mixing well. Follow up with the flour, baking soda, and salt, scraping the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined. Set aside 1 cup of the dough.
          • Place the bulk of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan and even out with hands. Pour the larger amount of the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top and spread out evenly. Crumble the reserved 1 cup of dough over the top.
          • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set. Immediately brush the reserved 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk/espresso powder over the top. Cool completely.
          • Lift onto cutting board to slice into bars. Be wary that caramelization may make the base quite sticky, so make sure no foil adheres to the bars. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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            Bready or Not Original: Custard/Pudding Powder Chocolate Chip Cookies Redux

            Posted by on Mar 13, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, chicken, cookies | 0 comments

            These Custard/Powder Chocolate Chip Cookie are made with a recipe I first featured back in 2015. It’s time to revisit it!

            Bready or Not Original: Custard/Pudding Powder Chocolate Chip Cookies Redux

            Custard powder isn’t common in the States. It’s very much a British/Canadian thing. Bird’s Custard Powder, in particular, is an important kitchen item. However, if you don’t have a canister of Bird’s available–or it’s prohibitively expensive–you can buy good ol’ instant vanilla pudding powder and use it instead.

            Bready or Not Original: Custard/Pudding Powder Chocolate Chip Cookies Redux

            This recipe makes a huge batch of cookies–about 80, if using a small scoop. Therefore, I find this recipe is a good opportunity to divide the dough and freeze half for later.

            Bready or Not Original: Custard/Pudding Powder Chocolate Chip Cookies Redux

            Whatever your pudding powder of choice, give these a try. Live deliciously.

            Bready or Not Original: Custard/Pudding Powder Chocolate Chip Cookies Redux

            Custard powder or pudding powder in the dough creates a vanilla-rich cookie that will make your taste buds sing. A Bready or Not Original.
            Course: Dessert, Snack
            Cuisine: British, Canadian
            Keyword: chocolate, cookies, custard powder
            Servings: 80 cookies
            Author: Beth Cato

            Ingredients

            • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) room temperature
            • 1 cup white sugar
            • 1 cup brown sugar packed
            • 2 large eggs room temperature
            • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
            • 3 cups all-purpose flour
            • 6 Tablespoons custard powder or instant vanilla pudding powder
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1 teaspoon salt
            • 11 ounces chocolate chips 1 bag

            Instructions

            • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
            • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both sugars. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract.
            • In another bowl, stir together the flour, custard/pudding powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly blend the dry ingredients with the butter mix. Add the chocolate chips.
            • Use a large cookie scoop or spoon to place dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
            • Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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