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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: Maple-Walnut Cookies

    Posted by on Nov 30, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | 0 comments

    It’s been too long since I featured a maple recipe. Let’s finish off November with Maple-Walnut Cookies!

    Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut Cookies

    The texture of these cookies is pillowy and light. Overall, they are soft and chewy, though the bottom is crisp thanks to the pan, while the turbinado sugar creates a crust on top.

    Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut Cookies

    Walnut and maple are such a great combination. Here, the walnut half crowns each cookie and not only adds great flavor and texture, but they just plain look lovely.

    Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut Cookies

    Bready or Not: Maple-Walnut Cookies

    These pillowy cookies sparkle thanks to their sugary crowns, the maple and nutty flavors perfection together.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cookies, maple, walnuts
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • parchment paper
    • tablespoon scoop

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) room temperature
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
    • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
    • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
    • 3/4 cup walnut halves

    Instructions

    • Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in maple syrup, egg, vanilla, and maple flavor. The ingredients may look curdled.
    • Gradually add in the dry ingredients, scraping the bottom of the large bowl a few times. Chill bowl in fridge for about 30 minutes to reduce stickiness.
    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Measure out the turbinado sugar in a small bowl.
    • Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in the turbinado sugar. Set spaced out on baking sheet. Press a walnut half into the top of each round.
    • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Cookies should be set but still soft. Let rest on sheet for 10 minutes before transitioning to a cooling rack.
    • Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      Posted by on Aug 11, 2021 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      These Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats are not the most photogenic of foods, but they are delicious, healthy, and good, and probably one of the most convenient meals in my cooking repertoire.

      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      I’ve been cooking this recipe for over five years now, tweaking it here and there, making it better. What I present here is really a foundation. This recipe can be customized all kinds of ways–either when the food is being assembled, by adding in different spices or apples, or by tweaking it at serving time.

      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      I love using Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady apples, but go for any good baking-type apple or a variety thereof. You don’t want the apples to go to mush. Or maybe you do? That might not be a terrible thing here.

      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      I typically use unsweetened vanilla almond milk or cashew milk, but any plain or vanilla nut, soy, or oat milks would work, or you can opt for dairy milk.

      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      This isn’t an overnight slow cooker oats recipe. I’ve tried that. Even on low and warm settings, the oats just plain overcooked for my preference. The consistency goes brick-like and the pot requires some intense scraping if you don’t use a removable liner. I prefer to make this during the day, and then portion out the oats to go in the fridge and freezer. They reheat beautifully.

      Bready or Not Original: Slow Cooker Apple Steel Cut Oats

      These convenient slow cooker steel cut oats cook up in under 4 hours and can be portioned out to enjoy for a full week–or longer, if you freeze some! This is a hearty, healthy breakfast food if ever there was one.
      Course: Breakfast
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: apple, maple, oats, steel cut oats
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • large slow cooker

      Ingredients

      • 2 cups steel cut oats no substitutes
      • 2 cups nut milk or oat milk, regular or vanilla, sweetened or unsweetened
      • 2 cups water
      • 2 medium apples peeled and chopped
      • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
      • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

      Instructions

      • Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir to distribute. Place lid on pot and put heat level to LOW. Cook for 3 hours before lifting lid again. Stir and taste to test doneness. Continue to cook for 30 minutes to an hour more, dependent on the desired texture for the oats. The longer it cooks, the thicker it will be.
      • Serve oats fresh, or stash in fridge to reheat in microwave over the next week. These oats are great to portion out and freeze for later. If desired, add more spices, fresh fruit, or extra milk when serving–the customization possibilities are endless!

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        Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, maple, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        This Hard Maple Candy garnered the name “Canadian meth” at my husband’s work. By that nickname, I take it that they 1) liked it, and 2) kept eating it.

        Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        On a more personal note, this candy could also work as a shiv, because this stuff is like GLASS. Trust me when I say that if you decide to break this into pieces with your hands, you will get little cuts all over. Ow.

        So maybe tap the candy gently with the butt of a butter knife or use a little mallet, whatever you have that will break the candy apart without harming your pan, counter, or you.

        Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        Once you survive that stage, though, wow will you have a lot of candy to enjoy. Definitely make this to share with a crowd, or you just might go into diabetic shock.

        Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        It’d be a delicious way to go, but seriously, I don’t recommend going at all. We’ve made it this far in 2020. Hold on a while longer.

        Bready or Not Original: Hard Maple Candy

        This super-easy recipe makes a LOT of hard maple candy that is best sucked on, not chewed. Perfect for holiday gifts!
        Course: Dessert
        Cuisine: American, Canadian
        Keyword: candy, maple, no bake
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 15x10x1-inch pan (jelly roll pan)
        • candy thermometer

        Ingredients

        • nonstick spray
        • 3 1/2 cup white sugar
        • 1 cup light corn syrup
        • 1 cup water
        • 3 Tablespoons maple flavor

        Instructions

        • Heavily apply nonstick spray to the jelly roll pan.
        • In a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Start heating up. Set up candy thermometer and stir frequently as the heat rises to 300-degrees, which is hard-crack stage.
        • Remove pan from heat. Stir in maple flavoring. Immediately pour candy into the prepared pan. Cool completely, which won’t take long.
        • Carefully break into pieces. Note that this stuff is like candy glass, and if breaking with hands, it can and will cut the skin.
        • Pack into individual bags or tins for gift-giving, or stack it in a large sealed container with waxed paper between layers. Can keep for weeks.

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          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          Posted by on Aug 19, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, maple, nutty | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          These Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies mix maple sweetness and warm spices and chocolate with the wonderful crunch of macadamias. They are perfect for fall–and throughout the year.

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          A food processor will be a big help in this recipe. The nuts and chocolate need to be in fine slivers. If the chunks are too big, the sliced cookies won’t be cohesive.

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          These are fridge cookies. Form the dough into tube shapes, wrap up well, then stash them in the fridge or freezer. Then thaw, slice, and bake when you need cookies.

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          If you do the full batch at once, you’ll likely get a lot of cookies, depending on your tube size and how you slice them. I got about 70 cookies.

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          These are perfect cookies to warm up your belly on a cool autumn or winter night (or in Arizona, to make-believe in such a temperature shift).

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          Bready or Not Original: Spiced Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

          These sliced cookies are a delightful blend of sweet maple and warm spices with added nuance from chocolate and crunchy macadamias. Mix up the dough and stash in the fridge or freezer for future baking! Makes about 70 cookies.
          Course: Dessert, Snack
          Cuisine: American
          Keyword: chocolate, cookies, macadamia nuts, maple
          Author: Beth Cato

          Equipment

          • food processor

          Ingredients

          • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 3 sticks, room temperature
          • 1/2 cup white sugar
          • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
          • 4 cups all-purpose flour
          • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
          • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
          • 1 teaspoon allspice
          • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
          • 1 teaspoon salt
          • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
          • 1 cup macadamia nuts
          • 3/4 cup chocolate chips semisweet or dark or mixture
          • 1/3 cup candied ginger finely chopped

          Instructions

          • In a food processor or by knife, finely chop macadamia nuts, followed by the chocolate chips. Set aside. (If these are not in fine pieces, the dough will fall apart when sliced.)
          • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup.
          • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, spices, salt, and baking soda. Gradually work this into the creamed mixture. Fold in the nuts, chocolate, and candied ginger until incorporated.
          • Divide dough in half and shape into foot-long logs. Encase in plastic wrap. Chill at least two hours, or freeze for later baking.
          • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Unwrap log and cut dough into 1/4-inch thick medallions, reshaping with fingers as needed. Place spaced out on parchment-covered cookie sheet.
          • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until set with a firm, golden base. Cool on pan for 5 minutes then move to rack to completely cool.
          • Cookies keep for at least 3 days in sealed containers at room temperature.

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            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            Soft Maple Sugar Cookies! That’s right, this recipe combines two of the best things ever for an original treat.

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            It has been way too long since I offered up a maple-flavored treat. These are so good, they make up for that lapse in a major way.

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            These are soft, chewy cookies. Maple flavor is built into the dough, and the drizzle of glaze adds a touch more.

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            I wish I could say how long these cookies will keep, but I don’t know. They stayed delicious for at least one full day, then they went to my husband’s work and were goooooooone.

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            You’ll have to bake them yourself and see how long they last!

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

             

            Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

            These cookies combine classic chewy sugar cookies with lovely maple flavor. Recipe makes about 57 cookies using a teaspoon scoop.
            Course: Dessert, Snack
            Keyword: cookies, maple
            Servings: 57 cookies
            Author: Beth Cato

            Equipment

            • teaspoon scoop
            • parchment paper

            Ingredients

            Dough

            • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened 1 stick
            • 1/2 cup shortening
            • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
            • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
            • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
            • 1 teaspoon baking soda
            • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
            • 1/8 teaspoon salt
            • 3 egg yolks
            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
            • 1 teaspoon maple flavor
            • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

            Glaze

            • 1/4 cup unsalted butter half stick
            • 2 cups confectioners' sugar plus more is needed for thickness
            • 1/4 cup half & half or milk
            • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup

            Instructions

            • Preheat oven at 300-degrees. In a large bowl, beat together butter and shortening. Add both sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat for about 2 minutes, scraping bottle of bowl often. Add egg yolks one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and maple flavor. Mix in flour until just combined.
            • Use a scoop or spoon to dollop dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, spacing out to account for spread. Bake for 11 to 16 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to completely cool.
            • Once all cookies are baked and cooled, move them back to the parchment-covered pan, close together, before mixing glaze.
            • In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Add the confectioners' sugar to bowl, followed by half & half and maple syrup. Stir. Add more sugar, if needed, to form a thick consistency. Drizzle all over cookies. Let set for 30 minutes to 1 hour before moving to sealed containers.

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