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Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

Posted by on Dec 22, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, mint | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

These incredible Peppermint Bark cookies really do taste like peppermint bark, but in chewy, beautiful cookie form!

Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

These cookies even look holiday-colorful due to the bits of crushed candy cane throughout. I used a Hershey’s Chocolate Mint Candy Cane, but many varieties of candy cane would do. You could even mix it up with different colors and flavors!

Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

I kept things easier by using chocolate chips, but this would be great with chopped chocolate, too, for different textures and flavors. Peppermint Bark itself comes in different variants, after all!

Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

These cookies would be fantastic for a holiday cookie exchange, or to serve at a gathering. Or, if you’re cheap like me, bake them later on in January using candy canes scored on clearance!

Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

Modified from Bake from Scratch Magazine Holiday Cookies 2019.

Bready or Not: Peppermint Bark Cookies

These cookies really do taste like peppermint bark, but in chewy cookie form! Recipe makes about 42 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: candy cane, chocolate, cookies, mint
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • tablespoon scoop
  • parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 4 peppermint candy canes crushed

Instructions

  • In a mixer, beat brown sugar, butter, and white sugar until combined. Add eggs one at a time followed by the extracts.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the two chocolates and candy cane bits. Cover top of dough with plastic wrap and chill it for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a tablespoon scoop to parcel out dough, spaced out, on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are set and just turning golden. Keep on sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Store cookies in seal containers at room temperature. Keeps for at least 3 days.

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    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, chocolate, mint | Comments Off on Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    This White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake features a light, refreshing peppermint flavor and a lot of white chocolate. Seriously, it’s a snow-capped mountain of a cake.

    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    Don’t look for health food here. This thing is sweet. Lush. The middle is moist and dense, with a base (the former top) wonderfully crunchy in contrast.

    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    White chocolate is melted into the batter, with chips also mixed in. See the golden dapples throughout the crumb? Those are the chips. They are like sweet explosions in the mouth.

    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    And yes, there’s that snow cap: a thick blanket of melted-down chocolate wafers. It ends up firm, but ready to melt again once it meets the warmth of a mouth. It’s perfect along with that tender cake.

    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    This will be great for any December gathering, but it’s so delicious, you’ll want to make it year-long!

    Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

    This bundt cake is sweet and lush, laden with white chocolate inside and out! Make it look holiday-perfect by adding crushed peppermint on top, but really, enjoy it year-round. Good foods shouldn’t be confined to any one season!
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: bundt cake, cake, chocolate, mint, sour cream
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 10-cup bundt cake
    • nonstick spray with flour
    • microwave-safe bowls

    Ingredients

    Cake:

    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 and a half sticks, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 3 large eggs room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup half & half or milk
    • 8 ounces white chocolate chips divided
    • 1/2 cup sour cream

    Topping:

    • 8- ounces white chocolate melting wafers melted
    • 5 peppermint candies crushed, optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Apply nonstick spray with flour to coat the interior of the bundt pan.
    • In a big bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, followed by the extracts.
    • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the big bowl alternatively with the half & half, beating until they are just combined.
    • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 ounces of white chocolate chips in 30 second bursts, stirring well between each zap, until it’s melted and smooth; keep an eye on the white chocolate, as it can burn fast! Add the melted chocolate into the cake batter. Follow that with the sour cream and the remaining white chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
    • Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes; the middle should pass the toothpick test. If it’s getting overly brown near the end, cover the top with foil.
    • Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes, then upend onto a cooling rack. Cool completely, speeding process in fridge if desired.
    • Melt chocolate wafers in microwave or on stovetop. Drizzle atop cake to form a thick snowcap. If desired, top with peppermints.

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      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      Posted by on Sep 22, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, cake, chocolate, mint | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      Oh hey, it’s time for cake. A Thin Mint Cake that is neither too big or too small, something that keeps well stashed in the fridge, and looks as amazing as it tastes.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      If you love chocolate and mint, this is the cake for you. The cake is loaded with chocolate flavor, and a ganache adds a shiny finishing touch.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      The middle layer of the cake is essentially a peppermint or mint-flavored buttercream. Sweet but not too sweet, it gives good contrast to balance the prevalent chocolate flavor.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      I used this cake to try out a technique I’ve only read about and seen on TV before–I used four toothpicks to measure the halfway point on the sides of the cake, then tugged a piece of floss to cut the cake evenly in half! It worked out well.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      Of course, you can still use a knife to cut through. The toothpicks will still be a helpful guide.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      This is an ideal birthday or special occasion cake for a small group!

      Greatly modified from Eating Well Magazine May 2020.

      Bready or Not Original: Thin Mint Cake

      This Thin Mint Cake is a glorious, not-too-big-or-small layer cake loaded with chocolate and mint goodness. It’s not hard to make, either. Cutting the cake in half is the trickiest bit, and a piece of floss makes that easy!
      Course: Dessert
      Keyword: cake, chocolate, layer cake, mint
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 9-inch cake pan
      • ruler
      • toothpicks
      • unwaxed floss
      • parchment paper

      Ingredients

      Cake

      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup water
      • 1/3 cup canola oil
      • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar or other cider vinegar
      • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Mint Filling

      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
      • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted, more as needed for consistency
      • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or mint extract
      • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1-2 drops green food coloring
      • 2 Tablespoons half and half or milk

      Glaze

      • 1/2 cup half and half
      • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
      • pinch salt

      Instructions

      To prepare the cake

      • Preheat an oven at 350-degrees. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside a 9-inch cake pan. Apply nonstick spray inside pan, place parchment inside, and spray it again.
      • Stir together all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
      • In another bowl, whisk together water, oil, vinegar, and both extracts. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry until the batter is smooth. Pour into the prepared pan. Tap and thump it gently on the counter to knock out as many bubbles as possible.
      • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick in the middle emerges with few crumbs attached. Let the pan cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert cake onto the rack to cool completely.

      Make the filling

      • Beat the butter until it is creamy and light. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, to fully incorporate; if the mixture is still too soft and loose, add more sugar. Add mint and vanilla extract, followed by the salt. Add a few drops of food coloring to achieve the desired tint. Add the half and half and beat to make the filling fluffy and light.

      Slice the cake and fill

      • Stick a toothpick into the halfway point at each side of the cake; four toothpick markers work well. Use a knife to barely slice into the cake above each toothpick. Continue to use a long-bladed knife to slice all the way through, or use a long piece of unwaxed floss with the toothpicks as a guide to divide the cake evenly in half.
      • Place the base of the cake on a serving plate. Spread the filling over the cake. Place the top of the cake over it, cut side down.

      Make the glaze

      • Microwave the half & half in a microwave-safe bowl for about a minute, until hot. Stir in the chocolate chips and salt. Stir, stir, stir until the chocolate is smooth and glossy. Let cool about 5 minutes to thicken, then slowly pour and spread glaze over the cake. Let sit at room temperature or in fridge to set, then slice in and enjoy!
      • Store cake in fridge. Exposed sides of the cake will dry out more, but it will still be tasty. Keeps for at least 4 days.

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        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, mint, no-bake dessert, oreo, pie | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        If you need a dessert that is no bake and no fuss, here’s a pie recipe to come to the rescue: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie!

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        This is chocolatey. Minty. Smooth. All the things.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        The filling works with either graham cracker or Oreo crusts. You can’t go wrong with either, honestly.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        There is something liberating about a good no-bake pie at this time of year. Oven space is at a premium–as is time. This pie comes together in about 15 minutes or so, depending on the speed of your burners.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

         

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pudding Pie

        This easy no-bake pie requires short cooking time on the stove to create a delicious dessert. A Bready or Not Original.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: chocolate, mint, no bake, pie
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 1 graham cracker crust or Oreo pie crust
        • 2 boxes chocolate fudge pudding (NOT instant) or other chocolate pudding; 1.3-ounce
        • 3 Tb cocoa powder sifted
        • 1 teaspoon white sugar
        • 2 1/2 cups milk
        • 1 Tb vanilla extract
        • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
        • 1 Tb butter
        • 4 ounces Cool Whip about half small container
        • crushed peppermints optional

        Instructions

        • Set out the crust so that it's ready.
        • In a large saucepan at low heat, whisk together the two packs of chocolate pudding along with the cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and both extracts. Stir until it becomes smooth and thick, about 5 to 10 minutes.
        • Turn off the heat and add the pat of butter, whisking until the pudding is silky. Pour everything into the pie crust.
        • Allow to cool for a few minutes, then place it in fridge to set overnight (or place in freezer for a few hours, then set in fridge to thaw a few hours more).
        • Cover the top with Cool Whip. Adorn individual pieces with peppermint bits, if desired.
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        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, mint | Comments Off on Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        If you want a treat that is decadent, gorgeous, and loaded with peppermint, bake this up.

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        But once you put the peppermint bits on, eat them within a few hours. That’s right, this recipe has the same issue as the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks a few weeks ago.

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        See that picture above? That’s what the peppermint does, melting to look like stained glass. It’s a purely cosmetic issue; the bars still taste fine and the peppermint even retains a slight crunch.

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        The solution to this is pretty easy, though. Add the peppermint bits right before serving, or just omit them. Or be prepared to eat them with oozy peppermint on top, as they’ll still taste fine!

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        With that disclaimer done, I can say these things taste absolutely delicious. I mean, hello, blondies topped with cream cheese frosting! These are practically a cake.

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        Modified from County Living, December 2015.

         

        Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

        These blondies deliver sheer holiday decadence! Peppermint, white chocolate, and cream cheese frosting work together in a glorious way. Do note that the crushed peppermint bits will melt after a few hours, regardless of the temperature at which the bars are kept. They'll still taste fine, but they don't look as pretty!
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: bars, chocolate, cream cheese, mint
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        blondies

        • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, softened
        • 3/4 cup white sugar
        • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
        • 3 large eggs room temperature
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
        • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
        • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
        • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
        • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
        • 1 3/4 cup white chocolate chips 1 bag

        frosting

        • 16 ounces cream cheese 2 boxes
        • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
        • 1/2 cup peppermints crushed

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Apply nonstick spray or butter to an aluminum foil-lined 9x13 baking pan.
        • Beat together butter, both sugars, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and peppermint extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
        • Stir the dry mix into the butter mix. Add the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
        • Bake until golden brown and the middle passes the toothpick test, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan on rack until room temperature, or place in fridge to chill.
        • When the blondie base is no longer hot, beat together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until they are light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla.
        • Spread frosting over blondies. Freeze for 30 minutes or chill in fridge for several hours to set.
        • Add crushed peppermints just before serving. NOTE: after a few hours, the peppermints will melt, regardless of the temperature of the bars. It looks weird, but tastes the same, even retaining a slight crunch. Other than that, the bars keep fine in the fridge for at least 5 days.
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        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, mint | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        Do you love those peppermint meltaway candies that dissolve in your mouth with such refreshing flavor? Imagine that, in cookie form. Yes. Really.

        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        This recipe essentially makes very lightly-textured shortbread cookies. That texture arises from the use of confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch. These are like cookie clouds.

        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        Then you top those small cookies with a smear of frosting and some crushed peppermint bits. The combo… yeah. These are called meltaways, and that’s exactly what they do.

        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        Plus, these things literally LOOK like the holiday season. Like snow and peppermints.

        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        If you’re searching for a recipe to wow everyone in a cookie exchange, these are your cookies, and they don’t even taste or act like cookies. They’ll blow your mind. Blow the minds of everyone there.

        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        Modified from Taste of Home, November 2015.

         

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        Bready or Not: Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

        These cookies taste and act like peppermint meltaway candies! The cookies are like light little clouds, and are the perfect conveyance for the refreshing frosting with peppermint bits.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: cookies, mint
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        cookie dough

        • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
        • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
        • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
        • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1/2 cup cornstarch

        frosting

        • 2 Tb unsalted butter softened
        • 2 Tb milk or half & half
        • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
        • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
        • 1/4 - 1/2 cup peppermint candies crushed

        Instructions

        • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, then add peppermint extract. Gradually beat in the flour and cornstarch.
        • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or so, until the dough is firm enough to work with.
        • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Using a teaspoon scoop, dole out dough onto a cookie sheet. Use a spatula or the bottom of a glass to lightly compress the cookies, as they may not spread much while baking.
        • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until set. Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes, then move to a rack to finish cooling.
        • When the cookies are room temperature, prepare the frosting. Mash the two tablespoons butter until creamy; add the milk and peppermint extract. Beat in the confectioners' sugar until it is smooth. Add more sugar or milk, if necessary, to reach a thick yet spreadable consistency.
        • Use the back of a spoon to frost the cookies then sprinkle with peppermint candies. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper or parchment between layers. Makes about 25 teaspoon-sized cookies.
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