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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!

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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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    Bready or Not: Peppermint Truffle Bars

    Posted by on Dec 7, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate, cookies, mint | 2 comments

    These Peppermint Truffle Bars are loaded with peppermint flavor, perfect for the holiday season or year-round!

    Bready or Not: Peppermint Truffle Bars

    If you like chocolate peppermint (or know someone who does), this is the recipe for you. A shortbread base is topped with a dense layer of soft chocolaty goodness infused with peppermint extract.

    Bready or Not: Peppermint Truffle Bars

    As with many chocolate recipes, this one has a deeper flavor if you make it a day ahead. Build that info your baking plans.

    Bready or Not: Peppermint Truffle Bars

    To make for neat bars, I cut off the edges. These are not to be wasted, of course–set them aside for select people to enjoy, and present the neatly-edged bars to a more discriminating audience.

    Modified from Best Holiday Recipes from Taste of Home 2011.

    Bready or Not: Peppermint Truffle Bars

    These Peppermint Truffle Bars are loaded with peppermint flavor, perfect for the holiday season or year-round! Modified from Best Holiday Recipes from Taste of Home 2011.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: bars, chocolate, mint
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 9×13 pan
    • nonstick spray
    • wax paper
    • heavy glass

    Ingredients

    Bottom crust

    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed (1 1/2 sticks butter)
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Chocolate layer

    • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
    • 3/4 cup milk or half & half
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cubed
    • 4 large eggs room temperature
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Instructions

    • Line a 13×9 baking pan with foil and apply nonstick spray. Preheat oven at 325-degrees.
    • In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Add vanilla. Dice in the butter. Mix ingredients until the butter resembles fine crumbs. Distribute into prepared pan. Use a piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass to compress the dough into a firm layer.
    • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are lightly brown. In the meantime, start mixing the top layer.
    • In a large pot, combine the semisweet chocolate, milk, and butter and cook on low heat until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.
    • In a large bowl, beat eggs and white sugar until it is smooth and thick. Add the peppermint extract and the chocolate mixture. Beat until incorporated and smooth. Pour over the bottom crust.
    • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the middle is set and passes the toothpick test. Cool in pan on a rack, then place in fridge to set for several hours or overnight.
    • Use foil to lift contents onto a cutting board. Slice into bars. Store in sealed container or individually wrapped in the fridge.

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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: Gingerbread Brownies

        Posted by on Nov 23, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

        These Gingerbread Brownies are the perfect holiday season treat–or make them year-round, because they are just that good.

        Bready or Not Original: Gingerbread Brownies

        These are soft, moist, and dense in texture. The chocolate flavor hits the tongue first, followed by the pleasant warmth of ginger. The combination is fantastic.

        Bready or Not Original: Gingerbread Brownies

        If you want to aim for an especially nice presentation, cut off the very edge of the brownies all the way around, then slice the interior into nice squares or rectangles.

        Bready or Not Original: Gingerbread Brownies

        Unfortunately, someone has to eat those leftover edge pieces. Oh, darn.

        Bready or Not Original: Gingerbread Brownies

        These gingerbread brownies are soft and delicious, the best parts of two fabulous treats combined into one.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Cuisine: American
        Keyword: bars, brownies, gingerbread
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 9×13 pan
        • aluminum foil

        Ingredients

        • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder sifted
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
        • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
        • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped or in chips
        • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1 stick
        • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
        • 1 cup brown sugar packed
        • 2 large eggs room temperature
        • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line 9×13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter to grease bottom and sides.
        • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
        • In a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pot, melt together the chocolate and the butter. Stir in the ginger. Let set to cool for ten minutes, then stir again.
        • In a large mixing bowl, beat together brown sugar, eggs, and molasses. Mix in the chocolate. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and even out.
        • Bake for 24 to 28 minutes. The middle should pass the toothpick test.
        • Let bars cool for several hours, speeding the process in the fridge if desired. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board for easy slicing. Store in a sealed container.

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          Bready or Not Original: Cherry Almond Bars

          Posted by on Nov 16, 2022 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

          These Cherry Almond Bars are fast to make and are a delicious, seasonally-colorful treat.

          Bready or Not Original: Cherry Almond Bars

          This recipe is a great way to use up fruit cake mix in a way that does NOT involve fruit cake. Here, I used a combination of red and green cherries with pineapple bits, but you could use all kinds of mixes.

          Bready or Not Original: Cherry Almond Bars

          The crust here is both chewy and crisp. The top is sheer candy, really, which goes so well with the pastry base.

          Bready or Not Original: Cherry Almond Bars

          This is a great treat for a cookie exchange or to set out on a holiday display!

          Bready or Not Original: Cherry Almond Bars

          Fruit cake filling isn’t just for fruit cake! Use it to make these beautifully-colorful thin, crispy bars that are perfect for holiday trays.
          Course: Dessert, Snack
          Author: Beth Cato

          Equipment

          • jelly roll pan (15x10x1-inches)
          • aluminum foil

          Ingredients

          • 2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
          • 1 cup unsalted butter cold
          • 1 cup golden raisins
          • 8 ounces fruit cake mix chopped
          • 1 cup sliced almonds
          • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

          Instructions

          • Preheat oven at 325-degres. Line jelly roll pan with a wide strip of aluminum foil. Add nonstick spray all over.
          • In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter and mash until it is crumbly. Press the mix into the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 minutes, until browned.
          • In the same bowl, place the raisins, fruit cake filling, almonds, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir to coat everything. Dollop the mix all over the crust; it’s too thick to spread, so distribute as evenly as possible. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
          • Let cool at least an hour. Slice into bars. Store in a sealed container.

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            Bready or Not: Gingerbread Bundt Cake

            Posted by on Nov 9, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | 0 comments

            Why choose between gingerbread and a cake? With this Gingerbread Bundt Cake, you get both at once!

            Bready or Not: Gingerbread Bundt Cake

            This is everything you’d look for in gingerbread, too. Loads of spices. A nice warm zing in the mouth. Sweetness to enhance everything else.

            Bready or Not: Gingerbread Bundt Cake

            I should add, this is especially good for people like me who want SOFT gingerbread. The crispy kind has its uses in architectural structures or for decorated cookies, but I’d rather eat soft gingerbread.

            Bready or Not: Gingerbread Bundt Cake

            Modified from Bake from Scratch November/December 2021.

            Bready or Not: Gingerbread Bundt Cake

            This big, beautiful bundt is everything you’d look for in a scrumptious soft gingerbread bar, only in cake form. This is an occasion to bring out your fanciest pan (and grease it well), as this would make a wonderful presentation piece for a holiday gathering! Modified from Bake from Scratch November/December 2021.
            Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
            Keyword: bundt cake, gingerbread
            Author: Beth Cato

            Equipment

            • large bundt pan
            • baking spray with flour

            Ingredients

            Cake

            • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks) room temperature
            • 2 cups brown sugar packed
            • 6 large eggs room temperature
            • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
            • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
            • 3 cups all-purpose flour
            • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground ginger
            • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
            • 1 Tablespoon ground nutmeg
            • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
            • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
            • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
            • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
            • 1 cup milk or half & half, room temperature

            Glaze

            • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
            • 1/3 cup milk or half & half
            • 2 1/2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
            • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
            • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

            Instructions

            • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. In a mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add molasses and vanilla, scraping bowl as needed.
            • In a separate large bowl, stir together flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves, allspice, and baking powder.
            • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mix alternatively with the milk. Batter may look broken at some points, but keep mixing things in and it’ll come together again.
            • Generously apply nonstick spray with flour to the interior of the bundt pan. Pour batter inside and even it out. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to knock bubbles out.
            • Bake until golden brown on top, about 1 hour. A digital thermometer plunged into the middle should read over 200-degrees. Let cake cool in pan for about 20 minutes, then invert it onto a rack to cool completely.
            • Trim the bottom of the cake, if desired, to make it flat and even (saving those remnants to nibble on, of course). Put cake on serving platter. Combine glaze ingredients. Slowly spoon over the cake to totally cover the surface. If desired, spoon up what drips off and reapply to cake a few more times, coating surface generously.
            • Let glaze set at room temperature or in the fridge. Slice and enjoy!

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