Brown Butter+Mizithra Cheese Shortbread

These shortbread bars are toasty from the brown butter and lightly sweet.

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Ingredients

1 c. salted butter
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. All-Purpose flour
1/3 c. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 c. Mizithra cheese, shredded
1 tbs. turbinado sugar
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

Yields Approximately 16 bars.

To Make Brown Butter

Brown butter in mixing bowl.

In a light-colored pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Give the butter an occasional stir. The butter will start to bubble and foam. Once this happens, start stirring more frequently.

Butter is foaming.

The butter will start to darken and begin to smell nutty. Once the butter reaches the desired color, remove from heat and pour butter into a heat-safe container and allow to cool to room temperature. I poured my butter into the mixing bowl I planned to make the shortbread with.

To Make the Shortbread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together until combined and the mixture is slightly lighter in color. Add vanilla extract and mix to combine. Scrape the bowl. In another small bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and the ground nutmeg. Add flour mixture to the bowl in two additions, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the Mizithra cheese and mix until just combined.

Press the dough into a greased 9×13 pan. Dock the dough with a fork. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar and the 1/4 tsp. kosher salt over the dough. Bake for 24-27 minutes until golden brown. If the shortbread starts to get dark, cover it with some aluminum foil. Let shortbread cool before cutting and removing from the pan as the bars are soft and crumbly when warm.

Brown Butter+Mizithra Cheese Shortbread

Date Gingersnaps

These are a two-bite cookie with a different kind of sweetness from the dates.

Date Gingersnaps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. date molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 c. All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground star anise
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. pitted medjool dates, diced
  • 1 c. milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. turbinado sugar

Yields Approximately 60 small cookies using 1 tablespoon-sized scoops.

Date Gingersnap Dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add eggs and beat until combined, scraping bowl after. Add date molasses, vanilla extract, orange zest, orange juice, and ginger paste. Mix until combined, then scrape the bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground star anise, ground nutmeg ground white pepper, kosher salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to dough a little at a time, scraping after each addition. Add diced dates and chocolate chips, mixing until just combined.

Roll each dough ball in turbinado sugar and the place dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until cookies are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.

Pomegranate Gingersnaps

These bake up soft and have a little crunch from the turbinado sugar the cookies are rolled in.

Pomegranate Gingersnaps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. pomegranate molasses
  • 2 c. All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 c. pomegranate arils

Sugar Mixture

  • 1/2 c. turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

Yields Approximately 18 large cookies using 2 tablespoon-sized scoops.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together butter and brown sugar until mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl, then add vanilla extract and eggs. Beat until mixture is combined. Next, add pomegranate molasses, mix until combined. Scrape the bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, and cardamom. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add pomegranate arils and mix until just combined.

In another small bowl, mix together the turbinado sugar, ginger, and cardamom. Roll dough balls in sugar mixture and then place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown and the cookies feel a little firm to the touch.

Pomegranate Gingersnap Dough

Mix and Match Granola

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
3 tbs. packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. small dice dried fruit

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and salt. Pour in the honey and oil and mix until oats are coated. Spread mixture in a thin layer on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Continue baking until granola is golden brown, about 5-15 minutes more. Remove granola and let cool, about 20 minutes. Add in fruit. Store in an air-tight container for about 2 weeks.

More things to add to granola:

Before Baking:

1 tsp. extract (vanilla, cinnamon, ect.)
½ cup coarsely chopped nuts (almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts)
1/2 cup peanut butter, Nutella, Biscoff spread, any type of nut butter (instead of honey)
1 tbs. of dried spices (cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cayenne pepper)
1-2 tbs. chia seeds, wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seeds
1/2 c. maple syrup, molasses (instead of honey)
1/2 c. olive oil, brown butter (instead of vegetable oil)
1/2 c. crushed Oreos, cookies, graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (Savory granola)
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce or other hot sauce
1 tbs. dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary)

After Baking:

1/2 cup dried/candied fruit (ginger, apples, cherries, strawberries, craisins)
1/2 cup chocolate chips, M&Ms, any chocolate candy
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup cereal (Cheerios, Chex, Frosted Flakes, Rice Cereal)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (Savory granola)
2-3 tbs. bacon bits

Mango Con Chile Snickerdoodles

These cookies are a play on the snack of mango con chile. They’re smoky and a little tangy from the addition of crystalized lime powder. If desired, you can use a store-bought chile mix like Tajin and add two tablespoons of it to a half cup of granulated sugar.

Mango Con Chile Snickerdoodles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tbs. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. dried mango, diced

Sugar Mix

  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbs. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tbs. Chipotle chile powder
  • 1/4 tbs. Ancho chile powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tbs. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. crystalized lime powder or citric acid
  • Mix ingredients in a bowl and see aside

Yields Approximately 30 Cookies using 1 tablespoon-sized scoops.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream butter, then add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl. Next, add eggs and beat until fully incorporated and the batter is lighter in color. Add vanilla, lime juice, and zest. Mix until combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, Kosher salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to bowl, a little at a time, scrapping bowl after each addition. Lastly, add in dried mango and mix until just combined.

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, take tablespoon-sized scoops of dough and roll in sugar mixture. Place dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.