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    Pina Colada Poke Cake

    Pina Colada Poke Cake is the perfect Memorial Day dessert, or serve it at any summertime potluck or picnic. With flavors of coconut, pineapple, lime, and rum, it’s refreshing chilled and serves a crowd!

    Here it is! My go-to dessert for Summer 2024. It’s a refreshing chilled confection that tastes like a tropical vacation. It is uncomplicated, baked in a 13×9-inch pan from which you’ll also serve it. Poke cakes are all about perforating the cake all over with a fork, then adding a flavorful soaking syrup that keeps the sponge moist and delicious. This cake’s syrup is a sweet coconut-lime drench, with a touch of rum flavor (extract or the real thing – you choose!). Just as the title implies, it is inspired by the classic piña colada cocktail.

    Make the Pineapple Cake Batter
    First, whisk together flour, leaven, and salt in mixing bowl. Then, combine some eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer. Alternate the flour mixture with a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (in its own juice), until a consistent batter forms.
    If you’re a studied cake baker, then you already know how moist oil-based cakes can be. And with the addition of crushed pineapple? This is one moist and tender cake!

    Pay Attention to the Bake Times
    Bake this cake for 45 minutes, then tent the cake with foil. This helps the cake bake through without over-browning the top. Bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.
    Tip: Spritz the foil with a little cooking spray in case it touches the top of the cake. My foil tent sagged onto the cake’s surface and pulled a little of the browned top away when I removed it (see following image). Not that it matters, because it does get covered up. But if you have perfectionist tendencies, you’ll be happier with the end result.

    Poke Holes in the Baked Cake
    Use a fork or the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the warm cake. The fork is my preference, as it perforates the cake’s crumb all over, and helps every single square inch soak up some delicious coconut-lime syrup. Now. About that syrup.

    Put the Lime in the Coconut
    It’s SO flavorful and delicious! And this is thanks to Cream of Coconut, a product specifically for Pina Colada cocktails and wet cakes such as this one. I used and recommend Coco Lopez brand. It is a sweet syrupy canned coconut product that should not be confused with coconut cream or coconut milk. Be sure to get the right canned coconut!
    Combine the cream of coconut, the juice of one lime, and rum extract (or rum) in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined and then slowly spoon or pour the mixture over the warm cake.

    Make the Coconut Pudding Layer
    In a large mixing bowl, beat together vanilla instant pudding mix, heavy cream, and coconut extract. Whip until well combined and thickened. The mixture may look slightly grainy – this is normal.
    This creates a thick, billowy topping for the cake. Get it on there immediately, as the starch in the pudding mix will begin to firm quickly. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula.

    Follow up with some sweetened whipped cream. Which is just heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract. Spread it evenly over the coconut pudding topping. Refrigerate until the pudding and whipped cream are set, at least 2 hours. All those layers of tropical flavor? Just, wonderful!

    Make it Pretty
    Add some maraschino cherries with stems, coconut chips (or flake coconut) and some fresh lime slices before serving. The cake can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator without the garnishes. Or, if you must decorate the cake ahead of time, add only the cherries and coconut. The lime slices will weep juices and the rinds will dry out, so add them just before serving.

    This Pina Colada Poke Cake just screams summertime! I love how simple it is to bake up and assemble in a 13×9 inch dish. Everyone that tastes it loves it – and it makes a big cake! So if you have a summer family reunion or potluck, this may serve you (and your guests) well.
    Related recipe: Pina Colada Cupcakes

    Pina Colada Poke Cake

    Heather Baird

    The flavors of pineapple, coconut, lime, and rum all come together in this chilled sheet cake. Pineapple cake is soaked with sweet coconut-lime syrup with just a touch of rum. It’s layered with coconut pudding and sweetened whipped cream. Cream of Coconut, such as Coco Lopez brand, is a sweet syrupy canned coconut product that should not be confused with coconut cream or coconut milk. Be sure to get the right canned coconut! You can most often find it in the cocktail mixers aisle at the grocery store.As written, this cake does not have alcohol. If you prefer real rum in the soaking syrup, replace the rum extract with 2 tablespoons of rum.

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    Prep Time 30 minutes minsCook Time 55 minutes mins2 hours chill time 2 hours hrsTotal Time 3 hours hrs 25 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 12

    Equipment13×9 baking dishColorful cocktail umbrella picks (1-2)
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Pineapple CakeNonstick cooking spray for the baking dish3 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt2 cups granulated sugar3 large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup vegetable oil I like sunflower oil20 oz. crushed canned pineapple in juice 1 large canCoconut Soaking Syrup15 oz. cream of coconut 1 can such as Coco Lopez3 tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1 lime1 teaspoon rum extractCoconut Pudding Layer3.4 oz. vanilla instant pudding mix 1 small box1 1/2 cups heavy cream2 teaspoons coconut extractWhipped Cream Layer and Garnishes1 1/2 cups heavy cream1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract10 maraschino cherries with stems patted dry1/3 cup thick cut coconut chips or sweetened flake coconut toasted6 lime slices optional
    Instructions Pineapple CakePreheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking sprayIn a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil. Mix well to combine.Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the canned pineapple in juice. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again briefly until well combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, until well browned on top but not yet set in the middle.Tent the cake with a large piece of aluminum foil to prevent over-browning, the bake again for 15 additional minutes, until the cake tests done with a toothpick inserted near the center.Remove the cake from the oven and remove the foil. Poke holes all over the cake using the tines of a fork. Let cool until warm, about 20 minutes.Coconut Soaking SyrupPlace the cream of coconut in a large bowl. If it has separated in the can, stir it together until consistently creamy (a few lumps are okay, or see notes for removing lumps).Add the lime juice and rum extract. Whisk together until well combined.Spoon or pour the syrup over the warm cake slowly, so that the syrup penetrates into the perforations. Set aside.Coconut Pudding LayerIn the large bowl of an electric mixer (I used a hand mixer) add the dry pudding mix and the heavy cream. Beat on low speed until combined, then increase the speed to whip the mixture to soft peaks. Add the coconut extract. Beat again until thick and billowy. (Mixture may appear slightly grainy – this is normal).Immediately scoop the pudding onto the cake and spread evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the whipped cream topping.Whipped Cream Topping and GarnishesPlace the whipped cream in the large bowl of an electric mixer (again, I used a hand mixer for this). Whip until slightly thickened. Sprinkle in the confectioners’ sugar as you mix. Add the vanilla extract and beat until stiff peaks form.Dollop the whipped cream over the coconut pudding layer and spread evenly, leaving about 1/2 inch of the coconut pudding layer showing around the edges. Chill the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.Before serving, add the maraschino cherries and coconut. Arrange the lime slices on top, if using.Add a fun drink umbrella to complete the theme! Serve during warm weather months for picnics and potlucks – or anytime you crave a tropical treat.
    NotesWhat to Expect: This is a moist, tropical-tasting cake that is twice topped with cold creamy coconut pudding and whipped cream. It tastes fantastic chilled and improves upon refrigeration, so it can be made a couple of days ahead of serving. It has 13×9 pan simplicity and feeds a crowd!
    Get the Right Pineapple: Be sure to get the canned crushed pineapple in its own juice, and not in heavy syrup.
    Get the Right Coconut: Also, a second reminder to get the right canned coconut product. The Cream of Coconut product is often found in the beverage aisle at the grocery store near the cocktail mixers. It is sweet and syrupy.
    Separated Cream of Coconut: Upon opening the can, it may be separated, which is normal separation of fat solids from liquid. Just stir it together before using in this recipe. You may also microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt any lumps of fat back into the liquid

    Keyword 13×9 cake, butter rum extract, Coco Lopez, coconut whipped cream, cream of coconut, crushed pineapple, fresh lime juice, instant pudding mix, July Fourth desserts, lime slices, maraschino cherries, Memorial Day dessert, pina colada cake, poke cake, summer cake, tropical cake

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    Deep-Dish Pizza Bread

    Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)Using a paring knife, cut ¼ inch off top end of garlic, keeping cloves intact. Place garlic, cut side up, on foil. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon (5 grams) oil, and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Wrap in foil.Bake until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes. Unwrap garlic, and let cool completely. Squeeze pulp into a small bowl, and mash with a fork. (You should have about 2½ teaspoons or 25 grams roasted garlic paste.)In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon (195 grams) room temperature water and 3 teaspoons (15 grams) oil. Add roasted garlic paste, flour, parsley, 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) salt, rosemary, and yeast. Beat at low speed for 4 minutes; scrape paddle and bottom and sides of bowl. Beat at medium speed until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and forms a smooth, slightly sticky ball around paddle, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl and paddle. (Dough should be elastic enough to not tear when gently pulled.)Oil a medium bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 1½ hours, folding dough in bowl every 30 minutes. (To fold, use wet or oiled hands to reach under one side of dough; gently stretch up, and fold over center. Repeat 3 more times around bowl.) (Dough will double in size.)Brush a 6-cup charlotte cake pan with remaining 2 teaspoons (10 grams) oil. Turn out dough into prepared pan, and using greased fingertips, gently stretch dough to completely fill pan. (If dough is tight and will not stretch completely, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and then try again.) Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until dough fills pan about halfway, 30 to 45 minutes.Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).Bake until top of dough starts to brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 205°F (96°C), 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Leave oven on. Invert bread onto a baking sheet. Top with Pizza Sauce and cheese.Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Top with basil leaves. Let cool on pan for 5 to 10 minutes.For topping: In a small bowl, stir together tomatoes, basil, and oil; spoon onto cheese. Serve immediately. LEGGI TUTTO

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    World Baking Day: Editor’s Picks & Reader Favorites!

    Today is a day to celebrate all things baking—it’s World Baking Day! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, there’s no better excuse to get your hands covered in flour and create some delicious magic.
    To inspire your baking adventures, we’re pulling out all the stops! Some of our editorial team members are sharing their all-time favorite recipes from the pages of Bake from Scratch. Plus, we’re revisiting some of our most popular creations from the past few years, as determined by you, our amazing readers!
    Get ready to roll up your sleeves, preheat your ovens, and celebrate World Baking Day in the sweetest way possible!
    Editorial Favorites

    Nancy Meeks, Editorial DirectorMimicking the crisp, flaky texture of croissants, these Croissant French Bread loaves are everything you love about puff pastry without the intensive time and labor. The layers of buttery goodness rise throughout the length of the baguettes, creating a golden-brown crust meant for tearing and sharing.

    Kile Pointer, Graphic Designer Made up of a layer of chewy, lightly crisp dough, a melty blend of cheeses, sautéed vegetables, sausage, pepperoni, and homemade Pizza Sauce, this is a pizza that eats like a multicourse dinner. Although locals of the Windy City may argue whether this pizza is a knife-and-fork ordeal or a handheld meal, we say that as long as you enjoy every bite, you’re doing it right.

    Meg Lundberg, Senior Copy Editor, FoodWe’re big fans of an ambitious holiday crossover, and these Gingerbread Cookie Cheesecake Bars are just that. An indulgent layer of cheesecake filling is sandwiched between chewy, delicately spiced gingerbread dough. It’s a simple formula, but when that molasses-rich gingerbread meets that vanilla-scented cheesecake, you’ll get flavor fireworks. It packs all of the richness you could want—but in a neat gluten-free package. Our Most Popular Recipes per Year

    Much like pound cake, the 1-2-3-4 cake gets its name from the proportions of its base ingredients: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs. It’s so straightforward, you may not even have to write it down—making it easy to impress friends and family with, oh, just a little something you whipped up.

    Almond-scented cake batter is swirled with traditional frangipane, which adds nutty flavor and tenderness to the crumb of this cake. Studded with berries and gently dusted with confectioners’ sugar, this Berry Frangipane Cake is simple but gorgeous. As a bonus, this recipe calls for frozen berries, meaning this recipe is always in season for baking.

    A staple in most Mediterranean kitchens, this light, and barely sweet Classic Olive Oil Cake is perfect for an afternoon snack or late-morning tea. A final brush of olive oil just before serving brings the fruity flavor to the front of your palate as soon as you take a bite.

    We took the classic French one-layer cake (our editor-in-chief’s favorite!) from round to rectangle in this Gâteau Basque Loaf. A tender, golden crust encases a surprise center of thick, velvety Custard Filling, a defining factor of the original gâteau Basque, with a thin layer of fresh blueberries to bring brightness to every slice.

    These cakes bring the ever-popular combination of strawberries and cream to each decadent slice. With homemade strawberry sauce swirled into each loaf, they’re just as beautiful as they are delicious.  LEGGI TUTTO

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    Mangonada Recipe

    The Mangonada is a spicy-sweet frozen concoction of mango, lime, and chamoy that originated in Mexico. It comes together quickly in a blender for those hot days when a chilly treat is necessary!

    Recently I made an impulse purchase of 8 pounds of fresh honey mangos – with no real plans for them. Aside from just eating them. I couldn’t help myself! Mostly because the price was right and ripe mangoes are so sweet and juicy on their own. It’s hard to improve upon eating them out of hand. But honey mangoes (Ataúlfo) are especially good – less fibrous than other varieties. Which makes them ideal for blending up with some mango nectar, lime, and a little spicy chamoy. With just a few ingredients and a blender, you can have the spicy-sweet sensation known as the mangonada.
    Mangonadas can be enjoyed a few ways. Blend up the ingredients with no sugar added for something akin to a sweet-spicy smoothie. Or, add a little cane sugar or other natural sweetener for a more dessert-like treat. Another way to enjoy them is cocktail-style, with a splash of tequila.

    Mangonada Origins
    The mangonada is a beloved Mexican street food and chilly treat, often enjoyed during scorching summer weather. It’s a mango-based frozen beverage layered with chamoy sauce—a savory, spicy, and tangy Mexican condiment—and topped with fresh mango chunks.  Additionally, the drink is often garnished with a tamarind candy straw, which is a plastic straw covered with tamarind paste and rolled in chili powder. It is sweet, sour and hot all at once, and complements the fruity mango flavor.
    Although mostly attributed to origins in Mexico, it should be mentioned that a Hispanic couple from Chicago claim to have invented it in the 2000’s, inspired by a childhood treat. You can read more about that here. 
    Ready to try it? Let’s go!

    Prep Your Mangoes
    Begin with ripe fresh mangos. They don’t have to be honey mangoes. Use what looks, smells, and feels ripest. Ripe mangoes will smell fragrant and feel soft under gentle pressure from your thumb. You’ll need about 4-5 mangoes to get the 1 lb. of chunks needed for this recipe. Cut them lengthwise on either side of the pit, so that you have two equal sized pieces of mango. Then, score each piece into squares using a knife on the cut (flesh) side without cutting through the skin. Then, invert the mango pieces, pushing the skin side upward and exposing the squares of mango flesh. Next, just trim them off the skin with a knife. (See video for this action!)
    Frozen diced mangoes may be used to remove this step, but they may not have the same brilliant color and ripe flavor that fresh mangoes have.

    Into the Blender
    In the pitcher of an electric blender, combine the prepared frozen mangoes, freshly squeezed lime juice, mango nectar, and a cup of ice.

    Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, ensuring all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. You can give the mixture a taste here, and if it is too tart, you may add in a little cane sugar or simple syrup to sweeten it up. (See blog notes for simple syrup recipe.)

    Rim Your Glasses
    Chamoy sauce is key for this recipe – the exact ingredients can vary, but typically chamoy recipes include a combination of fruit, such as apricot, mango, or plum. Also in the mix – chili peppers like guajillo or ancho. And lime juice, salt, and sugar. Some people make their own. But since I’m nowhere near qualified to make an authentic chamoy, I’ll rely on good old Tajín brand. As well as their chili-lime seasoning.
    Place chamoy and chili lime seasoning in two small shallow dishes. First dip a glass in the chamoy, then dip into the seasoning.

    Layer with Chamoy Sauce in Glasses
    Pour a small amount – about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon – of chamoy into the bottom of each glass. Add the pureed mango mixture to fill the glass half full. Add in another spoonful of chamoy. Fill the glass to the top with the mango mixture.

    Add a Tamarind Candy Straw
    Add a tamarind straw to each beverage. These are made with tamarind paste mixed with sugar, chili powder, and other seasonings to create a sweet, sour, and spicy candy coating on plastic yellow straws. When placed in a drink, the tamarind straw gradually softens, infusing the beverage with its flavor – or you can just nibble on it! The kind I purchased doesn’t really function as a drinking straw until you clear the tamarind paste from inside the straw – and there’s a bunch up in there!

    Garnish the Mangonadas
    Top each Mangonada with fresh, juicy mango chunks. Drizzle on a little extra chamoy and shake on a touch more chili lime seasoning. Done and done!

    Make it a Cocktail
    As I mentioned earlier, Mangonadas can easily be transformed into a cocktail. Simply add a splash of your favorite tequila or vodka to the blender pitcher, along with the other ingredients before pureeing. More on this in the recipe notes.

    Mangonadas are smooth and creamy, and somehow the tangy, salty chamoy makes the mango taste even sweeter! It seems like everyone has a different way to make them, but all have the same basic components. I kept this recipe very simple. You should be able to find everything you need at the grocery store in the international aisle, or for purchase online.
    Hopefully you’ll find this recipe helpful, as it comes just in time for enjoying a cold beverage in hot weather. We already have summer temps here in the south, so I think I’m going to need another 8 pounds of fresh mangoes soon!
    Related recipe: Mango Raspberry Lassi Ice Pops

    Mangonada Recipe

    Heather Baird

    This Mexico-born sweet sip is the perfect way to beat the heat when temps rise and a chilly treat is necessary! Made with fresh mangoes, lime juice, mango nectar, chamoy, and chili-lime seasoning, it all comes together in the blender in a snap. This is often served as a smoothie-like treat with no sugar or alcohol added, which is how I prefer them. However, you can find variations for sweetening the mixture, along with instructions for turning your mangonada into a cocktail, in the recipe notes.

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    Prep Time 15 minutes minsTotal Time 15 minutes mins

    Course Dessert, Snack, Street FoodCuisine Mexican

    Servings 4

    Equipment8 oz. glasses (4)
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 16 oz. frozen fresh mango chunks2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice11.3 oz. mango nectar 1 can, such as Jumex1 cup ice3 tablespoons chili-lime seasoning such as Tajin Clásico1/2 cup chamoy sauce such as Tajin, plus more for garnishes2 mini tamarindo straws optionalFresh mango chunks from 1 mango
    Instructions Place the frozen mango chunks, lime juice, 1 cup of the mango nectar, and ice in the pitcher of a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the remainder of the mango nectar through the lid hole as you blend. When the mixture is smooth and has a thick, sorbet-like consistency, it is ready to use. This should take about 2 minutes.Place two shallow dishes side by side. On one plate, add some chamoy, and on the other add the chili-lime seasoning. Dip the rim of each 8 oz. glass into the chamoy, then into the seasoning.Add a little chamoy (1/2 to 1 tablespoon) into the bottom of each of the glasses; fill half full with the mango mixture. Add another spoonful of chamoy, and then fill the glass to the top with the mango mixture. At this point, you can swirl the layers of mango and chamoy together with a spoon, or leave them with distinct layers.Add a tamarind straw to each glass, if using. Top each mangonada with fresh mango chunks, an extra drizzle of chamoy, and a little more chili-lime seasoning.Enjoy immediately as a remedy for hot weather, or for any sunny gathering.
    NotesPrepackaged Frozen Mango Chunks: You can absolutely use frozen mango chunks from the freezer section at the grocery store. However, it’s really difficult to judge the ripeness of the product. If you find your frozen mango chunks are tart, blend in some cane sugar or simple syrup to taste.
    Increase the Sweet: As I mentioned, cane sugar is a wonderful, natural sweetener to use to sweeten this beverage. Blend in a little sugar at a time, tasting between blending, until it suits your palate. Or you can add simple sugar, which incorporates easily into the mixture. To make simple sugar, add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is melted. Then use as a drink sweetener.
    Make it a Cocktail: The general rule for cocktails is 1.5 to 2 oz. of alcohol per 8 oz. drink. So for this recipe which makes four 8 oz. servings, you could blend in up to 1 cup of tequila or vodka. But as always, you should add this to your taste and preference.
    **This recipe was developed from research across several different websites and a travel magazine. Although attributed to origins in Mexico, it should be mentioned that a Hispanic couple from Chicago claim to have invented it in the 2000’s, inspired by a childhood treat. You can read more about that here. 

    Keyword chamoy, chili lime seasoning, easy mangonada recipe, fresh lime juice, fresh mangoes, honey mangoes, mangonada recipe, mexican cocktail, tajin, tamarind straws, tequila, vodka

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    Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders and my Mother’s Day Brunch Menu (with Recipes)

    A pan of Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders is the easiest and tastiest make-ahead main dish for Mother’s Day Brunch. Learn how to make them, and get my entire Mother’s Day Brunch menu with recipes.

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I’m always eager to explore a new menu for our annual brunch gathering. This year I tested a new savory dish – Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders. They were so simple to assemble, and you can do most of work a day (or two!) ahead. This is such a time-saver and you won’t have to be tied to the kitchen. Instead, you can spend more time with the special ladies in your life.
    This isn’t the first year I’ve shared my Mother’s Day Brunch menu. You can see a previous feast from 2018 right here. This new menu reflects a few items that can be served to those with gluten intolerance. My sweet mother-in-law has a few dietary considerations. So this menu has something for everyone.

    Prep the Buns
    Start with some ready-made rolls or slider buns. Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are perfect for this. Because they are so soft and delicious, and they also fit perfectly in a 9×9 inch pan. Or, you can use brioche slider buns. They’re slightly less sweet than the Hawaiian rolls, if that matters to you. Remove the rolls from their packaging and, without separating them, slice them in half horizontally.
    Then, spread the cut side of the roll bottoms with a mixture of horseradish cream and mayo. And make sure that you’re using horseradish cream – and not straight up horseradish! The latter is too assertive to use as a sandwich spread. (Well, I think so anyway..)

    Layer on Ham and Cheese
    Assemble a layer of deli sliced ham on top. Black Forest ham is slightly smoky and very savory, which contrasts the sweetness of the rolls. It’s what I used and recommend. Next, place slices of Swiss cheese in an even layer over the ham.
    Place the roll tops on the assembled ham and swiss. At this stage, you can cover the entire pan and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Or, you if you’re serving the same day, you can just carry on with the recipe as directed.

    Make the Slider Dressing
    Melt a stick of butter in a saucepan, then sauté some chopped onion in the butter. Then you’ll add a little brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and garlic powder. Mix this all up and cook until everything looks incorporated and saucy. This only takes about 5 minutes.

    Dress the Sandwiches
    Pour the mixture from the pan on top of the rolls, or spoon it over if that seems easier. There’s more than enough of the mixture to generously coat all of the rolls.

    Cover and Chill Overnight
    If you’re making this one day ahead, then you can dress the rolls then refrigerate them overnight. However, if they’re going to be hanging out in the refrigerator for a couple of days, wait to dress the rolls until the day before or the day of baking. Because the dressed sliders may become soggy over time in the refrigerator.

    Serve from the Pan
    The sliders will stay warmer longer if they’re kept together and served from the pan. These are delicious warm, but also quite good at room temperature! So even if they cool, they’re still going to taste awesome.

    A Gluten-Free Main – Triple Cheese Omelet Bake
    Triple Cheese Omelet Bake is another make-ahead gem that often shows up for our Christmas Breakfast. (Who wants to be in the kitchen all of Christmas morning?) But it’s convenient for nearly any occasion, even just for a quick breakfast that you can scoop out and heat up in portions during the work week.
    This recipe is naturally gluten-free, provided your cheeses aren’t hiding any gluten in stabilizers or thickeners (so be a label-reader!). I adapt this recipe further, replacing the cheeses and milk with dairy-free options. You can read more about my swaps in the recipe notes in this blog post.

    Chilled Bites
    Cold shrimp cocktail is a mainstay at most of my gatherings, because it’s refreshing, unfussy, and there’s little work involved. Just get yourself some large cooked cocktail shrimp (tails on) and some ready-made cocktail sauce. Portion some of the sauce in small glasses with a few shrimp arranged around the edges. Or you could put them out buffet-style – all on a plate with the sauce in the center. If you’re looking to up the ante, you could make my Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, which is easy and a little fancy.
    Brunch needs salad, if you ask me. One of my favorites is made with already triple-washed spring mix, sliced strawberries, with a scattering of almonds (or pecans). Serve with your favorite ready-made dressing. I love blue cheese on this, and balsamic vinaigrette is tasty for those who can’t have dairy.
    Place a bowl of chilled cut fruit nearby. Melon chunks, berries, and grapes give a nice variety. And they can all be prepped a day ahead and refrigerated overnight.

    Fancy Chips
    Personally, I love chips with a sandwich. Terra Chips are made of a variety of root vegetables such as yucca, white and orange sweet potato, parsnips, and beets. These look so pretty on the table, and they go well with the ham and cheese sliders. You can find them at just about any grocery store. I serve them often!

    Sweet Things
    I think I’ve mentioned before that my mom was a pastor’s wife (now retired). So, she’s done her fair share of cooking and serving her community. She often made these Pineapple Orange Muffins for fellowships, potlucks, and receptions. We just love them. They store well and stay moist, due to the entire can of undrained pineapple in the batter. Get the recipe for them right here.

    I couldn’t resist making my Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake for this brunch! Instead of keeping it in cake form, I sliced it into easy to serve pieces. Which also better showcases its swirly interior.

    A Citrusy, Rosy Punch
    Lemon Sorbet Punch is a trusted favorite for all kinds of parties and receptions (I developed the recipe in 2015!). It starts with a can of frozen lemon concentrate, and if you use the pink lemonade variety, you’ll end up with the rosy hue you see here. Visit this recipe right here.

    This menu isn’t difficult to put together – especially the make-ahead Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders – also the Triple Cheese Omelet Bake. If you have too little time to make the sweets, I’d recommend a tall platter of your favorite purchased doughnuts (such as Krispy Kreme – the glazed originals for my crowd!)
    Happy Mother’s Day to every mom, and to every person who fills that role!
    Related recipe: My Mother’s Day Brunch Menu With Recipes

    Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Heather Baird

    These sliders are so easy to assemble, and you can customize them to your favorite meat and cheese, although the combination of ham and Swiss is not to be missed! (See recipe notes for variations). Make them ahead for an easy bake-and-serve dish. Hawaiian sweet rolls are widely available and one 12 oz. package fits perfectly into a 9×9 inch dish. If you’re looking for a less sweet options, the use brioche slider rolls, which can be found at most grocery stores in the bakery section.

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    Prep Time 25 minutes minsCook Time 30 minutes minsTotal Time 55 minutes mins

    Course Brunch, Main CourseCuisine American

    Servings 12 sliders

    Equipment9×9 inch baking dish
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 12 oz. Hawaiian sweet rolls (1 package) or brioche slicer buns¼ cup horseradish cream sauce¼ cup mayonnaise¾ lb. sliced deli ham such as Black Forest ham8 slices Swiss cheese½ cup salted butter3 tablespoons chopped onion1 tablespoon light brown sugar1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard such as Gulden’s2 teaspoons poppy seeds2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce½ teaspoon garlic powder
    Instructions Cut the rolls in half horizontally without separating them.In a small bowl, whisk together the horseradish cream sauce and mayo until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture over the cut side of the roll bottoms. Place the roll bottoms into a 9×9-inch baking dish with deep sides.Layer ham evenly over the horseradish mixture, followed by the Swiss cheese. Replace the roll tops.Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until the onion is tender and translucent. Stir in the brown sugar, mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Stir until the sugar is melted, about 1 minutes.Pour the mixture over the rolls. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. (See recipe notes for longer storage).Preheat the oven to 350F.Bake the rolls covered in the foil for 25 minutes. Then uncover and bake until golden brown and shiny on top, about 5-7 minutes more.Serve warm or at room temperature.
    NotesMake 2+ Days Ahead: If you need an even longer head start on these sliders, then assemble the sandwiches, cover and refrigerate, but do not add the buttery dressing. Dressed, these can become soggy over more than a couple of days in the refrigerator. Make the dressing and pour over the rolls the day before serving and refrigerate. Or, just do it the day of serving (it only takes about 5 minutes to cook!).
    Switch up the flavors!

    Spicy Chipotle: Use chipotle mayo instead of the horseradish sauce mixture, use deli turkey instead of ham, and add pepper jack cheese instead of Swiss. .
    Southern BBQ: Keep the horseradish sauce, but add some barbecue sauce to it for a tangy kick. Use pulled pork from your favorite BBQ joint (or grocery store), cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, and serve these with a side of cole slaw.
    Cuban-Inspired: (Tampa Cuban) Coat roll bottoms with a thin, even layer of mustard instead of horseradish sauce, and keep the ham, but add a layer of Genoa salami. Add slices of dill pickles and Swiss cheese.

    Keyword baked sliders, deli ham, ham and cheese sliders, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, horseradish sauce, make ahead main dish, make ahead party food, poppy seeds, sliders, swiss cheese, Worcestershire sauce

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    Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes

    These Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes are inspired by the flavors of Derby Pie, which is often served during the Kentucky Derby. Brown sugar cupcakes have a bourbon-walnut praline center, and they’re topped with rich bourbon-spiked chocolate buttercream.

    The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May each year. And as a dyed-in-the-wool southerner I can’t let it pass by without celebrating it with food. I’ve said it before – I’m not really a follower of thoroughbreds, but I am a huge fan of the food that surrounds Derby Day!
    This cupcake recipe starts with a brown sugar cake batter, which has a healthy dose of bourbon in the mix. A bourbon-walnut praline filling is baked right into the cupcake. Which gives it something akin to a ‘bourbon ball‘ center. Chocolate buttercream – again – spiked with bourbon, has truffle-like flavor and consistency. Toasted walnuts and mini chocolate chips give a nod to it’s inspiration – Derby Pie. Have you heard of it?

    Inspired by Derby Pie
    To understand the inspiration for this cupcake, you first need to know about Derby Pie. It’s a famous dessert that originated in Louisville, Kentucky. Rich and decadent, it’s typically made with a filling of chocolate chips, walnuts, and bourbon. (Think pecan pie family, but with chocolate and walnuts.) While Derby Pie is not an official dish created specifically for the Kentucky Derby, it has become strongly associated with the event.
    The Derby Pie recipe was created in the 1950’s by the Kern family, who own Kern’s Kitchen in Louisville. They are highly protective of their secret family recipe and the confection’s trademark name, which is why you probably won’t ever find a copycat recipe for it here.

    Make the Bourbon Walnut Praline
    Mix up the bourbon walnut praline filling first, since it needs to be refrigerated before use. Combine the following until well blended: toasted chopped walnuts, vanilla wafer crumbs, brown sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup (or honey), and bourbon, of course. Put it in the refrigerator while you make the cupcakes.
    Bourbon Buying Tip: Use a Kentucky bourbon that you like to drink. Or, something with a pleasing fragrance. Super fancy and expensive varieties need not apply. Just use something mid-range such as Wild Turkey 101, or a small bottle of Maker’s Mark will do the trick. 80 proof is fine. Because most of the alcohol cooks out during baking.

    Make the Brown Sugar Cake Batter
    Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy, then add in egg one at a time. Alternate the dry ingredients with sour cream and bourbon. All of which results in a heavenly spiced fluffy cake batter.

    Divide the batter between cupcake liners using a trigger ice cream scoop (such as this one). Then, with a teaspoon measure, scoop the chilled walnut praline mixture on top of each scoop of cake batter. Press the praline mixture down into the batter with the back of the teaspoon. Next, gently swirl the cake batter over the praline. Use a butter knife for this – it works well! (See video for this action.)

    Bake and Cool
    Bake the cupcakes in a preheated 350°F oven for about 18 minutes. When they’re done, the cupcake tops will be cracked and the filling will have bubbled up a little. Cool the cakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.

    Make the Chocolate Bourbon-Spiked Buttercream
    Cream together room temperature butter with confectioners’ sugar. Then add melted unsweetened chocolate (the Baker’s Bar kind) and 2 tablespoons of bourbon. If you can’t find unsweet chocolate, you can use bittersweet chocolate as a substitute. Beat everything together until thick and consistently chocolate-hued. Add in whole milk a little at a time to thin the mixture, then whip until light and fluffy.

    Frost the Cupcakes
    Immediately transfer the frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a French piping tip (open star, Ateco #828). Pipe one swirl of frosting onto each cupcake and immediately sprinkle on chopped walnuts and mini chocolate chips.
    Note: This chocolate frosting has setting properties akin to ganache. However, not quite as firmly set. But still firm enough to clog your piping tip if you leave it at room temp for more than 30 minutes. So don’t tarry with the frosting – get to piping!

    Garnish your Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes with black cocktail cherries. Although, this can be optional. But it’s such a nice touch. And it’s a nod to the popular Old Fashioned cocktail, made with bourbon and muddled cherries. Find them for purchase right here!

    And if you’re all in for the Derby theme, then you can find the cute equestrian cocktail picks I used right here.

    I can’t help but think these would be great for Father’s Day as well. But with their bourbon ball-like centers and lightly spiced brown sugar cake? Also fall and winter holidays. (I know, too soon!)

    If you’re looking for something rich, decadent, and uniquely southern – then this may be the ticket. Make them for Derby Day, Father’s Day, or for the bourbon enthusiast/aficionado in your life. Or if you’re always looking ahead (like me!) bookmark them for holiday fare. Because nothing says special occasion like a sweet treat infused with good ol’ Kentucky bourbon.
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    Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes

    Heather Baird

    These Bourbon Brown Sugar Cupcakes are inspired by the staple dessert of the Kentucky Derby: Derby Pie. Brown sugar cake batter is infused with bourbon, and filled with a bourbon walnut-praline mixture – flavors and textures that resemble a classic bourbon ball. The bourbon-spiked chocolate buttercream makes these truly decadent, and worthy treat for watching the most exciting two minutes in sports. However, you don’t have to be a Derby fan to make these cupcakes.See recipe notes for no-alcohol suggestions.

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    Prep Time 20 minutes minsCook Time 18 minutes mins30 minutes cooling time 30 minutes minsTotal Time 1 hour hr 8 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, Southern United States

    Servings 16

    EquipmentDecorator piping tip Ateco #828Piping bag
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Bourbon walnut praline filling1/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted1/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs3/4 teaspoon unsweet cocoa powder1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar1 teaspoon light corn syrup or honey1 tablespoon Kentucky bourbonBrown sugar cupcakes2 cups cake flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon allspice1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature3/4 cup light brown sugar2 large eggs3/4 cup sour cream1/4 cup Kentucky bourbonBourbon chocolate buttercream4 oz. unsweet chocolate chopped1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature2 cups confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon1/4 cup whole milk or cream1/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips16 black cocktail cherries such as Amarena or Luxardo cherries
    Instructions Bourbon walnut praline fillingCombine the walnuts, vanilla wafer crumbs, cocoa powder, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the corn syrup and bourbon. Mix well with a rubber spatula until well blended. Refrigerate the mixture while you make the cupcakes.Brown sugar cupcakesPreheat the oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with 16 paper liners.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and sea salt. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs in one at a time. Mix well after each addition.Add 1/3 of the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until just combined. Add half of the sour cream and all of the bourbon to the batter; beat until just combined. Add in another 1/3 of the dry flour mixture; mix again. Add the remaining sour cream; mix until just combined. Finally, add the last 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until a fluffy consistent batter is achieved, about 2 minutes.Portion the batter into the prepared cupcake tins (use a trigger ice cream scoop if you have one, or 1/4 cup measure). Remove the bourbon walnut praline filling from the refrigerator and scoop it by the level 1 teaspoonful. Place one teaspoon of the filling on top of each portioned cup of batter. Press the filling down into the batter using the back of the teaspoon, or with a butter knife. Gently swirl the batter over the filling (see video for this action).Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen, the tops are slightly crackled. Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.Bourbon chocolate buttercreamPlace the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 1 minute increments at 100% power, stirring well in between heatings, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. (About 2 minutes total time.) Set aside to cool slightly.Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low speed at first, then medium speed, until the mixture is crumbly and partially combined. Add in the cooled melted chocolate and the bourbon. Mix again until a thick consistently chocolate frosting is achieved. Add milk and beat until light and fluffy. If mixture seems thick, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes to piping consistency.Immediately transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip (also called French piping tip, or Ateco #828). Pipe one swirl on top of each cupcake. Sprinkle with walnuts and mini chocolate chips. Add one cocktail cherry to each center swirl of frosting.Store cupcakes air tight in a cupcake keeper, or well covered with plastic wrap.
    NotesWhat to expect: These cakes are rich with a sturdy brown sugar cake base filled with bourbon walnut praline. The center tastes like a classic bourbon ball. The frosting is rich and deeply chocolaty. When first assembled, you may have a slight boozy note of alcohol from the frosting, but the next day the bourbon will have mellowed and all that’s left is the nuanced flavors of the bourbon.
    No Alcohol Version: It’s difficult to find a good replacement for bourbon in baking recipes. My choice is apple juice (no sugar added) mixed with a little bourbon vanilla extract. For this recipe, replace the bourbon in the filling with 1 tablespoon apple juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.  For the cake portion, replace the 1/4 cup bourbon with 1/4 cup apple juice with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. For the buttercream, simply omit the bourbon and replace it with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
    Pipe Swiftly: This chocolate frosting has setting properties akin to ganache. However, not quite as firmly set. But still firm enough to clog your piping tip if you leave it at room temp for more than 30 minutes. So don’t tarry with the frosting – get to piping!
    What Kind of Bourbon: Use a Kentucky bourbon that you like to drink. Or, something with a fragrance that you find pleasing. Super fancy and expensive varieties need not apply. Just use something mid-range such as Wild Turkey 101, or a small bottle of Maker’s Mark will do the trick. 80 proof is fine. Because most of the alcohol cooks out during baking.

    Keyword bourbon balls, bourbon chocolate buttercream, brown sugar bourbon cupcakes, brown sugar cake, Derby Day recipe, derby pie cupcakes, Kentucky bourbon, Kentucky Derby recipe, walnut praline filling

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    Roasted Garlic-and-Caramelized Onion Focaccia Rolls

    For garlic: In a small saucepan, place garlic. Add enough olive oil to submerge garlic. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring frequently, until garlic is very soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.Crush roasted garlic in oil; transfer mixture to a resealable jar, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.For onions: In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, sugar, and kosher salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.For dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons (270 grams) room temperature water and 1½ tablespoons (21 grams) extra-virgin olive oil. Add flour, kosher salt, and yeast. Using the paddle attachment, beat at low speed until combined, about 1 minute; scrape sides of bowl and paddle. Beat at medium-low speed until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and forms a smooth ball on paddle, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.Oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 1½ hours, folding dough in bowl every 30 minutes. (To fold, use wet or oiled hands to reach under one side of dough; gently stretch up, and fold over center. Repeat 3 more times around bowl.)Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 12 portions (about 58 grams each). Place each portion into a prepared muffin cup. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed and dough just reaches top of muffin cups, about 20 minutes.Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).Drizzle remaining 1½ tablespoons (21 grams) extra-virgin olive oil onto rolls. Using your fingers, dimple dough, touching pan through dough without tearing dough.Dot or spread about 1 crushed roasted garlic clove on each roll. Season with sea salt (if using).Bake until tops are lightly browned and almost set, about 5 minutes. Top rolls with caramelized onion as desired. Bake until rolls are golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 6 to 7 minutes more. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Brush warm rolls with oil from roasted garlic. Garnish with rosemary, if desired. Serve warm. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies

    These Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies have bold peanut butter flavor with subtle sweet heat from gochujang chile paste.

    If you had asked me what to do with gochujang a couple of weeks ago, I would have told you all about my husband’s favorite Korean beef bowl recipe. It never occurred to me to incorporate the chile paste into desserts – until I saw a recipe by Eric Kim, cooking columnist for the New York Times, for Gochujang Caramel Cookies (by way of Chef John). What a brilliant idea! His recipe was often reviewed as tasting ..’like a snickerdoodle with heat”.
    Much as a spicy snickerdoodle appealed to me, I was eager to put my own spin on the idea. Recalling one of my favorite spicy peanut noodle dishes, I decided gochujang would be absolutely delicious in peanut butter cookie dough. Off to the drawing board I went, and returned with a batch of Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies that were gobbled up immediately!

    About Gochujang
    Gochujang is a staple in Korean cuisine. It’s a fermented chili paste made primarily from red chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt. This mixture is traditionally fermented in earthenware pots for several months to develop its flavors: heat and spice, with a touch of sweetness. You’ll often find it in dishes like bibimbap and bulgogi marinades. Gochujang comes in both paste and sauce forms – for this recipe, be sure to use gochujang chile paste (concentrate).
    Gochu (GO-CHU) = “Chile pepper”Jang (rhymes with Tang) = “Fermented soybean”

    Make the Gochujang-Brown Sugar Mixture
    Stir together 1 tablespoon of room temperature butter, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of gochujang paste in a small bowl. Mix well, mashing the ingredients together with a rubber spatula until well incorporated. Set aside.

    Make the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
    In the bowl of an electric mixer (I used a hand mixer) cream together butter, brown and white sugars, egg yolks, vanilla, and creamy peanut butter. Use shelf-stable creamy peanut butter for the best results. Add in flour, leavens and salt, and beat until the mixture forms thick dough.

    Swirl in the Gochujang Mixture
    Scrape down the cookie dough and spread it down evenly into the bowl using a rubber spatula. Then, dot the surface of the cookie dough with the gochujang mixture. Gently swirl and fold it into the cookie dough; avoid over-mixing. This creates pockets of gochujang in the dough.

    Repeat the process with the remaining gochujang mixture (see video of the mixing process). The end result should have visible ribbons of the gochujang mixture running throughout the dough.

    Use a Cookie Scoop!
    Here I go again preaching the virtues of the cookie scoop – but it’s a real time-saver! You can find the one I use right here. Scoop dough out onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Because the spread, space them out 2-3 inches apart. And only place about six per 13×9 inch baking sheet. Which is the size cookie sheet I used.
    Add some coarsely chopped peanuts on top of each dough mound before baking. These only bake for about 10 minutes, and they’ll be soft right from the oven. So let them cool and firm up before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

    After taking these from the oven, the cookies will be slightly puffed. Rap the pan on the counter top 2-3 times to deflate them and to create that craggy, pillowed look.

    Cool on the Pans
    Wait just a few minutes before removing these from the pan – while they are hot they are soft. So give them 5 minutes to cool on the pans to firm up a little.
    I love how these cookies turned out – sweet and peanut-ty with a little hit of salt and heat from the gochujang. I almost wish I could re-write Sea Salt Sweet to include these cookies. They’d go in the same “Well Seasoned” chapter as the Miso Caramel Cupcakes with Ramen Brittle I developed for the book. (Page 177 if you have it, pictured below.)
    Miso Caramel Cupcakes from Sea Salt Sweet.

    These cookies are so deliciously peanut buttery, with mild sweet heat. The gochujang is not as assertive as you might expect. However, the heat level may vary with different brands of gochujang. So if you’re looking for a really great one, I use and recommend Mother in Law’s Kimchi brand.
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    Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies

    Heather Baird

    Sweet with a little heat and filled with peanut butter flavor, these Peanut Butter Gochujang Cookies are chewy and delicious. Perfect for the gourmand or chile pepper enthusiast in your life. Gochujang is a Korean chile paste that can be found in the Asian food section at most grocery stores, and online. Be sure to buy the paste and not the sauce, the paste is concentrated and works best in this recipe.

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    Prep Time 15 minutes minsCook Time 10 minutes minsTotal Time 25 minutes mins

    Course DessertCuisine American, Korean

    Servings 24 cookies

    Equipmentlarge baking sheetsparchment paper
    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric Gochujang mixture1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature2 tablespoons light brown sugar1 1/2 tablespoons gochujang fermented chile pastePeanut butter cookie dough1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature3/4 cup light brown sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar2 large egg yolks1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup creamy peanut butter shelf stable such as Skippy or Jif1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt1/3 cup peanuts salted variety coarsely chopped
    Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two or more large baking sheets with parchment paper.Gochujang mixtureMix the butter, brown sugar, and gochujang in a small bowl to form a paste.Use a small rubber spatula to effectively mash and stir the ingredients together. Set aside.Peanut butter cookie doughIn the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.Beat in the egg yolks. Add the vanilla extract and mix again. Add the peanut butter and beat until smooth and consistent, about 2 minutes.Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and flatten the surface of the dough.Dot half of the gochujang mixture onto the surface of the dough; roughly swirl and fold into the dough; don’t overmix. (See video for visual.) Repeat dotting process with remaining gochujang mixture. Swirl it into the dough with a spatula or knife. Avoid over-mixing. You want to see ribbons of the gochujang running through the dough.Scoop the dough into 24 balls using a small cookie scoop. Arrange them well-spaced on the prepared baking sheets. Top each dough ball with a few of the chopped peanuts.Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately rap the bottom of the baking sheet on a work surface to slightly flatten the cookies, which creates the craggy, pillowed texture shown. (You can skip this step and the cookies will deflate slightly. But they won’t have the exact same texture shown.)Let cool 5 minutes on the pan, or until they are firm enough to move without tearing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.Store in an airtight container, or in zip-top bags.
    NotesWhat to expect: A classic, chewy peanut butter cookie with marbling of sweet heat from the gochujang-brown sugar mixture. The peanut butter is the driving flavor in this recipe, and the subtle spicy flavor of gochujang provides a delightful grace note. 
    This original cookie recipe was inspired by food columnist Eric Kim’s popular recipe, Gochujang Caramel Cookies, which he contributed to The New York Times. 

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