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Butter Pecan Shortbread Chippers – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Butter Pecan Shortbread Chippers - Southern Plate


Y’all know I love me a good shortbread cookie! They are rich, not overly sweet, and big on buttery flavor. Combine that with pecans and semi sweet chocolate chips and you’ve got a cookie everyone can agree on. These are perfect served alongside a pot of coffee when sitting around the table with friends catching up on the year. They also make a very thoughtful thank you gift. With fewer and fewer people baking these days, the value of homemade gifts has only increased so I want to encourage you to forego the malls and get in your kitchen instead. You’ll save sanity, money, and the meaningful gesture will definitely be noticed by your friends and loved ones. Have I made my case yet? Alright, let’s get to baking! 

Shortbread ingredients are always simple and straightforward: butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, all purpose flour, salt, pecans, and some semi sweet chocolate chips. 

Finely chop 1/2 cup of the pecans. We’re going to save the rest of the tops. 

In a large bowl, place butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. 

Beat this together with an electric mixer until a dough is formed. Stir together flour and salt and add this in. Beat again to incorporate. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. 

Scoop this out using a 1 inch cookie dough scoop onto parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheets. 

Gently press a pecan half into the top of each cookie. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375, or until very slightly browned on the bottom. Note that Shortbread cookies don’t brown much at all but after 10-12 minutes they should be fine to remove from the oven. 

Allow to cool before removing to an airtight container – or a serving platter if eating immediately. 

Servings: 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 25-30 pecan halves for the tops

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, light brown sugar, egg and vanilla with an electric mixer until well combined.

  • In a small bowl, stir the flour and salt together and use an electric mixer again to add it to the dough.  Fold in the 1/2 cup pecans and the chocolate chips.

  • Use a one inch cookie dough scoop to place dough balls on a cookie sheet, about two inches apart. Gently press a pecan half into the top of each cookie.

  • Bake 10-12 minutes, sprinkle with a little sugar when they are done.

Notes

If you like, while still warm, sprinkle the tops with a little white sugar. 


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M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIE BARS – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIE BARS - Butter with a Side of Bread


Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

Christmas cookie bars

Christmas Cookie Bars

Cookie bars are a fantastic dessert to bring to a party. I love them because A). no scooping and rolling required and B). you get to pick how big or small the serving sizes are! Now, that is a trick not every dessert can pull off!

Swapping out the M&M’s for festive sprinkles is also a great way to get these cookie bars looking like the star of the party. Better yet, add red, white and blue sprinkles for the Fourth of July, black and orange for Halloween.. you get the idea. These are so versatile!

Christmas cookie bars with M&M's

How to make Christmas Cookie Bars?

If you can make a batch of regular ol’ scoop and roll cookies, these cookie bars will be a breeze! Basically, melted butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla are creamed together until smooth. The texture will look velvety. I usually make this entire recipe with my electric hand mixer, but a stand mixer would work well, too.

At this point the dry ingredients will come into the mix. This includes flour, salt and baking powder. Incorporate the dry ingredients thoroughly and then fold in mini chocolate chips and mini M&M’s.

Christmas cookie bar batter

Feel free to use regular sized chocolate chips and M&M’s if you prefer. I just happen to love mini things. 🙂

Once the chocolate has been folded in, pour and spread the batter into a parchment lined 9×13 pan. Sprinkle extra m&m’s and chocolate chips on top if desired. (I always desire this.)

chocolate chip cookie bar batter in pan

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. or until they just begin turning golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!

Allow the cookie bars to cool completely before slicing for perfect edges. If you don’t mind about perfect edges, well, then I say dig in and add a scoop of ice cream on top!

Christmas cookie bars cut into bars

How to cut Cookie Bars

Cutting cookie bars with nice crisp edges really is all about patiently waiting until they have completely cooled. Once the cookies have cooled, use a sharp chef’s knife to make multiple direct cuts. Don’t drag the knife through the bars, this will leave jagged edges.

How to serve Cookie Bars

Serving cookie bars can be as simple as pilling them onto a serving platter or you could serve each square with a scoop of ice cream. Get really crazy and make your own ice cream sandwiches this way!

How to store my Christmas Cookie Bars

Feel free to store these bars at room temperature in an air tight container or bag for up to 3 days. If you’d like your bars to last longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Christmas bars, cut and served

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy cookie bar will be the star of the party!

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Course: Dessert

Keyword: chocolate chip cookie bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 36

Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini M&M’s
  • extra chocolate for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13 pan parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl.

  • Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

  • Add in the salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix until just combined.

  • Fold in the m&m’s and chocolate chips.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 pan. Spread to cover the bottom of the pan.

  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.

  • Remove from the oven, cool completely. Pull the blondies out of the pan using the parchment paper once completely cool. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M's included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M's included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party! #Christmas #cookies #cookiebars #M&M #baking #holidays #desserts from BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

EASY TOMATO BASIL SOUP – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

EASY TOMATO BASIL SOUP - Butter with a Side of Bread


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hunt’s Tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast.

Tomato soup is pure comfort food for me! It’s one of those foods that I enjoy on a cold day with some crusty French bread. This version comes together in a snap and is so full of flavor, you’ll be glad you have leftovers.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast.

Ingredients for Tomato Basil Soup

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

San Marzano Style Tomatoes

I recommend using Hunt’s San Marzano Style tomatoes- they’re brand new! San Marzano style tomatoes are a sweeter tomato that are low in acidity, with a thick juice that makes them perfect for cooking. Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes are all-natural and steam peeled and have a bright, tangy fresh flavor.

Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes are sold in a large 28-oz can and come in three flavors: Plain, Italian, and spicy red pepper.

ingredients for easy tomato basil soup

Fresh or Dried Basil

I love using fresh basil leaves for this soup, but in a pinch you can use dried basil. Fresh basil has a wonderful flavor that is difficult to replicate, even in the dried herbs.

Butter and Cream

Both ingredients seem a little odd for tomato soup, but please don’t leave them out! The butter adds a velvety texture and the cream adds a richness that just tastes lovely. If you don’t want to use heavy cream, you can add milk, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead.

ingredients for easy tomato basil soup

Remaining ingredients

You’ll also need chicken broth, a bit of brown sugar, and onion powder. That’s it!

How to make Tomato Soup

Making this Tomato Basil soup recipe is easy! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Prep the tomatoes

First, lightly drain tomatoes. The liquid is thicker in Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes but I still drained a bit out. I opened the can, then used the lid to stop the tomatoes and drained for just a few seconds.

Pour the tomatoes into large 2 quart bowl. (Make sure it can still fit in the microwave!)

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Add remaining ingredients & heat

Add in broth, brown sugar, onion powder & basil leaves. Gently stir. Cover & microwave for 5 minutes on high.

Add butter

Remove cover. Add in butter. Let sit 3-4 minutes, until melted.

puree tomatoes for tomato basil soup

Puree Soup

Puree soup using an immersion blender for 1 minute. Add cream if desired. Serve, garnished with an additional drizzle of cream & fresh basil.

easy tomato basil soup recipe

easy tomato basil soup recipe

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch. 

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Course: lunch, Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: tomato basil soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can Hunt’s San Marzano Style whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves*
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream optional

Instructions

  • Lightly drain tomatoes. Pour into large 2 quart bowl. (Make sure it can still fit in the microwave!)

  • Add in broth, brown sugar, onion powder & basil leaves. Gently stir. Cover & microwave for 5 minutes on high.

  • Remove cover. Add in butter. Let sit 3-4 minutes, until melted.

  • Puree soup using an immersion blender for 1 minute. Add cream if desired. Serve, garnished with an additional drizzle of cream & fresh basil.

Notes

*Can substitute 1 tsp dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Toppings for Tomato Basil Soup

I topped my soup with a drizzle of heavy cream and some fresh basil leaves. I also love topping it with croutons, Parmesan cheese, and soup crackers.

tomato basil soup recipe

When to serve Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is one of those recipes that can be served as lunch or dinner. Round out the meal with some fresh bread and a side salad and you’re set!

Quick & easy Tomato Basil Soup recipe made in just 10 minutes! We used San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter to make this smooth & tangy tomato soup. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

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Quick & easy Tomato Basil Soup recipe made in just 10 minutes! We used San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter to make this smooth & tangy tomato soup. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

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