This chocolate cookie butter babka is filled with swirls of chocolate cookie butter. It’s the kind of bread that makes you wish you could live off bread alone.
Every year for the holidays we do a Christmas breakfast. For the past few years, I’ve been the one to host.
On top of the usual eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes, I also try and make a loaf of babka. Babka has so many applications for breakfast that my whole family loves.
We toast it and slather with butter. We turn it into French toast. We use it as breakfast sandwich bread.
It gets waffled, used as a crumb topping to muffins, and just cut and eaten as-is. There’s really no limit to what we will do with our babka.
This year I am making another chocolate cookie butter babka. I don’t get to Trader Joe’s often, so when I do, I tend to stock up on a few different items.
One of them this past trip was a few jars of their chocolate swirled cookie butter. If for any reason you can’t find any chocolate cookie butter, any regular cookie butter and some melted semi-sweet chocolate will work.
Typically, babka is topped with a streusel topping, but I like to keep things simple, so just do a topping of turbinado sugar. It’s a million times faster and still very tasty.
The whole process of making this chocolate cookie butter babka is pretty simple, even if you’ve never used yeast before. The one thing to remember is that babka, like most bread recipes, involves a lot of waiting.
Yes, it’s boring, but it’s important to develop flavor and have light, fluffy bread. It makes this such a great weekend baking project.
You can make this chocolate cookie butter babka ahead of time. You can make the bread right up to the point where you swirled your bread and put it in the loaf and freeze it, then bake when you are ready.
Just be sure to give it a few extra minutes in the oven. You can also freeze baked and finished babka in an airtight container for up to a month.
No matter what you decide, there isn’t anything more tasty than a slice of chocolate cookie butter babka to start your day!
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