Baked Crab Rangoon Recipe

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About THISSSS – Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s!!

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I saw a friend tweet about this stuff the other day and pretty much went out and bought a jar immediately after, which was pretty much the best decision I ever made. Cookie Butter is basically a biscoff/ginger snap flavored spread with a peanut butter consistency, which you can smear on apples, turn into cookies or, cough, eat off the spoon – muwahahaha!

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Or you can heat up a dollop with a splash of milk and drizzle it over 1-ingredient banana “ice cream” for dessert, like I did last night. OMG! Top 5 most amazing desserts ever! Must. Try!

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PS Biscoff cookies make me think of the last time I flew Delta, the airline that offers them for snacks, and how when the flight attendant got to my row with the snack cart mid-flight and asked the guy next to me, “Peanuts, pretzels, or cookies?” he replied “Yes.” She’s all “but…” and he’s all “Right, yes.”

She was so mad but eventually handed everything over. Bahaha!

Then I found $50

In other news, I’ve got a humdinger of a recipe to share with you today – BAKED Crab Rangoons! :D

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It’s a fact that Ben and I are Chinese food addicts. It’s a weekly battle talking ourselves out of going to the $5 all-you-can-eat Chinese food buffet at HyVee, and while he’s a Beef and Mushroom kind of guy and I’m a Sesame Chicken kind of girl, we’re definitely a Crab Rangoon kind of couple.

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Creamy, savory inside, crispy, oil-pocked outside – DELISH, right?! But bad. So bad! I literally can’t think of anything worse for you than fried cream cheese. Well, fried butter, obvi…but still.

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We never get them, per my previous statement, but I recently decided to try and create a lightened up version that we could enjoy with our lighter Chinese food recipes. Enter, Baked Crab Rangoons!

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I started with the filling, which I lightened up by using 1/3 less fat cream cheese cut with fat-free sour cream. Then I mixed in a bunch of flavor-packed ingredients like garlic, soy sauce and ginger. Finally I added in flaky, uber-flavorful crab.

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I know, I was scared too, at first. Canned crab? It couldn’t be any worse than imitation crab I decided, so I gave it a go.

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After I mixed up the crab filling for the rangoons, I wrapped it up in won ton wrappers. I use these puppies for everything from Prosciutto Ravioli to homemade Pot Stickers. Love ‘em!

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I placed about a Tablespoon of the crab mixture in the center of each wrapper, then wet two sides with water.

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Next I folded it in half and pressed around the filling to remove any air pockets (which will result in a crab rangoon explosion in the oven!) and pressed the edges tightly to seal.

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Start to finish, it probably took me 20 minutes to mix up the filling and make about 20 rangoons. Not bad!

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After I got all the rangoons made, I placed them on a non-stick sprayed, foil-lined baking sheet and sprayed the tops with more non-stick spray.

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Into a hot oven for about 10 minutes…

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and BLAMMO! :D

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I could not tell that this filling was lightened up at. all. It was just as creamy as anything you’d find in a Chinese restaurant, and that crab was awesome! So glad I tried it!

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Baked Crab Rangoon

Print this recipe!

Adapted from Food.com

Makes approx 20 Crab Rangoon

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons fat-free sour cream

8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1 green onion, sliced thin

1 clove garlic , minced

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup white crab meat, drained

wonton wrappers

Directions:

1. Combine sour cream, cream cheese, green onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sugar in a bowl. Fold in crab.

2. Lay out 4 wonton wrappers at a time and place about 1 Tablespoon filling into the center. Wet two sides and fold the wonton wrapper over. Press down to seal tightly, making sure to press around the filling first to remove any air pockets.

3. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees. Place crab rangoon on a foil-lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet and spray the tops with more non-stick spray. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Do not freeze and bake.

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I served my baked rangoons with a Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce that was off the charts good.

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Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Print this recipe!

From SheSimmers.com

Makes about 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves

1 red serrano pepper, deseeded

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

1/4 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoons water

Directions:

1. Combine garlic, pepper, sugar, water, vinegar and salt in a food processor. Process until chili and garlic are finely processed. Pour into a small saucepan and cook on medium heat until chili flakes soften, about 3 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Pour into the sweet chili mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick, about another 2-3 minutes. Pour into a jar and let cool.

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This sauce was AWESOME! I was so glad I didn’t buy a store-bought jar, which I was originally going to do, because this was incredibly easy and delicious. A little sour, a little sweet and a little heat. Awesomeness.

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These babies are definitely keepers. I was actually really surprised at how much I ended up liking them! Cheesy, crispy and relatively guilt-free. Well, as far as Crab Rangoon go! ;)

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Have a great night!

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What’s your favorite holiday movie?

I’m going to go with Little Women – a classic! Also, please tell me I wasn’t the only one reciting the lines pretty much verbatim while watching it on the CW last night?! ;)

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Comments

  1. Ahhhh! I tried baked crab rangoons a couple months ago, and they did not turn out as crispy and golden as yours look. So sad :( I had to keep them in the oven forever (at like 425) and they came out with the texture of overcooked pasta. Needless to say, I did not blog about them!

    Maybe they were just overcooked? I didn’t spray them though, so maybe that’s the ticket. I must master this though b/c crab rangoons are my favoritefavorite. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stylist83 12.17.2012

      I made these tonight and they were awful!!!! There is no way these were bakes, as I had the same results as others-seeming like an oddly cooked noodle, and also lacked any flavor-and I followed the recipe exactly. I would not make these again!!!!!

    • Kelley 12.29.2012

      They are way better if you slightly fry in EVOO. Wontons are not really meant to be baked which is why it has the texture of a very chewy noodle. The wontons at Chinese restaurants are very greasy because they actually “deep” fry the wontons. If you only put a small amount of good EVOO in a pan and just crisp the ragoon, they turn out amazing; I didn’t even have grease on my paper towels that I set the ragoons on to cool.

  2. I’ve been dying to try that cookie butter! NEED IT NOW!

  3. Melanie 12.12.2011

    Love Little Women – you are not alone! I just don’t like the “old” Amy because she doesn’t hold a candle to the “young” Amy. Only thing that keeps that movie from being perfect!

  4. Dee 12.12.2011

    omg. i looooooooooooooooove crab rangoons. yum, yum, yum!

  5. Amber Kastler 12.12.2011

    Toats-ma-goats going to try the crab rangoon!!! We’re a Chinese kinda couple as well. The hubs is a sweet and sour or sesame chicken kinda guy, while I’m ‘that girl’ and order complicated things…for example…chicken fried rice with extra veggies, no onion, a little spicy and extra egg. :) I can’t help it!!!

    Fav Christmas movie? Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?! LOVE IT!

  6. Greg Hankins 12.12.2011

    The baked crab rangoons look like a “gotta try”. Favorite Christmas movie? “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

  7. Ooh, Little Women is a good one! It’s a Wonderful Life is my very favorite, but I also love Muppet Christmas Carol!

  8. Jess 12.12.2011

    Favorite movie is Home Alone…I can’t get enough of it! Buzz, your girlfriend…WOOF! Hilarious!

  9. Lauren 12.12.2011

    Okay, I think I need to try your ways with the cookie butter. I had it right from the jar and thought it was just okay. I definitely liked the biscoff better but I haven’t had it heated up yet.
    These ragoons look perfect! I never order them our because of them being deep fried but I can definitely get into making my own.

  10. I have been looking for a good baked crab rangoon recipe. I will have to give yours a try. They look so good! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Anna Kreiss 12.12.2011

    Little Women is my favorite too! Such a happy surprise to find it on the CW yesterday!

  12. Shelly 12.12.2011

    Love Actually

  13. I bought TJ’s cookie butter this weekend too and man oh man is it good!! I ate it off a spoon too :/

    My favorite holiday movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” but I too love “Little Women”. I ball every time I watch that movie.

  14. Stephanie 12.12.2011

    Oh. my. god. Cookie butter?! I really must move closer to a Trader Joe’s…

  15. That cookie butter sounds awesome! We are still waiting here in Dallas for the official word on where and when the TJ’s will be gifted upon us from the heavens:)

    So excited about winning the OSR earrings–thank you:)

  16. Lindsey 12.12.2011

    I love the Tim Allen “Santa Claus” movies… very cute!

  17. Kate D. 12.12.2011

    Love that you end a story with finding money…I have to use it a lot too!

  18. Emily M 12.12.2011

    I have a similar recipe for crab rangoons but I press the wanton wrappers into a small muffin pan. Then I add the filling and pinch the corners together. It’s been quite a while since I last made them… Definitely need to add them to the menu soon!

  19. Tammy 12.12.2011

    I absolutley LOVE “A Christmas Story”. You’ll shoot your eye out kid!! LOL

  20. Oohhh, cookie butter! Adding it to my TJ’s list.

    My classy answer for favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas…although, the real answer is Love Actually. LOL

  21. Katie 12.12.2011

    Isn’t the cookie butter life changing? I need to stop dipping my finger in the jar…yikes!

  22. I had to comment about Little Women–I watched it for the millionth time yesterday at the gym while I ellipticalled. I got teary eyed when Beth died, obviously, and emotional at the end. Slightly embarrassing to be drying the tears off of your face at the gym instead of the sweat. What a classic!

  23. That cookie butter looks amazing. SO sad I don’t have a Trader Joes in Houston! :(
    I really like Elf and Family Man. Never get old to me!

  24. Amy 12.12.2011

    I picked up the Cookie Butter a couple of weeks ago, I love it on a toasted english muffin or just toast or plain……………….it’s so different and good….I still love peanut butter though:)

  25. Emily 12.12.2011

    I was just looking at that spread in the store! I absolutely LOVE Bischoffs I get on the airplane – I look forward to them every flight. :) I’m glad it got your approval, I’ll have to buy it next time I’m out.

  26. That cookie butter looks dangerous/delicious!!!

    Little Women is one of my all time favorite books, but I’ve never seen the movie.

    Every year I have to watch Miracle on 34th street (old or new version), Christmas in Connecticut, or White Christmas. I guess I have a thing for old movies. :)

  27. Gabby Bladdick 12.12.2011

    Buying cookie butter tomorrow! Never heard of it – so excited! And my favorite holiday movie is definitely It’s a Wonderful Life. Such a magical story!

  28. Lindsey 12.12.2011

    Everyone is talking about that cookie butter! I wish I could try some, but not Trader Joe’s anywhere close to me :( Maybe I should try to make some?!

  29. Matt 12.12.2011

    Great recipe for the crab rangoons..i am a chinese addict myself. With these I would probably lightly brush them with EVOO just to give them more of a crispy fried type texture when baked as opposed to deep frying them.

    Fave christmas movies: Its a Wonderful Life, and of course A charlie brown christmas … I have even bought one of those little trees before.

  30. Kerstin 12.12.2011

    Yum, my mouth is watering looking at your crab rangoon – love that they’re baked!

  31. Christina 12.12.2011

    How about Elf! Um hello, I want a christmasgram duh

  32. dawn 12.12.2011

    Congrats winner, Wahhhhh me! I can’t find their giveaway on their blog, ;-( will have to gift it to myself from me. LOL

    You look BEAUTIFUL in that picture! Glowing!

  33. Cari 12.12.2011

    I love “Little Women,” but for me it’s a tie between “Love Actually” (fave grown-up Christmas movie) and “Home Alone” (childhood favorite–talk about having a movie memorized!)

  34. Angie 12.13.2011

    I have to go with Love Actually as my favorite holiday movie. I also love the Drew Barrymore version of Babes in Toyland that my siblings and I grew up watching :)

  35. Melinda 12.13.2011

    The crab rangoon looks awesome. I never thought to make my own. I am glad to hear the cookie spread was good. I have a jar of the Biscoff spread but it is pricey so I will let my sister know it is at TJ’s too. I am looking forward to trying it. The first jar my mom shipped to us in Japan arrived shattered. So much for wrapping a glass jar. Oh well, the second try worked.

  36. Gloria 12.13.2011

    Its hard to pick a favorite Christmas movie but I like the Elf starring Will Ferrell. I haven’t seen it yet this year but I will.

  37. Kim 12.13.2011

    Have you seen the musical, “Little Women”? It has really beautiful music in it and I bet you would love it.

  38. Chris 12.13.2011

    Can’t get enough of “It’s A Wonderful Life”! Also can’t wait to try the crab rangoon recipe with my daughter. We are like you…love ‘em but know that we REALLY shouldn’t–lol!

  39. Teresa K. 12.13.2011

    Have to admit – “Holiday Inn” – oh those fab forties!

  40. I loooove crab rangoon! I definitely need to try this… AND all your other Asian inspired recipes and do a whole homemade Chinese night. Yummm.

    My fave Christmas movie is probably National Lampoon… although I can’t resist watching A Christmas Story over and over on Christmas Eve!

  41. Melissa 12.13.2011

    I am going to have to give those ragoons a try, they look yummy :)When i am in the DSM area i always have a large shopping stop at Trader Joe’s so i am going to anxiously awaiting the chance to pick up cookie butter :)
    I love all Christmas movies, i am hooked to lifetime this time of year, but i love the Christmas Story and Elf :)

  42. Brindi 12.13.2011

    What?! It was on TV last night! It’s one of my favorite books and I read it every Christmas season, and I’m half way through it right now. When I was at the library yesterday, I was sad when they didn’t have any version of the movie. Love Little Women :)

  43. Terin 12.13.2011

    My favorite holiday movie is Christmas Vacation. OMG, those rangoons look amazing. I’m so excited to try this healthier version!

  44. Colleen 12.13.2011

    Love this recipe. My family can’t get enough crab rangoons when we did takeout. Also love LIttle Women! I saw it the other night – it never gets old.

  45. Kelcie 12.13.2011

    Love Actually is a favorite movie. I love that you have a “print this recipe” link. So easy n handy…then I can make up my grocery list b4 I leave work and stop at Hy-Vee on my way home. BTW, did I see you at the Windsor Heights Hy-Vee in the dairy aisle on Saturday afternoon around 3:00ish?

  46. Analecia 12.13.2011

    Love the crab rangoon recipe! Thanks! Favorite Christmas movie has got to be White
    Christmas. I have been watching since I was little and it’s a must see every Christmas season.

  47. Anne Weber-Falk 12.13.2011

    There is a version of A Christmas Carol from the 1938. It’s lovely. The ghosts are beautiful and the Cratchit’s, oh the Cratchit’s. So sweet and so dear. This is my most favorite.

    Elf comes in at second though. I have a page torn from a Real Simple magazine that I had framed. My favorite movie quote:

    “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup.”

  48. Melissa 12.13.2011

    I wish I wasn’t so busy–I want to cook basically everything on your blog in the last few weeks!!!

    Best Christmas movie? How can you choose??? Probably The Holiday. But I also love White Christmas. Two totally different animals, but I love them both. And Elf, natch.

  49. Too bad I’m allergic to seafood, because those crab rangoons look simply amazing! I’m staying far, far away from the cookie spread at TJ’s, that’s the last thing I need right now!!!!

    • Sara C. 12.13.2011

      I tasted the cream cheesey goodness before adding the crab, and it’d be tasty without it. That’s what I’m trying next!

  50. Michelle 12.13.2011

    Had to take a break at work and run to Trader Joes for that cookie butter. Got back to work and my coworker and I each tried a spoonful and our eyes lit up! WOW!!! This stuff is amazing!

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