Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits recipe by Wood and Spoon. These are soft and fluffy southern style biscuits filled with butter and cream cheese. The glaze is a creamy frosting and the icing add sweetness to the pastry. These are great treats for weekday breakfast or weekend brunch. inspired by Callie's hot little biscuits, this food feels special and makes the mornings more fun. Find the recipe and how-to at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

If you're anything like me, Mondays can hit you like a freight train. I think we need an excuse to sit quietly, zone out, and have a few moments of rest before we dive into a week of hustle and bustle. To keep your eyes and palate pleased, I've rounded up a list of things to read, watch, and savor on this Monday morning. Oh, and there's cream cheese chocolate chip biscuits too. You're welcome. :)What to Read Food52 released their fall list of must-read books. In a shocking turn of events, there's not a single cookbook on the round-up! Check out the list of favorites on their site here.  What to Watch Jimmy Fallon is the late-night show host of my dreams. I love his willingness to be silly and totally off-the-wall. His newest video, a musical photobomb with Justin Bieber, made me laugh out loud and is straight up awesome. Watch...

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Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars Recipe by wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe from displaced housewife new book. Chewy, sweet and salty blondies made with rich caramel tasting sugar and dark chocolate. Sea salt finishes these bars that make great dessert, tailgate and party snacks, or late night treats. Find the simple how-to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Happy Tuesday from my little corner of the world to you!Here in Selma, life is busy and full with back to school activities and the onset of football season. Of course we're still in full-on house building mode, and although I'm sure we are still getting a little closer everyday, this truly feels like the never-ending project. In an effort to not get stir-crazy in the process, I've been baking up a storm.Lucky for me, we are knee-deep in cookbook season! Autumn months are prime time for new cookbook releases, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming months for recipes that I'll be sharing from some of my new favorite reads. Up first is this recipe for brown butter muscovado chocolate chip cookie bars, fresh from my sweet friend Rebecca's first release, "The Cookie Book"! I first met Rebecca at last year's Saveur Blog Awards, but I became familiar with...

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Molton Caramel Chocolate Cakes

Molton Caramel Chocolate Cakes by Wood and Spoon. These are rich dark chocolate Lava cakes with a homemade salted caramel sauce in the center. Each individual dessert prepared in ramekins are baked until the gooey centers are melted and the cake is baked. Each treat is served with fresh whipped cream. Find the recipe and learn more about this fancy decadent dinner party finisher at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If the title of this post didn't stop you dead in your tracks, we cannot relate.I love a dessert that is unabashedly sweet and decadent. Those after-dinner treats are, in my opinion, reserved for something that feels like a treat. I want to indulge and to enjoy. Anytime someone tells me that they don't have a sweet tooth, I immediately lose the ability to trust their judgment. If you don't dessert, who are you?One of my biggest disappointments in many of today's restaurant dessert menus is that they're just so weird. Like, you'll glance over the menu, just dying for that deliciously familiar taste of a warm chocolate chip cookie, and all that there is to be found on the menu is a cheese plate. Some obscure savory dessert. Or a dish so fussy, so off-the-wall and imaginative that no one can pronounce the ingredients, let alone muster up the...

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Blueberry Lemon Pop-Tarts

Blueberry Lemon Pop-tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple hand pies filled with lemon zest, fresh blueberries, and sugar. They're topped with a sweet and tart glaze and a a bit of sugar. The homemade pie dough is flaky and easy to assemble for personal handheld desserts. Find the recipe and learn more about this end of summer treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

IT'S FRIDAY, IT'S FRIDAY. I'm the happiest girl in the world because I have just survived one of the busiest weeks I've had in forever. Remember last week when I said I needed to slow down a little, stop and smell the roses for a minute? Well let's just give that notion a big fat LOL, because my life is moving along at 90 MPH and there's not a thing I know to do about it.First, we celebrated Aimee's birthday. Not surprisingly, it was the most adorable thing ever. She takes so much joy in every intentional act of love towards her, and it made loving on her all the more fun. Every gift, every cupcake, every rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song put the cutest little smile in between those squishy chipmunk cheeks, and the look on her face, that bubbling over of joy, made this Mama red-nosed and...

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You Need to Know: How to Make Caramel

You Need to Know How to Make Caramel by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a tutorial with visual cues on how to caramelize sugar. Learn how to know when caramel is done, when to pull caramel off the heat, and how to prevent a crystallized, grainy caramel mess! Learning about caramel is an essential baking skill that you can master today! Read more here on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood caramel sauce, salted, spun sugar, drizzle

Approximately half of my all-time favorite recipes either begin or end with caramel. No other food satisfies my sweet and salty craving like a rich caramel sauce; no other flavor works better with my favorite chocolate cakes, apple pies, and creamy ice creams. Homemade caramel is a tricky yet essential skill that every home baker needs to master, so in today's post we're going to talk all the nitty gritty on how to make caramel. WHAT IS IT? Caramel is little more than the product of sugar that has been heated and cooked to the point of caramelization. A finished caramel has a unique taste and can be manipulated to flavor a number of confections.HOW DO YOU MAKE IT? This is the question that used to keep me up at night. I'd lie awake, shuddering at the burned, sugar-coated mess in my kitchen sink, wondering where I went wrong. After a bit of...

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Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese by Wood and Spoon. This is a single layer round honey cake topped with a cream cheese flavored stable whipped cream, fresh figs and candied Diamond walnuts. An extra drizzle of honey rounds out this simple yet elegant summer and fall recipe. Enjoy this seasonal treat recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, my mom and I were talking about this blog and how things had been going. She mentioned that she had noticed there hadn't been as much narrative  attached to the recipes, and after some consideration, I realized she was right. You see, from day one this site has not existed merely to fill bowls and spoons with calorie-packed cakes and frosting-swirled treats. I wanted Wood and Spoon to be a place where people could come to nourish their bellies but also their hearts too. It's safe to say that this blog will never have the easiest recipes, the best shortcuts, or be regarded as the premier resource for baking how-to's, but I'll be damned if you leave these pages feeling anything less than encouraged and inspired to create in your own homes. In our weird sort of internet kind of way, I want us to be friends...

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Peaches and Cream Biscuits

Peaches and Cream Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are buttermilk biscuits with a juicy layer of fresh peaches baked right in the center! Fresh peaches are cooked quickly with brown sugar and cinnamon and layered in between two pieces of biscuit dough. They're baked until golden and then drizzled with a gooey cream cheese glaze, perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I guess I drank the Kool-Aid.For years after moving to Alabama, I enjoyed the South but never really identified myself as a Southerner. I bought cowboy boots, listened to Keith Urban, and picked up a preference for bourbon, all along thinking that I was merely a spectator enjoying the best of what Southern culture had to offer. Even after marrying and moving with my husband to the seriously deep-South town of Selma, AL, I still felt a little like a Yankee on an extended vacation. Somewhere over the course of the past 10 years, I drank the Kool-Aid. I fell in love with sweet tea and grits and banana pudding. I grew accustomed to barefoot toddlers that called me "Ma'am" and spoke with a drawl. And I especially loved the warmth of the people, the significance of a supper table here, and the fact that this is a place where manners...

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