Cookies and Bars

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are cookies made with a vanilla and a chocolate dough swirled together to make one marble cookie! These are great for people who love a little brownie and a little cookie! Find out how to make these make ahead desserts on thewoodandspoon.com.

Last Thursday, January 12th, a tornado swept through my town of Selma, AL. Our family, home, and business were mostly okay, but the city is another story: trees, bent over and split in half, metal roofs tangled around light poles, whole brick buildings crumbled to the ground, and hundreds left without a livable home. To the human eye, it’s a disaster. 

What I’m believing is this: God is still faithful. The hope, love, service I’ve seen playing out does not come from human ability- it’s the heart of Jesus at work in our community. Minutes after the storm passed, neighbors were checking on neighbors, while others, armed with chainsaws and tractors, cleared roads for linemen and emergency officials. There have been stories of countless miracles, one-in-a-million stories that let me know we weren’t abandoned. Even in our state of total destruction, there are glimpses of peace and moments of laughter that tell me this isn’t where the story ends. 

I’ve decided not to share photos or my personal story of that day, because, frankly, there’s enough of those floating around already. Instead, I’ll tell you what I am standing on now. Psalm 27:13 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living,” and that is us. God’s provision, goodness, and love is all over our city, and even as we grieve all that has transpired and the steps that are to come, He is working all things for our good. 

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are cookies made with a vanilla and a chocolate dough swirled together to make one marble cookie! These are great for people who love a little brownie and a little cookie! Find out how to make these make ahead desserts on thewoodandspoon.com.

How to Help

Many, including local churches and the United Way of Selma, are taking donations, and I’d urge you to consider sharing if you’re interested. Or, if you’d like a simple, one-stop easy way to help, an Amazon list is being managed by a friend, and you can purchase needed items there. Lastly, please pray for our community. Pray for resources and hope, for fair insurance adjusters and quality construction workers. Pray for timely removal of the debris piles that are already covering most front lawns and sidewalks. And pray that our community would be transformed, hearts turned and healed, by the love of Jesus. 

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are cookies made with a vanilla and a chocolate dough swirled together to make one marble cookie! These are great for people who love a little brownie and a little cookie! Find out how to make these make ahead desserts on thewoodandspoon.com.

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies

We had a number of people in and out of our home that first week after the storm, and thankfully, our generator was rocking. With our grocery store closed, we started preparing what we could from the freezer, and I was particularly grateful for these: marbled chocolate chip cookies. Here, two doughs mix and mingle to create a cookie that is part chocolate, part chocolate chip. Truly, they are divine. Let me tell you how to make them.

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are cookies made with a vanilla and a chocolate dough swirled together to make one marble cookie! These are great for people who love a little brownie and a little cookie! Find out how to make these make ahead desserts on thewoodandspoon.com.

We start by making the base dough. Butter and sugar come together in a bowl, followed by eggs and vanilla. Next, the dry ingredients, including flour, leavening, and salt, add in. Finally, the dough is split in two with additional flour added to one half and cocoa powder added to the second. Both get a serving of chocolate chips before handfuls of each are balled together and baked. 

These marbled chocolate chip cookies are super fun and even more delicious. Give them a try and let me know what you think! And thank you for your prayers and love for our town. I can’t tell you how valued both are. 

Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are cookies made with a vanilla and a chocolate dough swirled together to make one marble cookie! These are great for people who love a little brownie and a little cookie! Find out how to make these make ahead desserts on thewoodandspoon.com.
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Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies

These marbled chocolate chip cookies are chocolate and vanilla cookie doughs swirled together and loaded with chocolate chips!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups plus ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl and add eggs and extract. Mix on medium speed just to combine. Add 2 ½ cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until combined  combined into a wet sand, consistent mixture. At this point, divide the dough in half- a scale for accuracy really helps here. To one bowl, add the remaining ¼ cup of flour, stirring on low just until combined. To the other bowl, add the cocoa powder, stirring on low just until combined. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to each bowl and fold to combine. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of each kind of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Next, combine a chocolate dough ball with a plain one. I like to split one of the dough balls in half and sandwich the remaining piece of dough in between. Marble the two together, repeating with the remaining dough balls. Cover the baking sheet tightly with plastic wrap. and place in the fridge to firm up, about 2 hours.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2” apart and bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden and the cookie tops are nearly set, about 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool briefly before sharing.

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Sugar Cookie Ornaments

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

‘Twas three nights before Christmas and the bakers were still, looking for tummies their mixers could fill. The menus were planned but one piece was still missing, maybe dip for a bread, or cocktails for mixing. When out on this blog there arose a new post, for sparkling treats that appeal well to most. With little trimmed shapes and sprinkled icing atop, those sweets had pizazz that just wouldn’t stop. So they sprang to their kitchens, mixing bowls at the ready, filling bags up with icing for their hands to steady. And then, in a twinkling, the cookies were done, and ribbons were tied on top of each one. Upon taking a nibble, friends cheered with delight, indeed, a merry treat made for all to enjoy Christmas night.

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t often write in prose, but when I do it’s almost always about dessert. These sugar cookie ornaments are worth each and every rhyming word. No other time of year can we dive head first into color, sprinkles, and sugar quite like at Christmastime, and these treats are a cheeky spin on a classic favorite. And even though we’re just two days out from the big day, I think this is the perfect recipe to enjoy making with friends, kids, or loved ones. Still interested? Let me tell you how to make them!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

Making Sugar Cookie Ornaments

First, we start with a solid dough. I have two recipes I learn on regularly, and for these treats, I chose the most dense option. We want to ensure that the cookies are strong enough to hang, both literally and figuratively. Mix up the dough, roll it out, and cut out shapes using metal cookie cutters. Don’t forget the ribbon hole! I used a straw to insert a small hole in each unbaked cookie. After a brief bake, the cookies require about 20 minutes to come to room temperature. In the meantime, begin making the royal icing.

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

I prefer to use meringue powder when making royal icing, and you can read more about my favorite recipe here. Once prepared, use gel food coloring to dye the icing and ensure it is the right consistency. You want icing that can be piped without dripping off the sides. This royal icing dries quite quickly, but you still need to wait several hours for the cookies to dry. Once set, string a thin, 1/8″ ribbon or string through each hole, snip, and tie! Voila!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

We still have plenty of time to make treats in time for Christmas. Give these sugar cookie ornaments a try and let me know what you think! I hope you all enjoy a Merry Christmas with your friends, family, or whoever. All my love and happy baking!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com
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Sugar Cookie Ornaments

These sugar cookie ornaments are strong enough to hang and delicious enough to eat!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 28 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract 

For the royal icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water

Additional things:

  • Gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • Thin ribbon or string
  • Plastic straw

Instructions

 To prepare the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and extract and cream until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir on low just until combined. Dump the dough crumbles out on to a lightly floured surface and work together into one ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until about ¼” thick and use a medium sized cookie cutter to cut shapes. Use the end of a plastic straw to cut out holes in the dough for the ribbon- be sure the circle isn’t too close to the edge or the cookie may break. If the dough ever gets too soft, refrigerate briefly. Place shapes on a baking sheet and freeze briefly for about 5 minutes. Once chilled, bake in the preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. Use the other end of the straw to reinforce the hole if it closed up too much while baking. Cool on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely prior to icing.

To prepare the royal icing:

  1. Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend together on medium speed until glossy and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Add additional water a teaspoon at a time to thin out or add additional powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time to thicken up. Stir until combined.

To decorate the cookies:

  1. Add water or powdered sugar to your icing to get the desired consistency. I typicaly prefer a thick icing to pipe the border of the cookies and then fill in with a slightly thinned version. Fill piping bag halfway with the icing. Pipe borders around cookies, being careful to not get too close to the edge. Using a paint brush, “paint” frosting into the center of the cookie, filling in to the outside border. (For a good tutorial on this method, check out the Ina Garten video here) I typically will border and fill 4-5 cookies at a time. Continue this process until all of the cookies are iced. Set aside for 6 hours, or until icing is set and dry. If you’re in a humid climate, you can use a small fan pointed at the cookies to help expedite this process. Allow the cookies to cool and set completely prior to tying the ribbon on. Hang, gift, or enjoy within 4 days!

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Freezer Cookie Dough

Freezer Cookie Dough Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple recipe for make-ahead cookie dough that bakes from frozen and can be stored in advance. Adapt the recipe to include your favorite chocolate, nuts, and other fillings. These cookie dough balls make a great gift to share with people and an excellent last-minute dessert! Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com.

IT’S HERE! Truly, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since my first book, HER DAILY BREAD, came into the world. Today, to celebrate, I’m sharing one final recipe from the book AND giving away a few copies. If you’re interested in a freezer cookie dough recipe or a free book, let’s dive in!

HER DAILY BREAD

First, let’s back up to HER DAILY BREAD. Do you have a copy? Have you been enjoying it this year? Are you currently reading through the month of December, eating your way through all the cookies and festive stories? One of the biggest blessings of this year has been connecting with readers who are digging into the book. After a decade of dreaming, years of work, and so much love poured into those pages, it’s incredibly rewarding to hear from people who identify with it. The texts and emails you’ve written, the shares on social media, and all the random comments from strangers I run into mean so much. Your support is heart-filling, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Half Birthday Cake Tutorial and Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to transfer a simple single layer vanilla cake into a fun celebratory half birthday cake! The recipe for this simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream is a great way to celebrate everyday occasions like half birthdays. Find the recipe and how to on the woodandspoon.com

To say thank you, I want to give away a few copies! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what you’re grateful for this year. I’ll mail a few WRAPPED copies out into the world- just in time for Christmas. HER DAILY BREAD makes a great gift for the people in your life, so be sure to snag a copy here! With 365 daily readings, including 52 recipes, it’s the gift that gives and gives all year round. In the meantime, let’s talk freezer cookie dough.

Freezer Cookie Dough

In the South, last-minute visitors happen all the time. When people show up unannounced or in the final hour, I love to have a few yummy things to share with them. This recipe for freezer cookie dough allows all of that to happen. Small rounds of dough freeze up in individual portions that can be baked from frozen in less than 15 minutes. Warm, gooey cookies on the fly? YES PLS.

Freezer Cookie Dough Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple recipe for make-ahead cookie dough that bakes from frozen and can be stored in advance. Adapt the recipe to include your favorite chocolate, nuts, and other fillings. These cookie dough balls make a great gift to share with people and an excellent last-minute dessert! Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com.

The dough starts out as any other. Softened butter creams together with sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Vanilla extract and eggs follow, and the dry ingredients come last. I love to use whatever chocolate I have on hand- semisweet chips, chopped white chocolate, or even candy-coated chocolates. Basically you can add 2 cups of whatever mix-ins your heart desires; this recipe is adaptable! Scoop rounds of dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Place frozen dough balls in a freezer storage bag or container and store until ready to bake. Simply preheat the oven to 360 and watch the magic unfold!

Freezer Cookie Dough Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple recipe for make-ahead cookie dough that bakes from frozen and can be stored in advance. Adapt the recipe to include your favorite chocolate, nuts, and other fillings. These cookie dough balls make a great gift to share with people and an excellent last-minute dessert! Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com.

With Christmas right around the corner, you will be glad to have this recipe (and a copy of my book!) ready for sharing. Be sure to enter the giveaway and know how truly grateful I am to all of you. Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking! *Note: Giveaway now closed.

Freezer Cookie Dough Recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple recipe for make-ahead cookie dough that bakes from frozen and can be stored in advance. Adapt the recipe to include your favorite chocolate, nuts, and other fillings. These cookie dough balls make a great gift to share with people and an excellent last-minute dessert! Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com.
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Freezer Cookie Dough

Make-ahead cookie dough to freeze and bake at a moment’s notice!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 36
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chip cookies

 

 

 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl and add eggs and extract. Mix on medium speed just to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir until combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir on low to combine. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer to firm up briefly, about 30 minutes, and then place the dough into a feezer-safe container or bag. Freeze up to 2 months.

  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 2” apart and bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden and the cookies are set, about 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool briefly before sharing. 

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Homemade Thin Mints and 9 Minty Treats to Make this Christmas!

Homemade Thin Mints by Wood and Spoon blog. These are thing crunchy cookies coated in a chocolate shell inspired by the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies. These make terrific peppermint holiday cookies and are a great dessert for chocolate lovers. Learn how to make this homemade version of the cult favorite on thewoodandspoon.com.

Is there anything better than peppermint treats at Christmastime?! NO! To celebrate the season let’s start off today with a few of my favorite mint treats and homemade thin mints!

  1. No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream Easy peasy and super delicious, this no-churn ice cream features candy cane bits and Oreo cookies!
  2. Peppermint Bark Brownies Fudge brownies and a thick layer of peppermint chocolate make these treats to die for!
  3. Mint Chocolate Souffle This recipe is a little more complicated, but the effort is worth it!
  4. Peppermint Bark Bread A wreath of chocolate and peppermint-filled bread makes up the most decadent breakfast treat!
  5. Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake Layers of cocoa cookies and creamy peppermint filling let the peppermint bark shine in this cake!
  6. Peppermint Mocha Macarons The class French cookies get cozy for these espresso and mint-flavored sandwich cookies.
  7. White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake White chocolate filling and a cookie crumb crust go hand-in-hand with candy cane bits!
  8. Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies These chewy chocolate cookies have a fudgy mint center that is awesome!
  9. Peppermint Brownie Cookies My favorite treat is a mash-up of brownies and cookies, featuring flaked salt and mint flavor!

Homemade Thin Mints

Today’s recipe is a good one- Scout’s Honor. December is definitely a month for cookies, and in our house, no other flavor stands above mint chocolate. Naturally, it was high time we put together a recipe for homemade thin mints inspired by the Girl Scouts favorite. If you have a hankering for mint and chocolate, let’s dive in.

Homemade Thin Mints by Wood and Spoon blog. These are thing crunchy cookies coated in a chocolate shell inspired by the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies. These make terrific peppermint holiday cookies and are a great dessert for chocolate lovers. Learn how to make this homemade version of the cult favorite on thewoodandspoon.com.

I’m guessing everyone has a favorite Girl Scouts cookie. Samoas are always a good vote, and I’m guessing a bunch of people like the shortbread too. But hands down, thin mints are the best, right? A thin, crunchy mint chocolate cookie coated with a semisweet chocolate shell? Heck yes! A few years back, I made a sandwich cookie inspired the classic cookie, but this year, I decided we needed homemade thin mints too. So here she is!

Homemade Thin Mints by Wood and Spoon blog. These are thing crunchy cookies coated in a chocolate shell inspired by the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies. These make terrific peppermint holiday cookies and are a great dessert for chocolate lovers. Learn how to make this homemade version of the cult favorite on thewoodandspoon.com.

Making Homemade Thin Mints

This recipe makes a few dozen cookies that are right at home on any holiday table. They keep for a few days too which means you can make this recipe in advance. To make them, start with the cookie dough. Butter, sugar, and extracts come together in a bowl before flour, cocoa powder and leavening stir in. The dough comes together into a log before being sliced into small rounds. After baking, the cookies should cool prior to dipping into melted chocolate. I like to finish each off with a sprinkle of salt as well, but sprinkles or even cookie crumbs would be a great addition as well.

Homemade Thin Mints by Wood and Spoon blog. These are thing crunchy cookies coated in a chocolate shell inspired by the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookies. These make terrific peppermint holiday cookies and are a great dessert for chocolate lovers. Learn how to make this homemade version of the cult favorite on thewoodandspoon.com.

I’ll be sharing cookie recipes all month long here, but be sure to try out one of these minty one this week. Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

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Homemade Thin Mints and 9 Minty Treats to Make this Christmas!

These thin mint chocolate cookies are a copycat recipe of the Girl Scout’s Original Thin Mint Cookie!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Small Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

 For the Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

For the chocolate shell:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Flaked salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar, and extracts, beating on medium speed until smooth and combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda, stirring on low to combine. Bring the dough together into a ball and then roll on a clean surface out into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until barely firm. 
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 1/8” slices and space them out about 2” apart on the prepared sheet pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the edges are set. Allow to cool completely.
  3. Once ready to dip, gently melt the chocolate chips down until smooth, stirring occasionally being careful not to burn the chocolate. Lay out a large piece of wax or parchment paper to work on. Stir in the extract and oil. Use a fork to dip the cookies into the chocolate and shake off an excess. Allow to set up briefly on the wax paper and then sprinkle (if desired) with flaked salt. Allow to set up completely prior to enjoying. 

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I gotta tell you- nothing brings me more joy this time of year than nostalgic recipes that remind me of home. Growing up, there were a few cookies that felt synonymous with the holidays, and we never failed to make them. One example? Peanut butter blossoms. I absolutely LOVED those, and I bet you’ve tried them too. Today, I’m sharing a variation of that beloved cookie with these holiday sugar cookie blossoms. The are fabulously fun, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The basic gist of a blossom is that it’s a soft and chewy thumbprint cookie topped with a HERSHEY’S KISSES candy. Here, instead of the classic peanut butter cookie, we have a simple sugar cookie coated in sanding sugar and dotted with a sugar cookie candy. It’s all the fun and festivity of the classic blossom but with a sweet change of flavor.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these holiday sugar cookie blossoms, we start with the butter and sugar. Cream the two together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Next comes the dry ingredients. Toss in the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir to combine. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out rounds of dough. Gently roll each on in colored sanding sugar and imprint each with a thumb. After a quick bake in the oven, each cookie is topped with a single HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candy!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

My kids and I prepared these cookies together, and they were a hit. These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are a great way to get kids involved with Christmas baking. They’re simple, colorful, and so delicious, too. If you get a chance to try the recipe this year, let me know what you think! In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are sugar thumbprint cookies topped with HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies.

  • Author: Kate Wood, Inspired by Hershey’s
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup colored sanding sugar
  • 32 HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to the butter mixture and stir on medium-low until the dough starts to come together in clumps. It will be slightly crumbly.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out 2-teaspoon sized rounds of dough. Roll the dough in your hands briefly to smooth out and toss each cookie dough piece in the sanding sugar. Space the cookies out 2” apart on the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes or until the cookies are puffed edges are barely set.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven to cool briefly, about 2 minutes. This will prevent the KISSES chocolate from melting. Gently press an unwrapped HERYSHEY’S KISSES candy into the center of each cookie. Feel free to pop the pan into the fridge or freezer briefly to further prevent the candy from melting. Cool completely before enjoying. Cookies are best eaten the day of,but can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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Macaron Cake

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Any The Office fans here? A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the episode where Pam, Toby, and Oscar start The Finer Things Club. The club celebrated books, fine food, and art, and its members regarded themselves as an exclusive bunch of fancy humans. Admittedly, there was nothing fancy about their meetings, but it did spark a notion that I hold onto to this day: I, Kate Wood, am President and CEO of The Finer Things Club. Let me explain.

Some people just have a knack for fancy and take delight in frivolous details that others might overlook. My husband says I can walk into a store- any store – and pick out the single most expensive thing. Truthfully, he’s not wrong. And after years of living with champagne taste on a Bud Light budget, I have finally given into some of those desires in my own small ways: splurging on a fancy lotion, indulging in regular manicures, and baking over-the-top desserts, just because. Case-in-point: today’s macaron cake.

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Macaron Cake

Macarons, on they own, are decidedly fancy. Those teeny, two-bite cookies are a go-to wherever French and Feminine Foods collide. But up until recently, I’d never considered the possibility of a macaron cake. When I recently spotted one made by Erin McDowell, I knew it was time to give it a try myself.

What I wound up with is a petite cake made of 4 oversized macaron shells and layered with buttercream. After a rest in the fridge, the cake softens barely into a chewy treat balanced sweetness and tremendous texture. Is it still over-the-top? Yes. Would any self-respecting member of The Finer Things Club approve? Absolutely.

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com
Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Making a Macaron Cake

Making macarons can be a tricky feat, but I was suprised by how un-tricky the cake turned out. To make it, we start by whipping egg whites. Once stiff with high peaks, the egg whites fold into a mixture of almond flour and powdered sugar. The folding process here is of utmost importance and requires some patience, not to mention forearm strength. You want the mixture to be smooth and flow off a spatula like lava. Once smooth, pipe large 4-5″ circles on a sheet of parchment paper and allow the cookies to rest briefly. After baking the shells, they stack together with homemade buttercream and are decorated with additional mini macrons. Delightful!

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Be sure to read through the instructions to ensure making this cake goes as smoothly as possible. If you get a chance to make it, please share a photo with me! I love to see what y’all create. Happy Baking, fancy friends!

If you like this macaron cake, you should try:

Peppermint Mocha Macarons
Strawberry Shortcake Macarons
Mini Layer Cake
Funfetti Mini Cakes

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Macaron Cake

This macaron cake contains 4 oversized macaron shells layered with a soft American buttercream, all stacked into a mini cake!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 2-4 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the macaron shells (recipe adapted from Tessa Huff):

  • 11/4 cups plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (158 gm) almond flour
  • 11/4 cups (158 gm) powdered sugar
  • 105 gm egg whites (from 3 or 4 eggs)
  • ½ cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (117 gm) granulated sugar

For the filling:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper templates. If desired, stencil in pencil on the back of the parchment sheets 4 (4-5”) round circles. Set aside
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and confectioner’s sugar and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a flexible rubber spatula, scrape the meringue off the whisk attachment into the bowl with the almond mixture. Begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava.
  5. Fill the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons on the parchment sheet, forming four 4-5” circles  on one sheet. Space them out so they do not bleed into one another. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside. Pipe any remaining batter onto the second sheet. I made mini macarons by piping ¾” circles onto the prepared baking pan. Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the large macaron shells once sheet at a time for 22-25 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Bake mini macarons in the preheated oven for approximately 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely prior to filling.
  9. To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and beat with a heat mixer until smooth and fluffed. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the large macarons layers, stacking each and finishing the cake with extra frosting and any extra mini macarons, as desired. Allow to chill covered in the fridge for a few hours prior to serving.

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The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Naming anything as “the best” is usually a tall order. Claiming to have the best salted chocolate chip cookies? Well, you’re basically begging for a challenge. Today, however, I’m sharing my absolute FAVORITE rendition of the most classic dessert. They’re chewy, not too chocolatey, and have just the right amount of salt. These are, in fact, the best salted chocolate chip cookies.

Lot’s of “best ever” cookies have been around the block. For years, my go-to was Tara O’Brady’s cult favorite, and before that, the classic Tollhouse. Then there was Jacques Torres’ that require a 24-hour rest and Sarah Kieffer’s pan-banging cookies. And who could forget the Instagram famous chocolate chip shortbread from Alison Roman? With so many cookie recipes on the block, did we really need another one? Turns out, the answer is YES.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I adore these salted chocolate chip cookies, and I believe they are a best of all of my favorite cookies. For this recipe, you have the ease of the Tollhouse cookie and the chew of the O’Brady cookie. You have the crinkled edge and slightly underdone insides of Sarah’s cookie, and the salt from Alison’s. These cookies, with their chewy insides, crisp edges, and perfect balance of salt are my idea of a perfect cookie, and that’s 100% why they’re categorized under “BEST EVER” in my book.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cookies

To make them, we start by creaming room temperature butter with two kinds of sugar. I opted for a higher proportion of brown sugar to add extra chew and more flavor. Next come eggs and plenty of vanilla extract. After the dry ingredients stir in, we chop up chocolate. Here, you have a little freedom. If you’re the person who looks forward to chocolate-less pieces of cookie, you can add in closer to 6 ounces of chopped chocolate. If you’re a more is more kind of a person, add a more generous portion of 8 ounces. Finally, the cookie dough rests (nod to Jacques!) for 24 hours before baking.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

The key to these cookies is slightly underbaking them. Once you see that the edges are set and barely bronzing, remove the cookies from the oven. Don’t wait for the tops to be brown; this will ensure the perfect chew throughout. The second key is a finish of salt. Here, I typically opt for flaked salt which adds visual appeal and the right amount of saltiness. Check out speciality grocery stores to find some.

I hope you guys give these cookies a chance in your repertoire of cookies. Happy baking y’all!

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these salted chocolate chip cookies you should try:

Shortbread Cookies
Easy Chewy Brownies
Healthyish Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Best Ever Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best salted chocolate chip cookies EVER. With chewy insides and crisp edges, these chocolate chunk cookies are easy and delish!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 11/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 23/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 68 ounces 72% chocolate, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffed, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir on medium until smooth.  Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring on low until combined. Add the chocolate. If you like an intensely chocolate cookie, use the full 8 ounces. If you like the occasion doughy bite, stick to 6 ounces. Stir in the chocolate and allow the dough to rest. I like to go ahead and scoop out large cookie scoops (3 tablespoon sized) balls of dough and refrigerate them covered for about 45 minutes. If you’d prefer, cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough in one bowl for at least 2 hours.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and space out the 3 tablespoon-sized mound of dough at least 2” apart on a sheet pan. You will bake these in batches. Bake in the preheated oven for 11 minutes or until the edges are barely set and the insides still looks slightly underdone. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with the flaked salt, if desired. Enjoy once cooled slightly. 

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Tie Dye Macarons

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Treats like these tie dye macarons remind me how fun it is to create. Anyone else totally in it for the DIY? Personally, I have long been the girl who loves to make things with her two hands. Whether it’s a latticed pie or a homemade quilt, I find so much satisfaction in having done it myself. In today’s post, arts and crafts time meets the kitchen with these macarons. Let’s talk about them!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Over the past few years, there have been a number of crafty baked goods on this site. I mean, baking IS a craft, right? But some treats really take it to the next level. ( Sugar cookie pops, royal icing transfers, or homemade sprinkles, anyone?) Today’s recipe for tie dye macarons definitely falls into the artsy realm. I started testing this recipe for Aimee’s tea party we hosted a few weeks ago, and they were beloved. Even my boys couldn’t get enough of them! So today I get to give you the ins and outs on these fun and colorful cookies.

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Tie Dye Macarons

Making homemade macarons is not for the faint of heart. They require a good deal of precision, time, and effort. Still, the reward of delicate and colorful French cookies is more than enough to get many of us in the kitchen. These tie dye macarons come together like any other recipe. Instead of coloring the batter one single color, we divide it in three and mix up three colors. As the three batters combine in the piping bag, a swirled tie dye effect comes out in the cookie shells. The cookies retain their color and swirl as they bake, and the end result is delightful!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Give yourself plenty of time when planning for these tie dye macarons. They always take a bit longer than I think they will, and the process is not to be rushed. Thankfully, the cookies keep well at room temperature for days; you can even put them in the freezer! For more on making macarons, check out my other macarons recipes here. Give these cookies a try and let me know what you think! Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

If you like these tie dye macarons you should try:

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Vegan Funfetti Cookies
Marbled Sugar Cookies

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Tie Dye Macarons

Learn how to make colorful homemade tie dye macarons with a simple vanilla cream cheese buttercream filling.

  • Author: Kate Wood (adapted from Tessa Huff)
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 36 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the macaron shells (recipe adapted from Tessa Huff):

  • 11/4 cups plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (158 gm) almond flour
  • 11/4 cups (158 gm) powdered sugar
  • 105 gm egg whites (from 3 or 4 eggs)
  • ½ cup (100 gm) granulated sugar
  • Food coloring, 2-3 colors

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 ounces room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two of three baking sheets with parchment paper templates or silicone baking mats set over the templates and fit a large piping bag with a plain round tip.
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and confectioner’s sugar and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a kitchen scale (precision really matters here!), divide the eggs whites evenly among 3 different bowls. Divide the dry ingredients in thirds as well, adding 1/3 to each bowl of meringue. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each bowl ( I used pink, blue, and yellow) and begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava. Repeat this process with the remaining two bowls of meringue.
  5. Begin filling the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Fold back the top of the bag, and, laying it flat-ish, scrape about ½ of the first color meringue mixture into the bag. Top with the second and third colors. Unfold the bag and squeeze the mixture toward the tip, squeezing out a bit to discard until the colors start swirling in. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside and repeat with the remaining prepared baking sheet(s), refilling your bag as needed. Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the macaron shells once sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Repeat to bake and cool the remaining shells.

To prepare the filling and finish the macarons:

  1. When ready to fill the macaron shells, combine the cream cheese, butter, salt, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  2. Match each macaron shell with another shell of the same size. Pipe a small round of the cream mixture on one half of each match leaving a small 1/8” border around the shell so the cream doesn’t squish all the way out of the sides. Sandwich the frosting with the other shell and allow the macarons to firm up  prior to enjoying.

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Strawberry Shortbread Cookies

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, I found myself googling, “What are the dog days?” Unknowingly, the term had registered in my brain, and even though I couldn’t fully define what it meant, I knew I was living it. It turns out, I was partially right. The dog days, according to Merriam-Webster, is the hottest period of the year, usually between July and August, and it has also become synonymous with a general sense of sluggishness. Can anyone relate?

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve been doing all sorts of things to keep the dog days at bay: swimming, beaching, frozen cocktails, and even a fairly elaborate collection of sprinklers. We’ve made no-churn ice cream, taken rides in inner tubes, and cranked our outdoor fan up to high, but so far, not much has protected us from the muggy sleep cloud formally known as an Alabama Summer. One would think that after nearly 20 years in the south I would be used to it, but I’m just not sure one can ever acclimate to 100 degrees temperatures when there’s a toddler crawling on your lap.

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

To beat the heat, we’ve been having fun doing some indoor things too, like the tea party Aimee and I threw for her classmates last week. We made lemonade punch, macarons, and these little strawberry shortbread cookies, and it was as precious as it was delicious. We loved this recipe so much that I have decided to share it with you today!

My favorite go-to shortbread cookies recipe has become a sleeper hit on this site. So many of y’all love them! When the idea of a fruity shortbread cookie came to mind, I knew we could start safely with my original recipe. Here, butter, sugar, brown sugar serve as the basis for a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. Freeze-dried strawberries add flavor and texture, and a white chocolate drizzle makes them extra sweet. The cookies can be made ahead and the dough only takes minutes to put together. Talk about a win-win!

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re looking for a summery recipe requiring little effort, look no futher than these strawberry shortbread cookies. Happy baking!

If you like these strawberry shortbread cookies you should try:

Shortbread Cookies
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread
Citrus Shortbread Cookies
Brownie Shortbread Bars
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

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Strawberry Shortbread Cookies

These strawberry shortbread cookies are loaded with bits of dried strawberries and topped with a white chocolate drizzle!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 40
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 of salt
  • ¾ cup finely chopped freeze-dried strawberries (dried raspberries also work well!)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar just until barely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix just until barely combined, adding the strawberries at the end. Dump the dough out onto a clean work surface and bring the dough together into a ball with your hands. Roll it out into a log about 1-1/2-2” thick and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for two hours or overnight if desired.
  2. When ready to bake preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice into ¼-1/2” thick slices and place 2” apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set. Allow to cool.
  3. Gently melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring regularly to keep the chocolate from seizing. Use a piping bag or a fork to drizzle the white chocolate onto the cookies, allowing it to set prior to enjoying!

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No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a treat yourself situation. It’s a cool-down, sweeten-up kind of a moment that is perfect for these summer days. With June in full swing, I thought it was high time we dipped our toes tastebuds into a frozen treat that would be delicious now and all year long. With that, I give you a riff on one of my all-time store-bought favorites: a no-churn half baked ice cream!

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

Have you had Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream? Aside from their oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream that I recreated a few years ago, their half baked flavor is by by far a winner. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, cookie dough pieces, and bits of brownies, it’s a homerun for anyone who is loves their cookies and brownies served a la mode. This homemade version is no-churn in order to keep prep time down to a minimum., and honestly, it’s dangerously easy and delicious. Let me tell you how to make it.

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this no-churn half baked ice cream, we start with the brownie pieces. First, start by preparing the small batch brownies in a loaf pan. Next, use butter, brown sugar, and loads of mini chocolate chips to make an eggless cookie dough. Once the brownies have cooled and crumbled, prepare the ice creams. Whip a half of a can of sweetened condensed milk with vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream until it turns thick and fluffy. Then, combine the remaining condensed milk with cocoa powder and more whipping cream, mixing until cloud-like. Finally, dollop the two mixtures together in your prepared pan, and place it in the freezer to firm up.

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

This no-churn half baked ice cream is a fun summer baking project, and it’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, too! If you’ve been looking for a recipe to enjoy this week, I hope you’ll give it a try. Let me know what you think and happy (half) baking!

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this no-churn half baked ice cream you should try:

No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream
No-Churn Mocha Brownie Fudge Ice Cream
Cookie Dough Truffles
Brown Sugar Cookie Dough and Cone Ice Cream
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Brownie Batter Cake

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No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream

This no-churn half baked ice cream features swirls of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, cookie dough bits, and brownie pieces!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 6 Hours
  • Yield: 1 Quart
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

For the cookie dough:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

For the ice cream:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions

To prepare the brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Farhenheit. Line an 8”x4” loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease with baking spray. Set aside. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together to butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, stirring just until almost combined, and then fold in the mini chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and baking about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out just barely clean. Set aside to cool completely.

 

To prepare the cookie dough:

  1. In the meantime, prepare the cookie dough. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and salt. Add the vanilla and milk, stirring until combined. Add the flour and chocolate chips, stirring just until the dough comes together into little clumps. Set aside covered in the fridge until ready to assemble ice cream. 

To prepare the ice cream:

  1. Crumble about half of the brownies into small doughy bits. You can use more if you’d like, but I find using about half of the brownies is enough.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 7 ounces (about half of the can) of sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla extract and 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream. Whip on medium-high using a hand or stand mixer until the mixture thickens to a cloud-like consistency. Fold in the cookie dough nibs. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk with the remaining 1 cup of whipping cream and the cocoa powder. Whip on medium-high using a hand or stand mixer until the mixture thickens to a cloud-like consistency. Fold in the brownie pieces. Begin spooning alternating scoops of the vanilla and chocolate ice creams into a 8”x4” loaf pan or another freezer-safe container. Once all of the ice cream has been put into the pan, cover with a piece of foil and allow to freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

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