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White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

The lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day is some kind of serious. My level of initiative, which is normally leaping off the charts, is unreasonably low this time of year, and my primary MO is to just chill. Honestly, it’s been really nice to let baking and writing and work sit on the back burner of my brain and let these days be whatever the end up being. In our house, that’s meant lots of pajama-wearing, some Christmas clean-up, and the continued over-consumption of sugar cookies and decaf coffee. My kids are loving lazy Mom mode, and, to be frank, I am too. It’s not forever, but it’s a good fit for these days.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

With a new year decade just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want my story to read. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do think this fresh page is a great time to re-evaluate goals, priorities, and desires. Who do I want to be? What do I need to make room for within my family and household? What needs to top my list on a day to day basis? 2019 was a stretching year for me. Career-wise, I stepped into some new things that were previously foreign. I tested the waters in some areas and am still learning to recover from the belly flops. At home, we did some stretching in the literal sense too. Baby number three (It’s a girl! Wait, no, It’s a Boy!) grew and arrived in 2019 and we all scooted closer to make room for the precious new life that was introduced to our world. My husband’s business shifted gears, we settled into a new home, and  life looks entirely different than it did this time last December. Growth, in every sense of the word, was all over our year, and while there were some pains in that growing I’m hoping that some of what we learned along the way had a chance to seep in.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

I’m not sure what my word for 2020 is. I don’t yet have a clear picture of what I want life to look like, but I’m eager to bring some of that growth from 2019 along for the ride. In the meantime, thank you sweet readers for walking through this past year with my family. My hope is that, via stories and recipes, you found yourself well-fed this year. Maybe you welcomed new friends to your table or worked up the nerve to braid your first babka. Maybe you laughed on a day when you felt like crying or finally felt confident enough to whip an egg white. Whatever the case, I’m grateful for all of the emails and kind words from you all, because your pictures of cheesecakes and stories of successes feel like tiny victories for me. I’m happy we’ve shared cookies and pies and cocktails this year, and I’m eager for more in the coming months. It might all look a little different in 2020, but I think it’s still going to be sweet.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are delicious. I took my peanut butter caramel pretzel cookies and whizzed the recipe into something nut-free and extra-sweet and salty. These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are rich and chewy treats loaded with caramel goodness and just enough salt to offset all the sugar. They’re rather simple and I think you’ll find them to be a crowd pleaser. I know I did. Check out the instructions for the how-to on these white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies below, and if you get to try them, let me know what you think! Happy New Year, friends. 2020 is going to be a ball.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

If you like these white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies you should try:

Molten Carrell Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

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White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are loaded with sweet and salty flavor as well as chewy and crunchy texture!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (405 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup caramel baking bits, caramel chips, or diced caramels
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
  • ¾ cup chopped salted pretzels  (OR chopped pecans- your choice!)
  • Flaked salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat on the stove, being sure to not let it boil. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and extract. Add the flour, soda, powder, and salt and fold the mixture together until combined. Add in the caramel, white chocolate, and either pretzels or pecans. Fold to combine. Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of dough. Roll them gently and space them out 2” apart on the baking sheets. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt if desired.  Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are baked through. Allow to cool prior to enjoying!

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (With Option For Vegan Too!)

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Have you been wondering what holiday treat to make? Are you in need of a terrific tasting last minute cookie to share with the out of town crazies, next door neighbors, and hostesses you’ll be interacting with over the next few days? WELL LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE: a list of must-bake cookies and a brand new recipe for white chocolate peppermint cookies.  They’re festive, deliciously chewy, and even have an option to be vegan if you’re into that sort of thing. Could this be the prom queen cookie of Christmas 2019? I’ll let you decide, but first, here’s a few old faves.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

  1. Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies Muscovado sugar makes these cookies intensely rich and complex in flavor.
  2. Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies This is my Mimi’s recipe that I grew up eating. Soft, fluffy cookies with a thick frosting- an absolutely perfect choice for the kiddos to help decorate.
  3. Cookies and Cream Cookies I took chocolate sandwich cookies and revamped them into white chocolate chip drop cookies. Basically a cookie in a cookie. #miracleshappen
  4. Citrus Shortbread Zesty citrus and and a sweet glaze adorn these buttery shortbread cookies.
  5. Cookies and Cream Sandwich Cookies Yep, it’s the same cookie from #3, but I stuffed it with frosting. GENIUS.
  6. Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies Soft sugar cookies are scented with lemon zest and stuffed with raspberry jam. Perfect for those fruit flavor lovers.
  7. Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies An all-time favorite cookie of mine. It’s sweet, salty, and loaded with texture.
  8. Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies The traditional thumbprint cookie is given a grown-up makeover with an espresso-scented caramel and sea salt.
  9. Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies A unique twist on the classic chocolate chipper.
  10. Toffee Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate and coffee is always a win. These have so much flavor.
  11. Brown Sugar Shortbread Perfect for gifting and a great option to use with cookie cutters!
  12. Peppermint Olive Oil Chocolate Cookies Mint and chocolate is my favorite pairing since PB&J.
  13. Funfetti Cookies These plus Christmas sprinkles would be seriously festive!
  14. Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Brett’s favorite cookie. A simple chewy chocolate cookie filled with a mint ganache. YUM.
  15. Fluffernutter Cookies Marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and peanut butter join forces to make a fun and nostalgic cookie that is VEGAN.
  16. Triple Chocolate Cookies Triple the chocolate, triple the flavor, triple the fun.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Okay, have I whet your appetite? Are you ready for the main event? These white chocolate peppermint cookies are chewy with crunchy bits of peppermint throughout. The white chocolate pairs deliciously with the minty candies, and (BONUS!) these cookies can be made 100% vegan. The recipe is a play on my favorite vegan chocolate chunk cookies, so you can expect the same toothy bites and decadent flavors throughout. All of the ingredients can be combined in a single bowl and the entire recipe takes less than 30 minutes from start to end of baking.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’d like to keep these white chocolate peppermint cookies vegan, be sure to snag some vegan white chocolate and peppermint candy pieces at the store. In my research, I found that Brach’s brand peppermints were vegan, but if you’re not set on making a vegan cookies, no problem! Just use whichever white chocolate chips/bars and mints/candy canes that you prefer. I tested this recipe with a couple of different varieties and had no problems. Do note that any candy pieces you press on top of the cookies will get tacky and chewy over time if exposed at room temperature for a long time. If you plan to serve them quickly, go ahead and leave some candies on top of your rounds of dough, otherwise just mix them right into the batter.

I hope the next few days are merry and bright in your home. Merry Christmas to you guys and HAPPY BAKING!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (With Option For Vegan Too!)

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate peppermint cookies are a festive vegan option for your holiday table!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) coconut oil, firm not liquid
  • 6 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 11/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (180 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegan white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed vegan peppermint candies, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare one or two large baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least five minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, cane sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla, beating on medium speed just until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat just to combine. Add the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt and stir just to combine. Add the white chocolate and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop out small balls (I use a medium cookie scoop) of dough and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven about 9 minutes or until the cookies have set around the edges. Quickly remove the sheet pan from the oven and sprinkle the tops of each generously with crushed peppermint candies. Return to the oven for one more minute or until set and allow to cool completely before enjoying.

Brownie Petit Fours

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

Do you ever find yourself in the muck of life? Like you’re covered up in junk that you desperately just need to shake off and get free from? Maybe you’re wanting a clean slate or reset from the routine of heaviness and difficulty that you you find yourself in? Well, count me as a member in your crew because I’ve been there, and I think someone out there needs some encouragement and a little self-love in the form of these brownie petit fours.

I’m not sure this blog is the place to dive deep into difficult circumstances. Everyone’s story is unique, and your issues and the solutions for those issues are entirely different from mine. Call it hormones, call it a funk, or blame it all on spiritual oppression, but I’ve 100% been there recently, so I do feel it’s worth mentioning. In recent weeks, I wasn’t really feeling myself, my story, or the seat I had at the table, and it was just kinda… sad. You know what I’m talking about, right? We’re all there sometimes.

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

Thank God for friends who call it like it is and encourage us to get to where we need to be. We’re typically no stronger than the backs of the crew we lean on when things feel hard, and I’m thankful to have some of the most supportive and wise women this world has to offer on speed dial. Now, a month or so out from whatever that funk was, I’m working on learning to really love myself and take better care of all my parts. Lately, an extra-long walk or some form of exercise has felt like loving myself. A glass of wine (without a side of guilt!) or a few more minutes in the shower feels like loving myself. Even just shushing all the self-doubt  and criticism long enough to really appreciate the person I am, the person I was created to be, feels like a step in the right direction. Like, “Hi! I’m Kate Wood! I’m not a complete disaster. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made! I have really good things to offer the world!”

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

I don’t know who out there needs to know that they’re awesome, but here it is: You Are Great. You’re deserving of any reset or fresh start you might feel like you need. Lean on the people who love you well and get comfortable with loving yourself. Self-love will look differently for you than it does for me, but I’d encourage you to take time to truly appreciate yourself. And if you’re here on this site, I have a feeling that self-love might include indulging  in these brownie petit fours. Just maybe.

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

These brownie petit fours aren’t entirely practical. Practical is a 9″x13″ pan filled with a baked box mix of brownies. Practical is eating them one by one from the pan until it’s gone. These brownie petit fours are not practical- they’re EXTRA. They’re cute and fancy and feel like the type of food reserved for special occasions, and guess what: YOU ARE DESERVING OF SUCH THINGS.  So today we’re making them. Let me give you the details.

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

To start, I’ve taken the super-rich, ultra-fudgy brownie base from my brownie ice cream sandwiches, and we bake them in the oven until baked through and chewy. Allow the brownies to cool completely and then pop them in the freezer while you make your ganache. Here’s where things get fancy: with the same brownies and ganache you can make two different types of brownie petit fours. The first option is a tiny bite-sized round of brownie with a drippy ganache glaze poured on top. The ganache firms up and forms a soft chocolate coating around the outside- YUM. Option number two is a slightly larger, double-stacked brownie with thick ganache piped on each layer. The result is a fancy tiered treat best shared with another person or eaten proudly by oneself. Either way, these brownie petit fours are altogether fab and worthwhile. You should totally make them.

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

I hope today wasn’t TMI. I know you guys come here for breads and cookies and cakes (not my own personal sob stories!), but I also feel like someone out there needs a hug and a little encouragement. Regardless, I hope you love yourself (or someone else!) by making these little brownie petit fours. Happy baking and have a great weekend!

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

If you like these brownie petit fours you should try:

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars)

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

 

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Brownie Petit Fours

Brownie Petit Fours by Wood and Spoon blog. These are tiny bite sized brownies filled with a rich salted chocolate ganache filling. You can prepare these two ways: either stacked in fancy tiered dessert form or in a single bite of ganache coated brownie. Read more about how to make ganache and these fancy treats on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood holiday entertaining cocktail desserts

Make brownie petit fours with chocolate ganache in two ways!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Depends on Size of Brownies
  • Category: Brownies
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Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 4 ounces (about ¾ cup of chips) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup (12 T or 165 gm) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (65 gm) cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

For the ganache:

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or in morsels
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) heavy whipping cream
  • Fleur de sel, for sprinkling

Instructions

To prepare the brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line one quarter sheet pan (or one 9”x13” pans) with foil that extends up the sides and grease with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the chocolate and butter, stirring regularly, just until barely melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Spread the batter evenly in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few moist crumbs. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. When ready to prepare your petit fours, place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Gently warm the cream in the microwave or on the stovetop until it is almost ready to begin bubbling. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and whisk to combine until smooth. Gently heat in the microwave in 15 second increments until melted as needed.
  4. If you wish to make the tiny bite-sized chocolate-coated petit fours, use a tiny biscuit cutter or sturdy round cutter about 1 to 1-1/4” in size to trim out rounds from your cooled brownies. I prefer to freeze the brownies for about an hour prior to cutting to make the cutting easier. For larger stacked petit fours, use a 1-3/4 to 2” cutter to trim out rounds.
  5. For the tiny petit fours, place the small brownies on a cookie sheet set over a large bowl and spoon the warm liquid ganache over top. Use a fork to transfer the covered petit fours onto a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Allow to set up slightly before sprinkling with a bit of fleur de sel.
  6. For the large stacked petit fours, allow the ganache to set up slightly either on the counter or in the fridge until it turns into a slightly thickened but still pipeable fudgy consistency. Place the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip and squeeze dollops into the center of each brownie round. Top one brownie with another and sprinkle the tops of each stack with sea salt, sprinkles, or whatever! Enjoy at room temperature!

Vegan Funfetti Cookies

Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Is anyone on the internet having more fun than me this week? NOPE. These vegan funfetti cookies are the second (!!!) sprinkly dessert I’ve shared this week which means I’m basically having the time of my life. Very few foods make me happy like ones adorned with flecks of sugared rainbows, and these treats aren’t an exception. To keep the party rolling, I’m going to share a few other new favorites of mine below, so if you’re interested in what I’ve been reading, snacking on, buying, and watching, read on!

Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m 100% Buying These Things:

  • I basically live in my Lululemon leggings, but was surprised to fall so hard in love with these Marine Layer Rainbow Leggings . The material is super soft, slightly cozy, and the teeniest bit trendy thanks to that rainbow elastic around the waist. Sign me up for more of these!
  • My go-to shade of Sephora Cream Lip Stain is no longer for sale (WHY, Sephora, WHY!?!), but luckily they have approximately 143 other shades to choose from. I love this creamy lip stain and appreciate the soft staying power it has on my lips throughout the day. Check it out!Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Probably Already Watching Re-Runs of This:

  • My husband and I were really close to a TV draught. We watched The Mentalist and Scrubs and Justified. We were all caught up on Blue Bloods, Peaky Blinders, and The Crown. Even though I love The Office, it didn’t seem right to re-watch it AGAIN. Desperate to fill that nighttime void, we subscribed to Hulu and dove head first into White Collar, an upbeat drama about a former high-end art thief who joins forces with the FBI to catch white collar criminals. So far, we’re loving it. It doesn’t hurt that the lead is seriously handsome either.
  • Carpool Karaoke is my favorite thing on the internet. One of the newer episodes featuring Chance the Rapper is so many of my favorite moments. Check it out here!Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Books on My Nightstand:

  • Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Devotional by Bob Goff. There is more wisdom, wit, and fun in Bob Goff’s words than I know what to do with. Two of his previous tittles, “Everybody Always” and “Love Does” are two personal favorites, and I’ve enjoyed starting in on this one-a-day devotional from him. BONUS: he’s coming to speak in my hometown of Selma, AL at the end of this year!
  • Basically anything by Ruth Reichl. I just finished “Save Me the Plums” and “Garlic and Sapphires,” two books from the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. She writes about food in a way that makes the flavors and textures of each ingredient she describes almost tangible. I just purchased “Tender at the Bone” and look forward to starting it soon.Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Things I’m Cooking Up:

  • There’s a really good chance that I’ve already shared this recipe with you all in the past, but I cannot enter this fall season without revisiting it with you again. This cozy autumn wild rice soup is one of my favorite things to make in the cooling months, and you really need to try it for yourself.
  • Chicken pot pie? Sure. Chicken pot pie with a cheddar cornmeal crust? OH, HECK YES. This pot pie is my husband’s favorite thing I make, so you better believe I’ll be leaning on it hard as we head into winter. I think you’ll love it too.
  • Vegan funfetti cookies. Yep, we went there. No, we didn’t need another cookie recipe, and no I don’t really care about leading a vegan lifestyle, but you guys continue to go cray cray for the coconut oil-based treats on my site so I knew we needed to make a veganize funfetti cookies . This is a simple coconut oil and cane sugar loads and loads of sprinkles kind of situation, and no one is mad about it. A few things you may want to know before you get started. First, if you’re interested in keeping these treats truly vegan, be sure to check in on your sugars. Not all sugars are vegan, and it’s important to verify the brands you choose are before you get started. Same goes for sprinkles! I love Sweetapolita’s rainbow jimmies for my vegan sprinkles, but feel free to research your own! Make sure your coconut oil is firm (not liquid!) at room temperature and feel free to adjust the amount of flour based on how those first cookies in the oven spread. Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for celebrating my birthday week with two (!!!) sprinkle recipes. I’ll be back next week to our regularly scheduled fall programming, but I hope you enjoy these in the meantime. Happy baking!

 

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Vegan Funfetti Cookies

Vegan Funfetti Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. These are healthier sprinkle cookies made with coconut oil and organic sugar and flour. Clear vanilla extract gives the cookies their flavor. The cookies have crinkle tops and are loaded with colorful rainbow sprinkles. Learn how to make these at home on thewoodandspoon.com

These sprinkle cookies are vegan and taste like a funfetti box cake mix!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) coconut oil, firm not liquid
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) organic cane sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (180 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegan rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare one or two large baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least five minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, cane sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla, beating on medium speed just until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat just to combine. Add the flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt and stir just to combine. Add the sprinkles and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop out small balls (I use a medium cookie scoop) of dough and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Your dough may or may not require a little bit of refrigeration so that the cookies don’t spread too much in the oven. This all depends on temp of the dough and oven. I like to test a couple of cookies in the oven to see if they spread too much or little. If they spread too much just pop the dough in the fridge to firm up a bit. Typically they won’t require any time in the fridge. Bake in the preheated oven about 10 minutes or until the cookies have set around the edges and the tops are beginning to crack.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a problem with using regular granulated or brown sugar, you can substitute that here, however, most standard sugars are not truly vegan. I used Wholesome Cane and Brown Sugar for these cookies.
  • Be sure that your coconut oil is not liquidy or melted. This recipe was tested using solid coconut oil, although there were some small differences between brands.
  • You can substitute GF flour here, although the cookies may spread slightly differently. Test the baking out on one or two to verify that they will bake as you’d like. If they spread too much, refrigerate the dough, and if they stay more puffed than you’d like, slightly press down on the dough balls.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

What’s that one dessert recipe that you always reach for? It might be an old family standby, a favorite crowd pleaser, or just a flavor you’ve really been digging lately. For me, a chocolate chip cookie is always a win. There are very few treats that satisfy my cravings like the sweet and salty, barely-there caramel flavor of a really good chewy cookie, and I find myself coming back to them almost on a weekly basis. Today’s recipe, these muscovado chocolate chip cookies, are a level-up version of that trusty fave, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Muscovado sugar is kind of illusive. For many, myself included, muscovado sugar is one of those exotic, new-to-you ingredients reserved for special occasions and elevated recipes. While it’s hardly a fancy ingredient, the rich and complex flavors of muscovado sugar has the ability to transform ordinary baked treats into something that is really spectacular. Case in point: these muscovado chocolate chip cookies.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These chewy treats have pools of chocolate throughout and a simple dough that allows the hints of molasses in the muscovado sugar to shine. It’s one of those baked goods that people are drawn to initially based on their familiar appearance but keep coming back to because of their intensely rich flavor. Nothing beats a classic chocolate chip cookie, but if you can land one that feels like home and still surprises your taste buds… now that’s something worth writing home about.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

The dough for these muscovado chocolate chip cookies is really simple. Melted butter, muscovado sugar, and white sugar are stirred together with a couple of eggs and pure vanilla extract. Stir in the dry ingredients until a shaggy dough comes together and then toss in the chocolate. Here, it’s a pick your poison kind of thing. I prefer to use semisweet chocolate chunks to balance out the strong molasses flavors, but if you want extra flavor, a milk or bittersweet chocolate would work great too. Whatever floats your boat, okay? Briefly freeze rounds of dough until barely firm and then bake in the preheated oven until fluffy and barely golden around the edges.

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

If you give these muscovado chocolate chip cookies a try sometime this month, let me know what you think! Happy baking and tune in later this week for a second recipe!

If you like this muscovado chocolate chip cookies you should try:

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 

 

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Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies

Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. Dark brown sugar loaded chocolate chunk cookies with fleur de sel sea salt. These are chewy cookies with rich molasses flavor. Learn how to make these rich dessert treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These are gussied up versions of the classic chocolate chip cookie, made with muscovado sugar!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 32 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200 gm) muscovado sugar
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups (410 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped chocolate (of your preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. In a large bowl stir together the butter, sugars, and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the eggs. Add the flour, powder, soda, and salt and stir until almost combined. Stir in the chocolate. Scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized rounds of dough 2” apart on a cookie sheet prepared with a sheet of parchment. Freeze for a couple of minutes until the dough is no longer warm but is cool to the touch, then bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and set. Allow to cool briefly before consuming!

Notes

  1. You can decrease the salt mixed into the dough to ½ teaspoon and finish the baked cookies with sprinkles of fleur de sel if desired.

Mocha Macarons

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’ve always thought there was something magical about macarons. The dainty French cookies that line bakery cases like colorful little soldiers have always felt fancy, like a special treat reserved for posh ladies with tiny dogs and big sunglasses. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m delusional, or maybe my inner Francophile is getting away from itself, but either way, I absolutely adore macarons. These mocha macarons are no exception.

I went to France as a junior in college. With stars in my eyes and a mini French dictionary in my pocket, I roamed the streets in terribly uncomfortable shoes (because fashion, duh) doing my best to look like I belonged. Although I’ve heard many people say that they didn’t enjoy their time in France, I found the place to be entirely alluring: the scent of warm butter and pastry wafting out of patisserie doorways; music and the twinkling of wine glasses on cozy bistro street fronts; the elegant faces of countless humans that dripped in an air of effortless cool. The France I discovered that January won my affection immediately, and I have yet to experience a country that has met me with half as much mystery and intrigue.

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Of course I was completely captivated by the cuisine. With my mother and Nana, I visited a number of cafes and restaurants, and there wasn’t a creperie, boulangerie, or patisserie that I didn’t attempt to nibble my way through. I inhaled clouds of powdered sugar from shatteringly crispy croissants and licked the warm puddles of Nutella that dripped out of folded crepes and onto my fingers. I taste-tested brioche and palmiers and eclairs and caneles, each bite more sumptuous than the last. I didn’t meet a pastry in France that I didn’t love, but none charmed me quite as much as the macaron. At that time, in 2008, mini food was all the rage. Tiny cupcakes, bite-sized burgers, and shot glasses of bisque were everywhere, and macarons fit right into that profile. The colorful cookies with surprising flavors and creamy insides seemed to go hand in hand with the meticulous French cuisine that I was discovering, and I couldn’t wait to gobble them up.

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Once home, I eventually garnered the bravery to attempt macarons on my own, and over the years there have been many batches of macarons, some successful and some not. More recently, after extensive help from Tessa, I was able to nail down a practice that worked best for me, and since then I’ve let my imagination go wild. Nutella raspberry macarons? Cake batter flavored? Toffee peanut? Mint truffle? The possibilities are endless.

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These mocha macarons capture my first time in Paris. Each cookie is petite and precise, and the flavors of espresso and rich chocolate feel like ones best enjoyed in the city of light. I’m sharing today’s recipe with help from my friends at Nestlé Toll House who are debuting the Artisan Collection- luxurious premium baking chips made with single-origin chocolate from Ghana. Deluxe treats like macarons deserve equally special ingredients, and Nestlé ‘s new chocolate fits the bill. Here’s the lowdown on these mocha macarons:

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The macaron shells are airy cookies made with whipped egg whites, sifted almond flour, and confectioner’s sugar. I’ve added a touch of espresso powder to the dry ingredients to create a cookie shell that is lightly flavored and speckled with the granules. To double down on the coffee flavor, I added a bit of that same espresso powder to the ganache filling that was prepared using Artisan Collection Extra Semi-Sweet chocolate baking chips by Nestlé Toll House. The sweet chocolate offsets the bitterness in the espresso, and, when combined with warm cream, makes a thick ganache that is fudgy at room temperature. The cookies are simultaneously light and rich, and I found myself eating more than my fair share the first time around because they were just that tempting.

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I highly recommend you give these mocha macarons and Artisan Collection a try for your next baking adventure. They also offer an Extra Dark variety that has 61% cacao. I tested this chocolate in shortbread cookies, and they were phenomenal. Both options can be used for these mocha macarons, and you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be sharing an additional recipe later this week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, happy baking!

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like these mocha macarons you should check out:

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons

Mocha Cookies 

Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie

Mocha Brownie Fudge Ice Cream

 

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Mocha Macarons

Mocha Macarons by Wood and spoon. Theres are coffee espresso flavored French macaron shells filled with a rich semisweet chocolate ganache scented with coffee! Learn how to make these elegant delicate fancy cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These mocha macarons feature an espresso-scented shell and an espresso ganache filling!

  • Author: Kate Wood, Adapted from Tessa Huff
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 26 1x
  • Category: cookies
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Ingredients

For the macaron shells:

  • 11/2 cups (144 gm) almond flour
  • 11/3 cups (145 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons espresso granules
  • 120 gm room temperature egg whites (from about 34 large eggs)
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (120 gm) sugar

For the espresso ganache:

  • 5 ounces extra semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or in morsels (I recommend the Artisan Collection by NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE® Extra Semi-Sweet variety)
  • 1 teaspoon espresso granules
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Additional chocolate, if desired

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, confectioner’s sugar, and espresso granules 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 room temperature 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. I prefer to use a stencil to ensure the macarons are the same size. 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). 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 and use the filling:

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium heat-safe bowl. Warm the cream on the stove or in the microwave until just barely steaming or about to bubble.
  2. Pour the cream into the chocolate and add the espresso granules. Whisk until the chocolate is smooth and feel free to microwave in 15 second increments until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Allow the mixture to set up slightly, either on the counter or in the fridge while stirring often, until it is a slightly thickened fudgy consistency that will move through a piping bag.
  4. Fit a piping bag with a round tip and squeeze 1-2 teaspoon sized dollops into the center of half of the macaron shells.
  5. Top with an additional macaron shell and allow to set up. In the meantime, feel free to gently warm and melt a small about (about 1/3 cup) of chocolate and drizzle or piping decorative stripes on top of the sandwich cookies. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Using a macaron stencil is helpful in making sure your macaron shells are uniform in size.
  • Instant coffee granules can be used in a pinch.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

Wow. A ton has happened since we last spoke. We basically have a lifetime’s worth of stuff to talk about, so get ready to hear all about it in the coming weeks. For now, I’ll give you the reader’s digest version, and then we’ll dive into these brownie ice cream sandwiches. Here’s a quick close-up to awaken your tastebuds:

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

Last Monday, July 1, we had a baby! Remember me going on and on about being pregnant with our third child, a baby girl? Well, we had the baby, and it turns out HE’S A BOY. Yep. A boy. Who knew an ultrasound at 20 weeks (in 2019, no less) could be wrong!? Well, we are overjoyed, shocked, and ridiculously blown away at the turn of events and have been spending the past week and a half getting to know our little guy, Charlie. Everyone is healthy, Aimee and George are thrilled to love on a bitty brother, and we’re all getting at least 6 hours of sleep which is worth a set of praise hands all on its own. I can’t wait to introduce you all to him a bit more, but for now I’ll just share a couple of photos my friend Jesse of Dreamtown Co. took of the baby’s arrival.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.comBrownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.comOn to the second cutest thing in this post: brownie ice cream sandwiches. If you ask me, brownies are always best served a la mode. While I’ve long enjoyed the frozen supermarket version of brownie ice cream sandwiches, I really felt like we needed to explore a rich, ultra-chocolatey homemade version. What we finally landed on is nothing short of fabulous.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.comBrownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

Here we have a chewy, soft-baked brownie layered with a huge schemer of no-churn cookies and cream ice cream.The brownie is rich and pretty dense, so to keep it chewy once frozen be sure to not overbake it. The ice cream is a cinch to make and contains little more than whipped cream, chocolate sandwich cookies, and sweetened condensed milk. We whip it all together until it becomes thick and cloud-like and then spread it in on top of half of the brownies. The second half of brownies is pressed on top and left to freeze together until solid.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

There’s a few ways you can cut these brownie ice cream sandwiches. You’ll notice for the photos I opted to use a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing that. I found it much easier to trim out pieces with a chef’s knife and was able to maintain a more manageable portion size that way as well. If you like the cute circles- go for it! Just keep in mind you’ll have little scraps from the cut-out rounds leftover. After trying it both ways, I totally prefer to cut small rectangles.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

You definitely need to give these brownie ice cream sandwiches a try before the summer is up. They’re incredibly tasty and a delicious treat to add to your summertime dessert repertoire. Give them a try and let me know what you think! In the meantime, thank you for your prayers for baby Charlie and our new family of five. I can’t wait to introduce you more.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these brownie ice cream sandwiches you should try:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Icebox Cake

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft baked brownies stuffed with a no churn cookies and cream Oreo ice cream filling. The brownies stay chewy when frozen and this recipe makes a batch to feed a crew. Learn how to make homemade frozen treats without an ice cream maker on thewoodandspoon.com

These brownie ice cream sandwiches are chewy brownies filled with no-churn cookies and cream ice cream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces dark (I use 70%) chocolate
  • 11/4 cups (250 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (85 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, see notes)

For the ice cream:

  • 2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 18 (210 gm) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), chopped

Instructions

To prepare the brownie layers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two quarter sheet pans (or two 9”x13” pans) with foil that extends up the sides and grease with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the dark chocolate and butter, stirring regularly, just until barely melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly between the two pans and bake in the preheated oven for about 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted only comes out with a few moist crumbs. Set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the sandwiches:

  1. Once the brownie layers have cooled, flip them one layer out of the pan. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and cookie crumbs. Spread the thick filling on top of the brownie layer still inside the prepared pan. Smooth the top as much as possible and then place the second brownie layer directly on top. Gently press down to adhere, but avoid squishing the ice cream out the sides. Place in the freezer to freeze completely, about 6 hours. Use a 3” cookie or biscuit cutter to trim out sandwiches or use a chef’s knife to cut square. Keep frozen and covered until ready to eat!

Notes

  • The chocolate chips in the brownies will freeze FIRM. It is vital you use mini chips or skip them all together or you’ll risk breaking a tooth. 🙂
  • I used a biscuit cutter to trim out these sandwiches but FAR PREFER to slice into skinny rectangles. It’s much easier!

Adapted from Martha Collison

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and a Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re a few days shy of Mother’s Day, so I figured I’d hit you with a quick and dirty gift guide for the Mamas we love. Some of these item’s can be rush shipped to make it to your Mom in time while others will require a raincheck, but either way they’re all gifts she will LOVE. Take a peek and stick around for the strawberry shortcake macarons that we’re going to dive into after!

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

  1. Artifact Uprising Color Series Book. There’s not a Mom on planet Earth that won’t boohoo her eyes out at a well-made photo book filled with memories of her kids or grandkids. These new books from Artifiact Uprising start at a low price and come with a variety of colored covers to suit Mom’s preferences. You can even upload photos straight from social media. So simple.
  2. Personalized Tumblers. For our anniversary, I gave Brett a Yeti mug featuring a photo of my face and the words “Brett’s Favorite Mug.” The arrows pointing from the words to my face made for a laughable yet memorable gift that has actually turned out to be really useful. While my mug was made by a friend, I’ve linked above a site that will personalize a variety of tumblers for anyone.
  3. Icing on the Cake Cookbook. My sweet blog friend Tessa Huff recently published this new book. Filled with tips, how-to’s, and loads of recipes, this cookbook is a great resource for the baking moms you love. Spoiler Alert: the strawberry shortcake macarons I’m sharing today are adapted from her base recipe!
  4. Voluspa Candles. These are my favorite candles to gift. The jars and tins are beautiful and they come in a variety of delicious scents. My favorite is Baltic Amber, but peek around to find one your Mom will love!
  5. Kate Spade Recipe Box. This is maybe the cutest recipe box I’ve ever seen. How about you bake your Mom some treats from my site, print off the recipe, and stick it in her brand new recipe box? PERFECT IDEA!
  6. Follain Everything Soap. This is a great soap for just about everything. Hands, dishes, pets, kids, the works. It’s vegan, organic, and comes in a lavender lemongrass scent that is divine.
  7. Cookie Fix Cookies. If you’re from Alabama, these cookies need no introduction. These are some of the best cookies I’ve ever had, and now you can buy and ship cookie tins or frozen packs of their dough. Both are excellent and totally worth splurging on.
  8. Duraclear Glassware. Brett and I registered for scads of this Duraclear glassware when we were married. It look like glass to the naked eye but is, in fact, plastic! The glasses come in a variety of shapes and styles and they’ve even got some beautiful colored glasses that would be super fun for summer.
  9. Vrai & Oro Studs. Diamonds are a Mom’s best friend, right? I am in love with these emerald cut diamond earrings right now, and I can totally recommend this brand if you’re working with a budget for your Mom. If precious stones are a little out of reach, check out their more affordable rings, gold studs, and necklaces. I’ve had these line earrings for a few years, and I still adore them 100%.
  10. Eberjey Floral PJ Set. Can we agree that PJs are a great gift no matter what? Unless your mom sleeps in the buff (weirder things have happened) she definitely requires some nighttime clothing to cozy up to. These pajamas are super soft and come in a floral pattern that feels both young and classic all at the time same.

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Ok, let’s talk these strawberry shortcake macarons. Aren’t they adorable? I’ve had the idea for these treats for some time now, but it took Tessa’s helpful hints in her new book to work up the nerve to make them. With her help, I was able to nail these macs on the first try. They’re delicious, incredibly special, and maybe just the thing that will make your Mom feel like a million bucks this year.

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

So what makes up these strawberry shortcake macarons? First, we have plain vanilla macaron shells, baked until crisp and domed. Inside of each macaron pair is a stable vanilla bean whipped cream, a bit of strawberry jam, and a single thin slice of strawberry. Each element plays a vital role in these strawberry shortcake macarons and are all totally worth the effort.

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

If you need more help with macarons, be sure to check out Tessa’s book. Her tips for troubleshooting were incredibly helpful and gave me the opportunity to land ones I was proud of the first time around. If you’re a little unsure about whipping egg whites, you can reference my How-To guide that I posted last month. Whatever you do, be sure to make a batch of these ASAP.

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Mother’s Day to any Mamas who may be reading this. I hope you have someone waiting to love on and celebrate you well. Happy Baking!

Strawberry Shortcake Macarons and Mother's Day gift guide by wood and spoon. These are simple homemade macarons filled with whipped cream, strawberry jam, and fresh fruit. These taste like a shortcake in cookie form. Gifts for mom's on your list including cookbook, jewelry, beauty and home supplies, and more. Read all about these fancy spring desserts and learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these strawberry shortcake macarons you should check out:

Strawberry Shortcakes

Rhubarb Shortcakes

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Lemon Lavender Cookies

 

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Strawberry Shortcake Macarons

These vanilla macarons are filled with a whipped cream, strawberry jam, and a thin slice of strawberry to make a strawberry shortcake macaron!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 26 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

For the macaron shells (recipe 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:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries

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 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. 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). 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, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Slowly stream in the heavy cream, scraping the bowl every so often, and then continue mixing until the mixture thickens to a stiff consistency. Place the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (I use a Wilton 12).
  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. Use a small spoon to place a bit of jam in the center of each piped circle and top with a thin 1/8” slice of strawberry. You can pipe a tiny dot or two of cream on top of the strawberry to help the macaron shell stick to the top. Place the finished macarons in the fridge to firm up prior to eating. I usually let them sit for at least 30 minutes but up to a few hours. Remove from the fridge about 20 minutes prior to enjoying!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Truth be told, I was going to save this recipe for a rainy day. Yes, we’re finally into rhubarb season and strawberries are just around the corner, but these gooey strawberry rhubarb crumb bars were supposed to be on hold. Instead, I decided to go ahead and share it right away, because some things are just too good to keep to yourself, ya know?

I have this really bad habit of saving things “for a special occasion.” I love a celebration more than the average bear, and it’s not unusual for me to find myself romanticizing an event with grandiose plans, elaborate treats, or just about anything else that qualifies as extra. It’s not that I want to be over-the-top or too planned out, I just like to save my best for the right moment.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Here’s an example: When Brett and I first got married, I bought this expensive bottle of sake. In my mind, I’d save it for a special dinner when I made homemade sushi or some other type of Asian cuisine and I’d be the cute put-together wife that had just the right beverage for the occasion. Over the next several months, I made Asian food more times than I could count but I never cracked open the bottle because it never felt special enough. Finally, when we moved last December, I found the old bottle all dusty in the back of our cabinet. It was well overdue and no longer good, and I remember being so disappointed that I let that treat go to waste.

I do the same thing with clothes and shoes and those expensive face masks and creams I buy at the store. Always certain that there’s a special occasion worthy of them, I hold off from opening, using, or wearing those items, and before long they’ve been forgotten. Now they don’t fit or they’ve expired or they’re simply out of style. Instead of relishing those treats or sharing them when I had the opportunity, I let them go to waste.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Why do we ration the good things in our life? For so long, I’ve resisted the urge to appreciate and indulge in the gifts I have because the moment doesn’t feel worthy of them. Instead of preserving those things for the right time, I end up wasting them. I think (and hang with me for a minute, because this is going to be a stretch) that we do the same thing with our own personal gifts. Not the tangible items like a pair of earrings or a fancy sofa or a block of imported cheese, but the gifts inside of us. Our talents, our desires, and our dreams. So often, we stifle a vision, we refrain from sharing a kind word with someone, or we hold off on pursuing something we desire because we’re unsure the time is right. What does this waiting accomplish? When we fail to tap into something that we love or that has been gifted to us, we are rarely saving it for a rainy day. Usually we’re putting that idea on the shelf to become dusty and forgotten.

I have some dreams that have been sitting on a shelf for a while. Sometimes I’ll pick them up and consider the possibilities for a moment, but then I usually just toss it back on the shelf with the notion that I’ll think about it when the time is right. But what if that time is right? What if I’ve been allowing fear to bench my gifts and purposes when that perfect moment was just a little effort away? If we wait for one of life’s dramatic curtain calls instead of taking captive those unremarkable moments that make up our days, will we find ourselves waiting for an opportunity that never comes? I’m beginning to think so.

 

So the purpose of spewing all this rambling your way is this: don’t hide your gift. Share your dreams and talents and ideas with anyone who will listen. Don’t wait forever on an open door when you might have the key to a few closed ones right in front of you. We cheat ourselves and the world when we tuck our gifts out of sight, so hold yours out with open hands and be willing to share them.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.comOk, all of that was probably way too serious for these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. This little treats are simple, quick to put together, and entirely delicious, so you’re going to want to share them with everyone. Scout’s honor. I’m sharing today’s recipe in partnership with my friends at Diamond Nuts. On top of all those layers of brown sugar, oats, butter, and fruit jam are savory toasted pecans that round out the flavor perfectly on these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. I’ve come to appreciate a small sprinkle of Diamond Nuts on just about everything I make these days, and here, in these bars, the pecans add just the right amount of toasty crunch to complete these otherwise soft and gooey bars. If you are in need of a go-to nut brand, Diamond is definitely your best bet.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars, we first have to throw together the quick jam. I used fresh rhubarb and frozen strawberries, but you can use whatever you have on hand. With just a little sugar and water, the fruit cooks down into a thin jam that you can use for these treats, on toast, or even as a filling for a cake that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. This jam can also be canned, but we won’t go into all of that today.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

The next step is to make the oat mixture for the strawberry rhubarb crumb bars. Flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter come together into a clumpy delicious mixture. Pack 2/3 of the mixture into a prepared 8″ pan and bake until just barely set. Spread a little of the cooled jam on top and sprinkle the remaining crumbs and pecans on next. If you want a super fruity and gooey bar you can throw a little extra strawberries in there too. The fruit will weep and juice all over the place making it more akin to a pie bar, so if you’re into that, go for it! For a thinner layer of fruit just stick with the jam. Both are phenomenal, if you ask me.

The bonus of these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars is that they serve a crowd, can be made in a cinch, and freeze like a dream. If you’re not into making homemade jam, feel free to use your favorite store-bought option instead. I personally was ecstatic to find yet another use for that spring rhubarb that I’ve come to covet, so if you happen to see some in your stores, grab it and make these ASAP. They’re fab.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for listening to me ramble on today, and I hope you love the strawberry rhubarb crumb bars! Many thanks to the kind humans at Diamond Nuts for giving me the opportunity to share this go-to recipe with you all today. Pick up some of their pecans next time you’re at the store and just tell me you don’t taste the difference. I bet you will. Happy baking y’all!

If you like these strawberry rhubarb crumb bars you should check out:

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Berry Rhubarb Tart

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Wood and Spoon blog are simple, make ahead jam filled bars made from spring fruit. The tart rhubarb makes a quick preserve with strawberries for a gooey centered oatmeal cookie bar. You can use fresh or frozen fruit for the jam and add additional fruit to make extra thick and fruity bars. Check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

These strawberry rhubarb crumb bars are buttery, pecan-topped bars with a fruity center and oatmeal crust. Perfect for sharing!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the bars:

  • 11/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾1 cup (see notes) strawberry rhubarb jam
  • ½ cup chopped berries (optional)
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

For the strawberry rhubarb jam:

  • ¾ pound rhubarb, chopped
  • ¾ pound strawberries, hulled
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

To prepare the bars:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8” pan with a sheet of greased foil. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the butter until the mixture is consistent. Pack 2/3 (about 2 cups) of the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  2. When finished, spread the jam on top of the cooled crust. If you’re opting to not add fresh fruit, use 1 cup of jam. If you’d like to add fresh fruit, use just ¾ cup. Top with fresh fruit, if desired. Mix the pecans into the remaining crumb layer and then sprinkle on top of the jam and/or fruit. Bake in the preheated oven for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan and cutting. You can speed up this process in the fridge.

To prepare the rhubarb jam:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized pot over low heat. Stir to combine and continue stirring regularly until all of the sugar has dissolved. You can test this by carefully rubbing a little bit of the liquid in the pot between two fingers- it should feel smooth.
  2. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring regularly until the mixture comes to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the rhubarb and berries have broken down and the mixture is approximately applesauce consistency. Remove from heat and place in a heat-proof bowl to cool in the fridge. This jam will keep in the fridge for approximately 2-3 weeks.

Notes

  • For gooier juicier bars, opt to add fresh fruit on top of the jam! These will still slice well but are a bit messier. For bars that set well, opt for no fruit. If your fruit isn’t super ripe you can sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar on top too.

 

 

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

I can tell it’s a Monday by how entirely full I am. Do you ever do that? Do you ever try your hardest to eat well, exercise, and make generally healthy choices all week long only to crash and burn in a sugar and butter-induced dumpster fire of weekend disgustingness? Welcome to my world. I ate my way through the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and now Monday is kicking my tail.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

We went to the beach with friends this weekend, and it was terrific. I can officially promise you that the only thing better than owning a beach house of your own is having best friends with a beach house. We trucked the kids to south Alabama’s Orange Beach and spent 72 hours power eating, sun soaking, and wrangling tiny humans. Now I know Alabama does not have a reputation for seriously delicious dining, but there are some really good meals to be had on the Gulf. Our schedule was basically built around the restaurants we planned to eat at and the rest of our tine was spent munching on snacks ever half hour. No crab claw, french fry, or margarita was left unscathed this weekend, because went in HARD.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Which brings me to this case of the Mondays. 3 days of over-indulging has left this pregnant lady’s stomach even more stretched out than ever. I wake up hungry and go to sleep hungry, and that sad-looking sandwich I’m destined to eat for lunch would sound much better if it was deep-fried and covered with tartar sauce and tator tots. The beach restaurant weekend life spoiled me to pieces, and I’m totally dragging my feet on this road back to normalcy.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you ask me, the perfect remedy for that transitional window between vacation and work week eating is healthy-ish treats like these vegan oatmeal cookies. Instead of butter, we’ve got coconut oil, and in lieu of chocolate and caramel we have dried fruit and nuts. These vegan oatmeal cookies pack a few extra health benefits without sacrificing any bit of flavor, taste, and texture you’d hope for in a regular cookie. These are the type of treats you can enjoy without feeling entirely guilty (if you’re the type of person who feels guilt via baked goods).

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for vegan oatmeal cookies was adapted from my favorite original vegan chocolate chip cookie, and I depended on Diamond of California Fruit and Nut Blend to make the prep that much more simple. I use Diamond Nuts for pretty much any and every nut-filled dish I create, but when I was thinking for some creative uses for their fruit and nut blends (I mean, besides just eating straight out of the bag) I immediately thought of cookies. The fun variety of fruits and nuts included in their three different blends adds a little something special to an otherwise ordinary batch of oatmeal cookies, and I was delighted by how at home they were in these chewy little bites of cinnamon-spiced deliciousness.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To make vegan oatmeal cookies, we start by creaming the fat and sugar. Coconut oil is blended with organic brown and cane sugar as well as a little vanilla extract. A flaxseed egg is added in next to hold the cookie together and then the dry ingredients are tossed in as well. All-purpose flour, baking soda and powder, salt and a smidge of cinnamon anchor the oats, Marcona almonds, dried blueberries and cranberries, and the cookies bake up into fragrant and flavorful chews. I love how simply the dough comes together and how they keep well for days at room temperature.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If this Monday has got you wishing for a little Friday/Saturday/Sunday special, bake up some vegan oatmeal cookies to soften the blow of yet another weeklong grind. I just know you’re going to love them! Many thanks to my BFFs at Diamond of California for being terrific partners and for sponsoring this post. These vegan oatmeal cookies would be the perfect home for any of their fruit and nut blends, so give them a try and let me know what you think! I hope this week treats you right and that you get some time to love yourself in the kitchen. Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these vegan oatmeal cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Almond Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

 

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

These vegan oatmeal cookies are a coconut oil based dough with oats, dried fruit and almonds! Simple one bowl recipe!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup (120 gm) coconut oil
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) organic cane sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (200 gm) old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of Diamond Marcona Fruit and Nut Blend OR ½ cup chopped almonds, ¼ cup dried blueberries and ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the coconut oil, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the flaxseed mixtures and stir to combined. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, stirring on low to combine. Add the oat and fruit and nut mixture and stir just until combined. The dough is very dry, but if you find that it is so crumbly that it won’t pack together, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you can pack it slightly.
  4. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of dough 2 inches apart on a sheet pan prepared with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges have turned golden and set. Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to enjoying.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a problem with using regular granulated or brown sugar, you can substitute that here, however, most standard sugars are not truly vegan. I used Wholesome Cane and Brown Sugar for these cookies.
  • Be sure that your coconut oil is not liquidy or melted. This recipe was tested using solid coconut oil, although there were some small differences between brands.
  • You can substitute GF flour here, although the cookies may spread slightly differently. Test the baking out on one or two to verify that they will bake as you’d like. If they spread too much, refrigerate the dough, and if they stay more puffed than you’d like, slightly press down on the dough balls.