Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies warmly scented with coriander and other spices and candied walnuts. You can substitute pecans or other nuts here. These make terrific holiday or Christmas chocolate chip cookies and can be made ahead and frozen. Save the extra candied walnut pieces for future baked goods. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com. cookies, cookie recipes, walnuts, candied walnuts, cookies with nuts.

Is it entirely cliche to talk about how fast time flies in the month of December? All year long we wait and wait (and wait) for the Christmas season to roll around and then poof- you carve a turkey and suddenly it's December. I'm not sure how that much joy and celebrating is supposed to get squeezed into a one month time frame, but you can bet that I'm going to do my very best to try. Now that I'm a mom, my M.O. during the month of December is to drum up as much holiday cheer and merriment for my children as possible. For George, my 7 month old, that's a bit of a stretch, but for my 2 year old Aimee, the wonder of Christmas is alive and well. She counts the ornaments on our tree and drinks her milk out of a Santa mug. She's captivated by all of the twinkling lights...

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Ginger Molasses Bundt Cakes

Ginger Molasses Bundt Cakes Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Simple, one bowl recipe of flavorful and warmly scented cakes sweetened with molasses and spices including cinnamon and ginger. There is a simple white chocolate frosting glaze icing on top. you can modify these mini bundt cakes to be larger bundt cakes or even use a loaf pan, a round cake pan, or a square baking dish. Find the recipe and other fall / winter/ holiday recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

Guys, I gotta tell you, I'm feeling so merry that I could burst. All the gift wrapping and carols and tinsel and Charlie Brown Christmas has got me feeling more festive than Mrs. Claus herself. I've eaten more peppermint bark and cookies than I can admit without a small amount of shame, but honestly, who cares? IT'S CHRISTMAS! If you haven't gotten in the holiday spirit yet, just hang in there, because everyone is bound to catch the fever at some point. And if you've hit a mental block or dead end in your Christmas shopping already, keep reading because I have got some terrific tips for you!These past few weeks I've gotten a lot of questions from friends and followers about what type of tools an aspiring baker might need. There's so much available in stores that sometimes it's hard to pick out which items are necessary and reliable. So I have...

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Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by kate Wood. This is a perfect make ahead Christmas / holiday / winter dessert made with Williams-sonoma peppermint bark. The chocolate cookies are like chocolate wafers and are made with hot cocoa mix. The filling is a mascarpone cheese whipped cream mixture that holds its shape as a frosting and helps to keep the cookies soft. the whole thing is topped by white chocolate and semisweet chocolate peppermint bark. Make this impressive layer layered dessert for you friends or next dinner party. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Can you just feel the excitement? Surely it's not just me. At our house, the tree is up and our stockings are hung. I've already made an unnecessary amount of Christmas cookies and my kitchen smells like a cinnamon stick/ fir tree hybrid. My Christmas socks are back in rotation, and I'm about one Mariah Carey song away from my husband refusing to ride in the car with me anymore. Surely this holiday cheer isn't reserved just for me- IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!This time of year always elicits a number of merry memories and feels for me, and as I grow older, I find myself trying to cultivate that same wonder and excitement for my own family. I want my babies to grow up on the sounds and smells and sights that make this time of year so rich. Fires crackling in the fireplace. Christmas lights...

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Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are simple coffee and chocolate / cocoa flavored cookies rolled in sugar with a pressed thumbprint in them. They are filled with a simple stovetop make ahead instant espresso caramel that firms up and holds its shape. Drizzled with more milk or semisweet chocolate. These are great cookies for cookie party , cookie exchange, and holiday/ Christmas gatherings. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

So were you prepared for Thanksgiving? Did you pull your stretchy pants and adult bibs out of storage? Did you participate in all of the carb loading and day drinking? We spent Thanksgiving in Florida this year which means I sucked in my post-dinner turkey gut while laying poolside at my parents' house in 80 degree weather. Nothing begs for a bikini like 3 days of power eating and a body that hasn't seen the sun since early august. Gag. Traveling home is always a breath of fresh air and vacation from my long list of daily responsibilities. My mom graciously steps in as part-time caregiver of my babies, laundry folder, coffee maker, and dish washer, and still manages time to hang out as my BFF. Even just typing it out brings me a sigh of relief. She's an amazing Superwoman/Mary Poppins gem of a woman and I can't believe I get to call her mom. While...

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by kate Wood. These are fluffy, light cinnamon rolls and that make several pans or just a few large oversized big cinnamon rolls. These contain sweet potato puree or you can use pumpkin puree from a can. Filled with a cinnamon and brown sugar pecan filling and topped with a simple and easy cream cheese frosting / icing / glaze. Make these ahead if desired. Find the recipe for these fall favorite best breakfast buns at thewoodandspoon.com

When it comes to leftovers, my belief is that every person belongs to one of two camps. You either like them, or you don't. I personally have always been a fan of leftovers. My brain is filled with fond memories of cold pizza, leftover birthday cake for breakfast, and carry-out Chinese from the night before. Pasta, soup, and casseroles- all better on day two. I've even been known to eat giant spoonfuls of mac and cheese straight from dish in the fridge, and I promise you it's delicious.Ok, ok, I can hear you gagging. I may have an absurd level of tolerance for leftovers, but I'm pretty sure there's at least one day per year that we can all get behind leftovers.THANKSGIVING! The day of giving thanks and putting down some grub. The day to fill your heart with gratitude and your plate with tan colored food. When else can you justify cooking 18 pounds of food...

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Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake This is a rich, fluffy, and moist dark chocolate cake make with dutch process / special dark cocoa powder. The cake recipe is a one bowl, simple, easy, make ahead cake recipe. The cake is filled with chocolate cookie crumbles made like milk bar crumb. There is also a sweet and salty caramel in the middle and a fluffy chocolate frosting made from melted semisweet and bittersweet chocolate chips. You can make this a naked cake or frost the outside as well. Find the recipe for this celebration / birthday cake / chocolate lover best cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Here in America, it's the morning after election Tuesday, and let me just say that I'm thankful. I'm thankful to live in America. I'm thankful for the right to vote. I'm thankful for the freedoms and liberties that my country and its leaders have afforded me.To be honest, though, I'm mainly thankful that my hope is not dictated by politics. My joy and peace do not stem from a winning vote. In fact, I can list a million things that I have to be thankful for right at this very moment, and not one of them has anything to do with whoever ends up living in the big house on Pennsylvania Ave. Instead of spending our time chit-chatting about politics, let's skip right to dessert. On days like these, we need something sweet like chocolate caramel crumble cake to remind us that it's all good. To remind us to take life one slice at...

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Pecan Toffee Blondies

Pecan Toffee Blondies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple blondie recipe made in a half or quarter sheet pan that serves a crowd. A great make ahead bar for parties. Tastes like butter pecan ice cream! These bars are butter and brown sugar blondies, made extra salty with sea salt and chopped pecans. Find the recipe for this great fall dessert at thewoodandspoon.com

Happy November to you from Alabama where it's still hot as fire and we're all frying eggs on the pavement. The only time nowadays that I don't sweat like a baby gorilla is if I'm sitting inside or standing in front of an open refrigerator. And don't judge me, but I do that a lot. Last week, we celebrated my birthday with friends over a  meal of stone crabs and layer cakes. I've only cracked crabs one other time in my life, back when Brett and I were dating and I was still trying to prove I was adventurous and fun. I typically don't like food that requires you to work for it, but the stone crabs turned out to be a blast. Were it not for the bloodied knuckles, broken nails, and overall brute strength that was required for breaking through the shells of those tough little buggers, I probably would have cracked all...

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