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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.

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.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

Happy Monday, friends! Can I be totally frank with you? The recipe for these vegan fluffernutter cookies wasn’t supposed to land on the blog until the end of next month. Instead, you crazy bakers have been begging for this recipe ever since I teased it on Instagram, so I decided to cut to the chase and share it as a near-end installment of the #monthofchocolate business we’ve been doing here. If you’re a peanut butter and chocolate fan (and who isn’t?), I think you’re going to be head over heels for this recipe.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

For some reason, one of the most popular recipes on my site is the one for vegan chocolate chip cookies. I’m 100% not a vegan, nor do I claim to be a premier resource of recipes for those trying to follow a dairy or egg-free diet,  but for some reason you guys have been killing that recipe on this site. So I wanted to offer a sequel to that recipe, something for you to follow-up those chewy bites of chocolate and dough with, and these vegan fluffernutter cookies are the result of that experiment.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

I started the testing process by working on the peanut butter dough. Although it’s a fat, peanut butter doesn’t spread as readily in cookies as coconut oil or butter, so I had to add it in bit by bit to determine the appropriate balance for this cookies. I stuck with using chocolate chunks instead of  chips, but this is totally a personal preference on my part. Finally, I added in the marshmallows in a few different ways to figure out how to best capture that flavor and texture in the cookie.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

The results? Delicious. These vegan fluffernutter cookies are phenomenal all on their own even without the marshmallows. One of my favorite foodie friends said that these cookies MINUS the marshmallows were among her top 5 favorite cookies of all time. So certainly if you’re not into marshmallows you can totally skip this step for a thinner, more spread out chewy cookie than the ones you see pictured here. I personally love the extra chew and sweetness lended by the marshmallows, but I’d encourage you to try them both ways to determine what you like the best.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

A few notes on the ingredients for these vegan fluffernutter cookies:

First, we use coconut oil as the primary source of fat for this recipe. I’ve had a ton of readers successfully use vegan butter for the original vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I’d encourage you to test that if you keep it on hand. Second, keep in mind that all sugar is NOT vegan. Be sure to research your specific brand of preference if you’re trying to follow a strict vegan diet. The same goes for chocolate too! Both Lindt 70% Chocolate and Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars are accidentally vegan, so I typically reach for those for this recipe, but you can use whatever you prefer.

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

These vegan fluffernutter cookies are seriously delicious and are the perfect cure for whatever sweet and salty craving you might be currently experiencing. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to see all those fluffy mounds of dough you all make on my Insta feed! Happy baking to you all and have a great week!

If you like these vegan fluffernutter cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Almond Coconut Cookies 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are egg and dairy free cookies with a peanut butter base stuffed with marshmallows, dark chocolate and loads of flavor! They use a flaxseed or chia egg in place of regular ones and coconut oil in place of butter. They are chewy and full of delicious flavor. Find the recipe for this vegetarian cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood healthy!

These vegan fluffernutter cookies have a chewy peanut butter cookie dough with chocolate chunks and oozing marshmallows.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Cookie
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) coconut oil, firm not liquid
  • ½ cup (125 gm) peanut butter (not unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) organic cane sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cup  (160 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces chopped dark vegan chocolate
  • 1 cup mini vegan marshmallows (see notes)

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, peanut butter, brown sugar, cane 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 chopped chocolate and marshmallows and fold to combine. 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 so that you can pack it slightly.
  4. Scoop out large balls (I use a large cookie scoop or about 3 tablespoons) of dough and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. If you notice your dough is really soft and melty, place in the fridge or freezer to firm up, about 30 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven about 11-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and set around the edges.

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.
  • If you choose to use chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips instead of large chopped chocolate, the shape of your cookie will differ. I prefer to pat my dough balls down a bit when using chocolate chips as they will not spread quite as much as with the large chunks.
  • 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.
  • I use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Baking bar which is accidentally vegan. If you don’t have a variety you love, standard chocolate can be used. Please read my tips above regarding chocolate chips vs. baking bars.
  • In an effort to keep your marshmallows from melting all over your pan you can instead scoop rounds of cookie down around your marshmallows. I tried to keep a few inside and maybe one or two poking out of the batter.
  • If you prefer no marshmallows, keep in mind your cookies may spread a bit more. Also if you use smaller rounds of dough your cookies will spread more too! You can easily find vegan marshmallows via Amazon and Trader Joe’s.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are buttery cookies with zesty lemon, lime, or orange, and topped with a champagne glaze. You can use fruit juice to make the glaze instead if you prefer. These make excellent new year's eve party cookies or simple snacks to share with friends. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Happy Almost-New Year’s Eve from one greasy human who has lived in a bathrobe and Ugg slippers for the past few days. I have intentionally unplugged from the interwebs and social media this last week in an effort to fully embrace all that comes with this time of year, and can I just say that it feels kinda good? Although I’ve resolved to dig in hard after the new year to bring you loads of goodies I’m going to keep my online banter on mute for now and simply settle into these last few days of December.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are buttery cookies with zesty lemon, lime, or orange, and topped with a champagne glaze. You can use fruit juice to make the glaze instead if you prefer. These make excellent new year's eve party cookies or simple snacks to share with friends. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To keep your sweet tooth satiated for the next few days, I have these citrus shortbread cookies to share with you. It took a few batches to get the sweet to zesty ratio just right but I kinda love the outcome. These cookies are intensely buttery, yet somehow still refreshing. Coated with a simple sugary glaze and edible glitter sprinkles, these cookies are the perfect accompaniment for your glasses of bubbly and midnight kisses this coming New Year’s Eve.

To make these citrus shortbread cookies, cream together butter, citrus zest, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. I prefer lemon here but orange and lime (or a combo of all three!) would work splendidly. Add flour, salt, and vanilla and stir until the mixture comes together into a dry dough. I found that when using a hand mixer that the dough didn’t really pack together the way I wanted, so if you have a stand mixer, use it here. Work the dough into a ball and flatten it into a round disk to chill in the fridge.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are buttery cookies with zesty lemon, lime, or orange, and topped with a champagne glaze. You can use fruit juice to make the glaze instead if you prefer. These make excellent new year's eve party cookies or simple snacks to share with friends. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

 

Once you’re ready to bake your citrus shortbread cookies, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and use round cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Here’s where you have a few options: for intensely buttery, semi-crisp cookies, roll the dough out thin, about ¼” thick. These will bake up golden brown and literally melt in your mouth. Otherwise, stick with the traditional thick shortbread at ½” thick for soft, crumbly butter cookies. Both taste delicious, but while I prefer the look of thicker cookies, I definitely favor the taste and texture of the thin ones. Bake in the oven for a few minutes and allow them to cool before topping with a glaze.

I used citrus juice (lemon is my choice!) for the glaze on half of these cookies and champagne for the remaining. You don’t really catch the flavor of the champagne, but it definitely adds a little something different as opposed to more tart citrus flavor. I like to keep mini bottles of sparkling wine on hand for projects like this, but if you’d prefer to use up the juice from the citrus you zested that totally works too. Your call. For color, I used a tiny bit of red and peach food coloring to make a pink glaze, and I topped the whole thing off with edible glitter and stars. Aimee totally flipped when she saw these- maybe her favorite treat of 2018. She thought they were incredibly special, and I have to agree that the edible dust certainly works overtime on these otherwise simply cookies. You can pick some up at a craft store or purchase on Amazon like I did.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are buttery cookies with zesty lemon, lime, or orange, and topped with a champagne glaze. You can use fruit juice to make the glaze instead if you prefer. These make excellent new year's eve party cookies or simple snacks to share with friends. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

 

I hope you enjoy these citrus shortbread cookies and have the best time celebrating next week. On behalf of my family, this site, and myself, I want you to know what a joy you all have made this space in 2018. I’m so happy to have a home here because of you all and the love we share for butter and sugar. Many blessings, love, and cookies to you in the coming year.

If you like these citrus shortbread cookies you should try:

Lemon Blueberry Bars

Marbled Sugar Cookies

Soft-Frosted Sugar Cookies

Lemon Lavender Cookies 

 

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Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are buttery cookies with zesty lemon, lime, or orange, and topped with a champagne glaze. You can use fruit juice to make the glaze instead if you prefer. These make excellent new year's eve party cookies or simple snacks to share with friends. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These citrus shortbread cookies are sweet and buttery cookies with zesty citrus and a lemony/champagne glaze!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20-40 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 11/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons citrus zest (I prefer lemon or lime)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract will also work)
  • 31/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3+ tablespoons lemon juice or champagne

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and citrus zest just until combined, about 45 seconds. Add the vanilla, flour, and salt and beat on low speed until the dough starts to come together. You may have to get in there with your hands to pack it together into a dough. Work the dough into a flat, round disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Allow it to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. When you’re ready to bake, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Roll the dough out ½” thick (for softer shortbread cookies) or ¼” thick (for crispier cookies). Use 2” round cookie cutters to cut out pieces of dough and place them 2” apart on the cookie sheets. Bake in the oven until the edges turn golden, about 15 minutes for thin cookies or 22-24 minutes for thicker cookies. The browner they get, the crisiper, but don’t let them bake too long! Allow to cool completely while you prepare your glaze. Simply stir together the powdered sugar and champagne or lemon juice. You want it thick enough to where it will stay on the cookie but thin enough so that the icing isn’t glooped on there. Add food coloring and sprinkles as desired! Allow to set prior to serving.

Adapted from Ina Garten

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

I really want to start this post with a giant “MERRY CHRISTMAS,” but I don’t want to annoy you with my over-zealous festivity right off the bat. Instead, let me appeal to any last minute shoppers who may be looking for the perfect gift for their favorite gal pals, sisters, teachers, and neighbors.  These are all items that you can literally have to your door and wrapped before Christmas, so if you’re scrambling for some in-a-pinch gifts, I’ve totally got you covered. As a sidenote, I’d like to say that a lot of these are items on my personal Christmas list, so Brett, if you haven’t gotten me anything, start shopping! 

  1. The Cookie Book: My dear friend’s cookie book was one of my top two favorite cookbooks of the year. This is a must for the home bakers in your life. 
  2. Sister Pie: This is obviously my other favorite of the year. The salted maple pie I shared earlier this year is from this book and it is to DIE  for.
  3. Woodford Reserves Bitters Bundle: For the bourbon-loving gal in your life (raises hand!)
  4. Poloroid 600 Camera: This is almost a perfect replica of the classic camera I had as a child. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this new version!
  5. Americolor Gel Food Coloring Set: This is the ultimate of all ultimates. 50 shades of the very best food coloring money can buy. Get this for the baker you love!
  6. Espro Coffee Press: I’ve been using this coffee press for 2 years now. Once you have it, you’ll never go back. 
  7. Alexander Hamilton: This book by Ron Chernow was the inspiration behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway show. This is a history buff’s must!
  8. Global Tassel Throw: Cozy up with this trendy gift ASAP.
  9. Hand Lettering Set: This beginner’s set from Prismacolor might be the perfect gift for the crafty chick in your life.
  10. Staub Cocotte: Every girl wants a Staub. Pick her one in her favorite color. 
  11. Tumi Backpack: This is the only brand of luggage I would swear by. This backpack is lightweight and would make a perfect carry-on. 
  12. Mac Lipstick: This shade, “Twig,” was named the most diverse shade- perfect for a multitude of skin tones! 
  13. Starfetti Sprinkles: These all-natural sprinkles are beyond adorable. I need some ASAP.
  14. Lululemon Hat: What girl doesn’t want to open a little Lulu on Christmas morning? I love the color of this hat. 
  15. Kate Spade Lunch Tote: It says “Just Desserts” on it. I’ve never identified so well with a lunchbox. 

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

Each and every one of those items are things I love and use/want regularly, so shop away. And if you’re shopping for a true foodie, might I recommend another gift idea: a batch of these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies with an accompanying bottle of Lucini Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil to go with it. Yes, this is the same olive oil I used to make that dreamy lemon olive oil chess pie a few week ago, and it’s the brand I reach for on the daily. Any home baker or cook will love the addition of quality ingredients to their pantry, so check out Lucini products here.

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

 

Now let’s talk about these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies. They’re fudgy, chocolatey, and seriously moist. The bits of peppermint add crunch and flavor, while the olive oil and cocoa powder add depth of flavor and keep them tender. These cookies are beautifully festive, the kind of cookies that your holiday guests with ooh and ahh over as they reach for them over and over again. Plus, I like to think they’re a little less guilty given the lack of butter and the addition of olive oil? 

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

 

These chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies come together quickly with the whiz of a hand mixer. I’d argue the most difficult part is crushing the actual peppermints or candy canes, although sources tell me you can buy those pre-crushed, so who knows. Once baked these cookies will stay fresh for days, the perfect thing to have on hand when holiday guests arrive.

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

I hope you’ll give these cookies a try and let me know what you think! I am new to baking cookies with olive oil, but the results I experienced with Lucini were so terrific that I look forward to trying it again and again. Be sure to check them out next time you’re at the store, and thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible! I won’t be seeing y’all until after Christmas, so I hope your next few days are merry, bright, and full of joy and wonder. Merry Christmas, y’all!

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

This post is sponsored by Lucini Italia. All opinions are my own

If you like these chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies you should try:

Peppermint Icebox Cake

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Bread

 

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Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane throughout! Using Lucini olive oil instead of butter, these cookies are chewy, soft, and tender, and have loads of delicious holiday flavor. Learn more about these simple treats on thewoodandspoon.com and try them out this Christmas at your holiday gift exchange!

These chocolate peppermint olive oil cookies are rich, fudgy, and moist. The bits of peppermint add a festive color and crunch to every bite!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 gm) olive oil
  • 4 ounces dark (I used 70%) chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 2 large (120 gm) eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 11/4 cups (175 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (40 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (170 gm) white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped peppermint bits, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine the olive oil and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat and gently heat it, stirring regularly, until the chocolate has melted. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, stirring just until combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and peppermint bits and allow the mixture to cool in the fridge while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep two baking sheets with parchment papers. Once the dough has firmed up quite a bit scoop dough roughs (you can use a medium or large cookie scoop, about 1-1/2 or 3 tablespoons worth of dough) onto the parchment paper. Roll the dough balls to smooth in your hands and place 2” apart on the cookie sheet. Bake in the oven about 9-10 minutes or until the edges are set and the tops are no longer gooey. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional peppermint bits immediately.

Notes

  • For extra peppermint flavor you can add ¾ teaspoon of mint or peppermint extract. I prefer the subtle crunch of the actual peppermint bits but if you’re really into peppermint that’s an option here.

 

Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies recipe. These are chewy peanut butter cookies with pretzel twists, chocolate chunks, and caramel bits. These are sweet and salty treats perfect for the holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or cookie exchanges. Find the giant chewy gooey cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Today’s recipe has zero shame. This is the kind of over-the-top cookie that might feel like a little much to some people, but to me, it’s drool-worthy. I’m 100% Team Salty Sweet and these peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies hit the nail on the head of every flavor I want in a dessert. I think you’re going to love them too, so let’s talk about how to make them.

Peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies recipe. These are chewy peanut butter cookies with pretzel twists, chocolate chunks, and caramel bits. These are sweet and salty treats perfect for the holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or cookie exchanges. Find the giant chewy gooey cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

We start by stirring melted butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Add in the sugars and stir until creamed well. Next comes the eggs and vanilla extract followed by the dry ingredients- flour, salt, and leavening. When it’s all well combined, stir in the bits of pretzels, chocolate chunks, and caramel chips until everything is combined. Scoop rounds of dough (I use this cookie scoop!) and top each one with a pretzel twist or a few broken crumbs, allowing them to bake until the edges are set.

Peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies recipe. These are chewy peanut butter cookies with pretzel twists, chocolate chunks, and caramel bits. These are sweet and salty treats perfect for the holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or cookie exchanges. Find the giant chewy gooey cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies are chewy, barely taste of peanut butter, and have a sweet and salty balance that is to die for. The salty pretzels and peanut butter offset the sweet caramel bits and chunks of chocolate that ooze throughout, and they stay delicious for several days after making. A few things to note on the ingredients: First, be sure you’re using the mini salted pretzels. It doesn’t matter if they’re the sticks or the twists, but don’t use the giant pretzel rods, okay? Second, for the caramel chips, we really mean caramel chips. Not giant caramel chews or mini baking bits that you use for melting. Finally, use whatever chocolate here that you prefer. You can sub in chocolate chips as well, but I like the difference in texture and look a chopped bar adds. I use 70% chocolate baking bars here. 

Peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies recipe. These are chewy peanut butter cookies with pretzel twists, chocolate chunks, and caramel bits. These are sweet and salty treats perfect for the holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or cookie exchanges. Find the giant chewy gooey cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Over the next coming weeks you’ll have a multitude of opportunities to bake and share cookies. After all, Christmas gatherings, class parties, and little festive plates set out for Santa and his reindeer really only beg for one thing. These peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies will be the showstoppers of them all. Equal parts beautiful and delicious, these cookies are unique yet entirely a crowd-pleasing option that everyone will jump for. Give them a try during your weekend baking and let me know what you think! Happy Friday, y’all!

If you like these peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies you should check out:

Pretzel Millionaire Bars

Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars) 

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

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Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies recipe. These are chewy peanut butter cookies with pretzel twists, chocolate chunks, and caramel bits. These are sweet and salty treats perfect for the holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or cookie exchanges. Find the giant chewy gooey cookies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These peanut butter caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies are chewy treats loaded with sweet and salty favorites!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 23/4 cups (385 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (170gm) caramel baking chips
  • ½ cup crushed pretzels, plus more larger pieces for sticking on top of your cookies, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat on the stove. Stir regularly and remove the pan from heat immediately once all is melted. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the peanut butter. Add the brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract, stirring to combine. Add the eggs and whisk to incorporate.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the mix immediately and fold to combine. Don’t waste a lot of time as the mixture will be harder to work with as it sits and cools. Fold in the chocolate, caramel chips, and pretzels.
  4. Scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized scoops (I use a large cookie scoop) of dough on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Roll the dough in your hands to smooth and stick random pretzel chunks on the top of the dough balls if you want visible pieces after baking. Bake in the preheated oven 10-11 minutes or until the edges are set. Allow to cool briefly before eating!

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Give me coffee in any form. I’ll take it in my mug, in my cake, heck, even in a cheap candle from TJ Maxx. Today though, we’re soaking up all that deliciously cozy caffeine in some seriously decadent toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies. 

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Can you even stand these? No, they’re not some elegant, three-tiered cake or some fancy French pastry. These cookies don’t have intricately piped details or hand-painted frosting on them, but I’ll tell you what- they are good. A treat like these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies is the type of old standby recipe that you can keep in your back pocket and revisit again and again and again, because honestly, stuff like this doesn’t go out of style. It’s always delicious.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

The inspiration for these cookies came from a favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that I used to buy. Although my diehard number one draft pick was always the oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream (that I make homemade now!), the coffee toffee ice cream always hit the spot too. One day on a whim, I decided to add toffee chips to a batch of cookies and suddenly the thought hit me- WHAT IF I ADDED COFFEE TOO!?! And so, toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies were born.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

To make them at home for yourself, you’ll start as we would any other cookie. First, cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer. We add the espresso powder here too so that that coffee flavor gets a chance to infuse throughout. Next comes the eggs and vanilla followed by our dry ingredients. The mix-ins for these cookies are basic yet adaptable to what you have in your pantry. I prefer to chop dark (usually 70%) chocolate bars, but you could totally opt for chips if you’d prefer. I also usually go for plain toffee bits, but if you can only find the ones covered in chocolate that will work as well. Scoop the rounds of dough onto a prepared sheet pan and bake until the edges are set and beginning to brown. 

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

I finish these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies with a heavy-handed pinch of salt, but if that doesn’t float your boat feel free to skip that here. For me, the extra salt makes the rich brown sugar/ caramel flavors stand out more prominently, but I also understand that some people (ahem, my husband) just don’t get salty desserts. Do as you please here.

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

So happy Thursday to you! I hope your day and weekend is now filled with the promise of toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies and that you enjoy them as much as I do. Next week, I’m sharing a savory baked good (!!!), so stick around for that!

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

If you like these toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Derby Pie Cookies

Brookies (Brownie Cookie Bars)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These dark chocolate chunk cookies are scented with coffee flavors and bits of toffee. Each bite is chewy with puddles of chocolate throughout. The toffee adds a bit of caramel sweetness to every bite. You can make this dough ahead, freeze it, or eat right away. Best served with a sprinkle of sea salt. Try this easy back to school cookie on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These toffee espresso chocolate chip cookies are filled with coffee flavors and bits of toffee! Substitute your favorite chocolate chip for the chunks if preferred!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (400 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and espresso powder on medium speed until smooth about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until barely combined and then add the dark chocolate and toffee. Stir to combine. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes if it is really soft or shiny.
  2. Scoop medium-sized rounds of dough (I use a medium cookie scoop) two inches apart on a large baking sheet rimmed with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are starting to golden. Allow to cool briefly before serving.

Derby Pie Cookies

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

You can take the girl out of Kentucky but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the girl.

I was born in Lexington, Kentucky and spent the first few years of my life in a small town about an hour away. Over the years that followed, I regularly visited family across the state, and it was there that my love affair with Southern culture began. While my short stint in Danville hardly qualifies me to claim Kentucky as my home sweet home, I have enough roots situated beneath that bluegrass to know that good things happen in the land of bourbon and basketball. Those rolling hills have always felt a little like home, so it pleases me to no end to share today’s recipe with you all. 

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

In just a few weeks, Southerners, socialites, and gamblers alike will join to participate in the Kentucky Derby, and you had better believe I wish I was one of them. While I’ve never been to the Derby, it’s my absolute favorite sporting event to celebrate, and if you’ve not done so before, I’d challenge you to giddy-up. In preparation for last year’s races, I gave you derby pie bars, a gooey, nutty shortbread bar filled with booze and chocolate. As a sequel to those decadent treats, you’re getting more of those same elements wrapped up in the ridiculous-delicious package of derby pie cookies.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These derby pie cookies are extra: extra chocolatey, extract chewy, extra boozy. They’re loaded with Derby Pie flavor but without all of the time and hassle that is required to make and bake a pie. In under thirty minutes, you can have buttery, caramel and bourbon-flavored cookies that are chock-full of nuts and dripping with morsels of chocolate. Whether or not you watch the Derby, you need these.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

To make derby pie cookies, we start by melting butter. Two sticks of liquid gold are combined with brown and white sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. Eggs come next and are stirred in before the dry ingredients are added. The crescendo of these cookies are the hunks of dark chocolate and chopped nuts that are added to the batter. Once integrated,  oversized dough balls are rolled onto a baking sheet and placed in the oven until the tops of the cookies have begun to crack and the edges are bronzed.

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

I like to finish these derby pie cookies with an extra sprinkling of salt and pecans, but you can skip this step if you’d prefer. You can also substitute some or all of the pecans for walnuts if desired, although I like them with toasty pecans the best. A key ingredient to these derby pie cookies is the bourbon. Be sure to choose a quality variety that will lend a sweet, caramel flavor to the dough. (Shameless plug: Blanton’s is the favorite in our house, but Basil Hayden’s, Woodford Reserve, and Eagle Rare make regular appearances as well.) If two tablespoons of bourbon isn’t enough for you, feel free to add a third. No judgment here. 

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

Get on your marks, get set, and GO bake these derby pie cookies ASAP. The races are just around the corner and these treats are begging to be made. Happy Friday and happy baking to you all!

If you like these derby pie cookies you should try:

Derby Pie Bars 

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Pecan Toffee Blondies 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Homemade Chocolates and Bourbon Balls

 

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Derby Pie Cookie

Derby Pie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy chocolate chip cookies filled with toasted pecans and bourbon whiskey. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby dessert, these cookies take all of the favorite pie flavors and stuff them into one chewy chocolate chunk cookies. With molten centers and buttery crisp edges, these chewy treats are fun to make for a party or holiday dessert. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood

These derby pie cookies are loaded with dark chocolate chunks, toasted pecans, and bourbon. Make these Kentucky-inspired treats for derby day!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 11/4 cup (250 gm) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup( 50 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 23 tablespoons good quality bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 21/4 cups (300 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 4 ounces (about one cup) coarsely chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melted the butter over medium low heat just until melted. Do not allow to sizzle, boil, or bubble. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the butter into a large mixing bowl and add the brown sugar and sugar. Whisk to incorporate before adding the egg, bourbon, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt. Use a rubber spatula to stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Once incorporated, fold in the pecans and chocolate. If the mixture looks greasy and soft, place the dough into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. Otherwise proceed to the next step.
  4. Use a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons of dough) to scoop rounds of dough onto the baking sheet. You can smooth your dough by quickly rolling it in your hands. Place the dough rounds 2 inches apart on your baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the top of the cookies have barely begun to crack and the centers no longer look wet. Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired, and enjoy!

Notes

  • For large pools of chocolate on top of the cookies, include a few large chocolate chunks on top of the dough balls.
  • If your cookies spread too much refrigerate the dough balls for several minutes prior to baking.