Month: February 2017

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A make ahead no churn ice cream cake recipe. Filled with chocolate ice cream made from cocoa powder, and a mint chocolate chip ice cream. Simple and quick brownie recipe on the inside and hot fudge chocolate sauce. You can adapt this recipe to be semi-homemade and you can make ahead this loaf pan cake in advance to serve a crowd. Great summer frozen dessert idea, coated in cool whip or whipped cream. Add chocolate cookies or Oreos if you want! Thewoodandspoon.com

Sometimes, we need a surprise up our sleeves. An extra card in our deck, a furry rabbit hiding in our hat- anything to make our audience think we’re all but magical. Friends, I may be short on trick mirrors and trap doors, but this super simple, make-ahead mint brownie ice cream cake is for sure going to be the disappearing act at your next dinner party. It’s that awesome. So let’s get to it!

You probably already know how much I love no-churn ice cream. There’s always a quart or two in my freezer, because the only thing better than homemade treats is one that is only three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It makes me feel domestic and awesome, and we all need that sometimes, right? But when I’m looking for a showstopping dessert to share at a gathering of some sort, I want something with a bit more pizzazz, you know? Something that makes everyone lick their plate and exclaim, “SWEET MERCY, WHERE IS THE ANGEL THAT MADE THIS!?” Mint brownie ice cream cake is the best of both worlds. The cake is delicious to taste and easy on the eyes, but with only three steps, this recipe is also nearly fool proof, with multiple options for simplifying and making ahead. Let me just go ahead and give you the run down.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Step one: make the brownies.

If you’re reading this baking blog, it’s safe to assume you’ve made brownies before. I’ve included the recipe for an easy brownie that I use for frozen desserts, but you could totally use a box brownie mix or even (gasp!) store bought ones. I won’t tell. And your taste testers will have no clue. Promise.

Step two: make the ice cream.

If there is something easier than making no-churn ice cream, I don’t want to know. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream into your mixing bowl and you’re literally already halfway there. For this mint brownie ice cream cake, we split our ingredients in half to make two flavors (because options, duh): a chocolate ice cream and a mint chip ice cream. If you don’t like mint chip ice cream, you can lose that flavor extract and use hazelnut instead. Or how about coconut? Almond? Root beer? Whatever, just use whatever flavor you want, ok? If you’re looking for an ice cream substitute though, I can’t help you, and honestly, we are probably no longer friends. Just kidding. We can still be friends. But don’t push it.

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Step three: assemble your cake.

This is probably the hardest part of preparing this mint brownie ice cream cake. If you’re like me and are a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the looks of your treats, this step will require some attention from you. At this point, you have the option of preparing a chocolate ganache to layer on the inside and garnish the outside of the cake with. You can also crush up some chocolate sandwich cookies if you want an extra layer of crunch in your masterpiece. Either way, you layer the ice cream with the prepared brownies, and before you can say “Bippity Boppity Boo,” your bag full of ingredients has transformed into this fab mint brownie ice cream cake that will impress the glass slippers off of everyone you know. Mint Brownie Ice Cream CakeSo in short, if you want to make this cake 100% from scratch, you will prepare your brownies, whip up some ice cream, and layer the two with some homemade ganache and whipped cream. But if you want to take easy street, you simply acquire brownies, make some ice cream, and dump it all into a pan with some store bought fudge sauce and chocolate cookies. Literally, the hardest part of making this mint brownie ice cream cake is waiting patiently for it to freeze up. Literally.

Our #monthofchocolate extravaganza has been pretty fun these past few weeks. Be sure to look back at the past few blog posts for other chocolaty goodness and recipe inspiration. Somehow two mint chocolate recipes made it into the lineup, which either means I really like mint, or I’m secretly pregnant again (just kidding, Mom, I am not pregnant. Don’t get too excited.) March may have a bit less chocolate in it, but like any self-respecting addict, I won’t be able to stay away for too long. Give this mint brownie ice cream cake a try, and let me know how it goes! I strongly recommend going ahead and making it this week, wrapping it in foil, and saving it in your freezer for a rainy day. You never know when you might need that fancy trick up your sleeve. Cheers to you and have a terrific Tuesday!

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Recipe By: Kate Wood

Brownies adapted from: Alton Brown

Serves: 8-10

For the brownies (see notes for shortcut):

4 large eggs
1 cup sugar, sifted
1 cup brown sugar, sifted
8 ounces melted butter (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the ice cream:

1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Green food coloring, if desired

2 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips

For the cake topping:

1 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies

Either 1-8 ounce container of non-dairy whipped topping (Cool Whip) or

1 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the ganache (see notes for shortcut):

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips

4 ounces heavy cream

To prepare the brownies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (300 for dark nonstick pans) and spray your light pan with baking spray. This cake can be prepared in an 9” springform pan, or, to prepare a loaf-shaped ice cream cake as I did in my photos, bake the brownie batter in two 9×5″ bread loaf pans. You’ll only use one pan worth of brownies if you opt for the loaf cake, so you can save the rest for later. 🙂
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and stir on low just until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bake time is about 45 minutes but will differ depending on the size of pan. Once a toothpick comes out clean, you’re done! Allow the brownies to cool completely before assembling the cake. You can speed up this process by cooling them in the fridge, or by preparing the day before.
To prepare the chocolate ice cream:

Pour half (7 ounces) of the sweetened condensed milk to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla and beat until well combined and no lumps remain. Add one cup of the heavy whipping cream and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the fridge while you prepare the remaining elements.

To prepare the mint chocolate chip ice cream:

Combine the remaining cup of heavy whipping cream, the remaining sweetened condensed milk, and the peppermint extract, and whip until stiff peaks form. Add two drops (more, if needed) of green food coloring towards the end of the whipping process, if desired. Fold in the chocolate or chocolate chips and set aside until ready to assemble the cake.

To prepare the cake topping:

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl, whip the cream on low speed until it is frothy. Increase speed to high, beating until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and the extract and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside until ready to assemble cake.

To prepare the chocolate ganache:

Place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Heat the cream in the microwave or on the stovetop until almost bubbling and steaming. Pour directly on top of the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to sit for about five minutes. Stir with a whisk or rubber spatula until the chocolate comes together and is a smooth ganache. You can heat briefly in the microwave in 5 second increments if it remains a bit lumpy. If the ganache sets out too long, it will thicken back up, so just reheat in 10-15 second increments as needed.

To assemble the cake:

Line a loaf pan or an 8” springform pan with plastic wrap, leaving several inches worth of wrap extending over the sides. This will make the removal process easier.

If preparing in a loaf pan, spread the mint ice cream evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbles over top and drizzle in some ganache or fudge sauce. Top with a layer of brownie (see notes). Spread the chocolate ice cream over top and smooth out. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight, if possible. When ready to frost, remove the cake from the pan to a serving dish. Peel off all of the plastic wrap and cover with whipped cream or topping. Drizzle the ganache over top and allow to freeze for 2-4 hours or until frozen solid, if desired. Alternatively, you can serve immediately, but keep in mind the hot ganache may melt the cake some. Serve frozen and keep covered with plastic wrap and foil to maintain freshness for up to a week.

If you want to prepare the cake in a round springform pan, I recommend layering as follows: brownies, mint ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbles, ganache, chocolate ice cream. Then freeze your cake and frost with whipped cream as desired. Really you can assemble the cake in any manner you like, but the cake is easiest to cut when the brownies are toward the bottom.

Notes:

Feel free to use boxed brownies or store-bought prepared brownies. I prefer Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Brownie mix when using boxed brownies.

I recommend preparing your brownies in the pan you plan to assemble the cake in so that the brownie is the same size as the cake. However, you can also crumble your prepared brownies into the cake. It won’t make a difference on the final outcome of the cake.

Instead of the chocolate ganache, you can substitute in a store bought hot fudge sauce. Melt slightly in the microwave in 15 second intervals until the sauce is melted but not too hot. Allow to cool slightly before pouring on your cake.

You don’t have to use crumbled chocolate cookies in the cake, but the crunch is not. Alternatively, you could use some mini chocolate chips, Thin Mint Cookies, or even chocolate graham crackers!

White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum Cake Bible cake. A three layer, fluffy and moist white chocolate vanilla butter cake layers topped with a simple white chocolate cream cheese frosting. This cake is rich and sweet, perfect for special occasions, birthdays, weddings, etc. The golden layers stay fresh and soft for days. Find the Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Someone light the candles. Grab the champagne, pop the cork, maybe even grab a slice (or two!) of this white chocolate cake. Spare no piece of confetti or pinch of glitter, because today, ladies and gentlemen, we are celebrating.

IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!

Yes, today this little blog is one year old, and every ounce of skin on my bones and butter in my belly is thrilled to have spent 365 days bantering recklessly with you. We’ve talked about baking and organizing and sharing gratitude. We had a baby together, went on trips together, and even rang in the new year. We shared about sisters that are cooler than us and the struggle of getting older, and I may overdone it on the amount of time I spent discussing my breasts (sorry about that.) This year has moved quickly, bringing bits of change, lots of love, and a whole bunch of cookies, and I’m honored that you were apart of it all.

I started this blog one year ago because I was tired of sitting on the sidelines. Countless people around me were taking chances, stepping into new adventures, and feeling their way through the exciting unknown of foreign territory. I read along with other bloggers, tried their recipes, chuckled at their words, and thought more than a dozen times, “Maybe I could do that.”

White Chocolate Cake

Fear kept me on the bench for a long time. The desire to create and write and have a seat at the table consumed my heart, but fear in the back of my mind told me that I couldn’t do it. That I didn’t have time. That I didn’t have a voice that was worth listening to.

If you’re reading these words today from the sidelines of your own world, I want to urge you to jump in. Make a list of your dreams, strategize, and go for it! Take your doubt and fear and any other person or thing that is holding you back and tell them to buzz off. You never known what kind of joy you’ll find when you finally step into something that you’re passionate about. You can’t predict how much your story might change when you decide to be the one who writes it.

The pages of this blog are humble and have a lot of room for improvement. But after 29 years, I finally have a space to do something that fulfills a part of me that was otherwise unsettled, and I’m so proud of that victory. So if you ever find yourself thinking, “Maybe I could do that,” I want to be the voice that tells you, “Yes! Yes, you can… You can and you should.”White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake

Much like the blog, this white chocolate cake is a labor of love. It’s appropriate for today because it’s maybe my favorite cake ever. If you’re not a huge fan of white chocolate, this cake might surprise you, and if you are a huge fan of white chocolate, this cake is bound to make your heart explode. A moist, buttery cake with the subtle warmth and sweetness of white chocolate, all covered in a tangy cream cheese frosting, this confection is memorable and unique, but still all together crowd pleasing. 

Admittedly, white chocolate is not always easy to work with. Melt it down at too high of a temperature and it will seize up; add it in to ingredients that are too cold and it will leave little little shards of cooled chocolate in your mixture. But if you give attention and love to the process, the result is an elegantly flavored cake that you won’t find in any average cake recipe. I encourage you to use a high quality baking white chocolate- one that you wouldn’t mind eating straight small bites of. The flavor of your chocolate bar makes a huge impact on the overall final outcome of the cake, so choose accordingly. 

White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake

I chose a cream cheese frosting for this white chocolate cake because I think it needed a tang to offset an otherwise sweet frosting. It’s not a super thick or stable frosting, so I wouldn’t recommend it for stacking enormously tall layer cakes. If you require a thicker frosting, say for piping or decorating, I would recommend experimenting with substituting butter in for some of the cream cheese and adding in a bit more powdered sugar. Alternatively, you can refrigerate your frosting prior to use and that will help to keep it a bit thicker. If you’ve ever had a cream cheese frosting fall apart and become loose and viscous while you were making it, it’s possible you overworked your cream cheese. Follow the instructions of the frosting recipe carefully to ensure you don’t overbeat your mixture, and I think you’ll be more than satisfied with the results. 

Friends, I am so thrilled to share this white chocolate cake with you, and even more excited about where this next year will take us. I absolutely love hearing from you, so please continue to comment and send me messages regarding recipes you like and want to see more of. March (how is it already MARCH!?!) is forecast to be super tasty in these parts, so once we wrap up this #monthofchocolate, you will be in for a treat. Consider this white chocolate cake next time you’re looking for an exceptional and extravagant way to celebrate one of life’s more beautiful moments, and please know that I am praying you get more than your fair share of them this year. Cheers to you and thank you for making this little corner of the internet a home for me.

 

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White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum Cake Bible cake. A three layer, fluffy and moist white chocolate vanilla butter cake layers topped with a simple white chocolate cream cheese frosting. This cake is rich and sweet, perfect for special occasions, birthdays, weddings, etc. The golden layers stay fresh and soft for days. Find the Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

 This is a white chocolate cake with two layers coated in a cream cheese buttercream. Perfect for a celebration, birthday, or party!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Cakes
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 6 ounces high quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature

For the buttercream:

  • 12 ounces regular cream cheese, cut into large chunks
  • 8 ounces high quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 24 tablespoons (12 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2-8” round cake pans by lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper and greasing the sides lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a double boiler over low heat, melt the chocolate. Do not let the pan of water or the double boiler bowl get too hot because the white chocolate can scorch and seize up. Instead, allow the chocolate to melt gently. Once nearly melted, remove from the stove and allow it to continue melting. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, ¼ cup of the milk, and the vanilla, whisking gently to barely combine. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, stirring on low heat until well combined. Add the softened butter and the remaining ¾ cup of the milk, stirring on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened, and then increase the speed to medium and beat for 1-1/2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg mixture in two batches, beating for 30 seconds after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl again and fold in any unincorporated ingredients that may have stuck to the sides of the bowl. Add the melted whie chocolate and beat on low just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated batter. Spread the batter evenly in the two pans, smoothing out the top, and bake in the oven for about 25-35 minutes. The cakes will be done when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  3. Allow the pans to cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes and then remove the cakes from the pan. Allow to cool to room temp before frosting.

To prepare the buttercream:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese until it is warmed, about 20-30 seconds. Add the chopped white chocolate and microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the cream cheese and chocolate and microwave for an additional 20 seconds. Stir again. If the white chocolate is not melted all the way, you can microwave for additional 15 second intervals, stirring often. Once melted and combined, all the mixture to cool slightly, either in the fridge or on the counter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until lightly and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Scrape the sizes of the bowl and add the cooled white chocolate and cream cheese mixture, beating just until combined. Do not over beat and do not add the cream cheese until it is no longer warm. Scrape the sizes of the bowl to ensure all of the ingredients are adequately incorporated and then set aside while you prepare to frost your cake. If the frosting is too soft, allow to cool and firm up I the fridge for 30 minutes.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Spread a small amount of frosting on the bottom of an 8” cardboard cake round and place the first cake layer on top. Spread about 1 cup of frosting on top of the cake and spread evenly, pushing the frosting out to the edges of the cake and smoothing the top. Place the second cake layer on top and repeat the frosting process. Frost the cake with the remaining frosting to decorate as preferred.

Notes

  • White chocolate is extremely finicky. I cannot emphasize enough to be sure to not let it get too hot while melting it throughout this recipe. It will seize up. I typically let the water in my double boiler get hot, but not boiling, and take the pan on and off the heat while the chocolate melts. It seems like a lot of work but it is worth it to be delicate with it!
  • To make a cake like the one photographed in this blog post, bake your batter in 4-6” cake pans. If you have 6” cake pans with 3” or taller sides, you can bake the batter in three pans, but if not, the batter will overflow.
  • Before frosting cakes, I like to cut off any domed top that may have formed on the cake. Use a serrated knife to cut any rounded piece off the top. This will help you to have a neatly frosted cake.
  • I like to freeze my cake layers briefly before frosting. It helps to keep the crumbs from the cake getting mixed in the frosting.
  • While preparing the frosting, take care to not overbeat the cream cheese. Cream cheese that get overbeat will become loose and soupy. Once this happens, there is no fixing it.
  • If you frosting gets too warm, it will be difficult to work with. I recommend chilling it as needed while frosting the cake to make sure it stays cool enough.

Recipe adapted from: The Baking Bible

 

Adapted from: Rose Levy Beranbaum

Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie

Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie is a simple, almost no bake pie make with a chocolate cookie crust, and a Nutella cream cheese and whipped cream filling. This is a chocolate lover dessert topped with extra fluffy stiff peak whipped cream and crunchy toasted nuts / hazelnuts. The pie is a great make ahead dessert to feed a crowd. Icebox pie, icebox cake, no bake pie, easy, simple summer recipe by thewoodandspoon.com

Guess what!? It’s still the month of chocolate around these parts, so you’re getting hit with another decadent, chocolatey treat today. This hazelnut mocha cream pie is a simple, cool and creamy treat that is so good, I think it might make your heart skip a beat. 

My heart already had its fair share of excitement this week, given that we celebrated Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. Brett and I drove to Birmingham to attend a pop-up dinner hosted by our good friend Mac Russell of Shindigs Catering. Shindigs turns fresh, local food into tastebud spankin’ Southern inspired dishes, and I knew this special dinner wouldn’t disappoint. While there were multiple highlights throughout the six courses of dining, you have to know my heart exploded during the dessert course: tiramisu with Nutella coffee. Even just typing the words makes my mouth water.

Mocha Hazelnut Cream Pie

Lucky for me, I get a coffee and Nutella fix with this week’s #monthofchocolate dessert. This hazelnut mocha cream pie is officially my new BFF. A cinch to make and inspired by my favorite peanut butter pie, this little fancy has a chocolate graham cracker crust, a hazelnut and espresso cream cheese filling, and is all topped off with espresso whipped cream and crunchy toasted hazelnuts. This pie is cloud-like with layers of fluffy whipped filling, and the rich, creamy flavors of the chocolate hazelnut spread is offset perfectly by the tangy cream cheese and bite from the espresso.
Mocha Hazelnut Cream Pie

To whip up this pie, we start with a quick bake of the chocolate graham cracker crust. You can skip this part and go straight for a store-bought chocolate cookie crust, but it’s so easy to whip one up- why bother!? While the crust cools, we beat together cream cheese, Nutella, and a bit of sugar, and then fold in some whipped cream that we’ve already dissolved a bit of espresso in. The filling gets topped with a few more dollops of espresso whipped cream, a drizzle more of Nutella, and some toasted hazelnuts before chilling to completion in the fridge. 

Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie

Hazelnut mocha cream pie takes less than 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish, but you wouldn’t believe it by the taste or looks of it. This pie is easy to beautify and even easier to love, as the coffee and Nutella flavors are a favorite to most these days. You can try different variations of this pie by omitting the espresso, using a pastry crust instead of a cookie crust, or even by opting for cookie butter or peanut butter chocolate spread in place of the Nutella. I love testing out different versions of this pie as it almost always turns out rich, fluffy, and sweetened to perfection. If you try out any versions that are especially delicious, let me know in the comments section below!

Next week is a super special week for me, as it will be my one year blogiversary! I could not be more thrilled to celebrate a year writing to you all, and I have just the thing to celebrate with. (Hint: it has to do with chocolate. Shocking, right?) Stay tuned until next week and have a terrific Thursday! Cheers to you! Hazelnut Mocha Cream PieMocha Hazelnut Cream Pie

For another mocha treat, check out this no churn mocha brownie fudge ice cream

no-churn mocha brownie fudge ice cream

 

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Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie

Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie is a simple, almost no bake pie make with a chocolate cookie crust, and a Nutella cream cheese and whipped cream filling. This is a chocolate lover dessert topped with extra fluffy stiff peak whipped cream and crunchy toasted nuts / hazelnuts. The pie is a great make ahead dessert to feed a crowd. Icebox pie, icebox cake, no bake pie, easy, simple summer recipe by thewoodandspoon.com

This hazelnut mocha cream pie is a light and creamy icebox pie flavored with Nutella and espresso. A chocolate cookie crust and coffee whipped cream makes this pie a sweet treat to feed a crowd!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Category: Pie
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Ingredients

For the crust

  • 11/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (I finely crumble 11/2 sleeves of graham crackers)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the pie filling

  • 11/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 11/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut spread (I use Nutella)
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cream or milk (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degress.
  2. Stir all of the crust ingredients together in a bowl, or whiz together in a food processor. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a standard 9″ pie plate (note: this recipe will not fill a deep dish pie pan- use the standard sized pan). Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes or until the crumbs are set. Set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the pie filling

  1. Combine the heavy cream and espresso powder to allow the powder to dissolve while you prepare the filling.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, hazelnut spread, and confectioner’s sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl, beat the espresso and cream mixture on low speed until the cream froths. Increase the speed to medium-high, adding the granulated sugar once soft peaks form. Continuing beating just until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold half of the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Once combined, fold in the remaining whipped cream. Spread the filling into the cooled pie crust.

To prepare the topping

  1. Combine 1 cup of the heavy cream and the espresso powder and allow the powder to dissolve, just as you did before. Once dissolved, whip until stiff peaks form, adding the sugar again at the soft peak stage. Spread the coffee whipped cream on top of the pie filling. If desired, combine the hazelnut spread and 1 teaspoon of cream in a small bowl and then microwave for 8-10 second to melt. Drizzle all over the pie as a garnish and top with the optional toasted hazelnuts.

Notes

Notes

  • Be sure your cream cheese is room temp, otherwise you will have cream cheese clumps in your pie! In a pinch, I slice my cream cheese up into 1 ounce slices and microwave briefly for 10-15 second intervals until it is soft enough. Take care not to cook the cream cheese in the microwave.
  • Espresso powder can be found in the coffee aisle of the grocery store. A high quality instant coffee can be used as well.
  • To toast hazelnuts, put the nuts in a small fry pan over medium low heat. Toss them occasionally. Nuts are toasted when they become fragrant and lightly golden brown.

Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Learn how to make homemade chocolate in little wax candy cup wrappers. Kentucky bourbon balls topped with chopped pecans, peanut butter cups, and almond joy candies. These candies make a great gift or dessert for the chocolate lover in your life or valentine. Make these ahead and freeze. Simple way to make chocolate candy at home that taste like Reese's and mars candy and bourbon Balls. Find the recipe for making these chocolates in mini muffin tin on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a public service announcement to the men of the world. Listen closely, boys, because I’m only going to remind you of this one time. Are you ready? Here it goes:

Next Tuesday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. DO. NOT. BLOW IT.

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Back in high school, performance on Valentine’s Day was everything. Giant teddy bear? Check. Heart shaped balloons and bouquets of carnations? Check, check. Brian McKnight/ KC and JoJo mix tapes and folded loves notes  shoved through the vent of your locker? Might as well be the boyfriend starter kit.

Once you get to college, things escalate a bit. Dinner dates, rose bouquets, and jewelry are the new gifting norms, although, if you can land a guy who opts for concert tickets and cooking classes, YOU ARE WINNING AT EVERYTHING.

Unfortunately, after college and into adulthood, Valentine’s Day loses a bit of its luster. Babysitters are impossible to book, restaurants are too crowded, and somehow, husbands think items like dustbusters and  shower curtain liners qualify as legitimate gift options (they don’t, BTW). It’s no wonder that people get fed up with Valentine’s Day. What’s there to love about overpriced retail gimmicks and packing into movie theaters with a bunch of hormonal, sweaty-palmed middle schoolers whose moms think they’re watching the newest Pixar film with their “friends” (they’re not, BTW). 

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Guys, I’m going to break it down for you as plainly as I can. Please, let me make it simple for you. Are you ready? 

EVERY GIRL LIKES VALENTINE’S DAY. 

Yep. You heard me right. That includes your girlfriend who boycotts Hallmark and laughs at the nervous kid wearing a tie and sport coat to his first date. It includes your wife who claims flowers are a waste of money, but gives you the silent treatment when you come home empty handed. And it evens includes the gal who begs you not to give her a gift and says you celebrate her love every other day of the year. No matter what they tell you, every woman wants a gesture of love on Valentine’s Day, and I know this will come as a shock to you husbands out there, but it almost always has nothing to do with… *cough* you know what. (Literally, the brains of guys everywhere are spontaneously combusting right now.) 

Homemade ChocolatesHomemade Chocolates

You know what we want? We want chocolate. And not just any average heart-shaped, store bought, golden box of chocolates. We want delicious, melt in your mouth homemade chocolates, made by the sweat of your brow and at the expense of your time spent with a remote in your hand. Specifically, we want these bourbon pecan, peanut butter cup, and coconut almond chocolates. There. Now you know. So let’s get to it.

These homemade chocolates are no bake and are made with just a few basic store bought ingredients. I decided to include a few variations of homemade chocolates so that there’s an option for almost everyone, but primarily so that the overachiever boyfriends can impress their ladies with an assortment of all three. But girls, don’t be afraid to get in there and make these for your man too! If he’s got a sweet tooth like mine does, just a few of these beauties will go a long way and he will be grateful you passed on the conversation hearts and sappy card.

Homemade Chocolates

First up is bourbon pecan. If you’ve ever had the Southern treat of “Bourbon Balls,” you can expect something quite similar here. With a dark chocolate shell, these little bourbon pecan homemade chocolates are filled with powdered sugar, toasted pecans, and premium booze. These are perfect for the bourbon lover in your life, or someone who loves their desserts extra dark and extra sweet. 

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Peanut butter cups take homemade chocolates to the next level. Everyone loves the store-bought variety of peanut butter cups, but have you ever had one literally melt upon impact with your mouth? Prepare for that here. These peanut butter cups are RICH, filled with a fluffy peanut butter cream filling and coated with smooth milk chocolate. A crowd favorite, if you’re ever in doubt, just go in this direction.

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Finally, my favorite of these homemade chocolates, the coconut almond chocolate. Filled with sweetened coconut and a little extra sugar, these little friends are coated in a milk chocolate blend and topped with a single toasted almond. Anyone who knows anything about candy will know what a treat they’re in for when they spy these little friends. For a nut-free option, leave off the almond and top with a few flakes of toasted coconut or a sprinkle of sea salt. Perfection!

These homemade chocolates require some special equipment like a mini muffin tin and little waxed paper cups for the candies, but the assembly is quite simple. In a pinch, you can used paper mini muffin liners, although, beware that some stickage can happen. And if you’re not a fan of dark or milk chocolate, feel free to swap up the top used in the recipes! I like each chocolate as the recipe is written, but certainly you can switch it up if desired.Homemade ChocolatesHomemade ChocolatesAny man friend that takes the time to muster these up for his lady is worth his weight in gold chocolate and has certainly outdone himself on Valentine’s Day. You should give these homemade chocolates a try for your significant other, friends, co-workers, or secret admirer- they’re sure to overflow with heart eyes and appreciation. Ladies, if you’re reading this thinking, “Yes! I want my man friend to make me homemade chocolates,” just do like I do and copy the link to this post in an email to him. Yes, I know, it’s not too subtle, but if you ask me, you can’t ever be too obvious.

On the off chance that your special someone doesn’t like chocolate, let me encourage you to just let them know they’re loved in a special way. You probably already know what types of things make their heart skip a beat, so I’d challenge you to go the extra mile to make someone feel like a million bucks next Tuesday. Happy weekend, Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy #monthofchocolate,  and as always, cheers to you!

 

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Bourbon Pecan Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Learn how to make homemade chocolate in little wax candy cup wrappers. Kentucky bourbon balls topped with chopped pecans, peanut butter cups, and almond joy candies. These candies make a great gift or dessert for the chocolate lover in your life or valentine. Make these ahead and freeze. Simple way to make chocolate candy at home that taste like Reese's and mars candy and bourbon Balls. Find the recipe for making these chocolates in mini muffin tin on thewoodandspoon.com

These homemade chocolates includes peanut butter cups, bourbon pecan candy balls, and coconut almond candies. No bake, easy to assemble, simple gift option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 28 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped, divided

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler or heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together. Stir frequently to ensure that the chocolate does not get too hot. If you allow the chocolate to become too hot, it could seize up, so be sure to keep the water on medium-low heat. Once melted, set off to the side while you prepare your filling.
  2. In the meantime, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and bourbon in a medium sized bowl. Once fluffy and smooth, stir in ¼ cup of pecans. Set in the fridge to chill briefly.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with waxed paper candy cups. Fill a plastic sandwich bag (or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip) with approximately half of the melted chocolate and snip the tip of it off, being sure to not cut too large of a hole or allow all of the chocolate to drip out immediately. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of chocolate in to the bottom of each of the paper candy cups and then set the plastic bag aside. Use a small instrument (I use a small clean paint brush or the end of a chopstick) to paint the chocolate up the sides of the paper candy cup, coating up at least half of the height of the paper. This prevents the filling from showing out the sides of the chocolate once the candies are assembled. If you don’t care if the filling shows, you can skip this step. Once covered, place the pan in the fridge or freezer to chill for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once firmed up, scoop teaspoon sized rounds of the bourbon pecan filling into the bottom of each cup. You can lightly wet your finger and gently smooth out the top of the filling to make a flatter mound.
  5. Add more chocolate to your plastic bag and then top the filling with an additional teaspoon of chocolate. Use your paint brush to smooth out the chocolate and cover the filling completely, and then gently rap your pan on the counter to smooth and settle all three layers of the candy. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining pecans. Allow them to rest in the mini muffin tin in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes. Store candies in the fridge for up to two weeks. The candies may form a white film on the chocolate if stored at room temperature for extended periods of time.

 

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Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Chocolates Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Learn how to make homemade chocolate in little wax candy cup wrappers. Kentucky bourbon balls topped with chopped pecans, peanut butter cups, and almond joy candies. These candies make a great gift or dessert for the chocolate lover in your life or valentine. Make these ahead and freeze. Simple way to make chocolate candy at home that taste like Reese's and mars candy and bourbon Balls. Find the recipe for making these chocolates in mini muffin tin on thewoodandspoon.com

These homemade chocolates includes peanut butter cups, bourbon pecan candy balls, and coconut almond candies. No bake, easy to assemble, simple gift option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 24 1x
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Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 11/2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler or heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together. Stir frequently to ensure that the chocolate does not get too hot. If you allow the chocolate to become too hot, it could seize up, so be sure to keep the water on medium-low heat. Once melted, set off to the side while you prepare your filling.
  2. In the meantime, cream together the peanut butter and butter in a medium sized bowl. Add the salt and powdered sugar and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy. Set in the fridge to chill briefly.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with waxed paper candy cups. Fill a plastic sandwich bag (or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip) with approximately half of the melted chocolate and snip the tip of it off, being sure to not cut too large of a hole or allow all of the chocolate to drip out immediately. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of chocolate in to the bottom of each of the 24 paper candy cups and then set the plastic bag aside. Use a small instrument (I use a small clean paint brush or the end of a chopstick) to paint the chocolate up the sides of the paper candy cup, coating up at least half of the height of the paper. This prevents the filling from showing out the sides of the chocolate once the candies are assembled. If you don’t care if the filling shows, you can skip this step. Once covered, place the pan in the fridge or freezer to chill for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once firmed up, scoop teaspoon sized rounds of the peanut butter filling into the bottom of each cup. You can lightly wet your finger and gently smooth out the top of the peanut butter to make a flatter mound of filling.
  5. Add more chocolate to your plastic bag and then top each peanut butter mound with an additional teaspoon of chocolate. Use your paint brush to smooth out the chocolate and cover the peanut butter completely, and then gently rap your pan on the counter to smooth and settle all three layers of the candy. Allow them to rest in the mini muffin tin in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes. Store candies in the fridge for up to two weeks. The candies may form a white film on the chocolate if stored at room temperature for extended periods of time.

 

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Almond Coconut Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Learn how to make homemade chocolate in little wax candy cup wrappers. Kentucky bourbon balls topped with chopped pecans, peanut butter cups, and almond joy candies. These candies make a great gift or dessert for the chocolate lover in your life or valentine. Make these ahead and freeze. Simple way to make chocolate candy at home that taste like Reese's and mars candy and bourbon Balls. Find the recipe for making these chocolates in mini muffin tin on thewoodandspoon.com

These homemade chocolates includes peanut butter cups, bourbon pecan candy balls, and coconut almond candies. No bake, easy to assemble, simple gift option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 30 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 11/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 11/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 30 whole almonds, toasted

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler or heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water on medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together. Stir frequently to ensure that the chocolate does not get too hot. If you allow the chocolate to become too hot, it could seize up, so be sure to keep the water on medium-low heat. Once melted, set off to the side while you prepare your filling.
  2. In the meantime, beat together the butter, coconut, corn syrup, and powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl. If you wish for a smoother, less clumpy filling, feel free to whiz the mixture in a food chopped briefly. Set the filling in the fridge to chill briefly.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with waxed paper candy cups. Fill a plastic sandwich bag (or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip) with approximately half of the melted chocolate and snip the tip of it off, being sure to not cut too large of a hole or allow all of the chocolate to drip out immediately. Squeeze 1 teaspoon of chocolate in to the bottom of each of the paper candy cups and then set the plastic bag aside. Use a small instrument (I use a small clean paint brush or the end of a chopstick) to paint the chocolate up the sides of the paper candy cup, coating up at least half of the height of the paper. This prevents the filling from showing out the sides of the chocolate once the candies are assembled. If you don’t care if the filling shows, you can skip this step. Once covered, place the pan in the fridge or freezer to chill for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once firmed up, scoop teaspoon sized rounds of the filling into the bottom of each cup. I like to roll teaspoon sized balls in the palm of my hand and then flatten slightly to make flat round disks that fit inside the paper liners.
  5. Add more chocolate to your plastic bag and then top the filling with an additional teaspoon of chocolate. Use your paint brush to smooth out the chocolate and cover the filling completely, and then gently rap your pan on the counter to smooth and settle all three layers of the candy. Place a single toasted almond on top of each candy. Allow them to rest in the mini muffin tin in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes. Store candies in the fridge for up to two weeks. The candies may form a white film on the chocolate if stored at room temperature for extended periods of time.

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Chewy chocolate cookies made from semisweet chocolate filled with a simple Andes mint chocolate ganache. This cookie sandwiches are a fun cookie to make with kids and taste delicious for the chocolate and mint lovers. Make ahead and freeze cookies if you know how to! Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

It’s here, it’s here! Does it feel like Christmas morning, or is it just me? It’s MONTH OF CHOCOLATE ! That time of the year when you get mouth-watering, ooey gooey, chocolate filled// topped// smothered// drizzled// speckled// dipped recipes ALL. MONTH. LONG. Can you even stand it? 

Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesMint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Okay, so #monthofchocolate is not exactly a thing YET, but you better believe that I’m going to do everything I can to make it one. You see, I belong to the small minority of people (outside of the folks at Hallmark) that gets really revved up about Valentine’s Day and all the lovey dovey, heart shaped candy and tacky stuffed animals that come with it. So I decided to dedicate this month to the ingredient that everyone loves most throughout February and serve up all chocolate dessert, all the time. If you happen to belong to the rare breed of human that doesn’t like chocolate (I’m looking at you, Mimi), my apologies. I’m sorry for the onslaught of chocolate recipes and also just sorry for you in life. How do you live without chocolate!?! Maybe I’ll change your mind this month.

What better way to kick off this month-long Augustus Gloop-ish parade of recipes than mint chocolate sandwich cookies. These sandwiches are the golden ticket- two thin and chewy chocolate cookies stacked together and filled with a fudgy mint chocolate ganache. Sounds like a dream right? My friend Rebecca started serving up cookies galore a few months back, which included a chocolate sandwich cookie filled with peppermint buttercream, and I knew I had to make something that delicious happen in my kitchen. These mint chocolate sandwich cookies are the product of that dream, and let me assure you that no one in my house was disappointed about it.Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesMint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

The cookies themselves are made with melted semisweet chocolate chips. After briefly chilling in the fridge, the fudgy cookie dough bakes in the oven to form perfectly round and crackle-topped chocolate cookies. After cooling, these little beauties get slathered in a mint chocolate ganache and nuzzled up together to form the most perfect little cookie stack, maybe ever. I use a cookie scoop to keep my cookies uniform in shape and size, but beauty isn’t everything here. If you’d prefer, you can make an extra helping of ganache and simply frost the top of each cookie for an equal cookie to ganache ratio. Sounds like a win to me.Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesMint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Once prepared, these mint chocolate sandwich cookies wind up being small, thin cookie stacks, just slightly wider than a certain commercially produced chocolate sandwich cookie that everyone in America already knows and loves (cough, Oreo, cough). These mint chocolate sandwich cookies are soft, two bite, fudge cookie dreams that beg for a glass of milk, cup of coffee, and a friend to share them with. I hope you’ll give them a try and stay tuned for all of the chocolate madness that is sure to ensue this month. I have a dazzling few weeks planned for us and I can’t wait to hear how you all feel about it. Later this week, I’ll be sharing the treats you will want to make for your Valentine, BFF, or whoever you’re celebrating on Cupid’s day, so check back on Friday for that. Cheers to you and have a great week!Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesMint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

 

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Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Chewy chocolate cookies made from semisweet chocolate filled with a simple Andes mint chocolate ganache. This cookie sandwiches are a fun cookie to make with kids and taste delicious for the chocolate and mint lovers. Make ahead and freeze cookies if you know how to! Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

The mint chocolate sandwich cookies are thin and chewy chocolate fudge cookies stacked with layers of thick and creamy mint chocolate ganache.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 25 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (220 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups (340 gm) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 21/2 cups (325 gm) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

For the filling

  • 10 ounces (280 gm) of chocolate mints (Like Andes) or mint baking chips, unwrapped and broken in half
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) heavy whipping cream

Instructions

To prepare the cookies

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and water. Stir occasionally until melted and then add in the chocolate chips. Continue to stir until melted. Once melted, pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool to just lukewarm temp.
  2. Once cooled, add the egg and stir until thoroughly mixed. Then add the flour, powder, soda, salt, and starch and mix just until combined.
  3. Place the dough in the refrigerator to set up for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. The dough should be cold and able to roll into balls.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scoop out 2 teaspoon sized balls (I use my small cookie scoop), and roll them slightly in your hands to make smooth, rounded balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are set. The cookies should be thin and flat once cooled. Allow to cool completely.

To prepare the filling

  1. Place the mints in a small, microwave safe bowl and pour the cream in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave the cream for about 30 seconds or until the cream started to steam and bubble. Remove the cream from the microwave and pour directly over the chocolate, stirring just slightly to make sure as much of the chocolate is covered as possible. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Stir the chocolate mixture with a whisk until a smooth ganache forms and all of the chocolate is melted. If your chocolate does not melt completely, place in the microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring until the ganache comes together. Allow the ganache to sit out at room temperate until it hardens slightly to become a thick, frosting consistency chocolate cream.
  2. Once ready to prepare the cookies, scoop approximately 1-1/2 teaspoon sized dollops of the ganache on the bottoms of half of the cookies. Press another cookie on top of each ganache topped cookie and allow to set up or enjoy immediately. You’ll likely have extra filling, but you can certainly use that for drizzling on top of the cookies. The ganache can be stored in the fridge and reheated for use for up to one week.

Notes

  • If your dough is too hard upon removing from the fridge, your cookies may not be as thin and flat when you finish baking them. Allow the dough to sit out at room temp for a few minutes if the dough is ice cold.
  • A cookie scoop is not necessary, but will keep your cookies the same shape and size which is ideal for building a cookie sandwich.

Recipe adapted from: Jackie Schmidt