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Sausage Cheddar Scones

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

I am tired- we’re talking peak-level exhaustion. It’s been an awesome month filled with tons of great things to look forward to and celebrate, but this human is worn out. I think I’m realizing that quarantine changed my pace , and it’s been a struggle to keep up with the one I ran at before. Is anyone here with me on this? The next few weeks will be loaded with stuff like weddings, trips, birthdays, and more, so for now, don’t mind me completely passing out with comforting goodies like these sausage cheddar scones.

I made these sausage cheddar scones as a nod to the maple bacon scones I shared with you all a few years ago. They’ve always been a favorite of mine, but if we’re being honest, I’m totally on Team Sausage; sausage beats bacon every time, if you ask me. These are loaded with cheddar cheese and just enough sweetness to make these simple breakfast scones both sweet and savory, a perfect little treat for mornings that offer you a little extra time.

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these sausage cheddar scones, we start by mixing together the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, and salt come together with bits of ice-cold butter before we toss in the cooked Italian sausage and cheese. Once combined, the dry ingredients transform into a dough with some heavy cream and maple syrup. YUM. Pat the dough into a small, flat disk and then pop into the freezer while the oven preheats. Freezing the dough ensures that the scones will bake up tall and fluffy which is obviously of the utmost important.

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage cheddar scones finish off with crisp edges and a soft, flavorful inside that ends up being really satisfying at breakfast. My gut instinct says these would make excellent accompaniments to supper too. Maybe trim out smaller scones and serve in lieu of a bread basket or dinner roll! Either way, give these scones a try and let me know what you think! I hope you guys enjoy them and have a terrific Thursday. The good news? The weekend is almost here!

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these sausage cheddar scones you should check out:

Maple Bacon Scones
Cinnamon Sugar Scones
Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze
Jam Filled Scones
Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones

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Sausage Cheddar Scones

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage cheddar scones are lightly spiced and barely sweetened with maple syrup. The sausage and cheddar add rich savory flavor to these yummy breakfast treats!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • 3/4 cup cooked and crumbled mild sausage
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream, plus additional for brushing

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps are throughout. Stir in the sausage and cheese. Combine the maple syrup and the whipping cream in a separate bowl and then stir into the dry ingredients, just until evenly incorporated. If a lot of dry ingredients remain in the bottom of the bowl you can add an additional tablespoon of cream, but be sure to not add too much liquid.
  2. Pat the dough out in a ¾” thick circle and place the dough round on a parchment lined baking pan in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Once the dough is chilled, cut the dough into 8 wedges but leave the circle of pieces together. Use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of whipping cream over the scones. Bake in the oven until golden brown around the edges of each scone, about 35 minutes.

Notes

  • Chilling the dough ensures the scones will rise well. You can skip this step but it isn’t recommended for best outcomes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Wednesday, friends! We just got back from an incredible vacation to the West Coast, complete with killer food, delicious wine, and a few friends to share it with. When we planned this trip this time last year, I had no idea what 2020 had in store for us, and I have to say, I couldn’t be more grateful that we got to get away. I’m planning to share a few photos and tidbits from our time in wine country, but for now, I get to dive into these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons with you! They’re adorable and delicious, the perfect little bite-sized treat to attempt as we head into fall.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

Do you guys make macarons? I’ve long been pretty intimidated by them, but after I learned how to make strawberry shortcake macarons, the whole process has been so much easier. If you’re new to macarons, I highly recommend doing your research and thoroughly reading through the instructions before you get started. They’re pretty delicate, and you’ll be best prepared for great results if you know what to expect on the front end.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons feature cocoa powder macaron shells and a thick peanut butter caramel filling. Yes, peanut butter caramel is a thing, and yes, it’s amazing. Homemade caramel sauce or a thick, store-bought variety is simply melted down and stirred together with creamy peanut butter. Once cooled, the filling is set between two macaron shells that are later drizzled with additional chocolate and chopped roasted peanuts. The end result is a fancy little treat perfect for the peanut butter lovers in your life.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

If you don’t have a favorite caramel sauce recipe or are new to making your own caramel, you can check out my how-to post here! Otherwise, don’t hesitate to purchase a simple jarred variety from the store. Just stay away from caramel ice cream toppings or thin drizzles as they won’t be thick enough to hang in there for these macarons.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

If you find yourself wanting a fun baking project as we head into the fall, I hope you’ll give these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons a try! Check out some of my other favorite chocolate peanut butter treats below and let me know what you think! Happy hump day and happy baking!

If you like these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons you should try:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
No-Churn Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons have cocoa macaron shells and are filled with a peanut butter caramel!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 25 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the macaron shells:

  • 150 gm almond flour
  • 158 gm powdered sugar
  • 15 gm cocoa powder
  • 115 gm room temperature egg whites (from about 34 large eggs)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (120 gm) sugar

For the peanut butter caramel:

  • ½ cup prepared thick caramel sauce
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • Additional chocolate, if desired
  • Chopped roasted peanuts, if desired

 

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two of three baking sheets with parchment paper templates or silicone baking mats set over the templates and fit a large piping bag with a plain round tip.
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa powder and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the room temperature egg whites and cream of tartar on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a flexible rubber spatula, scrape the meringue off the whisk attachment into the bowl with the almond mixture. Begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava.
  5. Fill the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons. I prefer to use a stencil to ensure the macarons are the same size. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside and repeat with the remaining prepared baking sheet(s). Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry and not tacky to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the macaron shells once sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Repeat to bake and cool the remaining shells.

To prepare and use the filling:

  1. Gently warm the caramel sauce just enough so that is thick, spreadable, and viscous, about the consistency of peanut butter. Stir in the peanut butter until combined.
  2. Allow the mixture to set up slightly, either on the counter or in the fridge while stirring often, until it is a slightly thickened fudgy consistency that will move through a piping bag.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a round tip and squeeze 1-2 teaspoon sized dollops into the center of half of the macaron shells.
  4. Top with an additional macaron shell and allow to set up. In the meantime, feel free to gently warm and melt a small about (about 1/3 cup) of chocolate and drizzle or piping decorative stripes on top of the sandwich cookies. Sprinkle on finely chopped peanuts and place in the fridge to set up. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Using a macaron stencil is helpful in making sure your macaron shells are uniform in size.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve been looking for a catch-all recipe to toss all your leftover chocolate chips, candies, junk food, and cookie add-ins into, look no further! These kitchen sink cookies, so named because they readily take on everything but the kitchen sink, are a delightful treat that will house any number of flavor options! They’re the perfect thing to casually make over this long weekend, so let me tell you how to make them!

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Confession time: there’s a really weird element within my personality that finds it hugely satisfying to finish bottles, boxes, and bags of items. For example, I will squeeze every last drop of lotion out of the tube before I throw it away; I love to use a blush palette right down to the last use; nothing makes me happier than filling the last page of a notebook, day planner, or calendar. Do I have a problem? Maybe. But does is make these kitchen sink cookies even that much more desirable? You betcha.

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These kitchen sink cookies are perfect for those last remnants of mix-ins in your pantry: a handful of peanut butter chips, a few chopped nuts, some crush pretzels, potato chips, or chopped bittersweet chocolate. Mix and match flavors with whatever you have on hand and throw it all into this single chewy cookie dough, because this dessert thrives on versatile ingredients! Here’s the run down on how to make them.

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This dough is adapted from Tara O’Brady’s near-perfect chocolate chip cookie dough. Butter is melted gently on the stove before brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla are mixed in. Next comes the leavening, flour, salt, and oats, and finally, it’s your time to shine. What sounds good today? Bittersweet chocolate and almonds and caramel chips? Peanut butter cups and dried cherries? Chopped Andes mints with crushed Oreo and a sprinkle of espresso powder? I know I say it all the time, but, truly, the world is your oyster here. You decide when it comes to these kitchen sink cookies!

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Enjoy the long weekend, and give these cookies a make if you have the chance! I have a few in my freezer I may thaw out later, so WATCH OUT WORLD. I’m coming for you. Happy Friday to you all and Happy Baking!

If you like these kitchen sink cookies you should try:

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies
Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pretzel Millionaire Bars

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These kitchen sink cookies are a great catch-all for leftover candies, chocolates, and cookie add-ins! These feature chocolate, oats, pretzels, and toffee!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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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
  • 23/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup crushed pretzel bits, plus more for garnishing, if desired
  • ½ cup toffee bits

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 just until combined. Add in the chocolate, oats, pretzel bits, and toffee. 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 about 11 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are baked through. Allow to cool prior to enjoying!

Notes

  • Feel free to add any combination of add-ins to this recipe in place of the chocolate, pretzels, and toffee! Just stick with the same amounts.

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s been a while since we made fun of my husband. He’s an easy target, not because he’s an unfortunate human but because he’s such a good sport, and I have a particularly terrific time poking fun at his eating habits. If you’ve been around this block a time or two, you know he loves pudding (or, “puddin,” as he would say) but really prefers the store-bought variety. I’m talking Snack Packs. Pudding Packs. The ones that clearly have no real ingredients because they don’t even require refrigeration. He’s easy to please yet impossible to impress, but this chocolate pudding pie is one of the first wins I’ve recorded in a while. He loves it, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Old fashioned cream pies are terrific because they generally require no baking and come together easily on the stove. This chocolate pudding pie is no exception to that rule, and, save for the baking of the pie crust, requires no oven time at all! The chocolate flavor is defined but not overly rich thanks to the mild contribution of cocoa powder here. In addition, no chopped chocolate is needed for this treat which means you get to spend less time at the cutting board and more time eating dessert. WIN.

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this pie, we start with the crust. Now, you could use a store-bought or frozen variety, but I would really like for you to try my favorite homemade crust. You can find the recipe down below or read all about it here. Form the dough in whatever standard pie dish you own and then bake until it is golden. Don’t scrimp here- we want a crust that is flaky through and through!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Next, to prepare the filling, we starting by combining milk, sugar, flour, and cocoa powder on the stovetop. I like to add the milk really slowly to ensure all of the clumps of cocoa powder dissolve completely. After all, no one wants a clumpy pie! Heat and cook until it thickens slightly and they gradually stir some of that milk mixture into the beaten eggs. Keep whisking all throughout this phase to avoid stirring scrambled eggs into your pie. Re-heat the filling again, bringing it to a thick bubble, and then finish the mixture off with a little vanilla and butter. That’s it! So simple!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate pudding pie is the perfect dessert to transition us from summer into fall. Give it a try in the coming weeks and let me know what you think! Oh, and be sure to try out some of my hubby’s other faves below! Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this chocolate pudding pie you should try:

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie
Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie
Banoffee Pie
Chocolate Chess Pie
Chocolate Budino

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This old fashioned chocolate pudding pie is a custard pie made on the stovetop with rich chocolate flavor throughout!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) ice water
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water

For the pie:

  • 1cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk, whisked together in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine (Note: you can also do this by hand with a pastry cutter!) Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 20 minutes. After this initial bake, remove the pie weights, brush the entire crust with a thin layer of egg wash (the egg whisked with water), and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool while you prepare your filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a heavy-bottomed pan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Slowly add in the milk, stirring all the while, and set the pan over medium-low heat. Keep stirring regularly until the mixture comes to a bubble. Continue stirring and cooking an additional 1-2 minutes, removing from heat only once the mixture has thickened to a mayonnaise consistency. Carefully scoop up a cup of the hot mixture in a measuring cup of ladle and slowly add it to the eggs, whisking them all the while to ensure they don’t scramble under the heat of the pudding. Once the entire cup has been added, pour the egg mixture back with the remaining pudding in the pan, stir, and place back on low heat. Bring to a bubble again and cook for an additional minute and a half to thicken and then remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla and butter and pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. If you find the pudding has clumps, you can use a fine-mesh strainer to strain out any while you pour it into the crust. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the filling and refrigerate until cooled and firm.
  2. Once cooled, prepare your topping by beating the whipping cream in a large bowl on medium speed until thickened to soft peaks. Slowly add in the sugar and continue whipping until thickened to a cloud-like consistency. Serve immediately!

White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread

White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and tender shortbread squares with a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. The crust is scented with lemon zest and the topping is made with fresh strawberry puree. Learn more how to make this recipe your own with citrus zest lime zest, blueberries, raspberries and more on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve finally arrived. After years of baking with little kids nipping at my heels, swiping rogue chocolate chips and crumbles of dough from the counter in front of me, my children actually love to bake. This feels an awful lot like arriving. Over the weekend, I asked my daughter what she wanted to do over the next few days: swim? Color? Read books or play outside? She picked baking, and when my heart quit exploding, we posted ourselves by the oven and made all sorts of yummy stuff to enjoy. She was particularly in love with today’s recipe for white chocolate ganache shortbread. The pink hue was a major selling point, but she stuck around for the crumbly “bread,” AKA, the shortbread. She loved it and I think you will too!

White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and tender shortbread squares with a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. The crust is scented with lemon zest and the topping is made with fresh strawberry puree. Learn more how to make this recipe your own with citrus zest lime zest, blueberries, raspberries and more on thewoodandspoon.com
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and tender shortbread squares with a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. The crust is scented with lemon zest and the topping is made with fresh strawberry puree. Learn more how to make this recipe your own with citrus zest lime zest, blueberries, raspberries and more on thewoodandspoon.com

This white chocolate ganache shortbread is a simple press-in crust that is scented with lemon zest. Confectioner’s sugar, flour, and cornstarch (for tenderness!) are added in too, but the butter is the star. I recommend using a high-quality butter, because the flavor really does shine. The crust gets baked in a square pan until barely browning. In the meantime, you can start on the ganache. A smidge of cream and fresh strawberries are mashed on the stove until thin and juicy. Once bubbles begin to form around the rim of the pan, remove the mixture from the heat and strain the liquid into a bowl of white chocolate chips. Stir stir stir, until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth with no clumps throughout. Pour the mixture over the cooled shortbread and allow the ganache to set up in the fridge until firm. This ganache won’t ever harden completely, and in fact, white chocolate ganache tends to stay a bit chewy/softened. The only thing that means for you is that you’ll want to avoid leaving these in the hot sun- they’re really best served barely cooled.

White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and tender shortbread squares with a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. The crust is scented with lemon zest and the topping is made with fresh strawberry puree. Learn more how to make this recipe your own with citrus zest lime zest, blueberries, raspberries and more on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you give this white chocolate ganache shortbread a try in the coming weeks before those beautiful strawberries disappear for good! You can also try them using raspberries! Blackberries! The world is your oyster. Happy Tuesday to you guys and have a great week!

If you like this white chocolate ganache shortbread you should try:

White Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Tarts
Double Chocolate Ganache Tarts
Caramel Ganache Brownies
Strawberry Rhubarb Bars
Mini Strawberry Galettes

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White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread

White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and tender shortbread squares with a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. The crust is scented with lemon zest and the topping is made with fresh strawberry puree. Learn more how to make this recipe your own with citrus zest lime zest, blueberries, raspberries and more on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate ganache shortbread bars feature a buttery lemon shortbread crust and a strawberry white chocolate ganache on top. It’s a perfect mini dessert bite!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • Scant 2 cups (300 gm) white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (140 gm) fresh or frozen and thawed strawberries, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line an 8” or 9” square pan with aluminum foil extending up the sides of the pan. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla, lemon zest, and confectioner’s sugar and stir on low until combined. Stir the flour, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Pat the mixture into a flat layer in the bottom of the pan (using wet fingers, if needed) and use a fork to poke a few holes into the bottom. Bake in the preheated oven about 30 minutes or until the shortbread has barely begun to start browning on the top. Set aside to cool while you prep your ganache.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Pour the white chocolate chips in a microwave and heat-safe bowl. Combine the strawberries and heavy cream in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-low heat. Use a potato masher to crush the strawberries and release their juices as your slowly heat the mixture. Once mashed and the mixture has barely begun to bubble, remove from heat and use a fine mesh sieve to strain the mixture into the bowl of the white chocolate chips. Use a rubber spatula to smoosh any remaining juice or cream into the bowl but keep the strawberries seeds out (unless you’re into that kind of thing!) Use a whisk to stir the mixture and melt the white chocolate chips. If they don’t melt down completely, put the bowl into the microwave for 10 second increments to melt. Keep stirring and microwaving until all of the chocolate has melted. Pour the mixture into the pan and place in the fridge to allow to set up until completely firm. Some bubbles may pop up in the first few minutes and you can use a toothpick to pop those if you want. Once set, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut out small squares and enjoy!

Sugar Cookie Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

You know what is super exciting? Going after your dreams. This year has been kind of a downer, but even so, in the midst of a lot of come-aparts and letdowns, there’s been a number of little bright spots that remind me the world is still turning out beautiful, wonderful things. A friend of mine fulfilled a dream by writing an incredible cookbook full of recipes that are right up your alley, and today I get to be one of the first to brag on it with these sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches. More on that ASAP.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time plotting “what if’s,” spinning stories and webs of whimsy in mind that I’ll never come to realize. Sometimes it’s lack of time and know-how, limited funds or energy, but more often than not, it’s fear. I sideline a lot of my hopes because they feel too big to pursue- what if I’m not the the woman for the job? Maybe my ambitions would be better served by someone smarter or more brave, someone not bound by children or location or a limited skillset. Maybe it’s not the right time for these ambitions, or maybe there’s just not enough room in the world for whatever I bring to the table.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When faced with our dreams and all the fear that comes packed onto them, I think we have to say “yes” anyways. There are so many beautiful and inspiring things waiting to be uncovered just on the other side of our fear, and we’ll never regret crossing over to at least sniff them out. Whatever hopes or ambitions you’ve got in your back pocket, the one that you’re saving for a rainy day, for another year, or for some distant future version of yourself to uncover, I want to encourage you to at least check them out. If fear and “what if’s” are the only thing nudging you back to the quiet comforts of your present reality, I hope you’ll shake them off and decide to be a person who goes after their big, loud ambitions anyways. There’s room in the world for your gifts, ideas, and ambitions, and today can be the day, maybe even the first, that you break out of fear long enough to catch of glimpse of them.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So these sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches. I met Sarah at an event this time last year and found out she was working on this book. Her first book was already in my library, a well-read and referenced set of pages on my shelf, so I was excited to hear about this newest addition. Y’all- it is worth the hype and then some. Her book, “100 Cookies,” is a beautiful offering, full of inspired recipes, detailed instructions, and yummy photos that make you want to dive in and grab them. As someone who has always dreamed of writing a cookbook, this book is one of those reads that made me think, “This is what I want to write!” It’s just terrific.

Aimee dog-eared a number of recipes she wanted to make (hello, macarons! red velvet brownies! all the sprinkle things!), and these sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches were her pick that seemed the most seasonally appropriate. I’m so glad we made them. The cookies are perfectly sweetened and freeze nicely, but the biggest surprise was the ice cream. Sarah’s no-churn ice cream includes cream cheese (a thing I’ve done in the past but not recently), and I was reminded of how seriously delicious it makes those no-churn varieties. I’ll probably be going back to that soon enough.

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Anyways, we still have a little summer left in us, so I hope you’ll make these sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches with raspberry ripple ice cream soon enough. And whatever that ambition it is you’re housing, don’t be afraid to go after it. Now, in this weird transition and blip in history, is a great time to reinvent and choose something you wouldn’t normally go after, and I really believe it’s worth the risk. Happy Wednesday to you all and Happy Baking!

If you like these sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches you should check out:

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is Sarah Keiffer's recipe for chewy sugar cookies loaded with no-sugar raspberry swirl ice cream. The ice cream is simple to put together and requires no ice cream machine. These are delicious frozen desserts! Makes enough jumbo treats to share with a crowd and is perfect for summer days! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches feature a delicious no-churn raspberry ripple ice cream that make for a yummy frozen dessert!

  • Author: Sarah Kieffer, recipe from “100 Cookies”
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the ice cream:

  • 1 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch plus ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (optional)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For the cookies:

  • 21/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups sugar, plus ½ cup more for rolling
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the ice cream:

  1. Bring the raspberries, sugar and pinch of salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring and pressing down on the berries occasionally until they have released their juices, about 5 minutes. Strain the berry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids. Let the juice cool to room temperature, then place in the fridge to chill.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, vanilla bean seeds, and ¼ teaspoon salt until completely smooth. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the heavy cream in a slow, steady steam, mixing until combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and whisk until stiff peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of the whipped cream mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture and whisk until completely combined. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the remaining whipped cream mixture until no streak remain. Pour into a 9×13” metal pan lined with foil and swirl in dollops of the raspberry mixtures, swirling with a butter knife. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours.

To prepare the cookies:

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line three sheet pans with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until cream, about 1 minute. Add 1-3/4 cups of the sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the flour mixture and eat on low speed until just combined. Place the remaining ½ cup of sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Form the cookies into 1-1/2 ounce (2 tablespoon) balls. Roll each ball in the sugar and place 8 cookies on each pan. Bake one pan at a time, rotating halfway through baking. Bake until the sides are set and the bottoms are light golden brown 12-14 minutes. Transfer the sheet pan t a wire rack and let the cookies cool for 5 to 10 minutes on the pan, the remove them and let them cool completely on the wire rack. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  3. When the ice cream is frozen and cookies are cooled, use a 2-1/2 inch round cutter to trim our rounds of ice cream and sandwich in between two cookies. Freeze until ready to enjoy!

Caramel Ganache Brownies

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

Are we celebrating back to school? Back to work? End of summer? I’ll be honest, I don’t have the faintest pulse on how everyone in America is doing right now, but it’s my sincerest hope that you’re all happy and settling into the changes we’re facing. If you, like me, are looking for a yummy weekend pick-me-up, look no further than these caramel ganache brownies. They’re sweet, salty, and entirely rich and delicious, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them!

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

Aimee started Kindergarten this week, and it had me in all kinds of emotions. The thought occurred to me that we’ve already had her in our home about 1/3 of the time she will likely live under our roof, and the sadness absolutely paralyzed me. How can it be that my little girl is growing up so fast? Of course the boys aren’t far behind her, and while every parent loves to see their child learn and grow, there’s also this pit in my stomach that just wishes we could keep them forever. I don’t know- check back in with me in a few years. Maybe I’ll be singing a different tune.

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

Anyways, this time of year I love the idea of having back to school treats around the house. We always have breakfast pancakes and some kind of cookie, but this year I also added in some brownies. I’ve been making these, a rendition of Alice Medrich’s famous recipe, for a while now, and the caramel ganache makes for a fun kind of spin. These caramel ganache brownies are intensely rich and chocolatey without being the slightest bit bitter, and the soft ganache on top makes for a the absolute yummiest glue for all that flaked salt. Let’s talk about how to make them!

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these caramel ganache brownies, we start by melting butter, sugar and cocoa powder over a double boiler. Once the mixture is smooth and the sugar has melted, we remove it from heat and stir in eggs, flour, and chocolate chips. Bake the brownies in a square pan until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. In the meantime, we can start on the ganache. We first make a simple caramel (for help on that click here!) and the stir the mixture into a bowl of chocolate chips. Allow it to set up slightly in the fridge or on the counter until it’s thickened into a spoonable consistency. From here, you have the option of spreading it directly on the brownies or whipping it until pale and fluffy. The consistency will change slightly, but both ways are entirely delicious. Your choice! Slice the caramel ganache brownies and serve!

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you guys will make time for these brownies in the coming weeks! They are so super yummy, and the perfect treat to take us into these back to school days. Happy baking to you guys and see you next week!

If you like these caramel ganache brownies you should check out:

Brownie Petit Fours
Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts
Peppermint Bark Brownies
Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies

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Caramel Ganache Brownies

Caramel Ganache Brownies by Wood and Spoon. These are intensely chocolatey bars with a whipped caramel chocolate ganache topping and flaked sea salt. These brownies are made with butter, chopped chocolate, and just enough sugar for balance. The result is a dense and rich treat that is a perfect dessert all year round. Learn how to make these bars for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

These rich chocolate brownies have chocolate chunks throughout and a whipped caramel ganache topping that makes these an indulgent sweet and salty dessert.

  • Author: Kate Wood, adapted from Alice Medrich
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the ganache:

  • ¾ cup (4 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Fleur de Sel, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 8” pan and set aside. For easy removal from the pan, feel free to line your pan with a large sheet of foil prior to greasing.
  2. In a double boiler over simmering water, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir regularly to prevent scorching until butter has melted and the mixture is slightly heated. Remove from heat and use a hand mixer or whisk to stir in the vanilla and eggs and then fold in the flour and chocolate chips. Spread the batter into the pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, begin to prep your ganache. Place the chocolate chips in a small mixing bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and stir just until the mixture begins to bubble. Stop stirring and allow the mixture to cook. You can gently swirl the pan occasionally to encourage even browning. Once the mixture turns to an amber golden color, remove the pan from heat and carefully whisk in small bits of the cream at a time until it is all incorporated. Be careful- the mixture will bubble and sputter. Put back on heat to stir until the mixture is smooth and then pour the caramel mixture over top of the chocolate chips. Gently stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pop the ganache into the fridge and stir it every 10 minutes for about 30 minutes until it thickens to a spoonable mixture. It will feel about as loose as Nutella. Go ahead and spread the mixture onto the cooled brownies, or, if desired, whip the mixture with beaters until it lightens and fluffs up. Spread the whipped mixture onto the brownies and sprinkle with a small bit of the fleur de sel. You can refrigerate prior to cutting for neat slices or just dive right in!

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

Biscuits are the ultimate comfort food in our house. I keep a stockpile of homemade ones in the freezer to pop into the toaster oven at a moment’s notice. They serve as breakfasts, snacks, and additions to supper, and I kinda think it will end up being one of those things my kids remember about life in the home they grew up in- Mama and her freezer full of biscuits. I love it. These cheddar cornmeal biscuits are a rendition of the classic ones we regularly prepare. With the addition of cornmeal, cheddar cheese, and the optional dried herbs, these Southern beauties are like a crossbreed of cornbread and biscuit- flavorful, textured, flaky, and super buttery. Let me tell you how to make them.

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

These cheddar cornmeal biscuits start like any other biscuit. The dry ingredients of flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt get tossed together in a large bowl. You have the option to add some dried herbs if that’s you’re thing. Next, we cut in loads of ice-cold butter, stir in the cheddar cheese, and bring the whole mixture together with milk. Once a shaggy dough forms, pat the dough out into a rectangle and begin layering the dough by cutting it into thirds and re-stacking those pieces one on top of another. We repeat this process a few times and then gently pat it out into a flat sheet of dough. Use a floured biscuit cutter to trim out rounds and then space them out slightly on a prepared sheet pan. The biscuits get baked until they’re golden brown and crisp around the edges.

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to add an extra bit of butter to the tops of the biscuits to make them even more golden and savory, but this is optional. As always, be sure to use ice-cold ingredients where indicated to ensure that the biscuits fluff up nicely in the oven. If at any point your dough gets warm, you can pop it into the fridge or freezer to get cold again before baking. For reheating, I recommend a toaster oven or a traditional oven at 350 until the biscuit is warmed throughout and the edges have crisped again.

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

Enjoy making these treats this weekend! I’ll leave a few other favorite biscuit recipes down below for you to check out, too! Happy Friday to you all, and, as always, happy baking!

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these cheddar cornmeal biscuits you should check out:

Mini Buttermilk Biscuits
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
Honey Nut Biscuits
Maple Oatmeal Biscuits
Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches
Peaches and Cream Biscuits

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Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits

Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits by Wood and Spoon blog. These are layered, buttery, Southern-style biscuits flavored with cheddar cheese, herbs, and cornmeal! The texture comes out to somewhere between cornbread, muffins, and biscuits! These baked breads are loaded with flavor and serve as a great side item or bread option for dinners all year round. Give these flaky breakfast treats a try on thewoodandspoon.com

These cheddar cornmeal biscuits feature buttery layers, cheddar cheese throughout, and loads of texture thanks to the addition of cornmeal! Consider these your cornbread biscuits!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup ground cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold plus 2 additional tablespoons of melted butter
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (If desired for herb biscuits)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda (Add in the Italian seasoning here too if you want herbed biscuits!). Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients, working quickly until pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Stir in the cheddar cheese. Pour in the milk and vinegar and use a rubber spatula to stir until a shaggy dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough.
  3. Gently and quickly work the dough together and pat out to a 1” thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 3 equal-sized rectangles and stack them on top of one another. Gently press or roll out again to a 1” thick rectangle. Repeat the cutting and stacking process two more times and then roll out to ½-2/3” thick. Use a 1-1/2” round biscuit cutter to trim out rounds of dough. Flour the cutter well and press down straight being careful not to twist the cutter at all. Re-flour and continue cutting out until all the dough has been used. You can gather leftover piece and gently form back together to trim out more circles. Place the biscuits about ¼” apart on the baking sheet or dish. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until the tops are golden and the biscuits have risen. Brush with the melted butter if desired. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying and reheat in the toaster oven as needed. 

Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

Earlier this week, I was taking inventory of my calendar, and it hit me- my little girl is going to Kindergarten. For the past few months, while being out of the routine, out of the hustle, school has seemed like a big, distant question mark, and now that it’s upon us I’m unsure what to think. In a lot of ways, this little site has grown up with Aimee. You guys were here for the birthday parties, the goofy stories, and the times when she gained a few new brothers. It feels surreal that in two weeks I’ll pack her lunch and send her to her first day of the next 13 years. How is that even possible?

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, she snuck downstairs when she was supposed to be napping and asked if we could bake some muffins. Well, sure, baby girl. We can. We mixed butter and oil and eggs and syrup, added a few pieces of fruit, and wah-la- raspberry muffins. They’re delightfully simple, and I’m thrilled to share them with you today.

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these raspberry muffins, we start by mixing together the wet ingredients: milk, oil, butter, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla. We use the oil for moisture and the butter for flavor. Next, we stir in the dry ingredients, which is nothing more than flour, leavening, and salt. Finally, the raspberries are folded in, and the muffins are baked until domed and golden throughout.

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries here. Keep in mind that any raspberry juices (like from frozen berries) will streak the batter with pink, so opt for fresh if that bothers you at all. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy these morning treats all summer long. I hope you guys are having a happy Sunday. Happy baking!

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these raspberry muffins you should try:

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Hummingbird Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins
Java Chip Muffins
Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins
Peach Crumb Muffins

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Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy, soft, maple syrup-sweetened muffins loaded with fresh raspberries or berries of your choice. The muffin uses butter for flavor, oil for moisture, and loads of complex and sweet syrup for sweetening. Add an extra layer of sugar for a crisp, caramelized top and enjoy these breakfast pastries all day long. Favorite morning sweets on thewoodandspoon.com

These raspberry muffins are soft, lightly sweetened, and dotted with tart, fresh raspberries throughout.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (180 gm) milk
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) canola (or other neutral) oil
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup (240 gm) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (280 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • I cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and put paper muffin lines in a 12-compartment tin. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, butter, maple syrup, egg, and extract until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir just till barely combined. Fold in the raspberries. Divide the batter among the 12-muffin compartment. Mine usually end up about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for about 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool briefly before consuming!

Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

I recently offered my grandfather a slice of tomato pie, and he said, “HUH? Tomatoes in a pie?” Turns out, tomato pie is a super Southern thing, and if you were previously unaware, now’s the perfect time to learn all about it. Today’s post is a quick one with a few summer favorites to share with you today, and then we will get to this yummy savory pie!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

A New Activity to Consider:

I’m thinking of composting. Do you guys do this already? Now seems like the perfect time to get started, and while researching, I loved this article from GOOP! Send your favorite resources my way if you’re already doing this at home, and check out the article here!

Recipes I’m Dying to Make:

I love a classic PB&J, and this salted PB&J Ice Cream Pie from Bon Appetit looks incredible. A Ritz Cracker crust? Yes, please. I’m also intrigued by this list from FOOD 52 of 11 easy recipes for new home bakers! Tell me all about what you guys are baking at home!

Products I’m Loving:

I love everything from Supergoop, but this sunless tanner with SPF is perfect for these summer days. I usually apply a coat before I head outside and wind up with a nice little glow even after just a few minutes in the sun! I’m also loving my new Chacos. Since I barely get dressed to go anywhere at this point, I basically live in my new sandals, but I’m also super intrigued by their new customizable slides! Check them out here!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com


Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

Tomato Pie

Here’s what you need to know about tomato pie: It’s cheesy. It’s savory. It’s filling yet refreshing, herbaceous yet creamy, and the whole thing is packed into a delightful buttery crust. I love to serve tomato pie as a lunch or supper option- anywhere you might ordinarily offer a savory tart or quiche. I opted to use a blend of mozzarella (for meltability) and cheddar cheese (for flavor), but a small addition of feta, parmesan, or even asiago would be yummy here too! If you need a shortcut, you can consider doing a refrigerated or frozen store-bought pie crust, but I really love my basic pie dough too much to encourage that. You decide! Give this summer tomato pie a try and let me know what you think! I’ll have another simple recipe for you in less than a week, so stay tuned! Happy Monday, y’all!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this tomato pie you should try:

Tomato Galette
Sausage Kale Pinwheels
Tomato Olive Rolls
Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche

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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

This tomato pie is a butter crust filled with farm-fresh tomatoes, a creamy cheese topping, and loads of flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) ice water
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water

For the filling:

  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/8-1/4” thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine (Note: you can also do this by hand with a pastry cutter!) Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes, or longer if your dough has gotten soft. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 15 minutes. After this initial bake, remove the pie weights, brush the entire crust with a thin layer of egg wash (the egg whisked with water), and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until set. In the meantime, prepare your filling.

    To prepare the filling:

  4. First, prepare the tomatoes. To remove excess liquid, sprinkle the sliced tomatoes with 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and layer them in a colander with sheets of paper towel. You can gently press down on the towels every so often to squeeze out excess juices. Do this for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and hot sauce. Stir and set aside.
  6. Once your pie crust is par-baked, sprinkle the onions on the bottom of the crust, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Begin to add the drained tomatoes in layers covering the bottom of the crust, sprinkling in salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning as you go. I used about 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon pepper total. Your tomatoes should fill up to about 1” below the lip of the pie crust. Spread the cheese mixture on top and place in the preheated oven to continue baking until the crust is golden and the insides are bubbling throughout about 30 minutes. Remove the pan and allow it to cool completely prior to cutting and serving warmed.