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Honey Spelt Biscuits (and the tea on my very first book!)

Honey Spelt Biscuits by Wood and Spoon. These are spelt flour layer biscuits made with real butter, naturally sweetened with honey, and made in small, two bite sized flaky rounds. The recipe is small batch and made just over a dozen small biscuits and is perfect size to feed a family at a single meal. Learn how to make these healthy biscuits, and how to freeze biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

On any given day, the very most delicious thing in my freezer isn’t ice cream or popsicles or casseroles wrapped for the future- it’s biscuits. For a few years now, I’ve been pre-baking and bagging up baked flaky biscuits to reheat at a moment’s notice, and my family absolutely loves it. I’ve probably said this before, but secretly, I hope that freezer stash becomes one of those things my kids fondly remember- Mama and her Ziplocs full of biscuits. Today, I’m sharing a biscuit that is new in our rotation, honey spelt biscuits, as well as more about the exciting news I shared with you all last week: my book!

So, if you missed it last week, be sure to go back and read all about my exciting news. My very first book has been in the works for years now, and, after what has seemed like an eternity, it’s nearly here. This coming fall, my book, Her Daily Bread, will hit shelves, and my hope is that its pages full of stories, encouragement, and (you guessed it!) recipes will nourish your heart and belly as much as it has mine. The book is a 365-day devotional for women that will consider how various areas of our lives (think marriage, motherhood, womanhood, friendship, work, personal growth, hospitality, and, of course, FOOD!) are connected to our hearts and relationship with God. Via silly anecdotes, personal stories, and memories from years past, I’ll share some of my own experiences and thoughts in hopes that it will prompt you to reflect on your own.

Honey Spelt Biscuits by Wood and Spoon. These are spelt flour layer biscuits made with real butter, naturally sweetened with honey, and made in small, two bite sized flaky rounds. The recipe is small batch and made just over a dozen small biscuits and is perfect size to feed a family at a single meal. Learn how to make these healthy biscuits, and how to freeze biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Her Daily Bread contains a year’s worth of entries, 52 of which are recipes. While this site focuses mainly on sweet and baked goods, the book contains a smattering of recipes I grew up on and have become near and dear to my heart. You’ll read about my favorite lemony chicken salad, the sun-dried tomato quiche that reminds me of my sister, and the coffee cake my Mimi makes every Christmas morning. I’ll share some simple staples too, like my favorite shallot vinaigrette, my go-to grilled chicken marinade, and the quinoa salad I use to get my kids to eat lots of veggies. For those of you that come here strictly for the sweets- don’t fret. There’s loads of desserts and breakfast baked goods too, including the best Dutch apple pie I’ve ever eaten and the one-bowl freezer cookie dough that has taken up residence in my home. Nothing’s too fancy or advanced; this book is all about the easy favorites I enjoy in my own home.

I’m looking forward to spilling more on the book in the coming weeks, but for now, I wanted to say thank you for all of the encouragement and love I’ve received so far. This has been such a rewarding and growing time for me, and it feels good to have people come alongside in support. THANK YOU. Truly. So without further ado, let’s get on to the main event here: honey spelt biscuits.

Honey Spelt Biscuits by Wood and Spoon. These are spelt flour layer biscuits made with real butter, naturally sweetened with honey, and made in small, two bite sized flaky rounds. The recipe is small batch and made just over a dozen small biscuits and is perfect size to feed a family at a single meal. Learn how to make these healthy biscuits, and how to freeze biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

These honey spelt biscuits were my attempt at expanding the tastebuds of the little people in my life. They’re well accustomed to the buttery white flour biscuits that I’ve been making for years, but these, naturally sweetened with honey and prepared with hearty spelt flour, are a different animal. There’s more texture, nuanced flavor, and loads of opportunity here: biscuits with jam, biscuits as a bread offering for supper, or even served plain and crispy, straight from the oven.

We make these honey spelt biscuits the same as all my other favorites. The dry ingredients are stirred together before ice-cold butter is stirred in. Milk and honey are added next and the dough is gently stirred until it comes together into a shaggy, tacky mixture. Pat the dough out into a rectangle and cut into three same-sized pieces. Stack them one on top of the other and repeat the layering process twice more. This helps to give us those flaky layers we all love. Once layered, pat the mixture out and use a small biscuit cutter to trim out rounds of dough. After a quick bake in a hot oven, the biscuits are golden and ready to be slathered with honey butter. YUM.

Honey Spelt Biscuits by Wood and Spoon. These are spelt flour layer biscuits made with real butter, naturally sweetened with honey, and made in small, two bite sized flaky rounds. The recipe is small batch and made just over a dozen small biscuits and is perfect size to feed a family at a single meal. Learn how to make these healthy biscuits, and how to freeze biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

Give these honey spelt biscuits a shot sometime this week. They’re a yummy way to include some new flours into your baking, and if my kids like them, you just might too. Happy Sunday to you all, and happy baking!

If you like these honey spelt biscuits you should try:

Honey Nut Biscuits
Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
Maple Oatmeal Biscuits
Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits

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Honey Spelt Biscuits

Honey Spelt Biscuits by Wood and Spoon. These are spelt flour layer biscuits made with real butter, naturally sweetened with honey, and made in small, two bite sized flaky rounds. The recipe is small batch and made just over a dozen small biscuits and is perfect size to feed a family at a single meal. Learn how to make these healthy biscuits, and how to freeze biscuits on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe makes 16 mini honey spelt biscuits that are flaky and layered like Southern-style biscuits!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Mini Biscuits 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (130 gm) spelt flour
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ cup cold milk
  • ¼ cup honey

Optional Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: Spelt flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until integrated in pea-sized clumps. In a large measuring cup, stir together the milk and honey (they likely won’t mix super well. It’s okay.) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use the pastry cutter to stir and mix them well together until a shaggy dough comes together.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough out into a rectangle. Use a large knife to cut the dough into thirds. Stack each piece of dough on top of one another, press out again and repeat the cutting and stacking. Cut and layer the dough once more and then gently press or roll the dough out until ½-3/4” thick. Use a small 2” cutter to trim out rounds of dough by flouring the cutter and pressing straight down. Gather any leftover scraps and trim out more biscuits. Arrange the dough pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 14-15 minutes. Melt the remaining honey and butter together and brush the mixture on top of the warm biscuits. Serve. 

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Chocolate Tiramisu (and announcing MY FIRST BOOK!)

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

Grab a fork and settle in, because we are CELEBRATING all sorts of things with a little chocolate tiramisu today.

First off, it’s my FIVE YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY. Yep, five years. It blows my mind in every possible way that this site has existed for that long. Together, we’ve made ____ recipes, welcomed two new babies, built a house, had a couple website refreshers, and shared wayyyy too much personal information. If you’ve stuck around with me since the beginning (Hi, Mom), thank you. Your support and emails and kindness have meant the world to me. To have a job that feels more like a hobby is such a blessing, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Although a lot has changed since day one of this site, my love of food and writing remains the same, and I’m thrilled to keep on keeping on here. Which brings me to celebratory item number two:

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

I WROTE A BOOK. A real life book (!!!!) It’s been a long road, so I wanted to share a little about the process.

I started this blog in 2016 in hopes of becoming a cookbook author. At the time, I was following other bloggers who had been around a while and were finally landing cookbook deals of their own. I wanted in! So after lots of nervous back-and-forth with my husband, friends, and mother (Hi again, Mom!), I decided to dive in and start this site with the end-goal of writing a book.

Less than two years later, I had established a relationship with a publishing company and was writing a cookbook proposal with one of their senior editors. This was it! My dreams were coming true! We worked hard for months, but the day before my proposal was to be approved for contract, the publishing company was bought out by a giant media company. Immediately, all projects not under contract were suspended, and after another 6 months of back and forth, they were completely dissolved. I was crushed. It had been over a year of time and work and vulnerability with that company, and I was so disappointed to start over.

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

My editor for the project was incredibly kind, and at her last day on the job, she connected me with a book agent out of New York. After some conversation and brainstorming, we began working together to iron out the existing proposal. We got a few nibbles from a couple of publishing companies, but ultimately, the project fell flat. By now, it’s January of 2020. It had been two years of proposal writing with no signs of success on the horizon, and here we were, back at square one.

Thank goodness we didn’t give up. Over the next couple of months, I wrote a new cookbook proposal from scratch, and the day after I submitted it to my agent, I began writing a second proposal. This one was different: a 365-day devotional for women. The Word document on my computer basically filled itself with 56 pages of stories and scripture and thoughts and questions, and less than a month later, it was ready to submit to my agent. We decided to move forward with the devotional, and within no time, I was negotiating offers from multiple publishers. Ultimately, my little project found a home at HarperOne, an imprint of Harper Collins, and in July, I dove head first into writing my very first book. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more about the project, but for now, I’ll end with this:

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

Don’t give up.
Take a chance on your ambitions.
Work hard.
Ignore the pessimists and self-doubt that tell you you’ll never reach the desires in your heart, and if there’s something in there worth going after, do it. When I take inventory of the most beautiful and life-giving things in my story, I’m reminded that absolutely none of it happened overnight, and so much of the deferred hope, perseverance, and effort that I experienced allows me to treasure those gifts for what they are. A closed door or setback in your story doesn’t mean the end of your story, and I really believe that when we push through the barriers and unbelief, we often find breakthrough and joy on the other side.

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com
Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m planning to share more about the book next week, but for now, thank you for your love and support. You guys are the best little band of chocolate and sugar lovers, and I couldn’t be more grateful to call you friends! Now, let’s get to this chocolate tiramisu.

I’ve never actually had chocolate tiramisu until I prepared this particular recipe, and truly, I’m wondering why it’s not made more frequently. I mean, we all love classic tiramisu, right? This is no different, just a little extra chocolate. Here, a chocolate ganache, mascarpone, and whipped cream come together to make an espresso-scented treat that is altogether rich and creamy and comforting. The tall slices make for an elegant dessert that requires very little time and effort. If you’re looking for a simple yet impressive make-ahead dessert, I hope you’ll take a chance on this chocolate tiramisu. Truly, it’s delightful.

There’s another delicious recipe and more on the book coming next week. In the meantime, if you get an opportunity to make this chocolate tiramisu, tell me about it! Happy Saturday to you and HAPPY BAKING!

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this chocolate tiramisu, you should try:

Classic Tiramisu
Tiramisu Cream Puffs
Tiramisu Cake
Kentucky Coffee
Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Tiramisu

Chocolate Tiramisu by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a small batch tiramisu recipe made in a loaf pan, switched up with the addition of a chocolate ganache. Mascarpone cheese keeps this dessert true to the Italian classic and crisp ladyfingers soak in kahlua and coffee. Learn how to prepare make-ahead tiramisu on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate tiramisu is a small-batch recipe made in a loaf pan and flavored with the addition of chocolate ganache.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (85 gm) semisweet chocolate, chips or chopped
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided 
  • 1 cup (240 gm) warm espresso or strong-brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua or rum/coffee liquor
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • ¾ cup (180 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1820 ladyfinger cookies (hard or soft is fine)

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8”x4” loaf pan by lining it both ways with plastic wrap, extending the plastic beyond the sides. Set aside. 
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of whipping cream, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Do not overheat. Once chips are completely melted, remove from heat to a bowl and set in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the elements. 
  3. Combine the espresso and kahlua in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until thickened and pale, about 2-3 minutes. When a beater or spatula dipped into the mixture is removed it should gradually pour off in a thin, viscous ribbon. Add the mascarpone and beat on low till combined. Stir in the slightly cooled chocolate and cream mixture. Set aside. 
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the remaining heavy whipping cream and vanilla on medium speed to stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth and fluffy, being careful not to overwork. Set it aside.
  6. When you’re ready to assemble the tiramisu, dust the bottom of your prepared pan with a thin layer of cocoa powder. Working quickly and carefully, dip both sides of your lady fingers into the coffee/kahlua mixture and arrange them in a single layer in the bottom of your dusted dish. You want to fill in any larger holes but don’t worry about breaking up your ladyfingers to squeeze them into tiny holes. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture on top of the lady fingers and dust the cream with another layer of cocoa powder. Repeat your process twice with another layer of ladyfingers, cream, and cocoa powder for a total of three layers. Allow to set up in the fridge for 6 hours for cool removal from the pan. Alternatively, you can prepare this up to a day or two in advance, keeping covered and stored in the fridge. When ready to serve, invert the pan onto a serving platter and peel back the plastic wrap. Dust with additional cocoa powder or grated chocolate if desired and serve slices. 

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Champagne and Strawberries Cake

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I recently saw this quote on Instagram that said “Women don’t want flowers for Valentine’s Day. They want sushi, a fun face mask, control over the tv, and for someone else to put the kids to bed. It’s me. I’m women.” I laughed, because, in a way, it’s totally true. Most of the women I know (particularly Moms) do in fact want to be on the receiving end of thoughtfulness and recognition on Valentine’s Day, but most of us are starved for things much more valuable (but less expensive!) than a few dozen roses. We want our favorite meal, some personal space, and the ability to do exactly what we want to do when we want to do it. We want to watch our favorite show without flipping back to “the game” or without someone asking them to get them a cup of water. For those of us whose lives are run by school schedules and bedtimes, ever at the mercy of someone else’s fever or teething pain, we just want a day a few minutes that are exclusively ours to do exactly as we please.

Oh, and flowers. We also want flowers. Is this too much to ask?

Because it’s been a while since we did a “favorites” round-up on this site, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been loving lately. It’s definitely too late to pass on as a last-minute hint to your special someone, but there’s no time like the present to treat yourself. Take a look at some of my current faves, and who knows! Maybe they’ll be one of your faves soon too!

“Cravings: Hungry for More.” First up is Chrissy Teigan’s second cookbook. Is the book a few years old already? Yep. But is it currently $12 on Amazon and worth all that and then some? Absolutely. This cookbook is one of my favorites time and time again. Not only is she hysterical, but the food is delicious and rarely that difficult. If you’re a home cook with a hankering for American meets Thai food, this will be your jam.
Tata Harper Skincare. Does anyone else’s skin freak out in the winter? (Cue everyone raising their hands.) Yep, me too. I’ve been totally digging Tata Harper skincare lately, and because they just started selling discovery kits, you can try it out too! Tata’s products are clean with better-for-you and natural ingredients that actually work. I’m obsessed.
Tonic and Rye Cocktails. At our most recent trip to Blackberry Farm, my favorite cocktail was their tonic and rye, a citrusy and refreshing spin on this winter bourbon drink. I’ve made an embarrassing amount of these at home since finding the recipe online, and now you can too!
Fun Mom Hat. Anyone else love that scene in “Mean Girls” where Regina George’s mom says, “I’m not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom!” Well, this hat feels like the updated version of that. My kids can barely read, but you can bet they know what this hat reads because, well… I’ve reminded them like a million times. This hat is comfortable and comes in all sorts of colors too!
Lake PJs. At the end of last year, I did the very adult thing of investing in pajama sets. Truly, the only person I know that wears matching pjs all the time is my Nana (and she happens to be the coolest!), so I’m considering this a very stylish and put together decision. I love all the Lake pajamas for their thick and soft cotton, and this newest floral print is adorable.
Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Pans. Goldtouch pans from WS were one of the first things on my wedding registry, and I’ve been loving them ever since. That is, until now, because now there’s goldtouch PRO, and obviously I need that in my life. I whole-heartedly recommend these (Especially their half-sheet, quarter sheet, cooling racks, and muffin tins!) for all things baking!

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

So true, you may not get any of the above favorites in time for Valentine’s Day, but I do have one additional happy for you today: champagne and strawberries cake! It’s pink, lightly sweetened, and even mini in size for our stay-at-home 2021 Valentine weirdness, and the flavoring feels just right for February 14th, doesn’t it? Champagne and strawberries always feels like a romantic and festive combo in my mind, and in this cake, it works like a dream. Here, champagne-scented cake layers are baked soft and fluffy into two 6″ layers. A champagne simple syrup is added later for extra flavor and moisture. The frosting here, though, really is the star. Fresh strawberries and pureed, cooked down, and combined with a smidge of powdered sugar and butter. The end-product American buttercream truly tastes like strawberry ice cream, and that is in no way disappointing. The cake layers come together with a thick slather of buttercream, and then you’re free to decorate as desired!

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To add words to this champagne and strawberries cake, I printed a text template in a word document that was sized to fit on the 6″ cake. After chilling the cake thoroughly, I gently centered the paper on the cake and used a toothpick to lightly trace the text, indenting in through to the cake. I went back over my light trace with the toothpick a second time and then piped the text on using a number 5 piping tip. Voila! My piping skills are not great, so I was thrilled to figure out a way to get some pretty writing on this pretty little cake.

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Friday and happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope you get EXACTLY what you want this Sunday, and moreso than that, I hope you feel really loved by someone special in your life- a spouse, a child, a friend, a parent, whoever. Enjoy this champagne and strawberries cake and HAPPY BAKING!

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this champagne and strawberries cake you should try:

Raspberry Champagne Pop-Tarts
Champagne Elderflower Cupcakes
Champagne Popsicles
Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

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Champagne and Strawberries Cake

Champagne and Strawberries Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple champagne scented layered cake topped with a real strawberry American buttercream and made extra moist with a champagne simple syrup. Two layers make up this small 6" cake which is perfect to gift or share with a valentine. Learn how to make this romantic date night in cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This champagne and strawberries cake features fluffy champagne cake layers, a champagne syrup soak, and a real strawberry American buttercream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (120 gm) vegetable oil
  • 11/2 cups (190 gm) cake flour
  • 11/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 gm) champagne or sparkling wine 

For the buttercream:

  • 11/2 cups (200 gm) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt 

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) champagne or sparkling wine
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) granulated sugar

Instructions

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease 2- 6” pans. Line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer, beat to combine the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for one minute. Add in the oil and beat to combine again. Add in half of the flour as well as the baking powder and salt. Stir on low to combine and add in half of the champagne. Stir and repeat this process with the remaining flour and champagne. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated bits. Divide the batter between the two pans and then bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely. In the meantime, prep the buttercream and syrup.

To make the buttercream:

  1. Use a blender or food processor to puree the berries. Add them to a small saucepan and cook down on low heat, stirring regularly, until halved down to ¼ cup total mixture. Set aside in a heat-safe container to cool in the fridge. When ready to frost the cake, cream the butter in a stand mixer set to medium speed for 4 minutes until pale. Add the powdered sugar, ¼ cup of the strawberry mixture, the vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine. Add in water, milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time to get the mixture to the appropriate consistency. 

To make the syrup:

  1. Bring the champagne to a boil in small saucepan, reduce heat to low, add in the sugar, and cook for an additional 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Set aside in a heat-safe container to cool completely. You won’t use all the syrup.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Trim the domes off of the cakes using a serrated knife. Use a pastry brush to paint the cake tops with the cooled syrup. Spoon a bit of frosting onto a 6” cake board or plate and place your first cake layer on the center. Spread a thick layer of frosting on top of this first layer and place the second layer on top. Spread the frosting all over and decorate as desired. Cake is best eaten within two days of making and should be stored covered at room temperature. 

 

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Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple all-butter shortbread cookies made quickly with tons of adaptions. Chocolate! Coffee! Lemon! Funfetti! Lavender! White Chocolate! Peppermint! The possibilities for these shortbread cookies are endless. Learn how easy it is to make your own adaptable shortbread cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

I want to wish you a Happy Friday, but if we’re being honest, this is NOT a happy Friday. It’s a sad, terrifying, and absolutely disgusting one; it’s a toe-curling, vomit-inducing, squirmy wormy kind of day. Why, you ask?

There’s a mouse in my house.

Well, to be more specific, there was a mouse in my house. Now, there’s what used to be a mouse and one hyperventilating, 30-something year-old women clutching her heart and a broom while sitting curled up in the fetal position in her office desk chair. Just a few days ago, I found signs of an intruder in our home, and this morning, those fears were realized. With no husband, unsuspecting toddler, or handyman nearby to remove the little fellow, I was left to fend for myself. If this is adulthood, I want out.

To be fair, this isn’t my first mouse rodeo. 5 years ago, Brett and I encountered not one, but three mice in our rental home, and it nearly was the end of me. For weeks, I was filled with paranoia, checking and rechecking every food box, randomly silencing the television and radio to determine if any critters were making a racket in the next room over, and closely inspecting every speck of dirt to make sure it wasn’t, well, you know… poop. I’ll never look at brown sprinkles the same. From that point on, I was the crazy lady who insisted on weekly pantry clean-outs and nearly dog-cussed my husband every time he left the outside door even slightly ajar (which was, okay, basically always). Those three mice were responsible for many a glasses of wine and fights in that rental house, and when we moved to our current home, I gladly welcomed the clean slate and tight seal of a brand new home.

Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple all-butter shortbread cookies made quickly with tons of adaptions. Chocolate! Coffee! Lemon! Funfetti! Lavender! White Chocolate! Peppermint! The possibilities for these shortbread cookies are endless. Learn how easy it is to make your own adaptable shortbread cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m learning that taking responsibility for the messy, inconvenient, and unexpected things in life is one of the most challenging parts of adulthood. A mouse intruder is a silly example, but the truth is, we’ll all find ourselves with some unwelcome things in our [literal or proverbial] closets, and there’s rarely someone there to clean up the mess for us. This past year has found me in more than a handful of those scenarios, and I’ll be honest- facing those challenges head on is anything but palatable. While I’ve often heard people say that challenging circumstances offer you the empowering opportunity to see what you’re made of, I’d like to just say that sometimes, just as importantly, they’ll show you what you’re not made of. Whether you find yourself in a rut, a failure, or straight-up terrified of a 2″ rodent, I think it’s perfectly okay to look at those weaknesses, fears, and insufficiencies and call them what they are. It’s okay to not get it right or lose your marbles every once in a while. It’s okay to not be okay.

Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple all-butter shortbread cookies made quickly with tons of adaptions. Chocolate! Coffee! Lemon! Funfetti! Lavender! White Chocolate! Peppermint! The possibilities for these shortbread cookies are endless. Learn how easy it is to make your own adaptable shortbread cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

So while I collect myself and prepare to Lysol my house from the inside-out, let’s digress and move onto something that is palatable: shortbread cookies.

I sought to make a shortbread cookies recipe that could be translated into a number of flavors. After what seemed like a million test batches, I landed on one I liked: buttery, slightly sweet, and tender to the tooth, but with enough structure that the edges and insides held their shape nicely. When it was all said and one, I would up making close to ten flavors: coffee, lemon, chocolate chip, white chocolate peppermint, lemon lavender, maple nut, funfetti, and lime coconut. The possibilities here are endless. My hope is that you’ll take this shortbread cookies recipe and make it entirely your own.

Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple all-butter shortbread cookies made quickly with tons of adaptions. Chocolate! Coffee! Lemon! Funfetti! Lavender! White Chocolate! Peppermint! The possibilities for these shortbread cookies are endless. Learn how easy it is to make your own adaptable shortbread cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these treats, we start by creaming the butter with two kinds of sugar: granulated and brown sugar. Next, salt and extract are added, followed by flour and cornstarch. The cornstarch helps these cookies to stay tender and almost melt in your mouth. Finally, the mix-ins come in! Nuts! Chocolate! Sprinkles! Citrus zest! The world is your oyster. Mix and match and test out any combination, and let me know if you land on a winner. I can’t wait to hear about it!

Thanks for hanging in there with my mouse terrors. I hope you guys do have a great, mouse-free weekend, and that some shortbread cookies are included. Happy Friday!

If you like these shortbread cookies you should try:

Citrus Shortbread Cookies
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread
Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies
Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple all-butter shortbread cookies made quickly with tons of adaptions. Chocolate! Coffee! Lemon! Funfetti! Lavender! White Chocolate! Peppermint! The possibilities for these shortbread cookies are endless. Learn how easy it is to make your own adaptable shortbread cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These shortbread cookies are simple and easy to adapt to your flavor preference. Add you favorite chocolates, nuts, and zest to make them your own!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 40 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • Mix-Ins of your choice (see below)

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar just until barely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour and cornstarch. Mix just until barely combined. Dump the dough out onto a clean work surface and bring the dough together into a ball with your hands. Roll it out into a log about 1-1/2-2” thick and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for two hours or overnight if desired.
  2. When ready to bake preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice into ¼-1/2” thick slices and place 2” apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set. Allow to cool prior to enjoying.

 

 

Notes

  • For chocolate chip: Add 6 tablespoons of finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate and finish the baked cookies with a sprinkle of fleur de sel.
  • For white chocolate peppermint: Add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract in with the vanilla and ¼ cup of finely chopped white chocolate in with the dry ingredients. After baking, drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top of the drizzles.
  • For funfetti: Use 1-1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract in place of regular vanilla and add ¼ cup rainbow jimmies.  
  • For lemon: Add 2 tablespoons lemon zest in with the vanilla. 
  • For maple pecan: Add a scant ½ teaspoon maple extract in with the vanilla extract and ¼ cup finely chopped pecans in with the dry ingredients. 
  • For lime coconut: Add 1 teaspoon lime zest in with the vanilla and add ¼ cup finely chopped sweetened coconut flakes in with the dry ingredients. Drizzle finished cookies with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes.
  • For honey lavender: Add 1-1/2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon of dried culinary lavender to mixture. Top with a simple powdered sugar glaze if desired.
  • For espresso: Add 1-1/2 teaspoons espresso powder in with the dry ingredients. Top baked cookies with a glaze made by combined one cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon espresso powder and just enough milk to make it into a thick glaze to drizzle on.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

I wish someone had told me to take “Before” photos when quarantine started last March. In the nether regions of my mind, I can still see that former life of mine: a spotless home, a predictable schedule, and a family that, albeit wild, felt comfortable within the confines of our everyday existence. Sure, there was the occasional hiccup in the regimen of our daily lives- maybe a vacation, a last-minute addition to our calendar, or even (gasp!) an unforeseen bout of strep throat or seasonal cold- but for the most part, life was defined and fairly easy to get along with.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

Fast forward to the “After” photo. The images that make up our day-to-day nearly 10 months after quarantine began are a blur of grey and barely-controlled chaos, a hot mess pile of face masks, hand gel, and flailing attempts to work, parent, and manage feelings and expectations. This season has been a dying to self, a loosening of my grip on all things I used to think I could control, and to be completely frank, it hasn’t been pretty. I’ve found myself feeling bitter and struggling with frustration more times than I can count, and, in a a lot of ways, dealing with the imperfect, self-serving parts of my heart have been the one of the more unpalatable doses of reality I’ve been forced to swallow in my life.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

This is really just a reminder to myself: look for the gold in all of this. If and when it’s all said and done, I don’t want to be defeated and worse for the wear; instead, my hope is that we all find ourselves stronger and more resilient under the weight of our own individual challenges. I hope we find ourselves more graceful, more open to love, and less in need of the temporary wants that rarely serve our lives in lasting ways. Deep down, I really think this shaking of our personal foundations will nudge a lot of us to start building our hopes and dreams on the stronger ground of relationships and beliefs that will actually last. Yes, the haze of uncertainty, fear, and loss is still thick and looming, but there’s hope and goodness burning through with an offering of its own: matured perspective, slower pace, and an opportunity to trim the proverbial fat in our lives. We’re definitely being pruned, but I’m feeling more and more certain that it’s making room for growth.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

One of my favorite parts of these past few months has been including my children in my kitchen activities. Let me be clear: kids in the kitchen is anything but easy, neat, or quick. Anytime my babies strap on an apron, I’m mentally calculating the extra time and energy that will be required to clean up the millions of little disasters that are sure to ensue. But the benefit of time spent together and watching their little hands and minds explore makes it well-worth the effort. Like with these lemon poppy seed muffins.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

Muffins are one of the most simple and forgiving things to make in the kitchen with kids. These lemon poppy seed muffins are a favorite of my oldest, and because little is required beyond a hand mixer and a few measuring cups, these muffins are a great place for kitchen-curious people to start. Here, a simple butter and sugar batter comes together with sour cream, eggs, and milk and is scented with lemon zest and fresh-squeezed juice. The end result are lemon poppy seed muffins that remain moist and tender even after a couple of days. The glaze is simple, just powdered sugar and lemon juice, but does add that extra tang and hint of sweetness that makes these extra-delicous for kiddos.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m eager to hear from you all. How are you doing? What have you learned in this season? How can your fellow baking friends (raises hand!) support you in love? Muffins seem like a meager offering, but they’ve brought me a lot of joy and I hope they do the same for you. Have a terrific week and happy baking!

If you like these lemon poppy seed muffins you should try:

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake
Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bundt Cake
Blueberry Lemon Bars
Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are light and fluffy homemade butter muffins scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. Poppy seeds throughout add flavor and texture and a simple confectioner's sugar glaze icing on top adds extra sweet and tang. Learn how to make these easy breakfast and brunch treats for a crowd on thewoodandspoon.com

These lemon poppy seed muffins have a moist and tender crumb and are scented with fresh lemon zest and juice. A simple powdered sugar glaze tops each muffin to add extra sweet and tang!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 19
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 11/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice (plus more as needed)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-compartment muffin tin with liners (or lightly grease if you plan to use no liners).
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until well-combined, about one minute. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, milk, zest, and lemon juice and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds on low, just until combined. 
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full. Bake in the preheated oven about 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin briefly before removing and cooling on a rack.
  4. Once cooled, whisk to combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add a smidge more juice to thin out the icing, if desired. Drizzle on top of the muffins and enjoy!

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Kentucky Coffee (and a coffee chat!)

Kentucky Coffee by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweetened bourbon coffee topped with whipped cream and served warm as an after dinner beverage. Homemade whipped cream sweetens the coffee and added liquor provides an extra kick to the morning drink. Recipe found on thewoodandspoon.com

Just before the new year, I was chatting with a friend who told me it was time to start writing on this site again. Sure, we’ve been exchanging recipes and small talk and quick hellos here and there, but as of late, there’s been fewer words and in-depth sharing. To be completely honest, 2020 wore me out, and between family, other work projects, and even just managing my own heart and peace of mind amidst the ongoing political and social turmoil, there wasn’t a whole lot leftover to share here. I just needed a bit of a reprieve. But the truth is, our stories matter, and the transparent offerings we expose to one another have the capacity to encourage, soothe, nurture, and excite the people we share them with. As much as I needed a break last year, I want the exchange of honesty and camaraderie with you guys even more. So today’s the day. I think it’s time we catch up.

Kentucky Coffee by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweetened bourbon coffee topped with whipped cream and served warm as an after dinner beverage. Homemade whipped cream sweetens the coffee and added liquor provides an extra kick to the morning drink. Recipe found on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s coffee chat. Are you guys at all interested in the enneagram? I’ve long been a fan of personality tests, even those silly ones on Facebook that tell you, like, what Disney Princess or “Friends” character you are, but the enneagram is the first test that pinned me right on the nose. As a type 3 wing 2, I love to set goals, love to achieve, and love to seek praise, accolades, admiration, and so on. I like efficiency and checking things off my list, and my personality tends to thrive when there’s a finish end in site- all good things… right?

Except at some point last year, I stopped thriving. Life came to a halt and I wasn’t able to move at a pace that felt purposeful. Although those first couple months of quarantine empowered me to take on the new tasks of “homeschooling” kids, cleaning out my house, and even working towards new work goals, as time went on, those efforts became tiresome and I began to feel like I was flailing under my self-imposed, incessant need to move forward. Can anyone else here relate?

Kentucky Coffee by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweetened bourbon coffee topped with whipped cream and served warm as an after dinner beverage. Homemade whipped cream sweetens the coffee and added liquor provides an extra kick to the morning drink. Recipe found on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the way I knew I had to get comfortable with my own discomfort. My identity wasn’t tied to my ability to achieve, and my worth wasn’t diminished just because my capacity for work was temporarily overwhelmed. Those months of last year that I spent feeling tired and defeated ended up being huge moments of growth, because they forced me to disconnect my value as a women, mother, friend, and wife from my own efforts. They forced me to slow down, become comfortable with my flaws, and receive love from the people around me even when I didn’t feel like I had much to offer in return. Honestly, it felt really good just to look at the little piles of chaos in my life and know I didn’t have to make them all perfect immediately; I had value even if I didn’t get it all right the first time.

So I guess this is a message of encouragement. Wherever you find yourself at the start of this year, know that your worth isn’t tied to your abilities, your social standing, or your appearance. You’re not a failure if you have to do less, say no, or take time to take care of yourself, and it’s okay if there are areas of your life where you’re still very much so a work in progress. Whether you’re starting over, feeling behind, or even just suffering from an extreme case of poor self-confidence, know that there is grace for you to be exactly who you are in the season, and you have at least one friend (raises hand!) in that fresh start boat with you. 2021 may not end up being any easier than 2020 was, but it is an opportunity to embrace new hope, resolve, and dreams. If you’re like, “Yes, I need that today,” I hope you’ll take this opportunity to move forward towards them.

Kentucky Coffee by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweetened bourbon coffee topped with whipped cream and served warm as an after dinner beverage. Homemade whipped cream sweetens the coffee and added liquor provides an extra kick to the morning drink. Recipe found on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ll keep the rest short today. This Kentucky coffee was inspired by a Mayan coffee I had this time last year in Mexico. The drink was warm and boozy, made slightly sweet with thick clouds of freshly whipped cream on top. Once back in the States, I tracked down the Mayan liquor and began making them at home as an after-dinner treat. This rendition, a Kentucky coffee, features high-quality bourbon and a smidge of maple syrup for added sweetness. The homemade whipped cream is all the same and absolutely steals the show. Don’t skimp on the whip, okay?

If you find yourself in need of a coffee chat of your own, I hope you’ll make one (or two! or three! or four!) of these Kentucky coffee drinks at home to share with a friend. I hope you all have a terrific week. Happy baking!

If you like this Kentucky Coffee you should try:

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned
Sweet Tea Hot Toddy
Bourbon Bundt Cake
Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Coffee Donuts: Two Ways

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Kentucky Coffee

Kentucky Coffee by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a sweetened bourbon coffee topped with whipped cream and served warm as an after dinner beverage. Homemade whipped cream sweetens the coffee and added liquor provides an extra kick to the morning drink. Recipe found on thewoodandspoon.com

This Kentucky coffee, made boozy with quality bourbon, is slightly sweetened with maple syrup and homemade whipped cream and served warm in a mug!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or powdered sugar
  • 10 ounces strong brewed coffee
  • 11/2 ounces bourbon
  • ¼ ounce maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk the cream until frothy and slightly thickened. Add the sugar and continue whipping until medium peaks form. Set aside.
  2. To a coffee mug, add the coffee, bourbon, and maple syrup and stir. Top with dollops of whipped cream and serve. You can add more coffee for a less-strong beverage.

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King Cake Cinnamon Rolls (and my favorite spots in New Orleans!)

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re five years along on this website, and I still have yet to post a single Mardi Gras recipe- NOT EVEN ONE. Well, it’s taken forever, but I’m finally in the mood for a Mardi party, so today, we’re getting all kinds of festive with these king cake cinnamon rolls. While we’re at it, I’m going to share all my favorite spots to eat in New Orleans to get you guys dreaming about some post-COVID traveling. Better days are up ahead, and now’s as good of time as any to start dreaming about them.

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve been traveling to New Orleans for a few years now, and it’s become one of our favorite spots for delicious Southern food. The city is brimming with incredible restaurants, many of which nod to the creole traditions that are so rich in the area. Although restaurant turnover is a real thing, many of the places I’ve enjoyed over the years are still bustling and serving thoughtful and sumptuous dishes. On top of that, the city has incredible shopping. Sure, there’s the chain retailers and department stores that most big cities have, but New Orleans also offers a ton of boutique shopping, antique stores, and art galleries for people who want a more curated experience. With great food, good shopping, and tons of music, art, and nightlife to speak of, New Orleans is definitely one of my favorite can’t-miss southern spots. So let’s get down to it: What To Do In New Orleans!

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

Where to Eat in New Orleans

August– One of my favorite spots in New Orleans, Restaurant August is a new American restaurant with Southern influence and art-like dishes!
Coquette– This restaurant feels like a hidden neighborhood gem with it’s intimate dining space and comforting yet beautiful meals.
Cochon Bucher– By far our favorite lunch in New Orleans, Cochon Butcher is the perfect spot for meat lovers with their house-made meats, breads, and relishes. Grab a sandwich here along with some artisanal ingredients to take back home with you!
Herbsaint– This upscale New Orleans staple is a Donald Link restaurant with multiple accolades and awards under it’s belt. Stop here for a showstopping dining experience.
Saba– This Alon Shaya restaurant pays homage to Israeli cuisine. We enjoyed sharing small plates of hummus, fresh pita, and salads for lunch in this bright and beautiful restaurant.
Compere Lapin– This restaurant by Top Chef and James Beard Award winner Nina Compton serve Caribbean-meets-creole food (and incredible cocktails!) in a cool, vibey atmosphere.
Arnaud’s French 75 Bar– Arnaud’s is a classic NOLA restaurant, but their little French 75 bar is loads of fun too. Try their classic cocktail and enjoy some jazz music here before supper one evening!
Willa Jean – This bakery is by far my favorite breakfast in New Orleans. Fresh-baked breads, muffins, scones, cookies, and loads of savory options fill their yummy menu.
La Petite Grocery– This unassuming French bistro-style restaurant is consistently delicious and offers a romantic, charming dining experience that is perfect for a date night or girl’s night out.
Acme Oyster House– I had to put this one on the list for my husband. If you’re the type that wants an all-you-can-eat parade of fried seafood, beer, and tartar sauce, one of Acme’s multiple locations may be right for you.
Maypop– Don’t miss the dim sum brunch available here on the weekends!
District Donuts Sliders Brew– This casual burger and beer spot on Magazine Street is a fun and easy lunch option for those afternoon shopping trips. Don’t skip the donut dessert!
Commander’s Palace– No other restaurant is more quintessentially New Orleans with its white tablecloths and tuxedo-donning waitstaff. Get a real taste of traditional NOLA here.
Cafe Du Monde– A bit of a tourist trap, but it’s earned it’s place on all those must-see lists. Stop here for classic New Orleans-style beignets. They are truly incredible.

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com
King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com
King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

What to Do in New Orleans (Besides Eating, of Course)

National WWII Museum– Congress designated this museum as the official WWII museum. Explore the multiple exhibits and interactive displays for an impactful peek into the events that shaped American and world history.
Sazerac House– The Sazerac cocktail was birthed in New Orleans, and now, visitors can taste and learn more about the spirit that shaped Southern beverages in this museum-style beverage experience.
Bourbon Street– Although Bourbon Street is not my favorite place to visit in New Orleans, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it on this list. The nightlife on Bourbon St. has earned a name for itself, and if you know, you know.
Visit a Jazz Club– Jazz music came to fame in NOLA, and it’s still very much alive there today. Check out the link for a list of popular jazz clubs or just stumble upon your own- they’re everywhere!
Antique Shopping in the French Quarter– French antiques abound in the French Quarter. If you’re in the market for an old clock, a copper lantern, or a Napoleon-Era chair, you’ll find all that and then some in NOLA. It’s definitely worth the afternoon stroll.
Boutique Shopping on Magazine Street– I’ve spent many a pretty penny on magazine street, but you wouldn’t blame me- the home, clothing, and gift shopping here is well-curated and very walkable. Check the link for a list of shops!

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

I could say a lot more on New Orleans, but instead, I’ll leave you with these king cake cinnamon rolls. King cake is a staple this time of year when the Mardi Gras festivities crank up. I was surprised to learn that king cakes come in all sorts of flavors, and have enjoyed trying different varieties over the years. Today’s recipe features a king cake-style dough all twisted and filled like a cinnamon roll and then baked in a jumbo, overflowing spiral. They’re extravagant and delicious- a fitting tribute for this New Orleans post, if I do say so myself.

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these king cake cinnamon rolls, we start with the dough. Eggs, sugar, flour, yeast, and loads of butter comes together into a soft and tacky dough. Once risen and doubled in size, the dough is rolled out and filled with a buttery, cinnamon-sugary filling. After being rolled and cut into thick rounds, the dough is baked in a muffin tin until puffed and baked through. Allow to cool completely before topping with the simple glaze and loads of purple, gold, and green sprinkles- the Mardi Gras way!

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

Whether you enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities or not, these king cake cinnamon rolls and yummy and fun to make. I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think! Happy Baking, ya’ll!

If you like these king cake cinnamon rolls you should try:

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls
Orange Swirl Bread
Funfetti Rolls
Mini Cinnamon Rolls

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King Cake Cinnamon Rolls (and my favorite spots in New Orleans!)

King Cake Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for brioche style cinnamon rolls filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a thick or thin powdered sugar icing glaze. Each roll is topped with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles as homage to the original king cakes! Celebrate the mardi gras season with these yummy breakfast or dessert rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

These kind cake cinnamon rolls feature a brioche style dough, a brown sugar and cinnamon filling, and are topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 120
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm whole milk
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, with more for flouring surfaces
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

For the icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk, plus more as needed.

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir to combine the milk, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Add the sugar, yeast, and salt, and stir to combine. On low speed with the paddle attachment, add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase to medium speed (I use speed number 4 on my Kitchen Aid stand mixer) and begin adding the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue beating for an additional 4 minutes. The dough will be soft and slightly sticky. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough inside, covering it tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot of your kitchen until it has approximately doubled in size, about 1-1/2-2 hours. Once the dough has nearly doubled in size, prepare the filling
  2. To prepare the filling, stir to combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. 

To prepare the rolls:

  1. After the first rise, roll the dough out into a 11”x21” rectangle. Use an offset spatula to spread the filling onto the rectangle. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough into a tight log and pinch the edges together to seal them shut. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut 2” pieces out of the log. Lightly grease a muffin tin and place a roll, face-up, into each compartment of the muffin tin. You will end up with about 12 rolls. Lightly over the tops of the dishes with plastic wrap for about a half hour. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the rolls have risen, remove the plastic and bake in the oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before stirring together the icing ingredients and drizzling over top. For thinner icing glaze, add an additional tablespoon of milk until desired consistency is reached. Rewarm and enjoy. 

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Banana Nutella Muffins

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’m feeling pretty lucky to be writing to you all this morning. We made it through a lot in 2021, and even though we don’t need to wait until January 1st to do a new thing, a new year is always a great reminder that fresh starts exist. After a year like 2020, doesn’t that thrill you? A new year offers us the opportunity to take inventory of our lives and hearts and relationships and be honest with ourselves: what do we need more of in this coming year? Where can we cut back? What are the desires of our hearts and how can we pursue those desires with intentionality in the coming months?

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

I spent this past weekend at my favorite place on planet earth with my dear friends, and one afternoon, we spent a chunk of time talking about our priorities. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, but I like the idea of setting goals that tend to the priorities in my life. I found that writing down the things that were important to me offered an opportunity to see where I could better use my time, resources, and energy. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the things I call “priorities” were things I haven’t been giving much heart or thought, and it was useful to identify places where I could do better. My hope is that small bits of intentionality like this will yield a year loaded with direction and purpose and joy, and not just for me- for you too.

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

In the coming weeks, I’ll be spending some time seeking out direction and really assessing where and how to move forward with this site in 2021. Baking, writing, and connecting with you all in the coming year continues to be a priority in my life, but I want to do it in a way that best serves us both. I owe you all lots of gratitude and smiles for the ways this site has fed my heart (and belly!) since 2016, and I know there are really great things in store for the future too. We’ll talk more on that soon, but I do want to get to the recipe before I lose you all completely. Without further ado, here’s banana nutella muffins!

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve been making these muffins for a couple of months, and for me, they’ve been a lifesaver. Surely I’m not the only one with a perpetual pile of brown bananas on their counter? These muffins are a terrific use for those leftover bits of produce, and the added chocolate hazelnut swirl serves my sweet tooth well.

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these banana nutella muffins, we combine the sugars, oil, milk, eggs, and mashed bananas in a single bowl. Stir with a hand mixer (or a wooden spoon and a sturdy bicep!) until combined and add in the dry ingredients of flour, leavening, cinnamon, and salt. Stir just until combined and then spoon into a prepared muffin tin. Gently heat the nutella spread just until smooth and swirl small dollops on top of each round of batter. I like to use a toothpick, but a butter knife works well too! Bake in the preheated oven just shy of 20 minutes and enjoy!

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

These banana nutella muffins are a great use for old bananas and will make a yummy addition to breakfasts in the coming months. I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think! Truly, I’m excited and hopeful for the coming year, and I hope you are too. Happy New Year and happy baking!

If you like these banana nutella muffins you should try:

Banana Bread Cake
Banana Crumb Cake
Banana Cream Pie Cake
Raspberry Muffins
Java Chip Muffins
Coffee Cake Muffins
Hummingbird Muffins

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Banana Nutella Muffins

Banana Nutella Muffins by Wood and Spoon Magazine. These are simple banana muffins made with ripe bananas and a gooey swirl of chocolate hazelnut spread. The muffins stay moist for days and benefit from the extra sweet of Nutella swirled into the center of each muffin. Learn how simple it is to make this breakfast brunch treat on thewoodandspoon.com

These banana nutella muffins feature a moist and tender cake with a swirled chocolate hazelnut filling!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Muffins
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas (from about 2 extra-large bananas)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Nutella, gently melted in the microwave for about 15 seconds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line two muffins pans with 16 liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the light brown sugar, sugar, oil, milk, eggs, and mashed banana. Stir on medium just to combine. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and stir. Once combined, scrape the sides of the bowl to stir in any unincorporated bits. 
  3. Use a large cookie scoop or a spoon to fill the muffin tins ¾ of the way full.  Spoon 1 heaing teaspoon of Nutella into each banana muffin and use a knife or a toothpick to swirl it in, stirring in one direction gently until the top is swirled. Bake in the preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through as needed to ensure they bake evenly. Once a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly for a couple of minutes before removing them from the tins. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Wood and spoon. These are simple chocolate chip blondies with espresso powder and sea salt! These make rich, chewy blondie bars with crackly edges and comforting flavors. This recipe serves a crowd, freezes well, and can be made in advance! Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Do we have time for one more recipe before the new year? How about something comforting and familiar to wind out the period-of-exhaustion-and-calamity-formally-known-as-2020? These chocolate chip cookie bars are nothing fancy, not too tricky to make or sophisticated in flavor profile, but what they lack in bells and whistles they make up for in flavor, chewy texture, and crispy, caramelized edges. Let’s talk about them.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Wood and spoon. These are simple chocolate chip blondies with espresso powder and sea salt! These make rich, chewy blondie bars with crackly edges and comforting flavors. This recipe serves a crowd, freezes well, and can be made in advance! Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ll be honest: I’m not really sure what makes a blondie a blondie, but I think these chocolate chip cookie bars are close. I almost landed on “blondie” as a name but ended up deciding they would need a glossy top and gooey insides to qualify as such. Instead, I landed on cookie bars, because that’s exactly what they are: cookie flavored, cookie texture, and even a cookie technique involved to make them. All that’s missing is the cookie shape!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Wood and spoon. These are simple chocolate chip blondies with espresso powder and sea salt! These make rich, chewy blondie bars with crackly edges and comforting flavors. This recipe serves a crowd, freezes well, and can be made in advance! Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

So why make make these chocolate chip cookie bars over a regular chocolate chip cookie? One word: EASE. Here, we have no scooping, no rolling of dough, no spacing dough balls out on a sheet pan and praying they don’t roll around, spread out, or burn in the oven. Instead, we have a single dough that is smoothed into a small pan and baked in one batch in the oven until the edges are crisp and the insides are barely done. This recipe makes over 20 bars, closer to 40 if you cut them in manageable portions, and they’re crazy simple to make. So, all in all, that’s why these bars might suit you over a classic cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Wood and spoon. These are simple chocolate chip blondies with espresso powder and sea salt! These make rich, chewy blondie bars with crackly edges and comforting flavors. This recipe serves a crowd, freezes well, and can be made in advance! Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Even though we’re saying goodbye to 2020, I’m hoping to see more of you in the coming year. I’m currently wrapping up some heavy duty projects that will hopefully allow for more time spent on this site- more chatting, more recipes, more stories, etc. In the meantime, know that it’s been my pleasure to write and bake with you all this year, and I can’t wait to do it more in the future. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

If you like these chocolate chip cookie bars you should try:

Butterscotch Blondies
Brown Butter Blondies
Pecan Toffee Blondies
Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Brookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by Wood and spoon. These are simple chocolate chip blondies with espresso powder and sea salt! These make rich, chewy blondie bars with crackly edges and comforting flavors. This recipe serves a crowd, freezes well, and can be made in advance! Learn how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

These chewy chocolate chip cookie bars feature warm brown sugar flavors, a hint of espresso powder, and loads of sweet and salty goodness throughout.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 11/2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 21/2 teaspoons of espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 21/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 21/2 cups semisweet/dark chocolate chunks (depending on your preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13” pan (or line it with foil and then grease for easy removal). Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar  with the paddle attachment until fluffy, about 2 minutes.. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the espresso powder followed by the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until each are incorporated. Add the vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is set and no longer jiggling. Bake time may differ depending on the type of pan used. Allow to cool and then slice and enjoy!

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Peppermint Brookies

Peppermint Brookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are mint brownie cookies bars studded with Oreo cookies. This is a great simple dessert for a crowd around the holidays and makes for a chewy sweet to share with a crowd. Learn how simple it is to make these peppermint cookies and cream bars on thewoodandspoon.com

At the risk of overwhelming your email box two days before Christmas, I wanted to share one last recipe with you to get you in the holiday spirit: peppermint brookies. Part cookie, part brownie, these chewy bars are scented with peppermint, studded with Oreo cookies, and seriously full of delicious chocolate flavor. You’re definitely going to want to keep reading.

Peppermint Brookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are mint brownie cookies bars studded with Oreo cookies. This is a great simple dessert for a crowd around the holidays and makes for a chewy sweet to share with a crowd. Learn how simple it is to make these peppermint cookies and cream bars on thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve talked about brookies before, remember? My original brookie recipe was inspired by my childhood memories of a similar dessert I used to enjoy with my Nana. Those nostalgic recipes have a way of seeping into the deep corners of your heart, and they always come to mind at special times of year like this. These peppermint brookies are similar to the original, except this time, I’ve added the festive flair of peppermint extract and a few crushed Oreos. Honestly, if you can’t get away with adding Oreos to your desserts during the holidays, when can you?

Peppermint Brookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are mint brownie cookies bars studded with Oreo cookies. This is a great simple dessert for a crowd around the holidays and makes for a chewy sweet to share with a crowd. Learn how simple it is to make these peppermint cookies and cream bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Luckily, these peppermint brookies are really simple to make. It’s a combination of two stovetop dough that are swirled together in a small baking dish. The end product is similar in texture to a brownie but with all the sweet and saltyness of a chocolate chip cookie. If you’re that person who can never decide between a cookie and a brownie, it’s your lucky day. These are just the thing you’ll want to make.

Peppermint Brookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are mint brownie cookies bars studded with Oreo cookies. This is a great simple dessert for a crowd around the holidays and makes for a chewy sweet to share with a crowd. Learn how simple it is to make these peppermint cookies and cream bars on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sure we’ll chat again before the new year, but I do want to wish you a really sweet and joyful last few days of 2020. There aren’t enough hours, words, tears, or bottles of wine to be able to fully unpack all the things we learned and experienced these past few months, but I do know we have reason for hope and plenty of good things to look forward to. My prayer for each of you is that you’d be reminded of the goodness in your life, wherever it happens to exist, and that these coming days, weeks, and the new year would offer you the rest, joy, and love that our world so desperately needs. Merry everything to you.

If you like these peppermint brookies you should check out:

Brownie Petit Fours
Peppermint Bark Brownies
Brookies
Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Caramel Ganache Brownies
Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies

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Peppermint Brookies

Peppermint Brookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are mint brownie cookies bars studded with Oreo cookies. This is a great simple dessert for a crowd around the holidays and makes for a chewy sweet to share with a crowd. Learn how simple it is to make these peppermint cookies and cream bars on thewoodandspoon.com

These peppermint brookies are brownie cookie bars flavored with peppermint and studded with crumble Oreo cookies!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the brownie:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 Oreo sandwich cookies, crushed into ½” pieces, divided

For the cookie:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (130 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (85 gm) semisweet chocolate chips, plus more as desired

Instructions

To prepare the brownie batter:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 or 9” square baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease the bottom with baking spray.
  2. Melt the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. Whisk in the egg and extract. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until almost combined. Fold in half of the oreo bits and stir until the ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside while you prepare the cookie mixture.

To prepare the cookie dough:

  1. Melt the butter, brown sugar, and sugar over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until almost combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until the ingredients are well incorporated. Begin spooning in alternating dollops of the brownie and cookie mixture to create a swirled effect. Be sure to try to evenly disperse the two batters so that each piece has a bit of both brownie and cookie. Press the remaining Oreo chunks into the top of the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes before pulling the aluminum foil and bars out. Once cooled, slice into squares and sprinkle with additional salt if desired.

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