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Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t know about your taste buds, but these bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles might be my favorite recipe to transition from November to December. All November long, we indulged in pies and tarts and warm, nutty flavors, but with December upon us, it’s time to hop to Christmas. We need gingerbread and peppermint and cocoa, but most of all, we need COOKIES. So, without further ado, bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Growing up, snickerdoodles were my fave. All the kids at the mall would go for the chocolate chip cookies or the big iced slices of cookie cake, but me? I just wanted a snickerdoodles. Now, as an adult, I still love a snickerdoodle from time to time, but moreso than that, I love brown butter and bourbon. Those two flavors make for a warm and comforting combination that, honestly, I’m kinda shocked hasn’t made it’s way into a cookie on this site until now. These are FABULOUS, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

We start with the butter. Browning butter is a skill in and of itself, but luckily, I made a tutorial on how to do it well! Brown a cup of butter on the stove and allow it to cool. Add in the brown sugar, sugar, and eggs, followed by the bourbon and vanilla extract. Next, we toss in the dry ingredients and roll rounds of dough into little cookie balls! Easy peasy.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles are a great options for the adult cookie lovers in your life or for basically anyone with an affinity for bourbon. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear all about the great treats you plan on making this year, so shoot me an email if you have any terrific ideas. Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans
Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Brown Butter Blondies
Bourbon Caramel Cake
Bourbon Bundt Cake

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Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles are chewy brown sugar cookies scented with bourbon and rolled in cinnamon sugar!

  • Author: Kate Wood, cookie base adapted from Smitten Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chopped
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Stir regularly to allow the butter to melt evenly. The butter will melt, bubble, foam, and finally begin to brown after about 5 minutes. Continue stirring all along until the butter mixture turns a golden amber color and smells nutty and fragrant. Scrape the contents of the pan into a large bowl and place in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Once about room temperature, stir in the brown sugar and ½ cup sugar. Add in the egg, yolk, bourbon, and vanilla, and stir to combine. Add in the flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt and stir on low just until combined. Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to portion out 2 tablespoon-sized rounds of dough and roll in hands quickly to smooth. The dough is dry. Combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl and toss each dough ball in the mixture. Place on a covered pan in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Place dough balls 2” apart on the try and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the tops are cracked. Remove from oven to cool completely before enjoying.

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Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Friday!! I didn’t plan on sharing this cake recipe today, but as luck would have it, it’s ready! Hooray! I’ll keep it short and simple and get right to the main event: brown butter balsamic caramel cake.

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I know what you’re thinking: balsamic caramel? I get it, so hear me out. About a year ago, we did a how-to on caramel here. We walked through the ins and outs of how to make it and since that time, we’ve flavored caramels with all sorts of stuff- coffee, peanut butter, maple syrup, and more! But today, we’re venturing into new and exciting territory, going where no man (or woman!) has gone before on this site: balsamic caramel. With the addition of a smidge of high-quality balsamic vinegar, we can ever-so-slightly modify the taste and scent of ordinary caramel, taking it from something yummy and sweet to a filling that is intoxicating, interesting, and down-right sophisticated. Combine that with brown butter cake layers and buttercream and you have yourself a winner. Lt’s talk about how to make it.

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

The cake layers are straight-forward. We start by browning butter in a pan (more on that here!), cooling it, and whipping it into a cake batter. The cakes bake up into thick, 9″ wide layers, and are allowed to cool. In the meantime, we can work on the caramel. Butter and brown sugar melt down and cook in a pan until thick and golden. Carefully stir in some heavy cream, salt, and that smidge of balsamic for flavor and allow it to cool completely in the fridge. Once it’s room temperature, we can make the buttercream and begin the assembly!

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Trim off any domed tops from the cakes and spread a smooth layer of buttercream on top of the first layer. In order to put some caramel within the cake, we’ll need to pipe a dam around the perimeter (more on that here!) and pour in some of the cooled caramel. Place the second layer on top and decorate as desired with any remaining frosting. I opted to top the cake with extra caramel and some toasted hazelnuts, but this is all totally up to you! I do LOVE how this brown butter balsamic caramel cake came out looking though, don’t you?

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I know next week will be all about pumpkins, pies, turkey dinners, so for now, let’s just give thanks for this beauty of a cake. I’ve got another yummy recipe in store for y’all next week, even amidst all the holiday excitement! If you get to make this cake, let me know what you think in the comments below! Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown butter balsamic caramel cake you should make:

Bourbon Caramel Cake
Molten Caramel Chocolate Cakes
Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake
Cinnamon Sugar Cake

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Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake

Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a two layer cake with fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar scented caramel filling and a sweet and simple buttercream made with more of that same caramel. The cake is flavorful and sweet, not at all bitter, and the balsamic adds a lingering scent that is absolutely addictive. Learn how to make this sophisticated and delicious celebration cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This two layer cake has fluffy brown butter layers, a balsamic vinegar caramel filling, and a simple American buttercream flavored with that same tangy caramel!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake layers:

  • 1½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 23/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the caramel:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar (or more, according to your taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

For the buttercream:

  • 11/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cups prepared caramel
  • 21/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. To prepare the cake, cube the butter and place it in a medium, light-colored, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium low heat. Stir regularly to allow the butter to melt evenly. It will begin to sizzle, foam, and then brown. Continue stirring and scraping the sides of the pan as the butter browns and remove to a heat-safe bowl when the butter has golden flecks throughout and the pan smells fragrant. Allow to cool completely to soft, room temperature. I prefer to speed this process up in the fridge.
  2. When ready to bake the cake, ensure that your butter is room temperature and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9” pans with baking spray and cut out rounds of parchment paper to fit directly into the bottom of each pan. Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. The mixture will be light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition. Add half of the flour, the powder, soda, and salt. Sitr on low to combine. Combine the milk, vinegar, and vanilla and add half of that mixture. Stir on low and scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients followed by the remaining wet and use a rubber spatula to fold in any unincorporated bits. Do not over mix. Divide the batter between the two pans and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Bake time differs from oven to oven. Remove from oven when done and allow to cool completely.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the caramel. In a medium, heavy-bottomed pan, combine the butter and brown sugar and stir regularly until the mixture has melted. Bring to a rolling boil and use a rubber spatula to barely stir the caramel on the edges of the pan toward the middle. Cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully stir in the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a heat-safe container and allow to cool completely.
  4. When ready to frost the cake, cream the butter for the buttercream on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the caramel and powdered sugar and whip for an additional minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again to incorporate.
  5. Use a serrated knife to level the cakes and place a schmear of buttercream on a prepared cake board or plate. Place the first layer on top and smooth a large plop of buttercream on this first cake. Place a cup of the buttercream in a piping bag or Ziploc and snip the end off to make a ½” sided opening. Pipe a dam around the perimeter of the top of the cake and spoon some of the remaining caramel inside. Place the second cake layer on top and lightly press down to seal it to the bottom cake. Be sure no caramel smushes out. Finish icing with the remaining buttercream and decorate as desired! I used toasted hazelnuts and extra caramel! Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Sugar Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Today’s recipe has been one of the most requested recipes via social media lately. About a month ago, we hosted a small, family-only wedding at our home. The bride and groom had a hard time selecting a flavor for their wedding cake, but we eventually settled on cinnamon sugar. After a few test runs, I landed a recipe I felt comfortable serving for their tiny, two-tiered cake, and WOW. It did not disappoint. Since that time, I’ve made the cake a few times, and finally, I get to share it with you today! So without further ado, here’s the cinnamon sugar cake!

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

My best description of this cake is cinnamon toast crunch. There’s something very comforting and cozy about the flavors represented in this cinnamon sugar cake, and I think what it most reminds me of is a bowl of that nostalgic cereal. Here, fluffy cake layers (a rendition of my bourbon caramel cake!) sandwich a thick schmear of salted cinnamon and brown sugar buttercream filling, and the whole thing is slathered with a whipped vanilla bean buttercream. The brown sugar in the filling lends a certain grit that textures the otherwise fluffy and smooth cake, and that addition of salt offers the balance that a lot of other layer cakes lack. In short, this cake is the bomb, and if you make it you’ll know why.

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

A few things about this cake are different from our standard approach: first, this is a two layer cake. I know: so weird. We normally stick with three layers around here, but with COVID, what do we need that third layer for? Second, this is kinda a tiny cake too! Just 6″. In keeping with the theme of these days, less in more. But not to worry: if you’re wanting to serve a larger crew, you can easily double this recipe. Just double and bake the cake in two deep 9″ pans. Easy peasy!

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I know November is ordinarily the month for pies, pies, and more pies, but this cinnamon sugar cake had to make it out into the world. I really think you’ll like it. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! Not to worry- we’ve got some Thanksgiving-ish stuff coming in soon. Happy Monday and happy baking!

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this cinnamon sugar cake you should try:

Cinnamon Sugar Scones
Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Brown Sugar Apple Bundt
Coffee Cake Muffins
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon Sugar Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar cake with a salted cinnamon brown sugar filling and vanilla bean frosting. This spiced dessert is perfect for fall birthday parties or holiday gatherings or anyone who loves good cozy flavors. Learn more about this cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This cinnamon sugar cake has fluffy layers, a salted brown sugar cinnamon filling, and a whipped vanilla buttercream frosting the outside!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 7 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

For the buttercream:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons milk or cream

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease two 6” round pans and cut out parchment paper rounds to fit into the bottom of them. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, canola oil, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about a minute and a half. Add the egg and yolk and stir until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated bits. Add half of the cake flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low to combine. Add ¼ cup of the milk as well as the bourbon and vanilla. Stir on low. Add the remaining cake flour and milk and stir on low just until combined. Fold in any unincorporated bits. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake in the middle of the oven for about 30-33 minutes or until the cake has puffed, turned golden, and a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Don’t overbake! Set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium until smooth, about one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Set aside in a different bowl while you prepare your buttercream.

To prepare your buttercream:

  1. In the same bowl as you made your filling, cream the butter on medium speed until smooth and slightly pale, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and whip and additional minute. Add the cream and beat until smooth and fluffy, about an additional minute. Assemble your cake by spreading a small amount of buttercream on a 6” cake board. Level your cake layers using a serrated knife and place the first layer on the board. Use an offset spatula to spread the filling on the top of that first layer and place the second on top. Use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream on the outside and decorate with any remaining frosting. I like to mix the remaining filling and buttercream together to pipe décor on top! Enjoy!

Notes

  • For a larger cake, simply double all the ingredients and bake the batter in 2 9″ pans! Bake time may be longer.

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S’mores Cookies

S'mores Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are s'mores inspired thumbprint cookies made with a honey cinnamon cookie, a chocolate filling, and a fluffy toasted marshmallow topping! These thumbprint cookies are a fun fall dessert to enjoy around the holidays or as the weather gets cooler. Learn how to make festive cookies with meringue topping here on thewoodandspoon.com

Last weekend, we had a massive bonfire at our house. The heat, the smoke, and the glowing movements of flames and figures from across the fire reminded me of all my favorite things about fall. While there weren’t any s’mores involved throughout the evening, I knew it was finally time to share this recipe I’d been working on for s’mores cookies: cinnamon and honey thumbprint cookies with a fudgy chocolate filling and a toasted marshmallow topping. These cookies feature all the wonderful flavors of a traditional s’mores in a cute and modernized package of a thumbprint cookie! Let me tell you how to make them.

S'mores Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are s'mores inspired thumbprint cookies made with a honey cinnamon cookie, a chocolate filling, and a fluffy toasted marshmallow topping! These thumbprint cookies are a fun fall dessert to enjoy around the holidays or as the weather gets cooler. Learn how to make festive cookies with meringue topping here on thewoodandspoon.com

You’ve made a thumbprint cookie before, right? Maybe they were peanut butter-flavored or featured a Hershey kiss in the center? Maybe you rolled them in sprinkles or sparkling sanding sugar? Maybe you fed them to kids or Santa or holiday party guests? Well, these are not those kind of thumbprints. Instead, here a spiced cookie base is rolled in sugar, sweetened with honey, and filled with a soft and fudgy chocolate ganache filling. The topping, also far from ordinary, is a simple meringue that we toast under a torch or a broiler. These s’mores cookies are not as quick and easy as the thumbprint cookies you grew up on, but I can promise they’re far more delicious.

S'mores Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are s'mores inspired thumbprint cookies made with a honey cinnamon cookie, a chocolate filling, and a fluffy toasted marshmallow topping! These thumbprint cookies are a fun fall dessert to enjoy around the holidays or as the weather gets cooler. Learn how to make festive cookies with meringue topping here on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the cookie base, butter, brown sugar, and honey are creamed together until smooth. Eggs and vanilla come next and are followed by the dry ingredients. Rounds of dough are rolled in cinnamon and sugar before be imprinted and baked until set. Once cooled, chocolate chips and butter are combined to create a soft, almost-ganache tasting filling. The chocolate is piped into the craters in each cookie and allowed to set up. Finally comes the marshmallow meringue topping! Egg whites and sugar are whipped until stiff and then piped and toasted onto the cookie. If homemade meringue intimidates you, be sure to check out my tutorial here!

S'mores Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are s'mores inspired thumbprint cookies made with a honey cinnamon cookie, a chocolate filling, and a fluffy toasted marshmallow topping! These thumbprint cookies are a fun fall dessert to enjoy around the holidays or as the weather gets cooler. Learn how to make festive cookies with meringue topping here on thewoodandspoon.com

That’s it for today! S’mores cookies! I hope you guys enjoy and take time to bake up some yummy fall favorites in the coming days. I’ll be back with not one but TWO recipes next week, so stay tuned! Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these s’mores cookies you should try:

S’mores Cheesecake
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies
Sweet Potato Meringue Pie
Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

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S’mores Cookies

S'mores Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are s'mores inspired thumbprint cookies made with a honey cinnamon cookie, a chocolate filling, and a fluffy toasted marshmallow topping! These thumbprint cookies are a fun fall dessert to enjoy around the holidays or as the weather gets cooler. Learn how to make festive cookies with meringue topping here on thewoodandspoon.com

These s’mores cookies are thumbprint treats with a honey cinnamon base, a silky chocolate filling, and a toasted marshmallow topping!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 48 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cookie (Adapted from Love and Olive Oil):

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ cup sugar

For the filling:

  • 11/2 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 11/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 11/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

For the meringue:

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

To prepare the cookie:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the honey and stir to combine. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The dough will be dry. Stir on low to combine and then use a small cookie scoop to scoop out 1” rounds of dough. Combine the sugar and remaining cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll each round of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Use your thumb or the rounded bottom of a ¼ teaspoon to make little impressions into each cookie. Place the dough rounds on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 and place the cookie dough balls 2” apart on multiple parchment-lined pans. Bake one at a time in the oven until the cookie edges are set, about 9 minutes. When you remove the pan from the oven, immediately use the back of the measuring spoon to make the thumbprint more defined, if needed. Allow to cool while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat or a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate, butter, and corn syrup and gently melt, stirring regularly, until the chocolate has melted. Carefully put the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip or a Ziploc bag with the end snipped off and carefully pipe a bit of the chocolate mixture into the thumbprint of each cookie. Place in the fridge to cool while you prepare the meringue.

To make the meringue:

  1. Put your metal stand mixer bowl or large, heat-safe mixing bowl over a small saucepan filled with 1” of water as a double boiler. Add the egg whites and sugar to the top bowl and turn the heat to medium. Stirring frequently, gently heat the egg whites until the sugar has barely dissolved. You can carefully rub the mixture between two fingers- once it’s no longer gritty, it’s ready! Remove the bowl from the heat and place on the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or use a hand mixer with beaters!). Add the cream of tartar and mix on medium-high speed until the mixture cools, thickens, and fluffs to stiff peaks. (See the link in the text for how-to’s on making meringue. Add the vanilla and put the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small open star tip. Pipe dollops of meringue on each cooled cookie and carefully use a torch or a broiler to toast the marshmallow! Enjoy!

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Maple Cream Tart

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

What. A. Week.

If the radio silence around here and social media has given any wonder as to whether or not this website even exists anymore, let me just reassure you: we’re still alive. Last week, Hurricane Zeta passed through our town and absolutely wreaked havoc. We remained safe in our storm shelter and our house was relatively unaffected, but the landscape of our sweet city went through the ringer. At the present moment, 6 days later, we are still without power, and nearly every street is littered with down power lines, fallen trees, and various limbs and brush that have been gathered by home and business owners alike. As someone who lived in central Florida for 10+ years, I can say that the damage we’re experiencing is some of the worst I’ve seen, and man, I’m just grateful we’re all okay.

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m eager for us to catch up on all that we’ve missed (hello, election!) and the events of the past couple of weeks (birthdays! holidays! big life stuff!), but for now, I want to share this maple cream tart with you. With a spiced pecan and cookie crust and a seriously rich and cream filling, this is a decadent autumn treat that would make a great addition to your upcoming holiday tables. Let me tell you how to make it!

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

First we’ll start with the crust. Biscoff cookies are ground to a crumb and tossed with some pecans, butter, and brown sugar. YUM. After a quick bake in the oven, the cream filling is made on a stovetop using maple syrup, eggs, and milk. Spread the filling in the prepared shell and allow it to cool completely or overnight in the fridge.

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Garnishing this maple cream tart is a cinch, but I love to up the ante with a little homemade maple caramel. Here, all the texture and decadence of caramel is combined with the nuanced flavor of maple syrup, and it makes a seriously rich topping for this otherwise humble tart. I love to added chopped salted pecans for a little texture too, but you can go with whatever suits your taste!

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Hugs to y’all. I hope you’re doing well and settling into the weirdness that is November 2020. I’ll see you next week with another fall recipe!

If you like this maple cream tart you should try:

Pumpkin Pecan Tart with Maple Whipped Cream
Salted Maple Pie
Maple Bacon Scones
Maple Apple Cake
Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

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Maple Cream Tart

Maple Cream Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple cream tart made with a biscoff cookie and pecan crust, a maple cream pie filling, and a homemade maple caramel. This sweet and salty holiday dessert can be made ahead and feeds a crowd. Learn how to make this beautiful fall dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This maple cream tart features a biscoff pecan crust, a maple cream filling, and a quick and easy stovetop maple caramel.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 24 Biscoff cookies (186 gm), crushed to crumbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans (90 gm)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the maple caramel:

  • 1 cup maple syrup (not imitation)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the cookie crumbs, pecans, and melted butter. Stir to combine and press into the sides and bottom of a 9” tart part with a removable bottom. Bake in the preheated oven for about 9 minutes or until set. Allow to cool while you prepare your filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch and salt. Add the milk, maple syrup, and egg yolks and stir to combine. Turn the heat to medium heat and bring to a bubble, stirring all along. Once thickened to a pudding consistency, remove from heat and place in a heat-safe bowl. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top to prevent a skin from forming and place in the fridge to cool completely. 
  2. Once cooled at least to room temperature, whip the cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form. Stir the maple pudding; if you notice any clumps, you can push the pudding through a sieve to remove any clumps. Fold the whipped cream and maple pudding together until combined and spread into the prepared pie crust. Garnish with additional cookie crumbs or pecans. Allow to set up in the fridge while you prepare the caramel.

To prepare the caramel:

  1. Bring the maple syrup to a boil in a medium saucepan and continue cooking without stirring until a candy thermometer reaching 230 degrees Fahrenheit (soft ball stage). Remove the pan from heat and carefully stir in the butter, cream and salt. Place in a heat-safe jar or container to cool slightly before serving with slices of the pie. 

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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

If only every day could be a vacation day. *Le sigh*. Brett and I just got back from a quick trip to South Carolina for my birthday, and I was reminded why it’s so important to get away. It’s like a mental reset or a breath of fresh air, and if there’s anything we need in these last few months of 2020, it’s that. New perspective. I’m sure I’ll tell you all about the trip really soon, but for now, we’ll stick with dessert.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake is from Kelsey Siemens’ new book, and it is FABULOUS! Kelsey, otherwise known as the farmer’s daughter, has been a long-time social media and blog friend, and her new book is filled with all the beautiful photos of food and rural farm life that I’ve come to love about her pages. The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes features seasonal fruit-based treats from blueberry lemon curd muffins to cherry turnovers, but with fall in the air, I knew I had to opt for the apple crisp cheesecake. Let me tell you all about it.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake starts with a spiced graham cracker crust. Once lightly baked, the crust is topped with cheesecake filling flavored with salted caramel sauce. Next comes spiced apples and a brown sugar crisp topped made with extra salt and just enough butter. Once all stacked together, the cake is baked until set, fragrant, and loaded with texture. Truly, it’s nothing short of wonderful.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake would be perfect for the upcoming holidays and will welcome any fruit you happen upon at any local apple orchards. I also think it would go terrifically with pears or even a substituted butterscotch sauce in place of the caramel! I’ll let you decide. Give Kelsey’s book a look here and do please try this fabulous recipe! I really think it’s a winner. Happy Wednesday to you all and happy baking!

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this apple crisp cheesecake you should try:

Apple Crisp Ice Cream
Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake
Caramel Apple Pie
Apple Crisp Ice Cream
Apple Crumb Cake
Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe found in “The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes” is a salted caramel cheesecake with apple pie filling and a spiced crumb topping!

  • Author: Kelsey Siemens
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 11/2 cups (150 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (28 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) melted unsalted butter

Cheesecake:

  • 3 cups (696 gm) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (120 mL) full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (120 mL) salted caramel sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Apple Filling:

  • 34 medium tart apples, such as Elstar, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith (4 cups when prepared)
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup (63 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (110 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (68 gm) rolled oats
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) melted unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. To make the crust, in a medium bowl stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, salt, allspice, and melted butter Press firmly into a 10-inch springform pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. To make the cheesecake, make sure the cream cheese us at room temperature, or even a bit softer, otherwise you may end up with a slightly lumpy batter. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low until completely smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the yogurt, salted caramel sauce and vanilla extract, and mix on medium until completely combined. With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, until completely incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl throughout this process. Try not to overmix the batter and stop mixing once it’s smooth. Scrape the cheesecake batter onto the crust and set aside. 
  4. To make the apple filling, peel and chop the apples into ¼-inch cubes. You should have about 4 cups of apple cubes. In a medium bowl toss the apple pieces with lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon. Spread evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  5. To make the crumb topping, in a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and melted butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle evenly over the apple layer. 
  6. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until the apple pieces are easily pierced by a fork. If the crumb layer starts getting too brown while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil. Remove from the oven when done and immediately run a thin knife along the edges to help it release from the pan. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, release the springform pan and remove. This helps the cake cool faster. Cool the cake for at least 1 hour and then move to the fridge for several more hours or overnight before serving. Once chilled, move to an airtight container to store until ready to serve. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce, if desired. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. 

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Bourbon Caramel Cake

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Birthday to me! Today I turn 25 a hair over 30, and if you know me, you know there’s few flavors I love as much as bourbon and caramel. It seemed only appropriate to combine the two to make one phenomenally fall dessert, and I have to say- it was worth the effort. This bourbon caramel cake is right up my alley, and I think you’ll love it too. Let’s dive in.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Look, I’m not above celebrating my own birthday. I know it may seem a little narcissistic, but let’s be honest: 2020 has been a wild one. Sometimes we need a happy celebration to take the edge off, and birthdays are the perfect excuse. So yes, I’m totally celebrating myself (and bourbon! and caramel!) with this little bourbon caramel cake, but I’d welcome you to insert your own celebration to the equation. Whatever great thing you have going for you in life, I’d challenge you to sprinkle it with all the love and candles and cake you can muster. If, at the heart of it, there’s a whole bunch of gratitude and joy, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

So onto this bourbon caramel cake. Here, fall flavors, a hint of booze, and rich textures are all packaged into a small batch cake recipe that is more petite than the cakes we normally share around here. My guess is that most of our celebrations are including fewer people these days, so you can count on this treat for about 9 servings, 6 if you’re serving crazy, sugar-hungry people like me. The cake layers are bourbon and brown sugar-scented with all the soft and fluffy texture to boot. The frosting, an old-fashioned Southern-style caramel icing, sets up thick and adds loads of flavor and sweetness to the tender cake. Let me tell you how to make it.

We start with the cake! This one is simple with butter, oil, and two kinds of sugar creaming together. Next, we add eggs and then begin alternating the wet and dry ingredients. Cake flour contributes soft texture and bourbon adds the warmth and flavor. The batter is baked in a 9″ square pan and then allowed to cool. When you’re ready to frost the cake, you can start making the icing. Butter and brown sugar melt and cook over the stove until it’s bubbly throughout. Heavy cream barely thins out the mixture that is then put in the bowl of a stand mixer to whip with powdered sugar until somewhat cool. Next, a small bit more of butter is added and stirred until smooth. Admittedly, this icing is kinda tricky to work with.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Find the right consistency for this icing is the trickiest part as the icing is applied best when warm but not too soupy. I’d encourage you to play with it a bit to find the right texture and gently reheat and icing that sets up too quickly. Work fast and know we’re not aiming for perfection here- just a really yummy cake. If you have any celebrations coming up, I’d encourage you to give bourbon caramel cake a try~ I know I’ll be celebrating with a slice, and I’d love for you to join me. Happy Thursday and happy baking!

If you like this bourbon caramel cake you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines
Bourbon Bundt Cake
Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake
Molten Caramel Chocolate Cakes
Almond Toffee Cake

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Bourbon Caramel Cake

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon caramel cake has fluffy bourbon brown sugar layers and an old fashioned Southern caramel frosting!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more to thin out icing
  • 21/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 (if using a dark pan like me. Otherwise, you can go up to 350 but bake time will be shorter). Lightly grease a 9” square pan and cut out a sheet of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of it. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, canola oil, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about a minute and a half. Add the egg and yolk and stir until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated bits. Add half of the cake flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low to combine. Add ¼ cup of the milk as well as the bourbon and vanilla. Stir on low. Add the remaining cake flour and milk and stir on low just until combined. Fold in any unincorporated bits. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 35-37 minutes or until the cake has puffed, turned golden, and a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Don’t overbake! Set aside to cool completely.
  3. When ready to frost the cake (see notes), remove the cake from the pan, use a serrated knife to trim off any dome, and cut in half lengthwise to create two 4.5”x9” cakes. Prepare your frosting as follows.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine ½ cup butter and the brown sugar over low heat and stir the mixture until the butter and sugar are combined and smooth but the mixture hasn’t begun to boil. Turn the heat up to medium and stop stirring. Cook until bubbles appear on the sides and middle of the pot. Remove from heat and carefully stir in ½ cup cream. Whisk the cream in to incorporate, but be careful, as the mixture may splatter. Place back on heat and bring to a bubble again then remove from heat. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and add the powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment until the mixture has cooled to a warm temperature. Add the remaining butter and beat ad additional minute. At this point, assess the texture. The frosting should be slightly warm and very loose. The frosting will set up as it cools, so you’ll need to add a bit of additional cream or milk to thin it out. I usually find 2 tablespoons is the perfect amount, but you can decide. Dollop a little bit of frosting on your serving platter or plate and place the first “layer” of cake down. Spread additional frosting on top to adhere the second layer and observe how it sets up as it cools. At this time, if the frosting sets up too firm and you want to add a little more milk, you can gently reheat it for a few seconds in the microwave and then add additional milk. Frost the cake and allow to cool before enjoying! Please note this frosting is way different to work with from traditional buttercreams, but you can briefly reheat the frosting to get it smooth enough to frost again. Just don’t overheat!

Notes

  •  I like to work with chilled cakes. You can pop these layers in the freezer to achieve, if desired. 

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

This time of year, pumpkin reigns supreme, and I can’t think of a cozier way to salute such a fine ingredient than to make a batch of pancakes. The best part? WHIPPED CINNAMON BUTTER. If you’re gearing up for the weekend and ready for a simple treat to star at breakfast, look no further than these simple pumpkin pancakes.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure if you remember, but we hosted a wedding at our home last weekend. Between a hurricane, COVID, and a few blended families, one would think the odds were not stacked in our favors, but somehow, it ended up being awesome. Not so awesome that I’d sign up to do it again next week, but seriously heart-warming and special. I shared some photos on IG, and if you saw them, you know- it was precious. If there’s any brides out there feeling deflated because 2020 has put a kink in all their wedding plans, let me encourage to consider a small family affair. There was no shortage of love or fun, and if I had a chance to do mine again, I may consider the same.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

With so much family in town, I got to share a few baked goods that I’ve been working on for this site, but these pumpkin pancakes were not one of them. Why? Because they were long-gone before family arrived. I nibbled on bits of these cinnamon-spiced treats all week, and Aimee has been demolishing the whipped cinnamon butter one slice of toast at a time. My hunch is that you’ll find yourself with a half-can or so of pumpkin puree sometime in the next couple of weeks, and when you do, I hope you’ll look no further than these pumpkin pancakes! They are warm, cozy, and simple, which makes them the perfect treat to rely on in these autumn months. While the pumpkin pancakes are the star of the show, don’t sleep on that cinnamon butter. It is so yummy, and I’m finding that any leftovers taste amazing on toast, biscuits, and even baked sweet potatoes! Truly, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s only Thursday, but I hope you guys are going into the weekend with happy hearts and high hopes. Have some fun these next couple of days, and don’t forget to relax with pumpkin pancakes! Happy baking and see you next week!

If you like these pumpkin pancakes you should try:

Almost Vegan Coconut White Chocolate Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pumpkin Danishes
Pumpkin Yeast Bread
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

These pumpkin pancakes and scented with spice and are topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cinnamon butter!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the pancakes:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 11/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Extra butter for greasing skillet, pancake syrup, and whipped cream, if desired

For the cinnamon butter:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

To prepare the pancakes:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, pumpkin puree, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir together with a spoon or spatula until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Do not overmix and allow the batter to rest while you preheat your pan.
  2. Heat a griddle to medium (325 degrees) and stir the batter once more. Wrap 1 tablespoon butter in a napkin or paper towel and use it to lightly grease your griddle. Spoon 1/3 cup scoops of batter onto the griddle and gently smooth each out into a 5” circle. Cook until bubbles barely appear on the edge and center of the pancake and the edges no longer look glossy. Flip the pancakes and cook and additional 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Serve with cinnamon butter and maple syrup.

To prepare the cinnamon butter:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until slightly pale, about 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and cinnamon and stir until combined. Store in a covered container prior to use.

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Pecan Babka

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

As you’re reading this, I’m likely knee-deep in tulle, place settings, and cake frosting. It’s currently Tuesday, but I’m writing this post in advance, because we’re anticipating the arrival of friends and family for an intimate, last-minute wedding at our home. There’s lots to do, but the beauty of this particular event is that no one has an agenda- everyone is eager to hear the vows and celebrate the bride and groom. Even though there’s threat of weather and the many “what if’s” that come with at-home/DIY weddings, I’m happy to know there’s 100% chance of marriage. That’s our happy ending.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Naturally, my freezer is loaded with goodies to share with our guests this weekend, many of which you’ll be seeing on this site in the coming months! Today’s recipe for pecan babka is probably my favorite from the lineup: a buttery, lightly sweetened yeast bread filled with cinnamon sugar swirl and chopped toasted pecans, this bread is tender, rich, and absolutely to die for. I’ll be serving it this weekend with schmears of cinnamon butter and hot coffee, but I also love this for desserts and snacks too. With fall upon us, this is just the kind of recipe you’re going to want to make. Let me tell you how to do it yourself.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Yeast bread is an intimidating this for newcomers, particularly when there is braiding involved. This pecan babka is no exception, and I won’t sugarcoat it: it’s a process. The beauty of it all is that this bread is very forgiving, so even if your braid looks sloppy or the filling seeps out the side, it’s still going to be crazy-delicious. Scout’s honor. To make it, we start with the dough. Instant yeast, milk, eggs, and sugar come together with the dry ingredients and loads of softened butter. We paddle the mixture in a stand mixer until it becomes a tacky, stringy dough, and then we set it aside to rise. After about an hour and a half (or an overnight rest in the fridge!) the dough is ready to be rolled out and filled. Here, melted butter, brown sugar, pecans, and spice are spread over each dough half and then it’s rolled, twisted, and set aside for a final rise. Once puffed, the pecan babka is baked in the oven and allowed to cool.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

A few things to know: this process from start to finish is time consuming, so be sure to read through the instructions and set aside ample time. There’s not much active prep time, but there is quite a bit of waiting in between each rise. Second, because this dough has a bit of sugar, the loaves are prone to darkening in the oven before they’re completed. I like to cover the loaves at about 30 minutes into bake time to allow them to continue cooking without browning. This will all differ from oven to oven. Finally, these loaves freeze really well! If you don’t plan on eating both within two days, I’d recommend freezing until you’re ready to dive in.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Pray for me this weekend! I’m so excited for the wedding, but I want the day to go smoothly for the bride and groom who deserve a really special day. I hope you have wonderful things in store for yourselves, and if you looking for something to do, maybe I’ve convinced you to consider this pecan babka. Happy Friday y’all and happy baking!

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this pecan babka you should try:

Blueberry Babka
Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka
Braided Baklava Brioche
Orange Swirl Bread
Peppermint Bark Bread
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

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Pecan Babka

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

This pecan babka makes two tender and butter loaves with a cinnamon sugar swirl and toasted pecans.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

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

For the filling:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

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 beat the mixture on medium speed until combined. On low speed, 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. If the dough remains very soft and does not pull on the beaters in strands of dough, add an additional 2 tablespoons of flour. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the sticky 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* (see notes). Alternatively, you can pop it in the fridge to rise overnight. Once the dough has nearly doubled in size, prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine the cooled, melted butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt, stirring until combined. You will use approximately ½ cup of filling for each loaf.

To prepare the loaves:

  1. Once the dough has doubled in size, lightly grease 2 loaf pans (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″) with baking spray. Generously flour your work surface and rolling pin. Gently punch the dough down into the bowl once and divide it in half. Take one half of the dough and lay it on your floured surface. Generously dust the top of the dough with flour as well. Using your rolling pin, roll your first piece of dough as evenly as possible into a 13″x16″ rectangle. You may need to re-flour your work surface if the dough begins to stick. Spread half of the filling on top of the dough, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of dough. Sprinkle half of the pecans over the filling.
  2. Standing with one of the short edges closest to you, begin to tightly roll your dough away from you, forming a 13” log of dough. Gently pinch the dough together at the seam to seal the filling inside the roll. With the seam facing down, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the dough log in half lengthwise and face the innards up. Quickly twist the two pieces of dough around each other, and place your braided loaf in one of the prepared pans. Repeat the entire process with the remaining half of dough. Once both loaves have been formed, cover again with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for about 1-1/2-2 hours. The dough should rise about 1/2-1″ over the top of the pans. Do not let them over-rise.
  3. When the dough is nearly risen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 180 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice the tops of the loaves begin to look too dark t about 30 minutes before they’re done, you can cover with a loose sheet of aluminum foil. Allow to cool in the pans on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely.

Notes

  • I find this dough is easiest to work with while chilled. If you don’t allow it to rise in the fridge overnight, I’d recommend a quick pop in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour after the initial rise. 

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy October, friends! Who is ready for all the pumpkin stuff? Are we already getting into cozy mode with our lattes and scarves and layered clothing? I, for one am seriously enjoying this in-between phase of summer-meets-fall. Oppressive Alabama summers plus a pretty hefty work load as of late has found me spending all too much time indoors, and it feels so good just to be comfortable outside. At the end of last week, I met a huge deadline I’ve been working towards and spent the remainder of the weekend baking and getting ready for the change of seasons here on this site. In the coming weeks, I have a ton in store for you: praline pecan babka, an apple pie cheesecake, gingerbread bars with lemon frosting, and a few boozy cakes too, but for now, lets stay in-between seasons with these peanut butter cup bars. I think you’re going to like them.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Anyone else low-key obsessed with peanut butter cups? They were always a favorite of mine growing up, but over the past few years, I’ve traded newer flavors and desserts for the ones 12-year-old Kate would have really liked. These are an ode to the girl I knew 20 years ago: a crunchy, salty crust, a sweet and creamy filling, and a toothy chocolate topping that just screams “Reese’s!” These peanut butter cup bars are a terrific option for all of the peanut butter lovers in your life, and (BONUS!) they’re really simple too. Let me tell you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Making these peanut butter cup bars is a cinch. We start with the crust. Salted mini pretzels, flour, brown sugar, and butter come together to make a shortbread-esque crust. If you’ve ever made the pretzel shortbread peanut butter brownies on my site, it’s basically the same as that one. The mixture here gets pressed into the bottom of a foil-lined baking dish and baked until the filling is set. In the meantime, we can get started on the no-bake filling! Peanut butter, softened butter, and more sugar comes together into a thick, almost malleable mixture that is highly reminiscent of that which is found in a peanut butter cup. Press that mixture onto the cooled crust and pop it into the fridge while you whip up the topping. Here, semisweet chocolate chips and butter are melted together and spread on top of the bars. Once chilled and set, slice them up and serve!

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

These peanut butter cup bars would be right at home at any tailgate, small gathering, or, if you’re like me, countertop Tupperware for eating at a moment’s notice. These bars bring back all the nostalgic flavors I used to indulge in, and if you even kind of like peanut butter, you’re gonna love these too. Give them a try this week and stay tuned for a second recipe at the of this week! We’ll be diving into fall, so you won’t want to miss it. Happy Sunday and Happy baking!

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these peanut butter cup bars you should try:

Caramel Ganache Brownies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Crispy Millionaire Bars
Pretzel Millionaire Bars
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

These peanut butter cup bars have a pretzel crust, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a chocolate shell topping!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 ounces salted pretzels (I like to use the mini pretzels, not the giant rods)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold

For the filling:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

For the topping:

  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8” square metal pan with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. Pulse the pretzels in a food processor or mini chopper until they are reduced to a coarse sandy mixture. You can leave a few small chunks, if desired. Pulse in the flour, brown sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until small clumps come together. Pat the mixture out into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until the shortbread is soft but slightly set, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool briefly while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all of the filling ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix with a hand mixer until completely smooth. Spread onto the shortbread into an even flat layer and pop in the fridge while you make the topping.

To prepare the topping:

  1. In a double boiler or a medium microwavable bowl, combine the chocolate and butter and heat gently into 20 second increments until melted and smooth. Spread the topping over top of the peanut butter filing and allow to chill till firm. Slice once firm and enjoy!

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