Cookies and Bars

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, I found myself googling, “What are the dog days?” Unknowingly, the term had registered in my brain, and even though I couldn’t fully define what it meant, I knew I was living it. It turns out, I was partially right. The dog days, according to Merriam-Webster, is the hottest period of the year, usually between July and August, and it has also become synonymous with a general sense of sluggishness. Can anyone relate?

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve been doing all sorts of things to keep the dog days at bay: swimming, beaching, frozen cocktails, and even a fairly elaborate collection of sprinklers. We’ve made no-churn ice cream, taken rides in inner tubes, and cranked our outdoor fan up to high, but so far, not much has protected us from the muggy sleep cloud formally known as an Alabama Summer. One would think that after nearly 20 years in the south I would be used to it, but I’m just not sure one can ever acclimate to 100 degrees temperatures when there’s a toddler crawling on your lap.

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

To beat the heat, we’ve been having fun doing some indoor things too, like the tea party Aimee and I threw for her classmates last week. We made lemonade punch, macarons, and these little strawberry shortbread cookies, and it was as precious as it was delicious. We loved this recipe so much that I have decided to share it with you today!

My favorite go-to shortbread cookies recipe has become a sleeper hit on this site. So many of y’all love them! When the idea of a fruity shortbread cookie came to mind, I knew we could start safely with my original recipe. Here, butter, sugar, brown sugar serve as the basis for a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. Freeze-dried strawberries add flavor and texture, and a white chocolate drizzle makes them extra sweet. The cookies can be made ahead and the dough only takes minutes to put together. Talk about a win-win!

Strawberry Shortbread Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple buttery cookies with bits of dried strawberries throughout. A while chocolate drizzle finishes off the crisp cookies that make a terrific treat to go with coffee or tea! Find out how to make freeze dried fruit cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re looking for a summery recipe requiring little effort, look no futher than these strawberry shortbread cookies. Happy baking!

If you like these strawberry shortbread cookies you should try:

Shortbread Cookies
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread
Citrus Shortbread Cookies
Brownie Shortbread Bars
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

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Strawberry Shortbread Cookies

These strawberry shortbread cookies are loaded with bits of dried strawberries and topped with a white chocolate drizzle!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 40
  • Category: Dessert

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
  • 1/8 of salt
  • ¾ cup finely chopped freeze-dried strawberries (dried raspberries also work well!)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar just until barely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, cornstarch, and salt. Mix just until barely combined, adding the strawberries at the end. 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.
  3. Gently melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring regularly to keep the chocolate from seizing. Use a piping bag or a fork to drizzle the white chocolate onto the cookies, allowing it to set prior to enjoying!

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No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a treat yourself situation. It’s a cool-down, sweeten-up kind of a moment that is perfect for these summer days. With June in full swing, I thought it was high time we dipped our toes tastebuds into a frozen treat that would be delicious now and all year long. With that, I give you a riff on one of my all-time store-bought favorites: a no-churn half baked ice cream!

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

Have you had Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream? Aside from their oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream that I recreated a few years ago, their half baked flavor is by by far a winner. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, cookie dough pieces, and bits of brownies, it’s a homerun for anyone who is loves their cookies and brownies served a la mode. This homemade version is no-churn in order to keep prep time down to a minimum., and honestly, it’s dangerously easy and delicious. Let me tell you how to make it.

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this no-churn half baked ice cream, we start with the brownie pieces. First, start by preparing the small batch brownies in a loaf pan. Next, use butter, brown sugar, and loads of mini chocolate chips to make an eggless cookie dough. Once the brownies have cooled and crumbled, prepare the ice creams. Whip a half of a can of sweetened condensed milk with vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream until it turns thick and fluffy. Then, combine the remaining condensed milk with cocoa powder and more whipping cream, mixing until cloud-like. Finally, dollop the two mixtures together in your prepared pan, and place it in the freezer to firm up.

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

This no-churn half baked ice cream is a fun summer baking project, and it’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, too! If you’ve been looking for a recipe to enjoy this week, I hope you’ll give it a try. Let me know what you think and happy (half) baking!

No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple no churn ice cream copycat recipe of the famous Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream. With swirls of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, eggless cookie dough pieces, and bits of baked brownies, this is the perfect treat for cookie and brownie lovers. Learn how simple no churn cookie dough ice creams are on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this no-churn half baked ice cream you should try:

No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream
No-Churn Mocha Brownie Fudge Ice Cream
Cookie Dough Truffles
Brown Sugar Cookie Dough and Cone Ice Cream
Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Brownie Batter Cake

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No-Churn Half Baked Ice Cream

This no-churn half baked ice cream features swirls of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, cookie dough bits, and brownie pieces!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 6 Hours
  • Yield: 1 Quart
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

For the cookie dough:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

For the ice cream:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

Instructions

To prepare the brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Farhenheit. Line an 8”x4” loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease with baking spray. Set aside. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together to butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, stirring just until almost combined, and then fold in the mini chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and baking about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out just barely clean. Set aside to cool completely.

 

To prepare the cookie dough:

  1. In the meantime, prepare the cookie dough. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and salt. Add the vanilla and milk, stirring until combined. Add the flour and chocolate chips, stirring just until the dough comes together into little clumps. Set aside covered in the fridge until ready to assemble ice cream. 

To prepare the ice cream:

  1. Crumble about half of the brownies into small doughy bits. You can use more if you’d like, but I find using about half of the brownies is enough.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 7 ounces (about half of the can) of sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla extract and 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream. Whip on medium-high using a hand or stand mixer until the mixture thickens to a cloud-like consistency. Fold in the cookie dough nibs. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk with the remaining 1 cup of whipping cream and the cocoa powder. Whip on medium-high using a hand or stand mixer until the mixture thickens to a cloud-like consistency. Fold in the brownie pieces. Begin spooning alternating scoops of the vanilla and chocolate ice creams into a 8”x4” loaf pan or another freezer-safe container. Once all of the ice cream has been put into the pan, cover with a piece of foil and allow to freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

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Chewy Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies sweetened with brown sugar and loaded with chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. These cookies and cream cookies have a nice balance of salt and sweet due to the peanut butter, and they stay soft and fresh for days. Learn how simple these cookies are on thewoodandspoon.com

Cookies don’t always get the credit they deserve. When it comes time for celebrations, big days like birthdays and weddings, retirements parties and grand openings, cakes are the go-to dessert that people can’t get enough of. But even though cake gets most of the glory, cookies are the comfort favorite that, for many people, smell and feel and taste like home. Today, Brett and I are celebrating 9 years (!!!) of marriage, and to honor our special day, I’m sharing a special over-the-top recipe: chewy peanut butter Oreo cookies.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies sweetened with brown sugar and loaded with chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. These cookies and cream cookies have a nice balance of salt and sweet due to the peanut butter, and they stay soft and fresh for days. Learn how simple these cookies are on thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve talked about Brett and I’s wedding before. Remember? I’m the crazy person who decided to make their own wedding cake. But as I came across our wedding photos the other day, I was reminded that it wasn’t the cake that was the highlight of the dessert show; it was the cookies. My caterer had the idea of serving warm (and I mean FRESH from the oven) chocolate chip cookies with little jars of chocolate milk. It was the single most talked about bite of food on our very delicious day, and I love memories of Brett and I eating leftover ones in the car on the way to our hotel. Cookies, even without all the piped details, stacker tiers, and fancy fillings, are the thing people love to remember.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies sweetened with brown sugar and loaded with chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. These cookies and cream cookies have a nice balance of salt and sweet due to the peanut butter, and they stay soft and fresh for days. Learn how simple these cookies are on thewoodandspoon.com

These chewy peanut butter Oreo cookies are likely to be a new favorite in our house. Each cookie is soft and fluffy with just the right amount of chew. The peanut butter comes through well but without being overpowering, and the little chunks of chocolate sandwich cookie add a discrete flavor that would be hard to pick up on if you couldn’t see the dark flecks throughout.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies sweetened with brown sugar and loaded with chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. These cookies and cream cookies have a nice balance of salt and sweet due to the peanut butter, and they stay soft and fresh for days. Learn how simple these cookies are on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the cookies:

To make these cookies, we start with the fats. Peanut butter and unsalted butter come together with brown sugar and regular granulated sugar, just until smooth. The egg and vanilla are stirred in next, and the dry ingredients follow. For the Oreos, I opted to roughly chop them by hand so that most of the pieces were 1/8-1/4″ in size. A few smaller and larger pieces are great for added texture in the cookies. Although the dough feels dry, it’s plenty moist enough to pack into large round balls before baking until set.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft, thick, and chewy peanut butter cookies sweetened with brown sugar and loaded with chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. These cookies and cream cookies have a nice balance of salt and sweet due to the peanut butter, and they stay soft and fresh for days. Learn how simple these cookies are on thewoodandspoon.com

If you happen to be celebrating today, I hope you’ll consider making these chewy peanut butter Oreo cookies. They are a crowd pleaser that tons of people are sure to enjoy. Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these chewy peanut butter Oreo cookies you should try:

Cookies and Cream Cookies
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Peanut Brittle Cookies


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Chewy Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

These chewy peanut butter Oreo cookies are loaded with chocolate sandwich cookies and salty peanut butter flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 11/4 cups roughly chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (about 12 Oreos)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter and butter until combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and sugar, stirring on medium to cream, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring on low to combine. Slowly stir in the sandwich cookie pieces just until combined.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to portion our 3 tablespoon-sized balls of dough. The dough is crumbly- feel free to pack balls with your hands and gently press down to barely flatten them into puck shapes. Bake the cookie dough in batches spread out 2” apart on the prepared pan for about 10-11 minutes in your preheated oven. The cookies won’t be browned on the top. Allow the cookies to set and cool almost to room temperature before removing from pan. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats

Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats by Wood and Spoon blog. These are my favorite Rice Krispie treats from my book, Her Daily Bread, made with browned butter, golden graham cereal, and a pinch of salt. These make for a simple but decadent take on traditional Rice Krispie treats and are something everyone will love as dessert. These feed a crowd, are no-bake, and can be made in less than 10 minutes! Find out how easy these on are onthewoodandspoon.com .

I know we get fancy here sometimes. There’s rich flourless chocolate cakes, latticed pies, budinos, and bruleed ice creams. We make braided babkas, fruit-topped tarts, and stacked mini cakes without blinking an eye, but at the end of the day, most of us go back to a few recipes are the simple, comforting, and taste like home. That looks different for all of us, but today, I’m excited to share one of the recipes I go to time and time again: these sweet and salty crispy rice treats. You won’t even believe how easy (and delicious!) these are.

Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats by Wood and Spoon blog. These are my favorite Rice Krispie treats from my book, Her Daily Bread, made with browned butter, golden graham cereal, and a pinch of salt. These make for a simple but decadent take on traditional Rice Krispie treats and are something everyone will love as dessert. These feed a crowd, are no-bake, and can be made in less than 10 minutes! Find out how easy these on are onthewoodandspoon.com .

For most of us who grew up on the processed foods of the 90’s, rice krispie treats are about as nostalgic as it gets. Although my love affair with these marshmallow and butter-laden bars began early, it has really been in more recent years that they have become such a staple in my home. A dear friend of mine started bringing different varieties of these little treats to just about every social function we went to, and since then, they have become so synonymous with her in my mind that they are now on repeat in our kitchen. I even ended up including my favorite rendition (today’s recipe!) in my new book, Her Daily Bread. The best foods are like that- they don’t just taste good going down, they feed your heart too.

Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats by Wood and Spoon blog. These are my favorite Rice Krispie treats from my book, Her Daily Bread, made with browned butter, golden graham cereal, and a pinch of salt. These make for a simple but decadent take on traditional Rice Krispie treats and are something everyone will love as dessert. These feed a crowd, are no-bake, and can be made in less than 10 minutes! Find out how easy these on are onthewoodandspoon.com .

How to Make Them

Making these sweet and salty crispy rice treats is a cinch, but easier if you know how to brown butter. I wrote a post on just that a few years ago, and if you haven’t started regularly including brown butter in your baked goods, now is the time. Another special ingredient here is honey graham cereal. I know that sounds a little crazy, but that small addition packs a huge punch of flavor. And the final special ingredient, a heavy hand of salt, makes these treats downright addictive- just one bite simply won’t do.

Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats by Wood and Spoon blog. These are my favorite Rice Krispie treats from my book, Her Daily Bread, made with browned butter, golden graham cereal, and a pinch of salt. These make for a simple but decadent take on traditional Rice Krispie treats and are something everyone will love as dessert. These feed a crowd, are no-bake, and can be made in less than 10 minutes! Find out how easy these on are onthewoodandspoon.com .

So give these sweet and salty crispy rice treats a shot! They are incredibly easy, and I can almost promise that anyone who tries them will be begging for the recipe. You can find this recipe (and 51 others!) in my new book, Her Daily Bread which was published at the end of last year. It’s a daily devotional with loads of stories about how the things in our kitchen, homes, relationships, and more feed our lives in meaningful ways. If haven’t already purchased a copy, you can find a few links to the book here! As always, thank you for supporting my book and efforts that make recipes like these sweet and salty crispy rice treats possible. I just love y’all! Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these sweet and salty crispy rice treats you should try:

Crispy Millionaire Bars
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Monster Cookie Bars
Brownie Shortbread Bars

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Sweet and Salty Crispy Rice Treats

These simple crispy rice treats are flavored with browned butter, honey graham cereal, and a pint of salt- truly, the easiest tasty treat!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 16
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounces) bag mini marshmallows, divided
  • 21/2 cups Golden Graham cereal, crushed into large bits
  • 41/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9×13” pan and set aside. In a large stock pot over low heat stir the butter until melted. Continue stirring regularly. It will begin to sizzle and foam slightly before little golden bits start forming on the bottom of the pan. Continue stirring or whisking until the butter has browned. You’ll know it’s done when there are golden flecks throughout the butter and you notice a sweet, nutty fragrance. Immediately remove from heat and add the salt and vanilla, stirring carefully. Add all but about 1 cup of the marshmallows and stir over low heat until they’re melted completely. Add the remaining marshmallows with the two cereals and stir just until combined. Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan and use the butter wrapper or a clean, lightly greased hand to pat the krispies flat in the pan. Allow to cool completely prior to cutting and enjoying!

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No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream

No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for no-churn vanilla ice cream loaded with crushed peppermint candy cane and Oreo cookies. The end result is a mint cookie ice cream that can be made in less than 5 minutes with no ice cream maker! This ice cream is perfect around the holidays and can be made easily. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

I know, I know- it’s DECEMBER. “Why on earth is this crazy woman sharing a no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream recipe?” In our house, ice cream is supreme, and mint Oreos are a favorite. This simple frozen treat is one all of my people enjoy, and I hope it becomes one of yours too.

No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for no-churn vanilla ice cream loaded with crushed peppermint candy cane and Oreo cookies. The end result is a mint cookie ice cream that can be made in less than 5 minutes with no ice cream maker! This ice cream is perfect around the holidays and can be made easily. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

But first, let me just tell you that this has been such a special week. Truly. Last week’s release of my first book, Her Daily Bread, found me on the receiving end of SO. MUCH. LOVE. I was over the moon for all of the encouragement, and so many of the heartfelt texts, emails, and DMs had me in tears. Her Daily Bread is truly an outpouring of my heart, and it means the world to see so many people embracing it as such. We won’t talk about the book on this site forever, but I just couldn’t let the moment pass without saying thank you.

No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for no-churn vanilla ice cream loaded with crushed peppermint candy cane and Oreo cookies. The end result is a mint cookie ice cream that can be made in less than 5 minutes with no ice cream maker! This ice cream is perfect around the holidays and can be made easily. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

In addition, Christmas is just around the corner! My kids have been out of school for a few days now, and I have enjoyed doing all the fun Christmassy stuff: cookie decorating, movies, crafts, and way too much Pentatonix. My kids love to get in the kitchen with me almost as much as they enjoy eating the fruit of that labor, and, as a result, this no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream has been made twice this month. A favorite in our house, this simple frozen dessert is a go-to when our pantry is overflowing with candy canes and cookies from class parties and gift baskets. If you like peppermint and ice cream, this one will definitely be a winner for you.

I hope the next few days are full of the good stuff: rest, joy, and lots of no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream. Don’t forget to slow down long enough to enjoy every bit of it. Merry Christmas to you all!

No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for no-churn vanilla ice cream loaded with crushed peppermint candy cane and Oreo cookies. The end result is a mint cookie ice cream that can be made in less than 5 minutes with no ice cream maker! This ice cream is perfect around the holidays and can be made easily. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com!

If you like this no-churn peppermint cookie ice cream you should try:

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake
No-Churn Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream
Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake
Peppermint Brookies

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No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream

This no-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream is loaded with crushed candy canes and chocolate sandwich cookies and can be made in less than 5 minutes without an ice cream machine!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 1 Quart
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed candy canes or peppermints
  • 11/4 cups crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (about 12 cookies)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream and whip on medium speed until it thickens to a fluffy, cloud-like mixture. Fold in the crushed candy canes and sandwich cookies until well combined. Spread the mixture out into a 9×4″ loaf pan or freezer-safe dish and cover with aluminum foil to protect. Allow to freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Brownie Cookies & HER DAILY BREAD!

Peppermint Brownie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy crackly chocolate brownie cookies scented with mint and sprinkled with sea salt! The recipe comes from my new book, Her Daily Bread, and makes for a terrific holiday treat. Learn more about the recipe and how to make these crinkly brownie cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s here!! HER DAILY BREAD is finally out in the wild, available for your immediate consumption all over the United States. As of today, I am officially a published author, and if you find me with little red marks all over my arms, it’s probably because I’ve been pinching myself ever since I woke up this morning. In a lot of ways, I’m kinda in shock; I’ve waited for this day for a few years now, and even long before that, I was endlessly dreaming of it. I’ve heard people say that writing a book is a lot like having a baby, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: they’re not wrong.

From the bottom of my wide-open (and slightly anxious!) heart, I want to thank you for your support. Wood & Spoon was one of the first leaps of faith I ever dared to take, and it was scary! Since then, there’s been very few days that I haven’t been glad I did. This book, HER DAILY BREAD, is the culmination of all the recipes, social media posts, email blasts, and burned batches of cookies. All that work, the support from this community, and a whole lot of favor has opened more doors than I probably would have dared to dream of a few years ago, and I am just so incredibly grateful.

Thank you for showing up here. Thanks for your encouragement. Thank you for sharing your stories with me and for welcoming me into your kitchens. My hope is if you buy the book (and I hope you will!), that it feeds your heart in special ways. I hope you’re encouraged, filled up with love, and inspired to connect with the people around you in meaningful ways.

Peppermint Brownie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy crackly chocolate brownie cookies scented with mint and sprinkled with sea salt! The recipe comes from my new book, Her Daily Bread, and makes for a terrific holiday treat. Learn more about the recipe and how to make these crinkly brownie cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Peppermint Brownie Cookies

These peppermint brownie cookies are a recipe from my book. Anything peppermint + chocolate is always a win in our family, and these chewy baked treats are no exception. Here, melted chocolate and cocoa powder lend rich flavor and texture, and peppermint extract adds a subtle pop of flavor that makes these cookies undeniably holiday-ish. I love these cookies for Christmas parties, after-dinner treats, and cookie exchanges, and if you happen to be one of those people who can’t choose between brownies and cookies, these will knock your socks off. Promise.

Peppermint Brownie Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are chewy crackly chocolate brownie cookies scented with mint and sprinkled with sea salt! The recipe comes from my new book, Her Daily Bread, and makes for a terrific holiday treat. Learn more about the recipe and how to make these crinkly brownie cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Enjoy this brand new recipe for peppermint brownie cookies, and don’t forget to check out HER DAILY BREAD. It would make a terrific holiday gift for the special ladies in your life, and there’s still plenty of time to get it before Christmas! Learn more about the book here, and, again, THANK YOU, thank you, thank you. Happy baking and happy reading!

If you like these peppermint brownie cookies, you should try:

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies
Peppermint Brookies
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Peppermint Brownie Cookies & HER DAILY BREAD!

These peppermint brownie cookies are chewy, chocolate and peppermint scented cookies with crackly brownie tops and flakes of sea salt!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fleur de Sel, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add a cup of water to the bottom of a small saucepan, and place a medium heat-safe glass bowl, one large enough to sit on top of the saucepan, on top. Add the butter and chocolate chips to the bowl and heat the pan over medium heat, stirring the butter and chocolate regularly to melt gently. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly while you start on the eggs.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and thickened slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the extracts and the carefully drizzle in about a ¼ cup of the warm chocolate mixture, mixing in right away to prevent the eggs from cooking. Add the remaining chocolate mixture and stir just until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and pinch of salt and use a rubber spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the batter. Once uniform throughout, use a medium cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of batter on the prepared cookie sheets. The batter is very loose, so be sure to space out the cookies, at least 3 inches apart. Bake the pans one at a time in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the cookie tops are cracked and the crack lines no longer appear extremely wet. Remove from oven and sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel. Repeat this process with the remaining dough until it has all been used. Enjoy once cooled!

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Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and box cake mix flavor. These nostalgic treats are stuffed with a no-churn ice birthday cake ice cream and make terrific summertime treats. Learn how simple these frozen desserts are on thewoodandspoon.com

Do you any family traditions? I’m not talking about the special things you do on Christmas Day or the exciting stuff you look forward to on your birthday; I’m talking about the mundane things that keep your days full and happy. Admittedly, we don’t have many (although I’m always on the hunt), but one of our favorite things to do together as a family is to watch AFV (America’s Funniest Home Videos). Although the days of Bob Saget that millennials remember (*raises hand*) are long-gone, the hilarious snippets of people falling, dogs walking on their hind legs, and toddlers saying downright hilarious things are still alive and well. Please, just give me all of the broken trampolines and babies afraid of their shadow- I AM HERE FOR IT.

After a summer of watching AFV nightly, my kids haven taken to performing the tricks, pranks, and challenges that are regularly featured on the show. The old disappearing-behind-the-blanket trick and the whipped cream challenge are two of their favorites to attempt themselves, and while cleaning whipped cream up off the floor and, oh, I don’t know, the baby’s face, are not among my very favorite things to do, I love seeing them get all into it. It’s pure and fun and all the things I remember childhood being.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and box cake mix flavor. These nostalgic treats are stuffed with a no-churn ice birthday cake ice cream and make terrific summertime treats. Learn how simple these frozen desserts are on thewoodandspoon.com
Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and box cake mix flavor. These nostalgic treats are stuffed with a no-churn ice birthday cake ice cream and make terrific summertime treats. Learn how simple these frozen desserts are on thewoodandspoon.com

Frozen Sprinkle Sandwiches

These funfetti ice cream sandwiches have been another happy spot in our summer. Anything with sprinkles, ice cream, and cookies is bound to be delicious, but treats like these are a showstopper for my kids (and probably yours too!) There’s something so extra about them (Who knows- maybe it’s the sprinkles? the double cookies? the ice cream?), and when I first suggested we make them, my kids thought I was a wizard. Call me Meatloaf, because, truly, I will do anything for love.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and box cake mix flavor. These nostalgic treats are stuffed with a no-churn ice birthday cake ice cream and make terrific summertime treats. Learn how simple these frozen desserts are on thewoodandspoon.com

The cookies in these funfetti ice cream sandwiches are a riff on my original funfetti cookies which continues, to this day, to be one of the most popular recipes on my site. For good reason- they’re chewy with crisp edges and have all the birthday cake flavor you’d want in a sprinkle cookie. The filling is equally simple: a no-churn funfetti ice cream loaded with sprinkles and that same nostalgic box mix cake flavor. If you’re in a time crunch, you can skip the no-churn ice cream and stick with a store-bought variety, but if you haven’t made no-churn ice cream before, this is a call to action: DO IT. It’s easy and delicious.

Tell me about your family traditions. Where do you cram sweet fun and delight into the everyday? If you are looking for a yummy and festive treat to enjoy with all the little (or big!) kids in your family, definitely consider these funfetti ice cream sandwiches. Particularly during the summer, these are bound to be a delight. Happy Friday to y’all and HAPPY BAKING!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and chewy sugar cookies loaded with sprinkles and box cake mix flavor. These nostalgic treats are stuffed with a no-churn ice birthday cake ice cream and make terrific summertime treats. Learn how simple these frozen desserts are on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these funfetti ice cream sandwiches you should try:

Funfetti Cookies
Sugar Cookie Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream Sandwiches
Funfetti Cake
Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Funfetti Rolls

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Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

These funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches are chewy sprinkle sugar cookies stuffed with a no-churn birthday cake-flavored ice cream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the ice cream:

  • 2 cups (480 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon clean vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 tablespoons of rainbow sprinkles

For the cookies:

  • 12 tablespoons (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 21/4 cups (295 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup (160 gm) rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

To prepare the ice cream:

  1. Line a 9×13” or jelly roll pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil. Be sure the foil extends just beyond the sides of the pan for easy removal. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream and clear vanilla extract on medium speed until it thickens to fluffy, stiff peaks. Fold in the sweetened condensed milk, being careful to not overwork, followed by the sprinkles. Spread it into the prepared pan. Freeze until solid, at least 6 hours but preferably overnight.

To make the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare sheet pans by lining them with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla and egg, beating on low until incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar, and beat on low speed just until the dry ingredients are combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sprinkles. Beat just until combined.
  3. Chill the dough in the fridge until it has thickened to a Play-Doh consistency- usually about 30 minutes in the fridge for me. Once chilled, scoop out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized scoops (I use a medium cookie scoop) and roll each dough ball briefly in your hands to smooth out the rough edges of dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven for about 11-12 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have just begun to crack and the edges are set. They will look slightly underbaked- this will help to keep them soft even when frozen. Allow to cool on the sheet pans for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to complete cooling.

To assemble the sandwiches:

  1. Use a large round cookie cutter or the lip of a wide-mouth mason jar to cut out rounds of ice cream. Place in between two cookies and refreeze the sandwiches quickly. You can save the leftover edges of the ice cream in a sealable container or freezer-safe bowl. Keep the sandwiches covered while in the freezer to protect their taste.

Notes

  • Clear vanilla extract give these cookie that classic funfetti box cake mix flavor that we all know and love. Pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste can be substituted, however, the flavor will differ.

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Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are chewy coffee-scented cookies loaded with big chunks of sweet white chocolate. The cookies are simple to put together, freeze well, and make a great dessert option for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. Learn how to make this simple cookie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

We all have our fair share of good intentions. I, for one, could fill a book with all the well-meaning words and ideas that I’ve failed to bring to life: the things I meant to say, the opportunities I meant to pursue, and the dreams and goals that got tossed on the back burner until further notice. Those forgotten intentions are casualties of the busy pace of life that so many of us are accustomed to, and sometimes, our good intentions just fall through the cracks.

I see the daily effects of this when it comes to parenting my kids. At any given moment, my head is filled with all sorts of things I want to teach or experience with them, but more often that not, they get set aside for another day, another season, or a later time when life has slowed down. In years past, those unrealized good intentions have left me with a healthy dose of The Mom Guilt, but I’m learning that those feelings just aren’t mine to carry; most of us are doing the best we can, and it’s important that we offer ourselves grace for whatever is left undone.

Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are chewy coffee-scented cookies loaded with big chunks of sweet white chocolate. The cookies are simple to put together, freeze well, and make a great dessert option for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. Learn how to make this simple cookie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Summer of Good Intentions?

So cue my Summer of Good Intentions. As my kids were wrapping up their school years, we came up with a Summer Bucket List. It’s two months of small, daily bits of happiness to chalk onto our calendar in the coming weeks. The idea is that each day of the summer will have one designated activity (go on a picnic! paint a picture! play hopscotch! swim at the pool!) that we’ll jot out and capture via a photograph or some kind of memento, and at the end of the summer, I’m going to upload the pictures into a quick photo book to save for years to come.

I fully anticipate there will be more than a few hiccups. Although I’m sure we’ll wind up with some disaster days that no one wants to rememberer, I’m eager nonetheless. I want my my kids to have proof that the intention was there. Even if this project falls through the cracks with all my other good intentions, I know memories will be made in the process. It feels right for the season we’re in. If you find yourself with the capacity to do something similar with your own family, I hope you’ll join me! I need a few more ideas to round out our summer bucket list, so send any fabulous options my way.

Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are chewy coffee-scented cookies loaded with big chunks of sweet white chocolate. The cookies are simple to put together, freeze well, and make a great dessert option for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. Learn how to make this simple cookie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

White Chocolate Espresso Cookies

As Aimee and I were brainstorming bucket list activities, it was so fun to see many baking projects. Probably a fifth of our list has to do with cookie dough or homemade popsicles, and every time she suggested another food activity, my heart soared. She is truly a girl after my own heart. Today, I’m sharing a recent baking project of ours: espresso white chocolate chunk cookies.

A few weeks ago, Aims asked if we could bake cookies and pulled out my bag of fancy white chocolate. I added espresso powder for grown-up flavor, and the baked end product was simple and incredibly delicious. It turns out that terrific white chocolate pairs perfectly with espresso and muscovado sugar cookie dough, and thus, espresso white chocolate chunk cookies were born.

The dough for these espresso white chocolate chunk cookies is one that you can reference all year long. The muscovado sugar keeps them chewy and caramel flavored and it is sturdy enough to handle a wide variety of mix-ins. Since then, we’ve added pecans, dark chocolate, and even some crushed pretzels; none of those varieties have been a disappointment.

Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are chewy coffee-scented cookies loaded with big chunks of sweet white chocolate. The cookies are simple to put together, freeze well, and make a great dessert option for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. Learn how to make this simple cookie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Check out the recipe for these espresso white chocolate chunk cookies below, and, while you’re at it, fill me in on all of your summer happenings! I am eager to start penciling in all of my favorite things, and I look forward to hearing from you too. In the coming weeks, we’re going to transition to a full-on summer recipe deep dive, so prep your palates for frozen treats, berries, and more. Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these espresso white chocolate chunk cookies you should try:

Kitchen Sink Cookies
White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread

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Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These cookies are made chewy with muscovado sugar and are flavored with chunks of white chocolate and espresso powder throughout!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 32
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200 gm) muscovado sugar
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups (410 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground espresso or instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate, chopped into large pieces

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. In a large bowl stir together the butter, sugars, and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the eggs. Add the flour, espresso, powder, soda, and salt and stir until almost combined. Stir in the chocolate. Scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized rounds of dough 2” apart on a cookie sheet prepared with a sheet of parchment. Freeze for a couple of minutes until the dough is no longer warm but is cool to the touch, then bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and set. Allow to cool briefly before consuming!

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Brownie Shortbread Bars

Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

Growing up, I remember hearing the phrase, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” Even now as a 33-year-old woman, I can honestly tell you that I still don’t have a clue what that saying means. Sure, we can’t always get what we want and there will certainly be circumstances in which we’re forced to choose between two desires, but when it comes to dessert, I think it can sometimes be both. Maybe we can have our cake (or in today’s case, brownie shortbread bars) and eat it too.

Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com
Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

Like with these brownie bars. Why should we have to choose between cookies and brownies? Isn’t it plausible to think that, every once in a while, we can indulge in two wonderful things simultaneously? I would argue YES. Absolutely. So today, I’m going to tell you all about how to make these brownie shortbread bars in hopes that when the craving strikes for both buttery soft shortbread and gooey fudge brownies, you don’t have to choose. You can have the best of both worlds.

Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com
Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

These brownie shortbread bars have two layers. The bottom layer is a simple shortbread crust made from little more than butter, sugar, and flour. The crumbly mixture comes together in a single bowl before being patted out in an 8″ square pan. While the crust bakes slightly in the oven, we begin to mix up our brownie batter. On the stovetop, butter, sugar and chocolate are melted together until smooth. Eggs come next followed by the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, and just a smidge of salt. After a quick bake, the brownies are fragrant crackly-topped, and ready for absolutely devouring.
I hope you’ll give these brownie shortbread bars a try and let me know what you think! Have a terrific weekend and happy baking!

Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com
Brownie Shortbread Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are two layer bars made of a buttery vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackly top brownie. The brownie is rich and fudge without being overly dark, and the crust is crisp and tender. These bars are perfect for the shortbread lovers or for brownie lovers who love a great deal of texture! Learn how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com


If you like these brownie shortbread bars you should try:

Shortbread Cookies
Peppermint Brookies
White Chocolate Ganache Shortbread
Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownies
Caramel Ganache Brownies

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Brownie Shortbread Bars

These brownie shortbread bars feature a vanilla bean shortbread crust and a gooey crackled brownie top!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the brownie:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 11/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

To prepare the bars:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line an 8 or 9” square baking pan with foil. Lightly grease with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Begin by preparing the crust. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla bean paste. Add the flour and salt and stir just until combined to crumbs. Gently press the mixture down flat into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until set. In the meantime, begin making the brownie filling.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, gently melt together the butter, chocolate chips, and sugar, stirring regularly to melt evenly and prevent scorching the chocolate. Once melted and smooth, set aside. 
  4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on medium speed with a mixer until they lighten in color and fluff up, about 2-3 minutes. Gently stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, stirring just until combined. Pour the batter on top of the prepared shortbread and smooth. Increase the oven heat to 350 and bake for an additional 30-33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out only with a couple of small brownie crumbs. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely prior to slicing.

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Pastel Lofthouse Cookies

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are copycat cookies for mini Lofthouse cookies that you can make homemade in your own favorite buttercream colors! Learn how simple these drop sugar cookies are and how to make that soft and fluffy buttercream cookie frosting on thewoodandspoon.com

Can I tell you a secret? One of my favorite parts about being a Mom is getting to be the one who makes a mess of excitement around the holidays. Christmas, birthdays, and, hey, even Easter always seem like the perfect opportunity for fun little treats and bits of happiness. This year, Aimee and I worked together to make these pastel Lofthouse cookies for her school Easter egg hunt, and it delighted me to no end. Although the party wasn’t for me, it might as well have been, because I loved every. minute. of. it. Today, I’m going to share the recipe with you in hopes that, if you find yourself with a few extra minutes this week, you might make a couple of these cookies to share with your own families and friends.

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are copycat cookies for mini Lofthouse cookies that you can make homemade in your own favorite buttercream colors! Learn how simple these drop sugar cookies are and how to make that soft and fluffy buttercream cookie frosting on thewoodandspoon.com

So what are Lofthouse cookies? You might have seen similarly soft, round, and sprinkled cookies in the bakery section of your local grocery store. Usually sold in seasonal colors, those original Lofthouse cookies are hugely nostalgic for a lot of us who grew up loving ultra-sweet processed snacks. These pastel Lofthouse cookies, while still equally soft, sweet, and frosted, are a homemade version that offer the opportunity for customized colors and sprinkles of your choice! Here, we opted for spring pastels and a light sprinkle of nonpareils, and I have to say, they make an adorable snack for kiddos (and grown-ups!).

Making Homemade Lofthouse Cookies

To make these pastel Lofthouse cookies, we start by creaming together butter and powdered sugar. Next comes an egg, vanilla, and all of the dry ingredients. You’ll notice cornstarch here which may seem a little strange, but don’t fret- the cornstarch helps to keep these cookies light and airy. The dough does need a brief chill before small rounds can be rolled and gently pressed with the bottom of a glass. The cookies won’t budge much from their shape once they go in the oven, so be sure to keep them uniformed and crack-free.

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are copycat cookies for mini Lofthouse cookies that you can make homemade in your own favorite buttercream colors! Learn how simple these drop sugar cookies are and how to make that soft and fluffy buttercream cookie frosting on thewoodandspoon.com

Once baked, the cookies get the royal treatment with a crazy-delicious buttercream frosting. It’s here were the cookies begin reminding me of my Mimi’s soft frosted sugar cookies that we eat around Christmas. All the flavors blend so well together, and the frosting adds a pop of color and just the right amount of sweetness. Once frosted, the cookies can be enjoyed immediately or even frozen! To freeze Lofthouse cookies, allow the frosting to set completely and then stack in freezer-safe containers with sheets of wax paper in between each layer. Seal the container to protect them from the freezer and enjoy within a month.

I hope you all enjoyed an Easter full of hope, joy, and (well, obviously) cookies. Happy baking!

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are copycat cookies for mini Lofthouse cookies that you can make homemade in your own favorite buttercream colors! Learn how simple these drop sugar cookies are and how to make that soft and fluffy buttercream cookie frosting on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these pastel Lofthouse cookies you should try:

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Painted Sugar Cookies
Meringue Cookies
Mini Layer Cakes
Funfetti Mini Cakes

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Pastel Lofthouse Cookies

These pastel Lofthouse cookies are mini versions of the original famous cookies- soft texture, fluffy frosting, and loads of sweet flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 48 Mini Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (170 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 11/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 23/4 cups (330 gm) cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (340 gm) powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 11/2 – 2 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring and sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

To make the cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar together with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and extracts, beating on medium just until combined. Add the cake flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir on low just until combined and a dough comes together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill until it comes to a play-doh consistency, about 1 hour. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out 1-1/2 teaspoon sized rounds of dough. Roll them in your hands briefly to smooth and place 2” apart on the prepared pans. Flour the flat bottom of a glass or measuring cup and gently press each round of dough down until it is just over ¼” thick. Bake in the oven until the edges and tops are barely set, about 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely prior to frosting. 

To make the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter on medium speed until smooth and pale. About 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, almond extract, and 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir together on low until combined and then beat until smooth. Add additional milk to bring the frosting to your desired consistency. Add food coloring and spread on the cookies, adding sprinkles if desired. 

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