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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I gotta tell you- nothing brings me more joy this time of year than nostalgic recipes that remind me of home. Growing up, there were a few cookies that felt synonymous with the holidays, and we never failed to make them. One example? Peanut butter blossoms. I absolutely LOVED those, and I bet you’ve tried them too. Today, I’m sharing a variation of that beloved cookie with these holiday sugar cookie blossoms. The are fabulously fun, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The basic gist of a blossom is that it’s a soft and chewy thumbprint cookie topped with a HERSHEY’S KISSES candy. Here, instead of the classic peanut butter cookie, we have a simple sugar cookie coated in sanding sugar and dotted with a sugar cookie candy. It’s all the fun and festivity of the classic blossom but with a sweet change of flavor.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these holiday sugar cookie blossoms, we start with the butter and sugar. Cream the two together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Next comes the dry ingredients. Toss in the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir to combine. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out rounds of dough. Gently roll each on in colored sanding sugar and imprint each with a thumb. After a quick bake in the oven, each cookie is topped with a single HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candy!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

My kids and I prepared these cookies together, and they were a hit. These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are a great way to get kids involved with Christmas baking. They’re simple, colorful, and so delicious, too. If you get a chance to try the recipe this year, let me know what you think! In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are sugar thumbprint cookies topped with HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies.

  • Author: Kate Wood, Inspired by Hershey’s
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup colored sanding sugar
  • 32 HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to the butter mixture and stir on medium-low until the dough starts to come together in clumps. It will be slightly crumbly.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out 2-teaspoon sized rounds of dough. Roll the dough in your hands briefly to smooth out and toss each cookie dough piece in the sanding sugar. Space the cookies out 2” apart on the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes or until the cookies are puffed edges are barely set.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven to cool briefly, about 2 minutes. This will prevent the KISSES chocolate from melting. Gently press an unwrapped HERYSHEY’S KISSES candy into the center of each cookie. Feel free to pop the pan into the fridge or freezer briefly to further prevent the candy from melting. Cool completely before enjoying. Cookies are best eaten the day of,but can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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Macaron Cake

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Any The Office fans here? A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the episode where Pam, Toby, and Oscar start The Finer Things Club. The club celebrated books, fine food, and art, and its members regarded themselves as an exclusive bunch of fancy humans. Admittedly, there was nothing fancy about their meetings, but it did spark a notion that I hold onto to this day: I, Kate Wood, am President and CEO of The Finer Things Club. Let me explain.

Some people just have a knack for fancy and take delight in frivolous details that others might overlook. My husband says I can walk into a store- any store – and pick out the single most expensive thing. Truthfully, he’s not wrong. And after years of living with champagne taste on a Bud Light budget, I have finally given into some of those desires in my own small ways: splurging on a fancy lotion, indulging in regular manicures, and baking over-the-top desserts, just because. Case-in-point: today’s macaron cake.

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Macaron Cake

Macarons, on they own, are decidedly fancy. Those teeny, two-bite cookies are a go-to wherever French and Feminine Foods collide. But up until recently, I’d never considered the possibility of a macaron cake. When I recently spotted one made by Erin McDowell, I knew it was time to give it a try myself.

What I wound up with is a petite cake made of 4 oversized macaron shells and layered with buttercream. After a rest in the fridge, the cake softens barely into a chewy treat balanced sweetness and tremendous texture. Is it still over-the-top? Yes. Would any self-respecting member of The Finer Things Club approve? Absolutely.

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com
Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Making a Macaron Cake

Making macarons can be a tricky feat, but I was suprised by how un-tricky the cake turned out. To make it, we start by whipping egg whites. Once stiff with high peaks, the egg whites fold into a mixture of almond flour and powdered sugar. The folding process here is of utmost importance and requires some patience, not to mention forearm strength. You want the mixture to be smooth and flow off a spatula like lava. Once smooth, pipe large 4-5″ circles on a sheet of parchment paper and allow the cookies to rest briefly. After baking the shells, they stack together with homemade buttercream and are decorated with additional mini macrons. Delightful!

Macaron Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn how to be make a beautiful French layered macaron cake using large macaron shells and buttercream frosting. These delicious treats have detailed instructions and are simple to create. Learn how on thewoodandspoon.com

Be sure to read through the instructions to ensure making this cake goes as smoothly as possible. If you get a chance to make it, please share a photo with me! I love to see what y’all create. Happy Baking, fancy friends!

If you like this macaron cake, you should try:

Peppermint Mocha Macarons
Strawberry Shortcake Macarons
Mini Layer Cake
Funfetti Mini Cakes

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Macaron Cake

This macaron cake contains 4 oversized macaron shells layered with a soft American buttercream, all stacked into a mini cake!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 2-4 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the macaron shells (recipe adapted from Tessa Huff):

  • 11/4 cups plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (158 gm) almond flour
  • 11/4 cups (158 gm) powdered sugar
  • 105 gm egg whites (from 3 or 4 eggs)
  • ½ cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (117 gm) granulated sugar

For the filling:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper templates. If desired, stencil in pencil on the back of the parchment sheets 4 (4-5”) round circles. Set aside
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and confectioner’s sugar and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a flexible rubber spatula, scrape the meringue off the whisk attachment into the bowl with the almond mixture. Begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava.
  5. Fill the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons on the parchment sheet, forming four 4-5” circles  on one sheet. Space them out so they do not bleed into one another. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside. Pipe any remaining batter onto the second sheet. I made mini macarons by piping ¾” circles onto the prepared baking pan. Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the large macaron shells once sheet at a time for 22-25 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Bake mini macarons in the preheated oven for approximately 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely prior to filling.
  9. To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and beat with a heat mixer until smooth and fluffed. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the large macarons layers, stacking each and finishing the cake with extra frosting and any extra mini macarons, as desired. Allow to chill covered in the fridge for a few hours prior to serving.

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The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Naming anything as “the best” is usually a tall order. Claiming to have the best salted chocolate chip cookies? Well, you’re basically begging for a challenge. Today, however, I’m sharing my absolute FAVORITE rendition of the most classic dessert. They’re chewy, not too chocolatey, and have just the right amount of salt. These are, in fact, the best salted chocolate chip cookies.

Lot’s of “best ever” cookies have been around the block. For years, my go-to was Tara O’Brady’s cult favorite, and before that, the classic Tollhouse. Then there was Jacques Torres’ that require a 24-hour rest and Sarah Kieffer’s pan-banging cookies. And who could forget the Instagram famous chocolate chip shortbread from Alison Roman? With so many cookie recipes on the block, did we really need another one? Turns out, the answer is YES.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I adore these salted chocolate chip cookies, and I believe they are a best of all of my favorite cookies. For this recipe, you have the ease of the Tollhouse cookie and the chew of the O’Brady cookie. You have the crinkled edge and slightly underdone insides of Sarah’s cookie, and the salt from Alison’s. These cookies, with their chewy insides, crisp edges, and perfect balance of salt are my idea of a perfect cookie, and that’s 100% why they’re categorized under “BEST EVER” in my book.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cookies

To make them, we start by creaming room temperature butter with two kinds of sugar. I opted for a higher proportion of brown sugar to add extra chew and more flavor. Next come eggs and plenty of vanilla extract. After the dry ingredients stir in, we chop up chocolate. Here, you have a little freedom. If you’re the person who looks forward to chocolate-less pieces of cookie, you can add in closer to 6 ounces of chopped chocolate. If you’re a more is more kind of a person, add a more generous portion of 8 ounces. Finally, the cookie dough rests (nod to Jacques!) for 24 hours before baking.

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

The key to these cookies is slightly underbaking them. Once you see that the edges are set and barely bronzing, remove the cookies from the oven. Don’t wait for the tops to be brown; this will ensure the perfect chew throughout. The second key is a finish of salt. Here, I typically opt for flaked salt which adds visual appeal and the right amount of saltiness. Check out speciality grocery stores to find some.

I hope you guys give these cookies a chance in your repertoire of cookies. Happy baking y’all!

The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These easy chocolate chip cookies have chewy insides and crisp edges. The addition of flaked salt balances the sweet making these dark chocolate chunk cookies the perfect recipe ever. Find out how to make them on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these salted chocolate chip cookies you should try:

Shortbread Cookies
Easy Chewy Brownies
Healthyish Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Best Ever Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best salted chocolate chip cookies EVER. With chewy insides and crisp edges, these chocolate chunk cookies are easy and delish!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 11/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 23/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 68 ounces 72% chocolate, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffed, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and stir on medium until smooth.  Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring on low until combined. Add the chocolate. If you like an intensely chocolate cookie, use the full 8 ounces. If you like the occasion doughy bite, stick to 6 ounces. Stir in the chocolate and allow the dough to rest. I like to go ahead and scoop out large cookie scoops (3 tablespoon sized) balls of dough and refrigerate them covered for about 45 minutes. If you’d prefer, cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough in one bowl for at least 2 hours.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and space out the 3 tablespoon-sized mound of dough at least 2” apart on a sheet pan. You will bake these in batches. Bake in the preheated oven for 11 minutes or until the edges are barely set and the insides still looks slightly underdone. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with the flaked salt, if desired. Enjoy once cooled slightly. 

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Tie Dye Macarons

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Treats like these tie dye macarons remind me how fun it is to create. Anyone else totally in it for the DIY? Personally, I have long been the girl who loves to make things with her two hands. Whether it’s a latticed pie or a homemade quilt, I find so much satisfaction in having done it myself. In today’s post, arts and crafts time meets the kitchen with these macarons. Let’s talk about them!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Over the past few years, there have been a number of crafty baked goods on this site. I mean, baking IS a craft, right? But some treats really take it to the next level. ( Sugar cookie pops, royal icing transfers, or homemade sprinkles, anyone?) Today’s recipe for tie dye macarons definitely falls into the artsy realm. I started testing this recipe for Aimee’s tea party we hosted a few weeks ago, and they were beloved. Even my boys couldn’t get enough of them! So today I get to give you the ins and outs on these fun and colorful cookies.

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Tie Dye Macarons

Making homemade macarons is not for the faint of heart. They require a good deal of precision, time, and effort. Still, the reward of delicate and colorful French cookies is more than enough to get many of us in the kitchen. These tie dye macarons come together like any other recipe. Instead of coloring the batter one single color, we divide it in three and mix up three colors. As the three batters combine in the piping bag, a swirled tie dye effect comes out in the cookie shells. The cookies retain their color and swirl as they bake, and the end result is delightful!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

Give yourself plenty of time when planning for these tie dye macarons. They always take a bit longer than I think they will, and the process is not to be rushed. Thankfully, the cookies keep well at room temperature for days; you can even put them in the freezer! For more on making macarons, check out my other macarons recipes here. Give these cookies a try and let me know what you think! Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

Tie Dye Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple tutorial for colorful swirled macarons. Learn how to make homemade French macarons with a simple buttercream filling. The recipe and tutorial with photos is here on thewoodandspoon.com !

If you like these tie dye macarons you should try:

Pastel Lofthouse Cookies
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Vegan Funfetti Cookies
Marbled Sugar Cookies

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Tie Dye Macarons

Learn how to make colorful homemade tie dye macarons with a simple vanilla cream cheese buttercream filling.

  • Author: Kate Wood (adapted from Tessa Huff)
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 36 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the macaron shells (recipe adapted from Tessa Huff):

  • 11/4 cups plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (158 gm) almond flour
  • 11/4 cups (158 gm) powdered sugar
  • 105 gm egg whites (from 3 or 4 eggs)
  • ½ cup (100 gm) granulated sugar
  • Food coloring, 2-3 colors

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 2 ounces room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two of three baking sheets with parchment paper templates or silicone baking mats set over the templates and fit a large piping bag with a plain round tip.
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and confectioner’s sugar and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the egg whites on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a kitchen scale (precision really matters here!), divide the eggs whites evenly among 3 different bowls. Divide the dry ingredients in thirds as well, adding 1/3 to each bowl of meringue. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each bowl ( I used pink, blue, and yellow) and begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava. Repeat this process with the remaining two bowls of meringue.
  5. Begin filling the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Fold back the top of the bag, and, laying it flat-ish, scrape about ½ of the first color meringue mixture into the bag. Top with the second and third colors. Unfold the bag and squeeze the mixture toward the tip, squeezing out a bit to discard until the colors start swirling in. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside and repeat with the remaining prepared baking sheet(s), refilling your bag as needed. Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the macaron shells once sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Repeat to bake and cool the remaining shells.

To prepare the filling and finish the macarons:

  1. When ready to fill the macaron shells, combine the cream cheese, butter, salt, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  2. Match each macaron shell with another shell of the same size. Pipe a small round of the cream mixture on one half of each match leaving a small 1/8” border around the shell so the cream doesn’t squish all the way out of the sides. Sandwich the frosting with the other shell and allow the macarons to firm up  prior to enjoying.

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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
Peppermint Mocha Macarons

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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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