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Year-End Recap and the 10 Best Recipes of 2023

These are the 10 best recipes of 2023! Check out the most popular recipes from this site this past year, including cookies, bars, biscuits, and more! The recipes are found here on thewoodandspoon.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I cannot tell you how good it feels to say “2024.” Last year was a good one, for sure, but I love the idea of a fresh start. Unlike in past years, I’m entering this January pretty content- fewer resolutions and goals, but really happy about another year of days to spend with the people I love. Is “grateful” the word I’m looking for? Probably. 🙂

Today, I’m giving a bit of recap (a highlight reels, if you will), including the best recipes, tutorials, and more of 2023. Sit tight as we wrap up 2023.

Up first, HER DAILY BREAD!

I’d be remiss if I failed to remind you about my daily devotional (with recipes throughout!), Her Daily Bread. It’s a 365-day book with daily readings beginning on January 1st, and it’s the perfect little nugget to begin you year with. Personal stories, correlating scripture references, and bits of fun and hope sprinkled throughout make this the short and sweet one-a-day reading for the bakers, mothers, daughters, friends, and women in your life. You can find the book at all major booksellers, but I’ll share the amazon link HERE. Please give it a read- I really believe you’ll enjoy it.

Her Daily Bread Kate Wood and Spoon

10 Best Recipes of 2023

Before I get started, did you know I can track the most popular pages on this site? These 10 recipes below are the 10 Best Recipes of 2023- the most visited and baked treats on Wood & Spoon. To be honest, you guys have great taste- these are some of my faves, too. Whether you’re looking for a perfect chocolate chip cookie, my favorite maple pie, or the flakiest overnight buttermilk biscuits, you’re covered. Good job, y’all- you really know how to pick them.

1. Overnight Buttermilk Biscuits
2. Brownie Petit Fours
3. Salted Maple Pie
4. The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
5. Mini Cinnamon Rolls
6. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
7. Peppermint Bark Bread
8. My Best Mini Muffins
9. Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
10. Easy Chewy Brownies

Baking Tutorials

You guys also *loved* the tutorials in 2023, and you know what- I love that about you! We 100% can do new things and tackle challenging stuff in the kitchen. Whether you learned how to lattice a pie, make homemade ice cream, or bake pâte à choux, I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and into the kitchen. I’ll list the top 3 tutorial below, but you can check them all out HERE.

How to Make Homemade Caramel

    You Need to Know How to Make Caramel by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a tutorial with visual cues on how to caramelize sugar. Learn how to know when caramel is done, when to pull caramel off the heat, and how to prevent a crystallized, grainy caramel mess! Learning about caramel is an essential baking skill that you can master today! Read more here on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood caramel sauce, salted, spun sugar, drizzle


    Stacking a Layer Cake


    How to Stack a Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn the tips and how to for stacking pretty naked cakes and layer cakes from scratch homemade! Step by step tutorial with photos for learning can decorating for beginners. Learn about leveling cakes, crumb coats, filling a cake, piping borders, and more. On thewoodandspoon.com


    How to Whip Egg Whites


    You Need to Know How to Whip Egg Whites and Make Meringue Cookies. This is a tutorial on whipping egg whites to firm, stiff, soft, or foamy peaks and how to make a meringue! Learn how to make easter resurrection cookies with pecans and how to troubleshoot what went wrong with your egg whites. Why did they defeat, not fluff up, not whip, etc. Learn how to use up egg whites in this tutorial post on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

    What’s Next in 2024?

    I’m busy daydreaming about what’s to come in the days, weeks, and months that will follow this one. Please know that I just love having you be apart of this journey. I hope 2024 is our tastiest year yet. Happy 2024 and happy baking!

    20 Recipes to Make in 2023 (and a Giveaway!)

    20 Recipes to Bake in 2023 from Wood and Spoon blog. These are 20 of the best baked treats, sweets, and desserts with everything from chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes, pound cake loaves, ice cream, pies, and more. Learn how to make easy simple baking as a new year's resolution on thewoodandspoon.com.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your holiday was full of love, good food, and joy. To celebrate the fresh page that is January, I have two things to offer you: first, a giveaway! Keep reading to learn how to win a copy of my book, HER DAILY BREAD, just in time for the new year. Second, I have rounded up 20 of my personal favorite recipes on Wood & Spoon. If you’ve ever wondered where to begin with the recipes on this site, here it is. Let’s get started!

    A Giveaway!

    (Note: The contest is now closed) This time of year is normally when I jot down resolutions and goals, but I’ll be honest: I’m not sure where to start this year. Surprisingly, the unknown kinda feels good. While any sort of work goal or personal intention might seem hazy from where I sit on January 4th, I do know what I want more of in 2023. Instead, pursuing the things that fill my heart is a pretty good place to start. I want more intentional time with my family, growing friendships, creative and curious endeavors, and a deepening relationship with God. Surely that’s enough to keep me busy the next 365 days.

    If you’re like me in that boat, I want to offer a giveaway for a copy of my book. HER DAILY BREAD is all about how relationship with others, God, and even ourselves intersect with the most simple of things. Plus, with year-long readings and 52 recipes, it’s enough to keep you on pace all year round. If you’d like to win a signed copy, write a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what you want more of in 2023. No resolutions required, just hope and anticipation. Good luck!

    20 Recipes to Make in 2023… in No Particular Order

    Second, here’s a few recipes to make in 2023! These are my most favorite of favorites- salty chocolate chip cookies, the fluffiest red velvet cake, and a creme brûlée custard that is absurd. If you’re looking to expand your baking horizons, these are the recipes to make in 2023.

    20 Recipes to Bake in 2023 from Wood and Spoon blog. These are 20 of the best baked treats, sweets, and desserts with everything from chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes, pound cake loaves, ice cream, pies, and more. Learn how to make easy simple baking as a new year's resolution on thewoodandspoon.com.

    1. Shortbread Cookies
    2. Southern Coconut Cream Pie
    3. Funfetti Cake
    4. Eleven Madison Park Granola
    5. Blueberry Maple Pie
    6. Cookie Dough Truffles
    7. Banana Crumb Cake
    8. Kitchen Sink Cookies
    9. Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
    10. Creamy Rice Pudding
    11. Mini Buttermilk Biscuits
    12. Best Mini Muffins
    13. Creme Brûlée Frozen Custard
    14. Banoffee Pie
    15. Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    16. No-Churn Strawberry Pretzel Pie Ice Cream
    17. Red Velvet Cake
    18. Cinnamon Sugar Cake
    19. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
    20. Marble Loaf Pound Cake

    Does this get you ready to bake!?!? I hope so. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, and let me know what you’re looking forward to in 2023. Happy Wednesday, y’all, and as always, happy baking!