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White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Learning new stuff as an adult is hard, right? As a kid, we pop off our training wheels or picked up a new instrument like it was no problem, with no hesitation at all. My kids race up and down stairs and climb on jungle gyms with no fear because it simply doesn’t exist for them. But us adults? Man, that stuff is for the birds. This past week we traveled to Vail, Colorado for a few days of skiing with friends and our 6-year old, Aimee. This was my third time skiing in my life, and it never seems to get any easier. Physically, my body is okay with it, but mentally, I’m a train wreck. By the amount of fear in my eyes, you’d guess I was on a double black diamond with zero visibility, but in reality, I’m going 0.7 MPH on a slope that is basically flat. The anxiety is totally irrational, I know, but there’s no denying it’s there.

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

At the same token, I’ve also taken up piano. Although I took lessons briefly as a middle schooler, 20 years away from the keys have faded most of whatever skill I acquired in that little time. Even so, I’m loving the chance to experiment and dabble in something that feels new. It’s challenging, no doubt, but the whole process also instills a sense of pride. Like, hey! Check out this old dog learning new tricks! We as humans aren’t wired to just sit back and play it safe, even though that’s what we usually end up doing. While it’s okay to stay in your wheelhouse and plug away at whatever your gifting is, it’s also incredibly fulfilling to step out of our comfort zones and into something new. When you succeed, even if it’s just skiing the beginner hill or playing something silly like “Chopsticks,” it changes something. You’re bolstered with a confidence to do more, press in, or risk it with something new. Do you know what I mean? Skiing is probably not for me, but I’m proud to say that trying new stuff isn’t just for kids. It’s for me and you too.

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate raspberry tarts are a new-t0-me sort of thing. I’m no stranger to ganache (remember my tutorial from a couple of years ago?) , but I’ve never made fruit-flavored ganache. The slightest bit of fresh raspberry juice makes these white chocolate raspberry tarts the prettiest shade of pink, and I think they may be the perfect treats for any of your upcoming Valentine’s Day events. Would you judge me if I told you that I added the raspberries 100% for that aesthetic pink? (Spoiler Alert: I totally did.)

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start with a simple press-in crust. Butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and flour come to together in a crumbly, shortbread-esque crust that gets pressed into the bottoms of 6 teeny tart pans. I like the ones with the removable bottoms so that they all pop out nicely. After baking, the white chocolate raspberry tarts are filled with the ganache. Fresh raspberries are pressed of their juice and warmed on the stove with some heavy cream. The warm mixture gets sent through a sieve to remove any seeds and combined with the white chocolate. Once combined, the mixture is pale pink, smooth, and ready to pour into the prepared tart shells.

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the ganache has set up, the white choclate raspberry tarts are ready for serving! You can decorate them with whipped cream, fresh berries, or even extra chocolate and dried roses like I did here. After all, what’s more romantic for Valentine’s Day than chocolate and roses? Give these little tarts a try and let me know what you think! Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all, and happy baking!

White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts by Wood and Spoon. These are white chocolate and raspberry ganache tarts topped with whipped cream and filled into a shortbread press in crust. These pink tarts are cute for Valentine's Day or any other pinkies out kind of event. Find the recipe and how to for these simple make ahead treats on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these white chocolate raspberry tarts you should try:

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart
Blood Orange Swirl Cheesecake Tarts
Raspberry Streusel Cake
Berry Rhubarb Tart

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White Chocolate Raspberry Tarts

These white chocolate raspberry tarts have a fruit ganache filling and a soft shortbread crust. Plus they’re pink- so cute!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups (180 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups (210 gm) all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • Scant 2 cups (300 gm) white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (140 gm) fresh or frozen and thawed raspberries
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) heavy whipping cream

For decoration:

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Grated white chocolate
  • Lemon zest
  • Whipped cream
  • Whatever sounds delicious!

Instructions

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioner’s sugar and stir on low until combined. Stir the flour in on low until a crumbly mixture forms. When you press it between your fingers it should pack like wet sand. Divide the mixture between the 6- 4” tart pans with removable bottoms (I used about ½ cup in each pan) and press into the sides and bottom of the pan in an even layer. I find it’s easiest to press into the sides first and then smooth the remaining dough into the bottom. Place the tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to pan until firm, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven to cool completely.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Pour the white chocolate chips in a microwave and heat-safe bowl. Combine the raspberries and heavy cream in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-low heat. Use a potato masher to crush the raspberries and release their juices as your slowly heat the mixture. Once mashed and the mixture has barely began to bubble, remove from heat and use a fine mesh sieve to strain the mixture into the bowl of the white chocolate chips. Use a rubber spatula to smoosh any remaining juice or cream into the bowl but keep the raspberry seeds out (unless you’re into that kind of thing!) Use a whisk to stir the mixture and melt the white chocolate chips. If they don’t melt down completely, put the bowl into the microwave for 10 second increments to melt. Keep stirring and microwaving until all of the chocolate has melted. Divide the mixture into each cooled tart shell and allow to set up until completely firm. I like to do this at room temperature as opposed to the fridge. Some bubbles may pop up in the first few minutes and you can use a toothpick to pop those if you want. Once the tarts have set up you can place in the fridge to chill (if you want) or just go ahead and garnish and serve! 

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

The lull between Christmas and New Year’s Day is some kind of serious. My level of initiative, which is normally leaping off the charts, is unreasonably low this time of year, and my primary MO is to just chill. Honestly, it’s been really nice to let baking and writing and work sit on the back burner of my brain and let these days be whatever the end up being. In our house, that’s meant lots of pajama-wearing, some Christmas clean-up, and the continued over-consumption of sugar cookies and decaf coffee. My kids are loving lazy Mom mode, and, to be frank, I am too. It’s not forever, but it’s a good fit for these days.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

With a new year decade just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want my story to read. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do think this fresh page is a great time to re-evaluate goals, priorities, and desires. Who do I want to be? What do I need to make room for within my family and household? What needs to top my list on a day to day basis? 2019 was a stretching year for me. Career-wise, I stepped into some new things that were previously foreign. I tested the waters in some areas and am still learning to recover from the belly flops. At home, we did some stretching in the literal sense too. Baby number three (It’s a girl! Wait, no, It’s a Boy!) grew and arrived in 2019 and we all scooted closer to make room for the precious new life that was introduced to our world. My husband’s business shifted gears, we settled into a new home, and  life looks entirely different than it did this time last December. Growth, in every sense of the word, was all over our year, and while there were some pains in that growing I’m hoping that some of what we learned along the way had a chance to seep in.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

I’m not sure what my word for 2020 is. I don’t yet have a clear picture of what I want life to look like, but I’m eager to bring some of that growth from 2019 along for the ride. In the meantime, thank you sweet readers for walking through this past year with my family. My hope is that, via stories and recipes, you found yourself well-fed this year. Maybe you welcomed new friends to your table or worked up the nerve to braid your first babka. Maybe you laughed on a day when you felt like crying or finally felt confident enough to whip an egg white. Whatever the case, I’m grateful for all of the emails and kind words from you all, because your pictures of cheesecakes and stories of successes feel like tiny victories for me. I’m happy we’ve shared cookies and pies and cocktails this year, and I’m eager for more in the coming months. It might all look a little different in 2020, but I think it’s still going to be sweet.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are delicious. I took my peanut butter caramel pretzel cookies and whizzed the recipe into something nut-free and extra-sweet and salty. These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are rich and chewy treats loaded with caramel goodness and just enough salt to offset all the sugar. They’re rather simple and I think you’ll find them to be a crowd pleaser. I know I did. Check out the instructions for the how-to on these white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies below, and if you get to try them, let me know what you think! Happy New Year, friends. 2020 is going to be a ball.

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

If you like these white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies you should try:

Molten Carrell Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

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White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are white chocolate chip cookies filled with caramel bits and nibs and chunks of salted pretzels. These sweet and salty cookies make terrific group desserts for a crowd and are a delicious treat. Learn how to make these melted butter cookies with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These white chocolate caramel pretzel cookies are loaded with sweet and salty flavor as well as chewy and crunchy texture!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (405 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup caramel baking bits, caramel chips, or diced caramels
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
  • ¾ cup chopped salted pretzels  (OR chopped pecans- your choice!)
  • Flaked salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat on the stove, being sure to not let it boil. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and extract. Add the flour, soda, powder, and salt and fold the mixture together until combined. Add in the caramel, white chocolate, and either pretzels or pecans. Fold to combine. Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of dough. Roll them gently and space them out 2” apart on the baking sheets. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt if desired.  Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are baked through. Allow to cool prior to enjoying!

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (With Option For Vegan Too!)

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Have you been wondering what holiday treat to make? Are you in need of a terrific tasting last minute cookie to share with the out of town crazies, next door neighbors, and hostesses you’ll be interacting with over the next few days? WELL LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE: a list of must-bake cookies and a brand new recipe for white chocolate peppermint cookies.  They’re festive, deliciously chewy, and even have an option to be vegan if you’re into that sort of thing. Could this be the prom queen cookie of Christmas 2019? I’ll let you decide, but first, here’s a few old faves.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

  1. Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookies Muscovado sugar makes these cookies intensely rich and complex in flavor.
  2. Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies This is my Mimi’s recipe that I grew up eating. Soft, fluffy cookies with a thick frosting- an absolutely perfect choice for the kiddos to help decorate.
  3. Cookies and Cream Cookies I took chocolate sandwich cookies and revamped them into white chocolate chip drop cookies. Basically a cookie in a cookie. #miracleshappen
  4. Citrus Shortbread Zesty citrus and and a sweet glaze adorn these buttery shortbread cookies.
  5. Cookies and Cream Sandwich Cookies Yep, it’s the same cookie from #3, but I stuffed it with frosting. GENIUS.
  6. Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies Soft sugar cookies are scented with lemon zest and stuffed with raspberry jam. Perfect for those fruit flavor lovers.
  7. Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies An all-time favorite cookie of mine. It’s sweet, salty, and loaded with texture.
  8. Espresso Caramel Thumbprint Cookies The traditional thumbprint cookie is given a grown-up makeover with an espresso-scented caramel and sea salt.
  9. Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies A unique twist on the classic chocolate chipper.
  10. Toffee Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate and coffee is always a win. These have so much flavor.
  11. Brown Sugar Shortbread Perfect for gifting and a great option to use with cookie cutters!
  12. Peppermint Olive Oil Chocolate Cookies Mint and chocolate is my favorite pairing since PB&J.
  13. Funfetti Cookies These plus Christmas sprinkles would be seriously festive!
  14. Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Brett’s favorite cookie. A simple chewy chocolate cookie filled with a mint ganache. YUM.
  15. Fluffernutter Cookies Marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and peanut butter join forces to make a fun and nostalgic cookie that is VEGAN.
  16. Triple Chocolate Cookies Triple the chocolate, triple the flavor, triple the fun.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Okay, have I whet your appetite? Are you ready for the main event? These white chocolate peppermint cookies are chewy with crunchy bits of peppermint throughout. The white chocolate pairs deliciously with the minty candies, and (BONUS!) these cookies can be made 100% vegan. The recipe is a play on my favorite vegan chocolate chunk cookies, so you can expect the same toothy bites and decadent flavors throughout. All of the ingredients can be combined in a single bowl and the entire recipe takes less than 30 minutes from start to end of baking.

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’d like to keep these white chocolate peppermint cookies vegan, be sure to snag some vegan white chocolate and peppermint candy pieces at the store. In my research, I found that Brach’s brand peppermints were vegan, but if you’re not set on making a vegan cookies, no problem! Just use whichever white chocolate chips/bars and mints/candy canes that you prefer. I tested this recipe with a couple of different varieties and had no problems. Do note that any candy pieces you press on top of the cookies will get tacky and chewy over time if exposed at room temperature for a long time. If you plan to serve them quickly, go ahead and leave some candies on top of your rounds of dough, otherwise just mix them right into the batter.

I hope the next few days are merry and bright in your home. Merry Christmas to you guys and HAPPY BAKING!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (With Option For Vegan Too!)

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are vegan cookies with chunks of candy cane and bits of chopped white chocolate chips throughout. The cookie is made with a flaxseed egg and stays chewy throughout. Perfect for holiday and Christmas baking plates and parties and fun to make with kids! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate peppermint cookies are a festive vegan option for your holiday table!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) coconut oil, firm not liquid
  • 6 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 11/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (180 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegan white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed vegan peppermint candies, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare one or two large baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside for at least five minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, cane sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla, beating on medium speed just until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat just to combine. Add the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt and stir just to combine. Add the white chocolate and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop out small balls (I use a medium cookie scoop) of dough and place them two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven about 9 minutes or until the cookies have set around the edges. Quickly remove the sheet pan from the oven and sprinkle the tops of each generously with crushed peppermint candies. Return to the oven for one more minute or until set and allow to cool completely before enjoying.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Coming in hot with the another Christmasy treat! I love mint chocolate things all year round, but there’s nothing quite as festive as the red and white stripe of a winter candy cane. This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a festive crowd pleaser that feels fitting for the season and is sure to land you on the nice list of everyone you share it with.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Last week Brett and I traveled to Chicago for a quick 48 hours of food with friends. I got to visit with my brother and do some big city shopping with my BFF, so it ended up being a really special way to kick off December. We tried out a few new restaurants, had an abundance of delightful cocktails, and even checked off a bucket list meal at Alinea. Truly, a good time was had by all, and I was tickled to squeeze in all the laughter and fellowship we experienced. One of my favorite things I love about traveling during the holidays is all of the festive decor. The gussied-up department stores and tinsel-draped trees speckled about the city really help me to get in spirit of Christmas, so I did my best to take in as much as possible. Our hotel, The Langham, contributed to the spirit with little welcome gifts of jarred cocoa, homemade marshmallows, and white chocolate peppermint cookies. YUM. I attempted to save all of the treats for Aimee and George, but, LOL, we all know how that effort went. I tucked those little cookies away for myself like any self-respecting mother would do, and I have zero shame about that.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is one of those things you’ll wish you could hide for yourself. A chocolate cookie crust loaded with Kerrygold butter hosts the white chocolate peppermint filling, and the whole cake is done up with speckled of crushed candy canes and peppermint bark. The richness of this cheesecake is offset with the bright minty candy pieces, and I love the combination of the textured crust with the fluffy cake. Cheesecake is one of those things that feels fitting for the holidays, and the peppermint white chocolate cheesecake really knocks it out fo the park. Let me tell you how to make it.

To prep this dessert, we start with the crust. Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies come together with a whole lot of Kerrygold butter to make a tender, melt-in-your-mouth crust. Kerrygold is a higher fat butter, so you can expect this crust to have more flavor and extra texture when you use that here. The filling for this white peppermint white chocolate cheesecake starts as most others. Room temperature cream cheese is beat until smooth and creamy. Sugar, eggs, and the liquid ingredients come next, and the final mixture is poured through a sieve to ensure it is perfectly smooth. After baking, the cheesecake is slowly cooled, topped with whipped cream, and decorated with crushed peppermints and bark. Can you say, “Mega Yum”?

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

There are a few things to keep in mind when making a dessert like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. First, it is essential to use room temperature ingredients. The cheesecake will be lumpy and unevenly mixed if you throw in cold items. Using room temperature ingredients ensure that your cheesecake it allowed to cream properly. Pay attention to mixing times as well! An over-whipped cheesecake will develop air pockets that can make it puff and bake weird. Just don’t do it, okay? Finally, I do recommend following the instructions for the water bath here. Again, the water bath will help to ensure even baking, and don’t you know it would be hugely disappointing to go through alllll the work for this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake only to have it burn or end up soupy and cratered in the oven? Trust the process and keep an eye on your cake while it’s in the oven if you’re new to baking cheesecake. The extra steps feel like a lot of work but it’s worth it.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post! By now you already know how much and why I adore their products, but I especially lean on them when I’m making special treats like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. Check out their products at your nearest grocery store or find a retailer here! Get in the holiday spirit with this recipe sometime this week and let me know how you like it. Happy baking!

If you like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake you should try:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

S’mores Cheesecake

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

 

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Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a delicious make ahead dessert for the holidays and features a chocolate cookie crust!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/2 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 10 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 lbs (4 blocks) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, if desired
  • Crushed peppermints or chopped peppermint bark, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-9 minutes. Set aside while you prep your filling.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. In a double boiler simmering over water on low heat, gently melt the white chocolate, stirring regularly. Do not let it overheat or it may seize. Remove from heat while you prep the rest of your filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  4. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the extracts and the heavy cream. Stir and scoop one cup of the mixture into the melted white chocolate and stir quickly to barely combine. Add the mixture to the cheesecake batter and stir just until smooth.
  5. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  6. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  7. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Feel free to cover the cheesecake with a sheet of aluminum foil if it appear to be getting too dark. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  8. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.
  9. When ready to serve, garnish with whipped cream and the crushed candies. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  2. I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  3. The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

At any given moment, if you open our fridge or freezer, there’s bound to be a few hidden gems. Tucked in the farthest corner, say, behind a jar of pickles and last nights leftovers, you’re likely to find a secret plate of dessert that no one knows about… except for me. If you, like me, live with a bunch of hungry little people, you know the importance of staking a claim on the good stuff while you have a chance, so today I’m going to share the recipe for this double chocolate ganache tart, a dessert that I stuck a flag in and called my own.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When you’re raising toddlers, it seems as if they exist on the grass that they perceive to be not so green. Example: Aimee wants the toy George is playing with, and George wants to sit in Aimee’s chair. If George orders chicken, he wants Daddy’s sandwich. If Aimee asks for grapes she will eat Mommy’s cheese. It’s a never-ending back and forth of one-upping and musical chairs, and frankly, it’s exhausting.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Listen. There are very few things that I can claim as mine. My time, my car, my body, and basically anything else that one would think they could manage on their own is up for grabs when kids are involved. So when I make something like this double chocolate ganache tart, you better believe I’m hiding it. I’m wrapping it in foil and hiding it behind scary leftovers. I’m labeling it as something terrifying like “vegan meatball mash” or “overcooked broccoli,” and when I’m certain the children have fallen asleep, I sneak to the fridge. Gingerly, as quiet as I can be, I unwrap it, take a few bites, and return it to the fridge before anyone knows I’m even in the kitchen. Stealth is of the utmost importance when food is involved, and this tactic is especially important when hosting guests like a mother in law, cousins, or a sweet-toothed sister. You gotta James Bond to and from the fridge if you want that dessert all to yourself.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So why is this double chocolate ganache tart so special? For one, it’s got the sweet and salty flavor vibe that you know is my jam. The crust here is a pretzel and brown sugar combo held together by loads of shimmery liquid gold (aka BUTTER) and baked until it tastes like a caramelized crunch. The filling is rich with two layers of ganache, one white and one bittersweet, layered on top of one another in a balance of flavor that is almost too perfect to describe. I’m always one for a rich chocolate tart, but here, with the addition of the white chocolate, the flavor isn’t overwhelmingly bitter and it makes for a dessert that keeps you coming back for bite after bite.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This double chocolate ganache tart is being brought to you today by my friends at Kerrygold! If a luxe dessert calls for butter, I always depend on Kerrygold to bring it in terms of flavor and quality. Here, butter holds together our deliciously salted crust and plays a role in smoothing out the ganache so that is has a melt-in-your-mouth kind of feel. Butter makes everything better, but especially the secret treats you sneak for yourself. You’ve earned quality butter, so definitely depend on it for this double chocolate ganache tart.

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you have a chance, I hope you’ll make this double chocolate ganache tart this week! In the meantime, I’m going to be developing my idea for a branded tupperware that is labeled “last week’s meatloaf” or “salmon-flavored dog kibble.” You know, something to keep the wandering paws away. Don’t you think that would sell? Have a great week and pop by again later this week for a second recipe that is going to transition us to the fall flavors you’ve been waiting for. Happy baking!

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this double chocolate ganache tart you should try:

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

Pretzel Millionaire Bars

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse

 

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Double Chocolate Ganache Tart

Double Chocolate Ganache Tart by Wood and Spoon. This is a pretzel and brown sugar crust filled with two types of ganache. First, a white chocolate ganache and then a rich dark chocolate ganache. Learn how to make easy ganache for this beautiful make ahead fruit and chocolate tart in a sweet and salty press in pie crust. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This double chocolate ganache tart features two layers of ganache and a sweet and salty pretzel crust.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 5 ounces of pretzels
  • 1/4 cup (55 gm) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup /1 stick (115 gm) of unsalted butter, melted

For the white chocolate ganache:

  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the dark chocolate ganache:

  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, whiz the pretzels, brown sugar, and salt until the pretzels are crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine. Alternatively, you can crush the pretzel and stir the other ingredients in to combine.
  3. Pat out the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 10″ tart pan. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until set. Set aside to cool while you prepare your ganache.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Pour the white chocolate into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Gently heat the heavy whipping cream for the white chocolate ganache on the stove over medium-low heat. Once the cream around the edges of the pan start barely bubbling (don’t overheat it!), remove the pan from the stove and pour over the white chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Add the butter and whisk to incorporate. Pour the white chocolate ganache into the bottom of the pretzel crust and spread to smooth. Put the pan into the freezer or fridge to set up quickly while you prep your dark chocolate ganache.
  2. To prepare the dark chocolate ganache, repeat the process as used for the white chocolate ganache. When the white chocolate ganache is fairly set, pour the dark chocolate ganache on top and spread the smooth. Allow the tart to rest until the ganache is set. Garnish with fleur de sel and either fruit or additional pretzels. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

You guys know me by now. I take any and every excuse for celebration and do my best to turn it into a full-on party. Maybe it’s because I love my friends; maybe it’s because I love seeing fresh-cut flowers and balloons scattered about my house. Whatever the case may be, I adore the party planning process, particularly as it pertains to selecting a menu and theme. These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets were among the goodies I shared at a gathering a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to get to chat about them with you all today as the last installment of this year’s #monthofchocolate.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I attend a couple’s small group at our church on Sunday mornings. It’s a mix of couples, mostly married and some not, ranging in age from late twenties to late fifties-ish, and it is such a healthy and life-giving thing for us. In an effort to get out of the “classroom” and really just have fun, we decided to have a Valentine’s Day Italian dinner. I bought big, shiny heart-shaped balloons and tacky heart confetti and banners to put around my house. We drank wine and ate big pans of my mother-in-law’s lasagna by the candlelight provided from leftover glass votives and tea lights from our wedding. It was entirely cheesy and unnecessary, but even as I sit here typing, I’m totally smiling big because it was just so fun. It feels good to unplug, connect, and have silly, easy conversation with people that love you back.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Dessert was all chocolate, partly due to theme and partly out of sheer convenience. In the throws of testing recipes for #monthofchocolate, I was overrun with test batches of flourless chocolate cake, vegan fluffernutter cookies, and these cutie little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to share bites of tester tastes to friends who wouldn’t judge a work in progress recipe. All in all, the night was terrific, and I’m thrilled that you get a taste of that evening today with this elegant and simple recipe.

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are a variation of a no-bake cheesecake that I’ve been making for years. The crust is a sweet and crumbly shortbread and is the only portion of the recipe that requires any time in the oven at all. With few ingredients involved, I lean on Kerrygold’s salted butter for flavor and quality. As with most shortbreads, the flavor of this crust is seriously buttery, and I prefer to use a product that has the just-right balance between sweet and salty. This crust, quite literally, melts in your mouth and there’s not doubt in my mind that Kerrygold butter plays a starring role in that.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

The filling here (made in the microwave, btw!) is nothing more than cream cheese, chopped white chocolate, and a little bit of sugar and vanilla for flavor. The mixture gets folded into whipped cream and it sets up in the fridge to a soft-cheesecake consistency. The fancy show-stopper of these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets is the blood orange swirl. A simple sauce made from blood orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch comes together on the stove and sets to a thick saucy consistency. The mixture can be used in a number of ways (think flavored cocktails, cake fillings, toast toppings, and ice cream compotes!), but here, we use it for it’s floral tang, mild sweetness, and stunning color. You can use a store-bought jam or sauce here in a pinch, but I love putting that fleeting winter produce to use.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I finished off the white chocolate cheesecake tartlets with candied walnuts that I purchased from the store, but this is entirely unnecessary. You can serve solo or opt to finish off with more sauce, whipped cream, or even little ginger cookie crumbles. Find something with texture in your pantry and HAVE AT IT. These little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are seriously adaptable and would be complimented by a multitude of toppings.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring these little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. Be sure to grab a pack (or five!) of their butter for baking up these little tartlets and more. Any dessert this special deserves the added bonus of quality, uncompromised butter, and you can expect that with Kerrygold. I hope you all have enjoyed this year’s #monthofchocolate and I look forward to getting back to business in March with tons of all new words and recipes. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

If you like these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets you should check out:

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tartlets

 

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are mini no-bake cheesecakes swirled with a simple blood orange sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the blood orange sauce:

  • 1 pound blood oranges
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the shortbread crusts:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 5.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the blood orange jam:

  1. Peel, slice and seed the blood oranges, being sure to remove as much of the pith (white skin on fruit) as possible, as this will cause the jam to taste bitter. Puree the fruit in a blender or fruit processor until a pulpy juice forms. Pour the juice into a saucepan and whisk in the sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Turn the heat to medium and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes until thickened slightly. Turn off the heat, skim the bubbles off the top and and place in a heat-safe container to chill in the fridge to at least room temp.

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir on low until a crumbly mixture forms. When you press it between your fingers it should pack like wet sand. Divide the mixture between the 6- 4” tart pans with removable bottoms (I used just shy of ½ cup in each pan) and press into the sides and bottom of the pan in an even layer. I find it’s easiest to press into the sides first and then smooth the remaining dough into the bottom. Place the tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to pan until firm, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven to cool completely.

To prepare the tarts:

  1. Combine the white chocolate and cream cheese in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals, stirring regularly afterwards. This allows the white chocolate to melt gently. Continue this process until the clumps of white chocolate combine smoothly with the softened cream cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla and heavy whipping cream and whip until medium peaks form. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then fold the remaining whipped cream in until smooth. Be careful to not overwork it. Fill the cooled tart dishes with some of the cream cheese mixture, about 2/3 of the way full, alternating with some of the blood orange jam. I use about 2 tablespoons of sauce in each tart pan. Once the tart pans are filled, use a toothpick to gently swirl the two mixtures together. If you ended up with a big glob of cream cheese on top you can drop a few rounds of sauce on top to make pretty swirls. Place the finished tarts in the fridge to set up. Prior to eating, pull the tarts out of the fridge, pop the tarts out of the pan, and allow to rest at room temp for about 15-20 minutes to allow the crust to soften slightly. Top with toasted walnuts, if desired.

Notes

  • You can substitute in a different jam or preserves for the blood orange sauce. Just loosen it a bit with water until it reaches sauce consistency.

This post has been sponsored by Kerrygold. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. 

Sweet and Savory Rugelach

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Y’all, I am about as merry as a box of candy canes right now. We have, quite literally, one million things in the air right now- a house we’re building, a potential move-in date a week away, work deadlines,  end of year birthdays and parties- but I am determined to be the most holly jolly Mom of two munchkins this side of the North Pole. Never mind that my house looks like a corrugated box and styrofoam explosion; who cares that I haven’t showered, like, at all this week. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas! (10 points if you can name that movie quote!)

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Last weekend I tried to get the kids in the Christmas spirit with a few traditional activities. We made a gingerbread house (LOL), visited Santa Claus at a local church, and even went decorated sugar cookies. We saw “The Grinch” for the third time and sang Christmas music all day. I even bought a tiny white tinsel tree with mini bulbs for the kids to decorate in lieu of the larger tree we will have at our new house. Aimee decorated the tree and then immediately whined about it not being large enough to put presents under. *Not today, Satan, not today.*

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Basically what I’m trying to say is that I’m trying to do my part even in kinda weird, hectic circumstances. Lest you think I’m doing this out of a Mom-guilt obligation or some incessant need to Keep Up With The Jones’, let me assure you that these efforts are almost 100% selfish; I just really love Christmas, okay? So while we wax poetic about the Baby Jesus and drink lukewarm, child-safe cocoa out of plastic cups, let me introduce you to a holiday treat that I think you’re really going to like: sweet and savory rugelach. 

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m new to the ruglech train. I’ve tried to make it in the past a number of times, usually without any success, but this was the first time that I was super happy with the results. One dough with two fillings- a sweet and savory- to make a treat that is suitable for appetizer snacks or end-of-dinner desserts. I’m sharing today’s recipes with my BFFs at Diamond of California, who are my go-to for all things nuts. I used their marcona almonds with white chocolate for the sweet rugelach and their whole walnuts for a blue cheese and fig spread savory option. Both are divine, so if you’re in the holiday spirit, break out your nutcrackers and let’s dive in!

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Here’s what I know about rugelach: it’s a moist dough traditionally made mainly with flour, butter, and cream cheese. The filling options here are endless, but they’re almost always rolled into bitty spiral cookies that are baked until almost crisp. In the past, I’ve had trouble getting my dough to hold its shape in the oven and have ended up with flat, sad-looking crescent roll things. With a smidge more flour and more time to chill the dough, I found that the treats hold up pretty well in the oven. You can swap out your fillings here as you please, just be sure that you keep your dough the same. Don’t use too much moist filling or too many dry ingredients in the centers, or you may find yourself with a mess on your hands. Swapping out nuts or chocolate varieties is totally fine here- experiment! 

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

A few notes: the sweet rugelach tends to ooze it’s buttery-sugar filling during the baking process. I noticed that even a change in pans yielded slightly different outcomes. If you notice that your cookies are baking in a pool of butter about halfway through, carefully remove the pan from the oven and drain off any excess. Make sure they’re far enough in the baking process that they’ll stay put on the pan, or you may end up dumping your treats down the drain! If you don’t want to risk it- no problem. I just like this for keeping the bottoms as crisp as the tops. Keeping your dough cold and your oven the right temp as the pans go in will help to prevent some of this as well. As for the savory rugelach, if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, feel free to try gorgonzola, feta, or whatever! I love how the salty blue cheese balances with the sweet fig spread, but to each his own. 

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

One final plug for Diamond of California: their nuts are the bomb. You can expect consistent, excellent product from them every time. Pick up a few bags at the store and give them a try yourself! The Whole Walnuts are perfect for this time of year when we all have our nutcrackers out already. They make a great addition to our desserts, bellies, and even table centerpieces, so jump on this train ASAP. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make this site possible. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals and Happy Baking!

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this sweet and savory rugelach you should try:

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Pistachio Honey Bars

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies

 

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Sweet and Savory Rugelach

Sweet and Savory Rugelach by Wood and Spoon blog. These are traditional rugelach cookies made two ways: one with a blue cheese, fig spread, and Diamond Walnuts filling, and another made with white chocolate and Marcona almonds. The savory cookie is a perfect small bite appetizer for holiday gatherings and the white chocolate one is a decadent dessert. The pastry here flakes up and crisps almost like pastry dough. Try these yummy holiday treats with the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

One dough creates two cookies- a sweet and savory rugelach. Switch up the filling options to create the treat of your choice. Perfect for the holidays!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cold and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream

For the fig, walnut, and blue cheese filling:

  • ¼ cup fig spread
  • 11/2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup (40 gm) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • For the white chocolate almond filling:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (50 gm) finely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup (30 gm) finely chopped marcona almonds
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • Sprinkling or sanding sugar

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. Pulse the flour and salt in a food processor to combine. Add the butter, cream cheese, and sour cream and pulse, pulse, pulse the mixture until a dough comes together. Don’t overwork it. Pat the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a flat round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well-set, a couple of hours or even overnight.
  2. When ready to assemble, roll your disk out onto a lightly floured surface into a round circle, about 1/8-1/4” thick. Make sure your dough isn’t sticking to your surface before you add your filling! For the savory rugelach, spread the fig spread all over the entirety of the dough circle and then sprinkle on the blue cheese and walnuts. For the sweet rugelach, use a pastry brush to paint on the butter and then evenly sprinkle on the white chocolate and almonds. Use a sharp chef’s knife or a pizza cutter to cut the circle into 16 equal-sized wedges. The fat end of each wedge will be about 1” thick. Starting with the wide end, tightly roll up the rugelach until they’re little spiral dough pieces and place each one on a small parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Be sure your wedges are tightly rolled so that the rugelach don’t come unrolled in the oven. Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes or the fridge for an hour to chill.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove from the fridge and brush the whisked egg all over each pastry. Sprinkle sugar on the white chocolate pastries. Bake in the preheated oven about 30 minutes, or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool some before serving.

This post is sponsored by Diamond of California. Dough recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

 

 

 

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to you, friends! I hope your day has started with a joyful heart and a healthy amount of coffee. Today I’m sharing a little early morning entertainment along with a simple recipe for these crowd pleasing cookies and cream cookies. If you’re into cookies stuffed with more cookies, this is the obnoxious treat you’ll want to check out today. But first, let’s get into the morning round-up!

Kids Try 100 Years of Thanksgiving Sides

Bon Appétit has started a video series in which they film young kids trying new foods. In this episode, the kids taste test traditional Thanksgiving side dishes from the early 1900’s to present day. The results are hilarious and I can only imagine what my kiddos would say if I offered them oyster shooters or peanut soup. HA!

Family Dinner, Redefined

In my house, mealtimes are often a joke. It’s a tabletop war zone of flying carrots and machine-gunned peas. This article from Epicurious lists 18 practical ways to make dinnertime a bit less insane. I can already say that I’ll be getting on board with numbers 7, 8, and 14. Give it a read!

Julia Roberts’ Film Career in Less Than 10 Minutes

Ok, it wouldn’t be a Sunday round-up without a little James Corden. Here, he helps Julia Roberts act out HER ENTIRE FILM CAREER (!?!?!) in a short span of 10 minutes. It’s pretty clever and reminded me that I need to dust off a few VHS tapes that I’ve got in storage. Run Away Bride, anyone?

17 Restaurants Worth Planning a Trip Around

The folks at Travel + Leisure know their stuff when it comes to exploring new hot spots. In this article, they’ve outlined a list of 17 restaurants that are worth hopping a flight for. I’ve only been to one on the list, but there’s several that I’m dying to try. Have you been to any of these? Are they worth the hype?

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

You’re busy, I know. So let’s keep simplifying our life and cut out some of that Thanksgiving day stress, shall we? Food52 has complied a list of freezer-friendly sides that you could literally make today and reheat come Thanksgiving day. This is like the fairy godmother of meal planning, so make a point of checking it out.

People Will Buy Anything 

And this week on “People Will Buy Anything,” my favorite store, Madewell, has begun stocking Carhartt. Yes, Carhartt- the durable workwear brand that people like my husband wear. You know, the pants that are as thick as a piece of canvas-wrapped cardboard and require about 3 yards of fabric to make? The ones that have approximately 27 pockets and 3 hammer loops? Yes, those pants. Madewell was really scraping the bottom of the barrel when they started stocking Carhartt.  If I spend OVER ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS on a sweatshirt anytime soon, you can bet it won’t be a quality item I could pick up at the hardware store. Now this sweatshirt on the other hand… this I’d wear.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Okay, lets talk coooookieees! What is not to be thrilled about when you’re talking Oreo and white chocolate chip filled cookies!? This is the stuff dreams are made of! These cookies and cream cookies are a cinch to make and are a treat that literally anyone can rally behind. Unless, of course, you’re the person who doesn’t like cookies, in which case, WHO EVEN ARE YOU?

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start the usual way. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is getting well incorporated. Next comes the dry ingredients- flour, salt, and leavening. Once your dough has been prepared, we add the mix-ins. This recipe calls for a couple cups worth of chopped Oreos. It’s important to not reduce your Oreos to a fine crumb, otherwise your dough will be way too dry and crumbly. No bueno. Instead, keep a 1/2″chop on your Oreos and get excited to have a teensy bit of crunch in every bite of these cookies and cream cookies. The white chocolate chips and Oreos get stirred in before balls of dough are baked in the oven.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These cookies and cream cookies are fab on their own. I see no further treatment necessary. BUT! If you’re feeling ultra-sassy, why not whip up a sweet frosting to make sandwich cookies. Yes, then they’d be sandwich cookies stuffed with sandwich cookies, and I totally understand if that’s the kid of thing that makes your mind explode.  

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.comCookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Truth be told, the cream-filled cookies and cream cookies are next-level sweet. If you like your sugary desserts extra-sweet then the cream filling is right up your alley, otherwise just stick with the regular old cookies and cream cookies and save those extra calories for later. Because health.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to y’all! Give these cookies and cream cookies a shot and let me know what you think!

If you like these cookies and cream cookies, you should check out:

Funfetti Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies 

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These cookies and cream cookies are soft and chewy, Oreo cookie stuffed cookies with white chocolate chips!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
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Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • ¾ (150 gm) cup sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 21/4 (270 gm) cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (180 gm) white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (360 gm) roughly crushed Oreos or chocolate sandwich cookies

For the filling:

  • 6 tablespoons 85 gm) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) shortening
  • 3 cups (375 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two baking sheets by covering them with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, beating on low until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda and then add this mixture to the butter and sugar. Stir on low just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in or stir on low the white chocolate chips and Oreo pieces (see notes).
  3. Scoop out 3 tablespoon sized balls of dough (I used a large cookie scoop) for large cookies or 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough (medium cookie scoop) for smaller cookies. Roll the balls quickly in your hands for smooth cookies. Space out dough balls three inches apart (2 inches if using smaller dough balls) on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (9-10 minutes for smaller dough balls), or until the edges are set and the centers are beginning to set. The cookies may look slightly underdone when you pull them out of the oven. Allow to cool briefly before enjoying!

For the filling:

  1. To prepare the optional filling, cream together the butter and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and mix on low until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth and creamy. You can add a bit of milk or water to thin out if desired. Spread the filling in between two cookies and sandwich together!

Notes

  • I used a combination of roughly chopped Oreos and smaller crumbled Oreos for these cookies. With a finer crumb, the cookies appear darker, but the larger chunks of Oreo give you a crunchy bite of sandwich cookie in every cookies.
  • If you use a bit too much finely crumbed Oreos, the dough may seem a little dry. The cookies will still taste great, but the texture and spreadability of the cookies will differ. Give them a gentle pat as they come out of the oven if they didn’t spread enough for your liking.
  • You can substitute milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips here, but I prefer the white chocolate.
  • If your butter is too soft or if you dough becomes too soft/wet prior to baking, you can firm your dough in the fridge briefly. I usually do a test bake of cookies by baking 3 or 4 cookies on a baking sheet to see if they turn out how I want. If the cookies spread too much, I chill the remaining dough for a few minutes. If they don’t spread as much as I’d like, I keep the dough of the fridge and gently press my dough balls down a bit.

Pistachio Honey Bars

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

We have been running these past few weeks. I mean, r-u-n-n-i-n-g. Life has full of so many fun opportunities lately that we have found ourselves flying across the country, out of town, and by the seat of our pants more often than not. It feels like we pack and drive and drink and laugh before throwing a handful of dirty undies into the laundry and start all over again a few days later. I’m not complaining, but to be frank, we need to catch our breath. We need a few minutes to Netflix and chill, maybe even nibble on treats like these pistachio honey bars. 

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When Brett and I got married, I vowed to seek out adventure. I saw myself as this carefree little pigeon that he had somehow managed to catch, and I was determined to not let him pin my wings down. This little bird would not be tamed; I was going to fly.

Fast forward several months later. That ultra-cool, ahead-of-her-time pigeon (yes, this analogy is really getting out of hand) gets knocked up, and all of a sudden, someone’s gotta be mama bird. Someone has to plant their stretch-marked hind parts on some eggs and tend to the nest.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Parenthood has a way of dismantling everything you thought you knew about yourself. It’s a wind tunnel of exhaustion and work that forces even the strongest set of wings to the ground. Traveling, free time, and life outside of the nest seems all but impossible in the debris of nap schedules and diapers that swirls around you. For the past three years, we have hoofed it, working hard to escape regularly for days alone. That time away, while exhilarating and broadening, has been taxing, and we now find ourselves picking through the evenings and minutes remaining in between trips, wishing we had more. More time with our children. More time in our own bed. More time at home. 

So that begs the questions: how do you fit a love of traveling into a life that’s running over with the needs of your children? Is there a healthy balance between quality time with your people and seeking out adventures? How do we say “Yes!” to the opportunities we meet in life without saying “No!” to the more important things that beg for our time and affections?

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

In a few weeks, Brett and I will travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the Saveur Blog Awards. For the first time, we have traded in our fancy hotel reservation for a larger Airbnb that can fit our crew. It may end in sleeplessness and disaster, but we are determined to make this beautiful, crazy busy, here and there life of ours work. We need a balance.

I’m soon going to share some photos from our recent trip to Portland, but for now, let’s settle in at home. Let’s grab a book and some yoga pants and cozy up with this week’s easy, comfy, weeknight dessert: pistachio honey bars.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These bars started off as a spin on baklava. I adore the sweet and flaky Middle Eastern dessert and wanted to make it more accessible for the home baker. These pistachio honey bars certainly aren’t baklava, but the flavors are there. Pistachios and walnuts, stirred with a gooey brown sugar and honey sauce, are baked together on a zesty crust of lemon shortbread. The bars are spiced with cinnamon and cardamom and drizzled with white chocolate for an extra measure of sweet. Lucky for you, the ingredients are few and quick to assemble, so you’ll spend less time baking and more time sharing these decadent treats. Let’s talk about how to make them.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for these pistachio honey bars was adapted from my favorite derby pie bar recipe. The shortbread crust is simple, just some sugar, butter, flour, and cornstarch scented with a sprinkle of lemon zest. It all gets worked together and pressed into the bottom of a foil-lined pan. Bake the crust in the oven until firm while you prepare the filling.

Simply chop the nuts and add to a pan of melted butter, honey, and sugar. Cook the mixture until bubbly and slightly thickened. Add to it some spices and a bit of cream and spoon the mixture on top of the baked shortbread crust. The whole thing gets baked for an additional few minutes before it is allowed to cool.

Once the pistachio honey bars have set up completely, remove them from the pan and drizzle with the melted white chocolate. This step is completely optional even though you and I both know that it’s actually not. Load up on that white chocolate and garnish with additional chopped pistachios, if desired. Cut into small bars (these guys are RICH!) and share with your lovies as quickly as possible. They will absolutely adore you. You are the dessert king/queen, okay?

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These pistachio honey bars are a sweet and simple way to celebrate being at home. They’re simple, yet deliciously decadent- the perfect way to ring in this new week. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I’d also love to hear how you and your family travel. DOES IT GET EASIER!?!?! (Please say yes.) And if you’re interested in traveling with children and reading about how one family made a worldwide journey their story for a whole year, check out the book “At Home in the World” by Tsh Oxenreider. I’ve just finished it, thus the sudden impulse to bring my children everywhere. Love y’all and happy Monday!

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you love these pistachio honey bars, you should try:

Brown Butter Blondies, Two Ways

Pecan Toffee Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Derby Pie Bars 

Honey Mascarpone Tart

Honey Nut Ice Cream

Honey Nuts Biscuits 

 

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Pistachio Honey Bars

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

With a lemon shortbread crust and a sweet and spiced honey nut filling, these pistachio honey bars are like baklava in cookie form!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • ¾ cup (90 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (35 gm) corn starch
  • ½ cup (55 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cut into teaspoon sized pieces

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85 gm) honey
  • 1 cup (120 gm) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (100 gm) finely chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” square baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on each side to easily remove the bars from the pan once baked. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Using a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks, cut the diced butter into the dry ingredients until it becomes a coarse meal consistency with pea-sized clumps. Bake in the preheat oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is set and then edges have just started to turn golden. Do not overbake. Set aside the cooked crust while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Once melted and no graininess from the sugar exists any longer, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, boiling for 3 minutes. After three minutes have passed, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chopped walnuts, pistachios, heavy cream, and spices to a medium sized bowl and stir in the butter mixture until evenly combined.
  2. Spread the warm filling over the crust and smooth out. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges and parts of the center are bubbling and the bars have turned caramel in color. Allow the bars to cool completely prior to removing from the pan (you can speed this process up in the fridge). Remove from pan by pulling out the foil liner. Gently melt the white chocolate chips on a double boiler sitting over LOW heat. Be careful to not melt at too high of heat or your white chocolate may seize. Drizzle over the top of the bars. Cut into 16 bars and serve at room temp.

Brown Butter Blondies : Two Ways

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Thursday from sweet home Alabama! This time of year, at least in these parts, means that college football season is near. Yes, in just a few short days I will kiss my husband goodbye and re-familiarize myself with that far-off gaze that only a football game and a plate of buffalo hot wings can render. So to start this season off on the right foot, I’m sharing TWO super easy, crowd-pleasing, one-bowl recipes that you can show off at the tailgate nearest you. Yes, these brown butter blondies will make even the least interested college football fan (guilty) show up at your party tent ready to rumble.

Growing up, I was not what you would call a football fan. At the time, I had a healthy interest in professional and college basketball (GO CATS!), but football really wasn’t on my radar. It wasn’t until I moved to Birmingham, Alabama for college that I learned of the vicious football rivalries that existed in my new state. “So who do you pull for? Auburn or Alabama?” I heard that question a time or two and I’m pretty sure I laughed every time. I could have written a dissertation on the birthplace of jorts (thats “jean shorts” for those of you not from North Florida) with more interest than I could have aligned myself to one of two schools that I knew or cared nothing about. BYE FELECIA. 

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

By junior year, I had dated one (okay, one and a half) players from our school’s football team, so my knowledge in the sport had increased by at least 250%. I joined my sorority’s C-list flag football team, bought some knee socks and a fresh pair of Sophies, and determined I was ready to go pro.

Our team was, to say the least, bad. Okay, we were terrible. AWFUL. In one particular game, a girl on our team lost her shorts (and panties) to a flag pull gone wrong. Later, we executed our best play dubbed “The Eagle” where we all stopped running and began dancing on the field as some sort of means of distraction; it was not successful. The single time I touched the ball that evening was on a punt return where I caught the ball and ran towards the wrong end zone. I realized my mistake at the 15 yard line, immediatlely  panicked, and hurled the ball at an unassuming teammate. (Spoiler alert: she didn’t catch the ball. We lost the game. I’m told that everything I did was wrong.)

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you, like me, aren’t a savvy football fan or wouldn’t know a tailgate if it sat on your face, let me help you. Learn from the mistakes of the diehards and wannabes that have gone before you. Here are a few football fan fun facts that will keep you on the invite list for games to come.

 

How To Not Be A Loser At A Football Game:

  1. DO know which teams are playing in the game. People will laugh if you show up sporting your Keyshawn Johnson jersey and you don’t even know what team the Bucs are playing for the ring. Not like I know from experience or anything. 
  2. DO try to sit with people you know. You’ll regret that single scalped ticket if you wind up in the opposing team’s section next to a bunch of potty mouths.
  3. DON’T show up to a tailgate empty-handed! Cookies, a dip, or Chex mix are always appropriate. 
  4. DO wear your team colors, but avoid silks, rayon, and form-fitting clothes that will most certainly show off your pit stains and swamp butt. That is not winning. 
  5. DON’T drink too much in first quarter of the game. The bleachers are no place to sleep one off. 
  6. DO avoid the concession stand at halftime. No amount of chili dogs are worth those lines.
  7. DON’T sit next to the shirtless guys with the body paint unless you’re totally okay with the potential of this happening.
  8. DON’T leave a game early. It only takes one second to miss something.
  9. DO remember that tailgating is a marathon, not a sprint. Those Frito’s and sausage balls might go down smooth, but you don’t want to lug that with you to the upper bowl. 
  10. DO make all the brown butter blondies, all the time. FACT: people who bring blondies have more fun. 

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

These brown butter blondies are tailgating staples. This recipe make a huge pan of treats, perfect for sharing, toting across the quad, and shoving in your pockets to get through game day security. Even better, this same batter can be prepared two ways, so with the same handful of ingredients you can have a variety of chewy goodies to share with the world. Ya welcome. 

To make these brown butter blondies, we start by browning some butter. Lucky for you, you’re a pro at browning butter, so you whip that up quickly and let the golden fat cool. From there, it’s a one bowl and done kind of recipe. Stir some brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla into your butter and then fold in the dry ingredients. That’s it! The batter is done.

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Next comes the fun part. Will it be white chocolate chips and coconut or cinnamon sugar snickerdoodle brown butter blondies? The world is your oyster here, so you take the pick. Hey, you could even go with dark chocolate and pistachios, toffee and pecans, whatever you darn well please. These brown butter blondies would taste good after sitting in a paper bag on the roof of your car for three days, but please, don’t ask me how I know that.

After baking, these brown butter blondies are chewy and oh-so flavorful. The white chocolate chip and coconut babies are a bit thicker and a little fluffier, while the snickerdoodle brown butter blondies are dense, intensely buttery, and perfectly spiced. The batter is the same for both variations, save for the toppings and the salt, and I think you’ll find both to be equally satisfying. 

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Don’t be a loser at this year’s football games. Don’t be like me. Just make these brown butter blondies and thank the heavens that someone (*raises hand*) has figured out the hard stuff for you. Get your game on this weekend and think of me when you sink your teeth into these bad boys. 

Also, there’s only ONE MORE WEEK to vote for your favorite bloggers in the Saveur Blog Awards. You’ll find me in the best baking and sweets category. Click here to vote today and as often as you’d like! 

 

If you like these brown butter blondies, be sure to check out:

Pecan Toffee Blondies

Derby Pie Bars

Pretzel Shortbread Peanut Butter Brownie

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Trail Mix Cookies

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Butter Blondies made in two different ways- a cinnamon sugar snickerdoodle or a coconut white chocolate chip. Make your own variation with this adaptable recipe!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, cubed into equals sized pieces
  • 13/4 cups (360 gm) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 13/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 21/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 11/2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 9”x13” pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a light-bottomed pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, stirring regularly. Once the butter is melted and has stopped sizzling as frequently, begin to whisk constantly until the butter has browned to a medium-dark hue. (See notes for help.) Remove the butter to a separate large bowl. Allow to cool briefly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Once slightly cooled, add the brown sugar to the butter and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and the vanilla to the brown butter mixture and whisk to combine. Stir the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in a separate small bowl and then add it to the brown butter mixture, folding to just barely combine.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Combine the remaining cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over top of the blondie batter. Bake in the preheated oven, about 23-25 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted to the center just barely comes out clean.

Notes

See my previous post on browning butter if you need a little help in this area.

 

 

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Coconut White Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Blondies

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Butter Blondies made in two different ways- a cinnamon sugar snickerdoodle or a coconut white chocolate chip. Make your own variation with this adaptable recipe!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, cubed into equals sized pieces
  • 13/4 cups (360 gm) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups (115 gm) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 11/4 cups (200 gm) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9”x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add the butter to a light-bottomed pan over medium heat. Melt the butter, stirring regularly. Once the butter is melted and has stopped sizzling as frequently, begin to whisk constantly until the butter has browned to a medium-dark hue. (See notes for help.) Remove the butter to a separate large bowl. Allow to cool briefly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Once slightly cooled, whisk the brown sugar into the brown butter. Add the eggs and the vanilla and whisk well to combine. In a seprate small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the brown butter mixture and fold to combine. Add the coconut and white chocolate chips and fold just until combined.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and then bake in the preheated oven, about 25-30 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted to the center just barely comes out clean.

Notes

See my previous post on browning butter if you need a little help in this area.