Montana Ranch Engagement, Part One
Mark and Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn fell in love with the ranch instantly. The sprawling land immediately felt right to her, and as she spent more and more time on horseback exploring the vast property, her heart knew that she had found home. The golden hay fields bordered by cottonwoods, split down the middle by a river, and backed by Rocky mountains were everything that this girl had ever envisioned in her cowgirl dreams. The daughter of a large animal vet and a teen rodeo queen, she left her childhood home in California and found herself continually moving farther northeast, first to college, then to Yellowstone as a horse wrangler, and then to Montana for her graduate program in animal science.

And now she was here - on a vast cattle ranch in the most beautiful country she had seen yet. It was in a remote corner of Montana - a quiet, stunning, and perfect place for a cowgirl like her.

But as beautiful, peaceful, and dreamy as the ranch was to her, it wasn't the reason Kaitlyn had found home. Her home was the boy that had brought her here. Mark had also been raised in California, but his true ambition had always been to someday manage the family ranch in Montana - to dedicate his life to ranching in this remote place where horses, cattle, dogs, moose, and deer outnumber the people. Where neighbors become family, life moves slowly, and the days are filled with hard satisfying work.

As much as this ranch had stolen her heart, the reason Kaitlyn felt like she had found her home was because her home was in Mark.

Mark manages his family's ranch in the southwest corner of Montana, and to watch him live this dream everyday is quite inspiring. He and Kaitlyn love this place more than they can express, and you can tell that they are going to be on this very same land with their beloved horses and animals until they're old and gray. Because the ranch is such a big part of their story, they're getting married right on the property next year - saying their vows in a hay field with their closest friends and family surrounding them. It only made sense to shoot their engagement photos on the ranch as well, so Jeff and I flew up and spent a few days scouting, shooting, and riding. For those of you that know me and my obsession with horses, this shoot was nothing short of a dream for me. I mean - shooting at one of the most stunning places I've ever seen AND photographing horses?? I just about DIED.

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

This is the field in which they'll most likely hold the ceremony next year, so it's such a cool thing to have these photos in the same spot.

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Of course, the horses had a wonderful time grazing through the hay fields - ha!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
4 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Mark and Kaitlyn brought along all of the their pups and their favorite truck for the shoot, White Lightning (like true ranchers, they have an arsenal of trucks to choose from).

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

I mean, this place is unreal. Every corner is breathtaking, and we were using just a small fraction of the property. The ranch has something like 11,000-12,000 acres in total!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
3 people love this

As you'll soon see, we couldn't get enough of this shoot. Mark and Kaitlyn were not only dynamite in front of the camera, but the horses were seriously cute and cuddly!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
3 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Such a cute one - definitely one of my favorites from this series!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Love!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

We handed the horses off to our crew of helpers (thanks everyone for your help - you guys were awesome!) and walked through the fields with these two cuties.

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
4 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
3 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
4 people love this

One of my favorites! This part of the ranch is incredibly peaceful and calm. It's one of my favorites spots from the trip.

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

The pups were hilarious - the tall grass would hide their bodies, so you would see random grass moving around, and then they would jump out with giant smiling dog faces. These are happy ranch dogs for sure!

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

Montana engagement, ranch engagement, horse engagement, bozeman engagement, butte engagement, Silver Star engagement, barley field engagement, hay field engagement, truck engagement, rustic engagement, country engagement, cowgirl engagement, cowboy engagement, ranch dog engagement, ranch horse engagement, cattle ranch engagement, wide open spaces engagement, mountain engagement, mountain west engagement

Vote For Image
2 people love this

So this is just the tip of the Montana iceberg folks. Tomorrow's post is going to blow your socks right off your feet because the best stuff is still to come. I can't even begin to describe how good it's going to get, so you'll just have to come by tomorrow to check out the mind-blowing awesomeness!

Hugs,

Erin

    

Christie Wright - Loving this!!! The one of the dog at the end is classic!

Ashley Perry - These are incredible!!!!!

Kayla Erin Stacy - Amazingggggg!!!!!!!

Huntington Beach Wedding, The Film
Steve and Noelle

As an artist, one of the most satisfying experiences is when your art exceeds your own expectations. There so much pushing in art - pushing yourself, pushing your gear, pushing your subjects, and pushing your limits. When all of that turns into a beautiful result, it's deeply satisfying.

Getting the film back from Steve and Noelle's wedding in Huntington Beach was one of those perfect moments. Everybody in the studio definitely turned their heads when they heard a huge "Wow!" come from my corner of the office as I flipped through the images for the first time. I'm in love with the look of the medium format film from this wedding - the colors, the black and whites, the moments - it all came together perfectly!

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image
1 person loves this

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

Noelle is a classic beauty with stunning eyes. She was a DREAM to photograph.

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

Steve is definitely a charmer that killed it in front of our cameras. We had a dynamite combo with these two!

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

huntington beach wedding, hyatt regency huntington beach wedding, seacliff country club wedding, country club wedding, hyatt wedding, irish wedding, emerald green wedding. emerald bridesmaid dresses

Vote For Image

Check out more of our medium format film work from this past year and stay tuned for even more over the coming weeks. I think you're going to fall in love with it just as much as we have!

Hugs,
Erin

    

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

Oh. My. Dear. Heavenly. Goodness.

I'm not a cookie person really, but I'm definitely an Almond Butter Sandwich Cookie convert. These cookies are nothing short of HEAVEN. And every time I've made them for friends, the health-nuts at the party that always skimp on dessert gobble them up like they're made of carrots instead of sugar.

A win for the dessert lovers? Oh yes.

Made with almonds, brown sugar, whole wheat flour, and almond butter, they have a delicious texture without losing any of the creamy, buttery flavor that cookie lovers crave. Plus, they're finished off with a honey-vanilla cream cheese filling to make the already delicious cookies into drool-worthy sandwiches.

Go ahead - make a batch of these and you'll never go back to regular butter cookies again...

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeFirst, mix together your dry ingredients of whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. The whole wheat flour definitely makes a big difference with the almond butter and almonds, so don't substitute with regular flour.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

Then beat your wet ingredients together (I lied by the way - these cookies DO have regular butter, but are mostly made of almond butter). Start by beating the regular butter until it's nice and fluffy, then add in the almond butter.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce the regular butter and almond are mixed smoothly, add the brown sugar and egg and mix well. Then gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed until it's just combined. Be careful not to over mix the dough or else the cookies will turn out dense. Then finely chop the almonds and stir those puppies in.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce a stiff dough has formed, roll the dough into a footlong log, wrap it in parchment paper and stick it in the freezer for at least an hour. I love that you can keep this dough in the freezer and pull it out for cookies whenever you'd like. It's great!

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeOnce the dough is frozen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cut the log into slices about a quarter inch thick. Make sure to use a sharp knife so that the cookies don't get misshapen when you slice through the dough.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeBake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes. Of course, my oven takes 12-15 minutes, so that was fun to figure out! Ha!

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipeWhile the cookies are baking and cooling on cookie racks, beat together the cream cheese filling. The cookies should be pretty cooled off before sandwiching them so that the filling doesn't melt.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

These are so much FUN to make and eat. The cookies are delicious on their own, too, so if you don't have time for the filling, you can munch on them alone. I actually set out the cookies and filling separately and let people make their own sandwiches which made these even more entertaining.

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe
Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies, baking with almond butter, Martha Stewart cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, sandwich cookie recipe, whole wheat flour cookie recipe

Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies

(view original recipe from Martha Stewart here)

  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural almond butter, stirred
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed 1 minute. Add almond butter; beat until smooth. Beat in brown sugar, then egg, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in almonds.
  2. Form dough into an 11-inch-long log, 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap in parchment and freeze until firm, about 1 hour (or up to 3 months).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a chef's knife, slice log into scant 1/4-inch-thick rounds, using one quick motion for each slice. Arrange rounds 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, pressing back into shape.
  4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are light golden on edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored, covered, up to 5 days.
  5. Beat cream cheesehoney, and vanilla with mixer on medium speed until combined. Spread 1 tablespoon each on bottoms of half of the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently to spread filling to edges. Filled cookies are best the same day.

Hugs,
Erin