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Vegan Coconut Orange Cookies

Coconut Orange Cookies Raw 2 - The Duo Dishes (1)

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For nearly eight weeks, I’ve been working on a new project called 30 to Lifestyle. It’s a health, fitness and wellness site done in partnership with my friend Christa behind Coaching with Christa. There’s a challenge element set to launch on September 1, which will include a month of workouts designed by Christa and recipes written by yours truly. To make it all the more interesting, we have sponsor companies who have donated products that we’ll giveaway as prizes! One of the prizes includes cookbooks to inspire your at-home kitchen experiences. I received a cookbook from one of our sponsors, Quarto Publishing Group, and the first thing I did was try a couple of simple recipes. That’s where these cookies come into play. They’re an easy and quick treat that you can throw together in less than 10 minutes.
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White Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

White Choc Pecan Cookie Dough - The Duo Dishes

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Freshly baked cookies are one of those things that you just cannot refuse. The same could be said for leftover cookie dough at the bottom of the bowl, but maybe that’s just me. Mixing a batch of cookie dough can be a quick and easy fix if you have everything on hand. I had white chocolate chips and pecans leftover from separate cooking trials, so I decided to use them together in a recipe. This time around, forget macadamia nuts. Try pecans win your white chocolate chip cookies, and you will indeed be pleasantly surprised.

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Brown Butter and Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, Three Ways

Brown Butter and Ginger Cookie Dough - The Duo Dishes

Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, and follow the photo trail on Twitter and Instagram.Admittedly, this is not quite the season for baking cookies. The thermometer shows a sneaking, creeping increase in the mercury level, so if you’re going to bake, get it done first thing in the morning. The earlier you start, the earlier you can eat cookies. That’s also a good thing. Another way to make morning baking easier to swallow is to throw in healthy ingredients like oats, ginger, dried fruits and nuts. If you disregard all the butter and sugar, it’s like having a nutritional breakfast bite. Or not. Either way, here is a cookie recipe that you can eat three ways, technically four, and they’re great for any time of the day.
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Buttermilk To The Rescue

Buttermilk Blondies Ingredients - The Duo Dishes

Never ones to shy away from sweets, here is another dessert that graced the table during the holiday season. Amir hosted a pre-Thanksgiving potluck in November, and I contributed these bars to the array of dishes. I had buttermilk for days in my fridge, and I managed to use buttermilk in several recipes over the course of a couple of weeks. Do you remember the Caramelized Onion and Scallion Cornbread that popped up on the blog a couple of months ago? Buttermilk was a prime ingredient. Baking with buttermilk, whether the product be sweet or savory, is a great way to make use of leftovers in that carton.
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Gluten-Free For You And Me

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 - The Duo Dishes

It is always great when we can sit back and feature a guest post from a fellow food enthusiast. This is actually the first of two posts for the month. Today, travel writer and food lover Kendra Thornton shares a gluten-free cookie recipe. If you search around for Kendra online, you’ll find that she does not have a food blog, but she has submitted several guest postings for other bloggers. Her recipes tend to be inspired by travels, and both Amir and I understand what it is like to keep the memory of a great meal or snack in your back pocket until you return home. It is always nice to relive a vacation through food. This time, Kendra’s gluten-free dessert is a tribute to one of her trips to Walt Disney World.

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Maren’s Test Kitchen

Spritz Cookie Ingredients - The Duo Dishes

One of the sweetest people that I know is Maren. And it’s not because she has a knack with desserts. I first met Maren at a local cooking school, and we continued to cross paths many times at the same place and, eventually, through small food-centric gatherings and dinner parties over the last few years. Each time I talk to her, or see one of her Facebook updates, it seems as though she is announcing a new trip, talent or treasure in her life. It’s always interesting to see what she is up to in this world, and that includes her passion for sharing different dishes with her friends and family. One day, I hope Amir can pop into another one of our dinner parties to chat food with Maren. Something tells me we’d both love her holiday cookie recipe!

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Too Good to Pass

One unassuming weekday morning, I logged into my regular email. Waiting in my inbox was a message from a friend containing a link with this caption: “I mean…come on!”. The link was to a post from Ambitious Kitchen, featuring a cookie recipe with a name so outrageous that I nearly fell out of my chair: Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chocolate chip cookies made with brown butter, then stuffed with Nutella, then baked, then finished with a flourish of course sea salt. Oh no she didn’t! As luck would have it, I had nearly every ingredient in the recipe on hand, so there was nothing left to do but buy some chocolate chip morsels and recreate this decadent dessert. This one looked just too good not to try. Continue reading “Too Good to Pass”