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For Your Valentine: Orange Butter Cookies dipped in Dark Chocolate

I know, I know. Healthy, healthy, healthy. I say it all the time.

And I mean it. But what’s life without cookies? Really good, chocolate-dipped cookies...

I just insist that if we are going to eat cookies, they can’t contain all kinds of artificial crap. I want real cookies. So here it is: my favorite cookie recipe ever. The Orange Butter Cookie dipped in Dark Chocolate.

I’m warning you…these are heaven. People will knock you down to get to them. Tender buttery cookies with a zesty fresh orange flavor (the fresh orange is the key), dunked into a thick coating of rich dark chocolate. Hey, dark chocolate is a health food, right? (While I normally try to share recipes that are whole-family friendly, my toddler doesn’t get these. He’s just too little for this much sugar and chocolate, and I only really make them once or twice a year. I would, however, highly recommend them for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner…)

I first found this recipe in an old Pillsbury cookie cookbook, so I guess that’s where the credit goes. I have modified it just a bit to use coconut oil instead of corn syrup, but I’ve listed it both ways here so you can take your pick.

Orange Butter Cookies dipped in Dark Chocolate

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons orange zest (grated orange peel)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sugar for dusting glass (see below)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate (I prefer and highly recommend Callebaut)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil OR 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup and 4 Tablespoons solid shortening (shortening and corn syrup will result in a smoother, shinier, and slightly thinner glaze. I use the coconut oil and my glaze doesn’t have quite the same sheen, but I think it’s quite lovely anyway :) .)

To make cookies, cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add extract, egg and orange peel. Beat. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients; blend well.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet or baking stone (I much prefer a stone) lined with parchment paper.

Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in fine white sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 6–8 minutes, or until just firm to the touch. Cookies should be very light (barely browned) on top…

and on the bottom…

Remove cookies from baking sheet or stone and cool on wire racks.

When cookies are fully cooled, dip each cookie 1/2 way into glaze and allow to dry on waxed paper or parchment.

To make glaze: If chocolate is in a block or bar, cut into small chips. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, taking care not to overheat, until chocolate begins to melt. Continue to heat at 10 second intervals until chocolate is about half melted, then remove from microwave and continue to stir until it is melted completely and texture is smooth. Add either coconut oil OR shortening and corn syrup, and stir until well-blended. Dip cookies.

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Clean Apple Slaw

It may be late summer, but the potluck get-togethers are still going strong (my husband has a BIG family…)

So, again, I was stumped as to what to bring…but only until I picked up the Sept/Oct issue of  Clean Eating Magazine, my latest favorite reading material! Clean Eating is a wealth of simple, fresh recipes you can really feel good about because they all focus on the consumption of food in its most natural state. Perfect for foodies and greenies alike!

This recipe is for Clean Eating’s Apple Slaw, with a few modifications made by yours truly, noted in bold…

(Nursing mommies proceed with caution! Cabbage has been known to cause tummy distress in little nurslings. We’ve don’t seem to have any trouble, but it’s a good tidbit for mommies to keep in mind, just in case baby shows signs of sensitivity…)

Apple Slaw

Slaw mix:

  • 1 1/2 small cabbages (about 7 cups)
  • 3 large carrots (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Braeburn apple
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 T walnuts, chopped
  • My addition: 1 handful dried cranberries and some extra walnuts

For ease of preparation, I opted to shred all veggies in my food processor.


  • 1/4 cup apple cider venegar
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • My addition: approx. 1/8 cup honey, and a little extra vinegar, mustard and oil to increase yield of dressing 

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl; pour over slaw. Top with walnuts, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Delicious, with a nice bite… and really pretty, too! Everyone seemed to like it, especially me! (And it gave me an evil pleasure to serve something fresh and healthy alongside the fried chicken…. :twisted: ) I was wishing I had served it in the pretty pink casserole dish that didn’t sell at our yard sale yesterday, but I didn’t think of it in time. Would’ve made a pretty photo…

Oops…I almost forgot! Happy anniversary to me …and the hubs, of course! That’s right…it was exactly 2 years ago (yesterday) that I married the man I fell in love with nearly 20 years ago. Can you believe it? My first love. It’s weird how things have a way of just working out the way they’re supposed to, isn’t it?

Yup…we celebrated at the family reunion. It was not the most romantic day of my life, but there was some pretty cute entertainment! That’s my boy with his little cousin…

It was a low-key anniversary, but that’s OK, because we’ve booked our tickets to the first annual Mother Earth News Fair in September! Thanks to my father-in-law for the generous anniversary gift of a fun family weekend away! It will be our first since we’ve been married, and I can’t think of a better way to spend it attending sustainable living workshops, learning from true food artisans, and “participating in the revival of real food!” 


There are so many kinds of “slaw” out there…what’s your favorite?

Have you ever attended an event that supports the idea of “Real Food”? Where was it? 


Filed under Recipes & Food, The Everyday