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The Principled Baker + Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

Baking is a precise art. It’s about measurements, precise temperatures and timing.

If any of these are the slightest bit off, your prize winning recipe can become a disaster. No one enjoys the dreaded sunken middle or the “burnt edges-raw insides” catastrophe and let us not forget the egg shell that found its way into the finished cake. Lucky for bakers like you and me there are remedies against these horrendous occasions.

Baking as an art and science will inevitably turn over perfect batches when recipes are followed to a tee. It’s because of exact measurements and detailed directions that you can return to your favorite bakery and enjoy the same delicious cupcake that you had a year ago. The recipe is essentially a set of principles that are applied to the baking process over and over and over again.

Principles are like laws, fundamental applications that will always produce a desired effect. In this case you’re probably desiring these Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies

What if you took the same approach to baking and applied it to your life. That’s where Kwanzaa comes in. When Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa, he wasn’t just trying to flood December with yet another Holiday for us to celebrate. He was creating a set of principles that went beyond the festive season. Principles that when consistently and correctly applied would produce a community that was empowered economically, physically and spiritually. While you inhale these Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies, take it upon yourself to choose one principle and really hone in on what its daily application can do for your life and the lives of those in your community. Imagine living as divinely as these cookies taste!

Orange Scented Cherry White Chocolate Cookies
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup brown sugar
8 TB vegan butter (I use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
¼ cup non-dairy milk (soy, almond, coconut, rice, etc.)
1.34 oz vegan vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup white chocolate chips (vegan)
½ cup dried cherries
1 TB orange zest (approx. 1 orange)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and gather 2 large cookie sheets.
2. Cream vegan butter, brown sugar and pudding mix.
3. Whilst continuously creaming, pour in non-dairy milk in a steady stream.
4. With mixer still on, slowly mix in 1 cup of flour and baking powder until well incorporated.
5. Add remainder of flour and mix well.
6. Fold in white chocolate chips, cherries and zest.
7. For best results, spoon cookie dough onto plastic wrap or wax paper and shape or roll into a log. Place in freezer for 10 minutes and then remove and cut into slices. You may however, simply spoon the fresh cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
8. Bake for 8-11 minutes, until they are slightly browned around the edges.
9. Yields 24 two inch cookies.

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Shelley Chapman is the author of Tantric Tastes: Dessert for Lovers and founder of She offers wellness cooking and coaching to help women overcome emotional eating and enjoy their food and bodies again. Join and Like her on

About shelleychapman1

Do you think the green beans on your plate have anything to do with the intimacy your willing to explore in your relationship? Shelley Chapman, The Food Relationship Coach™ does. "Your approach to food is your approach to life". That’s Shelley's philosophy and she teaches how people and food collaborate and conspire to either uplift or take power away from each other. Having once been a compulsive over eater and emotional eater, Shelley learned the hard way that it's now what we eat, but how we eat that affects how we show up in life. By using her innovative coaching program: Belly Breakthroughs, speaking and facilitating workshops, Shelley has helped transform the bodies and lives of women. One client wrote, "She is the perfect blend of your favorite homegirl and the wise sage woman. My work with Shelley has opened me up to the celebration of my body and sensuality". Her latest work, Tantric Tastes: Dessert for Lovers explores the relationship between sensuality and food and is an Amazon Best Seller.


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Learn more about Kwanzaa

The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.

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