Coconut Macaroons

You’re going to love these coconut macaroons. I just know it. These chocolate-dipped macaroons are my favorite holiday cookie, ten years in the running! Coconut macaroons (two…

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best coconut macaroons recipe

You’re going to love these coconut macaroons. I just know it. These chocolate-dipped macaroons are my favorite holiday cookie, ten years in the running!

Coconut macaroons (two o’s) are often confused with macarons (one o), the colorful and delicate layered French cookies. Both call for egg whites, but that’s about where their similarities end.

These macaroons feature rich coconut flavor and texture with subtle hints of honey (or maple syrup) and cinnamon. While you don’t have to dip them in chocolate, I strongly suggest that you do. They are the perfect little treat—satisfying and sweet, but not cloying.

macaroon ingredients

These coconut beauties have a lot going for them in the preparation department. They look impressive with their high-contrast exteriors, but they’re easy to whip together. You can cram them all on one cookie sheet without consequence. Plus, they don’t require any artistic skills to decorate. Just dunk them in chocolate and be done. Can I get an amen?

These flourless cookies are naturally gluten free. They both freeze well and ship well, if you’re interested in mailing some homemade goodies to your loved ones. You’ll find the full recipe, plus step-by-step photos and a video below.

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1-Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Friends, if you love our Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies (they’re a fan favorite!), we have a holiday twist that must go on the cookie-making list! These chocolate peppermint cookies are crispy on the edges, fudgy in the middle, plus super chocolaty and pe…

1-Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan + GF)

Friends, if you love our Fudgy Vegan Brownie Cookies (they’re a fan favorite!), we have a holiday twist that must go on the cookie-making list! These chocolate peppermint cookies are crispy on the edges, fudgy in the middle, plus super chocolaty and perfectly sweet and minty! We are truly obsessed — these are too good to leave out for Santa (sorry, Santa).

Bonus points? They’re so easy to prepare (just 1 bowl and 30 minutes required)!

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3-Ingredient Instant Hot Chocolate (Dairy-Free!)

Did anyone else love instant hot chocolate as a kid!? We’re talking the packets you dump in a mug, add hot water, and stir for instant, chocolaty comfort. When we saw coconut milk powder in the store, inspiration struck for a dairy-free, naturally swee…

3-Ingredient Instant Hot Chocolate (Dairy-Free!)

Did anyone else love instant hot chocolate as a kid!? We’re talking the packets you dump in a mug, add hot water, and stir for instant, chocolaty comfort. When we saw coconut milk powder in the store, inspiration struck for a dairy-free, naturally sweetened version that’s just as easy and delicious!

Just 3 ingredients required for the mix, then simply add it to a mug with hot water whenever the cocoa craving strikes!

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Easy Beet Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Beets! Who’s a fan? We love our beets, but we also know this bright red root isn’t everyone’s favorite. But stick with us because these fritters might just be able to coax some beet haters to the beet lovers club! The fritters are salty-sweet and pair …

Easy Beet Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Beets! Who’s a fan? We love our beets, but we also know this bright red root isn’t everyone’s favorite. But stick with us because these fritters might just be able to coax some beet haters to the beet lovers club! The fritters are salty-sweet and pair beautifully with a tangy yogurt dill sauce.

They can be enjoyed virtually any time (hello brunch, lunch, and dinner fritters) and are quick and easy to prepare — just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes required!

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff (GF Optional)

Say hello to your new favorite pasta! This vegan mushroom stroganoff is the ultimate creamy, hearty, comforting dish, and we’re so excited to share it with you! It’s savory and classic, but with a creamy cashew twist to keep it plant-based and options …

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff (GF Optional)

Say hello to your new favorite pasta! This vegan mushroom stroganoff is the ultimate creamy, hearty, comforting dish, and we’re so excited to share it with you! It’s savory and classic, but with a creamy cashew twist to keep it plant-based and options to make it gluten-free, too. 

Made with just 10 simple ingredients, it’s an easy entrée for the holidays or to enjoy any time you’re craving comfort on a plate.

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Perfect Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash deserves a place on your table this season. It’s easy to make, warming and hearty, and almost nutty in flavor. Acorn squash is often…

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roasted acorn squash

Roasted acorn squash deserves a place on your table this season. It’s easy to make, warming and hearty, and almost nutty in flavor.

Acorn squash is often overlooked when surrounded by its brighter squash cousins. Unlike butternut squash, it’s satisfyingly but not overtly sweet. Like pumpkin, it plays nicely with autumnal spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

If you’ve already had your fill of the other squash varieties this fall, give acorn squash a try!

how to prepare acorn squash for roasting

Halved and roasted acorn squash makes a beautifully simple side dish. It’s worthy of your Thanksgiving table, but easy enough for a regular weeknight dinner.

Today, I’m showing you how to prepare perfectly roasted acorn squash, with caramelized edges and tender insides. The method is very similar to roasted spaghetti squash. Let’s get to it.

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Miso Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

By now everyone knows: Our love for pumpkin runs deep. But unlike our other new pumpkin recipes (we’re looking at you, pumpkin spice cake bites), we were craving something savory this time around. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the result!A…

Miso Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage

By now everyone knows: Our love for pumpkin runs deep. But unlike our other new pumpkin recipes (we’re looking at you, pumpkin spice cake bites), we were craving something savory this time around. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the result!
All the classic, creamy, salty, comforting components of risotto come together with nature’s favorite fall child (pumpkin).

Top it with crispy sage and you’ve got a savory-sweet side or entrée that’s simple to make but so delicious and impressive!

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Easy Orange Cranberry Sauce (3 Ingredients!)

It doesn’t get much simpler than this 3-ingredient cranberry sauce made in 1 pan!
Fresh or frozen cranberries are tossed with orange zest and juice and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, then baked (or cooked on the stovetop) until burst and fragra…

Easy Orange Cranberry Sauce (3 Ingredients!)

It doesn’t get much simpler than this 3-ingredient cranberry sauce made in 1 pan!

Fresh or frozen cranberries are tossed with orange zest and juice and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, then baked (or cooked on the stovetop) until burst and fragrant. The colors alone are mesmerizing, and then there’s the aroma and tart-sweet flavor! It’s the only cranberry sauce you’ll need this holiday season (and beyond).

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Fresh Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach can go right or wrong, and this creamed spinach recipe is just right. The creaminess comes from cream cheese rather than heavy cream, which offers…

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best creamed spinach recipe

Creamed spinach can go right or wrong, and this creamed spinach recipe is just right. The creaminess comes from cream cheese rather than heavy cream, which offers some delectable tanginess. Fresh baby spinach cooks down in mere minutes, no chopping required, so this recipe is ready in roughly twenty minutes.

Creamed spinach will never be the prettiest menu item on your Thanksgiving table, but the verdant color of freshly cooked spinach will liven up otherwise beige plates. The more greens the better, I say.

creamed spinach ingredients

I didn’t grow up with creamed spinach at our Thanksgiving suppers. I’ve found it on steakhouse menus while searching for vegetarian options. The name “creamed spinach” doesn’t sound terribly enticing, does it?

I wasn’t sold on the general concept until I realized that it’s almost like spinach dip in side dish form. Creamed spinach earned my full attention in that moment.

After some trial and error, I’m sharing this recipe because I think it’s worthy of your attention, too. It’s delicious, creamy, comforting and just so nice!

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Pecan Pie Bars (Vegan + GF)

Pecan pie lovers, this one’s for you! We’ve tried for some time to create the perfect vegan pecan pie, and after some pie struggles last year, we changed our vision a bit and boy are we happy with the result! Introducing: pecan pie bars with crun…

Pecan Pie Bars (Vegan + GF)

Pecan pie lovers, this one’s for you! We’ve tried for some time to create the perfect vegan pecan pie, and after some pie struggles last year, we changed our vision a bit and boy are we happy with the result! Introducing: pecan pie bars with crunchy, buttery pecans and a shortbread-like crust.

With all the classic flavor of pecan pie, they’re undetectably gluten-free and vegan, and perfect for your holiday table.

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