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OK: Onto tonight’s post!
I’ll tell you what…my oven is getting a workout thanks to quarantine! I used it three different times today! (My neighbors love me. lol)
I am a firm believer that every day needs to end with something sweet. And I am SO excited to share this sweet treat with you!
Allow me to present: my WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA NUT COOKIES!
You all loved my Peanut Butter Cup Cookies the other week so much, that I had to deliver another well-loved treat!
Soft and chewy, buttery cookies, chuck full of rich white chocolate, and salty macadamia nuts.
I’m telling you what, I’m beginning to feel like Buddy the Elf, delivering these goodies to my friends.
And to vouch for their goodness, all recipients have confirmed (through enthusiastic text messages) that they are outstanding, and they’re having a hard time not eating all of the cookies in one sitting!
Subway cookies, watch out — your W.C.M.N. cookies pale in comparison with these bad boys!
And really quickly, before I go on — I was so excited to box these up and deliver them, that I actually forgot to take photos!! hahahha (I am a terrible food blogger! haha What a rookie mistake!) SO – the photos are of the “reject” cookies — you know, the ones that broke, or were not as picture-perfect as one would like gift-cookies to be. But that’s real life! And so the photos aren’t perfect, but hey — neither am I, and neither is life! And that’s what keeps it interesting!
Here’s what you need! (Makes 28 big cookies)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (brought completely to room temperature)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs (brought to room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped (salted and roasted) macadamia nuts
1 1/4 cup premium white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until completely incorporated. Then stir in the almond extract.
In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this in three batches to the butter/sugar mixer.
Fold in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. (Six cookies per tray — they will spread out) Press 4-5 chocolate chips onto the tops of the dough balls for aesthetic purposes, if desired.
Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges become golden brown.
I’m going to be honest, I’ve never made these cookies before, so I was a bit nervous…but WOW! I may have found my new “go-to” cookie recipe! Especially when they’re juuuuust undercooked…they are a little gooey and have that perfect chewy/sticky crumb that is *chef’s kiss.”
Here’s the thing about these cookies that’s so amazing: the macadamia nuts.
Now I know, I know — people are fiercely divided over whether or not nuts belong in cookies. Growing up, I was staunchly on team anti-nuts.
But have you tried a macadamia nut!?!?
I mean, this is an upscale nut. Let’s be real: they are expensive. They are high in calories. AND THEY ARE STINKIN’ DELICIOUS. On their own – made into nut butter, roasted and dipped in chocolate. But combined with vanilla and white chocolate — oooh child.
They have such a rich and buttery taste — macadamia nuts were just made to be the star of a cookie.
And boy, are they ever in this recipe.
These cookies are absolutely bursting with chips and nuts — there is not a boring bite.
And my friends were raving about them. I received pics and videos of the demolished tuperwares. They were a hit and a half.
SO. Make these cookies. And bonus: they make your kitchen smell like absolute white chocolate/vanilla/roasted nut HEAVEN.
Like, call Yankee Candle and bottle this fabulous aroma up and sell it as a $24 jar candle.
And one final tip: in baking — and in life — the final product is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. SO – splurge for the Ghirardelli premium chocolate chips — use the freshest (unsalted) butter and sugar you can get your hands on. Take the extra time to bring your eggs and butter completely to room temperature. It makes a HUGE difference.
Alright – see you lovies tomorrow! And if you do end up baking these, or any one of my recipes, put a photo of it on Instagram and tag me! (@beauty.beyond.bones) I’d love to repost your creation on my Instagram story!!
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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