Monday, October 26, 2009

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I bought macadamia nuts a few nights ago because I was loose in the grocery store alone without my son to speed along the shopping process and all kinds of goodies dropped into the cart. I had never tasted these round, buttery, salty nuts outside of a cookie and after popping a few in my mouth I can safely say that those little darlings are absolutely addictive. Combine the nuts with the white chocolate in a doughy cookie and the combination is velvety and decadent. Enjoy! xo – AJ


1 cup butter softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well mixed and then add the vanilla and almond extracts. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times between mixing. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir together with a fork. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, mix the nuts and chips until combined. Drop tablespoon size dough onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake! They will not look done but they will cook more out of the oven.

Let cookies cool for about 15 minutes and remove to a wire rack or newspapers to cool.

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