Well, hello there! Yes, it’s been a while, I’m sorry. I lost my baking mojo there for a while, but I think maybe it might be coming back… Maybe. Hopefully!
So I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate usually, but somehow when you put it into baked goods and then throw macadamia nuts into the mix as well, you have something a bit delicious. It seemed strange to me that I had never made macadamia & white chocolate chip cookies before – I’ve certainly eaten my fair share – but looking through the archives it would appear that I’ve totally missed making such a standard recipe. Well, I thought it would be a standard recipe, but do you think I could find such a thing in any of my books at home? Not a chance. Here follows an experiment which seems to have worked out reasonably successfully… until the very end.
Standard set up for a lot of my baking: workplace morning tea for a farewell, I have an idea of what I want to make, and I have limited ingredients. No regular macadamia nuts in the pantry, just half a packet of honey-roasted ones. No normal, little white chocolate chips, just those big round ‘melts’. No actual recipe. Let’s do this!
I used a standard plain biscuit recipe in the end, one that is usually for jam drops (because how much do I love jam drops?!) which makes quite a short biscuit and suited these flavours well, but it’s also very easy.
125g butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
honey-roasted macadamia nuts, chopped (I think I had nearly 1/2 cup)
white chocolate chips (or the bigger ‘melts’ if you want to try the experimental version)
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla really well, until it’s pale and creamy. Stir in the flour and baking powder, and add the milk to get the right consistency (sticky dough, but not too sticky). Stir in the macadamia nuts. If you’re using regular white choc chips, stir them in too. Shape teaspoonful sized bits of dough into balls, place on trays lined with baking paper, flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 18-20 minutes, until they are slightly golden brown at the edges.
BUT, if you are using the big chocolate melts, DON’T stir them in. Instead, once you’ve mixed in the macadamia nuts just go straight to making balls of dough. Except, shape each ball of dough AROUND a single white chocolate melt. They should go nicely in the middle of each ball of dough. Then put them on lined baking trays, flatten slightly with the palm of your hand, and bake them as above.
Cool the biscuits on the trays for 2-3 minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Now, when I say that the experiment worked up until the very end, I mean it. These looked great, and I tasted one and it was pretty good. They cooled down, and I packed them into a container. The next morning I left the container on the kitchen bench, walked out the door, and didn’t realise until I walked in the door at work. So instead of being able to contribute actual food to the morning tea, all I could provide was a couple of photos of what might have been and a story about how I’m an idiot.
My husband is happy though – guess what he’s eating this weekend?