Hey all! So in figuring out this week’s baking project, I was thinking about those desserts that are tried and true. Those things we all grab for in good times and bad. Those delightful confections that are hand held, portable and truly tempting in all ways.
Cookies guys. Cookies. Cookies are the ultimate snacky little sweet thing that can make your day a little brighter. So I wanted to bring you something classic, delicious and sinfully easy to make.
Vanilla Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
They are so fantastic. I decided against the usual white chocolate for many very complicated and science specific reasons.
I don’t like white chocolate.
I find it cloyingly sweet and I seem to have this issue with white chocolate macadamia nut cookies where I only ever taste the white chocolate. I mean, I love me some Beyonce, but at some point, the other girls in Destiny’s Child were probably a little like, “Um. We’re here too.”
I wanted a chip that was a little less Beyonce. Ok. Thundercats ho!
Flour, unsalted butter, eggs, salt, sugars- both granulated and brown, baking powder, vanilla, chopped macadamia nuts and vanilla chips. That’s what these cookies are basically about.
Some of what follows will be very familiar to all of us. However, I have figured out some new things regarding how I use Miss Carmelita Hotchkiss so I feel that it is important to revisit our cookie making process. We shall all be the wiser for having had this experience together. Break!
We will start by mixing the dry ingredients. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Then set aside.
Next, we cream together the butter and sugars. Now, here is what I’ve learned. Come closer. This is totally a super secret secret. If you are using something electric to mix these things together, you can probably make the beaters go really fast. I was not letting Carmelita go fast. She is like Ricky Bobby. She likes to go fast. So while I was blending the butter and sugar together, I kicked up the speed from 3 to 5. You guys. It was like magic! That fluffy light texture I had always heard about but was missing? I got it. Everything was smooth and creamy. It really makes a difference in the texture of the cookies. So. Mix until you get that!
Add your vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time. Make sure the first egg is completely incorporated before adding the second egg.
When you no longer see any independent ingredients, start adding the flour mixture. Add about half the dry ingredients, mix until completely combined, then add the other half. You may have to scrape the side of the bowl with a spatula to get all the flour and dough mixed together.
Once the cookie dough is all mixed together, stir in your vanilla chips and chopped macadamia nuts!
Oh my god it is so good I could just eat the dough.
I might have eaten some of the dough.
Now we spoon the remaining dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Be sure when you pull them out of the oven that you let the entire cookie sheet rest on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before taking them off the sheet. Let them cool completely on the cooling rack before digging in.
Or eat them before they are cool. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I know that you all are adults and will do what you want.
Then pack them up and send them to work with your significant other! Maybe I’m the only one that does that. I just know that if I leave these cookies in the house, I’m gonna hoover them and that’s not good. I have to be a bridesmaid in about a month and half. Everything is going to work with Eric.
Nosh on, friends! 🙂
Vanilla Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
Yield: About 4 dozen cookies Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 12 minutes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cups unsalted butter
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup vanilla chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
- Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until creamy.
- Add half dry mixture to wet mixture and combine until thoroughly incorporated, then add the other half of the dry mixture.
- Stir in vanilla chips and macadamia nuts.
- Spoon cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven place baking sheet on a cooling rack. Let rest for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to the cooling rack to finish cooling.