Recipe: Classic Cookies with White Chocolate and Macadamia

I usually wouldn’t bother posting a recipe you could find in 6 million other places on the internet, but this recipe is almost foolproof, and you can substitute the chocolate and nuts for just about any other nut or yummy thing you wanna chuck in. I’ve adapted it for UK cooks, and it’s easily doubled for a bumper sized batch. Enjoy!

White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies
(makes 15-24)

150g SR Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 large egg
Pinch of Salt
85g Butter
85g Golden caster sugar
45g Light brown soft sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla essense
100g White chocolate chips
100g Macadamia nuts (roughly chopped)

Preheat your oven to 180C (350F).

In one bowl, sift your flour, baking powder and salt together. In a second bowl, cream your butter, both sugars and vanilla essense together thoroughly until smooth. Then beat in your egg, again until the batter is smooth. Next, gradually add your dry flour mix, beating well as you go.

You can use chocolate chips, or just grab a regular bar of chocolate and chop it up. Also, a cheat’s way of chopping nuts is to pop them in a sandwich bag and wallop them with a rolling pin. It’s easy, low mess, and give you lovely rough chunks of nut in your cookies. However you prepare your additional yummies, add them to the batter now and give it a good stir with a big spoon.

Now, spoon out your dough onto a sheet of clingfilm, wrap it up tight, and pop it in the fridge for a good 15 minutes. Wander off, have a cuppa. Then line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, and between your hands, roll chunks of dough into balls and space them a good 2″ apart (these babies really spread!). I like to make them about ping-pong ball sized, but there’s a wide margin of error either way – it just depends how big you like your cookies!

Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the outside of the cookies are just starting to brown (the middle should still be soft). If you like your cookies crunchy all the way through, pop them onto a wire tray to cool for a good 30 minutes before storing them, but if you like them soft and chewy, cool them for 2-3 minutes only, and then put them into an airtight container lined with a piece of paper towel.

NB: I have done a few variations on this recipe; dark chocolate and hazelnut works very well (especially if you replace about 25g of the flour with cocoa powder), as does rolled oats and walnut, though I would advise using only 40-50g of rolled oats, as too much will dry out the cookie dough.

Something else

NaNoWriMo is usually the kiss of death for blogs of mine. I more or less killed my LiveJournal with my 2005 attempt, though that was also around the time of a major relationship collapse, so there’s something in that too. I destroyed my super-sekrit ME/CFS blog with last years outing, because after I won, I could think about nothing other than having won for about a month, and having gone away that long, it was hard to come back with anything other than “Hey, I’m back! So, uh… how’ve you been?”

I am determined, nay single-minded even, that this blog will survive the curse of sprinting a novel out in 30 days. So, I’m gonna talk about something else for a while.

Tonight, I made cookies. Coconut oatmeal cookies. Oh My Lord, they are fine cookies. They look disasterous, which is one of the reasons why I’m not accompanying this post with a picture, but lemme tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, they are like an orgasm in my mouth, and everyone’s invited. And not just because I’m more’n a little stoned right now.

I didn’t do much else with my day. Talked to my mother, waffled on twitter, watched some telly with the brat. It was a good day though, good enough for now. Tomorrow might be even better; I have a coupon for cheap food at Starbucks, and I have every intention of toddling over there, laptop in hand, eating my discount dinner, supping a big ol’ latte, and fiddling around with last year’s novel to see if something worthwhile can be salvaged from it.

Oh dear. I’m back on NaNo again, aren’t I?

Alas. Maybe I am single-minded. For the wrong thing though. Ah well. To bed, to season four of Buffy, to sleep. I hope.