It’s been a while since I baked something as simple as a single batch of cookies. I’d forgotten how relaxing it is. The measuring and sifting, scraping the mixing bowl over and over again…there’s a certain peacefulness in familiar actions.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Recipe from AllRecipes.com
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
I only used 1 cup of flour, instead of 1 and a quarter…the dough was a little harder to handle, but I like my cookies soft and even a little gooey in the middle. To that end, I under-baked them a little bit. The centers turned out delightfully soft, the edges just lightly golden and crispy. I was actually really pleased with this recipe, and it reminded me of something from a while ago…
When I was in high school, our cafeteria was run by this lovely woman, Italian I believe, whose daughter was a year or two ahead of me at the school. This woman, along with her cafeteria staff, made THE most delicious chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. They were available, freshly baked every lunch period, for just 35 cents. I don’t know where else you could get a cookie that amazing for only 35 cents, but it was great. The cookies were sold in little wax paper envelopes, still warm, with grease from the butter (or more likely shortening) just slightly seeping through the paper. Perfectly round, gooey in the center, these cookies were the highlight of our lunch period. It got even better when we were seniors and allowed to eat our lunches outside on the school grounds. By grounds I mean two benches and a concrete gathering space next to the parking lot, but trips down memory lane are allowed some embellishment. We would take our lunches, buy our cookies (and sometimes chocolate milk or orange drink – Anne I’m talking to you!), and head outside to gossip without faculty supervision. It was a brief 40-ish minute respite from the school day that we thoroughly enjoyed, and one I remember fondly.
Funny how a certain food, a taste, or a smell can bring up something you haven’t thought of in while, isn’t it?