Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

I love baking cookies! They make me think of parties, Christmas and hanging out with friends. (and buying some elastic waist pants, but that’s another blog ….)  These cookies are a great choice for your holiday cookie exchange. I use macadamia nuts (I use them in a lot of recipes, because they add such a crunchy sweet buttery flavor to everything.) I have always loved these little bites of paradise (or maybe they just remind me how much I love visiting Hawaii)  If you prefer, you can use walnuts or pecans.

Ingredients:

16 ounces semi sweet baking chocolate squares, divided

3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coarsely chop 8 ounces of the chocolate; set aside. Pour remaining chocolate in large microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until melted. Stir until smooth. Add sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly. Add chopped chocolate and nuts. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 11-14 minutes, or until cookies puff up and are set to the touch. Cool one minute, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 18-20 large cookies.

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