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.
16 ounces semi sweet baking chocolate squares, divided
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
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.