Friday, April 12, 2013

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

White chocolate and macadamia nuts were made for each other!

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of bowl and beat thoroughly.  Stir in vanilla.  Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt in a separate large bowl and stir to mix.  Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until the flour is just no longer visible.  Stir in the white chocolate and macadamias.  Scoop the dough with a 1/4 cup measure (or ice cream scoop) and drop onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies.  Press the cookies to 1/2-1/4 inch thickness with the palm of your hand.  Bake the cookies on center rack for 12-14 minutes for soft, chewy cookies or 15-17 minutes for crunchy.