Macadamia nuts are my first most favourite nuts. Pecans are my second most favourite and pistachios are my third. Yes, I've ranked my favourite nuts. Have you not?!
I love using nuts in baking. Especially if it is any of my top three favs. Nuts have such nutritional benefits that I feel like if I cram enough into a baked good, it'll almost negate the butter and sugar and make me feel okay about having one (okay four) each night with a cup of tea before going in for the Dream Feed with Lachlan.
I adapted this recipe from a Peanut Cookie recipe from Donna Hay. I substituted the peanuts for macadamia nuts and used a gluten free self-raising flour instead of ordinary flour. I also made a simple lime glaze to drizzle over the cookies, which really gave them a freshness to balance the earthiness of the macadamias.
125g butter (4oz)
1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
1 1/4 cups plain flour (I used GF self-raising flour and omitted the extra baking powder)
1 teaspoon baking powder
150g raw chopped macadamia nuts (or the original recipe called for peanuts)
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the egg and mix until combined. Fold through the flour, baking powder (if using) and nuts.
Shape tablespoons of mixture into rounds. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.
Enjoy simply as is, or add a zesty lime glaze to finish them off. I made the glaze with a little butter, icing sugar, lime zest, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and enough milk to make the glaze drizzly.
These cookies almost were as crumbly and rich as shortbread, and I really liked them because they weren't too sweet. I think the natural saltiness of the macadamia nuts toned down the sweetness and the lime glaze added the tartness, which gave the overall cookie the perfect balance.
I dont use macadamia nuts in nearly enough recipes, (mostly for fear of wasting something that is perfectly perfect on its own), but these cookies were definitely using them to their full potential and will definitely be put in the regular cookie rotation from here on in. Yyyyyyy-um.