Friday, November 7, 2008

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Chocolate Cookies


So I have busy lately...really busy. I have been working crazy hours and really barely have the energy to get this post up tonight. I really wanted to keep my promise to myself to post once a week so I apologize for the lack of content.

If you read my earlier post for my Pecan Pie Cupcakes you will remember that I received a free shipment from Oh! Nuts, an online retailer of nuts, candies, dried fruits, and a multitude of other offerings. When I found out I was going to receive a shipment of macadamia nuts I knew I wanted to make these cookies. They were the perfect combination of chocolate and nuts with the smooth flavor of the white chocolate chips.

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Nestle Tollhouse
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips
2 cups chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and instant pudding in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.