11/5/13

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

My parents divorced when I was just a baby. WAIT – this isn’t a sad story, so don’t leave. See, they both remarried and had more children. After a few years, my father moved from Oahu to the Big Island, and I became what he likes to call  their “back and forth kid.” I spent weekends bouncing between airports to see my two families. Between the time I was 5 and 12, I flew as an “unaccompanied minor,” which meant my parents were able to walk me onto the flight (back in the days that your family could walk you to the gate, instead of leaving you at security. Remember that?!). Oh, and I had to wear those clip-on wings (which were embarrassing for longer than they were cool). Another perk was that I was almost always bumped to first class. See, when you’re a cute 5 year old with a Hello Kitty suitcase, and you fly every other weekend – and you’re probably the youngest member of the Aloha Airlines frequent flier club – flight attendants know you.

In first class, the inter island flights used to serve little packs of macadamia nuts. I’d spend the 26 minute flight sucking on the salty macadamia nuts. I never actually ate the nuts, and I’m sure I didn’t spit them out so discretely. Gross, I know you guys. But kids are weird.  I’m sure the flight attendants and the other first class guests – who had actually paid for their seats – thought I was a little nuts. Um, no pun intended.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut CookiesSalted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Fast forward 20+ years. [Note – typing that sentence sent me into a momentary panic. I’m getting old!] I’m not afraid to admit that I still love salty macadamia nuts. I add them to everything from baked goods to salads – but they were definitely the inspiration behind my new Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies. This cookies are the epitome of comfort food, plus the sweet/salty ying yang that I can’t get enough of. I’m a big believer in red Hawaiian sea salt, and swear it adds a perfect kick to the earthy flavor of the mac nuts. No spit outs this time around.

Hope you love ’em!

 

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Ingredients
1 ¼ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
9 oz butter (1 stick + 1 oz), softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 T granulated sugar
1 egg
½ tsp course salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chunks
1 cup macadamia nuts

Instructions
Start by toasting your macadamia nuts. Preheat oven to 325. Spread nuts on a baking sheet and cook for 5-7 minutes. Check and stir every few minutes to prevent burning. Let cool, and then roughly chop. Set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 375. Then whisk baking flour and soda. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar. Add egg, salt and vanilla and beat until combined well. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended, and finally, add and stir in the chocolate and toasted nuts.
Using a small ice cream scoop (or a spoon), drop large tsp-sized balls of cookie dough onto parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on a rack and enjoy.

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5 Responses to "Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies"

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  1. marlene

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    HI,
    I KNOW THIS DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR RECIPE (ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS DELICIOUS) ….. ROMAN’S IS MY FAVORITE PLACE EVER TO SHOP. ON SECOND THOUGHT IT DOES HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH RECIPES LOL
    LOVE YA!

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  2. Aw, this is such a cute blog post! I love the idea of a super adorable you in pigtails (sorry, I decided you had them) flying like a jet setter in first class! I actually am not a fan of the salted macadamia nuts – I like them plain OR the flavored seasoned ones (where somehow the salt there is fine…). PS Love the blue board!

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  3. Anonymous

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    I will be making these immediately. Yum.

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  4. YUM. trying this over the weekend. thank you!

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  5. Those look so good, I’m almost tearful. Eat one for me? 🙂

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