The search for cookie Nirvana continues! So close and yet so far…But the journey is so much fun and so yummy!
This recipe comes from Queen Fine Foods, makers of lots of lovely flavourings including classic vanilla. I’ve been baking with Queen vanilla all my life.
These cookies are right up there in my search. They are nice and fat and very satisfying. Readers of others of my cookie recipes may remember that I’m looking for substance not splat! That’s fat cookies not thin ones.
The baking powder gives these cookies a bit more substance, plus there seemed to be quite a lot of flour in the mix making it quite stiff.
And I really like the chunks of white chocolate in the cookies instead of chocolate bits.
Here is the recipe from Queen Fine Foods, with a couple of my tweaks:
125g butter at room temperature
110g brown sugar
55g caster sugar
2 tsp Queen Cinnamon Baking Paste
1 tsp Queen Natural Organic Vanilla Extract
1 large free-range egg
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
180g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
120g macadamias, coarsely chopped*
Preheat oven to 160 C degrees fan-forced. Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
Put the butter, sugar, Cinnamon Baking Paste and Vanilla Extract in a food processor and process until pale and creamy. Add the egg and blitz until well combined.
Add the flour and baking powder to the butter/sugar mixture and blitz for until just combined. Stir in the chocolate and macadamias and mix with a big spoon. You don’t want to process the chocolate and macadamias as they will just go crumbly.
Roll slightly heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place about a few centimetres apart on each baking tray. Use fingertips to flatten each ball to about 1cm thick and 6cm in diameter.
Bake in the preheated oven, swapping the trays halfway through baking, for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. I prefer to cook each tray one at a time, I think it makes for a batter bake.
Cool cookies on the trays.
* I used salted macadamias. The original recipe says unsalted, but I’m a huge fan of salted nuts in cookies and trybakes.