Having the kids home for the school holidays is the perfect time to try out some new recipes (Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Cookie anyone?) and get the kids comfy in the kitchen. Learning to follow recipes, prepare and serve food, clean up (!) and share the kitchen space as a valued and useful member of the family are life skills that we need to pass on to our young boys and girls.
Sparkinn ongoing interest in cooking is as easy as picking a recipe that will inspire young bakers and keep them wanting to make it again and again! I’ve called this one The Best Chocolate and Macadamia Cookie recipe – I know, I know, that’s a pretty big call but just wait until you taste these! Even the cookie dough will have you agreeing with me. This is a genuine Best Nest original recipe that Dave and I have mucked around with for years and I think we’ve got it just about right.
You can go crazy with variations on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, but there is no denying that chocolate and nuts are a match made in heaven. I love macadamias but if they’re not to your taste, or you’ve got nut allergies in the house just leave them out, the cookies will still be super good.
If these cookies are not your cup of tea, you can find more recipe inspo right here, or better yet, let the kids choose!
The Best Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Cookie Recipe
2 cups flour
175 grams butter softened, not melted
½ cup Chelsea White Sugar
½ cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
70 grams whole macadamia nuts, slightly crushed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180?.
Cream butter and sugars using electric beater until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beat well. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add dry ingredients to wet and fold in chocolate chips and macadamia pieces. Mix well.
Cookie dough should be firm, not really soft as the butter will melt too quickly in the oven and burn. Refrigerate before rolling if necessary.
Roll balls from 1 tablespoon of mixture and place on baking tray – don’t crowd as these guys expand!
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Upon removing from oven, let cool on tray for a couple of minutes as they will be soft. When firm, move to cooling rack.
Win with Chelsea Sugar!
If you’re keen to get in the kitchen these school holidays, comment below with your favourite thing to bake and you’re in the draw to win a $50 Chelsea Sugar Prize Pack!
Competition closes 9/10/16 NZ residents only.