On to these cookies. The batter is really easy to put together. And the macadamia nuts in the cookies are amazing. I used a batch that I’d bought on our last trip to the Sunshine Coast. If you’re ever there, you must visit the Nut Factory. There’s not much to look at, but they offer a range of macadamia nut snacks, ranging from the natural and the plain roasted to a beautiful dark chocolate covered Macadamia Nut for the chocolate lover in you and a Crunchy Hickory Macadamia for when you’re in the mood for something savory (This was one of my favorites and it goes really well with a cold beer.) The best part of the visit is you can sample some of the treats on offer. But I digress. So let’s get back to these cookies. I was specifically looking for a cookie recipe to showcase the gorgeous Macadamia Nuts and this recipe does just that.
Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
Adapted from: Crazy for Crust
Makes 20 cookies
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and flour till they are all combined.
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Mix in the egg and vanilla till well incorporated.
Add the flour cocoa mix and mix until just incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips and the chopped macadamia nuts and fold into the cookie dough.
Scoop batter into equal sized portions onto the prepared baking tray and space them a couple of inches apart.
Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the cookies have just lost the glossy sheen.
Cool completely and then store in an air tight container.
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It has been ages since I enjoyed one of these biscuits. If you haven’t heard of these, I don’t really blame you. I haven’t seen these at all in Australia. In India, if you are from Pune or the surrounding areas, Kayani’s Bakery was where you’d get your fix of these. And if you were really lucky, a random store in Mumbai would stock them.
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I decided to try out her Cayenne Truffles for this weeks reveal. It is a simple recipe to make with some stunning results. But if you live in Australia, be warned, do not make it on the hottest day of the season, like I did. I had a little trouble forming them because of the weather, so they may not look as good as her’s did, but they were so tasty. The cayenne is not overpowering, but subtle and best of all, I was really pleased that I can now say I’ve made truffles at home. Thanks Camilla for a lovely recipe.
Yields: Approx 2.5-3 dozen truffles
8oz good quality bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1-2 pinches of cayenne powder
Unsweetened cocoa powder, to roll the truffles in
Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
In a small heavy bottomed saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer.
Take off the heat, add the chocolate and the cayenne pepper to the pan and let it sit for about a minute or so and then stir together till everything has melted and mixed well.
Pour into a shallow bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Scoop out small truffle sized balls and place them on a plate and refrigerate till they firm up, about 15 minutes.
Take about 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in a little plate.
Roll the truffle mix into balls and toss them in the cocoa powder and ensure they cover the truffles well.
Refrigerate and enjoy!!!
These days, Katrina has made a few dietary changes and I found so many treats on her blog that are healthier than the regular ones but equally delicious. I decided I had to try out one of those. I’ve been looking out for recipes for little snack like options to take to work. Something no-fuss, tasty and that will keep me going for a while. I found just the thing – her Cranberry Almond Date Balls. These were so simple to put together and super delicious. My husband could not believe that they didn’t have a grain of sugar in it. I was really happy that I decided to try these out and I look forward to taking them in to work over the coming week. Thanks Katrina 🙂
I pretty much stuck to Katrina’s recipe and added all the optional add-ins. The only difference being, I used almond meal instead of whole almonds since I had it at hand. Also, instead of mixing the coconut with the rest of the ingredients, I just rolled the little fruit and nut balls in it. I love the fact that these have no sugar in it and everything in it is wholesome. In my books, that makes it a healthy snack. With the cranberry peeking out from under that snowy looking coconut, these remind me of Christmas 🙂 I think it would look pretty on a platter of Christmas treats. These are slightly on the larger side and are snack sized, but when I make them next, I intend making them a little smaller.
Fruit N Nut Balls
1 cup almond meal
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pitted dates
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
Chop up the dates roughly.
Put the dates, cranberries and almond meal into a food processor and blitz till it chops everything up nice and fine and mixes it through.
Add the honey, vanilla and salt and pulse it to bring everything together. At this stage it will start to clump a little.
Add the chocolate chips and pulse it a couple of times to mix it through.
Divide the dough into walnut sized portions and roll to form balls.
Place the coconut in a small bowl or plate and roll the balls in the desiccated coconut.
Leave it to set for a little while. Store in an airtight container.
I’m not too happy with the evenness of the chocolate coating on some of them, but I think they still turned out alright. The next time I make these, I’ll either double dip them in the chocolate or I’ll cool the chocolate down a little to thicken it up a bit. I’m also very eager to try candy melts the next time around. I used mini pretzels and I think they’re just way cuter since they’re smaller. But these turned out really well. While I was dipping these in chocolate, my husband decided to help out by supposedly “tasting” some even before the chocolate had an opportunity to set up. In my experience that’s good news. He has really good taste. He isn’t fussy about food and will silently endure all the torture I put him through while I’m experimenting with new ideas. But when he really enjoys a dish, I can tell, and it makes it all worthwhile. Let me tell you this much, its hard to stop at one, or two, or even three with these bite sized treats.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
1 packet of mini pretzels
A bar of white chocolate
Sprinkles of your choice (I used some chocolate strands and some hundreds & thousands)
Break the chocolate bar into smaller pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about 30 seconds. Stir and continue heating in bursts of 30 seconds till it melts and stir in between each zap, to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn.
Prep a little assemble line of sorts on your table / counter / work platform. I placed them in this order – pretzels, melted chocolate, plate lined with baking parchment, sprinkles.
Dip the pretzels in the chocolate, and using a fork, pick it up and place it on the lined plate. Sprinkle the ‘sprinkles’ over it as desired.
Leave it to set. I usually pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
There you go. That how quick, simple and easy this is. Repeat the process till you’re done. You can also use milk or dark chocolate if you prefer.
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At the start of this years edition of 12 WOCT I said I would bring you recipes that were quick and easy to put together at home. Todays treat definitely fits the bill. It is quick and easy to prepare and so very delicious (ofcourse, I’m biased towards coconut). Nevertheless, these dainty treats will sure look so festive on a Christmas platter. Typically in India, they make these ladoos for Indian festivals like Diwali, but you’ll also see them make an appearance on some Christmas platters. In the past I have made other coconut treats like this Coconut Toffee for which I use a candy thermometer. This deliciously coconutty treat doesn’t need one and that suits me just fine since I’m starting out all over again without the luxury of my fully equipped kitchen back in Mumbai. So without any further delay, here’s this weeks treat – the humble Coconut Ladoo.
Yields: 12-15 pieces
125g desiccated coconut
1/2 tin of condensed milk
4 pods of cardamom
Peel the cardamom pods and powder the seeds.
Mix 100g of the coconut, the condensed milk and the powdered cardamom seeds in a non stick pan.
Place it on medium heat for about 5 minutes (or till the mix can be rolled into little balls), stirring frequently.
Leave it to cool for about 5-10 minutes or till it is cool enough to be handled.. The mix needs to be warm while shaping.
Take a spoonful of the mix into your hands and shape into balls and roll it through the remaining desiccated coconut.
Repeat with the rest of the mix.
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I was seriously doubting if I’d be able to participate in this years 12WOCT party. As you know, I’ve only just moved to Sydney and am just about getting settled in. More importantly, I don’t have an oven at my disposal. Can you imagine that? I’m feeling a little lost without one at the moment. But I decided to prove to myself that I can have an equally delicious Christmas platter with just a microwave and a stovetop. This year, look out for easy, quick and fun options that you can belt out, even if all you have is a little kitchenette, like I do. Every week for the next 12 Weeks I’ll post something yummy that should give you a few options for your own Christmas platter. If you don’t want to miss out on the fun, you can follow my blog on Bloglovin’ (button on the right), and yeah, we’re on Facebook too, you can follow us here.
This week, I decided to kick-off the festivities with some home made Honeycomb. It’s a Nigella Lawson recipe which she refers to as Hokey Pokey. Whatever you decide to call it, you have to give this a try. And you know why? It will take you less than 30 minutes from start to finish to whip up a batch of this deliciousness. Also, you don’t need any fancy ingredients or equipment to make it. With just 3 ingredients and a stovetop, you’ll end up with some really delicious, golden Hokey Pokey. This will be a sure hit for folks who like their candy really sweet. It was a little sweet for my liking, but I know a few people who would devour the whole lot. I think this Hokey Pokey would be great crushed over some ice cream or dipped in some dark chocolate. I gotta try that soon. If this lasts, this candy is best stored in an airtight container.
This batch turned out a little darker that it should have and hence had a slight bitter touch to it, but we like a darker caramel anyway, so it worked out well for us. However, when I make my next batch, I will take it off the heat a little earlier.
Recipe by: Nigella Lawson
1/2 cup caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 heaped tsp baking soda
Put the sugar and syrup in a saucepan an stir lightly to combine, before you can put in on the heat.
Do not stir once it is on the heat, or it’ll turn gritty and grainy, and you don’t want that to happen.
Place on the heat and let it melt and turn to a caramel-like gooey consistency.
You may swirl the pan if you’d like but please don’t stir.
Once the sugar has melted completely, take the pan off the heat and add the baking soda and quickly whisk it in.
Immediately turn it out onto some baking paper and leave it to set for about 15-20 minutes. (It may take longer depending on the temperature.) You can also pop it into the fridge once it has cooled down, to finish setting up.
Once it has set, roughly break it up into pieces, and there you go. You have some delicious homemade Honeycomb.
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Nothing could be simpler than making these treats. But the end result is so satisfying. You get the subtle mintiness from the dark chocolate and the crunch from the crackers and all in all, I think its a fantastic combination. I know I’ll be making these often.
Recipe from: Averie Cooks
Makes a dozen
120-150g good quality dark chocolate
A few drops of peppermint extract (Its fairly strong, so start with a couple of drops and add gradually till you get the strength of flavor you’re looking for)
12 crackers (Ritz / Monaco)
Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
Add the peppermint extract and stir well. Taste and adjust flavoring if needed.
(Note: If you accidentally add too much extract, you can still salvage the chocolate, simply add more melted chocolate to the bowl and mix. This should dilute the flavor.)
Dip the crackers in the chocolate and lift up using a fork. Let the excess chocolate drip off.
Place on a sheet of parchment paper and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to set. Alternatively, you could also leave these to set at room temperature.
Enjoy your very own almost homemade Thin Mints.
Don’t forget to stop by and check out what the others have brought to the table for Week 6 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats series, hosted by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic.
Besan ke Ladoo
Recipe from: Cumin and Cardamom
1 1/2 cup tightly packed Chickpea flour (besan)
3/4 cup ghee (clarified butter), melted
1 1/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Some raisins for topping
In a nonstick pan, over low heat melt the ghee and then tip in the chickpea flour (besan). Mix well and cook for about 7-8 minutes on low heat or till the mixture starts smelling nice and nutty. Keep stirring all the while so that it doesn’t burn.
Take off the heat and leave it to cool completely.
Add the sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
Divide into 24 portions and roll into small balls (ladoos). Place a raisin on top and this yummy treat is ready.
Note: If the dough feels too soft when shaping into balls, don’t worry. Shape them anyway and leave them to stand for about 15-20 minutes. The mixture should dry out a little during this time. Then re-shape them into balls and they should hold their shape now.
I placed them in little brown paper cups. You can then easily place them in little boxes to give them away.
Don’t forget to check what the others have put together for this weeks edition of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic.