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Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, and Maple Syrup Cookies

December 1, 2010

I must admit that the idea of maple syrup in a cookie really intrigued me and I couldn’t help but try out this recipe.  Although the maple flavor is very mild in the finished product, it makes for the perfect Christmas cookie.  These shortbread-like cookies taste fabulous and are perfect for dunking in your favorite cup of hot cocoa or coffee.  Especially if your name is Santa…

Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, and Maple Syrup Cookies
Yields: 2 1/2 Dozen

3/4 cup Brown sugar
2 tablespoon Maple syrup
3/4 cup Unsalted butter (softened)
1 Egg (beaten)
2 cup All purpose flour
2 ounce Semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup Macadamia nuts (chopped)

1. Beat the sugar and maple syrup with the butter until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the egg, beating constantly. Then add the flour, chocolate, and nuts and stir with a wooden spoon.
2. Shape the dough into a roll, wrap it in plastic wrap, and leave in a refrigerator to rest for 5-6 hours.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick, and arrange on the waxed paper on a cookie sheet.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the cookies are golden on top.
6. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Kate’s Tips:

Since the recipe does not specify how long of a roll you should shape the dough into, I thought it would be helpful to include a photo of my dough pre-refrigeration.  It may be hard to tell in this photo, but it’s about 15 inches long.  I cut my cookies into 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices, which resulted in about 30 cookies.

Be sure to roll the dough into a perfect circle before refrigerating.  I did not do so well in this department and my cookies ended up being rather flat on the bottom.  Thankfully the shape didn’t affect the taste!

Keep in mind that these cookies have a shortbread consistency and are a little bit on the crunchier side.  Also, I might recommend adding a few more chocolate chips than the recipe calls for.  I’ve never heard anyone complain because there were too many chips in their cookie!  If you do not have macadamia nuts, you can substitute walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:11 am

    Katie, these look delicious! I am going to have to try these out for sure!

    • December 1, 2010 1:23 pm

      I would definitely recommend them! I just had a couple for a post lunch snack. This cookie countdown is dangerous!

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