strawberry, white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies

by Sam on August 9, 2010

chunky white chocolate, strawberry and mac nut cookies

I have been on a bit of a cookie making mission lately and decided to revisit a previous winning recipe of white choc, cranberry and pecan nut cookies, but this time I used dried strawberries instead of cranberries, and macadamia nuts instead of pecans.

I had bought the dried strawberries in Stellenbosch on a strawberry farm, but saw them the other day at Komati foods in Obs. If you havent tried a dried strawberry yet, put it on your list.  They have a very intense and concentrated strawberry flavour with a pleasing soft and chewy texture, and I had been wanting to incorporate them into a recipe for a while.

They turned out beautifully.

This is what you need to make these:

  • 300gm white chocolate (cut up into chunks – big and small)
  • 100gm butter
  • 1 egg
  • 50gm muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 180gm (or 1 1/4 cup) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85gm caster sugar
  • 50-70gm dried strawberries
  • 50 -70gm macadamia nuts chopped 

how to make:

  • oven on at 180 degrees c
  • melt 85gms of the choc in a double boiler, then cool a little
  • beat butter, egg, sugars and vanilla with an electric beater until creamy
  • beat in the melted choc
  • stir in the flour, baking powder, strawberries, nuts and remaining chocolate to make a stiff dough
  • using a tablespoon measure , drop small mounds well spaced on a lined baking sheet (silicone baking sheets work really well)
  • you could also reserve some of the nuts, berries and chocolate pieces and place these into the cookies after they are on the tray so they poke out (extra pretty)
  • bake for 12 minutes
  • allow to cool for 1 -2 minutes then put on a cooling rack (this is quite important as they carry over cooking quite a bit after baking and can go a bit too brown if left on the baking pan)
  • You could double up and freeze the already formed cookie discs for later use

Adding the melted chocolate to the dough makes these ultra decadent and are best enjoyed slightly warm immediately after baking.

chunky and sweet, so very decadent

white chocolate, strawberry and macadamia nut cookies

cookies cooling

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

nina August 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

We used the same flavors ni biscotti on Saturday!!!! Love these chunky cookies!!

drizzleanddip August 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

Biscotti – how nice! once again great foodie minds think alike :-)

Ursula Tearnan May 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Made these biscuits on Saturday. Brought some to work and the verdict? Delicious!

Sam May 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Ursula, so glad you enjoyed these and I am sure the colleagues will be happy today.

fwet July 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

how many does it make???

nadia May 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hello Sam… I baked these lovely biscuits last night, with a few changes (I could not find strawberries but used cranberries) loved the idea of melting the chocolate in the dough! They are divine!

Sam May 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Awesome Nadia, the original recipe is with cranberries. Glad they worked out. So easy to just gobble the whole lot up.
S x

Pamela July 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I am going to give these a try. Sounds awesome thanks

Sam July 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Pam – you will love

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