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Gourmet Foods 101
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Macadamia Nut Cookie

A New Spin on an Old Recipe

Macadamia nuts are one of the favorite types of nuts in North America. In case you haven't heard, macadamia nut cookies are just as delicious. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and they are named after John Macadam, a Scottish born physician and chemist who promoted the nuts cultivation in Australia.

The macadamia nut is one of Australia's few contributions to the world's food plants. This rich, buttery nut is considered by many people to be the tastiest of all nuts. The macadamia tree was introduced into Hawaii around 1881. It was first used as an ornamental tree. The first commercial orchards of macadamia trees in Hawaii were not planted until 40 years later, in 1921. Today, most of the world's supply of macadamia nuts is actually grown on the island of Hawaii; however, Australia still produces them, as does California, Kenya, Guatemala, South Africa and Mexico. These delicate nuts are harvested by hand after they fall down to the ground. The nuts are rich in oil, as their oil content can reach as high as 80 percent.

The nutmeat of a macadamia nut is generally a creamy, white color, but sometimes it has a yellowish tinge to it. The nut has quite a delicate flavor which is highly prized by many. Macadamias are usually eaten roasted or as an ingredient of cakes, pastries and other types of confections. The nuts are also finding their way into main dishes much like almonds and cashews are used in Asian cuisine. Macadamia nut oil is sometimes also used in cosmetic products. Chocolate covered macadamia nuts have been a big hit for years, but now macadamia nut cookies are also becoming just as popular with consumers.

Macadamia nut cookies are often a tasty combination of ingredients as the nuts go very well with many types of flavors such as white and dark chocolate, along with cream cheese and certain fruits such as pineapple.

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar or artificial sweetener
1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
The juice of half an orange
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 cup of white chocolate chips
1 cup of macadamia nuts
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white and brown sugar, vanilla, egg and orange juice.
  3. Add the flour, salt and baking soda and mix it well.
  4. Add the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips and mix it by hand.
  5. Place the dough in balls, about two ounces each, on a cookie sheet and bake for eight to 10 minutes.