I live in the Pacific Northwest, which means seeing the sun shining is a BIG deal. I do not take it for granted. And, I get super excited for Summertime. I think the couple of days (well, parts of days) this week that we had bright, sunny weather are what inspired me to create these cookies. Oranges make things taste like sunshine. :)
These are not difficult cookies to make. I tried to keep the ingredients to those that we usually have in our cupboards anyway. I didn't take tutorial pictures--it's a pretty straight-forward recipe. I'll just share a couple of pictures of the ingredients that make this recipe unique and delicious.
I LOVE zesting citrus. It's like the opposite of peeling garlic--I LIKE getting the smell all over me.
Here are my microwave-roasted, sea-salted macadamia nuts cooling on my last little bit of wax paper. I had a hard time keeping some not-so-little 12-year-old hands away from these. I can't blame him--they were delicious!
Okay here's the recipe:
Orange Infused White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 large orange (don't skimp here)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half all-purpose, half soft white wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1 tsp salted butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Ghiradelli white chocolate chips (I have tried other brands, and much prefer these)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix butter, oil, and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add orange zest, and vanilla.
3. Whisk flour and baking soda in separate bowl, then add to the wet mixture. Mix well.
4. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave butter and nuts on high 30 seconds. Stir in sea salt. Microwave 1 more minute. Cool on wax paper.
5. Stir nuts into dough.
6. Stir in white chocolate chips.
7. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls on greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake 10-11 minutes. Cool on rack.
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