This is the week of my annual Christmas Cookie Party that I host each year with my sister-in-laws and a few close friends that are invited to swap cookies. I was having a hard time getting in the mood to decorate the tree not to mention bake cookies thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing this year in Ohio.
Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies
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Yield: 3 dozen
6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Cream the butter, brown sugar and vanilla powder in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on a medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in the macadamia nuts. Chill for 2 hours.
Preheat the over to 350 degrees F. Coat an insulated cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
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