White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

IMG_9579This is the first time I’ve EVER made white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from scratch! The cookies are made from my go-to base cookie recipe. Brown butter really makes all the difference! Plus,  you can’t go wrong with the whoopie pan technique, because the cookies somehow always turn out perfectly browned and chewy on the inside.
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Here’s the recipe:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies 
(makes about 2 dozen cookies)
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 Cupall purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Macadamia Nuts (dry, roasted, can be salted)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium pan, melt butter until it turns golden brown. You’ll see it caramelize and there’ll be small brown specks forming at the bottom of the pan. Once it’s melted and browned, let it cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Cream wet ingredients: butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Mix together flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and about 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 cup of macadamia nuts. Press into a large whoopie pan, or make scoop by the tbls and place on a parchment lined cookie pan. Press more chocolate chips or nuts on the top if you’d like.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown on bottom. INDULGE!
Life’s a little hectic at the moment but I’m thankful for long weekends where I can find some time to bake. God has been gracious to me, despite my indifference and mundane attitude towards Him at times.
I’m so thankful that I have the freedom and opportunity to read His powerful Word every single day- especially since I’ve been on the She Reads Truth plan for the year. Right now, we’ve been going through Genesis and John. Genesis is slowly becoming one of my favorite books and I’ve been learning so many cool things! I love that I am finally starting from the beginning- from reading about the very breath of God forming the heavens and stars and creating man- all perfect in His eyes. Then, we see the tragic fall of man which led to more and more sin and just the same patterns of God calling His children back to them, and our slow, delayed, stubborn selves saying “Wait, Lord! I think I can handle this on my own” or “That doesn’t really sound like something I’d like, Lord.” Can you imagine how God feels each time we say this to Him? The things we say to God sometimes…it’s like asking a little 3 year old what they think is best for them.  So we go with our own foolish plans and somehow, God ends up steering us back on track with His sovereign plan. No matter how much we may fail! We see this in Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Jacob, all the men of Genesis. It took awhile before they actually realized that God’s way was far better than anything they could dream of. And yet, they still had doubts and disobeyed at times.
“The Lord saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that even intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart” (Genesis 6: 5-6).
I’m glad the story doesn’t end there. What is even sweeter is that God said that one day there would be a Savior. Right from the start, He made a promise, and this promise drove the story line of the rest of the Bible. In the end, we can find comfort in the fact that Abraham did not have to kill his one and only son Isaac. Instead, God had a plan from the beginning to continue on the lineage of Jesus our Savior through him, so Abraham knew that even if he did take a knife to his son, God would have to power to raise his son from the dead. That’s how much he trusted in God’s promises. We should be able to confidently say to the Lord just as the Lord said to Abraham: “Now I know that you love me, seeing you have not withheld your Son, Your only Son from me.” This is easy to say when things are going our way, but even more powerful when we say this during rough times, unexpected tragedies, mistakes, trials, and temptations.
Abraham was slowly becoming a great man of faith, but you don’t make great men of faith overnight. It takes years of God’s work, in them, years of almost mundane yet ever sweet trusting in God, interspersed with a few spectacular encounters with the Lord.
“17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” (Romans 4:17-21)
in christ,
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