Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Do you know what’s easier than trying it to get 3 kids to all smile and look at the camera at the same time?
Abseiling down the side of a mountain.
Making a soufflé.
Reciting the alphabet backwards.
Pretty much everything is easier than getting the ‘perfect’ photo when no one is pulling a face, looking like they’re about to cry or waving their arms in a hysterical fashion.
I bring you exhibit A. After 5 minutes, much bribery and having to yell ‘Professor Poopy Pants’ repeatedly to get H to even crack a smile (he’s mastering the pre-tween snide look) this was the pick of the bunch. The problem was there were other photos where S was smiling not like the Cheshire cat, where L was looking at the camera and when H was showing his cute little dimple with a happy non forced smile…but they were all in separate shots. I did contemplate photoshopping the perfect family snap…actually let me be honest I did try it but they all ended up with strange looking necks, so I decided my perfectly imperfect family would be fine.
These White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies are a bit like my family photos. They’re not perfect looking and they’re a bit on the chunky side but none of that matters when they taste so good.
These White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies are a Gluten Free and Dairy Free version of a classic cookie flavour combo. I don’t know who thought of putting white chocolate and macadamias (or as S calls them Macadamiens which is hilarious as that’s my brothers name in reverse!) together but they deserve a medal…or perhaps just one of these cookies instead! I have used these Dairy and Gluten Free White Chocolate buttons. I don’t normal use commercially made products (I make my own Dairy Free Chocolate Chips) but I haven’t been able to master white chocolate…yet. It’s on my wish list so keep an eye out. The White Chocolate Chips hold their shape really well and don’t taste overally sweet like some do (not sponsored, just thought I’d try something different).
The dough for these White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies is chunky. The macadamias and chocolate chips may feel like they’re falling out of the dough; just give the dough a bit of a squeeze and compact the dough into a ball before flattening into a cookie. The cookies will be a brownish but still potentially a bit soft when removed from the oven. Be sure to leave them on the tray to cool before munching, otherwise they will crumble and a wasted cookie makes me sad.
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
- 1 Egg
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Arrowroot
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 100 grams White Chocolate chips
- 75 grams Macdamia Nuts, cut into peices or halves
- Preheat the oven to 180C/360F. Line and grease 2 baking trays.
- Using a kitchen stand mixer with a beater attachment, place all the wet ingredients in a bowl and beat until creamed. Alternatively a blender can used or it can be done by hand with a big spoon/whisk and a strong arm.
- Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until a nice dough forms. Scrape down the edges of the bowl at least once to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Fold in the macadamia nut pieces and the white chocolate chips. The mixture will be nice and chunky.
- Take heaped Tablespoon amounts of mixture and form into a ball. Place the ball on the tray and, using your palm or a spoon, flatten 1/2 to 2/3 way down. The cookies do not really spread so they can be placed close (but not touching). Repeat and use the other trays.
- Bake the White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies for 12 to15 minutes.
- Allow to cool on the tray and then eat lots! The cookies will firm as they cool; if you eat them too soon they will crumble.
- Cooled cookies can be kept in an airtight container.