“People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.” ~ Laurence Sterne
I have to admit I get a little exasperated with what is considered healthy these days. Food has become just as trendy as clothes and accessories, but it also carries with it religious-like fervor that holds anyone who isn’t eating goji berries with contempt. I still haven’t had quinoa, used agave nectar as a sweetener or gone gluten free. When someone claims they eat healthy, it usually means they are following along with one of the fads of the day. Of course there isn’t anything wrong with most of these. I did try kale chips, an inspiration of the devil, which was a fad a year or so ago. Though I quickly abandoned it, I did find I loved kale and it is regularly in my home. Recently, I was with a friend who had bought a bag of seaweed chips. She said she bought them to help her eat healthier. I actually managed to swallow the one she gave me then exclaimed, “It’s not worth it!”
I am for healthy eating, and by that I mean eating from scratch food. I don’t stress over my food. I buy fresh vegetables and make most of what I eat from scratch. That works for me. It won’t surprise you then when I say I see nothing unhealthy about cookies. The only thing that might give me pause about these gorgeous cookies is that they make moderation impossible. If you make these vast beauties and can be moderate when eating them, then you are my hero.
These cookies are as big as my hand, so I said to myself, “ok. I’m just going to break this in half and only eat that much.” So, I did. I didn’t make it out of the kitchen before I went back for the second half. No big deal. After all, it was just one cookie. About an hour later, I was back in the kitchen. “ok. This time I’m really only eating half.” Well, I think you know how that went.
These are just that good. Please offer these to your friends instead of seaweed chips. They will love you for it because they are definitely worth it!
Recipe Source: The Joy of Cooking
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Monsters
- 2 1/2 sticks butter
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup macadamia nuts lightly chopped
- 1 cup white chocolate coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 325º.
- Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until very fluffy and well blended.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
- Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until just combined.
- Stir in macadamia nuts and white chocolate.
- Using 1/3 cup for each monster, drop the dough onto the baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart.
- Bake 1 baking sheet at a time for 20 to 25 minutes until edges are golden brown.
- Move the baking sheet to a rack and let sit until cookies are slightly firm then transfer cookies to the rack to cool.