Browned Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Browned Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

How many of you are buried in snow right now? Unfortunately, D.C. did not get hit by the massive blizzard that swept through the northeast. Yes, you read the correctly. I said, "Unfortunately." Why? I love snow. I miss snow.

A Michigander at heart, living in Washington, D.C. during the winter has been quite an adjustment for me. When the temperatures start dipping, I can't help but hope that I wake up to a snow-covered front yard. When it actually does snow here, I almost always yell in excitement, "It's snowing!" Unfortunately, when the snow visits it definitely doesn't overstay its welcome. Not by a long shot. One minute it's here. The next minute it's gone.

My body craves snow when it comes to wintertime. When I lived in Michigan, my winters consisted of hitting the slopes, lacing up my skates, breaking out the sleds, sipping on hot cocoa, eating cozy comfort foods, and partaking in the occasional snowball fight.

In the peak of my snow craving, I heard that my parents were planning a trip to Jackson Hole this winter. After chatting with my Dad on the phone, he told me all about the trip that they planned. From skiing to snowmobiling, from dogsledding to bundling up outside by a bonfire...their trip was a dream vacation in my mind.

When asked where they were headed, my Dad said that some people questioned their decision to go out west during the wintertime, especially since they live in Michigan. Haven't they had enough of snow? I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree because my parents love snow too.

My parents always took our family on yearly ski trips to northern Michigan. Every winter, my Dad would build an ice rink on our side yard. In fact, that's where I learned how to figure skate. We would build snowmen, have snowball fights, build snow forts...whenever we saw the snow fall, we were in our snow gear and out the door in minutes. We couldn't get enough of snow...and apparently, that's still the case.

After hearing about my parent's trip and seeing the photos, we can't wait to join them the next time they head out west during the winter. Until then, I'll keep hoping for snow in the D.C. area so that I can get my snow fix. I'll also enjoy these Browned Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. These cookies are comforting, warm, and sweet...all the makings for a perfect treat on a snowy day.

Browned Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the butter in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Swirl and stir for about 5-7 minutes or until little brown bits start appearing at the bottom of the pan. Transfer the butter to a bowl and allow to slightly cool.
  • Combine the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat together for 2 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. Add milk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients into a small bowl and mix to incorporate. Pour the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the nuts and white chocolate chips into the bowl. Fold in the ingredients.
  • Use a cookie scooper and scoop balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the cookies are golden.
  • Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.
What is your favorite type of cookie?
*Recipe was adapted from Joy the Baker

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