The scent of cookies fresh from the oven is simply intoxicating. It stops people in their tracks as their eyes glaze over and their speech trails off.
“Oh, are you baking cookies?” is uttered with an air of desperate nonchalance, darting glances search for a serving plate or cooling rack.
Cookies don’t require formality, although they are equally at home perched daintily on the edge of a china saucer as clasped in a grubby toddler hand.
They can be delicate and crisp, soft and oozy, rustic and dunk-able. They are full of sweet and spice and everything nice, and a solid repertoire of cookie recipes for any occasion is simply indispensable.
It is with this in mind that I am terribly excited to be a part of Australian Macadamia’s first e-book!
Released last week, the e-book is chock full of cookie recipes that are chock full of macadamias and it’s here just in time for holiday baking — how terribly convenient. Even better, it’s free to download right now.
The e-book includes everything from classic soft macadamia cookies to crunchy biscotti and even a gluten free chocolate macadamia treat but I decided for my contribution to go a bit spicy…
Triple ginger for bite, tempered with sweet figs and creamy macadamia nuts. Whole spelt flour — because, spelt. Dairy-free because why not.
Rolled and sliced instead of dropped on the tray which means you can keep half in the fridge and slice a few off whenever the cookie-monster-fit hits.
Then go make cookies, immediately.
Did you know:
- Macadamias first evolved on the north-east coast of Australia over 60,000 years ago.
- Australia is not only the birthplace of macadamias, it now leads the world in macadamia production.
- Macadamias are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats, high in thiamine (vitamin B1) and Magnesium, and packed with antioxidants.
Macadamias are amazingly versatile and all at once creamy, buttery and crunchy. I’ve been known to make Aussie Nutella, Vegan Banana Cream Pie, Raw Pie Crust, Granola and even Chocolate Fudge from them. I think it may be time for a savoury option!
For more information check out this lovely Australian Macadamias infographic and don’t forget to grab your copy of the free Australian Macadamias cookie e-book!
The development of this recipe was sponsored by Australian Macadamias as part of support for my trip to EDB 2013. Obsession with both cookies and macadamias sponsored by my stomach. Want more? Editorial policy here, go for your life. Then have a cookie.