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Macadamia, Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

During F&W Cookie Week, some of our favorite digital contributors are sharing their best holiday cookie recipes in a virtual swap. Post your favorite baking experiments on Instagram using #FWCookie.

Here, Australian photographer and stylist Chantelle Grady offers one of her favorite holiday recipes, featuring macadamia nuts. "Macadamias are native to Australia and I love using them in sweets," she says. Grady recommends baking this recipe while prepping decorations. "The smell of them baking in the oven while putting up the tree really makes it feel like Christmas." 

Macadamia, Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients
3 1/2 tablespoons (50g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (60g) dried cranberries
1 cup (120g) macadamias, halved
1 cup (160g) white chocolate chips

Method
Preheat oven to 175˚C (345˚F). Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

In a bowl, place the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugars, salt and vanilla essence and beat to combine. Add the egg and stir to combine. Add the flour, bicarbonate soda, dried cranberries, macadamias and white chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Roll large spoonfuls of dough in your hands to form a ball and place on baking trays allowing space between each to spread. Continue until all dough has been used. Gently press each ball with fingers to flatten slightly. Bake in oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden.

Makes 18

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The inimitable Thomas Keller stopped by F&W HQ today with mentee Lena Kwak, The French Laundry star who created Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. The duo made pizza waffles—no joke, and they were insanely delicious—with the brand's new pancake-and-waffle mix and brought a range of other sweet and savory snacks, including empanadas, brownies (made with a new g-f mix) and pecan sandies, a favorite of chef Keller's mother. He recalled his youthful hijinks related to that cookie: "As children growing up, pecan sandies weren’t really at the top of our list. We wanted Oreos or chocolate chip cookies or Nutter Butters. But the pecan sandies were my mother’s favorite, and she would hide them at the highest part of the cabinet. When we would run out of our favorite cookies, we would tear the kitchen apart searching for the pecan sandies. Because at the end of the day, any cookie will do."

To wit, Keller and Kwak emphasize that the flour can de-gluten any childhood favorite. Cookie Week notwithstanding, our nostalgic obsession this afternoon had to be the better-than-Hostess mini cupcakes, filled with mascarpone frosting and topped with the requisite squiggle. Find that recipe and others on Cup4Cup's website.

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