White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies

Monday, 25 April 2016

Fun fact: I used to be a Subway Sandwich Artist in university.

I used to sling meatballs, arrange pepperoni, slice onions, tomatoes and green peppers, refill the mayo bottles after some teenager came in and requested extra extra extra extra extra mayo and pickles on their sandwich (I admit sometimes when people did that, I would give their sandwich an extra squeeze, as I was wrapping it up).

I became a connoisseur of what the best sub was...(Just for the record...it is NOT the Cold Cut trio).

Subway is also where I got my start as a cookie connoisseur.

Subway receives their cookies, already mixed and portioned in little, frozen balls. Place those babies on a matted cookie sheet and bake for 8 mins. Not 9, not 7...8 minutes.

It was the perfect length of time to achieve a soft middle, slightly browned bottom.

It is a cardinal sin to bake your cookies too long. For reals.

Well...my favourite cookie at Subway is the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.

Sometimes, if you worked a morning shift, you had "waste" cookies from the day before.  We weren't supposed to eat them...but, you know we did.

I ate several waste pounds of them that summer.

(Fun fact:  The cookies tasted even better when you wore Satsuma lipbalm from the Body Shop...don't ask my why...but they did).

So recently, I came across Joy the Baker's recipe for the best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie and her blog post of nostalgia.

These cookies are totally nostalgic for me...they remind me of summers in undergrad, when I had to walk to and from work and my apartment in student housing, smelling of deli meat and white cheddar cheese. They remind me of the singing along to the radio to Eminem and Butterfly by Crazy Town, while preparing veggies...and they remind me of the hot ridiculous days of dealing with people's crankiness as they stood in line on their lunch hour demanding deli meat sandwiches and flat pop.

Ah those were the days...(certainly made me realize that I didn't want to work in customer service for the rest of my life!)

So Joy talks about the reason why these cookies are so ridiculous is that they have three forms of fat in them: cream cheese, browned butter and unsalted butter.

The cookie dough itself is remarkable and very edible...

You can find the link to the recipe itself: HERE.

The only thing I did differently was toast the macadamia nuts a bit (and then slightly cooling them) prior to adding them to the dough. This is a risky move.  I realized quickly that they are like pine nuts and burn easily...They also cost way more than a bouquet of cauliflower....So toast at your own risk!

I ate a lot of them...So many, that I didn't eat my supper right away tonight...must have been the protein in the macadamia nuts and cream cheese...right?

Little dough balls...you can see the flecks of the brown butter and the toasted nuts

These went to the Wheelans White crew...bolster the mood...it's crunch time!

So try your hand at baking these babies...grab some milk or flat pop and go to town!


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