These American-style cookies are simply irresistible eaten while still warm and the chocolate chunks are still soft and melting. Macadamia nuts, with their buttery flavour, add a crunchy texture, but can be omitted if you prefer. Like the chocolate, the nuts should be kept in fairly large pieces.
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Use walnuts or pecan nuts instead of macadamia nuts. * For cherry and almond cookies, use plain white flour instead of the cocoa powder, and substitute 55 g (2 oz) dried sour cherries and 55 g (2 oz) flaked almonds for the chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts. If you want a pronounced almond flavour, use ¼ tsp pure almond extract instead of the vanilla.
Plain chocolate is a good source of copper and provides useful amounts of iron. The scientific name of the cocoa bean tree is Theobroma cacao, which means ‘the food of the gods’. Casanova was reputed to drink hot chocolate before his nightly conquests – in fact, he was said to prefer chocolate to champagne. * Butter contains useful amounts of the important fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision and skin, while vitamin D is needed for the formation of strong, healthy bones.
I tried this recipe and although it tasted very nice and was moist, it was more like a flat, unrisen cake to me. Very similar to the sponge on the Jaffa Cakes - 18 Apr 2012
Fun to prepare. Now i'm waiting! - 22 Nov 2014
These were really nice! One thing i would say though, is that they were a bit strong, so you could use milk chocolate if you don't like really strong stuff. Also if you are allergic or just don't like nuts, then replace them with chocolate chips! - 29 Oct 2008