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Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with a Luscious Filling

Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my answer to the Big Mac, a recipe for some dangerously moreish giant chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Strewth!

Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

You know you’re onto a good thing when you open a jar, dip your spoon in and nearly swoon with delight when spoon meets tongue. The difficulty comes in stopping at just one spoonful. I’ve been working on a recipe using Macabella and I’ve been finding it difficult to restrain myself from trying just a little bit more. So what is Macabella? Read on.

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Macabella is a unique and luscious chocolate spread from Australia. It’s made with buttery macadamia nuts and Belgian chocolate and comes in two varieties: Velvet and Crunchy. It recently won Australia’s 2016 Product of the Year in the Spreads category and I can see why. The nuts make up nearly 20% of the mix, which is significantly higher than other similar spreads. The ingredients are also sustainably sourced, which always gets extra brownie points from me. But no worries fellow Brits! There’s no need to trek over to Australia, although that would be nice; it’s now available over here in the UK and is stocked by Sainsbury’s with an RRP of £3 a jar.

Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie

These giant chocolate macadamia nut cookies fall somewhere between a tart and a biscuit. A layer of crumbly sweet pastry made with crunchy Macabella is filled with luscious velvet Macabella and then covered with another layer of pastry and topped with macadamia nuts. The pastry is crumbly rather than crisp and isn’t too sweet, so there’s a nice contrast between it and the smooth sweet Macabella. They would make an excellent dessert served warm with a little crème fraîche. However, they work very nicely as a snack, although one is best shared in this instance. Though I say it myself, my Big Mac knocks spots off the better known version. Try it and see if you agree.

Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
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These giant chocolate macadamia nut cookies fall somewhere between a tart and a biscuit. They're filled with luscious chocolate macadamia spread.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 75g spelt flour
  2. 75g plain flour
  3. ½ tsp baking powder
  4. 40g golden caster sugar (I used golden caster vanilla sugar)
  5. 40g unsalted butter
  6. 60g crunchy macabella (macadamia nut chocolate spread)
  7. 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
  8. 4 tbsp velvet macabella (macadama nut chocolate spread)
  9. 1 tsp milk
  10. 25g macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl and cut in the butter. Rub between fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively pulse in a food processor.
  2. Mix in the crunchy macabella, first with a knife, then with your fingers. Or just add to the food processor and pulse a bit more.
  3. Break in the egg and stir with a flat bladed knife until everything forms into a ball. If the mixture is too dry add a tsp of water. Again, you can use a food processor for this.
  4. Bring the pastry together with your hands, then cover and leave to rest in the fridge for half an hour or so.
  5. Flour a board and roll the pastry out to about 6mm in thickness. Using the top of a 10cm tart tin, cut out 4 circles and put these aside.
  6. Cut 4 slightly larger circles to fit 4 tins, re-rolling as necessary.
  7. Line the tins with the large circles, pressing them well in.
  8. Spread 1 tbsp of velvet macabella over the base then top with the smaller pastry circles, pinching the edges to seal.
  9. Brush with the milk, then gently press the macadamia nuts into the pastry, just enough so they won't fall off.
  10. Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ for 20 minutes or until golden.
Notes
  1. The quantities can easily be doubled to feed more people.
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    Suelle
    20th November 2016

    These look really good! Is the macadamia spread similar to Nutella in proportions of nuts, chocolate and sugar? If so, i can see a hazelnut version working well, with perhaps some chopped nuts added to the pastry.

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      Choclette
      20th November 2016

      Thanks Suelle. No the macabella has a much higher nut content and is superior in my opinion. However, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with nutella, the amount used isn’t a lot, so the effect would be minimal. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

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    Henk
    20th November 2016

    Mmmmhh, very enticing stuff …. definitely worth a try !
    Let’s see if I can find Macabelle over here.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      It’s gorgeous Henk. If you can’t get any over there, I’m sure with all the toing and froing between England and Holland that some could find it’s way to you.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Sylvia. It’s delicious stuff and is now being stocked in Sainsbury’s.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Claire. Macadamia nuts are gorgeous and strangely even more so when combined with chocolate I’ve found.

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Angie. Macadamia’s really are delicious nuts. They’re not so easy to get hold of here.

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    Dom
    20th November 2016

    I love the way you describe that delight of taste.. these cookies really look superb and I love the toasted nuts on top!

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Dom. This stuff should really come with a warning – once started, impossible to stop!

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    Lucy Parissi
    20th November 2016

    Tart or biscuit I am all IN. They sound amazing. I have to try Macabella on the lookout for it!

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Lucy. It’s very well worth trying. Sainsbury’s are now selling it, so temptation is easily given in to 🙂

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Angela. They are delicious, but I defy you to manage more than one at a time 😉

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    nadia
    20th November 2016

    These cookies look AMAZING Choclette!! They would be so dangerous in front of me – I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to chocolate + hazelnut!! 😀

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Nadia. You might find you have a weakness for chocolate and macadamia nuts too if you tried it 🙂

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      I’m with you on the chocolate, of course 🙂 But chocolate combined with macadamia nuts is just gorgeous.

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    Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen
    21st November 2016

    This spread looks delicious, I have never seen it before. Your nut cookies look lovely Choclette. I want to start baking pastries and cookies more and Christmas is the perfect time to be creative. Have a nice week x

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      Choclette
      21st November 2016

      Thanks Alida, the spreads are scrumptious. Christmas is definitely the time to make the most of baking and cookies in particular. I need to figure out what I’m going to make this year.

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      Choclette
      22nd November 2016

      Hehe! They’re probably more tarts or pies than cookies, but they’re a bit difficult to classify.

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      Choclette
      25th November 2016

      Ah yes Macabella. I think I might have become just a little bit addicted 😉

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    Lucy
    26th November 2016

    Well I have to say they look so much superior to the other kind of Big Mac! I haven’t had macadamia nuts for agrs and would love to try macabella so will be on the look out at Sainsbury’s next time I go.

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      Choclette
      26th November 2016

      Thank you Lucy. Be careful with that Macabella, once you buy a jar you may never look back 😉

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