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Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with a Luscious Filling

Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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.

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Giant Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

These giant chocolate macadamia nut cookies fall somewhere between a tart and a biscuit. They're filled with luscious chocolate macadamia spread.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: Antipodean
Keyword: biscuits, chocolate spread, cookies, macadamia nuts, tarts
Servings: 4 giant cookies
Author: Choclette


  • 75 g spelt flour
  • 75 g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 40 g golden caster sugar I used golden caster vanilla sugar
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 60 g crunchy macabella macadamia nut chocolate spread
  • 1 large egg I used a duck egg
  • 4 tbsp velvet macabella macadama nut chocolate spread
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 25 g macadamia nuts


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bring the pastry together with your hands, then cover and leave to rest in the fridge for half an hour or so.
  • 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.
  • Cut 4 slightly larger circles to fit 4 tins, re-rolling as necessary.
  • Line the tins with the large circles, pressing them well in.
  • Spread 1 tbsp of velvet macabella over the base then top with the smaller pastry circles, pinching the edges to seal.
  • Brush with the milk, then gently press the macadamia nuts into the pastry, just enough so they won't fall off.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ for 20 minutes or until golden.


The quantities can easily be doubled to feed more people.

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  1. Suelle

    20th November 2016 at 10:18 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      20th November 2016 at 7:22 pm

      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.

  2. Henk

    20th November 2016 at 12:10 pm

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

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 12:02 pm

      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.

  3. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    20th November 2016 at 12:25 pm

    These look scrumptious! I haven’t tried Macabella spread before, not sure if I’ve seen it anywhere but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it!

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 12:00 pm

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

  4. Claire @foodiequine

    20th November 2016 at 12:26 pm

    LOVE your take on a Big Mac and absolutely adore Macadamia nuts.

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:59 am

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

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    20th November 2016 at 12:59 pm

    They look fabulous with the king of nuts!

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:58 am

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

  6. Dom

    20th November 2016 at 1:11 pm

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

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:56 am

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

  7. Lucy Parissi

    20th November 2016 at 1:13 pm

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

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:54 am

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

  8. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    20th November 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Ooh these look and sound epic, I’d defo have one (or two) of these over a regular Big Mac!
    Angela x

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:53 am

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

  9. nadia

    20th November 2016 at 4:45 pm

    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!! 😀

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:52 am

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

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    21st November 2016 at 11:42 am

    Mmm that filling is a fabulous idea! ALL the chocolate please! 😉

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 11:51 am

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

  11. Chris @thinlyspread

    21st November 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Yet again wishing I loved closer to you – I could swallow one of these whole RIGHT NOW!

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Hahaha, I’d like to see you try Chris. Hope all is well.

  12. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    21st November 2016 at 3:04 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      21st November 2016 at 4:52 pm

      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.

  13. Gingey Bites

    22nd November 2016 at 10:23 am

    Cor blimey, they look like awesome cookies!!

    • Choclette

      22nd November 2016 at 1:20 pm

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

  14. Camilla Hawkins

    23rd November 2016 at 11:19 pm

    These cookies look glorious, love Macabella so know they will taste fabulous too:-)

    • Choclette

      25th November 2016 at 8:40 pm

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

  15. Lucy

    26th November 2016 at 8:10 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      26th November 2016 at 8:06 pm

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

  16. Kleanthis @ Yumbles

    24th July 2018 at 2:55 pm

    It’s been a while since I came across a desert recipe that I actually want to try out. These cookies look absolutely delicious. I intend to serve them with vanilla ice cream.

    • Choclette

      25th July 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Glad you like them. Let me know how you get on if you do try them.


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