During the holidays, friends and family really appreciate a homemade gift. Something like homemade cookies shows that you wanted to put time, effort and little bit of love into creating the perfect present for a loved one. If you want to impress those closest to you this year, here's a recipe for homemade white chocolate macadamia cookies that make great Christmas gifts.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 bars white baking chocolate (chopped finely)
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)
Preheat your oven. To begin making these tasty Christmas treats, preheat your over to 350˚F.
Combine your wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients until they are light and fluffy. You can mix the sugar, butter, vanilla and egg by hand or using an electric hand mixer.
Combine your dry ingredients. In another large mixing bowl, sift together your three dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Sifting the dry ingredients will prevent lumps and help your Christmas cookies to cook evenly.
Add this dry mixture to your wet ingredient mixture and stir to combine.
Add the good stuff! Now that you have created your basic cookie base, it's time to add the flavors that your family members will go gaga over this Christmas. To your cookie dough, fold in the white chocolate and the nuts. (Make sure that the chocolate is finely grated so that it will melt as it cooks). The nuts can be chopped to any size and consistency that you like.
Prepare your Christmas cookie gifts for baking. Once you have added the chocolate and the nuts, your cookies are ready to go into the oven. On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop your cookie dough by rounded spoonfuls onto the baking sheet. Try to leave at least two inches between each cookie to prevent the cookies from touching during the baking process.
Put the cookies into the oven. Allow them to cook for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly brown. (Remember that your cookies will continue to cook once you pull them out of the oven. So if you prefer a softer cookie, pull your cookies out of the oven earlier, as soon as the center of the cookie creates a rounded dome shape.)
Transfer your homemade treats to a cooling rack. Once you remove your homemade Christmas cookies from the oven, allow them to cool for a few minutes. Once you can slip your spatula under a cookie without it crumbling or folding over on itself, it should be transferred to a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool on the cooling rack for a few more minutes before biting into these scrumptious homemade holiday cookies.
Package your homemade gifts. When your cookies are completely cooled, you can set about wrapping and packaging them to give away as Christmas gifts. Line the bottom of a decorative holiday tin with waxed paper, and place a dozen cookies inside. Close the tin and seal it with a bow, and enjoy the delight in the eyes of the recipients of the great homemade Christmas cookie gifts.