Sunday, 19 December 2010

Macadamia shortbread

So... I tried this recipe.

In short, I'd add another half cup of flour, and possibly even some choc chips. Sacrilegious, I know, but seeing as I've already 'spoiled' the shortbread with macadamias, maybe I should go the whole hog next time.

Would you believe that Blogger wants me to spell check "macadamias" to macrodynamic?? I don't even know what that is, but surely Google should recognise the awesomeness of these nuts!

I grabbed my cookie cutters.
I creamed my butter and sugar together. Incidentally, I think that the only food on this planet that is *less* healthy than butter, sugar, or cream, is when you combine the first two and name it after the third...
I chopped my macadamias. (Screw you, Google). Australian native nuts, but these ones were grown in NZ. Yay! I like to eat local.
The recipe suggests refrigerating the dough. This would be more effective if it didn't immediately return to the ambient temperature of 25 degrees, and 95% humidity... but the other suggestion of rolling it between two layers of baking paper is good. Stops the dough from sticking to everything.
Even though this is full of butter, rather than greasing a tray - use some more baking paper on the tray. No extra fat, and it means you don't have to wash a tray (I'm lazy).

Not that I'm concerned about extra fat, apparently. I can tell you now that the dough is mighty fine when eaten raw...

Anyway, bake them, wrap up some to give to your landlords, and then eat one or two with a glass of wine from the bottle that they bought you. Yum.


  1. Mmmmmm, macadamias... Nom nom nom nom nom ;)

    My mum always makes coconut shortbread at Christmas. You start by creaming sugar and butter, and you finish by coating each piece of shortbread in caster sugar. Cos, you know, it's not bad enough for you already!!!

  2. That sounds good! I like coconut.

    I think it's one of those recipes where there is no point trying to make it healthy. Seeing as the basic ingredients are flour, sugar and butter, you'd be fighting a lost cause.

    And without wanting to be a Grinch about it - making a dairy free, gluten free, or sugar free version just sounds like a waste of time... it couldn't possibly taste good!


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