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Cream Cheese Macadamia Cookies Recipe

With their cake-like texture and subtle orange flavor, these tender drop cookies are sure to liven up holiday tea parties and luncheons. They also make great gifts for loved ones and tasty treats to have on hand throughout the season.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:21 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted macadamia nuts or almonds

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, orange peel and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add to the creamed mixture; mix well. Fold in nuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with a greased glass. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 173 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.