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Macadamia Almond Delights Recipe

A few years ago, I decided to liven up my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe by adding macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and almond paste. Since the scrumptious results got such rave reviews from my 26 grandchildren, we've designated this version a "keeper".
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond paste
  • 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 package (11 ounces) vanilla or white chips

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond paste. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts and chips.
  • 2. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 401 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 246 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.