Macadamia & cranberry American cookies

Macadamia & cranberry American cookies

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins

Skill level



Makes 55

These freezable biscuits are completely irresistible and make a great gift for kids to give to teachers or grandparents

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info




  • 3 x 200g/7oz white chocolate bars, chopped
  • 200g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g macadamia nuts, chopped

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Melt 170g of the chocolate, then allow to cool. Beat in the butter, eggs, sugars and vanilla, preferably with an electric hand whisk, until creamy. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and cranberries with two-thirds of the remaining chocolate and macadamias, to make a stiff dough.
  2. Using a tablespoon measure or a small ice-cream scoop, drop small mounds onto a large baking dish, spacing them well apart, then poke in the reserved chocolate, nuts and berries. Bake in batches for 12 mins until pale golden, leave to harden for 1-2 mins, then cool on a wire rack.
  3. To freeze, open-freeze the raw cookie dough scoops on baking trays; when solid, pack them into a freezer container, interleaving the layers with baking parchment. Use within 3 months. Bake from frozen for 15-20 mins.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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laurakrikhaar's picture

Made half the recipe, without the nuts, and reduced the chocolate to 200g after reading the comments. Looked lovely but still found them really sweet - I used confectioner's white chocolate not the Milky Bar type so maybe that's the problem. Next time, I'll use less chocolate and only use it for the chips on top and not melt and mix half into the batter. Maybe that will help. It's strange because I normally have a sweet tooth.

tifty46's picture
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Fab, froze the mixture and just baked as we needed- lovely!

blurpyblurp's picture
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Just made this tonight with half the ingredients
V. nice though was a bit sweet for me so will cut down chocolate/sugar with the next batch

emmawilki's picture
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I made these at Christmas and they were gorgeous. Tried them again but varied the ingredients a bit...dried cranberries and white choc still, but replaced macadamias with pistachios that I poked into the surface before baking. Also left out the cinnamon and just had vanilla. They were beautiful and the cranberries and pistachios looked like jewels. Will make them this way from now on as macadamias are so high in fat!

dsimmons's picture

These cookies were absolutely AMAIZING!!
I made them for Easter and everyone loved them. I will definately make them again.

shanni's picture
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I made them with a lot lesser chocolate as i couldnt find enough at home, so i ended up using only about.. 120g of choc? (I was a bit doubtful of the amt of choc in it,anyway. 600grams seemed a bit too much with 275g of sugar. i didnt add any more sugar or anything, and it was still great! I also put only teaspoonfuls of batter each time, so it wasnt too big. :) But how do you keep them from becoming soft? besides putting them in an airtight container in the fridge, i realize that after taking them out of the fridge the cookie will soften after a short while.

snoogans888's picture

The way I read the recipe is you add the butter, eggs, sugars and vanilla to the 170g of melted (and cooled) chocolate.

I am looking forward to making this recipe. Hopefully I'll be giving it 5 stars!

micheal's picture

i have not made the cookies yet ,but i am just wondering ,do you add the 140g of cooled choclate ,in with the butter eggs,vanilla and sugars?

tillylloyd's picture
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loved the biscuits, will be making them again. My daughter and husband could'nt stop eating them.

julielangfield101's picture
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The flavour of these biscuits is lovely - but it does not clearly explain what you do with the melted chocolate. I put the melted chocolate in the mixture but when the cookies were baking they spread too much and were quite flat. They did not look like the picture at all. any comments gratefully received. Julie

uptospeed's picture

Lovely biscuits. The recipe was more than enough for me to make a batch and freeze the rest and i have already taken out some and cooked from frozen. Great if friends are dropping in and for you to quickly pop in the oven.

fannyhey's picture

These biscuits are absolutely delicious; short, crunchy yet rich. I wondered if the amount of white choc was a mistake, but it isn't. Finding the nuts was very difficult in my rural part of North Yorkshire, but I found a snackpack 150g of mixed dried cranberries and macadamia nuts at Morrisons in Skipton. The biscuits spread a bit more than in the photo. Baked them in the top oven of my Aga, with the cold tray in.
Well worth the cost of ingredients, and don't even think of using margarine, the extra on butter is necessary for the flavour!