All the mummies in the house - raise your hands if you phewed! a slight sigh of relief and danced a jig of joy at the beginning of the week as you sent your kids back to school again. ;-) Ditto!
Raise your hands again if you had a tiny guilty conscious after that jig! Ditto!
Why is that?
While I am a fun, responsible and maybe at times over-protective parent, I sometimes get tired of the colossal responsibility one automatically has as a parent. There are times when I get uptight at the weight this responsibility carries and begin to crumble. Where are those carefree days when I did not have to plan my meals ahead, go to the movies on the spur of the moment without having to see if the babysitter was free and potato-out on the couch all day if I wanted to? Times like these I would give anything to run away to a tiny island where no one can find me!
After two weeks of Easter break I was feeling like that by the time the weekend rolled around and was counting down the hours to Monday morning. Don't get me wrong I had a blast with Soeren! We did a lot of great things together and he spent a lot of the time outside with his friends too - but I always felt the presence of that weight. Never underestimate the few hours you are able to transfer a bit of that weight to the teachers or grandparents!
I think I totally flipped out on Thursday, when I asked Soeren to get a bottle of fruit infused water from our pantry so that we could take it with us on the picnic we were planning. When I heard a thump! followed by a loud clinker of broken glass all I could do was hang my head into the kitchen sink and count to 10! From Soeren came a meek "oops!" and then "Mum I think I have a problem here!"
I walked over to the pantry and noticed he had managed to drop two full beer bottles, glass shattered everywhere and beer flowing into the tiniest crevice! On the days when I am really cool I would have shouted "quick get the straws!" as a joke - but I was not feeling cool on this day! Instead I told him to go to his room, then I picked up the phone and dumped my frustration on Tom! Nope not cool at all!
I spent 45 minutes cleaning out the pantry that day, after which I had no enthusiasm for a picnic or anything else. But as a mummy you have to pep yourself up and stand tall in spite of it all. So when Soeren came down and said "Sorry mum, I did not mean it!" I had to take him in my arms and explain it was not his fault, it happens but he needs to pay more attention to what he does in the future. The usual pep talk - this time it was not just for him but also for me! It was too late to go on the picnic and as I had to work my way on Tom's good side again, we decided to bake cookies. You know me I like to bribe ... errr I mean charm ... with my goods!
And so we baked!
Nevertheless first day back at school was a relief. In my opinion the few hours apart gives me plenty of time to focus on other things, put down a tiny bit of that weight and re-charge my mummy-batteries again. However, even when we are apart I spend a bit of my time missing him and thinking of things we can do together when I pick him up from school. Crazy I know!
These cookies are not your usual nut and chocolate cookies. These are the type of cookies that cause an uproar with the kids and an addiction with the adults. Salted macadamia and chunky white chocolate give these cookies texture and as the cookies bake the butter begins to brown, giving the cookies a delicious browned-butter aroma. They are crispy on the outside and have a gorgeous chewy inside and one is never enough!
Salted Macadamia Nut and Chunky White Chocolate Cookies
Printable version of recipe here.
375g all-purpose flour
11/2 cup Muscovado sugar
225g butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
250g good quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
150g salted roasted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
- Preheat the oven to approx. 175-180 degrees C. Line 2 cookie sheets with some baking paper.
- Sift together flour, salt and baking soda into a medium sized bowl. In a larger bowl whisk butter with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Add the sugar and continue to whisk until blended, then beat in the eggs, one at a time making sure the egg is well incorporated after each addition.
- Add the dry ingredients and with a spatula fold into batter. Do not over-mix - just enough so that all the flour has been incorporated and no lumpy bits are in the batter.
- Depending on the size of cookies you want drop either heaping tablespoons or leveled tablespoons of batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving approx. 5 cm space between each cookie.
- Bake the cookies until golden. Larger cookies will take approx. 18-20 minutes and smaller sized ones approx 12-15 minutes.
- Remove form oven and allow to cool. Once completely cooled store in airtight containers.
Food Guide Tips:
One of the Clients I work with and regularly do photo shoots for, once asked me why I do not have many cookie recipes/photographs on my blog/portfolio. It's true - if you browse through my Scones/Cookies category you will see that the cookie recipes are limited. It's not like we do not bake many cookies - we do - however it's usually all of the usual cookie favorites kids love everywhere. So, the regular chocolate chip cookie from cookbook x and blog y are only minutely different from each other and one will find about 356,000 hits on Google if you enter chocolate chip cookie recipe. I presume another one from me would go unnoticed. However, there are times when we experiment with our basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and come up with an extraordinary creation that has to be shared. This is one of them! These are the way we love cookies - crispy on the outside chewy on the insides, chunky and with substance. They also are perfect to bribe or charm your way right back on the good side of both your kid and partner!
You might like these cookies and scones from WFLH:
|Chunky Chocolate Chip Scones||Lime Kisses||Ginger Shortbread|
From around the blogs:
- Chocolate Amaretti – No Special Effects
- Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Vintage Victuals
- Carrot Cookies made with maple syrup – The Go Lightly Gourmet
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