Holiday Baking #1: White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm so excited to announce the launch of my "Baking through the Holidays with Recipe Shoebox", where each day in December we'll post a new delicious goody recipe!  It'll be me, my family, and some baking friends all collaborating together to make it the most delicious December yet here at the Recipe Shoebox.  Thanks to my new blogging friend, Kari at the Virtual Goody Plate , for the idea.  She's been posting a cookie recipe every day in December for the last few years on her baking blog. 

Here's my first recipe of December....White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies.  My hubby has a soft spot for the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies at Mrs. Fields, but I've always been a little intimidated to make them at home for him.  One day I stumbled across the macadamia nuts on sale and decided to make him a special treat.  I can't remember exactly where I found this recipe, but it was love at first bite.  They had a very nice texture which was much smoother and moister than your average cookie bar.   These would be great for a bake sale or for a plate of holiday goodies!
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The ingredients:

6-ounces fine-quality or premium white chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips)
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted lightly and chopped coarsely
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch square baking pan. 

In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt white chocolate and butter together, stirring, until smooth.  Remove from heat and allow chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature. 

In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until thickened and pale and beat in white chocolate mixture.  Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and beat into chocolate mixture just until batter is combined well.  Stir in nuts and white chocolate chips and spread batter evenly in pan. 

( I used an 11x7-inch pan, since my square pan was in use that day) 

Bake brownies in middle of oven 30-35 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. 

(They turned out a little browner than you'd want most cookie bars, but these were PERFECT just the way they were--still moist and chewy and not overdone a bit)

  Brownies will cut better if allowed to cool first, but they were so, so good warm and fresh from the oven.  Serve with ice cream!  Makes 16 brownies.  Enjoy!


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SnoWhite December 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

If I weren't allergic to nuts, these would be delightful, I'm sure!

Is it still that nice by you that you're photographing outside...?!? If so, I'm jealous.

Holly December 2, 2010 at 1:58 AM  

These bars sound fabulous!! Love macadamia nuts!

Brownieville Girl December 2, 2010 at 3:17 AM  

They look fantastic - lovely and moist - very moreish!!

Quite difficult to get macadamia nuts here though - I'll be keeping my eyes for them now.

Coleens Recipes December 2, 2010 at 3:54 AM  

What a fantastic idea to post holiday recipes!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea.

Kim December 2, 2010 at 7:27 AM  

Love the idea of a new baking recipe every day! My husband loves the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies too. I'll have to try these bars. Maybe I could get some brownie points that way. lol.

teresa December 2, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

oh yummy! i can't wait to read about all of your goodies!

K December 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM  

Can you send me some of these with the raspberry bars? PLease!!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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