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This morning, the last morning of 2014, I awoke singing “Amazing Grace” and I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song to set the tone for the last day of this year. In the past 365 dawnings of the sun, so much has happened. Our little family was entrusted with a little human life, we moved across the country, I closed a home bakery a breath away from a storefront and focused my energy on this blog instead, and the Godfather and I have both grown, individually and together as a couple. I honestly don’t know what the next year will bring. I hope it brings good things, like joy and love, to our little corner of the world, and just enough challenges to make us appreciate our blessings, grow stronger in Him, and be a light in a sometimes too-dark world. Tonight, when we say our prayers for the New Year, I’m going to pray for you too. I wish you all a very sweet New Year, and because I don’t believe in weight-loss resolutions because eating healthier is a life choice we are free to make anytime, we are going to close this year with one of the more popular cookie recipes in our family.
These are one of the Godfather’s favorite cookies. He loves almost all things key lime, and white chocolate macadamia cookies are his favorite. We used to purchase the pre-made ones in the grocery store as a treat during finals week in college along with salt and vinegar kettle cooked chips. So when I decided to add a little key lime to my white chocolate macadamia cookies, he was one happy camper.
Key limes, in case you were wondering, are itty bitty limes with a lot of juice and a sweet-tart flavor. They grow in the Florida Keys, and other similar climates, and are used quite a bit in various dishes, the most famous of which is Key Lime Pie. Key LIme Pie is pretty popular in the South, so it’s rather easy to find key limes in your grocery store’s produce section if you’re in that region. I had a little trouble locating them when we lived out West, but I could find them in stores that carried more Hispanic foods almost year-round. If you can’t find them, you may substitute a standard lime, but the flavor will be slightly different.
- 2 sticks (16 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp key lime zest (about 3 limes)
- 1 tbsp key lime juice
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup macadamia nut pieces
- Preheat your oven to 375 F.
- Whip together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on high.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and key lime zest.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, adding the key lime juice with the last batch.
- Stir in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces.
- Spoon the cookies in approximately 2 tbsp-size servings onto an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are baked through and edges are slightly golden. Allow to set on the baking sheet 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container up to one week.