Monday, February 27, 2012

Dark and White Chocolate Chunk Bars with Macadamia Nuts

Easy, easy, easy . . . that's all I can say about this recipe. Well, delicious of course.
Stir (no mixer needed) together the batter in less than 10 minutes, bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, and you've just made fabulous little chocolate cookie bars in under an hour. 
I met a friend for lunch today and decided to surprise her with some of my homemade treats. A small recycled candy box made a stylish container for the cookies. I lined it with tissue paper, tied a pretty ribbon around it, added a sprig of white geranium (it happened to match the color scheme perfectly), and voila, I had created a delightful little gift without spending a lot of money. 

Everybody loves baked goods, and treats from your own kitchen are usually very much appreciated. Be creative and make it a pretty presentation to show the extra effort and thought you've put into it. Tie decorative ribbons around your gift bags, boxes, or containers, embellish with sprigs of fresh flowers or herbs from your garden (lavender and rosemary not only look pretty, but add a wonderful fragrance), and attach a homemade tag for a personal touch.  Your friends will not only thank you, but think you are the most thoughtful and fabulous gift-giver!


1/2 cup unsalted butter
1  3.5 oz. bar white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 brown sugar, packed
2/3 cups self-rising flour
confectioners' sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8 inch square baking dish.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate chips over low heat, set aside and let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla extract together and add to chocolate mixture, beat until well combined.
  4. Gently fold in flour, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts.  Do not overmix.
  5. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until just set. Cookie bars should still be slightly soft in the center. Cool in pan on a wire rack and cut into squares. Dust with confectioners' sugar. 

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