On the last episode of Frugal Feeds, I left you guys with my family recipe for The Best Apple Pie in the World and nobody really indicated that they found the recipe useful or anything (you’re missing out, guys, seriously) so I dropped the recipes pretty much altogether, thinking maybe I have the wrong demographic for them here. But now I’m kind of trying this new thing where I don’t care what people find cool or not-if it piques my personal interest-and I need somewhere to keep my favorite recipes, so too bad, here’s another one!
Let me preface this by saying that I love Subway cookies. Not that shallow kind of superficial love where you think a particular nail polish colour looks really good on you, but that deep kind of meaningful love that gives you the cajones to shamelessly ask a Subway employee on the late night bus carrying several bags worth of end-of-day cookies whether he’d be willing to part with one of them. I’m not kidding, this actually happened.
Unfortunately, I don’t go to Subway every day, so my access to these cookies are limited. That’s why I did a bit of snooping around the Internet, tweaked recipes here and there, added stuff and removed stuff, and finally came up with the best recipe for my knockoff version of Subway’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.
Ingredients (Makes 24 big cookies):
- 250g of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of white sugar
- 2½ cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons imitation vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 200g white chocolate (tastes better with proper chocolate rather than cooking choc chips)
- 200g macadamia nuts (look around between Woolworths and Aldi, these things are expensive!)
Preheat your oven to 160°C.
1. Grab a big bowl and use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, vanilla, sugars, and eggs until creamy. Sift in the flour and baking powder combination and mix that in well too (I usually do this with a spoon because one false move and your whole kitchen will be dusted with flour and you’re having to explain to your housemates why you have white eyebrows and the dog has a white toupee).
2. Roughly chop up your chocolate and macadamias. This CAN be done with a food processor but I like it done by hand because you have less choc nut powder and more chunks, which is what you want. You want your pieces to be about the size of peanuts and half-peanuts.
3. Mix your chocolate/nuts into your cookie dough, folding it in until it’s well-combined.
4. Line some baking trays with grease-proof paper and set out your cookies by hand in a vaguely circular shape, leaving a couple of centimetres between each cookie to adjust for the melting. I did these ones by hand but my mother (who is a genius), showed me an easier way involving making a thick log of cookie dough, wrapping it up in cling wrap like a sausage, popping it in the freezer for about an hour, and then cutting slices to put on the pan. Genius.
5. Bake each set for approximately 15 minutes, give or take a couple of minutes depending on your oven. You’re going to want your cookies to still be blonde, in other words, because as soon as they get that golden colouring, they’ll lose their “gooey” factor. Pull the paper off with the cookies on top, rest them on a wire cooling tray somewhere, reapply paper, and repeat the process until you’re out of cookie dough.
6. Eat. But not too much, because you’ll feel violently sick after the 8th cookie.. trust me on this one..