Cranberry, chocolate and macadamia nut shortbread rounds
I had another post written but decided to post something that was a bit more colourful. I've just finished the last fruit mince pie and needed something quick and easy for my cookie tin. I once again turned to this recipe and adapted it to produce these cookies. I halved the quantities as I didn't want to make too many cookies and left out the ground nuts completely but I added an extra 1/4 cup of flour as the mixture was very soft. It was a wee bit too much flour, so I then had to add a teaspoon or two of milk to get the correct consistency.
To the base mixture I added a 1/4 cup each of chopped toasted macadamia nuts, dried sweetened cranberries, some dark chocolate chunks and a dash of cinnamon. You'll need to use a serrated knife to slice these babies evenly as it's a chunky mixture. I'd planned drizzling some extra chocolate over the top of the cookies when they were cooked but decided after they came out of the oven, that they didn't really need anything extra. I've tried one of the cookies and it was satisfyingly shortbready.
What could be better than freshly baked cookies with milk? Well freshly baked cookies with a cup of tea but that combination doesn't photograph as well!
I returned to the gym last week after a break for Christmas and I've just tackled my first full working week in a while. Working a 4 day week last week wore me out so I don't know how I'll feel after 5 days. Wish me luck.
I hope you all enjoyed your weekends,
See you all on Wednesday,