A uniquely old-fashioned nutty slice is the perfect companion for a cup of tea in the afternoon. This golden Macadamia Slice is distinctly Australian and has perfectly caramelized crunchy edges. The white chocolate buttons on top add a delicious sweetness. An after-school snack winner and a high-fiber and good-fat pick-me-up. Super easy to bake!
The New Year is old already. 3 days old here in Australia and there are no lingering signs of party pops, confetti or festive lights. People are back to work, couples are booking Valentine's spa getaways and families are planning their Easter holidays. Life is on in full swing after just a week of maybe doing nothing. That is the world we live in, a tiny bit fickle, we hop on from one thing to another and nothing stays within the reach of our short attention spans for more than a few minutes, maybe hours or a day. It is not our fault. There is too much to do, too much to see and experience and too much to achieve.
Speaking of achievements, I hear people around me making lots of new year resolutions this time of the year. I used to, once upon a time. I don't any more. I don't believe in waiting for a year to commence to resolve to doing something special, something good. I believe in doing it when the whim strikes and sticking with it. So this year as well, there are no new year resolutions for me. Just a continuance of the life I have grown to love and cherish. Waste not, want not. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Eat fresh, eat local. Make healthier choices. Stop and smell the flowers. Put on your wide-eyed-wonder glasses. Get closer to nature. Support a cause. Fight for a belief. Hug a lot. Have faith. Eat and be merry.
Today, I am sharing a recipe for macadamia tray cookies or slice if you will. We have some beautiful macadamias here in Australia and if you manage to find a big bag, this slice begs to be baked. Just like its British cousin, the flapjack - these are buttery and full of oats. They are golden and packed with nuts. They travel with me often in a ziplock bag and save me pocket change when hunger strikes. They make me happy. I also make them with pecan nuts or crushed smoked almonds and they are equally divine. Served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate sauce, they transform into a stunning dessert. If you bake them, I hope they make you happy too.
In a saucepan melt butter, honey and brown sugar on low heat. Remove and set aside. Preheat oven to 190°C. Grease and line a 30cm X 20cm lamington/slice tray with baking paper.
Combine flour, oats, mixed spice and macadamias in a bowl. Toss to mix. Add the butter mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. The consistency should be that of a loose dough.
Press batter in the prepared pan with the wooden spoon, smoothing out the surface. Press white chocolate buttons neatly onto the pressed cookie dough.
Bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes until golden and cooked through. Remove from oven, cool completely in tray and remove. Cut into neat slices.
Nuts - The macadamias can be easily swapped for any other nut you prefer. Cashews and almonds are good substitutes.Sweetness - The content of sugar in the recipe is not very high, so putting a chocolate button on top gives you that added sweetness. You can swap the white chocolate buttons for milk or dark chocolates ones. Alternatively, if you like your cookies less sweet, just skip the buttons.Baking Time - The oven baking time will vary depending on your oven type. I usually check the oven as it bakes. These cookies are done when the edges are browning.
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Look so yummy! What is the spice in these cookies?
Paula...I had the same question! What does "spice mix" consist of?
yummie, I love the combination of macadamia & white chocolate. Something to do with the kids in the next few days...
I love macadamia nut cookies. WIll surely give this a try!
I love how thw white chocolate buttons look so cute. I used to have resolutions for the New Year too. There was even a time, my mom asked me what my resolution was and I answered, no more scolding from you Mom....My mom just laughed and said isn't that a New Year's wish. I got confused then, but it was only now that I realized my resolution was to the best daughter so I don't get any scolding no more. Now, I am too busy making resolutions I am more concerned starting to be a better "me"...I need sweet treats now and again, of course to keep me going. Thanks for this recipe. Happy New Year!
these look amazing... your images are beautiful as well...
These look fabulous!!
Oh those look so golden and buttery, delicious!
I love the idea of tray cookies! I have never made one!
That one tray of drool-worthy cookies! Want some 🙂
Happy New Year to you and your family!
This recipe sounds good! Thanks for sharing.
These are just delightful and love the photos!
A lovely post and adorable cookies which makes me wanna grab them right out from the screen.With some swappings for flour and butter,this could go into my ziplock bag of nibbles as well.
just looking at your photos makes me happy! though im sure i would be happier with the cookies in my stomach 😛
These are just adorable!
Such a feel good post. Loved reading it. No resolutions for me too. If I ought to make a change, I'd rather do it now and not wait for the New Year to pressure me into it.
Love the cookies.
Happy New Year
I dont really bother to make resolutions anymore either. I figure if its important, I would have done it by now. Love these cookies Sneh! They look delish!!
These look so wonderful; I love oats and honey and the macadamia nuts top it off.
Love your philosophy for the new year 🙂
they look so crunchy and delicious, I just love macadamias and these cookies would be great for me