About this Recipe
For anyone who knows me well, they know that I would take chocolate chip cookies over any cake, fudge, pie, ice cream cake or ANY other dessert for that matter. I was pretty sure that this recipe for The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies was my all time absolute favorite, until we made these Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookies. They are similar, but softer, chewier and made with honey as half of the sweetener. You could also add white chocolate chips to this recipe for the class white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe. We just happen to like dark chocolate much better.
1. Honey is sweeter than white sugar, so for every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
2. Honey has more liquid, so for every 1 cup of honey you're using, subtract 1/4 cup of other liquids from the recipe.
3. For correct pH - IF the recipes DOESN’T already have it, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 cup honey used.
4. To avoid burning the honey - Reduce the temperature of the oven by 25°F.
To make the best cookies ever, try chilling your cookie dough to help it keep its shape and enhance the flavour. It also helps to make the cookie dough easier to work with when you're putting the dough on the baking tray. You could even make a double batch of your cookie dough and chill or freeze it to use in the future. That way you can make homemade cookies whenever you like.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped to smaller pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. This makes a large batch, about 48 cookies so having 2 sheets going will make it go quicker.
4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
5. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy.
6. Add the honey and mix in.
7. Add the egg, brown sugar and vanilla and mix in.
8. Beat until you have incorporated all the ingredients into a creamy mixture.
9. Add the flour mixture, beating in a little at a time.
10. Stir in the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
Tip: If your mixing bowl is too small transfer the batter to a bigger bowl to stir in the nuts and chocolate chips so you have have a nice big space for stirring in.
11. Spoon the batter on the cookie sheet. We use a cookie scoop which is about a tablespoon in size.
12. You can leave them in a mound, or you can press the mound down with a fork if you like a flatter cookie. We did some both ways.
13. Place into the oven and bake 10-12 minutes. We baked for 12.
14. Remove and let sit a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
15. Complete the process until you have used all the batter.
16. It took 3 batches for us to make and cook all the cookies.
This recipe takes the regular chocolate chip cookies recipe and adds a few different ingredients for an incredibly soft and moist cookie. You can use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips in your homemade cookies, or you can also try using white chocolate chips because they taste great with macadamia nuts. Even though white chocolate isn't really chocolate because it doesn't have cacao in it, it can still be used as chocolate because of it's similar consistency to chocolate.
This recipe also incorporates some sweet honey in as a sweetener which will accompany brown sugar as well. Honey is a great sweetener to use in place of regular sugar because it's a lower glycemic option (1) meaning it won't cause your blood sugar to spike as much as other sweeteners.
In a 2018 review, there is evidence suggesting that Honey protects against metabolic syndrome by exerting anti-obesity, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic and hypotensive activities. Honey has a low glycemic nature which can limit weight gain and accumulation of fat storage, can improve insulin sensitivities and lowering of blood glucose levels, can improve lipid metabolisum, as well as other healthy benefits.(1)
Be sure to buy the best honey that is raw and unpasteurized and from farmers who use regenerative bee friendly bee farming practices. If you are buying large amount of honey, like we do, do your best to support LOCAL honey farms that are using sustainable, ethical, bee-keeping practices. We love honey bees in Grandmother’s Kitchen and feel it is part of our mission to learn from them and teach others how to make their gardens more bee friendly. An excellent book to understand more is Intuitive Beekeeping by Paradise Nectars in Hawaii.
(1) Nur Zuliani Ramli,1,2 Kok-Yong Chin,3 Khairul Anwar Zarkasi,2,4 and Fairus Ahmad1,* A Review on the Protective Effects of Honey against Metabolic Syndrome. Nutrients. 2018 Aug; 10(8): 1009. Published online 2018 Aug 2. doi: 10.3390/nu10081009