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Hi!

Welcome to The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas! I'm Alexa, and I am a food and travel blogger who loves cooking, baking, eating, and storytelling. Enjoy reading and eating your way through the sagas found here!

Mint Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Cookies


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Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends!!!

I love St. Patrick's Day! I'm not really sure why--it's not like my family or friends ever did anything out of the ordinary to celebrate the day. I'm not Irish, and neither are any of my ancestors (that I know of, at least). Green isn't my favorite color, and I don't particularly like corned beef and cabbage. All I ever really did was wear green to avoid being pinched, and make leprechaun traps in elementary school; just normal things like that. Although, one time when I was little, my mom dyed my brother and my milk green in honor of the day (if I remember right, I was so scarred that I couldn't drink it. It felt like an abomination. Absolutely hilarious, though!). 

I think what makes me love St. Patrick's Day so much is my love for Ireland. While I've never been to the country, it's definitely top 3 on my list of Places I Want to Visit. I've always adored Ireland: the culture, the Gaelic language, the mythology, the history, the landscape, the sheep, the green hills, the Celtic music, the accents, the castles, even that movie with Amy Adams that takes place in Ireland (Leap Year watch-party, anyone?!). 

For now, Ireland is out of my reach. But on St. Patrick's Day, I can look at my 365 day Ireland desk calendar and dream of visiting that beautiful, magical, ever-green land someday. I can dream with shamrocks and pots of gold, leprechauns and the exhilarating chase after that elusive end-of-the-rainbow. And what better to help me dream than green/minty/Irishy food?

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Okay, okay. I realize that these cookies are not Irish, nor do they have a speck of green visible. But they are minty, and they are my St. Patrick's Day recipe for this year! 

They're a little confused. One of the plates I photographed them on is holiday snowflake-themed, because Winter Storm Stella is doing its dirty work and the winter never seems to end. But also, I'm in Florida, which feels tropical. And you know what else feels tropical? Macadamia nuts!

In essence, these cookies are a fusion of three things:

  1. Snow-themed photography/props = sadly it's still winter, as many of us are being reminded as snow/cold temps attack.
  2. Macadamia nuts = thank gosh I'm in Florida, where all Winter Storm Stella did was change the temperature from 75° to 65°. Apparently 65° is considered inclement weather here, and people must don sweaters and pants to go outside (Love it. I've found my constantly-feeling-cold brethren!).
  3. Mint chocolate = St. Patrick's Day festivities!!

Yes, these poor cookies may be slightly confused and all over the place, but don't hold it against them. If you did, you'd be making a giant mistake, because they are delicious! 

Mint Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Cookies are a deviation from my mom's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. They're basically exactly what they sound like: chocolate cookies with mint chocolate chips and macadamia nuts! Sometimes with all of the crazy, overcomplicated stuff in life, you just need something classic, simple, and straightforward (but with a little minty flair!), am I right?

They are crunchier cookies, so if you're solely, 100% committed to #teamchewy or #teamgooey with absolutely no wiggle room, you might be upset. However, if you're like me, any cookie is a good cookie, whether it be crunchy or doughy or anywhere in between. As long as it is a solid recipe that makes a nice, buttery, chocolatey, tasty cookie, I'm on board. And these cookies definitely check off all of those boxes--for proof, I offer the following evidence: I inhaled three right after pulling them out of the oven (tsk tsk, there goes the spring break bod. Worth it.). Also, just because they're more crunchy than chewy doesn't mean you're biting into a mint-flavored rock--they're definitely still soft and delectable.

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day full of whatever it is you dream of, be it Ireland, simplicity, minty cookies, or maybe just an end to winter! Now let's get our Irish/tropical/winter fusion on, and get baking. :)

xoxo Alexa

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Mint Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Cookies


Makes: About 3 dozen (36 cookies)

Takes: Around 35 minutes (10 mins. prep, 8-9 mins. cook per baking sheet of cookies)

The Characters:

  • 1 cup + 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda + a pinch extra
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 & 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 & 1/2 cups mint chocolate chips
  • 1 & 1/2 cups macadamia nuts

The Saga:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  2. Cream butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl or a stand mixer.
  3. Add baking soda and salt, and mix in.
  4. Add flour and cocoa gradually, mixing until completely incorporated and dough is smooth.
  5. Fold in mint chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Note: You can use more or less than the recipe suggests, depending on your preferences.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, make small balls out of the dough. Drop these balls onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing two inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Pull cookies out before they flatten.
  8. Remove cookies immediately from the baking sheet and allow to cool on wire racks.

Adapted from Mom's famous (in our family and community) chocolate chip cookie recipe!


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