Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Clusters



8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 cups macadamia nuts

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened flaked dried coconut      


Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering with parchment paper and buttering.

In a micro-wave bowl add chopped chocolate and butter, microwave about 1 minute, stir. Microwave 1 minute more or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add chocolate mixture and beat until well blended. Stir in flour and baking powder, then beat just until moistened. Stir in macadamia nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.

Drop dough in 1-tablespoon portions, about 2 inches apart Bake just until firm on the edges but still soft when pressed in the middle, 8 to 10 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.

**Take care not to overbake the cookies; their centers should remain soft and chewy.


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