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4 sleeps to go – kids baking treats in the kitchen

By March 5, 2022Christmas, Recipes

I have finished up all my work commitments, and finally can turn my entire attention to our family’s Christmas preparations.  Hooray!  Later on tonight I’ll be wrapping presents but for now I am in the kitchen with my baking buddy Paddy. Cooking with my boys is always a pleasure, especially now that they get the concept of trying to clean up as they go.  It’s also a beautiful part of the ritual leadup to the big day. 

Paddy making his specialty choc chunk cookies

The end result – macadamia white choc chip cookies

Today we’re making some macadamia shortbread, macadamia and white choc chip cookies, gingerbread candy canes and white Christmas.  These will be out on plates for visitors, and also distributed as little gifts to people around us.

White Christmas

If he’s lucky, Santa might get a couple left out for him along with his can of beer.  That is, of course, if I can keep the ravenous teenagers out of them for long enough.

A sweet and productive afternoon!

Macadamia shortbread

250 g unsalted butter
¾ cup (110 g) icing sugar mixture
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup (70 g) cornflour
2 cups (300 g) self-raising flour
good pinch of salt
250g salted macadamias, roughly chopped
extra caster sugar for dipping


Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 2 large baking trays with Glad bake. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and icing sugar until light and creamy. Beat in the vanilla essence.

Sift the cornflour, self-raising flour and salt together. Stir the macadamias through the flour.  Add to the butter mixture and use a butter knife to mix together thoroughly.

Roll the dough into small balls about the size of a walnut. Dip the tops in the sugar and put onto the prepared tray, about 5 cm apart. Flatten slightly with a fork.

Bake for about 8–10 minutes, or until just starting to colour underneath (the biscuits will still be soft, and pale on top). Leave on the trays for 10 minutes to become firm, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Macadamia shortbread…oh yum….

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Sophia Blake says:

    They look so yummy Julie, great to see the boys love cooking with Mum just like mine do. Merry Christmas x

  • Robbie Moroney says:

    Hello Julie: last Christmas I produced a magnificicent spread which I took straight from the AWW! It was Julie’s Christmas Dinner – a great hit and thank you! I cannot find the baked ham recipe you recommended-marmalade jam plus more I think? Can you help me please?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Robbie, I have posted a pineapple glazed ham on my blog, the marmalade one is in “Our Family Table” and has
      250g Jar Marmalade
      1 cup (250ml) orange juice
      1 tablespoon soy sauce
      2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
      1 teaspoon garlic, crushed