If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, the flavor of macadamia nuts will transport you back to those pristine beaches in an instant. With a slightly waxy texture and a creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut, macadamia nuts are an exotic treat for most of us. Adding them to a buttery shortbread cookie along with chocolate chips is pure genius.
For the perfect texture, crush or grind the macadamia nuts finely, but not so finely that they turn into a paste. Pulsing them in a food processor is your best bet here, but if you don’t have one, crush them in a sturdy plastic bag using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.