Gift in a Beat!

Updated: Feb 19

As a busy mama of four, one thing that I do not relish is shopping for the holiday season and especially the time taken away from spending it with my family. If I had anything positive to say about the 2020 Melbourne lockdown, it would be that I didn't need an excuse not to shop at the mall. When I walk into a mall, it is a visual overload, and I just go blank. So when it comes to planning for the coming season of giving...

I decided to bake baby bake!

But why bake?

  1. I don't have to drag myself around the mall, trying not to feel overwhelmed (that is if the shops reopen)

  2. I teach my kids that gifts need not come only from the wallet but also from the heart.

  3. Thoughtfully curated or handmade gifts are infinitely more valuable.

  4. I spend quality time with my kids AND teach them how to bake.

  5. Cookies satisfy all types of people, those who have it all and nothing at all.


Here is a good recipe that I have tried and tested:

Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies

makes 24

115g/4oz butter(direct from the fridge, cubed)

4oz of soft light brown sugar or substitute 3oz golden castor sugar

1 egg beaten

250g/9oz self raising flour

pinch of salt

125g/4.5 oz dark choc chips but I pretty much empty a whole packet of NESTLE choc chip packet just cos I'm a little greedy! Plus it tastes devine...

50g/1.75 oz macadamia nut but again this is entirely up to you, I like to add a little more...

Pre heat the oven to 190c/375F/gas mark 5 and line your baking tray with baking sheets. Chuck everything except the choc chips and nuts in a processor and blitz. Once its mixed, it should look like a dough not liquidy in any way. Now simply knead in the chop chip and nuts, so that its blended well with the cookie dough, this takes a matter of minutes. I like to roll the dough in glad wrap to create a sausage shape and I chill it until its quite hard (10-20 min). I unwrap the glad wrap then slice it about a centimeter apart. this way, you'll get nice and evenly sized cookies. Bake in a pre heated oven for 10-12 minutes or just until golden brown. Transfer to a wire wrack to cool.

Several years ago, I baked cookies for all the family that came to our rescue when I was sick. It was simply a thank you for all the kind folks who had cooked us meals and looked after my children while I was in hospital. The artworks on top of the boxes were each original handmade paintings by my daughter Dhishni, who was 8 at the time.

Anyone would simply delight in receiving a gift in a beat like this!