Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Soft, chewy and just barely crisp on the edges chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are memorably good. This is one of my favorite cookie combinations.

There is no bad time of day (or even year!) for cookies. And these cookies? You’re going to want them all day (and year) long.

a pile of chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nuts

Most folks have robust opinions about whether chocolate chip cookies are better with or without nuts. We’re pretty firmly in the “yes, please!” camp.

Putting nuts in cookies makes them more substantial as a snack. Now they’re not quite health food even with nuts, but they do fill you up faster!

And the buttery, tender, rich macadamia nuts are a perfect complement to decadent, melted, gooey chocolate chips and crisp edged cookie.

Of course, you can leave the nuts out if you are Team No Thank You to nuts in cookies. You don’t have to change anything else in the recipe; just omit the nuts.

chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies on cooling rack

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make this recipe, you’ll need

The Little Things Newsletter #423 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been a week of beautiful weather here in Ohio and I’ve spent much of it either walking outdoors or enjoying the breeze through the window next to my desk. Today is promising a bit of rain and I’m looking forward to an afternoon at home with a book and maybe a puzzle too, depending on whether my older kids are home and interested in doing said puzzle with me. I’m happy to have a fridge filled with leftovers and no reason or motivation to cook today.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Blueberry salsa deliciously defies salsa convention. Blended blueberries are combined with jalapenos, onion, and lime juice to form the base of this non-traditional but stupendous snack you’ll crave all summer long.

BBQ chicken french bread pizza is a pizza lover’s dream come true! With just a few ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can have dinner on the table.

With little more than a few small zucchini and a couple of ears of fresh corn, you can be on your way to piping hot, crispy, craveable zucchini corn fritters.

Grilled corn is a deceptively simple show stopper of a side dish. Learn how to grill corn on the cob to get perfectly sweet charred kernels and make this gorgeous summer classic your claim to fame.

Strawberry crisp gets a little tropical glow up with a buttery, coconut studded, brown sugar crisp layered over an abundance of fresh strawberries. When summer strawberries are everywhere at their peak, you positively must try it!

Strawberry lemonade ice cream is a bright lemony ice cream with a strawberry swirl and it is as refreshing as a tall glass of frosty lemonade. Be prepared to swoon!

You only need four ingredients to make this strawberry shortcake ice cream and you won’t even need an ice cream machine to churn it. 

What I’m CRAVING: Anything at all with fresh peaches! From southern peach cobbler to this peach caprese salad and warm bowls of peach oatmeal, I will happily eat peaches with every meal these days. I adore pizza with fresh peaches and arugula with a bit of balsamic,

World’s Best Carolina Pulled Pork [+ Video]

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World’s Best Carolina Pulled Pork [+ Video]

This pulled pork is the best I've ever had and it's made in the oven! Check out my south carolina husband's secrets for the best pork! ohsweetbasil.com

Make the perfect Carolina pulled pork with this easy and delicious recipe. Impress your friends and family with this mouth-watering dish, complete with a step-by-step video tutorial.

Want to make the best pulled pork from your own kitchen? The key to making this Carolina pulled pork recipe is the brine. You’re actually going to start this recipe two days ahead of time with the brine, and it takes time to make tender, juicy pulled pork in the oven. So plan your schedule accordingly, and get ready for the best pulled pork of your life!

Make a batch of our very best macaroni salad and toss together a fresh fruit salad, and it’s party time!!

Watch How This Pulled Pork Recipe is Made…

Creating the Best Pulled Pork Recipe

When I think of BBQ, I can’t help but think of slow and low style, the Carolina way. In order to cook the best pulled pork, it’s essential that you plan ahead and spend some time prepping and cooking that delicious meat at those lower temperatures. This helps bring out all those flavors that melt in your mouth and allows that pork to literally fall apart. I know, we are all lazy and don’t want to, but trust me, this Carolina pulled pork recipe is so easy your dog could do it.

This recipe may seem like a process, but here’s the deal: you really just plop the pork in the fridge to marinate, and then transfer it to the oven. Altho

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream

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Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream is a bright lemony ice cream with a strawberry swirl and it is as refreshing as a tall glass of frosty lemonade. Be prepared to swoon!

Strawberry lemonade ice cream scooped into a bowl with a drizzle of strawberry sauce and red and white tea towel on the side.

Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream

Bluebell makes a strawberry lemonade ice cream that has a strawberry ice cream base with a lemonade sherbet swirl. And while it was tasty, I wanted something a little bit different; something with more oomph.

I wanted to play up the lemon, so I decided to work with a lemon ice cream base (because I already love that one so much!) and then swirl it generously with a strawberry sauce.

This is a creamy, refreshing treat and we absolutely love it!

lemonade ice cream in a bread pan swirled with strawberry sauce with an ice cream scoop in the ice cream

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream

To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • strawberries
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • lemons
  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • vanilla extract

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ic

Fluffy Cheesecake Fruit Salad [+ Video]

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Fluffy Cheesecake Fruit Salad [+ Video]

a photo of a bowl of creamy cheesecake fruit salad topped with slices of banana and whole raspberry and sliced strawberries

This cheesecake fruit salad is awesome for a side at a potluck or BBQ or even as a dessert! Plus it’s so easy it’s foolproof! The perfect summer salad!

Ummmmm I could eat this berry cheesecake salad recipe for the rest of my life and die happy. Seven years ago we posted this recipe and I’ve been waiting all winter for berry season to hit so we could bring this recipe back to the front for everyone to enjoy.

It’s sweet deliciousness. It seems a little wrong to take all of those healthy berries and turn them into a calorie fest with everything you put in this dish, but guess what, WORTH IT!!

Seriously, you should all make this on a perfect sunny day and eat outside with the family. Or maybe take it to a BBQ so everyone can ask you what the amazing recipe is.

Cheesecake Fruit Salad Ingredients

This fruit salad recipe is so versatile. I’m going to list out the ingredients that we love, but know from the start that you can totally swap out different fruits or flavors of yogurt. Here is what you will need:

  • Instant Cheesecake Pudding: You want just the pudding powder to add that yummy cheesecake flavor.
  • Cool Whip: adds sweetness and creaminess
  • Strawberry Yogurt: adds more fruity flavor and creaminess to the salad
  • Bananas: cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • Strawberries: stem removed and sliced
  • Raspberries: left whole but rinsed
  • Optional: Blueberries, Blackberries, Peaches, Cherries or Grapes
  • Graham Crackers: If you really want to make this salad taste like a true cheesecake, add crushed up graham cracker.

PRO TIP: After trying many different combinations of fruit in this recipe, I’ve decided my favorite concoction is fresh bananas, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries and fresh blackberries. So fresh! Haha!

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Cheesecake Fruit Salad

One of my favorite things about this side dish is that it couldn’t be easier! Just two quick steps and you have a delicious fruit salad.

  1. In a large bowl, mix the pudding powder, whipped topping and yogurt together.
  2. Add the fruit and carefully fold it into the creamy cheesecake mixture. Then let it chill in fridge until it’s ready to serve (at least 30 minutes).

These instructions can also be found in the recipe card below where you can also print or save the recipe.

Watch How This Fruit Salad is Made…

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