Massive macadamia and white chocolate gluten-free cookie

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A cookie the size of a very large cake – what's not to love? This delicious gluten-free recipe from Howard results in a crunchy, chewy, nut- and white chocolate-studded masterpiece that makes the perfect centrepiece for parties and gatherings. Break off a piece and pass it around!

First published in 2019





Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3-4 and line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper
Place the nuts on the lined baking sheet and roast for 5-10 minutes until light golden brown. Remove the nuts from the sheet and leave aside to cool a little
Melt the chocolate and butter together – the easiest way to do this is in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Give it a 30 second blast, then stir gently. Three blasts in total should do it. Don’t worry if you overheat it slightly and the mixture curdles a little – it will still taste fine
Put the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine
Whisk the egg with the vanilla paste and pour into the dry ingredients, then add the melted chocolate and butter and mix well
Transfer the mixture to the lined baking sheet and shape it into a circle about 30cm in diameter by pressing it out with your hands. The mixture will spread a bit in the oven so if you want a nice clean edge to your cookie you can contain it within a 30cm springform or loose-bottomed cake tin – use the tin ring minus its base on the baking sheet or simply bake the cookie in the cake tin
Arrange the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips on top and press them gently into the cookie dough
Bake for about 20–25 minutes until the surface feels fairly firm and dry to the touch. Leave to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then run a knife around the circumference, carefully unmould and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling and to firm up
When cool, decorate with more melted white chocolate if desired. You can mask off the centre of the cookie with a circle of foil, baking parchment, a large plate or the base of a loose bottom cake tin, then drizzle artistically around the edge. Add gluten-free sprinkles or popping candy if you wish
Cookie slices will keep in an airtight container for several days
First published in 2019

Howard is a food writer and presenter from Sheffield, who first caught the public’s attention on series four of The Great British Bake Off, going on to win their affection with his quirky style and love of unusual ingredients.

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