White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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I made these for Rosh HaShanah and they were a big hit! Most people just shy away from walnuts and hazelnuts during the holidays; if your custom is not to eat any nuts at all, just leave them out! Or if you prefer pecans, just make the substitution. The recipe is flexible.
½ cup margarine
½ cup shortening
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large stand mixer, cream together margarine, shortening and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. On low speed, add flour and baking soda; then white chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Drop by the tablespoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheets 1 minute before removing to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

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