These biscuits are simply irresistible eaten while still warm, when the chocolate chunks are soft and melting. Macadamia nuts add a crunchy texture, but can be omitted if you prefer. Like the chocolate, the nuts should be in large pieces.
Plain chocolate is a good source of copper and provides useful amounts of iron. The scientific name of the cocoa bean tree is Theobroma cacao, which means ‘food of the gods’. Casanova was reputed to drink hot chocolate before his nightly conquests – in fact, he was said to prefer chocolate to champagne.
*Use walnuts or pecan nuts instead of macadamia nuts.
*For cherry and almond biscuits, use white plain flour instead of the cocoa powder, and substitute 60 g dried sour cherries and 60 g flaked almonds for the chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts. If you want a pronounced almond flavour, use 1/4 teaspoon almond essence instead of vanilla essence.
Altered ingredient amounts. Instead of choc chunks i used dark choc chips =) - 19 Jul 2010