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White Toblerone Macadamia Cookies

Wow, it sure is crazy to think that 2013 is taking its last few breaths. Pretty soon, the full force of 2014 will be upon us! It’s weird to think how quickly this year went by. But as the seasons change and our calendars change dates, some things always stay the same.

The last day of the year will always be December 31, and it’s been that way for a very long time. If I’m not mistaken, December 31 was created back when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 45 BC, where December was given 31 days instead of the 29 it had under the old Roman calendar.

Mixing the Toblerone with the cookie dough

On this last day of the year, people everywhere will begin making resolutions to themselves. Some of that will include eating healthier, losing weight, exercising more, getting more sleep, procrastinating less, etc. Personally, I don’t have my list of New Year’s resolutions ready yet, but I will! I’ll probably post them on my personal blog (kuyasnotebook.com) later today or tomorrow when I finally have the list finalized.

Before midnight rings, it’s also important to clean the house and get everything ready for the new year. Today has been filled with cleaning, tidying things up, and just getting the house ready to soak in all the luck that 2014 has to offer.

Preparing the cookies

Filipinos have always been superstitious about New Year’s, probably a product of our Chinese ancestors. A few important things you should do before the calendar rolls over to January 1 include:

  • Cleaning your house
  • Fill your wallet with money (no empty wallets unless you want an empty wallet all year!)
  • Scatter coins around the house and outside your door
  • Eat round grapes at the stroke of midnight
  • Have long noodles for long life

I’m also going to be jumping twelve times at midnight to increase my height this year. 🙂

Cookies in the oven

Also, on New Year’s Day, it’s very important that you don’t clean anything and don’t spend any money at all! You wouldn’t want to wipe away the good luck that came in on New Year’s Eve, and your spending habits on January 1 will last for the rest of the year! As in, if you spend money of New Year’s Day, you’ll spend away too much of your money this coming year!

Bok Choy and Broccoli has a very international audience, many of you hailing from the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Please in the comments leave how you celebrate the New Year and what your superstitions are (if you have any)! Until next time, have a great 2014 ahead of you!

Toblerone Cookies

White Toblerone Macadamia Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups (approx. 2 bars) white Toblerone, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, comine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend sugars at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour mixture and macadamia, and blend at low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix!
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto un-greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown. Transfer cookies immediately to cool, flat surface.

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White Chocolate Toblerone Fudge

It’s really crazy to think it’s already midway through October! It feels like it hasn’t been that long since school started in late August. Maybe it’s just the ridiculous amount of things I’ve been up to lately!

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Last weekend, I went to a homecoming football game and dance with an old friend at her school. And to go along with Texan tradition, we exchanged the gigantic mums (a huge, fake chrysanthemum flower with a million long, flowing ribbons coming off it) and arm garters too. Just yesterday, I took the PSAT for my second time—the “real deal” is next year (junior year) when it counts for scholarships. (It made me choose one race, which was kind of problematic considering that I’m biracial.) Also, I’m going to my own school’s homecoming this weekend! Whew, that’s a lot of “social time” for a somewhat awkward introvert like me!

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My grandparents on my mom’s side came from the Philippines a few weeks ago, as well. With them, they brought a bunch of mini Toblerone bars—in milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate flavors! My favorite definitely has to be the white chocolate. I mean, how can you go wrong with white chocolate?

Fun Fact: White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate. It’s just a chocolate derivative. Why? Because it doesn’t have any cocoa solids!

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Toblerone is something my mom would always eat when she was younger. For her, it was just one of the many foods that made up her childhood. While I can’t say the same about mine, I’m definitely glad my mom and grandparents showed me Toblerone, because it’s amazing.

Halloween is coming up soon, so I thought you might enjoy this fudge recipe. It may not be candy, but it should satisfy your cravings!

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White Chocolate Toblerone Fudge

This recipe was Pinterest-inspired and adapted from Lea & Jay’s Bailey’s Irish Cream & Pistachio Fudge recipe.

  • 1 lb white chocolate morsels
  • 1 bar white chocolate Toblerone
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur, such as Baileys (we used McCormick)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped

In a heavy pot, melt the chocolates and condensed milk on low heat. Add vanilla extract, salt, and Irish cream liqueur when halfway melted. Take the pan off the heat when fully melted. Stir in the pistachios and combine well. Line a shallow rectangular pan with non-stick foil (or use a lightly buttered pan). Pour the melted chocolate onto the rectangular pan. Chill until hardened. Cut into square pieces and serve.