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How to Make Macadamia Nut Cookies


Nabubwaya Chambers is a Kenyan-born mom now raising her family in Texas, USA. She lives with her husband and their son Lema. Nabubwaya’s mom recently visited her in Texas,  and is characteristic of all mothers, she took along some unga for her daughter. Here is what Nabubwaya was able to make from some of the unga her mom brought to her. She writes:

“Last week, I decided to be a little bit innovative by baking macadamia nuts cookies. Instead of using the usual all-purpose flour, I opted for the celebrated Chapati Afya unga that my lovely mother had brought from Kenya on her recent trip to visit us.

I don’t know if anybody out there has tried this before, but I would really like to know if it has been done before and how it tasted. Well, let us just say that I most certainly brought all of the edible Kenya very close to our kitchen this time around.

I googled a basic recipe and adapted it to fit the time and ingredients that I had. You can find it here: Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe. I substituted butter with olive oil since it was just sitting on my counter. I usually add very little olive oil to Lema’s meals and he absolutely loves it. I have tried butter before but he did not warm up to it at all so olive oil it is.

Anyway, back to my attempt at making the macadamia nut cookies. The recipe called for 10-12 minutes of baking time, or until the cookies turn golden brown at 375 degrees.

My curiosity led me to peep at the cookies through the oven door where I could clearly see them working hard to come out just right. I did the first batch in 12 minutes and they seemed alright for my first time edible experiment. The second batch seemed even better in some way. I cooled them then waited for Baba Lema to come home from work. We enjoyed the cookies as our dessert after sharing a meal.

Meanwhile, our little baby Lema slept very peacefully in the room. The video monitor was on and I could see him lying there with no care in the world.

We might request our dear mama to send us some Chapati Afya multipurpose flour so that we can come up with more recipes for some good food. We have also made pancakes with this flour and they were so delicious. Talk about innovation in the kitchen! We enjoyed them greatly as Lema watched every bite of it!”

Hmmm, so what do you think of Nabubwaya’s cookies? Have you ever tried doing something similar?



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.



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