A Taste of Hawaii in the palm of your hand…Linditas

Good Morning! (well it’s morning here anyway….)  Curiosity has brought your here….what is a Lindita?  Lindita means…the day is born.  I know a wonderful woman named Linda and she is like the sunrise.  I have known few people who have such a peaceful presence as she.

Linda lives in Hawaii and comes to visit her brother, my husband, once a year.  She always brings gifts to us.  My favorite kind of gifts….food: Kona coffee, tea and several kinds of macadamia nuts.  We visit and have fun in the kitchen when she is here.

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I decided to make a cookie that makes me think of her:  white chocolate for her fair coloring, orange for the brightness she radiates and, of course coconut and macadamia nuts for her home.  I was going to call them “Linda cookies” until I looked on the Web and found that there is a Linda Cookie out there…selling cookies….who’da thought?  So I wondered about Lindita, which (if it where spanish-it’s not) could mean “little Linda”.  When I found out it is Armenian for the day is born, it seemed perfect.  I mean you could eat these for breakfast….right?

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The flavor is sumptuous and will make you sigh.  What more could you ask for?

You’ll need:

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup vegetable shortening or softened butter

2/3 cup raw sugar

Zest from one large orange

1/8 cup orange juice

1 egg

1 (11-12 oz pkg) white chocolate chips

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1/2 cup coconut, medium shred or flaked

Preheat oven to 350 F

Combine flours, baking soda, salt, nuts and coconut.  Stir well and set aside.  In your electric mixer, cream your sugar and shortening/butter until fluffy.  Beat in the egg, orange zest and juice.  With mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and the white chocolate.  Mix until well combined.  Mix will look a little dry.  Add just a tad more OJ if too loose.

Use a medium cookie scoop (about 1 tbs) and place portions on a cookie sheet with silicon sheet or parchment paper.  Bake for 13-15 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing to a cooking rack.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Considered a great stress reliever.  Just ask my (final year in college) son when he opens his package from home!  Enjoy!

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