Chocolate chunk and nut cookies variations:
*Use walnuts or pecans instead of macadamia nuts.
*For cherry and almond cookies, use white all-purpose 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 extract instead of vanilla extract.
Per cookie: 235 calories, 3 g protein, 15 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 19 mg cholesterol, 23 g total carbohydrate, 12 g sugars, 1 g fibre, 127 mg sodium
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.