Martha Stewart’s macadamia maple squares

30 Mar


Having macadamias in the pantry is always a fraught experience. There is every chance the lot will be consumed by myself or the Hungry Dad before I have had a chance to bake with them. And there is no halfway with these delicious nuts, which are indigenous to Australia – once you pop you can’t stop, to borrow a phrase. 

I suggest heading to the shops to buy your macadamias then coming home to immediate bake this amazing dish from Martha Stewart. It is perfect for Easter, when you are all chocolate’d out but still want a sweet hit [yes, it happens].

I tweaked it a bit, adding more maple syrup [yum] in lieu of corn syrup [not yum].

You’ll notice in the photo that there is only piece of the finished product. That’s how good it was. And even then I had to practically wrestle it away to snap it. You have been warned…


½ cup butter plus 6 tablespoons extra, softened

1 1/4 cups plain flour

¾ cup roughly chopped macadamias

¼ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 tablespoons thickened cream



Preheat oven to 180c and grease and line a 20cm square baking pan with non-stick paper, allowing plenty of overhang.

In a bowl use a fork to whisk together flour and ¼ cup of the nuts; set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer beat together ½ cup butter and the brown sugar until pale. Mix in the flour mixture and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

Press dough evenly over base of pan and refrigerate for half an hour.

Remove and bake for 22-ish minutes / until lightly golden. Set aside.

Meanwhile put the extra butter and remaining nuts into a small saucepan and cook over a low-is heat, stirring constantly, until butter is foamy – this should take 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in remaining brown sugar, maple syrup and cream and stirring constantly boil for about 2 minutes.

Pour over crust and allow to completely cool. When cool use excess paper hang to lift out of pan and cut into squares or wedges.


45 Responses to “Martha Stewart’s macadamia maple squares”

  1. The Culinary Jumble March 30, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    This looks fabulous! Don’t have any macademia nuts (so hard to get in Sweden), so wonder if peanuts would work?!

    • thehungrymum March 30, 2015 at 10:14 am #

      O, didn’t think that macadamias would be hard to get in other parts of the world! Not sure if peanuts would work – let me know if you try using them x

      • The Culinary Jumble March 31, 2015 at 11:23 am #

        In Sweden they go in for mixed nuts – so, everything is thrown in together! I am going to try this today with peanuts and light syrup (no maple syrup – what am I like?!) and will let you know!

  2. cheergerm March 30, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Maple and macadamia, there is a match made in heaven Mrs H!

    • thehungrymum March 31, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      I totally agree you with Lady Cheergerm 😉 Highly recommend making this one x

  3. Margot @ Gather and Graze March 30, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    My gosh, this sounds good! I love these kinds of slices… yum! 🙂

    • thehungrymum March 30, 2015 at 10:15 am #

      thanks Margot – I must say, these were pretty yum 😉

  4. kitchenkonfidential March 30, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    i adore macadamia nuts 🙂 this is a fun way to use them!

    • thehungrymum April 17, 2015 at 2:54 am #

      They are super delish! I will def be making this agin, it vanished in mere moments!

  5. Fourth Generation Farmgirl March 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I love maple! This looks wonderful. 🙂

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      you and me both! I panic when the bottle is almost empty – can be tricky to find good maple syrup in Oz.

  6. Jess @ March 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    These look divine! I love the maple flavour! 😀

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks Jess – these would be a cinch for you to make!

  7. Megsmealplanning March 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    mmmmm looks like a good idea to make for Easter Sunday!

    • thehungrymum April 9, 2015 at 4:08 am #

      Hope you had a chance to bake them! If not, there’s always Chrissy 😉

  8. MegStevenson March 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Yumm! Looks like I found what I’m going to make for Easter Sunday!

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 9:03 am #

      yay! Love it when you find the ideal recipe for a special occasion – enjoy 🙂

  9. trixpin March 31, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Wow, these look amazing! I don’t think I’d be able to resist eating all of them at once, so no wonder most didn’t make it to the photo stage 😉

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      I thought I had enough hidden away from the Hungry Family to snap later, but alas…

  10. Feast Wisely April 1, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    I love macadamia nuts and these look divine!

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 8:58 am #

      Aren’t they delish? Shame they are soooo dear ;(

      • Feast Wisely April 1, 2015 at 10:51 am #

        I know Aldi sells broken up ones for a good price – very good for baking even though they don’t look as pretty in the packet’

  11. Liz April 1, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    oh gosh, I will be making that! Can see why it disappears 🙂

    • thehungrymum April 1, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      I highly suggest you do Liz – your nearest and dearest will love you even more x

  12. but i'm hungry April 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Ooooh… these are going on my “to make” list!

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      I hope you have had a chance to make them! What did you think?

  13. Lily Lau April 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    You’ve just awakened my sweet tooth, that looks super tasty! 🙂

  14. Fae's Twist & Tango April 4, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    OMG, in this case, this wedge looks so~ good!
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  15. kathryningrid April 7, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    I am SOOO going to have to make these! Your version—who needs corn syrup when you can have *maple* syrup!!! Yummy, yummy, yummy. 😀 Thanks for the sharing!

    • thehungrymum April 8, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      oooh, love your enthusiastic reaction! TBH I wouldn’t even know where to buy corn syrup – it isn;t really a thing in Australia but I just assumed that it tastes yuck 😉

  16. Tania @My Kitchen Stories April 9, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Great idea. macadamia and caramel. It really does look very good. MMMMm

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      Macs and caramel are a match made in heaven 😉

  17. thegrantlife April 12, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    mmm.. these look delicious!

  18. Jessica @ Sweet Menu April 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Oh I love macadamia nuts and anything with maple! What a delicious treat!

  19. Sophie33 April 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I made this delicious easy tart & loved it so much! It was amazing! xxxx

    • thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 2:15 am #

      glad to hear it Sophie 🙂 And I love that you bake as often as me #BakingBuddies

      • Sophie33 April 20, 2015 at 5:12 am #

        Ooh yes, my friend! xxx

  20. Zoe Bordelon May 30, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Looks amazing!

  21. Nat Yusop | BakeSlave June 9, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    Oh my. YUM.

  22. thehungrymum April 20, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    Love this! I don’t have any macs, or peanuts, at home at moment 😦


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