White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies are cookie nirvana— chewy, sweet and salty. The sweetness of the white chocolate and the saltiness of the macadamia nuts combine in a chewy vanilla cookie.

Ingredients for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies:
3/4 cup salted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups roasted, salted macadamia nuts (chopped)

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Notes: Makes about 6 dozen small cookies; 3 dozen large. Store baked cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. Store unbaked dough in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for 1 month.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Make the dough.
1. In an electric mixer, cream butter.
2. Add white sugar. Cream thoroughly.
3. Add brown sugar all at once. Mix on medium-high until creamy and combined.
4. With mixer on low speed, add baking soda, salt and vanilla. Scrape down sides of bowl, if necessary.
5. Stop mixer and add eggs. Beat on medium-medium high until creamy and combined.
6. Add flour and slowly combine.
7. Add white chocolate chips on low speed.
8. Transfer cookie dough to airtight container and refrigerate for several hours or overnight (for best results) or place in freezer for at least 20-30 minutes.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Make the cookies.
1. Preheat oven to 325(F).
2. Chop macadamia nuts.
3. Make a small ball of dough using a teaspoon-size spoon.
4. Press dough ball into chopped macadamia nuts.
5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
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38 Responses to “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe”

  1. marla t
    5/19/2009 at 9:22 am #

    these look so good i can’t wait to try them

  2. Hamid
    5/19/2009 at 9:44 am #

    I love your recipes. They are easy and very well explained…and the best of all..the yummiest…

  3. Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures
    5/19/2009 at 10:06 am #

    Those look wonderful, love macadamia cookies.

  4. Gera @ SweetsFoods
    5/19/2009 at 10:33 am #

    I can taste and smell the white chocolate of the cookies by looking at the photos. Excellent job :)



  5. HoneyB
    5/19/2009 at 1:55 pm #

    Everyone is making these lately! I just made them too! YUMM!

  6. Xander
    5/19/2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Ooh… those look *good*!

    And I love the attractive way you were able to display the lightly packed brown sugar, without it falling apart. Like a loverly ickle sandcastle. :D

  7. Average Betty
    5/20/2009 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you marla, Hamid, Jason and Gera!

    So funny, HoneyB! I wonder why the white chocolate macadamia nut craze right now? I always have had them at Diddy Reese here in LA but never formed a recipe myself. It took me a few tries, but I’m really happy with the soft and chewiness of mine!

    Xander, my Twitter buddy! Thanks for dropping in on me! Fun trick with the brown sugar, huh? I guess I do have a good background in sand-castle-ing! Living in Florida and LA all my life!

    Love y’all!

  8. Hugging the Coast
    5/20/2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Chewy, sweet, and salty…three combinations that are right up my alley!

  9. Gail Boyd
    5/25/2009 at 10:39 am #

    I’m going to try this. Macadamia nuts are my favorite.
    We hope Maria is feeling stronger.
    Dick and Gail

  10. Average Betty
    5/26/2009 at 9:23 am #

    Hi HTC! I love the sweet, salty, chewy combo too! Nom!

    Hi Gail! Wow! How cool of you to stop by my site and comment! Let me know if you give the cookies a try and what you think…
    Maria is doing well, we’ll be sure to send your well-wishes to her :)

  11. choccycake
    7/1/2009 at 1:45 am #

    Yummy recipe and great photos, thanks for sharing!

  12. Average Betty
    7/1/2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Thanks, choccycake :)

  13. Linda
    8/8/2009 at 9:50 am #

    I’m looking for a White Choc Mac Nut Cookie to send overseas (Irac) for my son, this is his request, not an easy receipe to find, looked in all my cookbooks..nothing. These look delicious, he likes the ones at SubWay, these look better to me Hope he likes them.

  14. Average Betty
    8/11/2009 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Linda, How wonderful these cookies will be traveling all the way to your son in Iraq. I can only hope he loves them as much as I do… I’ve never had the ones from Subway… but anything homemade is always better – especially when he’s so far from home.

    Let me know how they turn out!

  15. chrystal wanstall
    8/20/2009 at 10:45 am #

    Hi betty,
    I made these last weekend and they were soooo divine! The most amazing thing was they tasted even better the next day!! Thank you so much! I wonder what I shound try this weekend?

  16. Average Betty
    8/20/2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi chrystal!
    YAY! I am so excited these cookies turned out so well for you! And I must admit – they are better the next day… or at least at room temperature. I think because maybe you can taste the variances in sweet and salty better.
    Thanks for dropping by, can’t wait to hear what you try next!

  17. La Wanda Wyatt
    9/1/2009 at 9:37 am #

    These cookies were wonderful! I will make these again. Thanks average Betty.

  18. Average Betty
    9/16/2009 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks, La Wanda!!! So glad you liked them :)

  19. Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture
    9/18/2009 at 10:47 am #

    Those look absolutely delicious!

  20. Tanya from Online Colleges
    10/15/2009 at 2:16 pm #

    WOW! These look amazing; can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the great recipe.

  21. 57er
    11/5/2009 at 12:44 pm #

    they look so good, cant wait to bake them. going to send them to my fiance for his birthday, sure he’ll love them. thank u for posting your recipe.

  22. Galen Struwe
    11/5/2009 at 2:43 pm #

    And zero calories.

  23. Adri
    12/8/2009 at 4:16 am #

    I can’t wait to make these cookies for my friend. I hope he loves them. Question is the consistency different without out the nuts, I know weird but he likes them with out so I figured I’d ask.

  24. Average Betty
    12/8/2009 at 10:21 am #

    Hi Adri!

    Gosh, great question! I’ve never tried making them without the nuts, but that sure would have been a smart thing to do while I was in test-kitchen mode!

    I think they should still have a good, chewy consistency without the nuts… I will say, the flavor will be different. White Chocolate is super sweet, the saltiness of the nuts tones down the sweetness. If you give it a go I’d love for you to let me know how they turn out.


  25. Adri
    12/15/2009 at 5:59 pm #

    They came out GREAT!!! My friend loved them, his a huge fan of white chocolate. I did everything your recipe said except to substitute the nuts I froze and chopped up white chocolate chips and pressed the dough into them. They looked and tasted AMAZING. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.

  26. Average Betty
    12/16/2009 at 10:04 am #

    Adri! That is so awesome! Thanks for letting me know how the cookies turned out without the nuts… so glad your friend loved them!!


  27. andrea
    1/2/2010 at 7:28 pm #

    these cookies came out great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Melanie Long
    5/25/2010 at 9:55 am #

    Dark chocolate is my favorite kind of chocolate. Chocolates have some natural antioxidants too.–;

  29. Savannah
    2/16/2012 at 11:09 am #

    Hi thanks for this recipe! I had trouble finding a good wc mac recipe, they all seemed the same. I like how yours includes baking soda and how you dip the tops in chopped mac nuts. Very creative. I am making these for my cousin in the Air Force, he’s very stern on wanting these cookies! So thank you !


  30. Average Betty
    2/17/2012 at 10:25 am #

    I hope you and your cousin like these cookies, Savannah! Let me know what you think :D


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