White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies… baked to soft and chewy perfection!

Happy Monday everyone! Β Eh, isn’t that a huge oxymoron? Β Lol, well today is a happy day for me because it’s my Mom’s birthday πŸ™‚ Β Happy Birthday Mom! Β πŸ˜€

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Love you Mom!

I’m posting this recipe today because white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are my Mom’s favorite kind of cookie!

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The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

These cookies are easy to make and they taste like they came from a bakery!!

When it comes to cookies, what is your preference… thin and crispy or thick and chewy? Β For me, it’s definitely thick and chewy…. like practically dough. Β Not much makes me happier than a freshly baked, warm from the oven cookie that is so soft, thick and chewy that it practically melts in your mouth!! Β If you like those kind of cookies, then these are the ones for you πŸ™‚

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

Look how soft that cookie looks!

The dough for these cookies comes together really quickly, then you just let the dough rest and chill for about an hour. Β You can chill for less time, and probably not at all… but chilling the dough will give you a thicker cookie πŸ™‚

You can use any white chocolate that you’d like for this recipe, chunks, chips, etc… but my favorite type to use is this:

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

Now when you’re mixing the dough together, it will look like there are way too many chips and nuts….

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

See how the dough is only 1/3 of the mixture? Β Trust me, it will all come together πŸ™‚

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

Don’t you want to just grab a spoon? Β Mmmmmmmm dough…..

Now just cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and pop it in the refrigerator for about an hour.

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

When it’s time to bake the cookies, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, a few inches apart. Β You can roll them by hand, or if you have one of these handy little cookie scoops, go ahead and bust it out πŸ™‚ Β I love using mine for cookies and for meatballs too!

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

If you want even more chocolate and nuts, go ahead and lightly press a chocolate chip and piece of macadamia nut into the top. Β Bake them for about 9 minutes.

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

They’ll be nice and puffy when you pull them out of the oven… go ahead and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few seconds, then cool them on a cooling rack. Β While they cool, you’ll notice they’ll sort of sink down a little.

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

These cookies baking will make your house smellΒ amazing!

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

Fair warning… whoever you make these for… will soon become your best friend (if they aren’t already)!

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

You won’t be able to eat just one of these cookies, I promise you that. Β So, I apologize in advance for any pants that may fit a little tighter πŸ˜‰

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

I really hope you give these cookies a shot πŸ™‚ Β Settle in with a glass of milk and plate of these cookies and enjoy!

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!

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The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
1 hr 18 mins
 
The ultimate white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... baked to soft and chewy perfection!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt (I use a whisk), and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together with a mixer (stand or hand-held). Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well until just combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture in batches, mixing to combine in between each batch, until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Stir in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for about an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  7. Press a few more white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces onto the tops for extra flavor and presentation. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges just ever so slightly browned. The centers of the cookies will look very soft and a little puffy. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few seconds, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

** if you use salted butter, omit the 1/4 tsp of salt from the recipe.
** dough should be kept cold between batches.
** dough can be chilled for up to 5 days.

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121 comments on “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. Okay. Put last of the cookie dough in the oven. It was colder and harder this time around and the oven was at 350. Turned out perfect! Still too sweet for me but my daughter chowed down. And she doesn’t even really like white chocolate macacadia cookies!

    Apparently, cold, hard dough is the secret!

  2. I am looking for a white choc. mac. nut cookie that is thick. Β I have tried another recipe, but they came out flat. Β I have tried adding 2 tablespoons more of flour and chilled the dough, but they still came out flat. Β Do your cookies come out thick?

  3. Do you have the nutritional info for these cookies? ie: calories carbs etc…

    • Hi there πŸ™‚ I don’t provide full nutritional information for my recipes, as I’m not a nutritionist and don’t want to inadvertently pass out incorrect information. My advice would be to plus the ingredients into whichever online nutrition calculator tool you typically use. myfitnesspal.com is a popular one.

  4. Hello. I tried your recipe and my cookies spread flat and burned. I chilled the 1st batch overnight and the second put in freezer for 30 minutes. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Crystal, I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience.. I’ve never had that problem and I make these all the time! Did you use real butter, or margarine? When you chilled the dough, did you keep it cold up until scooping it into balls on the cookie sheet?

  5. Can you double the recipe?

  6. I have a question not a comment. Could butter flavored shortening be used instead of butter and if so how would it affect the outcome of these cookies?

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  8. Wow I made these for my fiancee and they are perfect! My ideal cookie, nice and soft and full of chunks. Thanks for this. My new go to!

  9. My favorite nephew asked me to bake him white chocolate macademia nut cookies. He texted me the ingredients and video that he googled from another site. But I am very particular about having my cookies soft and chewy in as much as I love macademia nuts. (Also, I made sure I got the right baking sheets so the cookies won’t brown around too quickly). Thank you for this recipe and photos, etc. You have a gold mine in this site so I will stay longer.

  10. This is an amazing recipe! I’ve made it several times and today am trying it with semi sweet chocolate chips! I’m sure baking times vary with different ovens but I find it best to just keep a really close eye on them and pull them when they look very slightly golden brown around the edges and puffy in the middle πŸ™‚

  11. OHH I made a double batch of these at Christmas and froze them. Good thing cuz I ate many straight from the freezer haha! Absolutely delicious! Going to reprise the recipe now for Valentine’s Day with pink coloring

  12. These were fabulous! Using one egg yolk is a great idea for a chewy I’ve cookies. I used coconut oil as well instead of butter and they turned out amazing. Oven temperature was perfect. Thank you!

  13. I made these for my husband – white chocolate macadamia nut is his absolute favorite cookie – and I believe his eyes literally rolled back in his head when he took the first bite. He said he has found the perfect cookie and I can throw away every other white chocolate macadamia nut recipe I might have. I am allergic to sugar so I can’t taste them but he told me everyone at his work raved about them and he truly could not stop eating them. So from my husband, his co-workers and myself thank you for the perfect recipe!

    Oh, and I’m making another batch today!

  14. Found this recipe and I’m hoping to make these cookies for my mom for christmas! They are her absolute favorite! Is this recipe high altitude friendly or I need to make adjustments? For reference, I live in Denver.

  15. These cookies are AMAZING!!! The recipe is wrong I believe. They weren’t baking. I bumped to 350 & they were done in about 10 minutes. They taste incredible!!

    • Hi Kristen πŸ™‚ I’m so happy to hear that you loved the cookies! The recipe is correct; I test recipes several times before publishing them… but every oven and climate is different, and I’m glad you were able to make the changes you needed to πŸ™‚

  16. Dang, these are SO DELICIOUS!
    I wish I could include my photos, they look very close to yours! I even threw a few chips on top!
    I’m sharing my photos and YOUR recipe on my fb page. Thanks for the delicious cookie recipe!!

    • Hi Cathy πŸ™‚ I’m SO happy that you love these cookies!! I wish the comment form would allow pictures too, that would be awesome to see your cookies πŸ™‚ Thanks for returning to leave such a nice comment!

  17. This is the second time I made these and posted about them, They were a hit at my FIL’s birthday, so I am making them for a friend’s birthday. I found cooking them at bit longer at 325 works for me. They are my favorite cookie but I have to give them away or I will gain five pounds!

    • Hi Jane πŸ™‚ I’m SO happy that you love these cookies as much as we do!! I know what you mean, I have to give away a LOT of my baked goods, or I wouldn’t be able to fit through the door lol

  18. These do sounds so delicous. Will be giving these a go. Thanks for sharing.

    Simon

  19. I have never tried them before but I wanna try macadamia nut cookies and i’m going to get them. I can’t miss them. Thanks for sharing it.

  20. I’m so excited to try this recipe! I’m new to cooking and baking and am so glad I found this blog! ??❀
    Would it be a good idea to freeze some of the Dough mix for future use?

    • Hi Brenda πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you stumbled across my blog! Yes, absolutely, you can definitely freeze some extra dough πŸ™‚ I like to go ahead and scoop the dough into little balls and freeze them that way, so it’s less hassle when you want to thaw and use them πŸ™‚

  21. Does it call for unsalted butter or normal butter? Thanks!

  22. I thought the temp was 350, and cooked the first batch at that heat, and they weren’t done at ten minutes. I turned the sheet around and cooked another 3 or 4 minutes and left them on the sheet for about 5 minutes and they turned out fine. They are rather flat though. They taste great! It is a keeper.

    • Hi Jane πŸ™‚ Every oven and home is different, so I’m glad you were able to adapt the recipe πŸ™‚ The cookies are puffed when you pull them from the oven, then the sink down a little to get that classic crinkled look. If they are super flat, then it could be either the dough wasn’t chilled enough, or the baking soda may be old. So glad you loved how they tasted!

  23. Excuse the dumbness, but newbie baker here! When the ingredients state 1 egg, as well as 1 egg yolk, is that just 1 egg white with the yolk, or 1 whole egg plus an extra yolk? They look delicious by the way!

  24. I made these last night and made a second batch today. I didn’t put enough flour on the first batch of cookies I put in the oven so they spread like crazy so I put in more flour and they came out perfect!! They were very moist and yummy! Thanks for great recipe πŸ™‚

  25. Just made a huge batch of your White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies and they are AWESOME!!!!
    Our daughter is getting married on Saturday and these are her fiancΓ©s favorite cookie. Never tried them before but they will be added to my favorite cookie recipes. Thank you so…. much for sharing your recipe.

    • Hi Wendy! I’m SOOOO happy that you all loved the cookies! They’re definitely one of my favorites πŸ™‚ Congratulations to your daughter and her fiance on their wedding this Saturday!

  26. Do you flatten the cookie dough balls before baking. I tried this recipe but after 10 minutes in the oven, they haven’t flattened out as much as I would have liked. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Nivi πŸ™‚ These are supposed to a big a thick chewy cookie. If you’d like them flatter and thinner, you can certainly flatten them a little before baking. After you pull them out and let them cool, they’ll sink down a little though.

  27. I just made these and they are the best cookies I have ever made! Thank you so much for sharing.

  28. My absolute favorite cookie . . . EVER . . . is a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie. I can’t resist them. It’s just impossible. I refuse to even try to resist them.

    But ‘ve never made them before. I stumbled across your recipe on Pinterest, and decided to brave it this year.

    Can I just say? Oh. MY! I’m in love. I think I will have to lie to my husband about how many the batch made, because I’m sure half will be gone before he gets home from work tonight.

    I subbed out the butter for coconut oil, and it worked great!

    Kudos. You’re my new hero.

  29. I think the directions are incorrect. There is no way these cookies ever get done at 325 degrees. Mine were still uncooked after 15 minutes. I bumped it up to 350 for 15 minutes and they were perfect.

    • Hi Anne, I’m sorry you had troubles with this one. I assure you, the recipe instructions are correct, as I’ve made these countless times with no problems. Did you follow the recipe exactly? My only other suggestion is that maybe your oven temperature is off? I had that problem about 6 months ago and was running into similar issues with recipes. The cookies are supposed to be very soft when they come out of the oven. I’m glad you were able to come up with a way to make them though!

      • This happened to me as well 325 and 10 mins and they were still raw little cookie balls. I followed the recipe exactly

        • Hi Jennifer… I’m sorry you didn’t have success with these cookies. As with all things, every oven is different, so perhaps your oven needed some extra time or adjustments. I find this to be true of about half the recipes I’ve tried online, it takes a try or two to get it adjusted to work for my oven and my climate (as that can also alter things, especially with baking).

  30. I had a total fail with these cookies. I chilled the dough an hour, and used a 1″ cookie scoop. After 8 minutes, they looked as described so I took them out. The centers were soft and almost liquid after cooling for Β½ hour. I had two half sheets in the oven at the same time, so don’t know if that had anything to do with it. When these came out of the oven, they immediately deflated to a thickness barely more than a sheet of paper. They were so thin, I couldn’t scrape them off the cookie sheet without the edges crumbling and a wet center. I had six cookies for a third sheet and and left them in 1 minute longer, they came out very brown and the centers were done, but again deflated. I put the first two sheets back in the oven and they are re-puffing up, but I have no hope that they will not deflate again. I went back over the recipe to make sure I didn’t leave anything out and had the correct measurements, and I did it right. Does anyone have an idea what went wrong?

    • Hi Sandy, I’m so incredibly sorry you didn’t have luck with these cookies πŸ™ I know how frustrating it can be to try a recipe and have it not turn out the way you expected! Without being there with you I can’t say exactly what went wrong, all I can do is ask some questions and offer some suggestions. Did you use real butter? Margarine will cause cookies to be thin. By any chance is your baking soda old? That happened to me recently and it altered the way things turned out. Did you use parchment paper? My cookies always stick if I don’t use it :/ The only other suggestion I can give is to maybe chill the dough for longer and bake only 1 sheet at a time?

  31. You can’t get better than white chocolate and macadamia nuts in a cookie! YUM!

  32. This recipe look delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  33. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are also my favoite kind of cookie. I love them when they’re thick and chewy as yours are. Happy Birthday to your mom, what a great dessert to celebrate with!

  34. Your mom is totally right, macadamia nut cookies are the best! I never make them because the price of macadamias are so high, but you know what? I should really treat myself!

  35. What a great tribute to you mama. I love macadmai cookies, they are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  36. these cookies look amazing. I’d love to have one to dip into my cappuccino right NOW.

  37. Looks like a great recipe, I’m about to make them! I totally agree with you about soft cookies being the best πŸ™‚ Do you use raw or toasted macadamia nuts in your recipe? The nuts taste so good toasted but I worry that they will get to brown if I then bake the in the dough. Thanks!

  38. This is such a sweet gesture on your part. your mom must have been very touched πŸ™‚

  39. These cookies look AMAZING. I’ve never cooked with Macadamia nuts before – is it true they should be stored in the fridge?? Will be giving these cookies a go. Great post. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

    • Thank you so much Sammie!! You can leave them at room temp if you’ll be using them in a week or two. Nuts are full of oil, and oil can go rancid, and the nuts will taste awful, so for long term storage, I keep them in the refrigerator or even the freezer πŸ™‚ I hope you love the cookies!!

  40. These cookies are delicious! I just made them and they turned out perfectly. I typically don’t follow recipes to a T, but I did with this one and I’m sure glad I did! Chewy, crisp edges, very vanilla/sugary. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Ahhh Camilla, that makes me so happy to hear that you loved these cookies!! Thank you so much for the kind comment πŸ™‚ I barely ever follow a recipe to a T either lol, I get teased for it πŸ™‚

  41. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  42. Hi Amanda,
    These cookies look so scrumptious, I love cookies with nuts in them and macadamia and white chocolate make such a great combination!

  43. Happy Birthday, Amanda’s Mom!!! And you’re the perfect daughter, Amanda! These cookies are perfect! Macadamia nuts are the best! I’m going to make these, I want my house to smell amazing, too! πŸ™‚

  44. I ,lobe this sweet nutty combo! Wow! This is mouthwatering amazing! I would love for you to share this at my party Making Memories Mondays that is going on now! Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚
    Cathy

  45. I love love love Macadamia nuts and white chocolate!!! πŸ˜€ I don’t really like macadamia nuts by it’s self… but in cookies and brownies with chocolate chips?? YES PLEASE!! These look so good Amanda… so good that I wish I could have some cookies now!
    Happy Birthday to your Mom too! I hope she had a wonderful day!

    • Thank you so much Dini!! I’m not a huge macadamia nuts by themselves fan either, but there’s something about that combination of nuts and chocolate… I get addicted πŸ™‚

  46. Chewy cookies are definitely the best! These look amazing, the photos are making me drool!
    White chocolate and macadamia is such a great combination too, I’m actually editing photos for ice cream of the same flavour combo right now!

    • Thank you so much Michelle!! Means a lot, especially coming from a gal who bakes such amazing things πŸ˜€ Ooooooh, I can’t wait for that post… white chocolate and macadamia in ice cream would be incredible πŸ™‚

  47. Happy birthday to your mom! What a lovely gift–I love the classics. I think my favourite tends to be thin and crisp cookies (if only because even the thick and chewy cookies dry out so quickly and become hard…at least this way I save myself the disappointment!)

  48. Hmm, you got me thinking about my preference… But I don’t think I could make a choice. Anyway, these cookies are looking so perfectly delish! Thanks for sharing, Amanda. And happy happy birthday to your Mom. πŸ™‚ Happy FF! xx

  49. My middle son’s favorite too and he always buys them. Shame on me. You’ve inspired me to bake them too Amanda!

  50. i need to make these NOW!! these cookies are right up my sweets junky alley!! thanks for sharing….i am literally drooling over those pics!! pinning πŸ™‚

  51. Wow these look yummy and easy, and even better your food photography is awesome! Totally pinning this, have a great day πŸ™‚ xo

    • Thank you so much Jess!! I was worried about these photos, as they were the first ones I took with my air cast on, so I couldn’t move around as much as I usually do lol… so I’m glad you like them πŸ˜€

  52. Wow! These look fantastic! I love macadamia nuts! I’ve bookmarked this recipe for my daughter, she is going to love these.

  53. Mmmmmm, these are one of my favorites. Your photography is beautiful! -Kat

  54. Wow, these cookies look absolutely perfect! I love how chewy and textured they look.

  55. yummy!! These look so delicious!!

  56. Yup, it’s settled. I need to make these.

  57. I wish I could even explain how much I love these cookies. They are my most favorite, ever!

  58. These look delicious Amanda! I can see why your mother loves them.

  59. Your mom is SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAYYYYY TO HER!!!!!!!! She raised a great daughter (& a great cook!) -These cookies look SO moist, my lord!!! Definitely pinning this one to make soon, my work mates would love it!

    • Awwww thank you girllll!!! She’s probably cringing because I posted a picture of her lol πŸ™‚ I used to bake cookies with her all the time growing up… awesome memories! These cookies are even moist a couple of days later too, love that!

  60. Usually, I’m not even a huge fan of macadamia nut cookies, but these look REALLY good. Nice post as a tribute to your mother too πŸ˜‰