White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies are tremendously tender and perfectly chewy – each buttery bite is one to remember! Roasted nuts and a moist, vanilla cookie are blended in a pinnacle of holiday flavor. My macadamia nut cookie recipe makes a whopping 70 cookies in less than 30 minutes – which I am grateful for because we make them all year long!! 

white chocolate macadamia cookies recipe.

A plate of classic Christmas cookies is enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit, and these white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Dotted with toasted macadamias and smooth chocolate chips, they get your mouth watering before you can even take your first bite.

You can whip up this easy Christmas cookie recipe in less than 30 minutes. Feeling a little more ambitious?

I have these Christmas pinwheel cookies, timeless Christmas sugar cookies, and fruity cranberry Christmas cake recipes for you to try!

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INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Room Temperature Butter & Vegetable Shortening – It’s possible to use only butter, but you’ll need to give the dough a bit of time in the fridge before baking.

    Chill all-butter dough for 30 minutes or so to prevent the cookies from spreading too much.
  • Granulated Sugar & Light Brown Sugar – You could use all light brown sugar for extra chewy goodness. And could you use dark brown sugar?

    You can! However, in my opinion, the secret to this macadamia nut cookie recipe lies in its subtlety, and dark brown sugar has a deeper, molasses-like richness.
  • Vanilla & Almond Extract – You can easily substitute almond extract with vanilla, but almond will tie all of those roasted nutty flavors together throughout the cookie dough. Definitely give it a try if you can find it!
  • White Chocolate Chips – Not really chocolate, but we call these sweet chips “chocolate” anyways!

    That being said, milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips don’t really have a place here as a substitute. Stick to white chocolate!
macadamia nut cookie dough in scoop.

Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe Hacks You Need To Know!

  • Don’t Overmix Or Overbake! Trust the recipe – turn that mixer off (or put that whisk down!) as soon as the flour is totally combined with the wet ingredients, then slowly work in the nuts and chips until evenly dispersed.

    And when the cookies are baking, keep them in the oven just until the edges are barely brown. 
  • Cut the Sweetness. A hint of sea salt does wonders for those who lack a sweet tooth.

    Just a pinch sprinkled over the cookies in the last couple minutes of baking is all you need!
  • Not Using a Stand Mixer? Give yourself enough time to really beat the butter until it’s nice and creamy.

    This could take you 5 minutes or longer if whisking by hand! It’ll be light and fluffy as a cloud when it’s ready – a real workout, but worth the results!
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Storing and Freezing White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

What a fantastic prep-ahead dessert! This macadamia nut cookie recipe lasts up a week in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Once baked, leftovers can be kept on the counter for a week or so.

To freeze the cookie dough: ball up your individual cookies, lay them on a plate in the freezer, then throw them in a storage bag once slightly solid.

That preliminary freeze will keep them from clumping together and make thawing later much easier.

To be honest, I make several batches of these and bake them too. Then I freeze them in gallon ziptop bags.

They store perfectly that way for months. It is a great way to get a head on your Christmas baking.

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies FAQ

Should I toast my macadamia nuts for cookies?

If the ones you have are untoasted, you’ll definitely want to roast them yourself. Luckily, it’s really easy to do!


Preheat a pan on medium. Toss the shelled nuts in the pan and let them heat up, giving them a stir to prevent burning and promote even cooking. 

The nuts are done roasting after 10 or 15 minutes – they’ll be so fragrant you’ll want to grab them right out of the pan! Don’t do that, though, but let them cool before adding to the dough. 

How do you cut macadamia nuts for cookies?

Wait to chop up the nuts until after they’re toasted. A sharp knife will do you well and make getting those slivers extra easy!

The size is up to you, but I think a small chop is best for the texture of the white chocolate macadamia cookies. A food processor can help you get a good size with just a few pulses!

My favorite version of this recipe and most requested cookies use whole macadamia nuts!

Why aren’t my white chocolate macadamia cookies spreading?

It could be that you chilled the dough for too long. 30 minutes in the fridge is plenty of time before baking!

You may have also added too much flour to the dough – the most common cookie crime! Take care to level-off and not pack down when making measurements.

Additionally, going with all white granulated sugar rather than light brown sugar will make the cookies spread less.

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Enjoy!
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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Donna Elick
White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies are buttery with a rich, roasted taste. My macadamia nut cookie recipe is perfect for the holidays!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 72 cookies

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, I used Crisco
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric mixer and large mixing bowl), add butter, shortening and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    Add eggs and both extracts and mix until combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, sprinkle the flour, baking soda and salt into the bowl. Mix until just combined (do not over mix). Stop mixer and scrape down the sides of bowl. Add macadamia nuts and chips and continue mixing on low speed, just until combined.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, arrange dough, about 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Donna’s Notes

You can use all butter, but you may want to chill the dough for about 30 minutes before baking. This will prevent it from spreading while baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 99cal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 38mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 0.4g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published December 2014, updated and republished October 2022

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I make these every year and everyone expects them. Last year I ran out of time and my family was not happy lol. I will make them first this year!

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