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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Give me white chocolate over a dark bittersweet any day. (Peanut gallery enters and heckles me for calling it “chocolate.”) The fact that it consists mainly of cocoa butter just makes me love it even more. Say cocoa butter slowly and then say chocolate…see, it just sounds sexier!

White chocolate cookies with macadamia nutsWhoever first introduced white chocolate and macadamia nuts to each other deserves an Oscar. Add lots of butter and brown sugar and watch how perfection is created in the cookie world. But there was another reason I made these other than pure love for the ingredients, I’m off to Hawaii for two weeks with my little guy and I plan to carry the Island theme through my posts until I get back. We’ll see how this goes; I’ll be out of my zone kind of, but that might make it even more fun and challenging! Expect to see bajillions of Instagram pictures and incorrectly spelled Hawaiian tweets.

I’ll be on the island of Oahu so if anyone has recommendations of places to visit or foods to try, hit me with some ideas in the comments.  

Mahalo nui loa…

Macadamia nut cookies with white chocolate chunks

The best chewy white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies
Yields 12
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  5. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 2 cups white chocolate chips or 9 ounces chopped bar chocolate
  10. 1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and creamy.
  5. Beat in the egg and vanilla, scarping the bowl down at least once.
  6. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  7. Add the chocolate and nuts and gently mix through the dough.
  8. Using a cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop, pick up enough dough to form a rough shaped ball.
  9. Place them on the cookie tray about an inch apart.
  10. Once the tray is full, place it in the oven, baking them for 15 minutes.
  11. Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.
  12. Store covered at room temperature.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library
Foodness Gracious


  • Now I’m craving cookies on a Friday night! These look delish!

    April 26, 2013
  • Liz

    I feel the same way! Shhh….don’t tell.

    PS. great cookies!

    April 27, 2013
  • White chocolate and macadamia..a heavenly combination!

    April 27, 2013
  • I’m a dark chocolate girl for sure, but I would never turn these down, they look completely perfect. And, I’m SO bummed that I didn’t get to try your caramel this weekend, as soon as I turned around it was gone. But it was good to see you two weeks in a row. Enjoy Hawaii!

    April 29, 2013
  • Although I’m a nut for all things dark chocolate, there’s something about white chocolate and macadamia nuts that just works! Now I’m craving one (and by one, I mean 17) of these cookies!!! P.S. You rocked this weekend – so happy we met ;)

    April 29, 2013
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    April 30, 2013
  • These are my favorite flavor of cookies… yours look irresistibly delicious!

    April 30, 2013
  • I love these, Gerry! I am a huge white choc fanatic. Tomorrow’s post is full of it and I have to restrain from using it all the time as I know some ppl don’t love it. But I do! And these cookies look soft, buttery, and love the 1 doz batch size. Pinned!

    April 30, 2013
  • Oh yum! I am such a chocolate person – and yes white chocolate is great sometimes :) Especially if I can have it in a cookie like these! So pretty.

    May 01, 2013
  • These are my absolute favorite cookie flavor! Yours look so delicious and tempting!

    May 01, 2013
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    May 03, 2013
  • kim

    I don’t even eat cookies yet I’m craving these amazing ones right now. :)

    May 06, 2013
  • Xime

    I think there’s a typo. 1/2 a cup of butter is just 1 stick.

    May 07, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks, it is just 1 stick, fixed it now :)

      May 07, 2013
  • Nan

    Mahalo! Just found your blog – always nice to “meet” a fellow foodie! These cookies will be in the oven this afternoon – perfect way to start the weekend! Thanks!

    May 10, 2013

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