White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Once of my fondest childhood memories is this: Looking back on it now, I can’t believe it, but when I was a little girl, my dad would drive 500 miles from his home in suburban Massachusetts to my front door in rural Maryland, I’d hop in his Nissan Altima, and we’d drive 500 miles back to his home the same day. He always had the route planned out just right, and we’d speed along for most of the day, but we always made a point to stretch our legs and stop in New Jersey for a little food and a Mrs. Field’s macadamia nut cookie.

So, when it came time to give dear ole’ pop a gift this Father’s Day, I wanted to gift him with something homemade, delicious and made from the heart. I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t pull it off, given my last failed attempts at sending cookies for Mother’s Day, but packed tightly in a box full of local Los Angeles newspapers, the cookies made it to their destination, this time over 3000 miles away, all in one piece.

I encourage you to try these delicious cookies, too, whether giving them as a gift or keeping them for yourself. Macadamia nut, if you’ve never had it, has a very creamy, mild flavor, and it gives the otherwise soft, sugar-like cookie a little crunch. The white chocolate just makes the whole thing melt in your mouth, and before you know it, you’ve eaten half the batch!

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) white chocolate baking chips, or coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla on medium speed, until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until light and fluffy. Blend in flour, baking soda, and salt on low speed until mixed. Stir in macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove to wire racks.



14 Responses to “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies”

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    SilchiC — January 10, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Can’t wait to give these a try! And isn’t that glass just ADORABLE? I have the same one, and I can’t help but smile when I drink milk out of it. :)

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    Lauren (Hornsfan) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Looks great – and a sweet story to go with, it’s funny how well the flavors of childhood stick out in our memories!

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    tammy — January 10, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this one out, but I was wondering if any adjustments need to be made if the nuts are omitted?

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Tammy, I think these would be very similar to a chocolate chip cookie, but with white chocolate instead, if you left the nuts out – very, very yummy! Thanks for visiting!

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    jen — January 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    this looks mouth watering! great job you did here :) the recipe is gonna useful. thanks so much!!

    have a lovely day yourself :)


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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Ida, For good quality white chocolate, I would recommend Callebaut, a Belgian chocolate that can be found at most gourmet food stores. But for this recipe, you can just use any brand of white chocolate chips from the grocery store. Thanks for visiting!

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    roxan — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Mmm, these look absolutely delicious. and I love love love that cow cup! So adorable.

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    Stephanie — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    As delicious as these cookies look and sound, I can’t get over how cute that cow glass is!

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    These are my absolute favorite type of cookie. Unfortunately, I don’t have too many macadamia lovers in my family. I’m going to have to just bake a batch for myself. I wonder how they would freeze? Thanks for sharing your pictures and your recipe. And I agree, the cow glass is adorable!

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    burp_excuzme — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Ooh aren’t these just classic?! Def one of my favorite cookies! It was the first cookies I loved when I came to America…I used to buy those Mrs. Field’s packaged ones all the time!

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    ida — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    is there any particular brand of white chocolate that you recommend?

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    Lauren — January 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    So gorgeous. I’ve always loved these cookies, especially when I was young, probably because they are the sweetest, gooiest cookie around. And oh do I recall the Mrs. Field’s variety— with all the grease on the wax paper and everything.

    And can we talk about how cute your picture is!?? Love the cow glass and the flowers and obviously the cookies!

    – Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

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    Megan — August 16, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    im sold! making these right now to send to a friend across the country :) thanks georgia! p.s. i want that cow cup! i live in wisconsin so we like cows haha

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    sallysbakingaddiction — February 20, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    what an adorable picture!! love the cow on the glass. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are my favorite, closely followed by oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Yum!

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