White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I was busy doing a lot of things this past weekend and I wasn’t planning on posting this, but they turned out so good I had to snap some photos of the final product.

The salty-sweet combination was stellar and the overall taste of these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies were sooooooo good.

You have to make them.  Have. To.  I am normally not a white chocolate fan but these are the exception.

I think the trick to this cookie, and any cookie, is taking the cookie out of the oven just as the edges are golden brown and letting the cooking process finish on the pan for maybe another five minutes.  The cookie stays moist and ends up with a good color.

In order to have the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts remain on top, press extra ones into the cookie dough after you have dropped it on the cookie sheet, otherwise they will all disappear into the batter.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Adapted from
For the Love of Cooking

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups roughly chopped macadamia nuts plus more to press into dough
2 cups white chocolate chips plus more to press into dough

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

Beat together melted butter, sugars, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until creamy.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined.  Stir in the nuts and white chocolate chips.  Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet.  Press in several more chips and nuts into each dough ball, these will not sink into the batter.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a 325 degree oven or until the edges are golden brown.  Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them on the baking sheet for at least five more minutes.  Move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. deeba 1

    Yes, they should be shared…how yum! I love a good cookie & this looks really GOOD!

  2. Ohhhhh, if only you could really share … I’d like to reach right through the screen and have my breakfast! LOL I’ve never been a big white chocolate fan either, but have always like them with macadamia nuts in cookies. Great point on letting them finish baking on the baking sheet. (This is also usually for gluten-free baking.)

    Thanks, Cathy-definitely another one I’ll plan on trying soon!


  3. Oh YUM! Another must- bake cookie recipe! I am amazed you are baking in the midst of packing, organizing, and the California heat.

  4. You just had to go there didn’t you?

  5. I agree with you on the baking process…take them out a little early then let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes. They always turn out well that way.

    These cookies look so good…another recipe I’ll add to my favorites!

  6. dawn 9

    I trust you on this one. You know I am a lover of the sweet & salty.
    How do you find time to bake during all this packing?

  7. Lots of oooooos, and aaaaaaahs from my little peanut gallery.

  8. Gorgeous cookies – we are huge fans of white chocolate and macadamia nuts here! Yum!

  9. I agree…I am not a huge fan of the white chocolate but you’re right, this recipe looks really good! You have my admiration for baking in the midst of packing!

  10. annbb 13

    No better flavor combo than salty-sweet! They look yummy.

  11. Oooh, la, la! Extra white chocolate and macadamia nuts on top? What’s not to love?

  12. donna 16

    If you say HAVE TO, I am making them. And I will try your trick of letting them finish on the pan!

  13. I have always loved the purchased cookies…these look oh so goooood:D

  14. I love this combination of white chocolate and nuts. Macadamias are a special treat.

  15. The sweet/salty combo is the best and it looks like those will do the trick!!

  16. Jeff 20

    I love you…seriously favorite cookies of all times. Heck I have debated actually making them I like them so much.

    Beautifully done!

  17. dawn 21

    OMG I glad you shared. That is one beautiful cookie. I have always wanted to make this combo…now I will, you’ve pushed me over the edge.

  18. imom 22

    I could eat just about anything with Macadamia Nuts!

  19. Mary 23

    Cathy, you got my attention with these. They look gorgeous. I’m not a fan of white chocolate or Macadamia nut but Bob loves both. I suspect the next time I make cookies we’ll be giving your recipe a try.

  20. My mouth is so watering for these right now…perfect with my cup of tea!!

  21. Bunny 25

    OMG look at those cookies! They look like they’d melt in your mouth. I don’t think anybody else would get any of these but me!!

  22. Trisha 26

    Okay, that does it. Will you adopt me? Seriously! I would love to live at your house where all this good cooking and baking happens!

  23. Jennie 27

    My very favorite cookie of all time is pumpkin with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. But I always feel a little strange eating pumpkin during the spring/summer. I’m definitely making these soon! Yum!

  24. Cheryl 28

    Macadamias have protein, yes?
    Healthy, healthy! :)

  25. Looks amazing!I’m trying this real soon! I loooove white chocolate!

  26. Pam 30

    Weren’t they so tasty???? I loved these cookies and can’t wait to make them again. Yours look fantastic.

  27. Liz C. 31

    Yumm! I love white chocolate because it doesn’t taste as decadent as milk or dark chocolate. As in… it’s not as sinful. These, I can definitely do.

  28. Maureen 32

    Great, now I’m going to have to stop at Paradise Bakery on my way to work and get a white chocolate mac. cookie. It’s the closest I’ll get to your amazing cookies.

  29. Bob 33

    Wow, those are gorgeous. I’m not usually a white chocolate fan either, but I would totally eat those.

  30. Yes Mac nuts and white chocolate are a must together!

  31. LilSis 35

    Now these are “right up my alley”! I was just talking to my son about some white chocolate/macadamia nut turtles that I used to get at a friends candy store. My absolute favorite! I don’t eat many sweets, but these cookies would be worth the calories!

  32. You always do something delicious and never cease to impress me. Gorgeous photos as well! My son would gobble these up.

  33. elra 37

    I am glad that you’ve decided to post about this delicious sounding cookies. Look so tempting Cathy!

  34. Good baking tip about letting the cookies finish on the pan for a few minutes. Does it also help to bake at a lower temperature for a longer time?

  35. grace 39

    i’m glad you shared–white chocolate and macadamias are like milk chocolate and peanut butter, and by that, i mean a match made in heaven. bravo!

  36. White chocolate…the only chocolate I enjoy!

    I love these cookies but have never made them myself. These look yummy! And ya know, Macadamia nuts are good for you! BONUS!

  37. Mrs. L 41

    I have to make them. Have. To. No, seriously. Like tonight. That top photo just does it for me.

  38. Melissa 42

    These look so yummy! I wander if you could add some craisens too.

  39. magpie 43

    Damn. I just started a diet.

  40. KAYOLA 44

    OH MY STARS! My favorite cookie in the world!

  41. Biz 45

    Macadamia nuts are probably hands down my favorite nut – I didn’t realize how many calories they were until I started WW many years ago and wanted to know how many points I was eating – yikes!

    And you gotta love the white chocolate/macadamia nut combo – you can never go wrong with that!

  42. Carol 46

    Wow, these look terrific! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the tip about adding the extras before putting them in the oven, I wouldn’t of thought of that!

  43. lo 47

    You did NOT have to share this. I’ve been craving white chocolate macadamia cookies for weeks… and now you’ve really done it :)

  44. HoneyB 48

    oh my. I made these also over the weekend however the only person sharing them is Grumpy as I sneak them out of the jar….

  45. Linda 49

    I’m not sure if you’re aware of the predicament you put me in … it’s like 100* degrees here and waaaay too hot to fire up the oven to bake cookies. And I’m drooling all over the computer. Sigh

  46. gp 50

    ooh a most yum addition to the cookie jar here at the inn.. Our guests will thank you :)


  47. Brenda S. 'Okie in Colorado' 51

    Cathy, I make white chocolate macadamia cookies and add chopped dried apricots to the dough. I love this combination, sweet/tart. Yours look great!

  48. Kate 52

    Oh, girl. These look orgasmic.

  49. Katrina 53

    GOOD lookin’ cookies. I’m not the biggest white chocolate fan either and now here you go tempting me in this way! 😉

  50. Elyse 54

    Man, do these cookies look delicious! I love white chocolate macadamia. There’s something so chic yet comforting about these classy cookies. I definitely need to head into the kitchen to bake up a batch!

  51. Julie 55

    Mmm…looks super. Could you share by mailing a batch my way??

  52. Paula 56

    Oh my gosh, it’s never occurred to me to press add’l goodies on top of the cookies! I tried one of these when I first moved to the Pacific Northwest. It was so good, and I took it to be a good sign about moving! :-) I wonder what new treat you’ll discover when you move here that will be a good sign for you, too!

  53. pam 57

    Great combination of flavors!

  54. Suzette 58

    We’re in the middle of what we affectionately call Dance Recital Hell. For six weeks, it’s once dance recital after another – sometimes 3 per day! Little girls and their brothers – ages 3 – 17 mostly. I decided to add homemade cookies and milk to the concessions menu. And these will be one of the offerings! They look wonderful, and I don’t have a personal favorite macadamia cookie. So, maybe this will become The One. I’ll let you know how they go over!

  55. This really makes my hungry…

  56. Great idea – i really like it!