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If any cookie deserves to be described as heavenly, this is it!
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are soft, chewy cookies perfectly sweetened with white chocolate chips and shredded coconut with bits of crunchy lightly salted macadamia nuts throughout.
Pull these tasty gourmet cookies out of the oven when they have a soft and puffy center and lightly crisp edges.Then, let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and the texture becomes perfectly chewy and delectable!
One batch makes plenty enough for gifting. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are always a lovely surprise at parties and cookie swaps and make a delicious addition to gift bags or cookie trays for the holidays.
You say you’re a white chocolate fan? My White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn is sweet, salty, minty, crunchy, and totally addictive! Or, you may be interested in these White Chocolate Cranberry Scones or my Raspberry Scones with white chocolate drizzle.
Key ingredients & substitutions for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
- White chocolate chips — My favorite brand of white chocolate chips is Ghirardelli Classic White Premium Baking Chips. They have a delicious flavor and a velvety smooth texture.
- Macadamia nuts — Use lightly salted macadamia nuts and chop them coarsely, leaving a few bigger chunks for crunch in the cookies. Roasted macadamias are particularly flavorful baked in these cookies.
- Sugars — This recipe calls for an equal amount of granulated sugar and light brown sugar. I haven’t experimented with using just one or the other, so I can’t say what the results would be.
- Coconut — Sweetened shredded coconut gives these cookies a tropical flair and added sweetness.
- Dairy — With baked goods, it’s best to let your dairy ingredients come to room temperature before getting started. Pull the eggs and butter out of the refrigerator about an hour before starting. Cold eggs could result in tough cookies.
How to make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies?
STEP 1 | Mix the cookie dough
Pay close attention to the directions and order of ingredients! The egg is added after creaming the butter with the sugars, and the vanilla is mixed in at the very end.
Also, don’t add all of the flour mixture at once or you’ll be cleaning it up off the counter! I recommend adding about half of the flour at a time and mixing on a low speed just until incorporated.
Last, use a heavy duty rubber spatula or wooden spoon to fold in the white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and coconut. The dough will be stiff, so fold the dough over from the bottom of the bowl until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
STEP 3 | Bake and cool
Drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart.
Bake until the cookies are partially set — but still puffy in the middle — and the edges are lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- I line my baking sheets with silicone baking mats — they’re reusable and can even be tossed in the dishwasher!
- Using a cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the baking sheet ensures cookies bake up in a uniform size.
- While the cookies are still warm, gently press more white chocolate chips on top for presentation if you like.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! These cookies freeze very well before or after baking, so they’re a great option for getting some of your holiday baking done early.
To freeze baked cookies, allow to cool completely then seal tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To freeze unbaked cookie dough, shape into balls first and store tightly sealed in the freezer for up to 3 months. When baking frozen cookie dough, allow an extra 4 to 5 minutes in the oven.
If the cookie dough gets too warm, cookies may tend to spread. Although this recipe doesn’t require chilling the dough before baking, cookies could spread too much if you overwork the dough or bake a second batch on a warm cookie sheet. It’s a good idea to place unbaked dough in the refrigerator between batches.
Also, don’t use margarine in place of the butter as it contains too much water and will throw off the balance of butter fat to flour.
Behind the recipe: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Today is FREAKY FRIDAY, y’all! That may not mean a thing to you, but it’s pretty exciting for me. Freaky Friday is a fun blog project (the brainchild of Michaela from An Affair From the Heart). Today a group of food bloggers secretly bake a cookie recipe from another blog they were assigned, then reveal the recipes at the same time.
So… today’s delicious White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie recipe comes originally from Ellen, creator of Family Around the Table. Ellen is a freelance writer, recipe developer and former correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times where she wrote a regular TASTE section feature.
Take a look at all of our 2021 Freaky Friday Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipes:
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- The Fresh Cooky – White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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- Lemoine Family Kitchen – Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup macadamia nuts coarsely chopped
- ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter along with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Next, add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, mixing well after each addition.
- Add about half of the flour to the dough and mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the remaining flour and mix agin.
- Using a stiff rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and coconut.
- Drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned — don't over bake! Remove the cookies from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
About Sheila Thigpen
Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer
Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.