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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

4.89 from 26 votes
Creamy white chocolate chips, soft macadamia nuts, and a perfected dough make my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies an ideal sweet treat.

Hi Bold Bakers!

If you love my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies, then I have great news. You’re going to adore my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies recipe!! 

For this homemade white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe, I use the same dough that I use for my chocolate chip cookies, but instead of bittersweet chocolate chips, I replace them with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. 

If you’re wondering why I had the sudden inspiration to switch up one of my favorite cookie recipes, we can thank my friend Rachel Fagan, who is a member of our social media team. Rachel sent me macadamia nuts from Hawaii! (Not only did it inspire me to make these cookies, but it may have just inspired me to start an Employee of the Month!)

Macadamia nuts are a rich, soft nut — they’re almost creamy in texture — and they pair perfectly with white chocolate’s smooth creaminess. These cookies are the perfect combination of sweet, caramelly, chewy, and crispy — you have to try them!

What Are White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies?

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are a perfect alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies. These buttery cookies taste a bit lighter, a little bit creamier, and the texture of the melty white chocolate chips pairs perfectly with the macadamia nuts. 

5 White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies lying on a cooling rack.

What You Need To Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

How To Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are easy, delicious, and a crazy-big crowd pleaser! (And don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below.)

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until it is light and fluffy in texture.
  3. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and blend thoroughly with each one.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix on low until thoroughly combined.
  5. Now, stir in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  6. Chill the dough! Cover and chill the cookie dough for at least one hour, or up to 5 days.
  7. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop 1/4 cup-sized balls and place them 3-inches apart on the baking sheets. You don’t want to place them too closely, as they will spread in the oven.
  9. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until the edges are set, and the cookies look golden brown. They should still be soft in the middle. 
  10. Once they are done baking, pull them from the oven and bang the hot pan on the counter a few times to create crinkles on top of the cookies. Let them cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

A top-down view of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie to show perfect texture and consistency.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

  • Freshly baked cookies are the best! Thankfully, this dough freezes perfectly, so you can bake them at any time. Once your dough has finished chilling, scoop out the cookie dough balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven and place the frozen balls of dough onto a parchment-lined sheet and bake — you don’t even have to defrost them! 
  • The cookie dough can be stored frozen for up to 2 months.
  • I make my cookies large, so you get every texture in every cookie — crispy on the edges, doughy and soft in the middle. If you like smaller cookies, make the scoops half the size. The texture will be different, but they will still taste delicious!
  • Don’t like macadamia nuts or can’t find them in the store? Feel free to swap them out for chopped hazelnuts or pecans.
  • Don’t be shy with that salt! A nice hit of salt alongside the sweet really takes these cookies to the next level! 

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

4.89 from 26 votes
Creamy white chocolate chips, soft macadamia nuts, and a perfected dough make my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are an ideal sweet treat.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 cookies
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Creamy white chocolate chips, soft macadamia nuts, and a perfected dough make my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are an ideal sweet treat.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 15 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (12 ½oz/354g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups (7 ½oz/212g) brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (9oz/255g) white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups (7 ½oz/213g) macadamia nuts, chopped

Instructions

  • Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer) cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy in texture.
  • Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, and blending thoroughly with each addition.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low until fully combined.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts.
  • Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour, or up to 5 days.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop dough into ¼ cup sized balls (2oz/57g) and place them 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Don’t crowd the pan as these cookies will spread in the oven.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until the edges are set and the cookies are golden brown, but still a bit soft in the middle. I like to bake them one tray at a time for best results.
  • When done, pull the pan out of the oven and bang the hot pan on the counter a few times to create crinkles on top of the cookie. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, scoop and freeze the raw dough for up to 2 months. Defrost on the counter at room temperature for 30 minutes and bake off as above.

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Erin O'Connor
1 month ago

OMG I made these this week and they are hands down the very best cookies I have ever tasted. We have Mrs Higgins cookies in NZ which do the same cookie and I swear your ones are just as good….if not better. Thank you sooooo much. I will post a photo when I can figure out how to upload.

Emily
Emily
26 days ago

Holy Cookie! I am working on finding perfect bakery style cookies for Christmas 2020. I’ve got my shopping done and had been struggling most with cookie recipes! This was my 2nd recipe for white chip/macadamia nut and am so happy I found what I wanted with only two tries, as the nuts are expensive! (I used toasted nuts with my first recipe and the nut taste and crunch was better than the un-toasted nuts used with this run.) I halved the recipe (thank you for publishing metric!) and used my kitchen scale for all dry ingredients. Perfect cookie! I can’t… Read more »

Rosalba
Rosalba
2 months ago

Hi Gemma!I love your recipes, all of them, first of all, excuse my English, I live in Spain, my question is, are macademies natural? I find it difficult to find them naturally, have I found them salty? can they be used like this? or is it not recommended? Thanks 😊 or I use them and I love your recipes, all of them, first of all, excuse my English, I live in Spain, my question is, are macademies natural? I find it difficult to find them naturally, have I found them salty? can they be used like this? or is it… Read more »

Binaifer Havewala
2 months ago

Hi Gemma,
My sister fell in love with BJ’s white chocolate and macadamia nut pizookie and she has been demanding that I make her a version for quite some time. On seeing this recipe for the cookies, I was very excited as I’m never let down by your recipes. Do you think I can turn the dough into one massive pizookie? Would that work?
Your expert opinion would be appreciated!

Last edited 2 months ago by Binaifer
nita
nita
2 months ago

hi gemma. this recipe came out in perfect timing since my daughter wants these for her birthday this month. now my question is, u said this the same dough that u use for your chocolate chip cookies. so just cause, i went and looked at that one also. so while the measurements are exactly the same, the butter on the macadamia cookies is creamed with the sugars just like all the recipes i have ever seen. the butter in the chocolate chips is melted. i even watched the video to make sure it wasnt a typo.so now i am wondering… Read more »

Mamta
Mamta
2 months ago

Hi Gemma. Looks and reads very bit awesome. Can I substitute eggs? Use egg replacer?

Kay
Kay
2 months ago

There is a lot of sugar in this cookie and the chips are quite sweet too. How can I lower the sugar content, maybe less chips and more nuts?

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