Cookies/ Desserts

Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The macadamia nuts come first in this cookie, because there’s more macadamia nuts than white chocolate in these cookies!  A rich, buttery cookie packed full of macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.  The classic combo, but with my own twist 😉

Macadamia nut, white chocolate chip cookies….or we can just call these cookies, “Cookies for Mom” because I made these for my momma for Mother’s Day!  Momma’s favorite cookie is a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, so of course I had to make her a batch for Mother’s Day.  I am a good daughter like that hehehe.  And mom loved the cookies!  A yummy cookie for the best mom ever!!

I know a lot of people are not huge fans of white chocolate, but macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips are such a classic combo, I didn’t want to veer too far off in some crazy direction.  So while most recipes call for using more white chocolate chips than macadamia nuts in their cookies, I went the opposite direction and used more macadamia nuts than white chocolate chips.  You get the perfect amount of sweetness from the white chocolate chips, but the white chocolate doesn’t overpower the cookies.  I wanted the macadamia nuts to be the star!

These cookies do require at least 30-minutes of chilling in the refrigerator.  I chilled my cookie dough overnight and baked them up fresh to take to mom on Mother’s Day morning 🙂

Cookie dough!!  Try to resist sneaking bites of cookie dough while it is chilling in the fridge…I dare you!

Let’s bake!

Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 27 Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or use all light brown sugar)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Vain Mexican Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips



In the bowl of a stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on medium-high speed until creamy. Add the white sugar, light grown sugar and dark brown sugars to the butter and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.


Add the egg and egg yolk to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until combined. Add the vanilla extract, salt and nutmeg to the mixture and mix until combined.


Change the speed of the mixer to low and slowly add the cornstarch, flour and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix on medium until just combined.


Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber scraper to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Gently fold in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips to the cookie dough.


Pour dough out onto plastic wrap. Wrap the cookie dough up and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30-minutes (or up to five days).


After dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 325-degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop medium-small cookie dough balls onto the cookie sheets.


Bake one cookie sheet at a time, in 325-degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven and let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for several minutes until they are set. Repeat with the second cookie sheet of cookie dough.


Once the cookies have set, transfer cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies will stay fresh and soft for a week.

A plate full of cookies for momma!  I had extra cookies, so I gave a plate of cookies to my friend Chuck too…since these are also his favorite cookies!

See the macadamia nuts all up in this cookie?!

Are you a fan of white chocolate??  What is your favorite cookie?



If you would like to buy the Vain Mexican Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum I used in this recipe, click HERE!  Exquisite, quality vanilla extract in many unique blends.  Vain has you covered for all your extract needs!



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  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    May 18, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Pretty much about to CRY over here because THIS reminds me of childhood – THIS COMBO of cookie was my all time favorite. I say peanut butter was, but nope – THIS truly was!!!!! OMG wahhh! I wantttt!!

    • Reply
      May 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM

      Awww sorry!! I need to hook up with you and collaborate on dessert recipes that are “GiGi Approved” hehehe. That way you can make your cookies and eat them too 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    May 18, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Oh my gosh, these are the best and you are such a good daughter for making them for me for Mother’s Day! Lucky me . . . feeling so spoiled . . . xoxoxo

    • Reply
      May 18, 2017 at 2:49 PM

      Awww thanks momma! I am the lucky one though! Glad you loved these cookies! XOXO

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    May 18, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    I love white chocolate! And macadamia nuts! And cookies :). But I’ve never been able to resist eating the dough…You’re such a good daughter to make these for your mom! Have a great weekend, Kelly!

    • Reply
      May 19, 2017 at 2:42 PM

      The dough is the best part! Hahaha. I would rather just eat cookie dough than bake cookies. Probably why when I make cookies for myself, I under bake them substantially hehehe 🙂 Have a great weekend Kelsie 🙂

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    Love In My Oven
    May 18, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Who are these crazy people who don’t like white chocolate!? Pfft. Haha. These look incredible. One of my fave types of cookies!! It is so sweet that you baked them for your Mama! I hope she enjoyed. I don’t see how she wouldn’t…yum!!

    • Reply
      May 19, 2017 at 2:43 PM

      Hehehe I know right?! All chocolate is good 🙂 And my momma totally loved these cookies. Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Stacy | POP KITCHEN
    May 19, 2017 at 4:18 AM

    These look gorgeous! I am one of those people who don’t care for white chocolate but mixed with macadamia nuts and in cookie form, I love it.

    • Reply
      May 19, 2017 at 2:45 PM

      Thank you Stacy! White chocolate is like a love or hate kinda thing hehehe…so I just went light on it in these cookies 🙂 But macadamia nuts are one of my favorite nuts….so buttery! Have a great weekend! XOXO 🙂

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    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    May 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    Yum! They look so delicious Kelly! 🙂 I love ALL chocolate, so we’re good! Ha!

    • Reply
      May 19, 2017 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks Kim! I know I can always count on you and your love of ALL chocolates hehehe. XOXO 🙂

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    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
    May 19, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    These were my weakness during my first pregnancy!! I still remember eating the dough 2 days before going into labor! Yours look so melt in your mouth good. And loving that VAIN extract!!! 😉 XOXO

    • Reply
      May 19, 2017 at 2:47 PM

      Aww I love that story Lindsay! So does your first child like white chocolate macadamia nut cookies?!?! Since you ate it when you were pregnant and all hehehe. I love my Vain extracts! I just sit and smell my bottles of their extract. I am trying to figure out if I can wear it as perfume. Hahahah JK 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Mayuri Patel
    May 21, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    We get macadamia nuts in Kenya as they are grown here, but I’ve never thought of using them in bakes. These cookies look so tempting. I’ll save this recipe to try it out.

    • Reply
      May 22, 2017 at 8:02 AM

      Hi Mayuri! That is so awesome! I really hope you try this recipe out 🙂 And thanks for visiting the blog all the way from Kenya (I think that is so cool!).

  • Reply
    May 21, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Yum! So much yum in one cookie! I love macadamias, they are my favourite nut – so buttery and perfect with white chocolate. I cannot make these or I will eat them all in one sitting.

    • Reply
      May 22, 2017 at 8:06 AM

      Hi Ruby! Yes I totally love how buttery macadamia nuts are! And the white chocolate is just the right amount of sweetness 🙂 I gave all these cookies away to avoid demolishing them in one sitting hehehe XOXOXOXOX

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    May 24, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    These are gorgeous! Saved them to my cookie board for when I need a good recipe.

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM

      Thank you Laura!! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    May 25, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Very nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Janice Thomas
    December 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Who doesn’t love a good macaadmaia nut cookie! Perfect adddtion to a cookie swap! Celebrate 365 Blog Party is glad you joined !

    • Reply
      December 6, 2017 at 5:54 AM

      Thanks Janice! Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic!! XOXO

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