These buttery, soft, chewy cookies are studded with smooth, creamy white chocolate and roasted macadamia nuts for a bit of extra texture. Full of flavor, these bakery-style White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies speak to my soul.

We have a serious cookie monster situation at our house and bake a batch of cookies at least once a week! Some of our family favorites are Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesBest Soft & Chewy M&M CookiesChocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies, and the Best Fudgy Chewy Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Close up of a stack of White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut cookies.


Table of Contents
  1. These White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies are always a huge hit!
  2. Why we love Macadamia Nuts Cookies
  3. Macadamia Nut Cookies ingredients
  4. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies substitutions and variations
  5. How to Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  6. Tips for Macadamia Cookies
  7. How to store Macadamia Nut Cookies
  8. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie FAQs
  9. More Cookie Recipes You'll Love
  10. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie Recipe Recipe

These White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies are always a huge hit!

Classic white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie tray. This recipe makes the best cookies, and they are always a huge hit whenever I serve them.

A white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie wasn't a cookie I could ever remember having made in our home while I was growing up. Yet, when I was visiting home recently, I got a craving for something sweet. I wanted to try something new, and then my Mom said that white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies were her favorite cookies, ever! I don't know why I didn't know this sooner, but it sounded heavenly, so I went to work. After researching recipes and figuring out just what it would take to create the best white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, this recipe popped up, and the baking began.

These classic cookies are just like those that you find in really great bakeries, with soft and chewy centers and slightly crisp edges. Except, these are even better because 1. you get to taste the dough before baking, 2. you can eat them when they are warm right out of the oven, and 3. you made them yourself!

These cookies really are in the "perfect" category. The white chocolate chunks shine through without being overpoweringly sweet (something that I find is all too common when using white chocolate). The roasted macadamia nuts add an amazing texture and richness to the cookies. Plus, they turn out perfectly every time!

Why we love Macadamia Nuts Cookies

  • You can customize this recipe to your liking, by adding more or less of the fillings.
  • Using chocolate chips will be easiest for this recipe, but you can use a white chocolate bar that has been cut into small pieces if you have that to hand instead.
  • With 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of bake time, this easy recipe takes a total of 20 minutes to make!
  • They are soft and chewy in the most perfect of ways.

Macadamia Nut Cookies ingredients

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • White Sugar - For best results use white granulated sugar, alternatively, you can use a granulated sweetener of your choice.
  • Packed Light Brown Sugar - I usually use light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar will work in a pinch, but the cookies might have a darker color to them.
  • Vanilla Extract - Adds a subtle warmth and sweetness to your cookies.
  • Eggs - Binding agent.
  • All Purpose Flour - AP flour is best for this recipe. Make sure you're adding the correct amount as it will affect the chewiness of the cookies.
  • Salt - Enhances all the flavors.
  • Baking Soda - To help them rise a bit.
  • White Chocolate Chips - Chocolate chips work best but you can use chopped white chocolate too.
  • Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts - They have a great nutty flavor that isn't overpowering and works well with white chocolate.

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies substitutions and variations

  • Use salted, dry roasted or raw macadamia nuts depending on your preference.
  • Add some dried raspberries or craisins - they taste amazing with white chocolate chunks!
  • Make your own version with other flavors like milk chocolate and peanut!
  • Orange zest would work well in these cookies to add a bit of citrus flavor.
  • Add a little bit of almond extract along with the vanilla extract for an extra sweet nutty flavor.
  • Serve these cookies warm with a cup of milk.
Ingredients for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

How to Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

  1. Prepare oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make batter. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and the sugars until they are combined. Add in the vanilla and the eggs and beat for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy.
  1. Add remaining dry ingredients. Stir the flour, salt, and baking soda into the wet ingredients and mix until they are just incorporated. Add the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts into the flour mixture until evenly distributed.
  1. Put dough balls on tray. Scoop the dough out into 1 to 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space them about 1 to 2 inches apart.
  1. Bake. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes and let them cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before transferring them to a wire rack.
Top view of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies on a wire rack.

Tips for Macadamia Cookies

  • You can use an electric hand mixer on low speed for beating the butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs together.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for putting dough balls onto the baking tray.

How to store Macadamia Nut Cookies

Store cookies in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Yes, and it freezes very well! One of the best things about cookie dough is that you can make it ahead and freeze it until you want to use it—perfect for always having freshly baked cookies in the house without all of the mess and constant surplus of dirty dishes to clean.

A great tip for freezing cookie dough is to scoop it and put it on a baking sheet, exactly as if you were about to place it in the oven, and place it in the freezer for a few hours. Then, once the dough balls are frozen solid, you can transfer them to a Ziploc bag and freeze them for a few months. When you want a quick treat, you can take out as many cookie dough balls as you want, let them thaw to room temperature for an hour, and then bake as directed. 

What goes with white chocolate macadamia nut cookies?

As the time-honored tradition of cookies and milk will never go out of play, you may be wondering what else you can drink or munch on while enjoying these delicious cookies. And honestly, the sky is the limit. While these cookies would taste great with the addition of some dried raspberries or craisins. I mean, white chocolate + cranberries is an amazing combination-don't believe me? Check out my white chocolate cranberry blondies and they will change your mind!

Should you toast macadamia nuts for cookies?

Toasting macadamia nuts gives them a depth of flavor that you don't get with raw macadamia nuts. To roast macadamia nuts, spread the desired amount of nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and place them in an oven at 350 degrees F for about 12–15 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Take them out of the oven and let them cool. Use them whole, chop them, or crush them before adding them to your cookies!

Can I make cookies ahead of time?

Cookie dough will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days when covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Then when you want to make cookies with it, simply allow it to come to room temperature and continue with this recipe from step 4.

To Roast Macadamia Nuts: Spread the desired amount of nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and place them in an oven at 350 degrees F for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Take them out of the oven and let them cool. Use them whole, chop them, or crush them before adding them to your cookies!

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4.96 from 43 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
These buttery, soft, chewy cookies are studded with smooth, creamy white chocolate and roasted macadamia nuts for a bit of extra texture. Full of flavor, these bakery-style White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are a huge hit with my family!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened (227g)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed (200g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (423g)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and the sugars until they are combined. Add in the vanilla and the eggs and beat for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy.
  • Stir the flour, salt, and baking soda into the wet ingredients and mix until they are just incorporated. Add the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts into the flour mixture until evenly distributed.
  • Scoop the dough out into 1 to 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Space them about 1 to 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes and let them cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before transferring them to a wire rack.

Notes

  • Make Ahead: Cookie dough will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 4 days when covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Then when you want to make cookies with it, simply allow it to come to room temperature and continue with this recipe from step 4.
  • Storage: Store cookies in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  • Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published in August, 2016. The photos and content were updated in October, 2022.

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  1. 5 stars
    Happy birthday to your mom!
    These are my mom's favorite cookies as well, I might make them and send them to her a sweet surprise!
    Also, I'm a SAHM in the Bay Area too!
    I can't believe I've never stumbled on your page!

    1. Hi Krysten! So fun that we're in the same area! That is such a sweet idea to make cookies to send to your mom! My mom lives in another state as well but I didn't even think to do that.

    2. Hello! I am a scale user, measuring cups are not for me lol
      I noticed that this recipe says: 3 cups AP flour (423g). 3 cups per most measurements is approximately 375g. Which one is correct?
      Thank you!! Excited to try the cookies!

      1. Hi Millie! This is a VERY valid point and something hard to decide on as a recipe creator because everybody measures flour differently! I am a scale user too (now) but didn't use to be, and from my experience (and thousands of blog visitors) I think most American home bakers don't use scales and rely on cups. I also think most (I could be wrong, but again, this is based on my experience and polling LOTS of people) scoop their flour rather than spoon and level or fluff or anything. Anywho, after much struggle and lots of careful testing, I find that when I scoop flour I almost always come out at around 141 grams per cup. When I spoon and level, I'm at 125 grams per cup. Which you know adds up when you are doing 3 cups of flour. So I try to include weight measurements in my recipes for the folks who go by weight. So the 423 grams IS correct based on how I think MOST people actually use the recipe, which is by scooping flour. I know it's confusing!

        1. Thanks for such a thorough response! I am getting adjusted to the life in the US and measuring cups lol but my european brain only measures in grams. I ended up eyeing something in between, so I added roughly 400g (I was impatient after I asked the question) so I was going for the right consistency of the dough. They came out perfect! Soft and gourmet, just perfect. These will be in our regular rotation. Thanks!!

          1. I'm so glad you enjoyed these! Honestly, the ability to judge dough consistency is the best metric even more than measuring, in my opinion.

  2. 5 stars
    My FAVORITE cookie in the whole world! I saved this recipe to have on hand and make many times over. Awesome!

  3. 5 stars
    First of all I am in love with the photos of your cookies. Secondly,I am making these for my Holiday Party. Bookmarking it.

  4. 5 stars
    I agree with you - these are the 'perfect' cookie! My favorite part is they are in my belly in 20 minutes! Delish!

    1. Depends on your cookie scoop although I use a medium size one for what I think most people would consider normal sized cookies. They aren't overly large gourmet-style unless you decide to scoop and bake them that way.

  5. 4 stars
    I doubled the batch expecting 72 cookies give or take...but the end of my cookie crusade I made 100 cookies with about 1/4 of the dough unused which is now sitting in my freezer...also the higher you go with the measurements use more macadamia nuts than recommended

  6. Hi, I made a batch I f these cookies. The instructions say cook 9-11 mins. My cookies were not done. My oven was set for 350⁰.
    So I cooked them for another 10 mins. They browned nicely. And they were Super Good! 👌

  7. Best cookie recipe EVER! Moist and tasty. Made exactly as directed. They didn't look quite done at 10 minutes, but finished cooking while left on warm pan.
    Thank you!