The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

white chocolate chips and butter

Sometimes the classic chocolate chip cookie just won’t do it. You’ve had them before, and you’re looking for something different. The answer is simple: try this recipe for the best white chocolate macadamia nut cookies on the planet. Simple, sweet, delicious.

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While cookies have been a popular treat since the 7th century, the Macadamia nut didn’t become a popular snack until the 1800s. And it wasn’t until nearly 100 years later that the first macadamia nut processing plant began shipping the nuts around the world from Kakaako, Hawaii. We’re not sure who eventually put the two together to make the tastiest cookies on the market, but whoever they are we owe them high praise. This sweetly salty combination of flavors is sheer perfection!

Cookies: The Perfect Snack

Cookies might just be one of the best desserts you can eat. But growing up, cookies were much more than just a dessert. After middle school soccer practice, a teammate of mine would often invite me over for a post-practice snack. His family was big on cookies and they would have a fresh plate of them sitting on the counter every weekend. Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, double dark chocolate, and white chocolate macadamia nut were among the flavors they made the most. There’s something special about biting into a cookie after running laps all day, right?

Nevertheless, it was the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that had me coming back for more. They were the perfect game-time motivator, and even after a tough loss, they never failed to put a smile on my face. If you’ve made cookies before then you’re familiar with the delicious smell that fills the house while they’re baking in the oven. Extra butter, extra brown sugar, extra everything; my teammate’s family never missed an opportunity to double-down on the ingredients that made their cookies supreme to all.

The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

While white chocolate macadamia nut cookies might seem complicated, but they’re much easier to make than you think. Anyone with or without baking experience can make them, it’s just about using the right recipe. Other than white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, all you really need is some flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and butter. There are a few more key ingredients, but we’ve included them in our cookie recipe below.

The real challenge is the baking time. Leave them in too long and you’ll end up with biscuits instead of cookies. However, if you don’t bake them long enough you’ll have a plate of undercooked dough! Additionally, it’s important to portion your cookies into the proper size. Cookies that are too big won’t bake all the way through. White chocolate is sweeter than dark chocolate, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t put too many white chocolate chips in the batter. After all, there’s nothing worse than a cookie that’s too rich to eat!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

Thankfully, I was able to steal my friend’s family recipe for their white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. Check out the full cookie recipe below! They’re just as delicious as I remembered from childhood.

white chocolate chips and butter

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Quick, easy, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 122 kcal


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Mix together in a large bowl the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, then mix in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually mix into the stirred mixture. Pour in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate.
  • Place dough in small amounts onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes (or until golden brown). Don’t overdo it!


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 76mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 129IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookie, easy dessert, kid-friendly
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Your Turn to Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

Macadamia nuts have a unique taste that stands out from other nuts. They’re the perfect balance to the sweetness of white chocolate! Chocolate chip cookies are an easy crowd-pleaser, but next time you have a few people over, bake them something they’re not expecting.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. For another easy cookie recipe, check out our oatmeal chocolate chip cookie article.

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