The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies*

The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe via Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe via

I really hate stress, but even more than that, I hate the unknown. And for me — the unknown causes stress. For as long as I can remember, I have been a planner. When my parents would have people over or throw parties, I would ask a billion questions. Who’s coming? What are we eating? When are they coming? How long are they staying? I just feel better when I know what to expect.

As I get older, I have found that I stress out even more about things I can’t control. I recently found out that I am going to be on a tv show (on the Live Well Network) this Christmas. The filming is actually in just a couple of weeks and I had a phone call with one of the producers today. They don’t have a set plan yet…and are still working out the details of what exactly the competition will be.

All I know is that I will be competing against three other people – making candy. I don’t know if I am going to be given a recipe or if I have to make something on the spot. I don’t know how long I have to make it. I don’t know the people I’m competing against. And I don’t have a clue about what I am going to be making…on television…for all of you to see.

The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe via

So that means that this girl is STRESSED out. You just can’t plan the unknown, no matter how hard you try. And as y’all know, you can’t just “wing it” with candy! It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure. If the episode comes on in December and you see a girl with caramel spilled all over the floor, you will know it’s me. If you see someone down on the floor eating it with a spoon — that’s my Mom (she’s coming with me).

As we have talked about for years now, you all know exactly what do I do when I’m stressed: BAKE. Of course I should have probably made a candy — you know, to practice. But that would have just stressed me out more…so instead I made cookies. Cookies never fail me. I get cookies and they get me. I know that I wanted a soft chewy cookie (so I used a lot of brown sugar) and I wanted them to be thick (so I formed them into oblong shapes — more on that in the recipe).

I called these “the best” and they really are. I have made many versions of this cookie, but I think I finally got it down to a science! My favorite part of a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie is the combination of salty and sweet. You have a perfect cookie base, with hunks of salty macadamia nuts, mixed with super sweet bites of white chocolate. It’s heaven in a cookie.


The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Yield: 16 large cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped salted macadamia nuts


Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

Add flour mixture, mixing until completely combined. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts until evenly distributed (you can do this by hand or with the stand mixer).

Roll two heaping tablespoons of dough into a ball. Tear the ball in half and place the torn side down on the cookie sheet. Take the second half and place it on top of the first half (this is the what it will look like) -- leaving about two inches for spreading.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are very slightly browned. The cookies will not look cooked in the center, but they will finish cooking while cooling on cookie sheet!

Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.


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66 Responses to “The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 29, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    I love white choco cookies. Yours look buttery, soft, and just the way I like them! But I admit, I omit the nuts. :)

    Congrats on your cooking competition! It would stress me out tons to be competing and for the reasons you mentioned of not knowing what you’re going to be doing. Cookies, wine, yeah, that’s what I’d be doing!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 30, 2013 @ 12:21 am

    This is big flavour hit down under. These sure will go quickly in my Aussie house Hold.
    WOW a television position! I hope you do well! (like always) but do not stress! that when most people make careless mistakes. breathe and be your natural creative self!

  3. 3

    Kristi — August 30, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    Reminds me of Hawaii.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 30, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Mmm these sound awesome! I love a good white chocolate cookie :)

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    Tieghan — August 30, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    These cookies look amazing! I love the white chocolate and nut combo!!

    I am the exact same way! I like knowing what to expect and if I don’t, I am totally stressed!! Just try and hang in there and geez, be excited!! That is so awesome!! Congrats!!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — August 30, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I am such a planner, too! I will worry over ridiculous details that are way far in advance. I think you will be fantastic on that show! Can’t wait to see it!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 30, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Favorite. cookie. ever. Yours look so perfectly soft and chewy, Jess!

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    TiffanyAzure@CremedelaCrumb — August 30, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Ohmygosh these are my very favorite cookies in the entire world! I hate when they are crispy though, I like em soft and chewy. These look PERFECT. Can’t wait to try them!!!!!

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    Joanne — August 30, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    That’s so exciting!!! Even if there is caramel everywhere, I’m sure it will be amazing and you will look adorable. I have faith.

    White chocolate mac nut cookies are for real my favorite. NEED this “best” version!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 31, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    I live in Honolulu, so mac nuts are pretty much everywhere down here. They have their own aisle at Walmart. I’m always searching for the perfect mac nut cookie. These look awesome. I can’t wait to try them.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 31, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    They just look so CHEWY! Gah, so good. Must make.

    Congratulations on the tv show! I am the exact same way–especially when it comes to stuff like that. Try to have fun with it and not get too stressed :( Cookies and pasta…that’s what I would eat/make, haha.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 31, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I hate the unknown too. I feel like I live in a world of unknown with my job not knowing where we will end up once my post-doc ends and it totally stresses us out. I want to know what to expect! I’m sure you will be awesome on the show!

    So I usually hate white chocolate, but it totally works for me in white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. I love them and these look perfect!

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 31, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    That sounds like a really cool opportunity, although I would also be pretty stressed out! These cookies look really cool, too!

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    Carol K — September 1, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Made these last night and they were excellent! Soft and chewy with excellent flavor. We all loved them so much that I am making another batch again today. I don’t think we have to worry about them going stale in this house.

    • Jessica replied: — September 4th, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      So happy to hear it Carol! :-)

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    Caren — September 2, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    The cookies look absolutely fabulous! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 7, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Oh goodness, these cookies are fantastic :) I just adore white chocolate & macadamia!

  17. 17

    L — September 11, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    Just baked these and WOW they are the best! THANK YOU for such a delicious and easy recipe! This is keeper!!!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — September 16, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    These are my favorite kind of cookie! So glad to have a perfected version now! I hope your tv show works out….I like plans too, and usually ask a million and one questions…I just like to know what’s going on! I totally feel your pain!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 17, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    I’m sure you will do fabulously on the tv show!

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    MaryAnn — September 30, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    OMG!!!!! I made these with ghirardelli white chocolate and these were so good!!!! I made a double batch and baked them all. They lasted one day everyone was all over them. THEY ARE PERFECT!!!!!!

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    Kerryleigh — November 9, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Just made a batch of these and they turned out perfect!! Really really nice, not too sweet, not too cakey, just right! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

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    chassity — December 8, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I just made these.. I made two batches. First batch I made almond..they are good but the almond is over powering but the second batch did only vanilla 1 1/4 teaspoons and the are amazing. Soft and yummy. Great recipe will make these again.

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    Dee — December 25, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    I got what I wanted for X-mas, a lot of organic macadamia nuts… I’m nutz for nutz! I bookmarked your recipe awhile back in anticipation. Made them tonight and YUMMY…. so good! I’ve always wondered how the bakery shops get such huge plump cookies, the stacking method. I did the first pan stacked and used tablespoons, big and beautiful. Second pan I cut for stacking and at the last min I un-stacked them and put them cut side down. Smaller and flatter, yet not too flat. We’re calling them home style… more importantly we’re calling them a WINNER… absolutely the most delicious cookies I’ve ever made.
    Thank You :)

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    jackie — December 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I have never posted to a blog, ever. And I visit a TON of food and baking ect.. blogs for great ideas and inspiration. I had to post, to thank you SO much. For 10 years ive been an avid baker, and the one thing I couldnt get correct was cookies. No matter what recipe or even boxed, pre made ones, i ruined them all. This is the FIRST time in my life ive made cookies that worked. And they are AMAZING I am strict about what I eat, and I couldnt help but eat 5 or 6 in a day. Thank you so much! Take care and Happy Holidays!!

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    Alice — April 24, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    You weren’t kidding! These really are THE best!! Thank you!

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    Kat — April 25, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    WONDERFUL. This is actually the first time I’ve ever made white chocolate macadamia cookies and I will probably never use another recipe. I used a cookie scoop instead of tearing them apart and putting them together, and they didn’t spread too thin and turned out perfectly. I just got a cookie scoop this year, and I have to say that it is worth every penny.

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    Mary — June 11, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

    Made these and they were delicious! I like the suggestion to double stack the dough – kept it gooey in the center. :)

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    Anna — July 6, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    I have made these a couple of times, and they are delicious….but I cannot get them thin?! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, they are big thick cookies (still gooey in the middle though!)

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    Liz — July 10, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    Just made these and they turned out great! I added in some extra white chocolate chips and nuts, also didn’t have the almond extract so I subbed it for 1/8t coconut extract.

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    Cadre — July 12, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    I have used this recipe multiple times and the cookies have always turned out fantastic. :)

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    Holly — July 23, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    These spread reallllllly bad. Like…a lake. I’m a very competent baker, I did everything correctly and these just don’t cut the mustard. Now, I have an entire kitchen aid professional mixer bowl full of dough that makes cookie lakes. Wish I could upload a picture to do them justice. Double stacking didn’t do anything to help either.

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    Claire — September 1, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    Best macadamia nut cookie recipe!! I’ve made them dozens of times and they always come out amazing!! :)

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    Nova — November 7, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a WONDERFUL recipe! And the concept of stacking the rolled dough does create a fabulous end result. These were delicious and my teenage son (who is a bit of a picky eater still!) gave me rave reviews for theses cookies.

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    Amy — November 25, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    I’m known at work as “the baker”. I took a request for White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies and searched all over for the best recipe. So glad I chose your recipe!
    Everyone devoured these. My favorite compliment was actually from a week after I brought them in. Someone was still thinking about them and said “I don’t even really like Macadamia cookies, but dang, those were good!!”.
    I only made two substitutions: egg beaters instead of real egg and using only vanilla extract, omitting the almond extract.
    I will definitely make these again!

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    Gerard — January 18, 2015 @ 12:37 am

    These cookies are the best, I use Aussie salted Mac Nuts chopped up and set a side, then I make the dough and roll them in the nuts. For a different taste I add some coffee granules to the mix as well. I tell ya Yummmm.
    Thanks Jessica for sharing these yummy morsels with us.

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    Resa — February 9, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    I made these today, but I chose to use coconut flour and I was very disappointed. The dough was very dry and cumbly, roll as best I could in saran wrap and froze to see if I could manage to shape into a ball, that didn’t work either. Do u think it could have been the coconut flour?

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    Taylor — March 21, 2015 @ 2:28 am

    I know this post is older, but I just want to let anybody who checks out this recipe
    know that it really is the BEST white choco macadamia nut recipe! I made them exactly according to recipe, except I use elbow grease (no mixers in my house). They turned out perfect and amazing. I’m really glad I found a quality recipe to bank for future use!


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    Lourendeh — April 11, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    WOW what amazing cookies they look so AmAziNg, don’t stress out! try keep calm and everything shall go ur way! Sweet and salty is a gr8 combo. so happy 4 u. I reckon these would just disappear my brother would probably eat them all before I even lay a hand on them! These would be such a treat! THE BEST 😀 :) :O YumE!

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    Sunni — May 25, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    I made these tonight and they were awesome! They taste like they came from a bakery, but they came from my kitchen!! And I love your trick to stack the halves of the ball. I have never heard of that, but I gave it a try, and the centers were perfect with just a little crunch on the edge. This is my new go to cookie recipe!

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    Torra Jacobs — June 13, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

    This was my first time making cookies. I must admit I have in the past cheated by purchasing a store brand and baked them for my family. Well, this was an easy recipe and the cookies were amazing. I baked them for my yard sale and had nothing left to share with my family. I will be making them again as soon as I can buy more macadamia nuts.

    • Jessica replied: — August 5th, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

      So glad to hear it Torra! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    Sheri — June 21, 2015 @ 5:35 pm

    These are AMAZING! This is my favorite cookie! These are way better then any I’ve had. Love, love, love. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jessica replied: — August 5th, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

      Awesome! So happy to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to comment Sherri!

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    Marlene Knueppel — August 1, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

    Is it absolutely necessary to bake as directed, one ball on top of another. Or,
    can we bake as regular cookies. What is the reasoning behind it, if so?

    Thanks and have a great day!

    • Jessica replied: — August 5th, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

      You can bake them in traditional scoops as well. They will just not be as thick!

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    Natalie — October 15, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

    Jessica – I have twin babies, too! (And three older children!) I run a small cake business from home, so I totally get balancing the kitchen and my kiddos. I tried these cookies today and was pleasantly surprised. (Kind of a baking and cookie snob, which I’m sure you can appreciate.) Thank you so much for sharing! They are now my go-to on White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies for sure!

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    Kathy Swenson — November 15, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

    These look wonderful. Do you think that I could add caramel to this. I have a daughter-in-law that is looking for this type of a cookie but with caramel also.


    • Jessica replied: — November 16th, 2015 @ 11:33 am

      Yes, I think caramel would be great in them! :-)

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