Thursday, February 13, 2014

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Since I am not really the biggest chocolate fan...I often reach for sweets that are pale in colour...and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are hard to resist. Macadamia nuts are sometimes hard to find in the grocery store...but I have friends who bring them back from their Hawaiian vacation.  That makes the cookies all the more special!  Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day...I've added a variation below with a splash of red just for the occasion.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate (about 8 ounces, coarsely chopped) *
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped roasted macadamia nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, stirring until blended.
  6. Add white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon two inches apart on prepared cookie sheet...or use a cookie scoop. 
  8. Flatten slightly with dampened hands.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edge. 
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for several minutes.
  11. Move to wire rack to cool completely.
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen large cookies
*White chocolate chips can be used instead, though the chunks are much preferred over here.

Valentine Version: 
 

Add 1 cup of dried cranberries along with the white chocolate chunks and the macadamia nuts.

* If you have a special occasion to celebrate...they bake up fabulously for a cookiegram! Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of a 9" round cake pan or pie plate...and form an 8-inch cookie with about one cup of cookie batter, spreading evenly. Bake for about 15 minutes...or until golden. Cool. Write your message with melted chocolate or decorator icing. I used a 'writing tip' on a Ziploc bag...and then there's no mess to clean up.



Speaking of special occasions...it happens to be Marg's birthday today.  Feel free to make her day...and leave her a birthday wish in the comments today. 

 

9 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to our dear Marg..have a wonderful day filled with blessings! That's a delicious looking cookiegram!

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  2. I'm sharing your special day and I want to try this very soon even though not today. I need to go for the nuts and cranberries to complete.. Sounds good!!

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  3. These look so delicious...I don't have macadamia nuts, but how bad could it be with walnuts? Happy Birthday to Marg!

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  5. Wow, this is so creative! Great job! I'll try the cookies and I hope the result will be as good as yours!
    Thanks
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  6. Our local chain grocery carried white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. They were delicious. I actually saw a pan made to bake a large cookie. It was like a cake pan but only had 3/4 inch sides. I thought that a regular cake or pie pan would work rather than having a separate pan.

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  7. not a fan of chocolate? I'll pray for you!

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    1. I like chocolate. Her chocolate recipe is amazing. Best of luck.

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  8. I had a cookie from a bakeshop very similar if not the same a few years ago. It became my favorite cookie, it still is. I made them once, only because I couldn't bake very well. I have improved so I'm making these tomorrow with the cranberries. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Valentine's Day.

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