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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are ultra chewy, soft, and incredibly delicious. The addition of a secret ingredient makes them deliciously mind-blowing.. Both the dough and the baked cookies freeze beautifully.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies stay wonderfully chewy for days.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Now is unquestionably the time to bake-eat-share our very favorite chewy white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. They’re super easy to make, fun to share, and can be made well in advance.

Make your white chocolate macadamia cookies bite-sized, monster-sized, add sprinkles, or switch out the nuts…however you decide to enjoy then, just make them.

Watch Us Make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are the perfect balance of sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy

Ingredients for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

  • The usual team players for white chocolate macadamia cookies: flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, baking soda, salt, and eggs
  • We use a generous amount of vanilla extract and a modest amount of almond extract for the most amazing flavor.
  • That brings us to our secret ingredient: almond extract. It isn’t overpowering at all, but lends a special yumminess to the cookies. Nobody would guess your “secret ingredient,” but they’ll wonder how your cookies turn out soooo good. 
  • Plenty of real white chocolate chips; use your best quality white chocolate chips, as they’re a star feature.
  • Do add fresh, crunchy macadamia nuts. Because macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips go hand in hand like bread and butter.

Freeze the Dough and Cookies

The unbaked dough as well as baked white chocolate chip cookies can absolutely be frozen. It’s what I love about these cookies, actually. I almost always have some unbaked dough in my freezer, which lasts up to several months if sealed airtight.

Baked white chocolate macadamia cookies can also be sealed airtight and frozen. They’ll last a couple of weeks and are great for grab-and-go situations. Baked cookies are also great to have on hand for after school treats or for cookie emergencies.

Tip: I often freeze leftover cookies so that I get to unfreeze just one when the hankering hits; then I don’t feel obligated to eat all the leftover cookies at once.

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These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are perfect for freezing.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies
commonly Asked Questions

Should you toast the macadamia nuts before adding them?

You can gain the most flavor from macadamia nuts by using dry roasted, salted macadamia nuts in the cookies. Or, you can toast raw macadamia nuts just until they’re fragrant and lightly toasted.

Why is white chocolate often paired with macadamia nuts?

Both white chocolate and macadamia nuts are mild in flavor and complement each other well. White chocolate tastes a bit sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate chips, which creates a nice balance with salty macadamia nuts.

What makes these cookies so chewy?

The right balance of dry ingredients with moist ingredients helps create a chewy cookie. The ratio of butter and eggs in this recipe results in a wonderfully chewy cookie that stays that way for days.

Can I freeze the dough or the cookies?

You can absolutely freeze both! Freeze dough tightly wrapped in the freezer for 2-3 months. Freeze baked cookies in airtight containers for up to a month.

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white chocolate macadamia cookies

The Best White Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.90 from 59 ratings
The Best White Chocolate Chip Cookies are ultra chewy, soft, and incredibly delicious. The addition of a secret ingredient makes them mind blowingly superb. Both the dough and the baked cookies freeze beautifully.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 48
Author: Amy Dong



  • Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes on medium high. Add eggs 1 at a time and blend just until incorporated. Add vanilla and almond extracts, mixing just until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Gently combine together the flour mixture with the butter/sugar mixture until fully mixed.
  • Fold in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, until evenly mixed in.
  • Make walnut sized balls and flatten a bit (these cookies do not flatten too much during baking.)
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or just until bottoms of cookies are light golden brown. Cookies may seem soft and underdone, but they will set upon cooling.
  • Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet and use flat spatula to transfer them onto cooling rack.


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Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking

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Recipe Rating


    • Ann
    • 5 stars

    I love these cookies! I baked mine for 1 minute less than you recommended, just to give some gooeyness! Will definitely make these again!

    • Jessica
    • 5 stars

    Oh my oh my! These look heavenly…and I couldn’t resist looking ahead for the secret ingredient. Can’t wait to try these this weekend!

    • Nancy
    • 5 stars

    These are one of my favorite cookies, so happy to have found your recipe. They’ll be made lots during the holiday season.

      • Amy Dong

      Yay, Nancy! Thank you 🙂

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    My husband LOVES macadamia nuts and chocolate chip cookies, so I made these for him and he fell head over heels for them. They’ll definitely be a frequent dessert in our home.

      • Amy Dong

      He’s a lucky guy! 🙂

    • Averie
    • 5 stars

    I love white chocolate cookies and these look wonderful!

    • PoppyK
    • 5 stars

    I just made these cookies. They are fantastic! The best. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. These will certainly become a staple in my house now

    • Kerri
    • 5 stars

    These came out ridiculously perfect!

    • Tara
    • 5 stars

    I just made these and my family loved them! My husband said they were the best cookies that he’s ever had! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shelley Banning
    • 5 stars

    I just made these, only I added some sweetened shredded coconut, they were melt in your mouth amazing!!!! I did another batch the regular way, & couldn’t stop eating them, OOPS! ~ I better double the recipe next time! Hehe!

    • Pepa
    • 5 stars

    I’ve made them twice now, they are very tasty, but they flatten a lot, to about twice the diameter, so first time I ended up with siamese twins and triplets. But as I said, they are delicious, just put them further apart when baking

    • Tina
    • 5 stars

    Love your recipe! They taste and look amazing! Best cookies ever! Sending love from Toronto.

    • Kara

    These look absolutely delicious

    • Alina

    I always wanted to try to make something with macadamia … thank you for the inspiration!

    • Karen Monica
    • 5 stars

    I love baking and trying out new recipes. I will try to make this white chocolate chip macadamia cookies.

    • Voice of VeraVera

    These look SO YUMMY! Im saving this so I can try them.

    • Ana Ojha

    Those cookies look so divine! I feel like having it right now!

    • Surekha Busa

    Wow, that must be so delicious. I really love white chocolate chips, and it looks easy to follow..

    • aisasami
    • 5 stars

    OMG, I love these cookies. Like I could eat a dozen of them if I want. But, I am going to try to make these!

    • Sophia Damasceno

    These are my favorite and yours look sooooo good!!!

    • Emmy M.
    • 5 stars

    White chocolate macadamia cookies are my favorite!! I admit, I have never made them myself, I always think of these as something I have to buy in a shop. But your recipe seems really simple, going to try it this weekend!

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