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White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chewy, soft White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies.  The place first I fell for these cookies are forever etched in my mind.  As a shiny, wide-eyed collegian, I frequently strolled the streets of L.A.  I also frequently happened to wander into my absolute favorite cookie shop like every other day.  Diddy Riese.  I wasn’t sure if Diddy Riese’s little cookie shop was still around, but I found them online and I’m happy to say they’re still doing their sweet thing.

White chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

As I was saying, back in the day, I frequently meandered into my favorite cookie shop and happily skipped out with a little brown bag filled with big, decadent cookies.  Thick, chewy cookies.  I did indulge in chocolate chip cookies, like these.  But my hands-down fave at Diddy’s was their white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie.  Sometimes I shared with my roomies.  Other times, I tucked them safely away.  An infatuation with said cookie was born.

white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

Back then, each big chewy cookie only set me back 25 cents.  A budget-tight collegian could afford to splurge on those luscious white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies very, very often.  I’m quite shocked that it still costs pocket change for a hefty cookie today.  Next time we’re in L.A., Diddy’s is totally on my agenda.

white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

In the meantime, I share my love of white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies via my little kitchen.  This awesome recipe yields chewy and soft cookies.  Just the way we like ’em.  They stay chewy and soft for days, and have the fantastic texture and aroma of crisp macadamia nuts, enhanced with a touch of almond extract.  These white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are full of real white chocolate, making the cookies deliciously sweet and creamy.  I make my cookies smaller to fool myself into believing that I’m devouring less.  But, well…the cookie jar doesn’t lie.



White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

5 from 1 reviews

These white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are chewy, soft, and simply irresistible. The almond extract adds so much aroma, so don’t skip it!

Yield: makes about 4 dozen 1x


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, just softened to room temp (not melty)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 ounces real white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fold in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, until evenly mixed in.
  5. Make walnut sized balls and flatten a bit (these cookies do not flatten too much during baking.)
  6. 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.
  7. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet and use flat spatula to transfer them onto cooling rack.
  • Category: dessert

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    • Tina

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

      • chewoutloud

      Aww, thank you, Tina! ♡

    • Sharon

    Is this your recipe or diddys recipe

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Sharon! It’s mine 🙂 Diddy doesn’t give out their recipe, but I did hear they use lard…maybe why it’s so good?! 🙂 Thanks for being here today. Hope you try these and love ’em!

    • Pepa

    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 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you like the flavors, Pepa! 🙂

    • Shelley Banning

    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!

      • chewoutloud

      Sooo glad you like these, Shelley! They are my personal fave 🙂 Thanks for coming over today!

    • Tara

    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!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Tara! We love to hear it! These are one of my favorites too 🙂

    • kerri

    Ridiculously perfect!

    • poppyk

    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 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, sooo glad to hear it! Thank you for taking time to let us know how you liked them! 🙂

    • Jessi

    I made a different version of the same cookie today and they went FLAT. I found this recipe and am trying it now! The cookies look absolutely wonderful and are nice a fluffy!!! good recipe! Thank you

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you found us! These cookies won’t spread much, so hopefully you’ll find they turn out as fluffy as you’d like! Would love to hear how they turned out 🙂

    • Rachel @ Bakerita

    Mm, these sound amazingly awesome! Haven’t had one of these in forever.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for writing , Rita 🙂

    • peanutbutterandonion

    Classic, always welcome at my house

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for coming over!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love white chocolate and these look wonderful!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Averie!

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