White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies; buttery cookies loaded with chunks of white chocolate and a truckload of roasted macadamia nuts.

Making these cookies is extremely therapeutic. After a couple of 12-hour shifts at the hospital I needed a little bit of a pick me up. What better of a way to make that happen then by baking a big batch of cookies?

I see no other way. You?

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I also think there are two kinds of people in the world; those who like macadamia nuts and those who don’t. In the past I would have classified myself in the group of ones that do not… so I’m not sure what made me purchase a bag of these roasted macadamia nuts. I mean at $5. 29 a bag {yes I remember} it’s just a little ridiculous.

macadamia nut collage

Even though I was positive that I didn’t like macadamia nuts, I was bent on making these cookies anyways. To my utter surprise when I opened the bag and smelled the toasty nuts {they smell a lot like potato chips to be honest} and then snagged a few along with some cookie dough and a chunk of white chocolate… *sigh* well, I guess we all should be a little grateful I got passed the initial shock of deliciousness because otherwise there would have been zero cookies to blog about.

Now don’t fret if you can’t find this bag of roasted nuts in your baking isle. Just get regular macadamia nuts, scatter them on a rimmed sheet pan and dry roast them at 375 for 10-15 minutes… or until golden and fragrant. From there on you can store them in an air-tight container or freeze. {thank you eHow!}


So as I fell under the toasted-macadamia-I-don’t-care-how-much-they-cost spell I also picked up a bar of Ghirardelli white chocolate and told myself I’d figure the rest out later. First and foremost, white chocolate and macadamia nuts were meant to be friends. And secondly, these are darn good cookies. Thirdly, I am now a converted macadamia nut lover and you will be too!

dry 1

Start by combining the flour with the baking soda and salt.


Next, give those a serious whisking and then set the bowl of dry ingredients off to the side.

butter and sugar

In the bowl of your mixer, throw in two sticks of unsalted butter along with a cup of light brown sugar and a half cup of granulated sugar.


Then turn the mixer on and blend until smooth.


Next, crack and add in one egg at a time, mixing well after each one until both eggs are incorporated.


Then add in two teaspoons of real vanilla extract and stir until combined.

add dry

Next, with the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients.


Now it should be shaping up to resemble cookie dough.

add the macadamias

Then add in the entire $5.29 cent bag of roasted macadamia nut pieces, which is about a cup and a half.

white-chocolate collageadd the white chocolate chunks

Next chop and add all of the chunks of white chocolate right into the bowl.


Lastly, turn the mixer on low and gradually mix those goodies into the cookie dough.

rounded tablespoons

Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and pop them into a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Rotate if you must, halfway through. Or don’t and totally nosh on those darkened edges… for reals.

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Let cool for a few before transferring the cookies to a wire rack.

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I couldn’t believe my taste buds. These White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are so buttery… soft on the inside while the edges have a crispness to them. They’re nutty and chocolaty and…

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I ate the ENTIRE stack.

Just kidding…

Or am I?

Enjoy! And if you give this White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 dozen cookies

White Chocolate Chunk and Roasted Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Chunk and Roasted Macadamia Nut Cookies
Buttery cookies loaded with chunks of white chocolate and a truckload of roasted macadamia nuts.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups regular or roasted macadamia nut pieces
  • 1 (4 ounce) bar white chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350Ā° and line a rimmed sheet pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk until combined and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer add the two sticks of butter along with the light brown and granulated sugars. Blend at medium speed until combined.
  4. Scrape down the sides and then add in the two teaspoons of vanilla and the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  5. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the dry ingredients until all of it is thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Lastly add in the roasted macadamia nut pieces and the chopped white chocolate. Mix on low until they are evenly throughout the cookie dough. Be careful not to over-mix.
  7. On the prepared pan, drop rounded spoonfuls of the cookie dough spacing them an inch apart.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are just slightly golden. Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
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41 Responses to “White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Now that is a cookie! Anything with white chocolate is truly awesome in my book.

  2. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

    These sound so perfect! Love this recipe!

  3. #
    Tieghan Gerard — May 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Those 12 hour shifts how got to be so hard!! I have no idea how you do it! Well, I guess now I do! Cookies! And delicious cookies too! These sound awesome!

  4. #
    Ann — May 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I think white chocolate is the best. Just don’t tell the other chocolates. These look perfect for some weekend snacking!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 26th, 2013 @ 10:32 am

      HAHA! Don’t worry mums the word šŸ˜‰

  5. #
    Vimitha — May 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Wow… I am so gonna try these. Looks so crunchy…

  6. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — May 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I am a total macadamia nut girl. I don’t know how people couldn’t like them!? Is that even possible?

  7. #
    Lonnie Thaler — May 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hi Laurie,

    My daughter and I love macadamia nuts! I think she will like the idea of making these wonderful cookies. It looks so easy to do! Anyway, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. šŸ˜€

  8. #
    Cassie — May 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    My husband would LOVE these cookies. I adore those big chunks of white chocolate!

  9. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — May 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I didn’t know that these Macadamia baking pieces existed. I am all over these lovely cookies, yum!

  10. #
    Muna Kenny — May 25, 2013 at 10:02 am

    My son will go nuts after them. Actually even his mom šŸ™‚

  11. #
    Kathy — May 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    These sound like the perfect cookie!

  12. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 26, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Macadamia nuts are my jam!! I, for one, LOVE them. They are so smooth and buttery tasting. My favorite nut! And these are one of my favorite kinds of cookies. šŸ™‚ Love them Laurie!

  13. #
    kita — May 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Something must be in the air cuz I totally whipped up a batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies the other day too ><

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 26th, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

      Uhhh that’s because great minds think alike šŸ™‚

  14. #
    Kenneth Pierce — May 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Baking is truly therapeutic and I love white chocolate. A perfect ingredient when you are stressed out. I am going to ask my wife to bake this for us. Great recipe! I am a fan of your addicting pastries.

  15. #
    Julia Byers — May 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Wow I really need to make these cookies! They sound delicious!

  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Baking is so relaxing and these cookies look wonderful.

  17. #
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — May 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This definitely sounds like the perfect cookie for me! I LOVE that you roasted the macadamia nuts first!

  18. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 28, 2013 at 12:26 am

    These would be the ultimate way to relax after 2 12’s!! Geez woman, I’m tired just thinking about it! I need a cookie to recover already šŸ™‚

  19. #
    Dan from Platter Talk — May 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Wonderful looking cooies – I love your ingredients and your photos are wonderful!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 29th, 2013 @ 12:36 am

      Thanks Dan šŸ™‚

  20. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Macadamia nuts may be expensive but they make for a darn good cookie. And when paired with white chocolate, explosion of taste!

    • simplyscratch replied: — May 29th, 2013 @ 12:36 am

      I totally agree Nicole!

  21. #
    Cate @ ChezCateyLou — May 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I could definitely eat the entire stack!! Growing up, the white chocolate macadamia cookie at Mrs. Field’s was my favorite!

  22. #
    Soy Sauce Dishes — May 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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  23. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

    How did you know that this is my favorite flavor combo in a cookie?!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      Haha! I just know things Chung-Ah! šŸ˜‰

  24. #
    Michelle — June 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Just FYI…I just made these and they were delicious but the first time I tried to make them I wasn’t able to locate the roasted nuts. I tried the roasting method mentioned above and at 375 for 10 minutes my nearly 9 dollars worth of macadamia nuts got burnt. I would highly recommend you half that time and keep an eye on them so as to not ruin your tasty and delicious nuts!

  25. #
    Christine — November 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Last week, I made white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies for the first time. I brought them to my sister who is in the hospital. Have to admit, I am a toll house girl..but these were sooo good! I promised her another batch this week. Then it hit me..the recipe was on the back of the macadamia nut package! It had been thrown out! I I don’t even recall the brand I bought. I just made a batch using a local supermarket brand for both the nuts and the white chocolate. What a disappointment! I’m going to have to use the brands you have used in yours and keep my fingers crossed. Was there a recipe on the back of the Mauna Loa package? Hope so!.

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 1st, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

      I don’t remember if there was a recipe on the back or not šŸ™ but this recipe definitely won’t disappoint! Good Luck!

  26. #
    marie — September 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I just happened to buy d same brand of ingredients u mentioned before I Google a white chocolate macadamia cookie recipe and after looking at so many recipes I came across yours with d same ingredients and I like d ratio of Ingredients (except for d flour, I’m adding a 1/2 cup more). I am making them for my son in college (first care package šŸ™‚ ). It’s his favorite and I have always bought them and thought I make it special and make them myself. They sound delicious! I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 12th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

      That is so nice of you to send your son a care package! And including homemade cookies makes it even better. Enjoy!

  27. #
    marie — September 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I made the cookies and they almost didn’t make it in the care package because they were so delicious I wanted to keep them for myself! I like the taste of the kosher salt in them. About to make another batch for me this time

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 17th, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

      I’m so glad Marie! Thanks for coming back and leaving a review

  28. #
    Rina Merian — December 17, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Scoured the net for good wchoc/mac cookie and came across this one. I liked the ingre. and pics so I gave it a try. Now this is my go to WCM cookie. I love the sea salt in it. I make it every time my college son comes home(it’s his fav). They are delish, scrumptious, indulgent, in other words, we love them! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  29. #
    Maria Lucia — December 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Laurie loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us, it is very delicious.


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