Soft & Chewy White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

These cookies are thick, soft, and chewy - just what you want a chocolate chunk cookie to be. They're not too sweet, except when you happen across a nice cool hunk of white chocolate, and when that happens at the same time as when you get a bit of salty macadamia nut, it's pure cookie nirvana.

Total Time: 30 minutes


Pure evil. These cookies are pure evil.

I made them, taste-tested them (naturally and thoroughly), photographed them, and packaged them up for my guy to take to work the next morning, lest I shovel them one-by-one into my mouth all day long.

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But he kept forgetting to take them. And so there they sat, the devils on the kitchen counter, taunting me. “Bite me,” they said. “Eat me!” How rude. But they were so commanding, sometimes I just had to oblige to shut them up.

Finally, on the third day, my guy came home from work and I pointed maniacally, frizzed-out hair, shaking (sugar high) at the remaining cookies. “YOU NEED TO GET RID OF THOSE! I don’t care if you eat them all right now, in one sitting! I need them GONE!”

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He kindly sat down and ate them all. Granted … there were only a couple left.

Yeah, you know you’ve stumbled across an amazing cookie recipe when you have zero self-control around them.

These cookies are thick, soft, and chewy – just what you want a chocolate chunk cookie to be. They’re not too sweet, except when you happen across a nice cool hunk of white chocolate, and when that happens at the same time as when you get a bit of salty macadamia nut, it’s pure cookie nirvana.

Next time I’m putting the container of cookies on the passenger seat of my guy’s car so there’s no way he can forget them.  Although … there may be a slight chance I “forget” to include a couple. Yeah, they’re evil, but what can I say? I like that.

Cookie Stockholm Syndrome. It’s totally a thing.


Here are some notes on shaping, with links to a couple of terrific bloggers who explain it perfectly.

I used the Cooks Illustrated shaping method that Michelle of Brown-Eyed Baker explains here (scroll down to right before the recipe). Essentially, you roll the dough for each cookie into a ball, tear that ball in half, and then smoosh it back together so that the torn halves are now at the top of the dough ball. I also shaped the ball so that it was more tall than wide – Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction talks more about that here.


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Soft & Chewy White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

These cookies are thick, soft, and chewy - just what you want a chocolate chunk cookie to be. They're not too sweet, except when you happen across a nice cool hunk of white chocolate, and when that happens at the same time as when you get a bit of salty macadamia nut, it's pure cookie nirvana.

Yield: about 36 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chunks (about 8 ounces, chopped)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped roasted salted macadamia nuts (about 4 1/2 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer affixed with paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes (or use a large bowl and a hand mixer).
  3. Add the brown sugar and granulated (white) sugar and continue beating on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, continuing to beat each time until well-incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  6. With the mixer on low speed, carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the white chocolate chunks and the macadamia nuts.
  7. Scoop a generous tablespoonful of the dough (I use <a href="" target="_blank" data-mce-href="">this cookie dough scoop</a>) and roll into a ball. Tear the ball in half, turn each half a quarter turn, and smoosh the dough back together with the torn side now at the top of the cookie. Gently shape so that the dough ball is taller than it is wide and place on cookie sheet about three inches apart.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, until edges of cookie begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 - 10 minutes on cookie sheet so the cookie can set. Carefully move to wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cookies stay fresh when kept in a sealed container at room temperature for 3 - 4 days, or can be frozen for up to two months.

Adapted from Bon Appétit

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

42 Responses to “Soft & Chewy White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on February 1, 2013 at 6:47 am

    They look amazing! I love love love white chocolate macadamia cookies :) And I’m glad you used the tall trick! It works like a charm for me – every time! :) Now I’m craving white chocolate and cookies this morning…

    • Kare posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I love the tall trick! Thank you. :)

    • Nancy posted on February 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      I’m so happy to find this, its my husbands favorite cookie and I’ve NEVER, made them for him. But I just recently have begun my cookie baking journey for serious cookie junkies.
      Thank you, Nancy

      • Karen Troughton posted on February 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        I hope they are as good as he remembers. :)

  2. Cheryl Rhodes posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Sounds great. I love macadamia nuts! On a Hawaiian cruise last Sept-Oct and in Kauai we got dark chocolate fudge with macadamia nuts. On Hawaii we shopped at Big Island Candies & Cookies and came home with a few goodies. Love that shop and their free samples of everything. Stopped at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and bought a few different glazed macadamias. In Maui I got a passion fruit shaved ice with chocolate macadamia nut ice cream. Yummy! And don’t forget all the chocolate chip macadamia nuts at Hilo Hattie! I think you need to go to Hawaii too and experience them all over the place!

    • Kare posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Gah, all of those macadamia nut treats sound scrumptious – and so does Hawaii right now! We spent 10 days on Oahu a couple of years ago and I am just itching to go back. So amazing.

  3. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I LOVE white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, but I’ve never made them, probably because I’m terrified (and 100% sure) of eating them all myself. But…I need to make these. They look so good! Pinned and going on my to-bake list for sure!

    • Kare posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Have you seen the recipe circling lately that turns out just two perfect-sized chocolate chip cookies? Talk about a recipe tailor-made for those of us who have a hard time resisting the temptation! :)

    • Kimberly posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I absolutely love this recipe thank you! Kudos xoxo

    • Kimberly posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I absolutely love this recipe thank you! Kudos xoxo

  4. a farmer in the dell posted on February 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    These look like the devil! I would not have been able to have them at my house either. Yum!

    • Kare posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Evil, horrible, terrible, delicious cookies. ;) I blame them, not my utter lack of self-control!

  5. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on February 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I make my husband eat all sorts of things I cook and bake too. Luckily he has this insane voodoo metabolism, so he never gains a pound. Honestly, you should be proud of yourself for keeping them around for so long–they look so good, I’d have finished them off after a day!

    • Kare posted on February 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

      What is with guys and their lightning-fast metabolisms? It’s so not fair. And if they do put on an extra five pounds, all they have to do is walk around the block, like, once, and it’s gone. Jerks. ;)

  6. Logan posted on February 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I made these cookies today! We are snowed in and there is nothing like warm oven baked cookies on a snow day…They taste amazing, I was looking for the perfect recipe and this turned out fantastic. My cookies are not as pretty looking as your pictures, I haven’t perfected the ‘tear and smush back together’ method and some of them look like little bums lol! I also used mini white chocolate chips instead of chunks. But the Taste is what matters and they are great. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Kare posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Hi Logan, I know you left this comment awhile ago – I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner! I’m so glad you liked these cookies. I’m laughing at your comment that some of your cookie balls ended up looking like little bums. I pick out the very best ones to photograph – trust me, there are plenty of “little bums” in there too! But hey, they all taste great and yes, that’s what matters. :)

  7. Charity posted on March 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Ha! I always think it’s super funny when people have a great cookie recipe and they end the instructions with how long they will last… as if to imply that they will stick around that long.

    • Kare posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Too funny! And very true. :) I *still* feel guilty about my lack of self-control around this particular batch.

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  10. John posted on May 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Made these this afternoon and they really are something else. The only thing I changed was melting the butter first and I can’t tell how evil they are. We’ve all indulged a bit too much already so I think I’ll be dropping some off in the teachers lounge when I get called in.

  11. maddy posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Hey. I made your recipe and I really like how they turned out! But what do you mean about the “tall trick”, I read it in the instructions and didn’t really understand so I skipped that part. What does the “tall trick” do? Could you explain it to me. Thank you!

  12. Kevin Cook posted on July 25, 2013 at 6:53 am

    These look beyond delicious!!! I’m making these today, but I’m making a simple switch to Earth Balance (soy free) vegan butter. Wish me luck! :)

    • Karen Troughton posted on July 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Hi Kevin! I hope you loved them. :)

  13. April posted on August 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm


    • Karen Troughton posted on August 8, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Thanks, April! :)

  14. kailyn posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I make batches and batches of these for my staf…by the end of the shift they are scraping the plate for crumbs and they all think I’m a wizard. AMAZING.

  15. kailyn posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:55 am


  16. Lin posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Fantastically delicious cookie recipe! I believe that you roll a ball of that delicious dough and then separate it then you put the two halves, one on top of the other and voila, you have chewy deliciousness. thank you!

    • Karen Troughton posted on September 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      So glad you like it, Lin! :) Thanks for commenting.

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  19. Snick posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    The only cookies I bake.

    Due to dietary changes, I’d forgotten my recipe. This is almost identical to what I remember, so thanks for posting it!

    In my opinion, nutmeg enhances some recipes… this is not one of them. I’m glad you listed it as optional, because I added it once and it overpowered the subtleness of the butter, brown sugar and mac nuts.

    Thanks again for refreshing my memory and satisfying my family’s cravings for this beloved treat!
    ~Snick in PA

    • Karen Troughton posted on October 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Hi Snick! Thanks so much for commenting. It’s my pleasure! The nutmeg is definitely a personal preference thing. :) Happy baking!

  20. Jack c. posted on October 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Good recipe but if you’re looking for that chewy, unctuous, perfect soft richness leave out the nutmeg. For an oatmeal cookie or similar variation, it’s a good note but in the WCMN cookie it’s out of place, and unfortunately saturates the palate to the point that the rich subtleties never make it to the spotlight. Also, an 8 min cook time produced the perfect soft cookie in my oven.

    On my counter there are two trays, one with 18 or 19 cookies, and tray from the second batch with nary a crumb.

  21. Oil posted on October 30, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. These cookies are soft and chewy like you said. I halved the recipe and made these today, everybody love them :)

  22. Amanda posted on December 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    How did your cookie turn out so flat? Mine stayed tall even after I let them sat for 10 mins.

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  24. Karen ;-) posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I made these cookies with extra dark chocolate chips and they were amazing. I have been trying to get my cookies high and chewy and your trick with the flat side up work great. Thanks ;-)

    • Karen Troughton posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

      That sounds incredible! I need to try that soon. :)

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  26. Paulette Ash posted on December 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Not my favorite, only because the nutmeg leaves an aftertaste, will substitute cinnamon the next time.

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