White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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I didn’t really realize how hard macadamia nuts were to find until I actually needed them for a recipe. My parents would ALWAYS have macadamia nuts lying around the house. They had friends that would send it to them from Hawaii and they would also get jars of them at Costco. I hate venturing out to Costco – it’s a 5 minute drive for me but I hate dealing with the people and the crowds. Just drives me bonkers and slightly claustrophobic.

Anyway, so I had been searching for these nuts (haha) for a while. My friend said Trader Joe’s typically has them but they ran out and hadn’t had them in stock for a while, Wegman’s, which has EVERYTHING, didn’t have ANY macadamia nuts, so I kind of gave up. But then I remembered Whole Foods. Slightly more expensive but they miiiight have them.

I drove myself to Whole Foods, thoroughly embarrassed myself by asking a male employee where his bulk nuts were, and happily left Whole Foods with a bag of nuts. #winning

If you’ve ever gone to Costco and gone to their bakery section, then you know the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that I’m about to talk about. They come in these plastic bins along with an assortment of chocolate chip cookies and double fudge and you can’t just choose one ’cause you pretty much want them all. They’re super soft and got loads of nuts and white chocolate chips in it. Yeah, those cookies. Well, I made my own version at home and I’d have to say, mine were pretty darn close to those Costco ones – just slightly smaller, but big things come in small packages and that’s exactly what this cookie is :)

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins

These White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are super soft and loaded with nuts and white chocolate chips - yum! 

Servings: 3
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour, you may use AP flour instead if you don't have it on hand
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container.



Posted on February 15, 2013

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  1. 02/15/2013 at 7:17 am

    I love white chocolate & macadamia cookies – it’s such a classic combination and it works so well. These cookies look like they are stuffed full of deliciousness!

  2. 02/15/2013 at 7:30 am

    I know exactly what cookies your talking about from Costco. Oh my god. They are SO good. I’ve wanted to recreate them before but macadamia nuts can be pretty pricey, and you’re right…very hard to find. I’ll have to splurge though, because now I’m craving these cookies!

  3. 02/15/2013 at 8:01 am

    These are my dad’s favorite! I’ll have to make them in a few weeks when I see him!

  4. 02/15/2013 at 8:07 am

    OH the Cosco bakery section. For as much as I love everything that comes out of that corner of paradise, I hate going in too! (I can relate to the claustrophobia/crowd annoyance you shared). White choc macadamia cookies are such a classic that don’t get the spotlight enough. Yours look buttery, soft, and addictive!

  5. 02/15/2013 at 8:49 am

    Omg! These cookies look amazing!! They’re so puffy! I looove soft cookies! Plus I’m obsessed with all things including white chocolate! It’s my fav! (Is it the bread flour that makes these particular cookies extra fluffy? I’ve never used it in cookies before!) delicious Julie!!

  6. 02/15/2013 at 8:54 am

    I am always up for a cookie! Yum!

  7. 02/15/2013 at 9:08 am

    White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of my favorite varieties. :) Love the bread flour and cornstarch in these! I know Averie bakes a lot of cookies with bread flour and I’m so eager to give it a try.

  8. 02/15/2013 at 9:12 am

    Paul doesn’t eat many cookies but when he does they must be white chocolate macadamia nut. These look like a sure winner!

  9. 02/15/2013 at 9:20 am

    I just bought macadamia nuts this week. Holy smokes those little guys are pricey! So worth it though — especially in cookies. These look amazing, Julie!

  10. god I love costco cookies!

  11. 02/15/2013 at 9:49 am

    Oh wow do these sound GREAT!

  12. 02/15/2013 at 10:08 am

    Oh Jeez Julie- these are just about my very favorite kind of cookie. Thank you for the reminder :)

  13. 02/15/2013 at 10:10 am

    Oooooh mamaaaa these look delicious!!

  14. 02/15/2013 at 10:11 am

    No lie, this is my favorite cookie EVER! Yours look amazing!

  15. 02/15/2013 at 10:28 am

    Bring on the cookies! Love!

  16. 02/15/2013 at 10:55 am

    These are my favorite kind of cookies ever! And oddly enough I have a big bag of macadamia nuts and didn’t even consider making them! Happening this weekend though!

  17. 02/15/2013 at 11:10 am

    These look SO good. These are my second favorite cookie ever (after oatmeal chocolate chip!). But you’re killing me with all of these cookie recipes! It’s like when I got married and became “Mrs. Fields” that I couldn’t NOT make and eat a ton of cookies. And the extra 10 pounds are proof :-) Tucking this recipe away for a rainy day, though!

  18. 02/15/2013 at 11:15 am

    This is one of my favorite cookies! They look so moist and chewy!!

  19. 02/15/2013 at 11:25 am

    Oh man, these look so amazing! So wishing I could I have a taste!

  20. Megan
    02/15/2013 at 11:37 am

    These look beautiful! I like adding dried cranberries to white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Adds a little tang to what is sometimes a very sweet cookie.

  21. These cookies are beautiful! I have a love/hate relationship with Costco.. I try to avoid weekends! And I absolutely love the cookies they sell. Can’t wait to give these a try :)

  22. 02/15/2013 at 12:00 pm

    These look amazing! And, Costco cookies are dangerous…those large bins of cookies go way too fast in my house. Have a good weekend!

  23. 02/15/2013 at 12:27 pm

    I guess Ill have to go find some bulk nuts to make these now ;) They look gooooooooorgeous! Seriously sad we dont live closer!

  24. 02/15/2013 at 2:27 pm

    I love macadamia nuts SO much and rarely use them. Thanks for giving me an excuse to purchase my favorite nut!

  25. 02/15/2013 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely love these cookies, Julie!

  26. 02/15/2013 at 2:54 pm

    Still completely hilarious that you asked him where his nuts are.

  27. 02/15/2013 at 4:54 pm

    so craving some of these right now!

  28. 02/15/2013 at 5:10 pm

    its my fav kind. I havent had the Costco ones but Subway has always been my favorite. Its been such a long time, I made some during Christmas. BTW have you ever noticed that freezing the dough makes the cookie come out better or is it just a fluke? any idea?

  29. 02/15/2013 at 10:12 pm

    What a lovely cookies, and I wish i have them now with my tea. Wonderful recipe and those pictures are mouthwatering!

  30. 02/15/2013 at 11:30 pm

    I really love macadamia nut cookies! I haven’t had Costco’s yet, now I think I might have to get some…or actually, I’ll just make these!

  31. 02/16/2013 at 7:48 am

    I was just about to suggest looking at Whole Foods for the nuts (we just got a WF and I’m obsessed!). These look so delicious and fluffy! Like little cookie pillows. Can I rest my head? ;-)

  32. 02/16/2013 at 3:08 pm

    On top of macadamia nuts being hard to find, they are expensive! But worth it because you can make these cookies with them. I can only imagine the bread flour makes them chewy but soft. Yum!

  33. 02/17/2013 at 12:38 am

    Moist and chewy deliciousness! Yum :)

  34. 02/17/2013 at 12:42 am

    These look fabulous…
    My kids love white chocolate cookies… These will be sure hit!
    Perfectly Delicious and Fluffy and comfy!

  35. 02/17/2013 at 6:11 am

    They look so great and perfect !
    I’ve never had a macadamia nut cookie before, but I totally like the idea ! :)

  36. 02/17/2013 at 11:50 am

    Macadamia nuts are my all time favorite nut!! These cookies look amazing!

  37. 02/17/2013 at 1:21 pm

    Ah yum, these look so good! White chocolate chip cookies are my favourite, but I’ve never tried them with macadamia nuts. I will definitely be giving these a go!

  38. 02/17/2013 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve actually never had macadamia nuts, though I suspect I wouldn’t like them since I’m not a big fan of nuts in general. But I might just have to substitute peanut butter chips instead so I can try them anyway!

  39. 02/18/2013 at 3:11 pm

    These are my favourite cookies! Quick, let me grab a glass of milk!

  40. 03/12/2013 at 6:22 am

    Looks super perfect… Inviting…

  41. Tanya B.
    05/06/2013 at 6:57 pm

    We made this recipe today- it is a pretty cookie, soft and flavorful. We used all All Purpose flour, but next time we’ll try using the Bread Flour and see what the difference is. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Brittany
    06/08/2013 at 11:45 am

    Holy amazingness Batman!! I made these cookies last night and they are incredible! They look just like the pictures and taste fantastic. Bakery quality for sure. Thank you for posting such a wonderful recipe!!

  43. Helen Collier
    04/18/2014 at 8:15 pm

    I loved what you wrote; I am still laughing, thank you for your beautiful spirit, and great heart! And these wonderful cookie~!

    • Julie
      04/21/2014 at 5:54 am

      Haha, I’m glad it brought some laughter, Helen! :)

  44. Vevehomemaker
    05/11/2014 at 2:07 am

    I made these cookies today. Seriously delicious. Best cookie ever. I can’t stop eatting them. I did add 1/2 tsp of almond extract. I also let the dough chill for 2hrs and inbetween baking. + I sifted the dry ingredients together. They’re so buttery, soft + chewy & flavorful. I want more, but I already ate like 5.. Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely make these again !!

    • Julie
      05/12/2014 at 9:15 am

      So glad you enjoyed these! They’re one of my favorites too due to how soft they are!

  45. Jean M.
    06/23/2016 at 12:42 pm

    The white chocolate macadamia have become our favorite cookies! LOVE the texture of them. I use whatever nuts I have on hand but the macs are best!

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