Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Total Time
Prep 50 mins
Cook 8 mins

This recipe is from and I am saving it here to keep it forever and ever. These are very yummy. Better than any store-bought. This is the first recipe I've tried for these cookies and I won't be needing to look for any more! Browning the butter is not something I'm used to doing but it was very easy! Just be careful to take it off when it turns golden brown, and don't let it burn. They won't spread too much, so don't worry about them getting too thin.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In 8-inch saute pan, bring butter to golden brown (~5 to 8 minutes).
  3. Stir in brown sugar and let stand in refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  4. Grate 3oz white chocolate. Coarsely chop remaining 5oz. Set aside.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  6. Place cooled butter in mixer. Using the paddle attachment, add granulated sugar and beat until fluffy.
  7. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  8. Beat in dry ingredients.
  9. Add grated white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Stir until combined.
  10. Note: I refrigerated my dough while I heated up the oven here.
  11. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Dip top in coarsely chopped white chocolate. (I skipped this step) Place on non-stick cookie sheet, spaced 3-inches apart.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes. (Be careful, I cooked my cookies only ~8 minutes. Watch them to see!) Cool on rack.
  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Most Helpful

I live at high altitude so sometimes cookies just don't turn out like I want them. This recipe on the other hand turned out just like I wanted them too! These are nice and fluffy and soft. My dough was a little dry so I added a TBS. milk and it took care of that. Thank you so much for posting this!

MOM-2 February 02, 2009

This is the first time I ever browned butter and I used the following link as my guide.
My oven goes on the fritz every now and then and when it does the cookie needed every on of those 20 minutes as the first tray did; cookies were lighter in color, but still done. With the second tray and my oven keeping temp properly, the cookies turned a little more golden with the full 20 minutes, but still perfect! I used a one inch scooper, put nine on a tray, 3 inches about. Cookies spread to about two inches. My cookies were crispy. Yield 42

PattiVH December 23, 2012

This recipe looks just like what I was looking for. Will make these cookies and review with stars when done. Thanks so much for this recipe.

abby December 06, 2008