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Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

The beautiful thing about a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie is how white chocolate and macadamia nuts work so well together. They’re even appealing to people who aren’t big fans of either of the major components. On their own, white chocolate is too sweet for some and macadamia nuts can be too rich. Together, the creaminess of the white chocolate matches the crunch of the nuts, and the mellow flavor of the macadamias cuts the sugariness of the chocolate. In short, they’re just really good.

I wanted to add a little something extra to the classic flavor and opted to mix some lime zest into the cookie batter. The lime give the cookies a bright, zesty touch and almost makes them seem a bit tropical. I think it’s a flavor that works great with each of the components individually, as well.

This recipe makes fairly soft cookies that aren’t too sweet on their own. I felt like this was a good backdrop for the sweet white chocolate and the crunch of the nuts – plus, I really wanted something that I could dip into my afternoon coffee as I snacked. The cookies are soft and moist and, while I wouldn’t call them cake-like, they might turn out that way if they are overbaked. Keep an eye on these while they’re in the oven and look for them to be just lightly browned around the edges and on some of the protruding ridges on top of the cookies. They’re good when they’re still slightly warm and should keep well in an airtight container for at least a day or two.

Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp lime zest (1 large lime)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped, toasted macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by lime zest.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing only until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, making approximately 1-inch balls and leaving some room for the cookies to spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies begin to brown slightly around the edges.
Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and remove to a wire rack to cool completely before storing.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies

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  • Frantichomecook
    July 28, 2008

    Are you kidding me!? I think I licked my screen. If I eat something with lime, coconut and macadamia nuts, I can close my eyes and remember my honeymoon…the good parts anyway.

  • C(h)ristine
    July 28, 2008

    I am so making these.

  • CookiePie
    July 29, 2008

    Oh YUM!!! Love white chocolate-macadamia cookies, and the addition of lime just throws it right over the edge into amazing deliciousness! I will have to make these, I can’t help myself.

  • Ashley
    July 29, 2008

    Ooo yum I love lime white chocolate cookies. And I imagine the addition of macadamia nuts is delicious!

  • Tal
    July 30, 2008

    These elegant cookies just look delicious!
    Macadamia nuts are a great combination along with white chocolate, and I’m sure the lime is perfect with both of them.
    Thanks for the lovely recipe 🙂

  • Patricia Scarpin
    July 30, 2008

    The idea of adding a touch of lime is genius, Nic.

  • PAWriter
    July 31, 2008

    I made these with my baking club and we added the juice of half of a lime, and it still wasn’t nearly limey enough. I think this recipe needs some tweaking, or maybe I got a weakling of a lime? Anyone else have a similar experience? Perhaps if I had lime extract, or made these with lemon juice, zest and/or extract? There is much potential here, though!

  • Nicole
    July 31, 2008

    PAWriter – The recipe actually calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh lime zest. I didn’t use any lime juice at all (nor does the recipe actually call for it) and I can see how the flavor would not been as strong if you did not use the zest in your batch. If you try it again, do try the zest instead of the juice.

  • Sarah
    August 2, 2008

    I recently made cookies like this, except with no macadamia nuts. These are wonderful!

  • AskTheApron
    August 4, 2008

    Wow this looks very delicious! Yum …

  • snooky doodle
    August 4, 2008

    these look great. i ve got some white chocolate i m gonna try them now 🙂

  • PAWriter
    August 15, 2008

    Nicole, I did use lime zest: I think I just got a bad lime. I added juice because the zest was not particularly aromatic.

  • Jona
    October 11, 2008

    OMG! I love these cookies, I first tried these cookies, when I bought a box at the grocery store and have been looking for a recipe ever since. Just looking at the picture, brings back memories..lol!

  • Amanda
    December 4, 2008

    Wow. These are delicious! I was looking for a recipe for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that was a little less sweet and these are fabulous. I just took my first batch out of the oven and the lime is just perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jen
    December 23, 2008

    These were great. I over toasted the nuts a bit, but next time they will be just perfect

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