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Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White chocolate and macadamia nuts are a great combination. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Creamy, smooth white chocolate, with its mild vanilla flavor, is a great match for the buttery, crunchy and slightly sweet macadamia nuts, as neither element overwhelms the other.

One thing that I’ve found that can make the combination even better is to add a little bit of salt to the mix. These white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are sprinkled with salt before baking, cutting a little bit of the sweetness of the cookies and making them even more addictive. It’s the same concept that is used for these Salty Oat Cookies and Salted Caramels. You can use regular table salt for these or a coarse sea or kosher salt. If you use table salt, use a pinch to sprinkle over the cookies. If you use salt with large crystals, you’ll want to use less salt overall because the bigger crystals have a more lasting salty flavor and you don’t want to entirely overwhelm the cookies. A smaller pinch, and perhaps a more careful distribution of the salt crystals, is best.

In addition to the salt on top, I also used salted macadamia nuts in the cookies and added a little bit of salt to the dough. As always, I started with unsalted butter for these. If your macadamia nuts are unsalted, that is fine, although I do recommend lightly toasting them for a better flavor.

These cookies bake up to be slightly chewy in the center and crisp on the edges. They spread out a bit during baking, so be sure to leave a little bit of room between the balls of dough on the baking sheet. If you prefer your cookies to be crispier, bake them for a few additional minutes, until they have turned light brown all over.

Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 white chocolate chips
3/4 cup salted, toasted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
additional salt, for topping

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then gradually add in the flour mixture, followed by the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. If your macadamia nuts are unsalted, add an additional 1/4 tsp salt to the cookie dough.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough (1-inch balls) onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until cookies are just beginning to turn a light golden color around the edges. Bake an additional minute or so, until slightly more golden, for crispier cookies. Cool for about 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet until cookies are completely set, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 2 dozen.

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  • Bonine
    June 8, 2009

    I just posted this recipe on my blog, with full credit to your site. I wanted this recipe somewhere where I wouldn’t lose it.
    I hope you don’t mind. Thanks so much for sharing this link on Twitter, I can’t wait to try it!! ♥

  • Bonnie
    June 8, 2009

    Oops I can’t even spell my own name right… hehe!!

  • Baking Monster
    June 8, 2009

    I love this combination!

  • Linda
    June 8, 2009

    My daughter is going to love these. Nice recipe.

  • bakingblonde
    June 8, 2009

    I LOVE white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies, they are so yummy during the summer!

  • Steph
    June 8, 2009

    I love how your cookies look so thin yet chewy.

  • Mary Bakes
    June 9, 2009

    Mmm These look nice.

  • Lisha Webs
    June 9, 2009

    it looks so yummy!!!! i am going to love this for sure..

  • Heather Peskin
    June 9, 2009

    Wonderful! I have baked macadamia cookies with unsalted nuts – I must try these now!

  • Clare
    June 9, 2009

    So delicious! Adding salt to sweet makes everything 10x better! Wish I could taste these! (shaking angry fist at low-carb diet)

  • Van
    June 10, 2009

    Wow!, passing this along to my wife bc white chocolate anything is a big, big weakness!!


  • Sues
    June 10, 2009

    Ohhhh yes. I LOVE the salty and sweet combo. Sounds delish!!

  • Yannie Yeastrol
    June 13, 2009

    These sound so delicious. Not sure about the salt though. I love them without salt. I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Emily
    June 17, 2009

    Oh my lord, these sound amazing, they have moved to the top of my must make list! -e

  • sewsewsimple
    June 23, 2009

    Thanks. Would of never of thought of combing the macadamia nuts! We are going to enjoy these! 🙂

  • Person
    June 30, 2009

    These taste a little like popcorn, for some reason. I’d advice something to add a little more moisture to the recipe, like an extra egg or more butter. Also it’d probably be better to use more chips than nuts. Other than that, I sure do like these salty biscuits.

  • Adirec Torytski
    August 28, 2009

    My grandmother used to make white chocolate macadamia cookies and they were to die for I will be testing out this recipe to see if I can complete with hers!

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