Wednesday, May 21, 2014

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Earlier this month our family took a trip to the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii... also known as Paradise.

Bags of Kona coffee, local treats, and macadamia nuts were among the coveted items we brought home with us. So when Amy asked me to bake cookies for her work potluck, I thought a batch of cookies using our Hawaiian macadamia nuts would be the perfect way to spread the aloha spirit!


I had no idea just how delicious these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies would turn out... but WOW!!! I love everything about these cookies; they are sweet and salty, buttery and nutty, soft and chewy. They smelled amazing baking, I couldn't help but devour a few of them warm, right out of the oven.

Macadamia nuts are popular nut because they are rich and buttery, with a light crisp texture. They are great for snacking! They are also the perfect compliment to white chocolate chips and give this cookie wonderful crunch and texture. Unfortunately, this is not a low fat, low calorie treat... so try to enjoy these cookies in moderation. ;)

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
original recipe by Nestle Tollhouse 
makes 2-3 dozen cookies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 375ยบ.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in white chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for a minute or so, then move to wire racks to cool completely.

These cookies are so incredibly good, they are a little piece of paradise and take me right back to the islands! ♥