I love love love…. white chocolate macadamia cookies. I started making these cookies 2 years ago for Christmas and that is when the love affair first started. The macadamia nuts are quite expensive so I don’t make these cookies too often; I like to save them for Christmas time. It is something to look forward to at this special time of year.
There is something about the combination of the macadamia nuts and white chocolate that makes this cookie so wonderful. I guess it could be the fact that I love that crunchiness of the nuts along with the sweetness of the white chocolate. It truly has to be a match made in heaven.
This cookie has been added to my list of traditions that I will do every Christmas. I decided that this is a tradition that I will be making maybe more so for myself since I am the one in the family that loves them the most. Oh there are a couple of my kids that like them, but I don’t think they like them as much as I do. And I guess that is ok to start a tradition for myself, since I am the one that is doing all of the baking.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (Adapted from www.averagebetty.com)
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup roasted salted macadamia nuts (chopped)
With an electric mixer, cream butter and add the both sugars; mix on medium-high until creamy and combined. Add eggs and beat mixture, when thoroughly combined beat in the vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt add to the creamed mixture and mix thoroughly. Incorporate the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spoon dough by teaspoons, place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes until the cookies are getting lightly browned.