Chocolate Chips Macadamia Nuts Cookies

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Few days back, a friend visited us from India. She was here for some business meeting and in between, she took off some time to visit us. We met after a year, so you can imagine how much talking happened that day 🙂

She and I worked in the same department which involved frequent short travels. Most of the times, we had to travel alone but there were few trips where we got lucky and we were in the same project. During these fun trips together, she introduced me to some of the amazing dishes and interesting ingredients. I keep telling her even today that she is one of the main reasons why I started enjoying food!

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As soon she confirmed her visit, the first thing that came in my mind was what to cook for her!

I had just one day with her and didn’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. So, I made something simple. There was some pesto pasta, crispy baked tilapia and a savory crostata. Well, no picture or recipe for those yet.. may be someday when I make it again.

For dessert, I thought of cookies because I could make them in advance, she could pack and take some with her and who doesn’t like cookies, right?

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The very first time I ate macadamia nut cookies were from Subway Restaurant. Eventually, it became my favorite and now every-time we buy subs, we pick up a couple of those cookies. They are buttery, soft, a little chewy with crunchy bites in between.. yummmy!

I didn’t chop the nuts too small, just in halves or quarters. And I used white and butterscotch chocolate chips, but you can use whatever you like. Or skip the chocolate chips and let the nuts be the hero of the cookies.

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I am not much of a baker and baking cookies has always been a challenge for me. It doesn’t come out perfect all the time and luck always plays a very important role. This time, thankfully, it was in my favor and cookies came out really nice.

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I agree that the shape doesn’t look too fancy but it definitely tasted amazing 🙂

recipe adapted from here

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Chocolate Chips Macadamia Nuts Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chocolate chips


  1. In a bowl, mix the flour with salt and baking soda.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, egg yolk, sugar and butter until they are mixed properly.
  3. Add vanilla extract and whisk again for a couple of minutes.
  4. Pour the flour mix into the egg mix and mix them properly.
  5. Add the macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and butterscotch chocolate chips.
  6. Then, mix it to the cookie dough using a rubber spatula.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F and line a parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  8. Using a spoon, drop a ball of the dough in the baking sheet.
  9. Wet your hands and press the dough to flatten it a little.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are slight brown in color. When you touch in the middle, it should not be hard enough.
  11. Take out the sheet from the oven and let the cookie rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before you pick them up.
  12. Let it cool completely before you store them in a jar.

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  • Manu
    September 22, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    MmmmmI love macademia nut and white choc chip cookies! They are my favourite! :-))) Great job here Kankana! And beautiful pictures as always!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    September 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    What are you talking about Kankana, these cookies came out perfectly! If you say you are not much of a baker after making those bread and sweets…I’m in trouble. I’m far behind you! lol. It sounds like you had a great time with your old friend. I love a friend visit too. It’s fun and make me feel young again (esp if they are old friends). Back to the cookies, I also love the big chunk of macadamia nuts too. My ex-coworker introduced me macadamia nuts with white chocolate (I’m usually a fan of dark chocolate) but ever since I tried, I’m hooked with the cookie with these nuts. Your photos are amazing as always and definitely made me craving for these cookies!

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    September 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Interesting recipe. Even I knew about macademia nuts when I came to HK. The pictures look very tempting! I can eat a dozen at a time.

  • Anita Menon
    Anita Menon
    September 23, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Those are perfection! Look so beautiful. you have plenty misconceptions about yourself. You are a brilliant baker. I am sure your friend would agree too.

  • Spandana
    September 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    I am drooling over your picture kankana… And they are really perfect 🙂

  • Sissi
    September 23, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    I am sure that your cookies taste 100x better than the ones from Subway! They look gorgeous.

  • nisha
    September 23, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    i love the addition of nuts in the cookies..must give it a go sometime. Love the flour pic.. 🙂

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    September 23, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Cookies look perfect! Sounds like a great flavour combo too!

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    September 23, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    I did white chocolate, cranberries and macadamia! They are all time fav. Gorgeous clicks as always K!

  • Kala
    September 23, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    This recipe sounds so good. White chocolate chips and macadamia nuts sound like a wonderful combination.

  • Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    September 23, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    Your pictures are beautiful and the cookies look scrumptious. I’m glad you were able to catch up with your friend.

  • gloria
    September 23, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    These cookies look delicious!! gloria

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    September 23, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    These cookies look so tasty. I have had with the white chocolate, but the butterscotch is a wonderful addition. your pictures are stunning. Great post.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    September 23, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Awesome cookies Kankana, and yes they did came out PERFECT!! anything coming out of your kitchen look and sound perfect:) and I am 100% serious!:))
    the first think that I do is also cook for my friends:) I guess that like life of a foodie:) Great clicks!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    September 23, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    we both know how much i love my cookies. Why oh why do you do this to me. Not that i don’t want to make them but the cookie lover in me says I MUST make them like today- during grant;s nap. they look irrestible!

  • Life is Full
    Life is Full
    September 23, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    These cookies look yummy and I love your artistic photos! I’m sure your friend had a wonderful visit with you too!

  • Divya
    September 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Macadamia nuts are one of my favorites – they have a buttery texture that no other nut has. As usual the pictures look amazing! Yum! 🙂

  • Jamie @ the unseasoned wok
    Jamie @ the unseasoned wok
    September 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    The cookies look beautiful and totally scrumptious!! I don’t believe you when you say you’re not a baker!!

    I love the photograph of the macadmia nuts. So creative!!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    September 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Oh my goodness…macadamia nuts and chocolate chips! I can eat a dozen of those cookies in one sitting! LOL

  • Krithi
    September 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    These are so beautifully done Kankana.. You should not say you are not much of a baker.. You have done a great job!!
    I too love macadamia nuts…1 yr in Hawaii.. how can I not love it…
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  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    September 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    those are yummy cookies, a lovely recipe and amazing clicks..

  • Suzi
    September 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    These cookies sound amazing and I bet they are tasty, they certainly look delicious. I am going to try and make these, I’m not much of a baker but I am still goingto try, love butterscotch.

  • rebecca
    September 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    great cookies and you can’t beat meeting up with old friends

  • Katherine Martinelli
    Katherine Martinelli
    September 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    White chocolate macademia nut cookies were my favorite as a kid so these bring back memories! Great recipe.

  • Kalyani
    September 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    looks delicious and yummy !!!!!!!

  • Lauren
    September 23, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Oh, wow! Adding in butterscotch chips sounds awesome! Great recipe!

  • Ann
    September 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    It looks amazing! There’s something about macadamia nuts in cookies. Such a terrific taste and texture! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your beautiful photos!

  • Alyssa
    September 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Those cookies would not last long in this house! Your pictures are beautiful, as always:)

  • Christine
    September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Love this. I could eat a lot of these cookies. Yum!

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    September 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Perfect combo and looks irresistible!

  • Sutapa
    September 24, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Your cookies are too tempting! Love to make some in this festive season but I am sure I have to make many batches …it will finish within seconds!:)

  • Ramona
    September 24, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    I love this combination of white chocolate and macadamia nuts! I had them once and I never liked white chocolate until I had it combined this way. I think they are perfectly lovely cookies and your pictures are outstanding. Your food styling is very nice and I’m taking notes how to do my pictures better. 🙂

  • Barefeet In The Kitchen
    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    September 24, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Yum. Yum. Yum. This is one of my favorite cookie combinations ever. Yours look great. (We’re always our worst critics, aren’t we?)

  • Jay
    September 24, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    wat an interesting presentation…gorgeous cliks speak of their taste..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  • Kalyan
    September 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Wish a cup of coffee was atleast near, if not these lovely cookies…simply looks mouthwatering and quite easy to prepare…nice clicks too!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    September 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Beautiful clicks! Bet those cookies with macadamias taste heavenly!

  • Charles
    September 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    That last photo but one – those are macadamia nuts? I never ate many macadamia nuts in my life, certainly never baked with them. They seem hugely popular in the US but they’re almost never seen in Europe. I’d always imagined they’d look more like cashew nuts! Beautiful cookies, perfect to dunk into a cup of tea 😀

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      yes those are macadamia nuts 🙂 buttery and delicious! Thanks a lot of liking it 🙂

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    September 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    So glad you liked it . I personally was embarrassed about the shapes and was thinking twice if I really should put it up in the blog! 🙂

  • Shilpa Sharma
    Shilpa Sharma
    September 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Absolutely beautiful looking cookies and gorgeous photography as always….

  • Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis
    September 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    those cookies look heavenly! I love macadamia nuts and you certainly have put them to good use in your cookies! Gorgeous images!

  • athena
    September 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Not sure what you mean, these cookies look awesome! Even though a lot of my baked goods come out not-so-pretty, I post anyway 😉 Love mac nuts in cookies… will have to try the butterscotch combo.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    September 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Wow…now I know what would I be treated with when I visit you 🙂 Beautiful crispy cookies!

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    September 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    yummy looking fabulous cookies 🙂

  • Christine
    September 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    September 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Congrats on top 9!

  • globe-trotter
    September 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I will eat them vicariously through you, I really just want to dive in, mac cookies are one of my favorites, I can’t remember the first time I had one .. oh wait, yes I can, by Pepperidge Farm (are they still around)? I love how all of us can remember our first bite into one of those fab cookies…

  • Ally
    September 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    All of the flavors in these cookies sound totally harmonious. Love!

  • dudut @mytwistedrecipe
    dudut @mytwistedrecipe
    September 25, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    i will not pass on a chocolate chip cookie, not to mention macadamia! such a goodie!

    nice entry, thanks for sharing!

  • Umm Mymoonah
    Umm Mymoonah
    September 26, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Love the bite of nuts in the cookies, yummy!
    For coconut ladoos, yes you can use packaged grated coconut too 🙂

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
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    September 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    These cookies had my (and some more of or friend’s) names written on them until someone very conveniently forgot to bring them! Now I am more bitter after seeing how good they look. Not fair 🙂
    LOVE the recipe and your gorgeous shots Kankana. Good work!

  • Kalyani
    September 26, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    yuumy looking cookies ! first time here, and happy to follow you 🙂

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  • Shabs
    September 26, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    I love macadamia nuts and those cookies look just perfect : D .

  • Rosa
    September 26, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Gorgeous cookies! I bet those are irresistible. What a divine combination.



  • My Wandering Spoon
    My Wandering Spoon
    September 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Cookies are amazing and photos so beautiful:)

  • lipsy
    September 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    m drooling over those cookies…perfect tea time snacks!!!

  • priya mahadevan
    priya mahadevan
    September 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I eat with my eyes as I cannot eat with my mouth 🙂 I am happy you engaged the lesser evil sense! Trying to lose some lbs before my India trip dear and this certainly ain’t helping – seeing such delicious cookies – sigh!

    Anyway, Kankana, Do check out my blog anniversary giveaways – lots of wonderful prizes to be won!

    cheers, priya

  • aipi
    September 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Those look ridiculously good n is super addictive I bet :)Elegant clicks!

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    September 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Kankana, I can eat these cookies anytime of the day dear.
    I am sure they taste divine but they do look perfect too….
    Chewy cookies are my weakness.

    P.S Kankana I know you must have had this before but I really love your blog and I want to pass on this award to you my dear.
    You can have it here

  • Priyanka
    September 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    They are so yummy…..treat me 🙂

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    September 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Are you kidding me about perfectly shaped cookies? Homemade cookies as yummy looking as those, mustn’t look perfect at all 😀

  • Namrata
    September 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    thanks for those cookies Kankana and all the fantastic food! I hope to be your hand model soon 🙂

  • bakerbynature
    September 27, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    So funny – I too experienced my first white chocolate macadamia nut cookie from SUBWAY. Your version looks absolutely scrumptious!

  • Muskaan
    October 4, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    White chocolate & Macadamia Nuts is lovely start with…beautiful pictures to tag along..lovely space, I am glad I found your blog..

    Happy to follow you..


  • Sandhya
    November 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    I loved the Macademia and White chocolate cookie .. , that I had at Subway .. Glad u could make something similar.. I m sure to try them tooo…

  • izyan d.
    izyan d.
    July 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Macadamia nuts are so expensive from where I come from. 🙁 perhaps I’ll substitute with other nuts. I’m sure they’ll work fine too, right?

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