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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

A classic cookie with a flair for decadence -- these white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are made with browned butter, toasted macadamia nuts, premium white chocolate, all topped off with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, white chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 226kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 1 cup unsalted butter 226g
  • 1 cup brown sugar 200g
  • 2/3 cup white sugar 135g
  • 2 large eggs room temperature preferred
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 340g
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch cornflour in UK
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cups premium white chocolate chips 170g
  • 1 cup Macadamia nut pieces 110g
  • sea salt for sprinkling optional


Begin by Browning your Butter:

  • Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Once butter has melted, increase heat to just above medium heat. Stir the butter and scrape the sides and bottom of the pan frequently with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula - the butter will begin to bubble and pop. Once the bubbling/popping slows, the butter will begin to turn brown (see image). Once it begins to brown, remove from heat and pour into a large heat-proof bowl.
  • Allow butter to cool to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.

Cookie Dough

  • Add sugars into cooled browned butter and stir well.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract and stir until well-combined.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, stirring until ingredients are nearly completely combined.
  • Add white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces and stir until ingredients are well-incorporated.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before proceeding.
  • 15 minutes before you are ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Once oven is preheated and cookie dough has chilled, drop dough by heaping, rounded 1 1/2-Tbsp-sized scoops onto prepared cookie sheets, placing at least 2" apart.
  • Bake on 375F (190C) for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown (cookies should still be quite soft when you remove them from the oven, and may even appear slightly underbaked in center).
  • Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet.



Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg