Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Bake a batch of Chocolate Macadamia Cookies for everyone to enjoy! These chewy chocolate cookies are packed with crunchy macadamia nuts in every bite.

Chocolate macadamia nut cookies on a white plate.

Let me tell you–these cookies are awesome. And that’s coming from someone who’s not the world’s biggest cookie fan.

It’s not that I’m against cookies; I just prefer cake (with extra frosting, please) and of course Rice Krispie Treats.

That said, I’d choose these Chocolate Macadamia Cookies from a dessert table anyway. They’re perfectly chewy, extra chocolate-y and made even better by the chunky pieces of Macadamia folded into the dough.

Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

I use a chocolate cookie recipe as a starting point for these cookies. With rich cocoa flavor in the dough, you get a second hit of chocolate from the white chocolate morsels.

The texture of these macadamia cookies is absolutely perfect. I love a chewy cookie with a slightly softer center.

Using a combination of shortening and butter in the dough results in cookies that are extra chewy with the slightest softness in the center.

White chocolate and macadamia nuts were made for each other and I especially love their partnership when they’re baked into a chewy chocolate cookie! The flecks of white against the dark cookie look pretty awesome too, don’t you think?

These are without a doubt my favorite Macadamia Nut Cookies!

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Chocolate Macadamia Cookies Recipe

Here’s what you need to make the perfect Macadamia Nut Cookie: 

{Ingredients and recipe at a glance; scroll down for full recipe with amounts!} 

  • Flour
  • Crisco (or other shortening)
  • Butter 
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Salt 
  • Baking soda 
  • Sugar 
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla 
  • White chocolate chips
  • Macadamia nuts, chopped

How to Make Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies: 

STEP 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In mixer, beat butter, Crisco, sugars, vanilla and salt until creamy. Add eggs, beat well.

STEP 2. Stir in flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add chips and nuts.

STEP 3. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 1 – 2 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Pair your Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with a tall glass of ice cold milk for a real treat!

I may have also had one of these tasty cookies with my morning coffee the next day. (Don’t tell the kids that that’s why these cookies disappeared so fast. . . .)

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Macadamia Cookies

You’re not limited to white chocolate chips in this cookie recipe! Feel free to experiment with different kinds of morsels. Semi-sweet chocolate chips would be delicious here. There’s a full bag of chips in this recipe so whatever you use will play a major role in the final flavor of the cookie.

Like mint with your chocolate? Try substituting the white chocolate chips with mint morsels. It’ll taste like a chewy girl scout thin mint!

Peanut butter morsels would be a delish alternative, too. I, however, enjoy the white chocolate chips with the macadamia nuts. Yum!

How to Chop Macadamia Nuts for Cookies

Your grocery store likely sells nuts that are already chopped and ready to bake with. If you can’t find any or prefer to do it yourself, the quickest way is to use your food processor. Pulse the nuts in the processor a couple of times until they’re chopped into coarse pieces.

Use caution here and don’t pulse for too long. You don’t want your nuts to turn to dust!

You can also gather the nuts on a cutting board and chop them into the desired size using a sharp knife.

Tips and Tricks for Macadamia Nut Cookies

  • Make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe (as opposed to sweetened cocoa mix).
  • Be careful not to over bake the cookies. They will still look soft and slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven. As they cool on the baking sheet, they’ll continue to bake and solidify into fudgy chewy chookies.
  • This dough freezes beautifully! Roll into balls and store in a freezer safe container. You can bake the dough right from frozen when you’re ready to eat the cookies! Just add another minute on to the baking time. No thawing required!

As I mentioned before, cookies are rarely the dessert I’d choose if presented with options like cake, cupcakes or homemade candy. I think these might be the exception because I already can’t wait to make them again.

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Yield: 24 cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Bake a batch of Chocolate Macadamia Cookies for everyone to enjoy! These chewy chocolate cookies are packed with crunchy macadamia nuts in every bite.


  • 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli Chocolate Classic White Chocolate Baking Chips, 11 oz.)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In mixer, beat butter, Crisco, sugars, vanilla and salt until creamy. Add eggs, beat well.
  2. Stir in flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add chips and nuts.
  3. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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If you’re looking for a chocolate cookie with a little something special, give these Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies a try!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 28, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. Oh my! You’ve got my favorite ingredients all in 1 cookie! 🙂 I gotta make these soon, real soon. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Hello! I have a linky party going on at my blog called A Themed Baker’s Sunday and this weeks theme is Chocolate! I’d love for you to join!

  3. We are HUGE fans of macadamia nut cookies but never thought to make them with a chocolate base. Fabulous idea!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! 🙂

  4. delicious love the white cookies now will try the chocolate thanks
    come see what I shared at

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Full Plate Thursday! Hope to see you next week.

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