My Nana loves white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and whenever I ask her what kind she wants me to make her, it's these. She always tells the story of being in Hawaii on vacation, getting a craving for one, searching everywhere, and not being able to find them anywhere despite macadamia nuts being all over the place! She just had surgery on her leg this week and I made her a big plate of these to help her recovery along by cheering her up. From the smile on her face when she ate one, I think they did the job! I used my recipe for Best-Ever Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies and added white chocolate, nuts, and a splash of almond extract to pump up the flavor. They were amazing!
White Chocolate- Macadamia Nut Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, almond extract, and vanilla and beat well.
3. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt and mix just until combined, then gently stir in white chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
4. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 11 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)
5. Let cool, on the sheet, on top of a wire rack for five minutes. (Be patient! Leave them alone to firm up, no matter how good they smell! This is what keeps them chewy in the center- it'll be worth it!) Remove from baking sheet after 5 minutes and let them cool completely on the wire racks. Enjoy! :)