Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

It’s Wednesday folks… Happy hump day! To help you all get over that hump and on to the weekend, I thought I’d bake you something sweet. Something sweet always makes the day better…

You’re welcome. 😉

Something about these pictures makes me sing to myself… “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? The hubs stole the cookies from the cookie jar - Who me? Yes you? Couldn’t be… Then Who?!” haha I’m so mature sometimes.

Anyhow, my boss brought cookies in last week after lunch. I went straight for the white chocolate macadamia ones… they were calling my name! Oh my- they were delicious and perfectly cooker… super soft in the middle (just how I like them). As we were all mmm-ing over them, I asked him where he got them from…

His response: Subway! We couldn’t believe it! FYI: They have some daggum good cookies ya’ll (wow I sounded Southern there)!

Anyhow, since that day I was on a mission to make a homemade white chocolate chip cookie! I meant to research recipes, but ran out of time. So when I was at the grocery store I picked up some macadamia nuts and a bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips (I figured I’d find a recipe online when I got home). Lucky for me, when I turned the chocolate chip bag over they had a recipe for the aforementioned cookies! Yay!

Anything stamped with the Ghirardelli name is BOUND to be delicious. Oh, and they were just that. Absolutely positively delicious!

My one recommendation: pull those cookies out of the oven early! As in, when they don’t quite look fully cooked! That’s what makes a good soft cookie!!! Trust me.

Oh, and since I’m giving out advice: milk is a necessity when it comes to cookies! Trust me on that one too. 

Just a little FYI about myself: I’m a DUNKER - hands down! A cookie needs to take a swim in a glass of milk before I’ll eat it!

QUESTION: Are you a sipper or a dunker when it comes to cookies and milk? 

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Ghirardelli White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups white chocolate chips (11 oz)
1 1/2 cups Macadamia nuts, coarsly chopped


Preheat oven to 350º. Cream together butter and sugars until combined well (scrape down the sides). add vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly (add about a cup at a time) the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix well.

Last, once batter is completely combined, fold in the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts. Scoop out onto heaping 1-2 tablespoon scoops (depending on the size you want - just pick a size and make them all the same) onto a baking sheet. I used a large cookie dough scoop to help keep the sizes uniform.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just beginning to brown.

I like to pull my cookies out a little early so the finish cooking outside of the oven (keeping them nice and soft in the middle)!


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19 Responses to “Ghirardelli White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies”

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    Ericka Andersen — August 17, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I just saw your question on Twitter so I thought I’d head on over to answer it! I just made cookies for my latest post too…it’s hard to make them look as pretty as other foods (like cupcakes!). Anyway…I’m totally a dunker. Actually, I like to let them sit in the milk for like 10 seconds so it’s soggy. OR…even better, dip chocolate chip cookies in coffee like biscotti and let the chocolate just melt in your mouth!

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    Jackie — August 17, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Okay, yum!! I’m convinced that Ghiradelli chips make the best cookies. These look delicious!

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    Bev Weidner — August 17, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Hold me.

  4. 4

    carly {carlyklock} — August 17, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    hump day, glorious hump day.

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    Tina@flourtrader — August 17, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    These are such a tasty classic cookie and I am glad that you
    used good quality chocolate. Makes all the difference and
    I am sure it they beat Subway’s, hands down. Yum!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — August 17, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    These are my moms favorite cookies! She just brought me a huuuuuuge bag of mac nuts to bake with when she came up to visit me in LA from home. I should start using them, Im going to give this a try!

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    Erin — August 17, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    One of my absolutle favorite cookies

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    Debbie — August 17, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    I love cookies….I think they are my favorite dessert. Definitely need a dunk! Your cookies must be better than Subway since they’re made with love. Hope you and the hubs are doing well.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 17, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Oh my Gah… I can’t believe I’ve never made White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies! I’ve made a blondie version, but not cookies. Perhaps they’ll be my next cookie!

    PS. I rarely dunk.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 17, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    What great cookies! Love the straw in the picture too!

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    The Redneck Princess — August 18, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    those look good, trying that recipe for sure, but hopefully the kids are around or I will eat every single one of them… 🙂

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    Lilly — August 18, 2011 @ 3:46 am

    I like my cookies straight without anything to ruin the flavor! Yours look awesome!

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    Sandra — August 18, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Just when I decided to immerse myself in veggies….I see these. Aw man!,

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    Mom — August 18, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    These cookies were amazing! They not only look amazing….they ARE amazing! 🙂

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    Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen — August 18, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Oh my gosh. I’m drooling! I must try this out this weekend!

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    Lacy — August 18, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    These cookies look delicious! I loooove white chocolate, perfect hump day treat. 🙂

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    Colleen — August 25, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is my absolute favorite kind of cookie. This looks like a great recipe. Your photos are so cute!

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    IVtech — October 31, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    you might note that the Ghirardelli White Chocolate chips are not even made from white chocolate!!

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    Kati — June 10, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

    Quite delicious! Husband will be very happy as this is one of his favorite cookies! Split the dough in half and did part with toasted almond slices and chocolate chips (you know because I am creative, not because I didn’t have enough Macadamia nuts/white chocolate chips)

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