White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies




White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), divided use
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 ounces white chocolate chips (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted*

Directions:
Melt 1 stick of butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook the butter for 4 minutes, or until it starts to brown and fizz; remove pan from heat.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Work the remaining 4 ounces of butter in, using a pastry blender or fingertips, until the mixture resembles pea-sized lumps.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together melted browned butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, for 1 minute, or until well combined, and grainy. Beat in vanilla and eggs, until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually beat in flour mixture, until just combined. Stir in white chocolate and macadamia nuts, using a wooden spoon, until combined.
Cover dough; chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes, or until quite firm.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat large cookie sheets with cooking spray, or use your preferred greasing method.

Using a 1/3 cup measure, shape dough into large mounds and place mounds 2 inches apart on cookie sheets . Bake one sheet at a time, at 375 degrees F, for 15-16 minutes, or until light golden brown, and set. Cool 2 minutes on pan, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*To toast macadamia nuts, place in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant; cool.

Yield: 16-18 large cookies


46 comments:

  1. Emiline I'd be miffed too if I was you, don't these people have any etiquette. Puking in the restaurant aisle..lol

    Anyway don't blame you for wanting to find comfort and solace in these cookies and they look like the perfect thing!

    Maria
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  2. Oh Emiline..I too deal with the public and I feel your pain! At least you have your rich cookies to comfort you.

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  3. Emiline, tell your brethren not to ask me what I want to eat or drink almost as soon as I've sat down, Um-k?

    However, I'm now ready to order...1 dozen of these lovely Macadamia cookies..puh-lease!

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  4. You are the cookie Queen. I had a old blog I really need to update called Diary of a Shopgirl. The intent was to write about all the crazy customers and incidents in cosmetic retail. You should keep these for a book one day.Reatuarant confessions or something.

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  5. Emiline, these look so special. And delicious - I love macadamias!

    I can't believe people throw up in restaurants. :S

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  6. People throw up from eating too much?? That's awful. As for the cookies, they look perfect! I tried making white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for the first time a couple of months ago - but didn't realize the nuts really have to be toasted! I'll have to try your version.

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  7. There was a time when I would go with that dare. These are my favourite cookies of all time but I have sworn off of cookies.....then again when do I ever keep my prmises to myself.

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  8. People throw up at the table? I'd need more than a cookie.

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  9. Seriously? People throw up in a restaurant?? I'm so glad I've never seen that happen.

    And these cookies sound mighty comforting. I could have used one last night!!

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  10. I just bought macadamia nuts for a dessert...your cookies are way too tempting looking! White chocolate, brown butter, and macadamia nuts...how am I suppose to resist that!

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  11. this is my favorite kind of cookie but i always pick out the macadamia nuts! my love of white chocolate borders on frightening sometimes. i love the idea of browning half the butter for cookies -- will definitely try that!

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  12. I have never, ever, EVER seen somebody puke in a restaurant. And T.G.I. Friday's was on my college meal plan, so I spent lots of evenings there surround be college students. Where the HELL do you work?

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  13. I've seen it happen more times than I can count.
    I work in a circus-like restaurant. It'a free-for-all.

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  14. Do people really eat that much that they barf? I've never seen anything like that (thank goodness). What is up with people? Do people in your workplace not know what a doggie bag is?

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  15. OMGooses, people actually eat to the point of throwing up in a restaurant? Epic grossness. I really feel for waiters, now.

    Ah, memories! I have many baking-related memories associated to my mom, but white chocolate macadamia is one of the tops. She and I would occasionally buy one and split while shopping when I was younger.

    Your recipe sounds amazing. I'm very intrigued by the browned butter.

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  16. Ohh Em if only they knew! Anyway the cookies look great, and i definitely want to try the mojito.

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  17. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are my favorite! Your look really good! Nice photos.

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  18. Interesting things on your mind, haha! :0D

    Cookies are definitely delicious comfort foods - especially when they're packed with white chocolate and macadamia nuts!! yum!!

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  19. Em, obviously you made these cookies just for me, cuz they are my all time favorites. And to think when I was young and foolish I hated white chocolate and thought it was an overly sweet concoction that had no right to the lordly name of "chocolate". It is the perfect foil to the toasty goodness of the nuts. YUM.

    About your restaurant, seriously... is it an all you can eat place with an open bar? My only experience with that is when we took the kids to some crap-ass (this is your blog, not mine, so I'm not minding my language) Italian restaurant for my daughter's birthday a hundred years ago. My son had been getting over something, but we brought him anyway. He ate something or other and said he felt sick. His father escorted him to the bathroom, where he threw up not on the floor, but where god intended. I made him stay for the rest of the meal, because my ravioli wasn't that bad.

    Seriously, if someone is throwing up IN THE MAIN AISLE of the restaurant, you HAVE to call the health department and shut the place down. That is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo gross.

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  20. Hmmm. Baking cookies comforts me too. But I usually scarf down the dough and don't really like the baked cookie part. I think these white choc. macs are my all time fave cookie recipe. Remember Mrs. Fields? They don't really have those in the malls so much anymore, but I did see one at the airport the other day. My husband had to literally hold me back from buying one of those cookies. Maybe I'll just make yours instead (he's out of town :) )

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  21. The photo of the stacked cookies right above the recipe looks like it was sent from heaven above. I hear angels singing while I gaze at them.....I want.
    ....and there is a reason why I work in the back of the house. I honestly don't know how you guys can get through a night without hurting the clientele....barfing at the table. Could it have been the ranch dressing on their steak? Because the thought of that is sending chunder right up my throught.
    I salute you.

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  22. wow, thanks for showing concern for our health! however, if ever i ate so much that i made myself sick, cookies like this would probably be involved. and i would blame you. :)

    also, i'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to you and your fellow servers across the country--i'm that goober at the table who can never make up her mind. :)

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  23. Fabulous! (the cookies I mean). White choc macadamia is my favorite combo. And yeah, when I used to manage a resturaunt I had my fair share of #2. UGH!

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  24. I can't believe those idiots who stuff themselves until they vomit, that would cross the line for me!

    Browned butter, oh my these sound incredible! Great recipe and pics!

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  25. Oh my frick - people actually puke from overeating? Amateurs.

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  26. I can't stand when people tell me they are ready to order and then they sit there and look at the menu for the first time and discuss whether or not to get appetizers, what sides to get, if they should get this or that...
    But at least I haven't had people puking in the middle of the restaurant :-/
    I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies--I think they are my favorite. I will definitely give this recipe a try.

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  27. Sounds like you have some "fun" work stories. I waitressed for a few years during and post college, so I know your pain. Luckily, cookies are a proven numbing device:) Your butter integration method is super-clever, by the way.

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  28. I can't imagine someone throwing up in a restaurant, talk about put you off your food.

    Also, can I ask why server's here always ask you how your meal is when you have a mouthful of food? In England, it's considered bad manners to speak with your mouth full. My mother would have tanned my arse.

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  29. I can't believe that people eat so muck they have to throw up afterwards. Your cookies are a real comfort food and your pictures are lovely.

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  30. The white chocolate macadamia nut cookie is up at the top of my all-time favorites list of cookies! And yours look divine!!!! Too bad it's too warm outside for me to heat up the house by baking.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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  31. Emm...I feel like those would be great for pigging out cause I feel like it right now! Too bad you live so far away. SOmetimes a girl just needs to pig out and feel good about it!

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  32. Yup! That's for me!!! I love cookies, they are my absolute favorite.

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  33. Funny...when I read your post, the Sesame Street song "C is for cookies" comes to mind.

    Throwing up in the restaurant is completely gross. I didn't know this was a common problem. I used to work at an Imax and also had to deal with people who did not know their limits. Motion sickness + Imax = puke all over seats.

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  34. I'm mad about your cookies. I'm working on a pay raise with your recipes alone. Keep them comin'.
    ;-)

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  35. I would be "mom of the year" if I had a jar filled with these cookies. I would most probably sneak one or two a day....

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  36. #5 Don't let your child eat off of the tables or a paper towel.

    Also, school's canceled today :D
    I'm happy about it, but it also screws up a lot of things. I got ready for nothing.
    There are several poles that just snapped on that road by Bumstead's, and there are power lines that fell across NN.
    Ironically, after they announced on the radio that school was out, Dancing in the Dark started playing. I thought it was funny.

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  37. After reading all of these comments, I can't believe no one has mentioned Mr. Creosote.

    Please don't offer customers a "wafer thin mint."

    BTW, love the cookies. Sorry I didn't comment on that earlier.

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  38. LOL, cant control myself laughing while reading your posts, i could very well emphatized with you i felt the same way when i worked in the restaurant way back when i was a student :-) anyways these white cookies with macadamia are truly comforting!!

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  39. I'm sure some of the customers are truly annoying - I've been with friends who have literally made me feel like I could crawl under the table - but I gotta tell you - your telling of the story is hilarious.
    Psychgrad and I have awarded you the Arte y Pico award. Please come to Equal Opportunity Kitchen at http://eatfordinner.blogspot.com for details

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  40. mango mojitos, buttermilk ice cream and now these spectacular cookies....

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  41. your cookies are real real purty

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  42. I'm sure glad I've never seen that happening.

    Your cookies? Delicious. Thanks for reminding me that there's also white chocolate too :)).

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  43. Yuk Em - I really feel for you having to deal with this stuff. Your cookies would cheer anyone up - they sound amazing.

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  44. Oh dear I feel your pain. Now to reverse the question: why does a server always wait until my mouth is full to ask me how my food is? :)

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  45. Your cookies really look impressive. It's a skill that I just don't have. Strike ya a deal: I'll make dinner, you make desert and we'll meet somewhere between Springfield and D.C.? 'Course, that could land us in Kentucky, so maybe not... Power to ya, it's always fun to find another early 20s foodie blogger!

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  46. These cookies look great! Seriously, are people throwing up in the middle of restaurants?? Eww.

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