Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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My Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. This tasty treat has the perfect combination of crunchy macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate chips.

Stack of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies next to a jar of cold milk

One of my family’s favorite cookie recipes is my White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. My gluten-free version of this traditional recipe is so good you can’t tell the difference.

My easy recipe makes crispy cookies that have chewy centers. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like these gluten-free cookies!

They’re the perfect cookie to make for big groups too since this recipe makes a big batch… or you can keep the whole batch for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of softened, unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups of gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Fork
  • Wire cooling rack

By the Numbers: How to Make Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Follow these simple step by step instructions to learn how to make perfect gluten free white chocolate macadamia cookies.

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Step 2: Combine Wet Ingredients

Add 1 cup of softened butter, ½ cup of white sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to cream them together until smooth. You can also use a stand mixer if you have one.

Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, then continue to mix until combined. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

Ingredients for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies in a blue mixing bowl with silicone spatula.

Step 3: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

In another medium mixing bowl, add 2 ½ cups of your gluten free all purpose flour blend, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of sea salt and mix well.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine with a fork.

Flour mixed into cookie batter in blue mixing bowl.

Step 4: Fold in Chocolate Chips and Nuts

Once everything is well combined, fold in 1 cup of gluten free white chocolate chips and 1 cup of roughly chopped macadamia nuts.

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper, then evenly distribute tablespoon sized balls of gluten free cookie dough onto the baking sheets.

White chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough balls on baking sheet ready for the oven.

Step 5: Bake Cookies

Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re just starting to turn golden brown (a couple minutes longer for a crisp cookie and a couple minutes shorter for a soft cookie).

Allow them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely to room temperature. Serve with a glass of milk.

Plate of homemade white chocolate macadamia nut cookies with a glass of milk.

Tips for Making the Best Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Answers to all of your questions about making this Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie recipe, including tips and substitution ideas.

Best gluten-free flour for cookies

My favorite gluten free flour blend to make cookies with is Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 (blue bag). I’ve also made this recipe with Premium Gold. However, pretty much any GF flour that contains xanthan gum should work.

Substitutions and variations

  • For dairy free cookies, use vegan butter like Earth Balance or solid (refined) coconut oil instead of regular butter
  • For vegan cookies, in addition to replacing the butter, you’ll also need to replace the eggs with flax eggs
  • Try dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips
  • Try a different nut like cashews or pecans instead of macadamias

Storage tips

Once cooled completely to room temperature, you can store your cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days or in the fridge for about a week.

The cookies can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. I like to wrap each individual cookie in plastic wrap then store them in a freezer-safe bag. Defrost the cookies only as you want to eat them.

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Gluten Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

This classic gluten free white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies recipe is amazingly delicious and easy to make. It’s a great recipe to make for a crowd!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Recipe Servings: 40

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Add the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar to a large bowl, and use an electric mixer to cream them together until smooth.
    Add the eggs, one at a time, then continue to mix until combined. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
    Ingredients for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies in a blue mixing bowl with silicone spatula.
  • In another medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamy mixture and combine with a fork.
    Flour mixed into cookie batter in blue mixing bowl.
  • Once everything is well combined, fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts.
    Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper, then evenly distribute tablespoon sized cookie dough balls onto the cookie sheets.
    White chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough balls on baking sheet ready for the oven.
  • Bake the cookie balls for about 15 minutes, or until they’re just starting to brown. Let them to cool for a few minutes on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve with milk.
    Plate of homemade white chocolate macadamia nut cookies with a glass of milk.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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