This month the Creative Cookie Exchange is sharing Mother's Day Cookies. This theme was hard for me. I've seen my mom eat cookies before but I don't really know that I can say she has a favorite type of cookie. If I make cookies she'll have one or two but I don't think she really prefers one over another.
So instead of trying to figure out what her favorite cookie is right now I thought back to when I was a kid. The first thing that popped into my head was White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. I can vaguely remember her eating one and another time when she was talking about them. I think it was probably because we never bought macadamia nuts so we never made them at home. They were a cookie she enjoyed.
I can also say that I've never made Macadamia Nut Cookies before. This is surprising since I've probably made a hundred different cookie recipes. Like my mom, I never buy macadamia nuts. I'm not a huge nut fan to begin with and when I do buy them I tend to buy almonds for myself and peanuts for my husband. So I was actually a little excited to make these cookies. Truth be told, I couldn't tell you the last time I've even eaten one of these!
The recipe is simple. It's similar to many of my other cookie recipes in the basic ingredients. Then the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts are added in. I also added more brown sugar then white sugar and made a few other small substitutions. In any case, these were very easy cookies to make.
I baked them in two separate batches and they turned out very different. The first batch stayed in the oven for 10 minutes while the second batch stayed in for 13 minutes. The first batch was super soft and almost melted in my mouth. The second batch was firmer and a bit crispy around the edges. Both were good but they tasted so different so choose which type you like best and cook them for that amount of time.
These cookies are great served with a cup of coffee or hot tea and would be a hit for Mother's Day Brunch. They are also firm enough to package up and mail if your mother lives far away!
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 c. brown sugar, lightly packed
- ½ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 T. vanilla
- 2½ c. flour
- ½ t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t. nutmeg
- 1½ c. white chocolate chips
- ¾ c. macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
- Add in the eggs and beat until smooth. Mix in the vanilla.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Mix well to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
- Fold in the white chocolate chips and nuts. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Spoon heaping tablespoons onto baking sheets 3 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the cookies are firm.
- Remove from over and allow to cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Mother’s Day is coming! And what better cookies to make than those either in honor of or for our mothers?
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
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