White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

The craving has hit.  Just looking at the pictures.  And I haven’t even made it past the third sentence yet.  Ohhh, I’m in trouble.  Let me step away from the computer just long enough to get a grip on myself…

*sigh*

Okay, I’m back and ready to keep typing now.  (Still really (REALLY) wanting some of these cookies though.)

These White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies have been a hit wherever and to whomever I’ve taken them.  Make a batch of these for your sweetheart as the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.  You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart.  So whether you want to win him or keep him, these little jewels will do the trick :)  Buttery, chewy, delightful.  Prepare to fall in love…

These are also the perfect cookies to make for the Holidays.  You can use either dried cherries or cranberries.  I used macadamia nuts from Oh! Nuts, a great online source for nuts of every kind.

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: About 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup dried cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy and pale in color, 3-5 minutes. This step is important for ensuring soft, chewy cookies. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Using a wooden spoon, carefully stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips, dried cherries and macadamia nuts.
  4. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the batter onto the greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they just begin to turn golden around the edges. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. *Note: It isn't necessary for this recipe (I personally prefer the cherries to be chewy), but you can optionally place the dried cherries in a bowl and cover them with boiling water to soften them. Let them soak for 7-8 then thoroughly drain them. If you choose to soak them, use only ½-3/4 cup dried cherries as they will expand.

 

Thanks to my friend, Candy, for inspiring me with the idea to add the final crowning touch…macadamia nuts!

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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17 Responses

  1. Bethany Miltgen

    wrote on

    Nom Nom Nom… that is all you’ll hear after I make these. :D

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      The same sounds are coming from this direction :)

  2. wrote on

    Oh man….these look incredible! My aunt lives in Hawaii, and she just sent me some macadamia nuts from Mauna Loa. Mmmmm…. Okay. Must. Veganize. Now.

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Haha, awesome! I’ll definitely need to check out your vegan version when you’re done. And you are lucky to have that Hawaiian-dwelling aunt who supplies you with those delectable macadamia nuts!! Thanks for stopping by again, Lindsay.

  3. wrote on

    Ooooh. I used to dislike white chocolate until I had these cookies in London. Now I’m sold. Making these soon!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      They are very persuasive cookies, for sure ;)

  4. Tori

    wrote on

    These look amazing! I’m making these for a party and can’t wait to try some :) Thanks for posting such great recipes!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thanks, Tori. Nice to “see” you again. I’m confident you and your friends are going to LOVE these!

  5. Maria

    wrote on

    I made these ones yesterday….they are so so good!!!!…you are right the key is in mixing the butter with the sugars very well. Anyhow just want it to let you know that i made them and that they are addictive!!! :) Thanks for a great recipe!!! :)

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Wonderful, so glad you liked them! It’s true, beating that butter in sugar is really an important step. I use that method for most of the cookies I make. Thank you for your feedback!

  6. Lisa

    wrote on

    Those sound absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing them on MMB.

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thanks, Lisa! So glad you find my site through MMB! :)

  7. wrote on

    These sound and look so delicious! My dad and husband are big cherry lovers! Following you from MMB!

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thanks, Whitney, and welcome from MMB! These cookies are positively delightful. So glad we’ve connected! :)

  8. wrote on

    Found you via the link up at Carole’s Chatter (she found me, haha… it’s a chain). Lovely recipe! Your blog is beautiful, particularly the vibrant photos. Great work! x

    • The Daring Gourmet

      wrote on

      Thank you so much, Laura!! I’m so happy you found my site and hope you’ll return! Ditto on the lovely site – you have some great looking recipes over there, I look forward to going back to hang out ;)

      • wrote on

        I’ll definitely return! Can’t wait to swap more recipes and stories as the year continues xx

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