Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

This is the week of my annual Christmas Cookie Party that I host each year with my sisters-in-law and a few close friends that are invited to swap cookies. IN this post I share a delicious chewy macadamia nut cookies recipe that will turn any season into the holiday season.

Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

I was having a hard time getting in the mood to decorate the tree not to mention bake cookies thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing this year in Ohio. The scents from the vanilla really turned my mood around and put me in the holiday cheer season.  I think the fresh ingredients we use to make the cookies make the recipe.  NEVER use stock flour you have sitting around in your kitchen.  Be sure to purchase fresh flour, sugar, and eggs before beginning the cookie making season.  I can’t wait for you to try this Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe.  After using the unique flavors Nielsen- Massey has to offer I have a hard time making a basic vanilla cookie year-round.  Although I will admit I do purchase and use the vanilla bean in the spice aisle at Aldi because it is easy to find and inexpensive.  I guess you could do a splash of bourbon to make the flavor pop when using the Aldi Vanilla.

Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies

3 dozen

Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies


  • 6 oz. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts


  1. Cream the butter, brown sugar and vanilla powder in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on a medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in the macadamia nuts. Chill for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the over to 350 degrees F. Coat an insulated cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

The image in this post is from Nielsen-Massey.com 
If you’re interested in purchasing the vanilla used in this post check out local bakeries and also Amazon.

Let’s Connect

Do you celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season with family and friends?  I would love to hear about your cookie parties and other celebrations.  Do tell me what appetizers and desserts you enjoy bringing to the events.  You are welcome to comment on my website below.  Be sure to leave a comment so I know you visited.

Happy Cookie Baking,

Bren Haas

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