Gluten-Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – These soft, chewy gluten-free macadamia cookies are loaded with white chocolate & nuts. You’ll love their yummy flavor!
One of my first jobs as a teenager was as a “sandwich artist” at a sub shop. In addition to quickly making hundreds of sandwiches every day during the summer lunch rush, I was often on bread & cookie baking duty. I quickly got sick of sub sandwiches, but I LOVED getting a warm cookie to take home with me at the end of my shift. I ate (shall we euphemistically say) “a lot” of cookies in my summers working there, and it was always a toss-up for me between a gooey chocolate chip cookie or the soft, chewy white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. YUM.
Plenty of years (and a gluten intolerance) later, I no longer get sub sandwiches or bakery cookies on the regular, but I still love getting to bake my own. And this gluten-free option is perfect when the nostalgic craving strikes.
With golden, slightly crisp edges and soft middles, these easy gluten-free white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are a FABULOUS option when you’re craving a classic but want to go beyond a basic chocolate chip cookie.
Our gluten-free macadamia cookies definitely deliver on both texture and flavor, thanks to a few key ingredients, techniques, and tricks that deliver consistent, delicious results every time.
Here’s what you need to make gluten free white chocolate macadamia nut cookies…
Our Gluten-Free Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe, At A Glance:
Here’s What You Need To Make Gluten-Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies:
- Softened Butter. We’re creaming the butter & sugar for these cookies, so you want the butter cool (not greasy looking), but slightly softened. Your finger should be able to make an indent in the butter, but not go all the way through the butter.
- White Sugar & Brown Sugar. I use a slightly different balance of the sugars in this recipe than in my other gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipes, and it’s EXCELLENT here. The white sugar helps the edges get golden, while the brown sugar adds moisture, keeping the middle of the cookie nice and soft.
- Room Temperature Eggs. Using room temperature eggs helps keep the butter properly softened and will help your dough get the right texture. (PS – Try this trick for getting eggs to room temperature fast!)
- Vanilla. We use lots of vanilla extract for these macadamia nut cookies. It really highlights the other flavors–the vanilla notes in the white chocolate + the salty crunch of the macadamia nuts.
- Gluten-Free Measure-For-Measure Flour. I love to keep things simple, so we use a gluten-free 1:1 flour blend for our gluten-free white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. This one from King Arthur Flour is our all-time favorite and gives really delightful, consistent results without any weird aftertaste or gritty texture. (If you use another blend, be sure it contains xanthan gum & know your cookies may turn out slightly differently)
- Cornstarch. Another cookie secret! Just 1 tablespoon of cornstarch adds extra chewiness to the cookies and gives the tops a light, golden texture that’s divine.
- Baking Soda & Baking Powder. Baking staples for the perfect amount of spread & puff. Check your baking powder & baking soda for freshness in seconds with this quick test.
- Salt. Enough to balance the flavors, but to overwhelm.
- White Chocolate Chips. One of the star flavors! White chocolate is a classic pairing with macadamia nuts, and makes for a fun change of pace. We followed this taste test results, and have been loving the Hershey’s white chips lately (cheaper in store!), but our other favorite brands are Guittard or Ghirardelli. You can also chop up your favorite white chocolate bar into chunks, if you prefer larger pieces!
- Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts. They wouldn’t be gluten-free macadamia cookies without macadamia nuts! Roasted, salted macadamia nuts work best for these cookies. The saltiness is the perfect balance to the extra-sweet white chocolate chips, and roasting brings out the best flavor. Mauna Loa and Royal Hawaiian are two great brands, but store brands and Costco can be another way to save money if you prefer to buy in bulk!
How To Make Gluten-Free Macadamia Cookies, Step By Step:
- Cream The Butter & Sugars. In a stand mixer or large bowl. cream softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
- Add Eggs, One At A Time. Scrape down the edges of the mixing bowl and add eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated before adding the next egg.
- Mix In The Vanilla. Add in the vanilla and mix until blended.
- Add The Dry Ingredients. Scrape down the edges of the bowl again and add gluten-free flour blend, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until *almost* all the way incorporated and there’s just a little powdery flour left in the batter.
- Fold In The Chocolate & Nuts. Add the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and stir them in just until they’re evenly distributed.
- Chill At Least 2 Hours. Cover and chill the dough in the fridge for 2 hours (up to 24 hours).
- Preheat The Oven & Prep Your Pans. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper so you can alternate pans between batches.
- Scoop & Bake. Use a large (3 tablespoon) cookie scoop to scoop 6 balls of cookie dough onto the first baking sheet. (Bake just 6 at a time so they don’t crowd the pan and run into each other.) Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges are just golden the centers look slightly underdone. (Return the rest of the dough into the refrigerator while the cookies are baking.)
- Cool & Repeat. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat baking process with remaining cookie dough, alternating between cookie sheets so you don’t put cold dough on hot baking sheets (which can impact the spread and the evenness of the bake)
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The BEst Gluten-Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies:
The Best Brands Of White Chocolate. White chocolate has never been my favorite kind of chocolate, but we’ve tried several brands to find the ones with the BEST flavor. Here are our top picks (in order!)
- Hershey’s. I was VERY pleasantly surprised by Hershey’s Premiere White Creme Chips. These had a nice smooth texture, but I was EXTRA delighted by the vanilla flavor. (It’s not just us! They also came in tops in this taste test and this taste test!) Find them in some grocery stores, or order online (they ship with cold packs!)
- Guittard. Our favorite brand for semisweet and dark chocolate chips, Guittard also makes great white chocolate chips. The vanilla is a bit more subtle than Hershey’s, but they have a great shape and texture, which makes them an awesome choice for lots of white chocolate treats.
- Ghirardelli. A close third behind Guittard, Ghirardelli white chocolate chips have a nice, creamy texture and decent vanilla notes.
Prefer Semisweet Or Dark Chocolate? Go For It! White chocolate is almost never my first choice for chocolate chips, so if you’re like me and want to try these with semisweet chocolate chips instead–go for it! We’ve made them that way lots of times, and they’re DELICIOUS.
Can I Make These Dairy-Free? I haven’t tried these with dairy-free butter or vegan butter (like Earth Balance), but it might be worth a try! (I wouldn’t recommend coconut oil for these.) There are a few brands of dairy-free white chocolate or vegan white chocolate chips you can try. King David makes a nice one, and there’s also Great Value Organic, Pascha, Baker’s Choice, No Whey, and Enjoy Life (though they can be harder to find).
Can I Use Coconut Flour Or Almond Flour Instead? Coconut flour and almond flour are NOT substitutions for gluten-free measure for measure flour because they absorb liquid differently. (Coconut flour absorbs several times its own volume, so you use MUCH less of it in recipe, while almond flour absorbs little and also ADDS moisture to a recipe). I don’t recommend either for this gluten-free white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe.
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