Super-Chunk White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

 The chewiest, chunkiest, softest version of the classic cookie.

Super Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies - the chewiest, chunkiest, softest version of the classic cookie. @sallybakeblog

I recently baked up a couple batches of a timeless cookie jar classic. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies may not be as decadent as your typical chocolate-peanut-butter-sugar-explosion cookie, but I find their simplicity to be simply irresistible.  :)

Salty macadamia nuts are the perfect contrast to a sweet white chocolate chip.  I love macadamia nuts because their taste is rich, smooth, and buttery – comparable to a cashew or brazil nut.

They are slightly sweet and when you grind some up into a thick, creamy consistency… you’ll get one heck of a tasty nut-butter.

Super Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies - the chewiest, chunkiest, softest version of the classic cookie! @sallybakeblog

To make these cookies over the weekend, I took a basic drop-cookie recipe that I’ve used so many times before. The recipe is based off of the Cooks Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I use an extra egg yolk, a higher ratio of brown sugar to white, and chill the dough for about 30 minutes.  You could chill the dough for up to 5 whole days (!!!) and let the cookie flavors really get friendly with each other.  I like to chill my cookie doughs prior to baking because a cold dough bakes up a thicker cookie.

But I had better things to do, like lay on the couch and eat these finished cookies, so 30 minutes was plenty of chilling time. This basic dough recipe produces a perfect cookie, every… single… time.   Incredibly soft and very, very chewy.

 These cookies are overloaded with stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.  Large, thick, & crunchy chunks to balance the buttery soft cookie dough.  It’s true… I’m a total texture freak. I overloaded them to the point where I was almost afraid I’d need more dough.  But I just went with it.  You’ll never see me complain about a super-chunk cookie, ya hear?

Super Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies - the chewiest, chunkiest, softest version of the classic cookie! @sallybakeblog

The white chocolate chips get all melty, the huge macadamia nuts retain their smooth crunch, and the mildy-sweet dough envelopes it all. So good and definitely a new favorite classic!

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Super-Chunk White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The chewiest, chunkiest, softest version of the classic cookie.

Yield: approximately 3 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (266g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (170g) salted butter, softened*
  • 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (135g) white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (80g) chopped macadamia nuts

Directions:

Whisk the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. With an electric mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well on high speed until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until a dough forms (may take a couple minutes of stirring). Fold in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Do not overmix the dough at any point in this process.

Chill dough for at least 30 minutes (or up to 5 days) in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Drop by tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Press a few more white chocolate chips and macadamia nut pieces onto the tops for decoration. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. The centers should appear very soft and puffy. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cookies stay fresh at room temperature for up to 10 days. Cookies freeze well, up to 3 months. Cookie dough balls freeze well, up to 3 months.

*You can use unsalted butter instead. If using, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt with the flour and baking soda.

*Make sure to keep dough cold at all times while the batches are baking. I kept my dough in the refrigerator in between batches.

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76 Responses to “Super-Chunk White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.”

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted September 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Sally, I really do love you. Like, beyond comprehension, ya hear?? White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of those cookies that I (sadly) often forget about, but when I’m reacquainted with them, it’s love at first sight alllll over again. So thick and sweet, but balanced with those chunky hunks of delicious macadamia nuts. And don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness of white chocolate–so awesome. I love your cookie recipe, swear by it, and think I need to inhale an entire batch (I’ll even eat the deformed or bitten ones, hehe!) with you right now.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      they are one of my favorite cookie recipes too Hayley! You can’t beat these classic… I am also in love with macadamia nuts. they are so “buttery” tasting.. which is probably why I love them! I have lots of cookie scraps leftover too lol ;)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted September 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    This is my absolute favorite cookie combo! Jason just moved back to SF so I’ll have to make a batch and send these over in a care package!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      One of my favorites too, Chung-Ah! That would be one killer care package, you are a sweetie!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted September 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    These are so totally calling my name. I am in LOVE with macadamia nuts. If I buy them no lie, I end up eating them before they make it into baked goods. These cookies have me drooling Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I am not sure who they made it into these cookies Dorothy! I LOVE macadamia nuts… I can do huge damage to a container of them!

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    Laura Dembowskiposted September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Seeing this recipe brings me back to going to Mrs. Field’s after school when I was young. Macadamia nuts are one of my faves; I think of them as pretty tropical, so I typically pair them with mango. But white chocolate goes with everything!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      love the nostalgic memory you have of these cookies, Laura! macadamia nuts & mango sound like a perfect pair!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefposted September 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    looks great! brings back memories of high school lunch… going to subway w/ friends & getting a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie for dessert. yum!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Love the memory you have Sarah! These cookies remind me of my high school cafeteria giant bakery sized cookies!

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      • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        oh fun. my HS had open lunch so i don’t have cafeteria memories… i just have home lunch/out to lunch/brown-bag-at-school-for-club-meetings memories :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Lovely overload situation. And the C.I. recipe never fails. They look so chewy and full of flavor; I can almost see the butter. Or taste it. Mmm, good stuff!

    And I like the edge of the blue plate with the pop of blue in the images…so pretty!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you Averie! I felt like the photos needed some COLOR so I grabbed my Target neon blue plate. And yes, I love our CI cookie recipe… obviously!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted September 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Super chunked up cookies are really the only way to go in my mind:-) These do look uber chewy and delicious!!!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted September 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I say the more you can stuff into your cookies, the better! These look soooo soft and chewy–what a fab recipe! I could eat Macadamia nuts all day long, for sure!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 4th, 2012 at 6:04 am

      I agree Ashely… I like super-chunky cookies with lots of texture. And they are very soft cookies, yes!

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    Ashleyposted September 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hi, I found you on a blog hop and I must say that I can’t wait to try some of your wonderful recipes. You have definitely gained 1 new follower!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 4th, 2012 at 6:04 am

      So nice to meet you Ashley!! Thanks of saying hi. :)

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    luv what you doposted September 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I didn’t think your cookeis could get any better, but I LOVE mac and white chocoalte cookies. These look so soft and delish! Thanks for always giving me something sweet to dream about before bed…ha ha!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)posted September 6, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!

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    Back For Secondsposted September 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

    This is such an underrated cookie! Me and the hubs love these and yours look fab! Love me a chewy, chunky cookie!

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    Cassieposted September 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    These are my husband’s favorite cookies. I love how chunky these are!

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    Kristin @ The Chocolate Boxposted September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    These look SO yummy! :) I’ve put up a link to this recipe in my ‘Friday Favourites’-post, here: http://www.thechocolatebox.se/2012/09/fredagsfavoriter-v-36.html I hope you don’t mind!

    The blog is in Swedish, but you can get a (somewhat crappy) translation by scrolling down and using the translate button on the right.

    Have a great weekend! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I love it! I’m so glad you linked up to them. They are one of my favorite cookies in my recipe box.

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    aaronposted October 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Aloha! My family and I loved this recipe. We used fresh crushed hawaii macadamia nuts from a local farm out here, and the recipe turned out sooo good! mahalo for this blog:)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Aaron! Aloha. I’m so happy you enjoyed these cookies! Macadamia white chocolate chip cookies are one of my all-time favorites. :)

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    Lanesaposted December 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Do you recommend using a pre-chopped bag of macadamia nuts or a container? or does it not make a difference

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    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Lanesa – it does not matter. I had whole macadamia nuts and chopped them myself.

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    Andreaposted December 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    hi sally! i’m obsessed with your blog. my entire christmas baking season is centered on your recipes! i can really make this dough 5 days ahead of time?? is this time frame about the same for your other doughs as well? if so, i’m going to be up to my ears in dough this weekend to get a head start on the holidays! thanks for all of your great recipes!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 15th, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Hey Andrea! Thanks so much for the sweet comment and I’m so happy you are a reader. I love this time of year, obviously – all the baking! Yes, you may make this dough up to 5 days in advance and chill it, covered, the the refrigerator. Let it sit at room temp for about 5-10 minutes so you can scoop the cookie dough and it’s easy to handle. Get a head start today! :)

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    Kaitlynnposted December 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hello! Question, did you use salted macadamia nuts or unsalted?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 21st, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Hi Kaitlynn! I used salted. But that is really up to the baker. I like sweet/salty, so I chose salted. It does not matter which.

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    Elizabethposted December 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I love white chocolate and white macadamia nut cookies!! These look delicious.

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    • Sallyreplied on December 29th, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much – these are one of my favorite cookie recipes. The sweet/salty and huge chunks of macadamia nuts. Amazing! Thanks!

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    rumblingstomachposted February 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I don’t know what you look like, how old you are or if you’re even married but will you marry me? There is not one recipe that I am not in love with! My new favorite website. Thank you and waiting to hear your reply!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 10th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I’m already taken. :) But thank you! Let me know which other recipes you bake!

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    Elaine Loposted February 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Just made these. I can not believe how soft these are. These are just like store bought. Best recipe ever!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 17th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      That’s great to hear Elaine Lo! Thank you for reporting back about them. I love how soft they are as well. :)

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    Monikaposted March 7, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Those cookies is my vision of heaven! It’s the first thing I am going to make after I move to my new place (I sadly don’t have an oven now, how horrible?) !! xx

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    • Sallyreplied on March 7th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hey Monika! Ahh, no oven? You are strong for living without it for the time being! Let me know how you like these. They will always be one of my favorites!

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      • Monikareplied on March 7th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        Yeah, that sucks!! But I am moving at the end of the month so I’ll be baking soon :) I will let you know once I make them! xx

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    Monikaposted April 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hello Sally, just posted the cookies I made from your recipe on my blog!! They came out delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks !!! <3

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    • Sallyreplied on April 6th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Can’t wait to read about them Monika! Thank you!

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    Tarynposted April 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Sally! My mum (who is named Sally too!) and I LOVE this recipe and we would really like to use it to try making double chocolate cookies like the ones you get at Subway, so I was wondering if you had any idea how much cocoa powder we should add for that? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Hey Taryn! I would just take my chocolate cookie dough (instead of this cookie dough recipe) and add macadamia nuts. Here is the chocolate cookie dough recipe. I used my chocolate cookie dough as the base for my salted caramel dark chocolate cookies. Just add macadamia nuts instead of the caramels and chocolate chips. Enjoy: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/03/01/salted-caramel-dark-chocolate-cookies/

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    Alainaposted April 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I have made so many of your recipes in the last 2 weeks! I have been on a roll with baking and all your recipes just sound amazing. This is no exception. These are sweet and buttery and delicious!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 26th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Alaina! I love hearing about the recipes you make. :)

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    valposted April 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I can seriously almost taste how amazing these are!

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    Rachelposted May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I made these for my boyfriend today, and he loved them! I did too! Keep up the great recipes!

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    Winnieposted July 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Hello from India! I was actually searching for a double chocolate chip cookie & came across this instead. White chocolate macadamia is my absolute favorite cookie in the world. Your recipe looks so good, can’t wait to try it! And your blog looks really interesting. You definitely have a new fan. :)
    Just a quick question. I recently had a double chocolate chip cookie where the white chocolate was neither chips nor chunks, but looked more like thin layers (slices if you will). Any idea how to achieve that? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 21st, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Winnie! Sounds like you will love these cookies! I’m glad you found my website. Unfortunately, I don’t know what you are referring to when you mention the layers or slices. Sorry!

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    Roxy C.posted September 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Sally, I absolutely love your chocolate chip cookie recipe! It is my absolute favorite and go to recipe. So, when my father-in-law requested I make him some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, I knew there was only one place to go… Your blog! I can’t wait to try it! I hope my father-in-law enjoys them.. However, since everyone loves the chocolate chip cookies, I’m sure they won’t disappoint. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 10th, 2013 at 6:09 am

      I loooove these cookies Roxy! So buttery, sweet, and chewy. Thanks so much for reporting back. It’s always appreciated!

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    kellyposted September 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    hey sally i was wondering what i should do if i use unsalted butter like about how much salt should i use

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    • Sallyreplied on September 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the dry ingredients (flour).

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    koriposted October 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    These sound amazing i love white chocolate and macadamia nuts perfect combination thanks for the recipe and all your other wonderful recipes

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Thanks Kori – hope you enjoy these!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted December 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Love love love! I love white chocolate cookies. Thanks for sharing Sally :)

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    • Sallyreplied on December 8th, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Layla! I love white chocolate cookies too – in fact, I just made a batch of these this morning for a holiday party this afternoon!

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    Ines Bakerinposted December 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I just discovered your amazing blog and immediately tried out your lovers peanut butter cookies which came out absolutely perfect and they were the most delicious cookies I’ve ever had!!! The thing I also love is the fact that they came out really puffy and thick and that’s how all my family likes cookies. So the problem is that I would really like to try your white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and they look really divine but they seem to be quite flat and thin. Would you have any suggestion or could you help me to make them puffier and thicker? Thank you in advance and thank you so much for all these amazing recipes Sally!!!

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    Anneposted December 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    These cookies are AMAZINGLY GOOD! For years I have been baking cookies and making candy at Christmas for family and friends, and it seems every year I try a new recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies because they are never quite what I am looking for, which is a soft & chewy cookie. These are hands down the best I have ever made and this recipe will be kept and used year after year from now on. The only thing I will do different next year is to chop my own macadamia nuts…I had bought a bag of pre-chopped nuts, and the pieces are way too small. I can barely taste them in the cookies. Thank you for posting this recipe! These cookies were DELICIOUS!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 22nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Anne! I am SO happy you found a white chocolate macadamia cookie that you love. I agree, these are very soft and chewy! Love that about them. Thanks for reporting back!

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    Lisa Vargasposted January 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Hi Sally,

    Just wanted to say this recipe was right on the money!! You just blow me away with your wonderful recipes and step by step instructions and pics to make it so easy!!

    I had to try this recipe since these are my daughter’s favorite. I never made a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. It was soft, chewy and melted in our mouth.

    Continue to wow us all and congrats on your cookbook being such a success! Can’t wait to purchase it…..hugs!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 20th, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Thank you so much Lisa! What a very sweet comment; it made my monday morning that much brighter. These cookies are certainly a favorite. Thanks for reporting back and I’m glad you are excited to buy it!

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    Melissaposted April 15, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Hi Sally!
    I’m a HUGE fan of your perfect chocolate chip cookie. Is there a particular reason why you used this cookie base vs your standard cookie base?
    Thanks Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 15th, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Hey Melissa! Yes.. I hadn’t yet developed my other cookie base. :) This recipe is from 2012. Still a great cookie base, though.

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    Jasonposted May 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Hi Sally!

    I made these cookies & they turned out great! I made a few tweaks to your recipie: used browned butter, reduced white sugar to 1/4 cup, lightly roasted the macadamia nuts & rough chopped a white chocolate baking bar for the chips. I am looking forward to trying some of your other recipes!

    Thanks!!

    Jason

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    Sianposted June 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Sally – these cookies look amazing! Even tempting enough to try and eat through the morning sickness haha! Can’t wait to bake these.

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    Berniceposted July 13, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Hi sally, would you mind adding gram measurements to the recipe? That would be very much appreciated. Love your blog!

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    Sara Foxposted September 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

    These cookies look DELISH! I bought some macadamia nuts. However- my husband made macadamia butter out of it while I was still at work! Is it possible to still use the same recipe but to omit the macadamia nuts?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 16th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yep. You may leave out the macadamia nuts.

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    Robinposted September 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Sally. How many cookies does the recipe yield?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 13th, 2014 at 9:58 am

      approximately 3 dozen

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