White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies.

Soft-baked, ultra chewy, and simple oatmeal cookies loaded with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Only 30 minutes to chill, you’ll have oatmeal cookies in no time!

These soft-baked oatmeal cookies are loaded with creamy white chocolate and buttery macadamia nuts. Only 30 minutes to chill, you’ll have oatmeal cookies in no time!

Here we go. Another cookie jar favorite from my kitchen to yours.

I’ve been making these super soft oatmeal cookies for a couple years now. It’s my favorite “base” oatmeal cookie recipe. Ultra soft, chewy, kissed with molasses flavor, and ready for any add-ins your tastebuds desire. I typically make them with raisins, M&Ms, or butterscotch morsels. But you’re going to go nuts over today’s new version.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies - buttery, soft-baked, and ultra chewy!

I had a hankering for oatmeal cookies last week after a run. Typically not something I replenish my muscles with after a long run, but hey… I went with it. No better time to treat yourself than after running 5 miles, right?! Leftover macadamia nuts sat on the counter, so these loaded oatmeal cookies were a no brainer.

My mind was completely blown after biting into one warm from the oven. The molasses and cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookie base paired with buttery macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate is out of this world.

If you’re looking for a new cookie recipe to try, this is it.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies - buttery, soft-baked, and ultra chewy!

I have a few helpful notes about your white chocolate macadamia nut oatmeal cookies (um, try saying that 3 times fast) – and I encourage you to read them before beginning.

The oatmeal cookie dough recipe calls for more brown sugar than white sugar. In fact, most of my cookie recipes do. I prefer to use more brown sugar than white sugar because brown sugar holds more moisture than white sugar – and thus produces a softer, moister baked good. I like to use dark brown sugar since it has a slightly higher amount of molasses. However, if you’re in a pinch and only have light brown sugar – that’s ok!

I love adding a touch of dark molasses to my oatmeal cookie dough. It’s a little something I picked up from one of my cookbook cookie recipes (recipe on page 109!). 1 Tablespoon doesn’t sound like much. And you’re right! It’s not that much. But it’s just enough to give a subtle amount of extra molasses flavor. However, don’t go buy a bottle just for this recipe. They’re fine without it.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies - buttery, soft-baked, and ultra chewy!

There is always the question of which type of oats to use in cookie recipes. I use old-fashioned whole oats in this recipe, as opposed to quick oats. Quick oats, which are more powdery than whole oats, may dry out your cookies.  You could certainly try using them, but I prefer whole oats. They give more texture: hearty, chewy, thick.

Today’s oatmeal cookie dough is slightly sticky, so it’s best to chill it before baking. You’ll want these cookies to spread, but not overspread into flat discs on your baking sheet. So, chill the dough for about 30 minutes. (I chilled today’s dough for 25 minutes.)

I use a cookie scoop for oatmeal cookies; it grabs onto the textured cookie dough better than my hands can. Here is the cookie scoop I use – I own it in sizes medium and large, and I used size medium for these cookies. Scoop/roll 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie.

Press a few extra white chocolate chips and/or macadamia nut chunks directly into the tops of the cookie dough balls. This guarantees you’ll have a few pretty chunks on top of your baked cookies. Like so:

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies - buttery, soft-baked, and ultra chewy!

There are no secret ingredients here, no rocket science knowledge required – just a simple, straightforward soft-baked oatmeal cookie recipe with the crunch of macadamia nuts and the creaminess of white chocolate. Simple perfection!

PS: Here is my white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe without oats.


White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Soft-baked, ultra chewy, and simple oatmeal cookie recipe loaded with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Only 30 minutes to chill, you’ll have oatmeal cookies in no time!

Yield: 18 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes (includes chilling)


  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar (or light brown)
  • 1/4 cup  (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon (20g) dark molasses
  • 1 and 2/3 cups (140g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts


Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Dough will be thick. Chill the dough for 25-30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Roll balls of dough (about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. I pressed a few extra white chocolate chips/nuts into the tops of the cookies for looks. Bake for 10-11 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cover cookies and store at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies and rolled cookie dough freeze well, up to 3 months.

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My Race Results

The Sole of the City 10K yesterday morning went much better than I thought! I hadn’t been running much over the past few months, so I was worried my time would be completely embarrassing and my body would shut down by mile 5. Though I did have some slight cramping at mile 4, I completed the race in 49:34 minutes (official time) and came in 287th place overall out of 3,103. My bud Erin placed 152nd. Woo!

Sole of the City is such a fun race by the Baltimore harbor. If you’re close to the area, definitely look into it for next year. It’s usually sponsored by Greene Turtle, so there’s plenty of food and beer afterwards. Always a perk!

Sole of the City 10K 2014


Chewy oatmeal cookies are my favorite kind of reward after a good run. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies - buttery, soft-baked, and ultra chewy!





70 Responses to “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies.”

  1. #
    Kateposted April 14, 2014 at 6:12 am

    haha nice shoes 😛
    I LOVE the idea of adding a tad healthier ingredient to make the flavor of a delicious cookie MORE delicious! THANK YOU!!


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    My Linhposted April 14, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Ohh i love macadamia’s! Unfortunately, we can’t get white chocolate chips over here… I dislike it when the chocolate doesn’t keep it’s shape in cookies and gets all gooey :( Once again, these look really really delicious, Sally.


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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted April 14, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Oh my goodness, how did you know my new favorite cookie before I knew my new favorite cookie! I am obsessed with the white choc macadamia cookies from Subway….and I am SO into the oatmeal addition! Pinned!


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    Marie @ Little Kitchieposted April 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    So many great things happening here!


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    Juliette mposted April 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Hi, these look amazing!!! I check your blog more than once a day to see if you posted anything new 😛 I love macadamia nuts could be my fav after peanuts.


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Juliette! You know what might be easier for ya? You can subscribe (click here) to my posts and each new post will be emailed to your inbox in the morning.


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    Liz S.posted April 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of the white chocolate/macadamia nut flavor combination, so there’s no doubt that that makes the already fabulous oatmeal cookies that much better.

    Happy Monday!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 9:13 am

      You too, Liz! You gotta try these.


  7. #
    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted April 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    What a great flavor combo for cookies!


  8. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecakeposted April 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    These cookies sound delicious!


  9. #
    Chelsea @ Gal on a Missionposted April 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    What a great combination of flavors! I bet these cookies rock. Congrats on the 10K – that’s great, Sally. Pinned.


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    Lisa @ Simple Pairingsposted April 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I can’t wait to make these for my boyfriend – this is one of his favorite cookies! I love this so much more in an oatmeal cookie than just a sugar cookie base – I’m a sucker for oatmeal cookies :)


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Yes, oatmeal cookies are my weakness too Lisa! Hope you both enjoy them.


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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapronposted April 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Congrats on your race Sally! You definitely deserve a few cookies after that :) My husband’s favorite cookies are white chocolate macadamia. Definitely need to try the addition of oats sometime! Pinned :)


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    ashley - baker by natureposted April 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Charlie LOVES macadamia nuts, and I love making him happy, so I’ll be making these for him VERY soon :) Gorgeous as always, love!


  13. #
    Kathyposted April 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Oh my! These look delicious! I would not be able to stop eating these!


  14. #
    Marziaposted April 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

    These look delicious! It’s two of my favorite types of cookies smashed into one yummy treat!


  15. #
    Barbaraposted April 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I actually really love your 5 ingredient almond butter cookies after a good run! I got my friend hooked on them and she now has them pre-run too!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Nice! Those cookies are fantastic running fuel. I speak from experience!


  16. #
    marcieposted April 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

    These cookies look magnificent! Congrats on your race — your time was really great!


  17. #
    Toniaposted April 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    These cookies look amazingly good! I love white chocolate and macadamia together. What a great idea to add oatmeal! And congratulations on the race!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Thanks so much Tonia!


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    Laurenposted April 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I’m glad you had a great run! It was so gorgeous outside! It was definitely the perfect day for a race. And I always dream about baked goods when I’m running. I don’t know what it is, but I just always have something I want to bake on my mind. Ha!

    And old-fashioned are definitely better in cookies in most cases. I think quick oats absorb too much moisture since they’re like flour. I like my oatmeal cookies to have a chew!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Haha it sounds like we both need a running shirt that says “I run for cupcakes” or cookies or cake or frosting… I could go on for awhile.


  19. #
    Floortjeposted April 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Oh my god, you know I have to try these. My family will love them :)


  20. #
    Erinposted April 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Yum! I’ve been thinking how I need to try your oatmeal cookie recipes and this definitely gives me another nudge! So delicious. And a totally acceptable post-run snack. Congrats on your awesome race time! Have a lovely week, Sally!


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    Zainabposted April 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Way too much goodness going on in these cookies!! White chocolate macadamias are one of my favorites!! Making an oatmeal version just makes sense. This is why we have you!! Congrats on the race!! (Love your kicks!!)


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Zainab, I had a feeling you’d like my bright (sort of obnoxious) sneakers!


  22. #
    Julianna @ Julianna Banannaposted April 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    these look delicious!!


  23. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted April 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Congrats on your race time – that’s so awesome!! And you definitely deserve a whole tray of cookies after that!! I love this description: “The molasses and cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookie base paired with buttery macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate” – makes me want a giant bite!!


  24. #
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Lifeposted April 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I always want oats in some form after running, too! Like granola … granola bars … obviously oatmeal cookies … :) Love the touch of molasses! You always take a plain cookie and make it amazing, like this one, macademia nuts and white chocolate AND molasses and oats? Hello YUM.


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Yes! I usually inhale granola when I’m running a lot! But a cookie sounded so much better last week haha. You have to try these Mary Frances!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted April 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Oh what a great cookie, Sally! I love the combo of white choc + oats. It’s creamy, buttery, yet hearty. I bet these are just so tasty! Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies are the best! pinned


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I knew you’d love these cookies Averie – we both favor oatmeal cookies over any others! Thanks for pinning.


  26. #
    ami@naivecookcooksposted April 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    These are cookies with a healthy factor 😉
    Totally loving these!


  27. #
    Kiley- Rooks to Cooksposted April 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    These look amazing! My mum especially loves white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and I bet she would love these with the addition of the oats! That is a great idea, to add oats into the cookie dough to give it a extra oopmh of texture and flavor :)


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Exactly. You should bake these for your mom then. Enjoy!


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    Caley Buxtonposted April 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations on your race! Great job :) And great job on these cookies! I love the idea of molasses in white-chocolate-chip macadamia cookies…I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before, but I’m sure it’s a wonderful touch. Kind of like using butterscotch chips! (butterscotch-chip white-chocolate-chip cookies…yes!!) 😀


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I had a feeling you’d love this cookie recipe Caley! And the combination of white chocolate and butterscotch in an oatmeal cookie sounds divine.


  29. #
    Lisa'sposted April 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    These look amazing
    L x


  30. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)posted April 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    These cookies!!! They look so chewy–I can never get enough macadamia nuts!


  31. #
    ATasteOfMadnessposted April 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I am always up for new cookie recipes! I love this!


  32. #
    Ally @ The Cheery Bakerposted April 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Sometimes there is nothing better than a good oatmeal cookie! I love the addition of the white chocolate and macadamia nuts! And congratulations on the race! :)


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Ally!


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    Jackieposted April 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I’m running my first 5K in two weeks, and now I think I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of that Sunday–your oatmeal cookie granola has been a great snack while I’ve been training. I also think I’ll add Sole of the City to my running goals, so thanks for the tip!


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Yes, Jackie – it’s such a fun race. You’ll definitely be able to manage a 10K next year. Good luck in two weeks!!


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted April 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I love these cookies, white chocolate and macadamia nuts are so good together. Perfect running motivation!


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    Jessica @ Sweet Menuposted April 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    YUM Sally YUM! These cookies look scrumptious! I would love to know how you balance eating and exercising. I find it so hard not too eat too many when I make a batch of cookies, although I always try to give it away to family and friends. I’m just so impressed you ran a marathon! Did you have to be strict while you were training? x


    • Sallyreplied on April 14th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Hey Jessica! What I love most about baking is sharing the recipes with others. So when I bake a batch of cookies, I take a couple for myself, and pass the rest onto others. A lot of them end up at my fiancé’s work! Anyway, I was horrible training for this 10K (I didn’t run a marathon – oh my goodness, not at all. Maybe someday!) I tried to eat a ton of protein and healthy carbs and drink tons of water the few weeks leading up to the race.


  36. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted April 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I have been so dying for macadamia nut + white chocolate cookies. These are perfect Sally!!!


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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffronposted April 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Sally, I made your peanut butter oatmeal cookies and they were soooo good! These look just as amazing! I have had the hardest time finding macadamia nuts in the past but will have to keep my eyes peeled.


    • Sallyreplied on April 15th, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Yes, keep your eyes peeled Denise. If you can’t find them – any other nut would be fine. Or leave the nuts out completely.


  38. #
    Mercedesposted April 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    White chocolate macadamia nut cookies have always been one of my favorites because of their richness and the delightful crunch from the nuts. I know that I would LOVE your soft, chewy version with oatmeal!


  39. #
    Luv What You Doposted April 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Oh wow!
    Those look incredible!


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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingposted April 17, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Oatmeal cookies sound like the perfect post-run fuel to me! With how many oats you use in your recipes, they’re practically health food — right?? 😉 In the past few months, oatmeal cookies have slowly been displacing double chocolate chip as my favorites… Something about their soft/chewy/perfect texture and cinnamon gets me every. I can never stop at one — or sometimes even two!


    • Sallyreplied on April 17th, 2014 at 6:25 am

      I love that you’re turning into an oatmeal cookie lover like me. :) Yes, the cinnamon and oat combination makes me weak at the knees!


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    lacey crabtreeposted April 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I made these yesterday for Easter and they were a HUGE hit!! They were sooo delicious and turned out perfect!
    Thank you!!


    • Sallyreplied on April 21st, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I’m very glad to hear it! These cookies are one of my very favorites!


  42. #
    Ann Easleyposted April 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Should I use raw macadamia nuts or roasted ones?


    • Sallyreplied on April 24th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Whichever you like best – I used roasted, salted.


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    Jessicaposted April 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    How could you incorporate dried pineapple or dried apricots into this recipe? I have that needs to be used up!!


    • Sallyreplied on May 1st, 2014 at 11:37 am

      That sounds delicious! Keep the total amount of add-ins to 1 and 1/2 cups – so keeping under that amount, add however much of any add-ins you’d like. Enjoy!


  44. #
    Annaposted April 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I have a cookie order for 4 dozen different cookies for a co worker. I just realized that literally all 4 recipes I choose we’re yours!!!! Hahaha on accident too. I love your blog and baking more than anything, keep up the good work!:) (this cookie is 1 of the 4)


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    laurel @wannacomewith.composted May 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’m definitely going to be pinning this and then making it. I’ve discovered that I love the combination of white chocolate and macadamia nuts, and who doesn’t love an oatmeal cookie? And have I mentioned that your photos are gorgeous? So jealous.


    • Sallyreplied on May 5th, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Laurel! I appreciate that. :)


  46. #
    Lexy C.posted December 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Im very excited that I found your website because I’d like to perfect my non-existing cooking skills. For these cookies, you did not mash them, only rolled the dough and placed on the paper? Im baking these cookies now, and they’re not spreading like yours in the picture :(
    Can you tell me why?


  47. #
    Alexus Perryposted January 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    1. Do you think I can substitute with splenda or truvia?
    2. Is substitution with whole wheat flour possible as well?

    Thank you, LOVE your blog :)!


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    Sheree Stockwellposted June 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Have you ever tried to make bars with this recipe? If so, how’d it turn out and what do you recommend?


    • Sallyreplied on June 30th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      I have not– though I make oatmeal cookie bars with a similar recipe quite often. Use an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan. About 25-27 minutes bake time. Same oven temp.


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