White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

October 10, 2019
Created by Harmons
2 hours 30 minutes
Serves 4 dozen
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 4 oz white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

In a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and stir into cream cheese mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate. Chill dough until firm, 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared sheets, 2″ apart. Bake until puffed and golden, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, about 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. When cool, dust cookies with powdered sugar.