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Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Cookies

macadamia nut cookies on a wire cooling rack

Chocolate dipped macadamia nut cookies start with a shortbread dough then are amped up with luscious macadamia nuts. Dipping half (or the whole) cookie in chocolate seals the deal for these simple yet decadent cookies. 

These chocolate dipped macadamia nut cookies remind me of living in Hawaii. You’ll find them on the shelves at local grocery stores and tourist shops as well. Oddly enough I didn’t eat them often when we lived there because they always seemed like something a tourist would buy…but now that I’ve been back for visits and I am the tourist, I buy these without a second thought.

This is the first time I’ve made them and I loved the result. The shortbread dough comes together quickly and the chopped macadamia nuts add that bit of Hawaiian feel.

Another recipe that highlights macadamia nuts are these white chocolate and macadamia nut blondies.

Adding chocolate chips to the dough is a nice option (the mini chips work best) then finish these with a quick dip in milk, dark or white chocolate.


The #CreativeCookieExchange wants to take you away on an island getaway without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen. Join us as we bake with a tropical theme in mind! Wouldn’t we all love to feel the breeze of the ocean right about now? I know I would!

Island life may not be paradise all of the time. I say that honestly with the experience of living on two different islands in past years–preparing for hurricanes or dealing with the creepy-crawling critters that become part of everyday life on an island may not be the picture that we all dream of when we look at  island postcard.

But those tradeoffs are well worth it when you balance the negatives with the overwhelming positives of beautiful beaches and a (hopefully) laid back lifestyle. This recipe can be found on the website for Big Island Macadamia Nuts. I hope these take you in spirit to Hawaii the same way they did for me!

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Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Cookies

macadamia nut cookies on wire rack

Bring home the taste of Hawaii with these Big Island Macadamia Nut cookies

Prep Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted Macadamia Nuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 8 oz high quality chocolate


  1. In large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Slowly stir in flour until well blended. Add coarsely chopped macadamia nuts. On waxed paper shape cookie dough into a roll approximately two inches in diameter. Roll waxed paper around dough then wrap the roll in aluminum foil. Place in refrigerator, chilling at least 2 hours or more.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Remove chilled cookie dough and cut roll into slices between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 18 minutes or until they turn barely golden brown around the edges.
  3. Melt chocolate in a bowl in microwave. High quality chocolate will not need to be mixed with shortening. Simply melt it in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments. Stir until smooth. Dip one end of each cookie into chocolate then place on wax paper.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Tuesday 1st of March 2016

These look awesome! I love chocolate with macadamia nuts. Great choice for tropical!


Saturday 20th of February 2016

As soon as I saw your cookies I thought of Big Island Candies who do a macadamia shortbread that is diagonally dipped in chocolate. It is funny how when you live here you don't go out of your way to buy them. Honestly, I would much rather make yours and enjoy homemade goodness.


Saturday 20th of February 2016

These look delicious, I have never baked with macadamia nuts, but it sounds like a fun idea. We are hitting 50 degrees today, so it is almost like a tropical island, at least for February around here!


Wednesday 17th of February 2016

I can easily pretend I'm at the Islands with one of these in my hand! These turned out BEAUTIFUL! Another cookie recipe to bookmark!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

These look killer good Holly. I've got to make these ASAP. Wow. Just Wow.

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