They say we hurt the people we love the most and that is definitely for sure absolutely true.

(I can be overzealous when it comes to adverbs.  And yes, I had to look up what part of speech “absolutely”, “definitely” and “for sure” are.

I was never taught grammar as a child.

I’m sure none of you are surprised.)


It’s just, how does a person keep a recipe like this to themselves for a month?  4 weeks!  28 days!  Less time than I have until I take the boards.

And…now I’m hyperventilating into a paper bag.  Do you see the lengths I go to for you people?

Please say you’ll forgive me?


I mean, do you see that cookie?  How could you stay mad at a face like that?

I made these for the last day of classes.  While everyone else was doing shot after shot of tequila, I was making and then giving away eating cookies.

They are my anti-drug.  And my Prozac.  All rolled into one.

They are also the reason my thighs and I may never have a loving and fulfilling relationship again.  But you know, I think my thighs need to be more supportive of my wants and needs.  It can’t always be about them.

Just saying.


I’m not really the biggest “cookie person” in the world.

But as I was sitting at our kitchen table studying Heme/Onc the night before our last day, I noticed a container of macadamia nuts sitting on our shelf.  How does such a thing make it’s way into your apartment without you knowing, I’m not certain.

But then and there I knew that I needed white chocolate macadamia nut cookies otherwise I would die.  That sounds pretty drastic but it is definitely for sure absolutely the thought that went through my head.  Death by lack of white chocolate mac nut cookies.  A very serious medical condition.

So then, instead of really learning the difference between acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic lymphoblastic leukemia, I spent the rest of the evening trying to find the perfect recipe to make the next day.  Of course, Alice Medrich held all the answers.


Her cookie calls for adding pulverized oats the cookie dough, which adds a nutty flavor and slightly gritty texture, both of which make for a very delicious cookie.  She also calls for you to refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.

I mean, I couldn’t bring myself to wait that long because of that whole impending death thing, but I hear that waiting overnight really does make these even better.

Given how addictive these sweet and salty and chewy discs of heaven are to begin with?  I have my doubts about how that could even be possible.  But I’m open to the thought of you guys trying it and letting me know.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it.  And all that jazz.


Macadamia and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes about 36, adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy

3/4 cup (2.5 oz) rolled oats
3/4 cup (3.375 oz) AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and still warm
1/3 cup (2.33 oz) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (2.33 oz) packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup (4.5 oz) dry-roasted salted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped (or not)
1 cup (6 oz) white chocolate chips or 6 oz chopped white chocolate

1. Pulverize the oats in a food processor or blender until fine.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Pulse to combine and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter with the sugars and vanilla.  Whisk in the egg.  Stir in the flour mixture just until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.  Let the mixture cool for a few minutes if it is at all still warm.  Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.  cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and preferably overnight.  (I waited about three hours.)

3. Preheat the oven to 325.  Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator to soften.  Scoop rounded tbsp of dough and place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased or lined with foil cookie sheet.  bake until cookies are deep golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes.  Rotate the pans from top to bottom and from front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking.  For unlined pans, use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to racks to cool.  For lined pans, set the pans or just the liners on the racks.  Cool the cookies completely before storing or stacking.


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108 Responses to Alice Medrich’s Macadamia and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. I have always liked white chocolate and these cookies highlight it so sweel.Beautifully executed, Joanne>

  2. I meant “so well” 🙂

  3. janet says:

    Your classmates are so lucky to be able to sample your treats… and I bet your thighs appreciate your classmates, too! 🙂

    Good luck with your boards! You’ll need ltos of study snacks, for sure. 🙂

  4. Macadamia nut and white chocolate are my favorite combo in a cookie. Seriously love it.

    Sadly, I’ve become quite the pro with parts of speech ever since I started homeschooling. It was embarrassing how little I knew but with 3 kids, I have learned a LOT!

  5. Marisa says:

    Man alive that looks good!! Just look at all that nutty goodness. As if I didn’t have a sugar craving before…

  6. sofia says:

    ohhhh do i love me a good macadamia nut cookie. the tequila shots were grand, yes, but these cookies seem much grander. and thigh-drama-worthy. siiigh.

  7. Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy and AWESOME. You show the ‘before’ pictures of the cookies, would have liked to see the damage done within the first few minutes:)

  8. Shannon says:

    Two of my favorite things in one cookie. You shouldn’t have. You know I have NO self-control.

    Congrats on your last day of classes!

  9. Joanne says:

    Please, please hook up some magic usb cable and send me a couple of these to have with my morning java 🙂

  10. You know you are really feeding my addiction to cookies by posting this recipe. I am already pretty bad and when I see new recipes like this I can’t help but make a batch or two or three (just for myself! LOL).

    They look fantastic and I love the crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. the perfect combo

  11. Your pictures in those post are amazing! I bet your friends were so happy you made these.

  12. girlichef says:

    I definitely could NOT stay mad at a face like that…YUM, they’re gorgeous. Can they be my prozac, too???

  13. MeghanM says:

    MMMMM…these look delicious!

  14. Vivienne says:

    ohhhh guess what joanne i just bought this cookbook a few days ago! i can’t wait to bake with it…im not really a cookie person too like you but maybe this will change me 😉

  15. Johanna GGG says:

    who needs your thighs to love them when you can have these little beauties – they looks wonderful and I am not even much of a white chocolate fan usually – I understand when you say you are not a cookie person – I would not consider myself to be one either because I have met too many dried cynical cookies but when they are warm and gooey straight from the oven I redefine myself

  16. Kim says:

    LOL! You crack me up Joanne. Giada’s cc cookie recipe has the pulverized oats in it and I think it’s a genius secret. Seems to bulk up the cookie and add to the chewiness. These look delicious, definitely better than drinking tequila in a bar somewhere:)

  17. Your thighs will be just fine eating cookies when you’re running the miles you do!!! By the way…once again…that first picture is not fair…it will remain embedded in my mind all day/weekend…drooling.

  18. GREAT on every level…

    Makes me wonder, did you ever get to a nodding relationship with that studdier at Starbucks you blogged about a few weeks ago??? Slip one of these with a phone number and your dance card is filled.

    Just saying

  19. I just love how these are ALL white. Very bridal. June must be coming! 🙂

  20. Greg says:

    Those just look so amazing. I love the close up, the texture is so buttery. And I’m huge on macadamias too.

  21. white chocolate macadamia cookies are my favorite 🙂 these look to die for!

  22. Cate says:

    Cookies are my instant gratification sweet food, so recipes that call for refrigerating the dough are TORTURE! However, these look so good I think I can do it…

  23. It seems that every blog I land on this morning is featuring one of my favorite sweet treats. Since I don’t do much baking, I think a trip to the bakery is in order….unless you deliver. 🙂

  24. LOVE all the photos of these scrumptious cookies! They look soooo yummy. I don’t bake with white chocolate too often but I always love it when I do… These are on my baking to-do list now. 🙂

  25. Gloria says:

    mmmm! these look delicious! gloria

  26. Raina says:

    These look fantastic! I am a big cookie person. They are my weakness. Much better than

  27. Eden says:

    I am a cookie person. And I was on prozan for two years until I noticed cookies do the trick. So I’m on cookies now.

  28. My favourite cookie combo! love love!

  29. Joanne, I love your write-ups, amazing and very tempting to read till the end. I forgive you as you gave me the recipe. Those are really super cute, though personally I would replace white chocolate with dark one, but that is just me 🙂

  30. I was just thinking of baking macadamia cookies today and there you have a recipe luring me.These look gorgeous.

  31. nico. says:

    man, I have been on a huge cookie kick lately … I haven’t ever done a white chocolate-macadamia, but it is a favorite of my brother’s!

  32. You had me with white chocolate and macadamia, but then you did it, you had to mention chewy as well! Shoot, I gave up on my thighs years ago, I’d go for the cookies.

  33. Kristin says:

    These are the Mr.’s favorite! I will have to make these for him. :o)

  34. Yep, you have some lucky classmates alright.

  35. I just had a test on b12/iron/folate deficiency – very heme related! I wish I had had those cookies while I was studying to make the pain go away….. They look p e r f e c t.
    I have exciting news for you……..

  36. That Girl says:

    I have macadamia nuts at home, but they’re honey roasted so I don’t know if they’ll work.

  37. Megan says:

    I rarely eat white chocolate and I typically don’t like it, but for some odd reason I am very fond of white chocolate macadamia cookies. I’m getting a serious cookie craving right now!

  38. Amy says:

    Cookies! Bite-sized portable treats. It’s how I make friends, you know. And keep my kids from whining. I almost…almost…like white chocolate more than milk chocolate, so these are right up my alley.

    Cannot believe the boards are only a few weeks away. Are you excited? Nervous? Numb? Deep breaths. And more cookie eating.

  39. Kristen says:

    Oh yum! Eating those cookies sounds much more fun than studying. Good luck on those boards.

  40. Mo 'Betta says:

    While you’re learning the differences b/t ALL and CLL, if you would find a cure that would be fantastic. Well, you might as well just go ahead and find a cure for all cancers. I’m only half joking 😉 My Dad will be one year post transplant for the treatment of ALL next month (YAY!!!) and I bet he would LOVE for me to make these cookies 😀

  41. Faith says:

    Oh my God, these are everything that good cookies should be! I plan to make them ASAP (we all need a little anti-drug, right? 😉 ) and I think my thighs will never be the same again…but I’ve made my peace with that. 😉

  42. Pam says:

    One of my very favorite cookies… they look fantastic and beautiful.

  43. birdie to be says:

    Yum… these look fabulous!

    Very cute blog name!

  44. Nina says:

    Joanne–they look fabulous!! I ? Alice M and CGCC! Everyone should own that book! Your photos give that cookie the justice it deserves! Bon weekend! xo

  45. Shannon says:

    baking > studying any day 🙂 try to keep your head above water the next month! let me know if you need me to send in reinforcements!

  46. Eliana says:

    I know I don’t have mazadamia nuts hangin around the house but there is an easy solution to that – pick’em up PRONTO! Because I need these cookies in my life.

  47. Corina says:

    These have some of the best looking chunks I’ve seen in cookies for a while. They look lovely and moist too.

  48. Shawnda says:

    I so want a cookie right now!

  49. marla says:

    Really, I mean REALLY??!! Joanne you even capture all this cookie-ness with a macro lens. This and a cup of coffee just as BIG. Perfection.

  50. Joanne. I love you, but this is evil. Sharing your evil is not fair. I’m glad that you are baking instead of our getting drunk, but making me want a cookie like my life depends on it is evil.


  51. bellini says:

    I like the whole ground oatmeal thing in these cookies. They are good for us right, since you going to a doctor:D

  52. The cookie stack looks really scrumptious!

  53. These look absolutely out of this world!!! And I’m a pretty huge fan of adverbs too… They’re just fantastically amazing 🙂


  54. simply stated – these cookies saved your life! these cookies are AMAZING life savers. 🙂

  55. Swathi says:

    I can’t say no white chocolate that is cookies, then it my kind one.

  56. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are the crack of the cookie world. There is no better combo and these look like perfection. Pure…perfection

  57. Wow I wish I had made these during my Season of the Cookie. They look tremendous. But now it’s summer and eventually I’m going to have to take my shirt off… so I’ll tuck this juicy little recipe away until the fall. We don’t all run 150 thousand miles a week like you do, ya know! 🙂

  58. Sounds like a wonderful way to die to me. Absolutely for sure and definately!

  59. BigAppleNosh says:

    White chocolate + Macadamia nut = YUM!

  60. sweetlife says:

    don’t you hate thighs, their so needy..devour them freely and forgot the thighs..until final are over, lol

    loved your post over at ms!

  61. Martha (MM) says:

    All I can say is thank God lent is over or I might be on my way to hell – I must have these and I must have them soon! I’m not much of a cookie person either but there is just something so irresistible about these!!

    Thanks for linking up your yummy crock pot recipes for my slow cooker recipe index. Can I link them all individually? They are all so perfect!! Have a great weekend Joanne!

  62. You’re right! I can’t get mad at a face like that…

  63. daphne says:

    I love cookies! so this one is for meeeee. Gonna try it!

    and i so agree with u cookies are my prozac + the cardio work out of course.

  64. Pam says:

    Okay, I know I say this all the time…I am sooo going to make these. But this time, I really am!!

  65. sophia says:

    Joanne, remember my H.A.L.T? Please send like, 500 dozen of these to me RIGHT NOW. These cookies need to be stuffed into my face! And your thighs deserve them, with all the hell you make them go through with your crazy running! 😉

  66. i dont know whether i come here for the writing or for the food because both are just TOO DAMN GOOD!!! love it all =) seriously, you are a talented writer and a talented cook. i love your humor, which is sometimes ironic and self-deprecating, which makes me love it even more =) and please come and cook for me. please.

  67. Maria says:

    Great cookies! I’m not much of a cookie person, but I did just make a batch and might just get hooked!

  68. Cookies cookies , oh i love cookies!
    (im called all sorts of names like puddin and chocolate and cookie’s tops my list and i must tell u i secretly love it )….
    U shouldn even want to hide these cookies from us , infact u should share them, like a giveaway with a tins of cookies at my door:-)
    WOuldn i love that!
    I loveeee macadamias , they are so good , am halfway thru my first pack and have another one stashed, have not really tried any other but azar has somw wonderfully pre roasted ones that go well in cookies.
    ANd that book is fantastic , i sit with it and dream of cookies as i sleep away, there is so muc i want to bake from there.
    Whether u r a cookie person or no , u sure do bake really cuteeee cookies!

  69. Pierce says:

    That last photo just jumps off the page…and into my mouth! Great post. Thanks for the nice comments on my book review!!

  70. They absolutely are most definitely the best looking cookies I’ve seen in a long time. For sure! ?

    Great photos, Joanne. I can almost taste them with my eyes!

  71. Peggy says:

    Glad you could cure your medical condition (death by white chocolate mac nut cookies – you are too cute!)

    Now thanks to you, I’ll be adding macadamia nuts to my grocery list!

  72. Nadji says:

    J’en veux, j’en veux, j’en veux…..
    A très bientôt.

  73. Miriam says:

    A cookie like that would most deffinately cheer up anyone’s day. Big hugs and good luck with everything!!! [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  75. Chris says:

    Yes, I agree, your thighs are just being selfish;)

    Your Prozac – er – cookies look delicious.

  76. Those macadamia cookies look so darn delicious with white chocolate! You are forgiven!

  77. Lora says:

    These look incredible. Biting.

  78. Andreas says:

    >Death by lack of white chocolate mac nut cookies

    You should lobby to get his condition referred to as Joannes’ disease. Is there a IUPAC-like committee in the field of medicine?


  79. One of my favorite cookies when I worked at Subway in high school. I bet this version is so so much better!

  80. Kimberley says:

    I adore Alice Medrich. Just sayin’. 🙂 (Your grammar is excellent, btw, silly.)

  81. Carolyn Jung says:

    You’re not the biggest cookie person in the world? What gives? But then again, I AM the biggest cookie monster there is. LOL And I love any cookie by Alice Medrich.

  82. Reeni says:

    These are by far my most favorite cookie in the entire world! That’s why I NEVER make them. I will keep eating them until I have to go to bed with a tummy ache. And I’m not really much of a cookie person either!

  83. I’m really not a white chocolate person, but I can’t resist it when it’s in a wonderfully chewy cookie.

  84. Those look heavenly! Cookies like those are why I drag myself to the gym even when I don’t want to go. I have no willpower against the delicious little morsels.

  85. grace says:

    i have to say that cookies might be my least favorite form of dessert, but i’ll be darned if these aren’t ever enticing. i’m a dues-paying member of the white chocolate fan club–it’s amazing and flavorful and i can’t get enough. amen.

  86. Ada says:

    Man those look like the perfect study snack, particularly with a glass of milk. Yum! I’m hoping that my mom returns from Hawaii with a huge bag of macademias so that I can make these.

    Good luck with the Boards! And yes, we will definitely celebrate when you’re done:)

  87. crustabakes says:

    i can totally relate to you on how sometimes i might die if i didnt have a certain craving satisfied. And with cookies like that, who cares about thighs?!

  88. Irresistible cookies. Love the macadamia in it too.

  89. Katie says:

    Good luck on your boards! These cookies should help a little…ok, a lot. 🙂

  90. “I’m not really the biggest “cookie person” in the world.”…
    I am at a loss for words. Luckily you busted out this amazing recipe right after that friendship death phrase, because that was a close call if I’ve ever seen one!

  91. Jessie says:

    Goodness, I had no idea how close your boards are! How you maintain a blogging schedule through this is beyond me. You are superwoman and that is all 🙂 I’m totally with you on the cookies over tequila to celebrate. No hangover, just delicious white chocolate macadamia, mmmmm. I wish I was one of your roommates – I’d get to hang out with you and Sophie and eat coooookies! 😀

    Also, I will be working the phrase “definitely for sure absolutely true” into every conversation that I can.

    Good luck studying, hun! xoxo

  92. Beth says:

    Alice Medrich holds the answers to everything. These look fabulous!

  93. I love white chocolate in cookies, and it really does pair perfectly with macadami nuts. These look gorgeous!

  94. Yum times one billion Joanne. These look sensational and I do also think the addition of pulverized oats is ingenious.

  95. Those look INCREDIBLE! I’m totally craving them now 🙂

  96. Sometimes thighs just need to be told to shut up. Those cookies look incredible. White chocolate macadamia is one of those combinations that is truly just so much better than the sum of its parts.

  97. Angela says:

    Yum. White chocolate macadamia is one of my favorite cookies. I love the idea of adding the oatmeal for texture.

  98. Emily says:

    OH MY GOSH those look incredibe! Wow!

  99. These are my husband’s favorite cookies, they look awesome!

  100. elly says:

    White chocolate macadamia cookies are in my top 3 favorite cookies. 🙂 I’m going to bookmark this recipe for sure and I hope to make them soon (even though I soooo don’t need them).

  101. I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (I like a few dried cranberries or cherries in mine too sometimes). 😉 These look delicious and worth their time on the hips!

  102. Deborah says:

    I have been craving cookies all day long. And now I am craving them even more!

  103. I love macadamias with white chocolate! Sooooo creamy and delicious. And adding oats to cookies (no matter what flavor) is always a plus. Hooray for cookies!

  104. aipi says:

    They look so tempting ~ yummy to the core 🙂
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  105. Kevin says:

    This is my favourite flavour combination for cookies!

  106. OK, so here I am in Hawaii, where mac nuts are grown, and I’m reading your mac nut cookie recipe! I’m bee-lining to a local grocery store to buy tons of these buttery nuts so that I can make this recipe upon landing at home! PS….I adore the way you write!

  107. These cookies look very perfect indeed! And they’re my mom’s favourite so I will have to make them for her. 🙂

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