When your boss spends all of Thursday prefacing every sentence about every experiment he wants (i.e. is ordering) you to do next week with “you’re going to hate me, but…”

You have no option but to sing Nicki Minaj “classic hit singles” outside his office with one of your coworkers.

Loudly and out of tune.  (I mean…that’s a given.  If Nicki can do it, on-stage in front of thousands of people, every chance she gets…then so can you.)


Then you’ll try to convince him that, not only are Summer Fridays a real live thing(!!!) but that your productivity as a lab definitely hinges on whether he will allow you to take these days off along with the “best” (questionably speaking) of the finance world every week come June 1st.

He won’t really go for it.

Nor will he particularly like the suggestion that you move all experiments to Central Park on any and every day that’s over 65 degrees.



Given all the negativity that’s now infiltrated your world…you’ll have no choice but to head home after work and create some chocolate brownie cookie magic.  Some days….that’s the just the way the cookie crumbles.

Except…these cookies are the opposite of crumbly.  They are fudgy and chewy and all the best of the brownie and white chocolate mac nut (WCMN’s to those of us cookie fanatics) universes, respectively, smashed together into one.

My potentially serial killer roommate who did not end up eating that chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie from last week (it did somehow mysteriously disappear from the fridge last weekend…and then reappear in my stomach.  Not quite sure how it got there…) had two of these.  They were “so good, she just couldn’t help herself”, is what she wrote to me in an apology text message.  I wrote back that one should never apologize for being a rational, warm-blooded, cookie-lovin’ individual.  Positive reinforcement.  We’ll break her of those antisocial personality disorder tendencies…or bust.


Sadly but truly, this recipe brings us to the end of the Joy the Baker Cookbook spotlight and if there’s one thing that I hope I’ve convinced you of in these four weeks, it’s that I adore this cookbook.  From chocolatey delicious brownies to perfectly spiced cupcakes to chocolate PB lover’s whoopie pies and, finally, to rich chewy delicious brownie cookies, this cookbook has it all. And more.  Not only that, but it’s recipes are totally accessible and doable, even to a beginner baker, with many of them only requiring a single bowl and a hand mixer!

I would definitely recommend this cookbook to just about anyone and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to take part in this spotlight!  So major thanks to Hyperion for the opportunity and Girlichef for hosting.  And to Joy for writing.  It’s been delicious.

Now if you’ll excuse me…I have 60+ cupcakes and a triple layer cake to bake for a certain Eats Well With Others sister’s sweet 16.  And a second date to go on.  And apparently work to go to.  It’s going to be a stress eating kind of weekend.  Thank god we have cookies.


Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Roasted Macadamia Nuts
Makes 2 dozen cookies, adapted from The Joy the Baker Cookbook


  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp instant espresso
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts, roasted and salted


  1. Place racks int he upper third and middle of the oven and preheat oven to 325.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Gently simmer 2 inches of water in a medium saucepan.  Place bittersweet chocolate and butter in a medium-sized heatproof bowl and place the bowl over, not touching, the simmering water, creating a double boiler.  Melt the chocolate and butter together until butter is melted.  Remove from the simmering water and stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Allow the chocolate to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  4. Whisk the granulated sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla extract into the warm chocolate mixture.  Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated.  Add the chocolate mixture, all at once, to the flour mixture.  Fold to incorporate.  When flour just begins to disappear into the chocolate mixture, add the white chocolate and macadamia nuts.  Fold thoroughly.  Batter will be THICK.
  5. Dollop batter by the tablespoonful (or use a medium cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 11 minutes (the cookies are best slightly undercooked).  Let rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack.


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109 Responses to Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Roasted Macadamia Nuts {joy the baker spotlight}

  1. Pam says:

    Oh my gosh, these sound amazing. So glad your roommate is seeing the light.

  2. I can’t wait to get that cookbook! These cookies are reason enough 🙂

  3. These look just as amazing as you said they were! I can’t wait to try them myself:-) Oh and PS when I worked in Finance I never got summer Fridays…. managing directors however, that was another story.

  4. Mmmmm…brownies + cookies = the best of both worlds. Love them! Thanks so much for being a part of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-Off, Joanne =)

  5. I was singing when the in-laws were here and my FIL told me not to give up my day job.

  6. Good luck with your date #2, Joanne. 🙂

  7. Beth says:

    If your roommate ate only two of those cookies, she is a master of self-control.

    Happy birthday to your sister!

  8. Don’t you just love that there are SO many possible ingredient combos for cookies? Endless. This recipe is definitely a keeper. The cookies look so fudgy and delicious! Love the photos in this post.

  9. Lynn says:

    I am not good with cookies, but these look achievable. And yummy!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Hmm, interesting. My BF loves white choc macadamia nut; I wonder if he would like this version. I can only imagine yes!

  11. You say it makes 2 dozen cookies but how many did you actually make? It can be difficult to force the dough into a hot oven:)

  12. Amy says:

    Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) I’m my own boss, so I only have myself to blame for working on projects I don’t like. And eating 3 of these. Or 10.

  13. Wow, what wonderful cookie! They look so chocolatly and yummy!! I brought cookies to work yesterday in hopes there would be some left this morning, nope all gone! I have been on a major cookie kick and than I see your blog. I think I’m going to fake sick so I can go home and do some baking! Ok, I won’t leave work, but I know what I’m doing when I get home!

  14. I love macamia nuts and white chocolate! What a great recipe. Happy birthday to your sister! And good luck with the 2nd date 🙂

  15. Gloria says:

    Wow! Joanne what amazing look these cookies I love them! I want one for my coffee!!

  16. SallyBR says:

    Dear Joanne:

    if I send you a hug, would you teach me to take pictures as beautiful as yours? What about 100 hugs? And a batch of cookies? Maybe a loaf of sourdough bread? New pair of running shoes?


    You do have the most gorgeous pictures in the blogosphere, and I am a huge fan…

  17. iscribbler says:

    Wow! They look amazing and I love the chocolate shine to them – promises of gooeyness inside. 🙂 I will have to check out her cookbook.

  18. Ranjani says:

    Haha, I actually had a dream last night that my lab ganged up on my advisor and said thing like “we’re not like you – we believe in weekends and we need fun!” It did not go well. Anyway, the cookies look fabulous and I firmly believe that cooking is the best stress relief in grad school

  19. Anne says:

    These babies might have to be made ASAP. It is the weekend, after all!

  20. RJ says:

    have fun on the date! 🙂

  21. london bakes says:

    Two of my favourite things in one! Love it!

  22. Alisa says:

    Oh, those look AMAZING!! I still struggle with egg-free when trying to make cookies with melted chocolate. They never come out as nicely, like these, with eggs.

  23. They look amazing, everything from that cookbook looks so good!
    Have a great weekend!

  24. Susan says:

    These look fantastic – I especially like the shot of your whisk dripping with chocolate.

  25. Kathy says:

    These look incredible! Love chocolate cookies…I would not be able to leave these alone! Lovely photos!

  26. These look like the chewiest, most decadent, chocolate cookie ever! Love this idea. Can’t wait to get Joy’s book too!

  27. Mary says:

    These sound like an absolutely perfect chocolate cookie! Have a fun weekend, Joanne!!

  28. Lora says:

    Perfect delicious cookies to start out the weekend with. Joy is so creative and I think it’s lovely you highlighted so many of her recipes.

  29. Amy says:

    These cookies sound and look so good! Brownie + cookie? Yum.

  30. Mary says:

    Joanne, these really look scrumptious. I have to give them a try. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  31. Dining Alone says:

    You are hilarious, I am fortunately having one of those days where my boss said to me, ‘I am going home early’. woo! But I would still love those cookies.

  32. These sound amazing! I need to get this cookbook asap.

  33. Pam says:

    I can’t believe he wouldn’t go for the Central Park bit. Strange. I am so glad your cookies turned out well for you – they look amazing! I wish mine did. Sigh.

  34. Pam says:

    I’d love to dunk one of those cookies in my cup of coffee! They look delicious! Speaking of Nicki Minaj—–I’d just like to know how she can walk in some of those shoes she wears! You’re so right with out of tune.

  35. Is there a way to get them expressed delivered to Calgary? They would go really well with the cup of tea I am about to make…. Jen

  36. Debbie says:

    Think I would love this cookbook. The cookies look so good and the pics are so clear that I feel I can reach out and just grab one…..too bad I can’t!

  37. Deborah says:

    You’ve convinced me – I NEED this cookbook.

  38. Shannon says:

    these look off.the.hook. in a i need to make these this weekend kind of way 🙂

  39. Brownies that moonlight as cookies. Uh, YES! It sounds like this cookbook is truly outrageous.

  40. OohLookBel says:

    Brownie cookies are the next step in cookie evolution, so congratulations on moving the chain forward so beautifully with this effort!

  41. Ambika says:

    These cookies look sinful! Absolutely gorgeous!

  42. Oh my. Anything with macadamia nuts is enough to make me drool.

  43. Katie says:

    Summer Fridays do sound incredibly important to productivity. Perhaps if you brought these cookies to work, that would help convince your boss? These would convince me to give you time off.

  44. MM says:

    These made huge blips on my radar when I saw them in Joy’s book. They combine two of my favorite sweets. Love a fudgy cookie. (Of course, I love crispy cookies too.) Great pictures!

  45. Christine says:

    Your boss is no fun! Central Park seems like a really good idea.
    This recipe has everything I love in it! Must make it.
    You know, for living in LA, instant espresso is hard to find. Just called 4 stores, nothing 🙁

  46. oh I spotted those and SO wanted to amke them, but really my arse can’t take !! such a fun spotlight!!

  47. Julie says:

    You’re killing me with these delicious cookies this week.

    Second date? Do tell…..

  48. Maureen says:

    I have a ladies’ gathering this week and I think they’ll love these!

  49. Candace says:

    These should definitely be illegal.! Love.

  50. OK you just tortured me with these cookies….
    I am on juice cleanse for 2 days and this is so killing me now…

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    Wow those sound amazing – and very very temping – your room mate probably needed another cookie to get over the guilt 🙂

  52. That Girl says:

    I’ve seriously been dying for brownies lately. These don’t help.

  53. Barbara says:

    Ummmmm? Your photos today? Truly a crime. So glad I’m not living next door to you today. 🙂 Who could resist? And I don’t even like chocolate!

  54. These look fantastic – very cool brownie/cookie combo! I’m going to put these into my goodie rotation. Thanks!

  55. What a great top photo. I’m not a “sweet” fan, but I do adore brownies. Love this recipe.

  56. Sounds decadent. And reminds me why I work for myself! 🙂

  57. Margarita says:

    Gotta get my hands on that cookbook. This looks absolutely crazy delicious!

  58. Nina says:

    Wow…each picture is a treat to the eyes. Looks and sounds yummmy:)

  59. I’ve been following the Joy the Baker series and if there’s one thing I know, I have to get my hands on this cookbook! Your Chocolate Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts (just typing that makes my mouth water!) look amazing. I’m away from home at the moment but when I get back to my kitchen these are definitely in the top five on my list of things to make! If you have time, I’d love it if you would share this post at the Gallery of Favorites hop I co-host on the weekends – it’s up on my site now.

  60. Danielle says:

    you had me at “fudgey and chewey”

  61. Oh holy moly these look good! That Joy the Baker, she does it again! Seriously need to get her book 🙂

  62. Oh my gosh, those look good (double exlamation point).

  63. Lori says:

    As if I wasn’t already dreaming of cookies with those boxes of Girl Scout thingies floating around! These look amazing! And no whoopie pie, but cookies, eh? What a mystery, that roommate of yours.

  64. kyleen says:

    Nice to know your roomie is human. (In case you’re reading this, roommate of Joanne, I totally don’t mean any offense D:) These cookies look so unbelievably chewy. I need to make them!

  65. I can completely understand why you like this cookbook!! These look incredible!

  66. Hotly Spiced says:

    What incredible looking cookies. So glossy! I bet they are really chewy and would be full of little chocolate chunks. Great images!

  67. Raina says:

    These look soooo good! They would cure my chocolate craving for sure. I really want to get that cookbook:)

  68. Norma Chang says:

    Some of my favorite foods in one cookie, cannot get any better.

  69. Megan says:

    I love fudge cookies and macadamia nuts. Adding this to the to-bake list immediately!

  70. Your cookies look so tempting! I’m definitely going to try it even though it adds extra kgs to my weight. 😉

  71. Nicole, RD says:

    She never ate the whoopie pie!? Can I be your roommate? I’m not a serial killer and I would inhale everything you made…and then go running with you, obviously.

  72. Aw… hell. I was just starting to look good naked again.

  73. These brownie cookies look spectacular! And the photos are gorgeous.

  74. Ben says:

    OMG! Why do I always visit your blog when I’m hungry? OK, there was something wrong with my feed reader and I wasn’t getting your new posts. Fixed it! Now I’ll be back more often…

  75. Sippity Sup says:

    ThEse cookies bring me “joy” GREG

  76. Oh delicious!!! Cant wait to hear about the date 🙂 and a big happy bday to your sis :D!!
    Ooh and if you have some layered dessert, you should totally join the hop xo

  77. Elizabeth says:

    Oh good god I want one right now.

  78. These look seriously good!

  79. Reeni says:

    I can’t believe she didn’t eat the whoopie pie! (Lucky you!) These cookies are exactly what I’m craving right now! Chocolicious.

  80. teresa says:

    i don’t know what would be worse, a roommate who doesn’t eat sweets, or a roommate that does! either way, it’s good that you still make them. these cookies look insanely good. i love the roasted macadamia nuts, delicious!

  81. My ears perk up when I hear ‘white chocolate macadamia nut.’ And, chewy and fudgy too–all in one place. Perfect!

  82. Katie Mar says:

    oh YUM these look like subways… only chocolate… and better! mmm

  83. Hannah says:

    Fudgy puddles of baked heaven? Yes, please. These look so good, and aside from all the chocolate, the macadamia nuts are really just the height of dessert decadence.

  84. “you’re going to hate me” ugh…. i need more chocolate for that. thank you!

  85. elly says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a brownie cookie forever, but still haven’t. I definitely need a kick in the rear, and these will do the trick. Love the white chocolate chips in them. Yum.

  86. Christina says:

    These cookies look incredibly delicious. Brownies are great, but cookies are even more portable.

    Have fun icing all those cupcakes!

  87. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh…these cookies are chocolaty and yum looking..nom..nom..

  88. Oh my these cookie look so good. Another darn recipe that I will have to make from this book and slap directly on my thighs. 😉

  89. Katerina says:

    Wow, these cookies would certainly make my day while working on projects I do not really enjoy!

  90. daphne says:

    I like the recipe already because it consisted of mainly chocolate!! Love that there is no beater in place as well. I can taste the fudgey brownie cookie already! bookmarked! ps good luck on your date!

  91. Why is it that sweets and the like always disappear then reappear in your lovely home? Hmmmm?

  92. Chaya says:

    These look fantastic. What is it about a good cookie that makes it irresistible?
    Come over and see my new great grandchild?

  93. Erica says:

    I want to try those cookies….they look delicious….actually everything from the book looks delicious….Glad to be part of this event with you!!!

  94. grace says:

    white chocolate chips are something that suck me in immediately, and macadamia nuts are growing on me too. not literally, of course, but that might be fun. 🙂

  95. Natalie says:

    made these over the weekend, my first recipe out of her cookbook (next up: carrot cake). they were delish, as expected!

  96. I love the white version of these cookies, what a neat idea to use a chocolate base! I’ve enjoyed all the recipes through this highlight and am glad you participated!

  97. Carolyn Jung says:

    I can tell by the great photos that these cookies are ooey-gooey — the perfect texture that no one can resist. 😉

  98. Heavenly! The pictures have me drooling =D

  99. Honey says:

    just baked these babies… can’t wait to see how they turned out. i used 2 tbsp of butter and 1/2 brown and white sugar, and whole wheat pastry flour.. here is to hoping. 🙂

  100. Pam says:

    I. WANT. THOSE. COOKIES. NOW. Please? They look decadent, rich, and so delicious. Why oh why can’t you live next door to me?

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  103. Kelli says:

    Can I substitute the espresso powder for something else??

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