I’ve come to the conclusion that if I just had five extra baking pans….I could totally get behind the art of cookie baking.

As it is, though…I find scooping to be tedious and underbaking to the perfect amount of chewiness to be stressful and being forced to use my pizza pan as a cookie sheet to be…confusing.

Confusion when you’re baking is ominous.  Avoid it.


The only part I majorly enjoy is the five to ten times where I totally miss the cookie sheet and accidentally scoop cookie dough into my mouth.

Oops! How did that get there?


Accidents happen.

(Like my baby sister for example…)

Especially when you’re confused about what exactly constitutes a cookie sheet and what doesn’t.

Sometimes, your oral cavity just seems like the best possible baking platform in your apartment.  Especially when you’ve used up both of your cookie sheets and your pizza pan and it’s almost midnight and you still seem to have at least two dozen cookie’s worth of dough in your stand mixer.

And then you wonder why you end up waking up the next morning with a cookie dough hangover.  Weird.


I do have to say, though, that these cookies are worth even the most dangerous of forays into cookie making territory.

They have everything the classic white chocolate mac nut cookie has to offer.  And so much more.  The dark chocolate chips add a nice sultry note to the super sweet white chocolate, while the coconut ensures that you’ll get that perfect chewy texture every time.

The coworkers went crazy over these and may or may not have eaten them by the fistful.  Given how much taste testing I did in the quiet and comfort of my own home…I can’t say I blame them.


White and Dark Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies
Makes a bit more than 3 dozen, adapted from Two Peas and their Pod’s eCookbook – Cookie Cravings


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups salted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and two sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Add in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just incorporated.  Stir in the coconut, white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and dark chocolate chips.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop or a tbsp, drop the dough onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie edges are slightly crisp and brown.  Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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93 Responses to White and Dark Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Cookies

  1. I always love your dinner-ish recipes, but honestly, I look forward to your dessert recipes even more! These cookies look just perfect. You cannot go wrong with this combo of mix-ins! White and dark chocolate, coconut, and macadamia nuts?! 🙂

  2. Julia says:

    “like my baby sister” hahahahaaaaaa.
    I have cookie cravings and can not, for the life of me, pick which recipe to try first. Trail mix cookies keep sticking out, but now these ones are SCREAMING my name!!!!!

  3. OohLookBel says:

    Your cookies have a certain ruggedness that I love. I was going to make my standard white choc mac cookies this weekend but am very tempted to give your
    lovely version a try instead.

  4. london bakes says:

    I know exactly how you feel, sometimes I get so bored of scooping cookie dough and I completely run out of places to put baking trays and cooked cookies and it all seems just too much. But then I eat a warm cookie and it all seems worthwhile. Love the addition of coconut to these cookies and the double chocolate hit. Perfect.

  5. Cookie dough often jumps into my mouth too…it’s a strange monster. I’m lucky to have too many pans, so they are always wanting more cookies…and now I want cookies. Awesome.

  6. LOL you would go crazy if you were me right now, I can’t even count how many cookies I’ve made in the last few weeks! The other day I accidentally knocked a huge scoop of cookie dough into the trash and almost cried but laughed instead.

  7. patsy says:

    That’s why I have 2 super big cookie sheets plus a few smaller ones… I love cookies but hate having to wait for a cookie sheet to cool down enough for the next batch to go on it. They look fabulous… no wonder there was a lot of taste testing going on!

  8. Maria says:

    Glad you liked the cookies! I’ve made them with dark chocolate too! SO good! Happy Friday!

  9. Those look like the perfect cookie, 2 kinds of chocolate and macadamia’s. I’d need at least 2 or three with a cold glass of milk. That would be really perfect.

  10. Faith says:

    Your baby sister — too funny! 😉 There is no way I’d be able to resist the dough for these beauties…looks delicious!

  11. brocstar says:

    The cookies I make most often have the most spectacular dough ever. The cookies themselves aren’t even that great.. I make them all the time specifically for the dough. I’m pretty sure at least half of the peanut butter that enters my house enters a batch of that dough!

  12. marla says:

    Totally pinned, these cookies look AMAZING!!

  13. My favorite part of making cookies the cookie dough! I don’t care about raw eggs, I see people put them in there smoothies, so I am all for dipping fingers in the bowl, while you wait for your cookies to bake! Your cookies look and sound amazing. I thhink I am going to make them this weekend and than freeze them. I have no self control what so ever when there’s cookies with choclate and coconut.

  14. Erica says:

    You should just freeze the remaining dough! I guess then your coworkers wouldn’t be able to eat them by the fistful… But seriously, cookie dough freezes well 🙂

  15. Mary says:

    Oh, my goodness, this is the most tempting cookie recipe I’ve seen all week! I’m loving every single ingredient here and now have plans to makes these asap. I need to take cookies somewhere on Tuesday, so these are it. Thanks!

  16. When you have alcohol hangover having at least a drink fixes it. I wonder if the same principle works for cookie hangovers. Have you tried?

  17. Amy says:

    Your sister. Bwahahahahaha. I’ll take 2 dozen of these please. The macadamia nut is so under-utilized. And I’ve decided I don’t need more baking sheets…I need an extra oven.

  18. Gloria says:

    what can I say??? amazing cookies, lok wonderful!

  19. Cathleen says:

    Haha, usually half of my cookie dough also ends up scooped in my mouth too.
    These look mouthwatering!

  20. I had white chocolate and dark chocolate together last night too! And by that I mean handfuls of white chocolate chips, then dark chocolate chips, then white chocolate chips again… These look soooo perfect!

  21. Danielle says:

    I have that same problem – I always miss the pan and a few land in my mouth. Must be a coordination issue.

  22. Karen says:

    You’re totally going to hear from your sister. Ha! I don’t like to make cookies just for that reason – it seems like you’re never done!

  23. Loveforfood says:

    I am drooling over your site!

  24. Jenna says:

    This post just supports my continued jealousy of your coworkers. Why can’t I have a coworker named Joanne in my life that brings baked goods all the time??

  25. Lynn says:

    My baby sister was an accident, too. 🙂 Love the looks of those cookies. I think cookies are something you have a knack for or not. I definitely don’t, but I sure like trying others’ efforts.

  26. Pam says:

    Bookmarked! Need I say more?

  27. Laura says:

    Now this looks like the perfect treat for Friday the 13th! Chocolate always means good luck, right?!

  28. I enjoyed the post Joanne! 😀
    Your cookies have a nice natural texture, exaclty what I am looking for in a cookie. Reminds me of a warm home.

  29. Hey Joanne, been awhile since I was able to stop by and visit. As always, simply stunning photos and delightful stories. BTW, my daughter got her navel pierced several years ago when she was 16. Of course got infected, ruined her for bikini season that year (which for me was a good thing for me). After that summer, she let the holes grow shut and never put it in again.

    But I digress… Are you running Boston this year? My favorite cousin-in-law is running for the first time. 3rd wave, but she made it and is thrilled!

    But I digress. Wanted to share a new find since you love the sweetest of potatoes… Sweet potato chips, spritzed with flavored artisanal vinegars… post to come shortly, but new batches made 4 days in a row!

    Take care, glad to see you are still finding time to maintain such high quality. Photos, recipes and writing skills… You are the best!

    Occasionally Year on the Grill
    But always

  30. Claudia says:

    This is a slippery slope you are taking me on – a cookie induced hangover is sounding very good (if they are these cookies).

  31. Katie says:

    Anything with dark chocolate in it HAS to be better than the white chocolate version, I think. I for one am still not convinced that white chocolate should even have the word chocolate in its name. These sound delightful.

  32. Shannon says:

    definitely a delicious cookie!! i love the oops, how did that get there? there was alot of that while making macarons this week 🙂

  33. JoJo says:

    These look wonderful!
    I am a cookie dough eater too.. Whenever I’m faced with making couple more cookies or just cleaning the bowl with my fingers… the latter happens, usually. Well always 😛

  34. Monet says:

    I love bringing in cookies for my coworkers. It makes them happy, and it allows me to enjoy a few myself. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend. You deserve days of laughter, eating, and friendship!

  35. Margarita says:

    Oh my… I want these cookies. It has been awhile since I made cookies. High time to get on that!

  36. So, I’ve had cookies with dark chocolate and coconut and cookies with white chocolate and macadamia nuts, and I really, really need to have some cookies with all of the above! And, there will definitely be some accidents of dough ending up in my mouth.

  37. Jenn Kendall says:

    so many amazing flavors going on here!! these sound fantastic!

  38. Geni says:

    Soooooooooo many good things in one little cookie. WOW!

  39. Beth says:

    Those cookies look amazing! (And nice dig at your sister….)

  40. There is something about macadamia nuts that is so fantastic with white chocolate – YUM!

  41. Eileen says:

    Those look amazing! I could definitely go for some coconut-chocolate-macadamia nut business right about now.

  42. While I don’t eat nuts, I most definitely DO eat chocolate! I like the white and dark in these — and the fact that you didn’t opt to pair macadamia with cranberries as so many people tend to do!

  43. My gosh, these are beauteous! I don’t know what it is about cookie dough, it is so magically delicious. I don’t think it’d be that delicious if we weren’t meant to eat it.

  44. Johanna GGG says:

    Oh I know that feeling of it being so late and there is still baking to be done – you really need a mouthful of cookie dough to get you through that situation (or 4 or 5) – these look fabulous – I esp love the addition of coconut which goes so well with chocolate

  45. Janvi says:

    Nice collection…Thanks for sharing with us…I really like it… Kitchen Labels

  46. If I only had one cookie sheet, I don’t know if I’d ever make cookies. As it is, I have three airbake ones, plus 4 regular! I like cookies. 🙂 And these look superb–I love the sound of the white chocolate, dark, and coconut!!! And you baked them to underbaked perfection.

  47. *slightly* underbaked perfection, that is. 🙂

  48. Cookie dough hangovers are the best! They’re so much better than the alcoholic ones where you can’t even see straight or hold down any type of food. Man am I glad I’m not in college anymore.

    Btw, these cookies are awesome! My most favorite cookie combination is white chocolate and macadamia but you just took it to a whole other level!

  49. Corina says:

    I haven’t made cookies for a long time and these look amazing. I’ll have to be making some again soon!

  50. That Girl says:

    I have a hard time with cookie timing.

  51. Oh Joanne, these look SO darn good!! I’ve been craving cookies lately but haven’t been able to settle on just what type I wanted. Now I know. These ones. Lots of these ones. 🙂

  52. grace says:

    this is certainly my kind of cookie. my only question? does little sister know? 🙂

  53. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Yum..yum..yummy cookies, Joanne!

  54. Hi Joanne,

    I wanted to let you know I gave the Versatile Blogger Award today, it’s on my blog! Have a wonderful weekend!!! – Jen

  55. Haha! I literally LOL’ed like 3 times, and then my husband wanted to know what was so funny. I started to explain, and then was like um, don’t worry about it 🙂 I don’t think accidental raw cookie dough consumption is something he can relate to! Awesome-looking cookies you got there. Nice job!

  56. Hannah says:

    No joke, these cookies look like absolute perfection, despite any struggles you may claim to have had making them. Macadamia nuts are about the ultimate indulgence to me, so I’m drooling over this decadent combination!

  57. Hotly Spiced says:

    White chocolate cookies – my favourite. I’m not surprised your co-workers loved them. I bet you’ll have your job there for a long time to come – they’d starve with out you! xx

  58. This cookie has everything I want yet I noticed I’ve never made one! I bookmarked and will try once I get home. I used to care less about macadamia but my love for white choco and macadamia grew for the past 5 years and now it’s my favorite! Adding coconut makes this cookie extra special! Arrhh can’t wait to try and eat this!!!

  59. Oh I thought that I was going to have to stop reading this post when I saw the picture of those cookies!! I am going to have to hold myself back from making these today or I would probably not share them and eat them all myself! Really they look beyond delicious.

  60. Mercedes says:

    These look so thick and chewy, just the way I like my cookies! Great flavor combination!

  61. Ah! Considering the source of this recipe, I have no doubt that I’d be eating them for breakfast. They look perfect. I don’t bake cookies often, purely for self-preservation. These are most tempting, as I adore white chocolate.

  62. Nina says:

    Oh yum yum…anything with macadamia nuts is sinful. Looks great:)

  63. Those look magical – I want 10. I mean 1. I mean 15..

  64. Kristen says:

    My husband loooooves white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. I never thought of adding dark chocolate or coconut, but it sounds pretty genius. I have the same problem with the cookie dough jumping out of the bowl into my mouth….weird. I’ve started making half batches every time I make cookies because I’m way too impatient with only two cookie sheets ;).

  65. Yeah, I would definitely just eat the batter. That’s the problem when I try to make cookies at home…

  66. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, Baking at midnight is very ambitious. But these cookies do look like they were worth the work! Have a wonderful weekend my dear! Blessings, your friend, Catherine xo

  67. Saguna says:

    Um, drool. Accidental inhalation of batter is the best kind of midnight snack. Or meal.

  68. Carolyn Jung says:

    Now, that’s a cookie chock-full of all kinds of goodness! I, myself, admit to accidental inhaling of chocolate chips whenever I bake cookies. 😉

  69. Reeni says:

    Having recently developed a love for cookies I can appreciate these! Packed to the hilt with so many different flavors – a cookie hangover is worth every bite!

  70. beti says:

    these cookies are my all time favorite! they are the best and yours turned out beautiful!

  71. I love these cookies. Dark chocolate, coconut, and macadamia nut sound wonderful together.

  72. Allison says:

    I am dreaming about one of these hot out of the oven and straight off the pizza pan.

  73. Barbara says:

    Dangerous cookie, Joanna. And with the coconut and macadamia additions, it goes off the charts. Wish there were some in my kitchen!

  74. Joanna, these cookies are decadent! No kidding…chocolates, macadamia and coconut..that’s a dangerous combo!

  75. Alana says:

    I love, love, LOVE the addition of shredded coconut in these. In fact I love everything you’ve incorporated in these cookies! Yummm.

  76. *thud*


    xo alison

  77. Dining Alone says:

    There is a strange gravitational force in my kitchen where the cookie dough ends up in my husband’s mouth, so I don’t bake much either. 😉 These do look delicious!

  78. Katerina says:

    I have to abstain from cookies due to diet reasons and you are not helping me at all Joanne! They look like the perfect reason for me to just break my diet just a little bit, just a tiny bit!

  79. sally says:

    Love macadamia nuts–especially in cookies!

  80. Make mine all chocolate chips and coconut and you’ve got a deal! Awesome cookies. Why did I never think of adding coconut?

  81. Miriam says:

    Love the cookies! Sorry about the cookie hangover *wink* :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  82. Megan says:

    This sounds like an awesome recipe! I make cookie baking even more tedious and time-consuming for myself because I usually insist on making mini cookies. I have to scoop cookie after cookie and bake sheet after sheet. And yes, they must be baked to chewy perfection!

  83. If you could only have seen my face when this recipe and that top pick popped up on my computer. Remember that scene in “The Goonies” when the kids get spat out of the water slides and finally get a gander at One-Eyed Willie’s underground pirate ship? Well…

  84. Elizabeth says:

    I absolutely love macadamia nut cookies!!

  85. Wonderful cookies! Macadamia nuts are so irresistible.



  86. Lora says:

    I love the addition of coconut to these – definitely dangerous batter to have around with the peril of never making it to finished cookies.

  87. Natalie says:

    Why have I never thought of adding dark chocolate to macadamia nut cookies? Sounds fantastic!

  88. daphne says:

    yum! I’m bookmarking this cookie recipe for sure- you know how much I love my cookies!

  89. Yes, you definitely need a good collection of cookie sheets. Now, after looking at yours, I have a cookie craving. Better get out my cookie sheets….

  90. I’m a cookie monster anyway, but cookies with coconut and chocolate? I’m doomed. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  91. Deborah says:

    That tricky dough… always sneaking into your mouth. Love it – and I love these cookies!

  92. Aaron says:

    Loved this recipe, and will add it to my “Best macadamia Nut Recipes” blog over at Squidoo! I Used fresh Hawaii macadamia nuts for this recipe. I get mine from In my opinion, Hawaii produces the best Mac Nuts!

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