White Chocolate, Tart Cherry, Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate, Tart Cherry, Macadamia Nut Cookies

Anne makes these cookies each holiday season, and they've gained quite the following. Among those in love with these cookies is Anne's personal trainer--a five foot nothing package of fierce. Seems everyone has their vice! It's understandable…these cookies are a great balance of sweet, tart and rich. Each bite delivers salty, roasted macadamias with tart-sweet cherries alongside smooth, buttery white chocolate. Such a decadent combo. And they make a lovely presentation…great for gift giving!

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Adapted from Epicurious.com


2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 sticks softened unsalted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Bourbon Vanilla Extract

2 large eggs

1cup tart dried cherries, roughly chopped

1 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips

1 cup chopped roasted, salted Macadamia nuts (the roasted and salted part is important)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Set aside. In a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugars, salt and Bourbon Vanilla Extract. Beat in the eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape the bowl. Beat in the dry ingredients a bit at a time, stopping to scrape the bowl. Stir in the cherries, white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown around the edges and firm in the center. 

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