Lime-Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

CATEGORIES: Cookies, Sara, Tropical

Kate and I are in sunny Orlando right now, so I thought a little taste of the tropics would be appropriate today!  White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of my favorites and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect recipe for a long time now.  I recently saw a photo on our friend Tessa’s blog that caught my eye; they looked so amazing.  I was about to make them, but the moment I saw the recipe I realized that I already knew it.  In fact I had it memorized- it was the dough from my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies (duh, why didn’t I start there a long time ago?!)  So I started out planning to just toss in some white chips and macadamia nuts but decided to take it a different direction when I saw the limes on my counter.  And now?  I might have a new favorite cookie.

Let’s bake.

One of the things I love about these cookies is that you don’t have to worry about softening butter, just nuke it!  But make sure you don’t rush things and stir it in hot- if you do, your dough will be really soft and you’ll wonder what’s wrong, and then you’ll think it needs more flour, so you’ll add some, and then you’ll complain my recipe sucks, and I’ll tell you it doesn’t and it’s actually your fault and then we’ll have to bake each other cookies to make up.  You get the picture, right?  Cool the butter down.

Combine some brown and white sugars

and then pour in your melted butter and stir it up.  Nice and gooey…make sure to at least stick your finger in there once.  Twice if no one is looking.

Add one whole egg and one egg yolk plus a giant splash of vanilla.

And after those are mixed in, stir in the dry ingredients.

Now come the secret ingredients- first, macadamia nuts.  I toast them to bring out the flavor and enhance the texture.  Just pop them in the oven you’ve already preheated and let them cook until they’re golden brown.  You can see toasted nuts below on the left, and untoasted on the right:

Generally I just toss coconut in my cookies, but I decided since I was already toasting, may as well toast the coconut.  You can do it either way; I think un-toasted adds a little more chew, and toasted adds texture.

And then finally, some fresh lime zest.  I happen to looooove lime zest so I put quite a bit in.  Feel free to play around with that, but at least add a nice big tablespoon or you won’t taste much of it.  I used at least 1 1/2 tablespoons.

Toss all that fun stuff in the dough along with some white chocolate chips.

Scoop the dough balls onto parchment lined cookie sheets and pop them in the oven.

Make sure you keep an eye on these cookies so you don’t overbake them.  The edges should be set, and the centers puffed up, but the middles should look a little undercooked still.  Let them cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Funny- I just noticed I used a zested lime in my photo.  You’d think I would have noticed that.  I was probably too busy trying not to eat the cookies I was supposed to be photographing.

Anyway… you get creamy chocolate, buttery macadamia nuts, sweet and tangy citrus, and a little crunchy coconut chew- all in one bite.  They’re divine.

Enjoy a little piece of heaven.






  1. Holy cow! I love you!! I have been eating a tub of fundraiser white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie dough for the past couple days. When it finally runs out, I can instead make these yummilicious things!!! Yeah!!!

  2. I am so excited about these! I will for sure be making these this weekend. I love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and I’ve tried to make them on several occasions, but the recipes never have quite the right flavor I’m looking for. You two always seem to have just what I’m looking for! You guys are the best! Enjoy Orlando 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to make these. These are my ABSOLUTE favorite cookie-and the bonus–my kids don’t like macadamia nuts. I will definetly have to hide these from myself. Thanks so much!!

  4. I love the tropical twist to an already delicious cookie. The creativity of the two of you never ceases to amaze me. I may have discovered your cookbook before my daughter, Vendy, but I’m so glad she told me about your wonderful place here!

  5. Alejandro Ispani, 12 tablespoons of butter is one and a half sticks or 3/4 cup. Hope that helps.

  6. Do you have a tutorial or instructions on how to toast coconut? I’ve never done it before but I agree, it seems like it would add so much to the cookies!!

  7. Wow, these look amazing. How ingenious you are! I have to limit myself to baking only once a week (usually on the weekend) because I will eat way too much of whatever I make. These may very well be this weekend’s treat. Thanks!

  8. Just had to let you gals know how much I love your blog! I hadn’t stumbled across it until my mother-in-law gave me your cookbook for Christmas. I can honestly say that I haven’t made anything that I didn’t find there or on the site since January. Teeny-bit obsessed. Cookies with lime-zest? Wouldn’t have tried it if I didn’t know you can be trusted. But of course they were delicious. 🙂

  9. I just used coconut oil for the first time last time I made chocolate chip cookies, I bet it would be great here too subbed for the butter or part of the butter. Keeps the cookies nice and chewy even after they cool.

  10. These sound so good – I just wish I was a bigger fan of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Maybe if I chopped up the nuts…. And it’s not even that I don’t like macadamia nuts! The combination has just never been a favorite. I’ll have to think about a little tweak because the fresh lime zest and toasted coconut in it sounds divine! Have fun in Florida! 🙂

  11. I am usually not a white chocolate/macadamia nut kind of girl, but for some reason this recipe has haunted me all morning! I finally broke down and went to the store to buy ingredients, which is SO not me to be such an impulse baker. Anyway, I am cooking them right now, and between the toasted macadamias, toasted coconut, and lime zest my house smells A.MAZ.ING! I can’t wait to try these! Anyway, thanks for a delicious recipe!

  12. These look delicious – I am most definitely giving these a try this weekend! Spring is just beginning to arrive here and what better way to celebrate than white chocolate, coconut and lime?? (I can’t believe I just said that…me being a die-hard dark chocolate girl and all. An Easter miracle perhaps?) 🙂

  13. Welcome to Orlando. In the 80s here. Enjoy your time. I’ll be baking your cookies while you’re being a tourist!

  14. My new sunday cookie recipe this week! YAY!! Can’t wait to see you saturday morning at Time Out For Women!!!

  15. Oh, no! It’s 87 degrees here in San Diego; too hot to be baking. You’re killing me! I will be trying these when it cools down a little!

  16. Guess what song is bouncing around in my head now?
    “She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
    She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up…”

    Perhaps this cookie could relieve her belly ache. Ah, you’re probably too young to even know this song.
    Have a great time with your presentation tomorrow! You’ll do grrrrreat!

  17. Haha! The post above about the Lime in the Coconut song… I haven’t heard that in years. I youtubed it and played it while I mixed up a batch on this warm spring day. So much fun! And they are delicious, Sara! I have always loved cooking, but this blog has taken me to new levels. Thank you!

  18. How did you know I was looking for a cookie recipe to use with the coconut flakes in my fridge, and that I had just bought limes…?! Our Best Bites, sometimes you scare me 😉

  19. I love my daughters lime coconut hand lotion and wish I could lick my hands and taste it. I’m pretty sure these will taste a whole lot better!! Thanks! 🙂

  20. I love your writing style! (your recipes too, of course) but I think you have a great sense of humor! Looking forward to making these cookies soon! 🙂

  21. Just made these and they’re delicious! I actually squeezed lime juice into the liquids portion and it really brings out the lime flavour. very happy!

  22. I’ve been making a version of these starting with a Bisquick base, so I’ll have to try your base instead because I’ve been wanting to not have to use Bisquick. They are my absolute favorite cookie, especially for Spring and Summer and I’ve got my whole family hooked too. I’ve never had someone not LOVE them. 🙂

  23. Hey, this was my first attempt at trying my hand at baking and I think I chose the correct recipe to begin with. The cookies turned out quite nice. Thank you for sharing an amazing recipe. Looking forward to many more such yummy recipes 🙂

  24. Don’t hate me because I just got back from Maui. I packed with me the rest of the bag of Mac nuts we didn’t eat on our bananna mac nut pancakes. This will be the PERFECT way to enjoy the rest of the bag. Hawaii in the winter is FABULOUS in case you were wondering.

  25. I am so tempted to try this and even picked up a lime ready but i keep thinking ‘What if i don’t like them’ i love citrus and have the white choc chips although i don’t have macadamia nuts and have no idea if i like them but i do have some mixed chopped nuts, will that work the same? Shall i leave the nuts out or will that spoil it???? Oh decision decisions????

    1. I can only guarantee their deliciousness if you make them as the recipe states, and if you actually like all of the ingredients involved! So you’ll just have to try them out and see I guess 🙂

  26. Just made these and they are SCRUMPTIOUS!!!! My family is loving that I’m hooked on your recipes, not to mention my husband’s Sunday school class! Thanks for the amazingness 🙂

  27. Made these today! Wow! White chocolate Macadamia nut cookies have always been a favorite. The lime zest makes them AMAZING!!

  28. I am sooo excited to make these. Question, though… I looked at all three varieties of white chips at Wallyworld today and none of them had any cocoa butter in them. Are “Vanilla Flavored” chips going to work, or should I keep looking for something officially chocolate?

      1. Thanks for the Totally Awesome recipe!! My husband’s new favorite cookie. (He loves white chunk macadamia.) I froze some of the dough in cookie dough balls so we wouldn’t gain 5 pounds this week. Any adjustments on baking time/temp for those?

  29. I made these today. I had to taste the batter, you know, just as every good baker should. It made my knees wobble. Unfortunately, I had to wait for the cookies to cool down after they came out of the oven. I do believe the heavens opened up and angels started singing upon my first bite! WOW! Absolutely deeeeeelicioussss!!! My tummy was singing, my tongue was dancing, and then everyone came home and I had to compose myself.

    Thank you ladies for another wonderful, wonderful recipe.

  30. When I made these, the cookies flattened out too much and looked like one cookie on the pan. What did I do wrong?

  31. I made these cookies today. I think I’m addicted. They are perfect–chewy, buttery, crunchy, sweet, tangy. Thank you so much for the inspiration. 🙂

  32. Okay Sara…you did it again! Not that I’m surprised at all, but YUMMY! Thank you for making my house smell good and making my tummy happy. 🙂

  33. My husband is a white chocolate guy but could I divide the batter and use chocolate chunk chips instead of white? I know chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts are good but not sure about the lime with the semi-sweet chocolate. Have you tried it? I love lime and coconut!!!!

  34. 325 degrees did not work for me. I had to increase the temp to 375. Anyone else have this problem. My oven seems to be just fine with every other recipe I make.

  35. How many cookies does one batch make? I made these a few years ago for my sister’s baby shower and they were YUM! Now we are doing a Luau family reunion and I am trying to figure out how many batches I need to make. 🙂

    1. Umm, good question, I honestly don’t remember, haha. Sorry! I’m thinking at least 3 dozen or so.

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