White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lemon Cookies


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Thin, crisp, lemony cookies, slightly tart from plenty of lemon zest, sweetened with white chocolate chips and loaded with macadamia nuts; these cookies were the surprise hit of our camping trip this summer.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lemon Cookies recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Everyone in the family kept coming back for just one more. Despite their thin and delicate appearance, these cookies transported well. They were just as nice on days three and four as on the day I made them.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Lemon Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 36


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • cups all-purpose flour*
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup macadamia nuts
  • cup white chocolate chips

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • cup potato starch


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Combine the butter and the sugars in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat again until fluffy. Stir together the dry ingredients and slowly add to the wet mixture. Stirring or mixing until combined. Mix in the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 1″ balls of cookie dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, until slightly puffy and barely golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the trays for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!


Calories: 102kcal · Carbohydrates: 12g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 2g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 12mg · Sodium: 50mg · Potassium: 34mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 8g · Vitamin A: 86IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 15mg · Iron: 1mg
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{Originally published 7/30/13 – recipe notes updated 7/12/22}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Tricia Buice says

    Oh I love lemon and lemon cookies with nuts and white chocolate – wonderful! All your recipes are wonderful – I've never tried anything I didn't love. Keep up the great work dear friend!