Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

You know those chocolate macadamia nut cookies you get at the grocery store? These are a gazillion times better!

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies - this is the BEST chocolate cookie recipe!

You guys, I have a problem. A coffee problem.

A long time ago I decided that I wouldn’t be a regular visitor to the coffee shop. An occasional latte? Sure. But it was ridiculous to go there every day when I could make my own for cheaper. That worked for a few years. And then I fell off the wagon. Hard.

For the last several months I’ve had a several-times-per-week coffee shop habit. Now that Jordan’s out of school she’s accompanying me on all my errands (really, the highlight of summer is listening to kids whine through the grocery store, is it not?) so my $2.50 coffee turns into a $5/trip expense. That’s not even including the cookies she begs me for.

If I could stop the cycle I could probably pay for my kitchen remodel with coffee savings. Luckily, I’ve been reminded how much I love iced coffee at home, thanks to International Delight.

International Delight Iced Coffee Mocha Light

I used to buy the International Delight Iced Mocha Light cartons all the time. They taste just like an iced mocha, but there’s only 90 calories per cup. That’s way less than anything you’ll buy at the coffee shop…and it’s much cheaper too.

Plus, by drinking the light iced coffee, I feel like it leaves room for cookies. #priorities

The BEST Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie recipe!

For some reason I have no control when it comes to buying cookies at the store. Jordan begs, I say yes. The problem? None of them taste as good as homemade. Especially the chocolate macadamia nut ones. Those get me every single time because I love macadamia nuts so much. They’re my favorite!

(Watch out Hawaii. I’m going to buy allthemacadamianuts while we’re there!)

To recreate my coffee shop combo without the price tag, I decided to make my own double chocolate macadamia nut cookies and pair them with the International Delight Iced Mocha Light. I think I did a pretty good job, especially since I could not stop eating these cookies.

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Let’s break down the cookies, okay? They are rich and super chocolatey. The cookie base is my absolute favorite chocolate cookie. It’s the same one I used to make my Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos. I had kind of forgotten about this recipe until I decided to make this cookie and I can tell you for a fact it’s my go-to chocolate cookie recipe now!

The deep dark chocolate of the cookie is made by using dark chocolate cocoa powder. This is different than the regular unsweetened cocoa you normally use. It’s still unsweetened but it’s super dark. Most grocery stores sell it and you can find it alongside the normal cocoa powder. If you can’t find it, just use regular unsweetened.

The best part about this cookie dough is that it requires NO chilling but it still produces a soft gooey cookie with the expected cookie exterior. It’s like magic!

My favorite Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with the BEST chocolate cookie dough!

I filled the cookie with two kinds of chocolate chips: semi-sweet and white. You can use any combination of chocolate chips you want. Dark or bittersweet chocolate chips would be perfect in these too!

You can’t forget the macadamia nuts. They make the cookie, IMO. I know macadamia nuts are expensive but they’re so worth it. I like to buy mine at Trader Joe’s in a huge package…and then I try not to eat them all by the handful.

Pair these at-home cookies with an at-home iced coffee and take a few minutes to relax…as much as summer lets you, that is. And if you’re curious, check out how much money you’ll save by not buying coffee at the coffee shop. I could save $15 a month and that’s not including Jordan’s hot chocolate or all the baked goods I pay for.

With that money, I’m going to buy more cookie ingredients and make ALL THE COOKIES.

The BEST Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

What would you do with your savings?

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Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

My favorite chocolate cookie! Dark chocolate cocoa filled cookies made with two kinds of chocolate chips and macadamia nuts!


  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s Special Dark unsweetened cocoa powder (you can use regular unsweetened but they won’t be as dark as shown)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars. Mix in egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in both chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the cookie sheets, 3 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes until they just lose their glossy sheen. Err on the side of underdone for these cookies; they taste better that way. Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing.

  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.


  • You can use regular unsweetened cocoa powder if you can't find the dark.

  • Make them 1 tablespoon size for double the cookies, but they will have a shorter baking time.

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  1. It’s such an easy trap to fall into, heading into Starbucks. It smells nice and it’s quiet, and there are people there who make things for you. I want to hug people who make me delicious drinks.
    But yeah, it gets expensive, especially when the kids are along begging for the cake pops. I love the cake pops. But those things are kid crack.
    These cookies look SO thick and amazing! Your homemade cookie and coffee break, gotta say, is better than a store one. Jordan is one lucky girl!

  2. Dorothy – Luckily I work at Starbucks parttime, so my coffee habit is fueled on the daily. The other perk is that I get free drinks when I’m on the clock. Not too shabby. These cookies are insane. I need about 15 of them. I love chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips. They’re such a treat. If you ever visit the east coast, stop by my Starbucks and I’ll hook you and Jordan up with some discounts! 😀

  3. I agree, those grocery store cookies always taste flat, never worth it.  But these, wow, these are a thing of beauty. I could definitely relax with a few (doezen) of these!

  4. I’m a coffee addict too and I’ve got to start making it at home more! These cookies look fantastic, Dorothy! Way better than store bought. Pinned!

  5. Agreed – those grocery store cookies never taste that good. It’s because they have to add all those funky ingredients to keep them shelf-stable. Homemade is always the best!

  6. They look so juicy and fudgy! I can see why this is your go-to chocolate cookie base. Love it when we remember these forgotten treasures 🙂 I’d eat half the batch in a day!

  7. These cookies are my weakness, thank you thank you thank you!!

  8. I think I just met my new favorite cookie! I have a major weakness for macadamia nuts, but I’ve actually never had chocolate macadamia nut cookies (only white chocolate chip ones). These look phenomenal!

  9. These look so fudgy and melty and amazing! They do sound like they’d be the perfect treat to enjoy with coffee — can’t wait to make them! : ) 

  10. Seriously why must I be allergic to tree nuts?  Ugh!  These looks fantastic!

  11. I feel this post SO much. Coffee shops are my kryptonite and $3 runs can become pretty hard on my good ole wallet. This iced coffee and macadamia nut cookie combo looks beyond amazing. Chocolate and macadamia’s are ridiculously good. I cannot be trusted. Good thing they’re homemade, right??

  12. Ahhh, coffee shops are seriously my weakness; a hot chocolate or a mocha can cost £3 and if I buy some fruit, we’re looking at £5 for a small snack! I love macadamia nuts so much and these cookies, as they require no-chilling, means almost instant cookies!  

  13. I’ve finally broken my Starbucks habit (for now) because my drink of choice is a latte and I’m not drinking milk right now because of nursing. Except sometimes I grab an iced green tea, so I guess I’m not totally Starbucks-free! These cookies look so rich and chocolatey! Must. Make. Soon!

  14. These look soooo much better than store bought! They look so thick and fudgy, my kind of chocolate cookie! I guess maybe there are perks to living in the middle of nowhere, it forces me to make it homemade. Or maybe it’s not!

  15. it is totally impossible to stick to a grocery budget when shopping with the kids, but I’d never be able to say not to a stack of these cookies

  16. Frappuccinos are my weakness. Strawberry ones. These cookies might be my new one though. They look so yummy! 

  17. Love how chocolaty these cookies look, and I also like the iced coffee from international delights, can’t wait to give this recipe a try, these cookies just look too good to bypass.

  18. Hi Dorothy! I’ve given up coffee for Lent this spring and I’m happy to say I’ve broken my Starbucks addiction! I never thought I would be able to. BTW loving macadamias but never had them in chocolate cookies before!

  19. Wow, these look great. I wish I lived closer…oh wait, maybe that would be a bad thing!!! 🙂

  20. mmmmmmmmmmmmm oh my. These look to die for! Too bad I don’t have AC and its too hot to turn the oven on. Maybe at 3 a.m. ?

  21. I guess I’m in the minority here. I consider Starbucks my treat and well deserved and earned. I don’t get the fancy drinks that raise the cost but I do go for espresso over a brewed cup. It’s a better alternative to sugary sodas or gallons of sweet tea my family loves to drink. I can find other ways to cut costs…like making my own cake mixes or cookie mixes that sell for $2 apiece and buy myself a coffee with the savings. Or skip the movie theater. I hear you need to take out a loan to go to a movie these days and eat or drink anything. But these cookies totally rock. Some folks might find it amusing I like my Starbucks so much I bake them cookies for their treat. That’s my vice instead of the cost of the coffee…and I’m not giving up my vice!!  Thanks for the great recipe.  I’ll let you know if my SB stores…two…like them with that coffee they get free.  LOL

  22. When I used to take Polynesian dance lessons people in the class were always coming back from Hawaii with chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to share.  These cookies look better than that! I can’t wait to make them; they look incredible! Have a great time on your vacation  

  23. These look crazy fantastic! Macadamia nuts for the win!! Have fun in Hawaii!

  24. I kinda love the fact that you have a coffee addiction….it really seals the deal for me! Lol. And these cookies…..YUM! Definitely treat yourself to lots of macadamia nuts in Hawaii!

  25. I saw macadamias on sale this week.. I should try making these cookies!

  26. Those look like the perfect cookies!

  27. The “double chocolate” in the title got me sold right away! These cookies are so thick and fudgy! LOVE! 

  28. I have definitely been stopping at Starbucks a little too often lately.  My wallet and my waistline are hurting for it.  These cookies are absolutely amazing!  Love the rich dark chocolate paired with the nuts and chips!

  29. If you don’t drink coffee, can you still eat 10…er…I mean, 2? I’m asking for a friend. 

  30. Oh my gosh, these look incredible!  Have a great vacation!

  31. ooh these look yummy. I love soft gooey cookies and double the chocolate the better!

    I’m a big coffee addict too. It’s hard to stay away from coffee shops. I remember, there was one time I spent $50 at Starbucks in one week, crazy! but, now i’m a happy camper with my Keurig at home and on occasion will splurge on the coffee shops 🙂

  32. I’m obsessed with Starbucks, but I’m a tea drinker, so luckily my drinks are under $2 a pop 🙂 Love these cookies! Macadamia nuts are the best…. pinning!

  33. These look amazing! Every year at christmas the girls in my family do a whole day of cookie baking. I am always on the search for new cookies. I never make the same ones!! These are going on my pinterest “cookie day” board, although I fear I will be trying them before Christmas! 

  34. Look so yummy!!!! Will try it.

  35. Chocolate cookies always scared me. I was never sure if they are finished baking since you can`t tell by browning. But my baking teacher says put a sliver almond on the pan and once it`s brown the cookies are done. I still haven`t tried it yet but these cookies are really making me want to.

  36. NOTHING beats a homemade cookies! These will certainly do for me!!

  37. Oh man my Starbucks runs have started increasing as well. It’s getting bad! This at home version sounds great! I had no idea you could even buy your own premixed iced coffee…this must be found! These cookies look pretty amazing too. Who doesn’t love macadamia nuts? 🙂

  38. Don’t worry. We’re practically drowning in mac nuts out here. They have their own section at the grocery store. Unfortunately, they’re not any cheaper. These cookies sound amazing!

  39. Just made these but didn’t have macadamia nuts on hand, so I did half white chocolate chips and half milk chocolate! Turned out delicious. Very soft and chewy! Thanks for sharing!

  40. I just made my first batch of these cookies.  I used regular cocoa powder but semi sweet chocolate chips along with the white chips and nuts.  Let me just say that these cookies and a good cup of coffee are a perfect match!  The salty crunch of the macadamia nuts are a wonderful surprise when you take a bite.  The blend of chocolate and white chocolate chips balance the sweetness. Thanks, Dorothy, for a wonderful recipe!

  41. These cookies look so gooey and delicious! I recently picked up baking and have been wanting to make a toffee-chocolate macadamia mash up cookie. Thanks for the pictures and the sweetness tips, I’ll consider them when I try and bake the best cookie ever!

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