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White Chocolate Macadamia Snickerdoodles

The best white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles made with rich brown butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. These white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies will be your new favorite take on traditional snickerdoodles! The perfect holiday cookie everyone will love.

Prep Time
1 hour 30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hour 40 mins

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It’s Day 3 of AK Cookie Week and this might just be our team’s favorite cookie of the entire week.

Yup, I said it.

These white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles are crispy on the outside, perfectly soft on the inside, and have melted white chocolate and buttery macadamia nuts in every bite. Did I mention they’re also made with rich, nutty brown butter? Uh huh honey.

Just like the traditional snickerdoodle cookies you know and love, the dough balls are rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before baking to cookie perfection. You seriously need these cookies in your life! Bring them to your cookie exchange this holiday season and watch everyone devour.

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white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles on parchment paper

Ingredients in these white chocolate macadamia nut snickerdoodles

These aren’t your average snickerdoodles, kids. We’re mixing in rich brown butter, lovely roasted macadamia nuts, bites of white chocolate and plenty of cinnamon sugar flavor. Here’s everything you need to make them:

  • Flour: you’ll need regular, all purpose flour to make these white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies.
  • Cream of tartar: don’t skip it! Read more about the magic of cream of tartar below and why it’s essential for good snickerdoodles.
  • Cinnamon: you’ll need plenty of cinnamon for the batter and for rolling the dough balls.
  • Sugar: we’re mixing in both white, granulated sugar and dark brown sugar in the dough, and you’ll need some more granulated sugar for rolling. Learn how to make your own brown sugar right at home with this tutorial!
  • Eggs: you’ll need one egg and one egg yolk.
  • Baking staples: baking soda, vanilla & salt are a must!
  • Mix-ins: take your snickerdoodles to the next level with white chocolate chunks (from a white chocolate bar) and roasted macadamia nuts.

mixing dough for white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies with macadamia nuts

Why use cream of tartar?

You’ll only need 2 teaspoons, but cream of tartar is what makes snickerdoodles actually taste like snickerdoodles instead of a regular cinnamon sugar cookie. Cream of tartar is potassium bitrate, and is actually a byproduct of fermenting grapes into wine!

No, we’re not adding wine to these cookies. But cream of tartar adds the distinct, slightly tangy taste that snickerdoodle cookies have, and also gives them their signature chewiness.

rolling white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodle cookie dough balls in cinnamon sugar

Customize your cookies

There are a couple of ways I like to make these white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles extra special:

  • Try them with walnuts. Yes! I tested them with walnuts as well and *may* have liked them even better.
  • Sprinkle salt. There’s nothing I love more than sprinkling freshly baked cookies with a little sea salt. YUM.

Can I make them gluten free?

Unfortunately, I can’t recommend a gluten free substitute for these white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies. Feel free to try my Grain Free Snickerdoodles and add some white chocolate chips or chunks!

white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies on a baking sheet

The magic of brown butter

Adding brown butter to the dough takes these white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles to the next level. Learn exactly how to brown butter with our tutorial here!

How to make perfect white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles

  1. Mix the wet ingredients. Once you’ve browned your butter (and cooled it) you can mix it in a stand mixer with the dark brown and granulated sugar. Then, add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat together until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, you’ll whisk together all of the dry ingredients before slowly adding them to your electric mixer with the wet ingredients. Beat the mixture until just combined, then fold in the white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts.
  3. Shape & chill dough. Roll your dough into balls, place them on a plate or platter, cover and chill the dough ball in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight. You can also freeze them for 15-20 minutes to speed up the process.
  4. Roll & bake. Preheat your oven and let the cookie dough balls sit at room temp for 15-20 minutes. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, then roll each dough ball in the mixture, add them to a prepared baking sheet and bake until the edges turn barely golden brown.
  5. Cool & enjoy. Finally, cool the snickerdoodles on your cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes, then let them finish cooling on a wire rack. Enjoy!

white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles on parchment paper

Don’t forget the best cookie baking tips

Remember to download our Ultimate Guide to Cookie Baking for all of our best tips & tricks for baking cookies, and start with these ones for amazing snickerdoodles every time:

  • Do not use substitutes. Please be sure to follow the recipe as written unless substitutes are noted in the notes section of the recipe. Changing the flour will greatly affect the taste and texture of these cookies as will leaving ingredients out.
  • Make sure your ingredients are room temp. After you brown your butter you’ll want to make sure that it is cool so that it doesn’t coagulate the other ingredients. The same goes for your eggs and egg yolk — simply run the eggs under warm water for about a minute (or place two eggs in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes) before cracking one egg and separating the yolk out of the other egg.
  • Use fresh baking soda. Make sure your baking soda is fresh to ensure that these white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles bake up properly.
  • Measure your flour correctly. Do you know the best way to measure flour without a scale? Get my tips & tricks in this video!
  • Don’t skip the chill time. Be sure to refrigerate the cookie dough balls for at least 1 hour before rolling the cookies in cinnamon sugar and baking them. This helps the butter solidify a little and ensures that the cookies have the best texture!

Two ways to freeze snickerdoodle cookies

These white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodles are perfect for baking up a big batch and freezing the dough OR the baked cookies for later. Check out our full post here to see exactly how to freeze them two different ways.

white chocolate macadamia nut snickerdoodle with a bite taken out

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I hope you love these white chocolate macadamia nut snickerdoodles! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Snickerdoodles

4.86 from 7 votes
white chocolate macadamia snickerdoodle with a bite taken out
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword white chocolate macadamia nut snickerdoodle cookies, white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Serves 20

The best white chocolate macadamia nut snickerdoodles made with rich brown butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. These white chocolate snickerdoodle cookies will be your new favorite take on traditional snickerdoodles! The perfect holiday cookie everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • Dry ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Wet ingredients:
  • 1 cup salted butter (unsalted also works!)
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the mix-ins:
  • 1 heaping cup white chocolate chunks (chop it from a white chocolate bar – we used Lindt!)
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped roasted macadamia nuts (or sub walnuts)
  • For rolling mixture:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. First, brown your butter: add butter to a large saucepan and place over medium heat. The butter will begin to crackle, and then eventually foam. Make sure you whisk constantly during this process. After a couple of minutes, the butter will begin to brown and turn a nice golden amber color on the bottom of the saucepan. Continue to whisk and remove from heat as soon as the butter begins to brown and give off a nutty aroma. Immediately transfer the butter to a medium bowl to prevent burning. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to touch.
  2. Once brown butter has cooled down a bit, add all (including the brown bits) of it to the bowl of an electric mixer, along with the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minutes
  3. Next, add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat on medium speed until well combined, smooth and creamy; about 1-2 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the electric mixer and beat on medium-low speed just until combined. Next fold in the white chocolate chunks and chopped macadamia nuts.
  5. Grab about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on a plate or platter, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour or up to overnight. If you are super eager, place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Let your dough balls sit at room temp for 15-20 minutes while your oven preheats so they are not overly cold when you go to bake them.
  7. Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup sugar and the 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a bowl. Roll dough balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture, then place on cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They will look a bit underdone in the middle, but will continue to cook once out of the oven. Bake longer if you like crispier cookies, but I do not recommend.
  9. Cool the cookies on the sheets for at least 5 minutes. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets after a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Makes about 20 cookies.

Recipe Notes

These cookies are delicious with walnuts instead of macadamia nuts. In fact, I may have loved them even more.

We love these cookies sprinkled with sea salt, too! Highly recommend.

Check out our full post here to see exactly how to freeze these cookies two different ways.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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