Lemon Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies


An easy recipe for Lemon Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies that are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside!  If you like lemon and macadamia nuts, you’ll love these for an easy spring dessert.

Lemon Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies.  Fun Spring dessert!

Things I love…

My husband.
My family.
Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip
Peanut butter.
Christmas music.
My cozy house.
Disney World.
Italian Food.  I can eat it for every meal.
Vibrant rainbows after a thunderstorm.
80’s music.
90’s music.
Country music.
(Can you tell I love music?!)
My bed after a getting back from vacation.
Groundhog day.
Cats, Giraffes, Bunnies, Deer, Birds.
Homemade macaroni and cheese.
Guess clothing & accessories.
Astronomy – stars, moon, planets.
Mexican food.
Thai food.
The smell of these cookies baking in the oven.
Cookies, in general.
These cookies with a cold glass of milk!

I hope you liked my list!  I wanted to try something different since I’m sure you’re sick of hearing my random stories about nothing 🙂 These cookies are so fun with the lemon chips.  If you can’t find lemon baking chips, you can substitute white chocolate chips.  The lemon flavor in these cookies isn’t the main component at all, so they will still be amazing, I promise you that. If you have your heart set on lemon, you can always add lemon zest or swap half of the vanilla with lemon extract!  Get creative 🙂  These are not the big and fluffy type of cookie, as you can see in the photo.  The macadamia nuts (as are all nuts) are on the oily side and therefore don’t produce the big, fat cookies.  I used roasted and salted macadamia nuts – the salty flavor mixed with the sweet of the lemon morsels and cookie dough is a tasty combination.

The cookies are slightly crisp on the outside with a soft and chewy interior, full of chunks of macadamia nuts and lemon flavor.  Because of this crisp outside, these are best eaten the first or second day!  Enjoy!

Lemon Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups lemon baking chips (can use white chocolate instead)
  • 1 cup Macadamia nuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use hand mixer) fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next. Add vanilla and mix.
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to wet ingredients in small batches, fully incorporating into the batter.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in lemon chips and Macadamia nut chunks. Drop by rounded spoonful onto your cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
  6. Cool on a wire baking rack.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

31 Responses to “Lemon Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. March 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM #

    Ohmahgosh! Girl, we have nearly identical lists. On my list, I would include my Mom’s music of the ’70s, too (Hello, Eagles!), because some of that rock became today’s country music sound. Love, love! I adore Buffalo Chicken Dip, but it is tied with my Reuben Dip. I could live on Italian and Mexican food for the rest of my life…especially your Italian Cheese Fondue Dip. Meanwhile, these cookies… OMG (again)! I’m seriously into the lemon thing right now and need these beauties in my life asap. They look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing, Ashley. Enjoy the rest of your week! xo P.S. Ground Hog Day is one of my favorite films and I am a fan of the holiday, too. I haven’t forgotten your molasses cookies for GH Day! 😉

  2. March 26, 2014 at 7:48 AM #

    Loved reading your list! And these cookies sound so good!! I’ve never used lemon baking chips before…but I have no doubt I would love them!

  3. March 26, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    What a fun list! We could totally be friends in real life. My Sirius XM station in the car is always stuck on the 90s station. These cookies look wonderful – I love lemon desserts, and the mac nuts remind me of my vacations in Hawaii! 🙂

  4. March 26, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    I’m glad to hear that you love peanut butter and country music…ahh, the best things in life! 😉 And these cookies sound fantastic. I honestly had no idea that lemon baking chips even existed! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for them this year.

  5. March 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM #

    I love the list! AND these cookies! Great combination!

  6. Susan Monk
    March 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

    I LOVE your website – thank you – also loved your list – I never get tired of your stories – thanks for all your sharing and awesome recipes.

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM #

      That comment just made my day. Thank you!!! I appreciate you reading my blog!

  7. March 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

    I love the look of these cookies!

  8. March 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM #

    I went through a time period when I swore white chocolate macadamia were my favorite type of cookie… I don’t think that’s true anymore, but I have a feeling these could absolutely bring on a (lemon-fied) resurgence of sorts!

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

      They are so good with the lemon! Thanks!!

  9. Kesha
    March 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM #

    Where can I find lemon chips! I would LOVE to make these! I LOVE lemon anything!

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM #

      I found them at an Amish grocery store actually!! But I looked online and found some there also!

  10. March 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM #

    Wow, what great cookies! Love the flavor of these — they’re seriously good. Terrific stuff — thanks.

  11. March 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

    Ooh lemon chips sound brilliant. What a lovely spring treat!

  12. March 27, 2014 at 6:43 AM #

    The combo of lemon and macadamia sounds delicious and perfect for spring!

  13. March 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

    I love this list! Big yessss on your own bed after a vacation – I seriously miss my bed so much when I’m gone that I don’t even want to travel that much : ) haha lame! And these cookies sound delicious – I love macadamia nuts!

  14. March 27, 2014 at 8:31 PM #

    Ashley, I always love your random stories! Especially all of your loves! I’m a music lover, too. Although, I’m more into the hard stuff and being in mosh pits. (The men sometimes stop when I get in one… maybe I intimidate them with my knee high 6 inch heels… to kick their butts!) But, really, I’m just your typical stay at home mommy…. hehe
    Loving these cookies! Have a great evening!

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM #

      I love all music really! That’s so funny about the mosh pit

  15. March 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM #

    Hi there Ashley, I am really happy to see that your husband and family were above the buffalo Chicken dip but I totally know that was hard to sort out as your chicken dip is amazing by the way, my boys loved it! I love anything with lemon in it and I know this would be a super cookie and you might want to add this one to the list of things you love. Take care, BAM

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM #

      Haha yeah. That chicken wing dip had to be way up there on the list!!

  16. March 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

    I´ve never used lemon and macadamia together in any baking.. going to give it a try!!
    hope you´re having a great weekend! xoxo

  17. Susan
    March 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM #

    I’m making these this week. Can’t wait. Do you really cook on a wire rack or cool on a wire rack? Typo? 🙂

    • March 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM #

      Omg hahaha! Thank you for catching that!!!

  18. March 31, 2014 at 9:32 AM #

    Love this flavor combo, Ashley. So perfect for spring!

  19. March 31, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

    Yum! I am crazy about lemons right now and I love macadamias… pass me a tray of these cookies! haha and I love your list. I agree with Disney World or Disneyland for me since that one’s closer, 90’s music, bed after returning from vacation, cookies in the oven, cats (but not in the oven of course!) 😀

  20. April 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

    i have never seen lemon chips, but I am intrigued, I really want to try them. I Love lemon!

    • April 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

      I found them at a little grocery store near me! They are also found online 🙂

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