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Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Coconut

Is it really Friday? Really?  Well in that case – I have cookies for you. We’ve made it through another week which means we’ve earned it. How does a thick, chewy brown butter white chocolate macadamia cookie with roasty toasty coconut sound? It’s practically a vacation wrapped in butter! Brown butter to be specific.

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I can’t be the only one who is over the cold and ready for winter to be over. You, too? I knew we could be friends. To help get through the gray of Seattle, I’ve been spending far too much time pursuing Costco Travel searching out vacation deals although I have no intention of going on any of them. Hawai’i has been top of my list, mostly because Ben has never been there before. I’m rather partial to Maui myself… so I’ll dream of visiting the beach, getting a tan, and having a little umbrella drink in my hand 24/7.

Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Coconut 3But then that also means I would have to cut out the cookies, danishes, all manner of sweets to make sure other beach combers don’t get freaked out over the beached whale on the beach towel next to them and call for a marine rescue crew to throw me back into the sea.

So, on second thought – maybe I’ll skip the vacation to Hawai’i because cookies with brown butter and tastes of the tropics just sound so dang GOOD!! Oh wait – they ARE that dang good!

Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Coconut 3Brown butter is really a great addition to these cookies because of the warm and cozy toffee-esque taste that comes off those toasted milk solids. And it’s really easy to do at home. I keep a stash of brown butter in the fridge for those times when I need it immeidately. Have you ever tried making your own brown butter? Try this quick how-to brown butter tutorial and you’ll be ready to go.

Now whisk yourself away on a vacation via cookie. It sure beats flying! And bikinis.

Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Coconut

Yield: 24

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 22 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup Brown Sugar
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Browned Butter
2 Eggs
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
¾ cup Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped
⅔ cup Toasted Coconut


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Set aside. In stand mixer beat together sugar and brown sugar until combined. Beat in brown butter. Mix until sugars and butter have creamed together and become light colored. Add in one egg at a time, beating 30 seconds in between. Slowly add in flour/baking soda mix until just combined.
Add in white chocolate chips, chopped macadamia and toasted coconut. Mix until just combined.

Scoop out and place on cookie sheet 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 21-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and place on cookie rack to cool. Devour.

Adapted from Megan Keno Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


28 Responses to “Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies with Coconut”

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — February 1, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    The White Chocolate Macadamia cookie was always my favorite since I was a little girl, and the texture of these cookies…amazing! Brown butter is genius too. I grew up in California and lived there most of my life…but can you believe I never went to Hawaii? I’ve been to 23 countries around the world, but lived in one of the closest states to Hawaii and have never been. As you can see, this pains me haha.

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    Jeanne (NanaBread) — February 1, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    This is pure cookie bliss. I love these so much I want to marry them. 🙂

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 1, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    Oh wow I am loving these cookies! I’m not a huge fan of milk but it kind of makes me want to have some cookies and milk this morning for breakfast!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 1, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    You had me at brown butter. & then again at white chocolate. oh and the coconut definitely helped matters along even more! 😉 These look diviiine! (Do people still say that?!)

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 1, 2013 @ 6:25 am


    OMG. I want to sleep on a pile of these cookies.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 1, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    Yes please!!! Brown butter is so good. And I’m in need of a vacay myself!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 1, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    You had me at brown butter! And these cookies? Yeah I need about a dozen of these, stat!

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    Karly — February 1, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    These look so fabulous!

    I tried to pin them, but when all the cookie photos gray out and say “sorry you can’t pin this!” What the…

    Not sure if it’s just me or if there is something funky going on. 🙂

    • Megan replied: — February 1st, 2013 @ 10:05 am

      Thanks Karly, I am trying to work on that issue – I don’t know why it’s doing that! So frustrating. And thanks for the compliments I think I have to make more this weekend 🙂

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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — February 1, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    I’ll have 2 dozen please. These look amazing and vacation sounds good too!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 1, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    On the off chance that those cookies fell into the milk, I would say that’d be grounds for making a cookie milkshake…just a dollop of ice cream and a blender would take care of that “problem” 😉 You’re so good with brown butter, I neeeeeeed to do this!

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    Mary — February 1, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    A vacation wrapped in butter! I’ll take a fist full – GREAT flavors 🙂
    Mary x

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — February 1, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    You know I LOVE these. I have been aching for a Hawaii vacation lately too. So I will crank up the heat this weekend, turn on some Hawaiian tunes, make a mai tai and bake these cookies. And not even think about wearing a bikini. ha ha

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 1, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Megan, you are officially killing me. With the buffalo sliders yesterday and these amazing cookies today, I am going to weigh 458763 pounds when the weekend is over. Coconut is my weakness, and white choc macadamia cookies are one of my underrated faves. When combined, I’m pretty positive they have super powers or something.

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 1, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    More ways to eat browned butter makes this a better world

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 1, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    I need a cookie – stat. Oh and seriously jealous of you west coasters being close enough to go to Hawaii. I don’t think we’ll ever make it there, but we do have the Caribbean.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 1, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Oooh, my favorite cookies plus brown butter? HEAVEN.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 1, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    woah there! this totally looks like a vacation in my mouth!!

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    Herbivore Triathlete — February 1, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Coconut and macadamia nuts certainly sounds like a tropical cookie! Brown butter makes everything better. These look heavenly!

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    JanetFCTC — February 1, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    One of my favorite kinds of cookies. I can only imagine how yummy they become with browned butter and toasted coconut!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 1, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    You had me at brown butter. I am totally caving in and baking these.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 1, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    I made Coconut Oil White Chocolate Cookies this week! And your cookies remind me of a cookie I made about 3 yrs ago that is my FAVE cookie on my entire blog (minus the nuts – didnt use them). They are stunning, Megan! I love all the flavors and white chocolate + coconut can do no wrong. Pinning!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 2, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    I am ALL OVER these!!!

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    surlykitchen — February 3, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    omg. these sound amazing. i bet the addition of coconut really compliments the macadamias. i’ll take a dozen

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 3, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Oh man! So many of my cookie dreams come true in these! LOVE it!

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    Cynthia — May 24, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    I just made these with a few changes and they were amazing!

    First of all, I only made half the recipe otherwise my bf and I’d eat them all… lol

    So this is what I did differently:

    I replaced the 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of wheat flour, 1/4 cup of oat flour, and 1/4 cup of rolled oats.

    I replaced the 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of demerara sugar/stevia combination.

    I used less than half a cup of browned butter.

    They were so delicious!

    Even with half the recipe, I still got 19 big cookies out of the batch! I called in his cousin for backup and he ate like 5 of them. We all loved them! Thank you for sharing! 🙂


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