Macadamia Nut Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Cherries

The Movies & Munchies film selection for June is Best in Show.  Amy’s Cooking Adventures is hosting.  

I had forgotten how funny and spot-on Best in Show is.  While we were re-watching it, we kept commenting on a couple of shows we have  recently watched.   One that came to mind was 7 Days Out which spotlighted the Westminster Dog Show in episode one.  There was seriously a couple from Florida that was hitting the circuit as economically as possible.  Totally reminded me of the Flecks.  The second documentary was Chicken People, “a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them.”   Totally reminded me of Harlan Pepper.

Best in Show [DVD]

This was a fun romp!

Prior to revisiting the film, I could only think that I might grill up some hot dogs.   Instead, I was totally captivated with Harlan Pepper’s “talent” of repeating different kinds of nuts.

I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, “Harlan Pepper, if you don’t stop naming nuts,” and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that’s what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she’d just start yelling. I’d say, “Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut.” That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She’d say, “Would you stop naming nuts!”

It had to be something with macadamia nuts….

I have exactly two recipes on this blog that call for macadamia nuts.

  1.  Meyer-Lemon Avocado Pie with Macadamia-Pine Nut Crust
  2. Chocolate Macadamia Nut Wedges

The Meyer-Lemon pie came out a very weird color but that crust is a keeper.

The Nut Wedge recipe comes from the old Food ‘n Flix days and was inspired by Stranger than Fiction. 

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The Hubs had an old love for those Otis Spunkmeyer white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies.   I wanted to do something a bit unexpected.  What about macadamia nut cookies with dark chocolate and dried cherries?

Macadamia Nut Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Cherries


I mixed this up with dried cherries and dark chocolate instead of the usual white chocolate chips.


  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 4 oz. unsalted, dry roasted macadamia nuts (slightly chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line sheet pans with a silicon pad (or parchment paper).
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars on medium high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
    Add flour, soda, and salt to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips, cherries, and macadamia nuts.
  3. Portion into rounded tablespoon for medium cookies, or 3 tablespoon scoop for large cookies and place onto prepared sheet pans, with about 2 inch spacing. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 to 12 minutes (14-15 minutes for large cookies).
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer for a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 12-24 (depending on size)

Pretty good cookie if I do say so myself.   Don’t worry, Harlan, any nut will do in these.


Thanks for hosting, Amy.  Next up for the Movies & Munchies crew involves a choice.  Camilla is hosting and our options are Knives Out or The Glass Onion.   I loved both but since I already posted for Knives Out in the old Food ‘n Flix days, I will have to revisit The Glass Onion.  


1 comment to Macadamia Nut Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Cherries

  • mae

    Your cookies look great. Mac nuts taste so good that when I get them (usually that’s in the supermarket in Kona, Hawaii, when we are visiting: we have spent quite a few vacations in a condo there) I eat way too many of them. They are RICH!
    best, mae at