gluten free white chocolate, coconut macadamia nut cookies

Gluten Free White Chocolate, Coconut and Macadamia Nut Cookies

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I know we already covered coconut and cookies this week. But it’s Friday and it’s been a long couple of weeks and I’m tired. And when I am tired, I want cookies. So that’s just the way it’s going to be I guess…

White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Cookies- gluten free

Plus, on Monday you got cookie bars. Big difference!! These are soft and crispy cookies with big honkin macadamia nuts and chewy coconut. Plus they are Gluten Free!! (although you would never know it).

White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Cookies- gluten free

We got home late Thursday night from weeks of being on the road and I am so happy to see my little Wilbur, who is TRULY not so little any more. And because it was eleven o’clock at night and we hadn’t eaten dinner and the fridge was empty, I naturally attacked the freezer, where I found a whole bag of these. JOY!!! A couple of these and a hot mug of tea was the perfect way to ensure that I would get my children to bed and this blog posted. The unpacking however, was not so lucky. Neither will I be when I have to go deal with the laundary from those 6 suitcases sitting in the front hall. Yuck….

White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut and Coconut Cookies- gluten free

But in the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and don’t be afraid to sweeten things up with these cookies!


Recipe: Gluten Free White Chocolate, Coconut and Macadamia Nut Cookies

makes 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 ½ cups gluten free flour (I used cup4cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 ounces white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 sheet pans with parchment or silpats.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well. Mix in the shredded coconut.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and kosher salt, then add them to the batter.
  5. Finally add in the white chocolate chips and the macadamia nuts and mix well.
  6. Scoop out onto prepared sheet pans, leaving ample space between them (they spread).
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees and then let them cool.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

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  1. GF cookies are not easy! So many variables! These look incredible and I’ve never met a white chocolate cookie I didn’t love :) pinned

    • no- GF cookies are kind of a nightmare. These turned out so well because I used Cup 4 Cup cloud which is awesome.

  2. Vicki B says:

    Seriously, this was my very favorite cookie at the Mrs. Fields cookie stand in the mall before it closed. I never ordered any other flavor! So glad you posted these. Post travel laundry is the worst.
    Need an in home laundry fairy knocking on the door. Wouldn’t that make a great gift certificate?!

    • Vicki- this cracks me up! I forgot about Mrs. Fields! It is slightly ahead of my mall cruising time, but I do remember getting roc goose a cookie there every once in a while as a kid. One of my favorite flavor combos too! And yes. a laundry fairy would be very nice.

  3. Awww Wilbur! I love him. He’s just too precious for words! These cookies are one of my favs!! I love that it’s gluten-free, too!

  4. Maria says:

    You can never have too many cookies!

  5. Cheers to the weekend. Cheers to a cookie stack. xo

  6. My Friday needs these cookies, love!

  7. Thanks for this one — I have a friend who avoids gluten (but does NOT have a bad reaction if a trace amount) and to her dismay, she can rarely eat the goodies I bring around. This looks very similar to a basic toll-house cookie — so maybe I just need to suck it up and buy some cup4cup, right?

    • Yes Michelle- it is all about the Cup4Cup!!!!

  8. I adore white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and I am sure the addition of coconut makes them that much better! My husband has Celiac so I will have to give these a try!

  9. These cookies look so good! I love the coconut in them!

    • Katrina- lately for me, coconut is like butter- like everything is better with coconut!

  10. So pretty, so good! Love gf recipes for my friends :)

  11. I could plow through that whole pile of cookies in no time — what a luxurious combination of ingredients, and the texture looks just perfect!

  12. These cookies have my name written aaaaaaaall over them, lady! And I love that they’re GF. Totally making these next weekend.

  13. marla says:

    Want a dozen now!!!

  14. Rachel says:

    Do you think if I cut the sugar down it would affect the taste/texture too much? Was thinking of only using 3/4-1 cup.

    • I am actually not sure Rachel, because i haven’t made them that way before- but if you do, please let me know how it goes!

      • Rachel M says:

        I made these this weekend, cut the sugar down to 1 cup and used unsweetened coconut. They are delicious! They didn’t spread on the tray, so after the first batch cooked, I smashed the rest of them down before baking. They came out really good, thanks for the recipe!

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  16. Cassie says:

    Hi Heather,
    So I’m searching for yummy gluten free desserts for my sister’s baby shower and these look awesome! Can you tell me how you thawed them after freezing? I would love to be able to make a few things ahead of time for the shower.
    Thank you so much for your amazing recipes and I have tried TONS of you recipes from your cook book and they are always fabulous!

    And I hope Coco doesn’t share Pia’s allergies!!!!!

    Thank you,