Easy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies {Vegan, Gluten Free, Keto}

These easy white chocolate macadamia nut cookies recipe is deceptively simple and quick- You only need 5 ingredients! Thick, soft and chewy cookies loaded with sugar-free white chocolate chips, they only take 12 minutes to make! Bonus? They are completely keto, low carb and can be made vegan!

Keto white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies

Growing up, Subway’s white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies were my absolute favorite! I would ALWAYS finish off my Subway sandwich with a cookie or three, and to this day, they remain my favorite. 

In my kitchen, my go-to cookies are always 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies or almond butter cookies. Now? This keto and sugar-free white chocolate macadamia cookies recipe are #1.

Keto and Sugar Free White Chocolate Chips 

The healthy food market now has more and more keto options for white chocolate baking chips. For a long while, I was reserved for making cookies with stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. Although delcious, they were more-so a keto version of milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips.

This year, we are blessed that there are keto white chocolate chips on the market and they are FANTASTIC.

These baking chips are low carb and sugar-free, and sweetened with erythritol. Although they do have a slightly odd texture when baked, they DO keep their shape and taste just like white chocolate! 

Making the best white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies from scratch

Saying these cookies are the best and are easy is no minor thing- They are soft, chewy and use less than 5 ingredients! 

The Ingredients

  • Tahini. Smooth tahini is light in color and provides a very mild taste. This is perfect for these cookies, as it really allows the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts to shine! 
  • Erythritol. This is my favorite keto sugar free substitute for sugar. It has the taste and texture of actual sugar, minus the calories and carbs! You can also use monk fruit sweetener
  • Egg. A room temperature egg binds the cookies together. Check below the post for the vegan option. 
  • White Chocolate Chips. As mentioned earlier, I used keto white chocolate chips. If you don’t follow  a strict ketogenic diet, any white chocolate baking chips will work. 
  • Macadamia Nuts. The other star ingredient! Use unsalted and raw nuts, for the best flavor. 

The Instructions 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the erythritol and egg and whisk together until smooth. Add your smooth tahini and continue mixing, until a thick batter remains. Fold through your white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  2. Transfer your cookie dough into a bowl, cover, and place in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 minutes. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to prepare a Silpat cookie sheet.
  4. Remove from the freezer/fridge and form 12 balls of dough. Gently press down on each ball into a circular shape. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. 
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan completely. 

White chocolate chip macadamia nut vegan cookies

How do you cut macadamias for cookies

I recommend buying whole macadamia nuts from the bulk bin or health food store as opposed to pre-packaged ones. This means is often much cheaper, and you don’t have to be left with an entire bag.

Macadamia nuts usually come whole, so for the cookies, its best to cut them up. To easily cut macadamia nut cookies, use a sharp knife and slice each macadamia through the center. You’ll be left with half-moon shaped macadamia nuts. 

Chopped macadamia nuts will fold much easier into the cookies, and be more evenly distributed. 

Can these white chocolate macadamia nut cookies be made vegan? 

You can easily make these cookies vegan-friendly! 

The original recipe calls for one egg, but an egg substitute will not work. Instead, you will need to use ground chia seeds. They will help hold the cookies together, but be a little bit softer. Start with 6 tablespoons of ground chia seed, then add an extra 1-2 tablespoons, only if needed.

Also, be sure to replace the white chocolate chips with vegan white chocolate chips

How many calories are in a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie?

Traditional white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies contain 250 calories, with 32 grams of carbs and 20 grams of sugar.

My keto and sugar-free cookie recipe contains a mere 145 calories with 6 grams of net carbs and 0 grams of sugar! 

Ingredient and Dietary Substitutions

  • Paleo White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. Omit the chocolate chips and increase the number of macadamia nuts. Once the cookies are cooled, drizzle with coconut butter and let firm up. 
  • Sugar-Free Sweetener. You can replace the erythritol with any granulated sweetener of choice. Coconut palm sugar is my favorite non-keto substitute. 
  • Tahini. Peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower seed butter can all be used instead of tahini. 

Storing and Freezing white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  • To store. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature. The cookies will keep for at least 5 days. If you make the vegan option, you NEED to refrigerate them.
  • To freeze. I often get asked if you can freeze cookies, and the answer is yes! Place the cookies in parchment paper and place them in a ziplock bag. Placing them first in parchment paper ensures the cookies don’t stick together so you can enjoy them from the freezer one at a time. Freezer stored cookies will keep for 6 months.
  • To thaw. To enjoy cookies from the freezer, allow cookies to thaw out at room temperature. 

More healthy cookie recipes

Recommended tools to make easy white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

  • Silpat Cookie Sheet. I prefer using this cookie sheet over baking paper as I can constantly re-use it and it is simple to clean. 
  • Mixing Bowl. My go-to mixing bowls to prepare the cookies in. These also come with lids perfect to cover when refrigerating/freezing.
  • Knife. To slice up the macadamia nuts easily. 

Best keto white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe

As a diehard Subway white chocolate macadamia nut cookie fan, I hope you like my sugar free and low carb option! If you do make it, I’d love for you to leave a comment letting me know how much you love them too! 

Sugar free white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie recipe

Easy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies {Vegan, Gluten Free, Keto}

The best easy keto white chocolate and macadamia nut cookie recipe made with just 5 ingredients! soft, chewy and LOADED with low carb and sugar free chocolate chips! Paleo, Vegan and Gluten Free options.
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18 Cookies
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your sweetener with your eggs and mix well, until combined. Add your tahini and mix until glossy. Fold through your white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  • Cover your cookie dough batter and place in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat cookie sheet.
  • Form 18 balls of dough onto the tray and lightly press into a cookie shape. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the pan.

Notes

  • To store. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature. The cookies will keep for at least 5 days. If you make the vegan option, you NEED to refrigerate them.
  • To freeze. I often get asked if you can freeze cookies, and the answer is yes! Place the cookies in parchment paper and place them in a ziplock bag. Placing them first in parchment paper ensures the cookies don't stick together so you can enjoy them from the freezer one at a time. Freezer stored cookies will keep for 6 months.
  • To thaw. To enjoy cookies from the freezer, allow cookies to thaw out at room temperature. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 4% | Vitamin C: 3% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 3%
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