Flourless White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies

gluten free macadamia chip cookies

Flourless White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies are soft, chewy, gluten free, and utterly delicious, made without any flour or butter!

Gluten free white chocolate chip macadamia cookies

You guys have gone crazy for my other flourless cookies, (peanut, almond, and cashew) so today I’m sharing the newest member of the family — flourless (that’s gluten free, no flour or butter) white chocolate chip macadamia cookies.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?   When I find a great recipe that I like, that everybody else likes, and that’s easy and foolproof,  I’m like a dog with a bone, I don’t let go until I’ve experimented with it every which way.  You should be glad I have that kind of personality because otherwise we might not have discovered these cookies.  They’re phenomenal.  And that’s coming from someone who craves those big mall style cookies…But these flourless nut butter cookies are proven winners, I think I’m slowly putting butter and flour out of business!

flourless white chocolate chip macadamia cookies, completely gluten free!

If I hadn’t made so many batches of different variations of these cookies, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  But just look at them — they’re crunchy on the outside, chunky and chewy on the inside, everything you ever wanted in a cookie.  The brown sugar, macadamia butter and white chocolate makes the most fantastic flavor, just like the mall cookies, but it’s all accomplished with minimal ingredients.

flourless macadamia cookies with white chocolate chips

The formula is the same as my other flourless cookies — a cup of nut butter (you’re not likely to find macadamia butter out on the market, but you can easily make your own, I include instructions in the recipe) a large egg, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and a touch of baking soda.  In this case I added heaps of chopped nuts and white chocolate chips.  As you’re mixing up the batter for the first time, you’ll swear it’s not going to work.  But keep the faith, those few ingredients miraculously morph into the perfect cookie.

you won't miss the butter or the flour in these flourless macadamia chip cookies

One cup nut butter, one half cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking soda, and your add-ins… I highly recommend committing the formula to memory!

Flourless Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Flourless Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup macadamia nut butter (see instructions below for making your own)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
    macadamia butter
  • 2 cups whole roasted and salted macadamia nuts


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. To make the macadamia butter, put the nuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are ground to a butter. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides as necessary. It won't take long, just a few minutes, and the nuts will go from a grainy mixture to a smooth paste. If you are using a small sized food processor, do this in two batches. Measure out 1 cup for this recipe (you may have a little extra.)
  3. Whisk the egg and the sugar together in a bowl.
  4. Blend in the baking soda and macadamia nut butter and stir well. The mixture will thicken as you stir.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and the chopped nuts. The batter will be very moist.
  6. Using a 1 1/2 inch scoop out the dough and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. The paper helps modulate the heat and prevent too much browning on the bottom of the cookies.
  7. Press each ball down lightly with your fingers to flatten just a bit, don't flatten entirely, just take the round top down.
  8. Bake for about 13 minutes until they are just starting to turn golden around the edges, don't over-bake. They will looked puffed, and under-done, but they will settle down and firm up as they cool. I usually recommend doing a test cookie before you cook the whole batch.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack.

You do NOT have to be gluten intolerant to appreciate these cookies.

flourless macadamia and white chocolate chip cookies

Sooooooooo, yeah, macadamias are expensive and so these are decadently healthy cookies.  I would suggest substituting almond butter if you want a similar flavor without the expense, but don’t skip the half cup chopped macadamias.  You also might experiment with adding some coconut to the batter.

flourless and gluten free white chocolate chip macadamia cookies

The next incarnation of these cookies will be something chocolaty…I haven’t decided exactly what yet, but I think it might involve hazelnuts… ;)



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    January 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I have a kid that also can’t have eggs. Is there a substitute?

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    December 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    These cookies are insane. They are absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe. I will definitely try your other nut butter cookie recipes. The only change I made was adding vanilla extract & using coconut sugar. It’s hard to find healthy cookie recipes that are crunchy like these are. My husband loved them too, he was so happy they were crunchy! ?

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      December 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      I’m thrilled you loved them Mandy ~ and thanks SO much for coming back here to let me know <3 You’ve just inspired me to work on a new nut butter cookie recipe, there are so many options, thanks!

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    September 9, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hi Sue,

    your cookies look amazing… I will give it a try this weekend. Just 1 question on the macadamia nut butter, 1 full cup? I’m just confused as it stated that 2 cups of roasted macadamia nuts. Did you mean that 2 cups of roasted macadamia nuts makes 1 cup of macadamia butter?


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    April 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Really yummy cookies. I didn’t have enough macadamia nuts to make the butter so I made cashew butter. For your readers that may prefer not to use brown sugar, I substituted coconut sugar. They turned out really good. Baking in my oven worked best if baked for 8 minutes. 13 minutes produced a crispy cookie but still good. I’ll feed the crispy ones to my hubby as he’s like Mikey and he’ll eat anything. ;). Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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      April 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for that feedback JoAn — the coconut sugar sounds like it would go really well in this recipe :)

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    Bushra Hassan
    March 19, 2016 at 11:53 pm


    I have just recently been told to stay off gluten and as I love white chocolate chip cookies I am keen to try this out. Only yesterday I bought cashew butter and peanut butter – as I recalled reading your site but didn’t remember what kind of butter was needed.

    More importantly, I do not like Macademia nuts. Can I just skip them? I prefer just having white chocolate chips in my cookies and nothing else

    Thanks for the recipe

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      March 20, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Hi Bushra — first of all, I have a bunch of flourless cookies on the site, here’s a link: http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/?s=flourless+cookies…some of them use cashew butter, and peanut butter. You can substitute any nut butter you like in these cookies, and leave out the macadamias. Good luck with your new diet.

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    February 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Made these tonight for my husband (we both have Celiac) and they are DELICIOUS. Neither of us has had a white chocolate macadam nut cookie in years and were salivating at your photos. They were an amazing surprise.
    At 13 mins cooking, ours were dark brown. Our perfect cook time only took 7.5 minutes and came out amazingly. Thank you so much!!

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      February 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      You are so welcome — all of my flourless nut butter cookies have amazed me, each time I didn’t quite believe that they would work, and they always come out fantastic, I just keep working my way through all the different types of nut butters!

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    Sher Taylor
    October 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Would I be able to use fresh all natural ground peanut butter for this? This sounds great, but I don’t have macadamia nut butter in my kitchen right now.

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      October 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Yes you can Sher. I have lots of nut butter cookie recipes on the blog, and I’ve used just about every kind of nut butter with success!

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    October 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hi, my 3 yr old is allergic to eggs and flax seedCan i replace it with apple sauce ? Or any other suggestions?

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      October 17, 2015 at 6:24 am

      I’m not sure, Suneetha, but it’s worth a try! You might also look at my shortbread cookies, which don’t use eggs at all. You can substitute the white chips and macadamias in one of those recipes.

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    October 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Can I just use regular butter?

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      October 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

      This recipe is formulated for the nut butter, Allison, and it won’t translate well if you substitute regular butter, sorry!

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    June 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Without the white chocolate chips (or perhaps substituting a dairy free version) these would also appear to be dairy free no? I’m not gluten or dairy free, but a friend is so I’d like to try these for her :)
    Sounds delicious!

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    March 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Have you tried the flourless nut butter cookies with nutella?

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      March 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      That’s my next experiment :)

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    March 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    These look amazing- it’s hard to believe there’s no flour or butter! Can’t wait to try them. My Daughter in law just asked me to send some gluten free cookies and I think these will be the ones. :)

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    Joanne Bruno
    March 13, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I really think you need to make a cookbook with every kind of nut butter (flourless) cookie out there! Think of all the variations you could do. These are genius!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    These are cookie perfection, I must made that macadamia butter! And yes – please do a hazelnut version next! ;)

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    March 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Sue, your presentation is always perfect, you should give classes. These will be a big hit at my house as we just found out my daughter-in-law is gluten-intolerant.

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    Christine // my natural kitchen
    March 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Sue! It’s super lovely to visit your page and be met with the most fantastic-sounding cookies! These look like they’d *even* fool my father (who is a sucker for Mrs. Field’s cookies), and I adore macadamia nut butter so I will definitely be making some soon to use in these gorgeous cookies!

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    March 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I’m so intrigued by this! They look delicious and I have some dear gluten free friends that will definitely want this recipe. Love it!

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    March 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    You have me at macadamia butter! These cookies must be heavenly, Sue.

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    March 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    This is pretty impressive! You would never know that this is a flourless cookie by looking at it. I love the ingenious use of nut butter. Pinning.

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    March 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    macadamias are definitely a splurge item for me, but they’d make a delightful butter! these cookies look dreamy, and might be the first gluten free item to actually make me salivate!

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      March 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Haha — Thank you!

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    March 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Macadamia nut butter? What a delicious idea, and I love these cookies!

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    March 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I am pinning these to my Passover board. They will surely be on my menu!

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    Sarah | Broma Bakery
    March 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Uhm… this is genius. I need these in my life. NAHW!

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    March 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    We’re not a gluten free family so I don’t often make gluten free things…more often cakes than anything else. But I must say, your cookies really look delish, Sue. The macdamia nut butter sounds wonderful, bet it’s a great combo with white chocolate chips. (which I never used to like, but have slowly changed my mind) Super pics, too! I’m always pinning things from your blog!
    (don’t mind the ads, either)

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      March 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Barb— We’re not gluten free either, but I’ve been experimenting anyway and I find I like these better. Now that I don’t have kids around I don’t make cookies too often for us, but I think I would choose these over regular cookies, I think they taste as good, and I’m sure they are healthier :)

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    March 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, yum! These look wonderful! Macadamia nuts are so great in baked things, particularly cookies. Brilliant recipe — thanks.

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      March 11, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks John — macadamias are pretty sensational, they have that buttery texture like nothing else.

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    March 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Oh, how I wish this post was published just a few days ago…. we were in Hawaii and I would have bought enough macadamias to make butter….. Oh, well…

    I imagine these are amazing!

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      March 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Oh nuts! (pun intended)

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    March 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I am almost afraid to give these a try. Almost. :)

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    March 11, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Any reason not to use dark chocolate chips? Don’t really like the white, too sweet.

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      March 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Oh sure, use regular chocolate if you like. I usually agree with you about the white chocolate, but there is something about this combination that I love. The beauty of this type of cookie is that you can pretty much change it out any way you like!

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    March 11, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Wow, your flourless cookies look fantastic! And your photos are gorgeous!

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    Terry Covington
    March 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Absolutely LOVE your site, but I’m sorry to say the new ads under each picture are making it very difficult to read your blog entries on my computer. As I scroll down, the ads are not only distracting, but interfere with scrolling. I do not have a smart phone, and this is an increasing problem on many sites, not just yours. It’s discouraging. That said, your site is the best food blog find I’ve come across in a couple of years, and that is saying a great deal. That’s why I would like to be able to read it without the problems. I will keep coming back, but just wanted to let you know this computer user’s experience. All of your recipes that I have tried have been spot-on and delicious, and that is amazing.

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      March 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thanks so much Terry for letting me know, I just agreed to try out these ads today, and I will definitely give it some thought. The user experience is the most important thing to me, so I appreciate your taking the time to give me your opinion!

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        Mary Harber
        July 23, 2017 at 7:50 am

        I agree with Terry and thank you for your recipes as I have been telling all my friends about your website and I just liked you on Facebook. Please help a first time Macaron baker. My granddaughter wants to make the french cookies and I am terrified to even try as everyone says they are very hard to do successfully. I have very fine milled Almond Flour and all the piping bags and tips and the macaron mat. Any suggestions or recommendations?

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          July 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

          First, thanks for the supportive words, Mary, I appreciate it ~ but second, I’m afraid I’m just as stumped by macarons as you are, I haven’t ever tried to make them. I do hear that they are easier than you think, once you take the plunge. Here’s a recipe for chocolate macarons that I like: http://www.savingdessert.com/chocolate-macarons/ ~ hope this helps! And I promise to give them a try this year :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    You are amazing Sue – and these are amazing – I can’t believe what you did with nut butter. I’m all in on this one and can’t wait to see a chocolate hazelnut version.

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    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert
    March 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I would have never guessed that these are flourless! They look amazing, Sue. White chocolate chip and macadamia is my favorite!

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      March 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

      I know, i think all the cookies I’ve made so far with nut butters don’t look flourless at all, it’s really interesting! I tried to look up the science of it, but couldn’t find anything…maybe a food chemist will weigh in with the facts!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    March 11, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Sue!!! love these cookies! they are and look phenomenal!!!! love that they are flourless and can’t wait to try macadamia nut butter!!!

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      March 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

      macadamia butter is as luscious as it sounds, Alice :)

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