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Oct072010

Coconut Lime Macadamia Cookies

Coconut lime macadamia cookies

I know.  I know!  Coconut Lime Macadamia Cookies are not a new idea.  They’re certainly not very Autumn-ish.  But--they are one of my all time favorite cookies.  I love anything with lime.  And macadamias?  Such a treat for me.  We don’t buy them very often--they come in such teeny jars, and not with a teeny price.

A short while ago, I was contacted by Sam at Oh! Nuts.  He wanted to know if I’d be interested in sampling some of their products.  I said I’d love to!  By the way, we’re not just talking nuts here--they’ve got quality dried fruits and tons o’ candy and chocolate, too!  I know, this site could be dangerous.  Dangerously GOOD!  They even have snack mixes, granola, ice creams, and baked goods if that’s what you’re looking for.

I gave Sam a list of what I’d like to try, he placed my order, and get this--it arrived in just a few days!  Super fast shipping. 

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We tried California Medjool dates, popcorn kernels, roasted salted macadamias, sweet and salty peanuts, and chili lemon pistachios.  Everything was outstanding and so fresh--what great quality!  The dates?  They were the creamiest, most velvety dates I’ve ever had in my life--and we’ve tried a lot here.  They were truly decadent, and at only $7.99 per pound?  Totally worth it.  The popcorn kernels popped up so fluffy and really large, too!  We noticed the difference right away--and there were barely any unpopped ones!  Those sweet and salty peanuts are completely addictive.  I’m serious--you’ll have to have someone take the bag away from you if you want to stop.  Chili-lemon pistachios are incredible!  They take pistachios to a whole new level!  But be warned--the heat really creeps up on you--and still, you don’t want to stop.

I knew I was going to make cookies with the macadamias as soon as I ordered them. I think if you have macadamias in the house, it’s some kind of law that you make cookies. And who am I to break the laws of baking? Truth be told, when we first tasted them, I didn’t want to make anything with them.  I just wanted them straight from the bag!  You don’t get macadamias like this in grocery stores.  They’re golden brown and so flavorful--not all pale and blah like the ones we usually see.  Try some for yourself and taste the difference!

Oh! Nuts Macadamias

My cookies had to be full of flavor.  I toasted the coconut, used a whole mess of lime zest, and some lime juice.  I even used Lindt White Coconut Bars.  All of those things added up to cookies that are packed with great taste and  texture. 

Coconut Lime Macadamia Cookies

adapted from Taste of Home

Makes 17 (4") cookies, plus 19 (3") cookies.
Your amounts may differ if you're not weird like me, making all different sizes of cookies from one batch...

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
juice of half a lime
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
zest of one lime (I'm pretty sure I grabbed a bit out of the freezer and threw it  in, so maybe zest of 1 1/2 limes)
1 cup chopped macadamias 
1 cup toasted coconut
2 (3.5 oz) Lindt White Coconut Bars, roughly chopped

Heat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar.  Add the eggs, both extracts, and lime juice.  Blend well.

In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and lime zest.  Add this mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well.  Fold in the macadamias, coconut, and chocolate.

Bake larger cookies (made with a 2 inch cookie scoop) for about 16 minutes, and smaller cookies (dropped by rounded teaspoon) for about 11 minutes, on parchment covered baking sheets.  Move to cooling racks to cool completely. 

  • They’re crunchy on the edges, and chewy in the middle--like a cookie should be! 
  • There’s also crunch from the nuts and toasted coconut, and pretty flecks of lime zest. 
  • Though these aren’t traditionally a holiday cookie, I think they’d be right at home on your holiday cookie trays.  Like a taste of summer along with the traditional holiday flavors. 
  • Do yourself a favor and get on over to Oh! Nuts to check out what they have to offer.  With holiday baking coming up, I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of things you need.  Or want.
  • Seasonal Bonus:  Look at their Halloween and Autumn/Thanksgiving candy!  Be prepared for the upcoming holidays and have a look at their Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holiday assortments, as well.

Coconut lime macadamia cookies  

Disclaimer:  I received my full size samples from Oh! Nuts at no charge, and was not paid for my opinion.  I just really like nuts. Ha! 

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Reader Comments (13)

These cookies look fabulous! Love coconut lime anything. :)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I think these are totally decadent enough for any party cookie platter! I can taste those flavors in my imagination, and I want some now!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

these look and sound incredible...who needs fall when you can have these cookies?! :)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

coconut is meant to be eaten allllll year round. you know that. i love this combo in a cocktail, so why not in a cookie. wouldn't this be good in a cheesecake too? lol (cheesecake on the brain)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugar

I too really like nuts! Macadamia nuts are like the exotic treat reserved for very special occasions....like cookies! Your cookies look fabulous, of course. I've had macadamia lime but never with coconut. Sounds heavenly though!
I'll have to keep this nut company in mind when I'm far from stores with ingredients like that, as I will be very soon.

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Elle, That first pic such a tease!! I love anything coconut, and coconut, lime macademia nuts, oh my!! Absolutely stunning!! Shulie

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFoodWanderings

Looks wonderful - printing the recipe now! Happy autumn!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Dean

Thank you, everyone! :)

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Great cookies Elle!

These cookies look amazing! Love how you can see the flecks of lime too. Sounds like a tropical vacation for my mouth :)

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee (Kudos Kitchen)

Hi Elle ~ I have an award to share with you! I have followed your blog regularly and love your recipes. Please stop by my blog when you're able =)

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen

salted, roasted macadamias are among the finest things on earth. these cookies rock, elle!

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrace

I love their chili lemon pistachios and chocolate covered nuts of all kinds

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate Delivery

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