Macadamia Nut Cookies studded with white chocolate M & M’s make them irresistible! This is a delicious, easy cookie recipe! Perfect indulgence when you get a cookie craving.

These chewy, autumnal M & M Cookies are given a fall twist with seasonal colored, white chocolate M & M’s. Swap out with white chocolate Easter, Christmas or Patriotic colored candies depending on the time of year!

3 M&M White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies on a small white plate.

Why You Must Make

  • If you’re a fan of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, these gems are right up your alley!
  • Soft, chewy and buttery, adding white chocolate M&Ms kicked these up a notch.
  • You can make for any holiday using seasonal M&Ms!

I was scheduled to put on my Lifestyle Expert hat and discuss “orange” cooking tools for a local TV segment. It was close to Halloween and apparently, folks love a splash of orange in the kitchen for the holiday. But, to keep my food blogger status in good standing, I also needed to bring a treat for the crew. I thought of my Killer Pumpkin Bars with their thick coating of cream cheese frosting but decided to shake up my favorite White Chocolate Macadamia Nut  Cookies with some festive M&M’s.

I nabbed a bag of White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s at Target and swapped out some of the white chocolate chips for the candy-coated chocolates. Little did I know that these orange, yellow and white morsels were not filled with plain ol’ white chocolate but instead white chocolate with candy corn flavoring. Hmmmmm. I’m not sure I’d go that route again. But M&M’s can be found in all sorts of colors and flavors, so go with what works with the season or the holiday du jour when you make your version of M&M White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies!

M&M White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies in small ceramic terrine.

A Major Loss to the Blogger Community

This blog post is dedicated to a dear blogger friend who left this world way too early. She went to bed with a “stomachache” and didn’t wake up in the morning. Joan had an extremely popular blog, Chocolate Chocolate and More.

She was kind and generous and only 49 years old when she passed away from a heart attack (please scroll to the bottom of this post for symptoms of a heart attack in women). Her death has created a huge void in the blogging world. A savvy businesswoman, Joan shared so many tips with me as well as so of my foodie friends.

Joan Hayes in Seattle.

Photo courtesy of Shanna Schad

We belonged to a small Facebook group and would frequently meet sans makeup, in PJs, with our beverage of choice by our computers for a Google chat. Ideas would fly back and forth and I learned so much from this blogging dynamo.

Joan took her chocolate/dessert centered blog to the top of the blogger realm. But she always took time to network with her blogger peeps–and Joan will live on through her blog.

Her recipes are easy and approachable. Not to mention delicious! Each click will continue to bring in revenue to assist Joan’s three children. They will benefit from us all keeping her blog alive. I’ve added some links below to a few of her amazing recipes. Rest in peace, my friend. I’ll toast you with a cup of hot chocolate and a chocolate laden cookie until we meet again.

Signs of a Heart Attack in Women:

  • Shortness of  breath on exertion
  • Heartburn (especially new heartburn)
  • The usual achiness in chest, arms, jaw
  • Back pain, nausea or just a gut feeling that something is wrong

Please realize that men and women can have different symptoms of a heart attack. A woman may never have the crushing chest pain that is classically thought of as heart pain. Pay attention to your body and trust your gut. Head to the ER or call 911 if you are concerned. Until you have an EKG and cardiac enzymes drawn, you won’t know for sure whether it’s your heart or something else causing your symptoms. I don’t want to lose another friend. Thank you!!!

With Joan Hayes of Chocolate Chocolate and More and other blogger friends in Seattle.

With Joan, Kim, and Dionne in Seattle, in September 2014

More Cookies You’ll Love:

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M&M White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

M&M White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 36 cookies

Chewy cookies filled with macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, and white chocolate M&M's


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate M&M's, plus more to press into cookies when they come out of the oven
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In your mixer, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix till combined.
  4. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture; mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Stir in the chopped white chocolate, M&M's and macadamia nuts.
  6. Spoon out generous tablespoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2-inches between cookies.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are light brown. Slightly under-baking will make for a chewy cookie.
  8. Remove from oven, press a few M&M's into each hot cookie, if desired, let cool for a couple minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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