Recipes from the Manor

Maitland Manor White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Cookies

White chocolate cherry macadamia nut cookie from Maitland Manor

Maitland Manor White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

Cookies are one of our favorite things to make and share with our guests and when it comes to varieties, the sky's the limit! These cookies were created by owner and innkeeper Sydney Rubin when she found herself with an abundance of dried cherries and wanted to make something a little different. This is the base recipe, but sometimes we trade the macadamias for toasted pistachios or swap the cherries out for dried cranberries. Think of this recipe as a canvas on which to paint your own masterpiece. This recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies using a standard-sized cookie scoop.


1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening (we often use butter flavored Crisco)

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla paste

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp fine sea salt

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, cut in half

1 cup rough chopped dried cherries

Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine butter, shortening, and sugars in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat (using the paddle attachment) on medium until pale yellow and fluffy in texture.

Add the egg and vanilla paste and beat until combined.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture slowly to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.

Add the nuts, dried cherries, and chocolate chips to the batter and mix by hand. It will take some oompah to get these all mixed in!

Use a standard sized cookie scoop or drop by heaping spoonfuls onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until puffy and just browning around the edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes to set up, then remove to cooling rack.


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