Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries

I recently re-discovered this recipe in my insane as-yet-to-be-baked recipe collection. Something about the cranberries made them seem like a must for holiday baking. Plus, it’s not every day you get to make your own macadamia butter.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries are made with a simple macadamia butter and flavored with sweet and tart dried cranberries.

As I started making them, I had the strangest sense of dough-ja-vu. I was so convinced that this was not my first time making these that I stopped and checked the BoB archives. I didn’t find them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m wrong. I just get to enjoy them again and share them with all of you this time around.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries are wonderfully buttery, chewy, and sweet.

These are wonderfully buttery, chewy cookies. The cranberries add a bit of sweetness and tartness to make them a bit more interesting. Another point in their favor, especially this time of year, they are pretty little things that would look lovely on a cookie tray or in a gift box.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: about 30 cookies

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries


  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

Place macadamia nuts in a food processor. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine processed macadamia nuts, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat well. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Dough will be thick. Stir in cranberries. Chill dough 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Place 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Lightly press each ball into sugar. Place cookie balls, sugar side up, on prepared baking sheets. Gently press the top of each cookie with a fork twice to form a crisscross pattern. Dip fork in water as needed to keep it from sticking to cookies.

Bake cookies (1 baking sheet at a time) for 9-11 minutes, or until golden. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


Cook time is per baking pan.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

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  1. Ryan December 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh these look wonderful! :) I love macadamia nuts, and these cookies do look very festive!

  2. betty December 22, 2011 Reply

    I love butter cookies! they are the best, so soft and delicious

  3. Mern George December 22, 2011 Reply

    i have been recently addicted to butter cookies.i would have made this one.pity we don’t get cranberries here.

  4. Tv Food and Drink December 30, 2011 Reply

    Just last night my Kitchen OCD took over and I almost threw away the last of some dried cranberries I had used on a Wild Boar, Goat Cheese and Cranberry pizza. Why did I want to throw them out when they were still perfectly good? Because I was annoyed by having to look at the cheap plastic container they came in! Why didn’t I just take them out of there and put them in a more appealing container? Hey, whose comment is this – yours or mine??

    Anyway, I DID NOT throw them out, and it was apparently God’s will because now I have the perfect recipe for them!

  5. Silvio December 30, 2011 Reply

    Hi, first time in here and love it. The cookies cut my attention and eager to make them. One question and apologize for my ignorance but I dont see any butter in the recipe.

    • jennifer December 30, 2011 Reply

      Welcome, Silvio! The cookies are actually made from macadamia butter, which is similar to peanut butter. It’s made by grinding up the macadamias in a food processor.

  6. Silvio December 31, 2011 Reply

    Thank you so much!! I made a batch and they are already gone, they are absolutely Fab!Love them :-).

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