This vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies recipes needs just 9 ingredients! They are so easy to make and taste like traditional ones!
One of the great things about the last few years is the number of vegan products coming to the market to make things easier. One of the most exciting things is vegan white chocolate chips. Today, we are using those to make these vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
Macadamia nut cookies are popular around the holidays to give as a gift, specifically because they are the most expensive nut in the world. Given that, they aren’t typically made year round. However, people do very much enjoy them as a treat for the holidays.
Now, with the ease of being able to find vegan white chocolate for many, it’s becoming more popular to be able to have vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
We are sharing with you are favorite way to make them today that needs just nine ingredients. The dough can be frozen so if you just want to have 1 or 2 at a time, then you can totally do that.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I make these Top 8 Allergen Free?
These cookies use macadamia nuts, so they are not nut free. However, they can be free from other top allergens.
For the vegan butter, we would recommend using a soy free vegan butter, like Earth Balance soy free in the red tub
For gluten free, we have had the best of luck with King Arthur Measure for Measure flour.
Can I make any substitutions?
Besides the substitutions above for making Top 8 Allergen free, we are frequently asked if you can make them without vegan butter or swap out the sugar for a healthy sugar source.
The answer is yes, but. Yes, you can, but the taste and texture is obviously going to differ once you start making any changes.
For the butter you could make these with applesauce by replacing in the same amount.
For the sugar, we would recommend just replacing with a coconut sugar versus something else.
As far as the macadamia nuts, you could omit or swap with another nut.
Please, note that these are common swaps and we have not tested them out together. No matter what swaps you make they will not come out exactly as pictured, which is why we always recommend following our recipe.
Can I prep these ahead?
Yes! Let cool completely and then leave in an air tight container on the counter for up to 5 days. The fully baked cookies can also be completely cooled and frozen for up to 3 months.
Can I freeze the dough?
Of course. Whether you want to eat the entire batch at one time or you just need a couple here and there, you can totally roll out what you need and then freeze the remaining batter in an air tight freezer container or bag.
We do recommend that you roll into balls, flash freeze on a baking sheet for 30 minutes and then place into a freezer safe bag or container.
Can I refrigerate the dough until ready to use?
Absolutely! While chilling dough isn’t needed for this recipe, if you wanted to make the dough ahead, but not ready to make, just cover the bowl and place in the fridge up to a week.
It does take chilled cookies longer to cook so check after the recommended baking time and you may need an additional few minutes to finish your cookies.
What is vegan sugar?
In the United States, most sugar has been processed through bone char. While there are no animal parts left in the sugar, many vegans are not okay with the practice of using animal parts in the refining process.
This refers to white sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.
One easy way to ensure that your sugar has not been processed with bone char is to look for Organic or Non-Gmo sugars as bone char is not allowed with either of these.
Read more about vegan sugar here.
What makes these vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies easy?
First, if you are newly vegan and looking for something that reminds you of traditional white chocolate macadamia cookies without sacrificing anything in texture or taste, then this is the easiest recipe you are going to find.
Also, there’s only 9 ingredients, and you don’t need to chill the dough before using, which means you can have cookies ready to eat in under 20 minutes.
I mean it doesn’t get any easier than that. Well, I guess if someone else made them for you then that would be easier.
Can I eat this cookie dough?
Many people believe that since there’s no eggs in the dough, that they could just eat the dough; however, flour is actually more a risk for salmonella poisoning than eggs.
For that reason, we do not recommend eating this dough.
However, we do have an edible vegan chocolate chip cookie dough that you could swap chocolate chips for white chocolate and add in the macadamia nuts. Follow our gluten free edible vegan chocolate chip cookie dough for a gluten free version.
Are white chocolate chips vegan?
Traditionally, milk is added into white chocolate chips, making them not vegan; however, many people can now find vegan white chocolate chips.
The main ingredient that makes a cookie not vegan is either milk or whey (whey powder). If those ingredients are not included in the ingredient list, then the chocolate chips are likely vegan.
Where do you find vegan white chocolate chips?
If you are looking to just find vegan chocolate chips in the store, then you can absolutely find them. They are actually getting easier and easier.
Walmart now carries their line Great Value Organic White Chocolate Chips that are Top 8 allergen free. This makes them vegan friendly as well.
Tips on how to make the best vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies recipe:
We list a ton of tips above and highly recommend that you read each one if before you cook your cookies; however, if you want the short version here’s some easy tips on making the best vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe.
- Preheat the oven before you start making your dough
- Use a cookie scoop to ensure uniform size of cookies so they bake at an even temperature.
- Don’t make substitutions unless you are aware of the changes it will make to your cookies
- Watch your cookies in the oven as all oven temperatures are different you may need to pull out your cookies earlier or leave longer
What are other awesome vegan cookie ideas that I should make?
Whether you are doing a cookie exchange or you just want to switch up and make a new vegan cookie recipe, we have you covered.
We have over a dozen vegan cookie recipes that you can find when you click on our best vegan cookie recipes roundup.
We have everything from the salted caramel cookies you see above, as well as things like:
- vegan snickerdoodles
- vegan classic sugar cookies
- vegan peanut butter cookies
- vegan oatmeal cookies
- and more!
Just click here.
Pin these easy vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for later:
Easy Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350˚F (177˚C).
- In a bowl, add softened vegan butter and both sugars. Beat with a mixer (stand or hand) until light and creamy about 2 -3 mins.
- Add vanilla extract and apple sauce and beat them until combined (about 15 – 20 seconds).
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, add baking soda and salt and whisk together. Add flour mixture in 3 separate times, blending just until combined after each. Do not overmix.
- Fold in white chocolate chips and chopped Macadamia Nuts.
- Use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop to make 12 cookies and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 13-17 mins.
- Remove from oven and let rest about 15 – 20 mins to set.
- Store any leftovers in an air tight container.
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