Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Inspired from Big Island Candy in Hilo, Hawaii, Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies. from #DietersDownfallLilikoi Cheesecake – Day One – Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies

While on vacation in Hawaii, I did some baking for my family. I decided to make some Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Curd, and a Cheesecake for everyone. Let me just tell you how amazing this was!

Lilikoi Cheesecake made with Mac Nut Shortbread crust and homemeade lilikoi curd. from #DietersDownfallThe Shortbread Cookies were inspired from a local cookie shop – Big Island Candies. We drive over to Hilo and get a few boxes of these to bring back for ourselves and for gifts. They have a lot of yummy cookies and candies and it’s so hard to make up my mind while I’m there.

I decided to make these to be a cookie crust for my cheesecake. It’s a good thing that there were more than enough for the crust and for dipping.

Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Shortbread dipped in Chocolate. from #DietersDownfallWhile on the Big Island, I’ve gone to the beach, the pool, the forest, the desert, and the Jacuzzi. It’s a tough life, but hey – it’s my life. I am blessed to have parents who live here and siblings who fly over from Oahu to spend time with us. There was a total of 11 of us in the house and we all fit comfortably. At  least the adults did; the kids slept on a few futons on the floor. They seemed very comfortable.

I will be here a few more days and I am excited to go on our boat ride with snorkeling. It looks amazing. Watch for photos on my Instagram feed with #psbonvacay.

Enjoy a delicious Hawaiian Cookie at home. from #DietersDownfall

Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

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Easy and Delicious Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies - from Hawaii with Aloha!
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  1. Beat the butter until smooth and add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Gradually add flour then mix in the 1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts.
  2. Transfer the batter to a sheet of parchment paper. Lay a second sheet over top and roll to ¼ inch thickness. Try to shape into a rectangle as much as possible. Place it onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°F and remove dough from refrigerator.
  4. Slice the cookie batter into 1x2 inch rectangles. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchement and back for 20 minutes. The edges should be slightly browned but the middle may still be soft.
  5. Cool the cookies completely.
  6. If you are making a crust, set aside at least ⅔ of the finished cookies. Set aside some of the "prettier" cookies for dipping.
  7. Melt your chocolate and dip the cookies or spoon the chocolate over the cookie. Gently remove any excess chocolate, lay it out on a sheet of parchment and sprinkle some finely chopped mac nuts on.
  8. Place into the fridge to set the chocolate and then serve.


  1. I got to taste-test these!! Sooooo good!!

  2. These look so pretty and delicious!

  3. Wow, these must me great! I love both macadamia and cheesecake! Thank you for sharing your cookie’s recipe! I found you through Emily’s Linky Party.


  4. Oh these look wonderful! I really love shortbread and this is a neat twist on the old classic!

  5. These cookies look absolutely beyond delicious! I love them…thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh yum! Macadamia nuts are my favorite and so is shortbread. Combined? Yes, please!!!

  7. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe at The Pin Junkie! It was featured at this week’s party at

  8. These look so delicious, do you know roughly how many cookies this recipe made? I’m not planning on making the cookies into a crust, just dipping them all in chocolate and nuts!

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      I think I got about 18 – 24 from the batch. It depends on how big you slice them and how thin you roll them. I had enough to crumble for my crust and dip for snacking on.

  9. Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies and I am anxious to try this one with macadamia nuts so my oldest child will eat them. Macadamia nuts are his favorite!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  10. Whenever I visit my family in Hilo I always have to visit Big Island Candy for the macnut shortbread cookies. I can’t wait to make these!


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