Macadamia and White Chocolate Chip Cookies for a Cookie Exchange…and A Giveaway!

by doughmesstic on December 23, 2013

in cookies, Giveaways, holidays, Recipes, Sponsored

Have you even done a search for holiday cookies recently?

macadamia nut cookies

Don’t.  Just, don’t.  It’s overwhelming, and you’ll likely find yourself immersed in sugary concoctions on Pinterest, which will start with gingerbread cookies, then ginger recipes, then red hair shades, then you’ll drive 3 hours to have colorful stripes put into your hair because Pinterest thought it was a good idea.

But you wanted to look up cookie recipes.  I know, I know.  There are so many to choose from, but if you are like me, you want a huge variety.  I get it.  Time is short though, kids, and it’s time to get smart.

Have a cookie exchange.

Just convince a few other friends to bake some cookies – their favorites – and you bake a few dozen of a couple of your favorites as well.  Bake today and then open some wine tomorrow afternoon, tell the husbands you have some important things to tend to, and swap those cookies over a glass or four of moscato.

Now you have several dozen cookies in like 10 different flavors, and my, was it ever easy.

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Country Crock has some great printables and recipes on their Holiday Cookie Exchange page, with plenty of ideas on how to make the most of your cookie exchange.  They were kind enough to sponsor this post, so I hope you’ll check out that info.  Yes, it’s great for Christmas, but honestly, why not at other times during the year?  Valentines would be fun, too.  Or Easter.  Or Mardi Gras?  Arbor Day?  Is there a bad time to have a boat load of cookies? (Boat load equals a great theme for Columbus Day which is ideal for eating cookies…you’re welcome.)

To encourage you just a little more, here is a cookie from the Country Crock site that I had to make.  Of course, I had to change it up, because well, you know me – I can’t leave anything alone.  It’s delicious, and is great for a cookie exchange!  It was a simple and ever-so-easy base cookie recipe, so I turned it into Macadamia & White Chocolate Chip Cookies instead of Zebra Chocolate Chip Cookies. My way or the original way, you can’t go wrong!

In the background there, you can see the Peanut Butter Honey and Oat Cookies from the Country Crock site – also delish!  (and divine if you sub in Biscoff Spread for the peanut butter, ahem, were you so inclined, hehe!)  Scroll down for the recipe!

Now – those Macadamia Nut Cookies.  Yesssss.

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Macadamia and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

(adapted from Country Crock)

Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spread
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease baking sheets; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat Country Crock® Spread with sugars until light and fluffy in large bowl with electric mixer, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping sides occasionally. Gradually beat in flour mixture until blended. Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips and nuts. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Let stand 2 minutes on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.

 


Peanut Butter Honey and Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Honey 'N Oatmeal Cookies


The Giveaway

There’s still time to get your best girlfriends (and baking guy friends) together for a last minute cookie exchange, so get on it!  Plus to encourage you just a little, how about a Holiday Cookie Giveaway from Country Crock?

One lucky reader will win a Country Crock Holiday Cookie gift pack (ARV: $40) that includes:

  • Premium rolling pin
  • 30-piece cookie cutter set
  • Three full value Country Crock spread coupons

To enter, just leave a comment sharing your favorite cookie, or a link to your favorite recipe. For an additional entry tweet your favorite cookie using the hashtag #CountryCrockCookies. So easy!

For more information on Country Crock:

Disclaimer: This post and giveaway was sponsored by Country Crock.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

itzia December 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

my absolute favorite cookie is a molasses cookie.

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itzia December 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Fontaina December 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Love the molasses cookies.

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latanya December 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love oatmeal raisin cookies

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latanya December 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Linda Ingo December 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I can’t pass up White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

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Lori Ladd December 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Tracy December 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

They’re not holiday cookies, per se, but oatmeal raisin are my favorite. I’m bookmarking these, though!

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Mimi December 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

My favorite cookie is browned butter chocolate chip!

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Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness December 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

My favorite cookie is hands down a shortbread cookie…especially with a little browned butter and lemon zest! But, these look like they miiiiight rival those! Love white chocolate macadamia cookies!

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David December 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

My favorite cookie, especially this time of year, is the oatmeal scotchie

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David December 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Christina December 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm

My favorite is the molasses cookie. Sadly, my husband doesn’t like them and my kids seem to take after him in that respect.

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Karyn December 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

My favorite cookie has always been…and will always be…Snickerdoodles. Yum!

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alexis k. December 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I love sugar cookies- preferably iced!

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bianca @ sweet dreaming December 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm
Terri B December 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I love peanut butter cup cookies!

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Linda Meyers Gabbard December 24, 2013 at 6:09 am

My favorite cookies is one a friend of mine makes. She calls it a Everything Dump Cookie. She takes a basic oatmeal cookie recipe then adds chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and several different types of nuts. Basically whatever chios and nuts she has on hand. They are AWESOME.

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Linda Meyers Gabbard December 24, 2013 at 6:32 am
Kelli December 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

My favorite is chocolate chip…plain & simple.

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Leah December 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I love my mom’s chocolate chip cookies!

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heather December 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

My favorite cookie is moms Christmas sugar cookies they are the very best ever!

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Kelster December 25, 2013 at 1:01 am

RiChocolate chip cookies

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Liza December 25, 2013 at 4:27 am

I love any kind of Swedish cookies but at holiday time I prefer gingersnaps. You can find them here at World Market.

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Sarah valley December 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I love mint chocolate cookies!

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Susan Christy December 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

My favorite cookie is a big, soft ginger cookie. I want to make some sugar cookies, but I moved and now I can’t find my rolling pin….it’s got to be in a box somewhere!!!

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Judy December 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

My favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle.

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Theresa Sea December 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

snickerdoodles!

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staci brown December 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm
staci brown December 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

i love double chocolate chip cookies, but i would love to try the Zebra Chocolate chip cookies

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sara December 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Lisa December 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I love a good old fashioned snickerdoodle!

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Lisa December 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm
carolyn December 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I love spritz cookies

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Ashley H December 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I love chocolate chip cookies.

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Melissa L. December 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Meghan Finley December 28, 2013 at 12:16 am

I love snickerdoodles

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Meghan Finley December 28, 2013 at 12:17 am
Nicole December 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I love my gram’s chocolate chip cookies. It is the Tollhouse cookie recipe, doubled, with an extra egg, and mini chocolate chips

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Allison Downes December 29, 2013 at 2:27 am

My favorite cookie is snickerdoodles.

Thank you for the nice giveaway!

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Claudia December 29, 2013 at 3:28 am

My favorite cookie is chocolate chip.

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