Delicious Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookie Recipe

Greetings dear reader, and welcome to my Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies recipe! As a British chef, my passion for creating delectable treats inspired me to come up with this indulgent recipe. These cookies are an absolute delight for the senses and take your fancy cookie game up a notch.

The combination of creamy Irish cream liquer, roasted macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate is truly irresistible. Your taste buds will thank you for treating them to a symphony of flavors – from the rich buttery taste of the cookie dough to the delightful crunch of macadamia nuts all topped off with a smooth glaze made of powdered sugar and irish cream.

These are perfect treats for any occasion and are sure to be the centerpiece of any sweet spread – from casual family gatherings to elegant dinner parties. Trust me when I say that one bite of these cookies will make your taste buds dance with joy!

So, put on your apron, preheat your oven and get ready for an exquisite culinary journey as I guide you step by step on how to master this heavenly Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies
Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies

Are you a fan of sweets and in the mood for a delectable treat? Then look no further than this recipe for Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies! Get ready to indulge in an irresistible combination of buttery, nutty goodness with a hint of rich and creamy Irish cream. These cookies are perfect for any occasion, whether it be an afternoon tea or an elegant dessert to impress your guests.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can switch up the nuts by using white chocolate macadamia or even chocolate chip macadamia instead, for a twist on the classic recipe. These cookies also pair perfectly with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee or as a sweet snack to munch on anytime!

Aside from their irresistible taste, these cookies are easy to make with simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, such as butter and brown sugar. Additionally, the subtle addition of Irish cream adds depth of flavor to every bite. Trust us, you won’t regret trying this recipe.

In addition, these cookies are perfect for holidays and special occasions such as Christmas, Independence Day or any other social get-together where people who love sweets gather. Why settle for ordinary cookies when you can offer your guests something truly exceptional?

It’s no surprise that these macadamia and Irish cream cookies have become a favorite among cookie enthusiasts everywhere. Try them once, and they’re sure to become a staple in your cookie jar.

Ingredient List

 A warm batch of Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies fresh out of the oven
A warm batch of Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies fresh out of the oven

Here is the ingredient list for this scrumptious batch of cookies, featuring the nutty goodness of macadamia and the delightful kick of Irish Cream:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 oz white chocolate chips
  • 8 oz chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

For the glaze:
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
– 2 tablespoons butter or cream cheese, at room temperature

Make sure to follow the ingredient measurements precisely to achieve perfect results.

The Recipe How-To

 Close up of the deliciously soft and chewy center of a cookie
Close up of the deliciously soft and chewy center of a cookie

Now, let’s dive into the steps to make these delicious Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 oz white chocolate chips
  • 8 oz roasted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the Irish cream liqueur and vanilla extract.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda.

  5. With the mixer on low speed or by hand, gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

  6. Fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped roasted macadamia nuts with a spatula until evenly combined.

  7. Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon measure, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets about two inches apart.

  8. Bake for about 12–14 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges.

  9. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for five minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

Pro Tips:

  • Use high-quality white chocolate chips and roasted macadamia nuts for maximum flavor.
  • For an extra boozy kick, swap out half of the Irish cream liqueur with Bailey’s Chocolate cherry liqueur [bold].
  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour if it becomes too soft to handle.
  • Store the cookies for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Freeze scoops of dough on cookie sheets, then store in resealable bags and bake off as needed.

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly golden brown edges that give the cookies their signature crunch
Perfectly golden brown edges that give the cookies their signature crunch

This Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies recipe is a delicious treat, but if you’re looking to switch it up or cater to specific dietary needs, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try.

For starters, if you don’t have Irish cream on hand, you can easily substitute it with another cream liqueur such as Baileys Chocolate or Espresso Cream. If you’re not a fan of liqueurs, you can opt for a non-alcoholic substitute like half-and-half or heavy cream.

For those who prefer a gluten-free option, simply swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free alternative. You can also make these cookies vegan by using plant-based butter and substituting the half-and-half with almond or soy milk.

If you want to add more flavors and textures to this recipe, consider adding in some chocolate chips, M&Ms or even chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. For white chocolate lovers, try adding more white chocolate chunks or using white chocolate instead of dark chocolate.

Additionally, you can play around with the nut combination by swapping out the macadamia nuts with other nuts such as almonds, cashews or hazelnuts. If you prefer a simpler cookie without nuts but still want the Irish cream flavor, you can remove the macadamia nuts entirely and add extra Irish cream to the dough mixture.

With these substitutions and variations, this recipe can be tailored to your personal preferences and dietary restrictions while still maintaining its delicious flavor.

Serving and Pairing

 A tempting stack of cookies topped with a sprinkle of sea salt
A tempting stack of cookies topped with a sprinkle of sea salt

Once your macadamia and Irish cream cookies have cooled down to room temperature, it’s time to indulge in the scrumptious treat! Pair these cookies with a warm cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite mild wine for an ultimate sensory experience. The creamy texture and rich flavor of Irish cream blends perfectly with the crunchiness of macadamia nuts, leaving an irresistible aftertaste that you won’t be able to forget.

For serving, you can arrange these cookies on a decorative platter to create an eye-catching presentation, especially if you’re entertaining a crowd or preparing them for Christmas cookie swap parties. You can also place them in decorative gift wrappers with ribbons or colorful tissue paper for an impressive holiday gift.

For those who want to elevate their dessert game further, try serving macadamia and Irish cream cookies with other sweet treats such as chocolate chip macadamia nut pie or M&M cookies. You can also switch things up by adding a dollop of whipped cream or cream cheese frosting on top of the cookies for a decadent experience.

However, if you prefer to keep things simple, enjoying these cookies just as they are is still incredibly satisfying.

Whatever way you choose to serve and pair these delightful macadamia and Irish cream cookies, one thing is certain – they will leave your taste buds craving for more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A bite-size piece of cookie heaven - Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies
A bite-size piece of cookie heaven – Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies

One of the best things about these Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies is that you can easily make the dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking.

Once you’ve baked the cookies, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If you want to keep them even longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Simply thaw them at room temperature or briefly reheat them in the oven.

To reheat the cookies, simply place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and warm them in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for a few minutes until they’re heated through. You can also warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds, but be careful not to overdo it, as they can quickly become soggy.

These cookies are sure to be a hit at any gathering or holiday event, and with their make-ahead option and easy storage potential, they’re perfect for busy bakers who want to get a head start on their baking projects. So go ahead, try this irresistible cookie recipe today and enjoy the sweet taste of macadamia nuts and Irish cream!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The distinctive flavor of Irish cream adds a special richness to these cookies
The distinctive flavor of Irish cream adds a special richness to these cookies

Achieving the perfect cookie can be a bit tricky, but with these tips and tricks, your Macadamia Irish Cream Cookies will be absolute perfection. Follow these tips to ensure that you get the most delicious and irresistible cookies possible.

Firstly, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This will allow them to mix together seamlessly and create the smoothest batter. Leaving your ingredients out for approximately 30 minutes beforehand is enough time for them to reach room temperature.

Another crucial tip is to measure your ingredients accurately. Baking is one form of cooking that requires precision. Even the smallest measuring mistake can throw your recipe off completely, so ensure that you measure each ingredient correctly.

When it comes to mixing the dough, do not overwork it! Overworking your dough means that the cookies will come out hard and dry instead of chewy and soft. Take care of stopping mixing once everything is combined evenly.

It’s also essential not to skip on chilling the cookie dough before baking. Chilling allows flavors to meld together and prevents them from spreading out too much in the oven as they bake. For best results, chill your batter for at least an hour before scooping it onto your baking sheet.

When you finally put your cookies into the oven for baking, keep a close eye on them because every oven varies in temperature. Pull them out just before they are fully cooked because they’ll continue baking slightly after you take them out of the oven. You’ll know they’re ready when they’ve turned golden brown around the edges, but they should still be soft in the center.

Lastly, remember to enjoy the process! Baking is fun, and so should be eating what you make. Experiment with different combining flavors or textures for something totally unique than usual!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies recipe is one of my personal favorites. With its perfect blend of Irish cream, macadamia nuts, white chocolate, and other high-quality ingredients, this classic recipe is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. Not only is it easy to make and customize according to your taste preferences, but it is an excellent option for various occasions such as Christmas cookie swaps or just a fun afternoon baking session with loved ones.

By following the instructions provided in this recipe article and the tips I have shared along the way, you will be able to create a delicious batch of macadamia and Irish cream cookies that everyone will enjoy. Whether you decide to substitute some of the ingredients or stick with the original recipe, I suggest you do try this recipe at least once in your life.

Lastly, don’t forget about the various serving and pairing options available for these yummy cookies. You can pair them with a cold glass of milk or coffee for an extra flavorful experience. You could also consider making them ahead and storing them for convenience or gifting them to someone special.

I hope you found this recipe article helpful and informative in your journey towards becoming a successful baker specializing in British cuisine. Remember always to have fun while cooking, experiment with different ingredients and techniques, and take pride in every masterpiece you create!

Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies

Macadamia and Irish Cream Cookies Recipe

Innocent looking like a Toll House, but far more sophisticated and rich! The dough is flavored with Irish Cream and dotted with macadamia nuts, then topped with an Irish Cream Glaze. Chocolate chips or chunks would probably be yummy in place of the nuts. (Recipe from a Land 'O Lakes cookie magazine.)
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Drop Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 dozen
Calories 835.5kcal



  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup irish cream (Bailey's)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3 1/4 ounce) jar macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons irish cream


  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy; scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Add the half-and-half, Irish Cream, and vanilla; blend well.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually add the flour, baking soda, and salt just until combined. Stir in the nuts.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets; bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze: stir together the powdered sugar and Irish Cream in a small bowl until smooth; drizzle over cooled cookies. Let stand until glaze is set.


Serving: 743g | Calories: 835.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 108.3g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 43.7g | Saturated Fat: 18.7g | Cholesterol: 66.6mg | Sodium: 344.8mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 68.9g

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