Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Chips & Macadamia Nuts

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Macadamia Nuts might be my new favorite cookie. They’re ultra soft, loaded with white chocolate chips and chopped, salty macadamia nuts; these are seriously the goods, y’all.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Chips & Macadamia Nuts |

Olympic ramblings….

Scott Hamilton is head over heels better than any of the other sports commentators covering the Olympics. His enthusiasm when a skater makes a particularly hard jump or the softness in his voice when they miss, keeps me watching. Not to take anything away from the skaters but Scott Hamilton IS ice skating for me. (And sometimes the only reason I watch.)

I’m so glad Bob Costas has gotten his eye infection under control because listening to Matt Lauer host Prime Time was excruciating for me. The guy is pompous and I hate the way he sits there with his legs crossed so cocky. Not a Lauer fan, not at all.

Noelle Pikus Pace is a total bad ass. Olympian + mom of two young kids. #Nuffsaid #badass

Pretty cool to watch all the Parkites (Park City locals) representing and killing it. Ligity, Holcomb, Sage…so many little kids with giant Olympic dreams in many thanks to you guys.

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But of all the Olympic events this year, I’m most looking forward to the 4-man bobsled this weekend. Chris Fogt is the little brother of my dearest friend and I’ve known her family for 15 + years. I love this family so much and it’s been really cool to see Chris’s journey to the Olympics. Chris is nothing short of amazing. He’s an Army officer, has served in Iraq, and is now competing in his second Olympics between his Army duties. The best part of all? He’s seriously the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. My 7 year old idolizes him. And he’s equally impressed with his Olympic endeavors as he is the fact he’s an army man. As a mom, I can’t think of a better role model for my boys and we’re so psyched to cheer him on this weekend!

Team 1 bobsled, USA
Team 1 USA competing in Park City last year.

As I said above, my best girlfriend is in town this week. She’s in Utah visiting her family and cheering on her brother. I couldn’t be more thrilled that she snuck up to Park City for a few days so we could spend some serious catch up time. We only get to see each other a few times a year and when we get a few days together we make the most of it. Yesterday we spend the afternoon at the Montage swimming outdoors in the snow, drinking bloodies and toasting s’mores. She brought her 5 year old son with her so as you can imagine, my boys + her boy = a crazy active house for a few days. It’s loud, there is a lot of wrestling going on and my their rooms look like a small tornado hit. Rest assured, it’s all good. I wouldn’t want it any other way. And nothing a glass of wine can’t fix.

Homemade bobsleds
“Pushing” their homemade bobsleds.

The boys built bobsleds out of old tupperware bins and have been practicing their pushes, taking tips from “Uncle Chris” and the boys. Representing team USA from the comforts (or not) of our staircase. As I type, they’re watching Cool Runnings, taking in as much bobsled culture as they can. It’s the perfect way to relax in between runs… or so I’m told.

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Gotta keep our little athletes fueled so homemade cookies are on the agenda this afternoon and I’m pretty sure these Chewy Brown Sugar Sugar Cookies will make the cut. We might switch up the mix-ins and go with milk or dark chocolate chips but I’ll let the bobsledders-in-training decide.

Have a great weekend, everyone and go TEAM USA!!!


Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Chips & Macadamia Nuts

  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 + 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped, salted macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Place softened butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. (Or you could use a hand mixer as well.) Beat on medium speed until butter and sugar is light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts.
  6. Scoop dough by the heaping tablespoon and place on a prepared baking sheet (use either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet), about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are lightly browned around the edges- about 10 minutes. Remove cookies from the oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.
  7. Devour…..


This cookie recipe has been modified for high altitude baking. If you are making these cookies at sea level, decrease flour to 2 cups, increase baking soda to 2 teaspoons, increase brown sugar to 1 1/4 cups and decrease vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Baking times may vary.

Cookie recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction which was adapted from Epicurious.