Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (2024)

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (1)


Rating: 5 stars


Am making another batch of these cookies as we just demolished the first batch! Left dried crans whole and added in about 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract. O.M.G... yum! I veganised it by replacing the egg with 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 1/4 cup warm water.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (2)


Rating: 4 stars


These tasted pretty good, but had something left to be desired.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (3)


Rating: 4 stars


This is the third year that I have made these cookies for Christmas. I love the subtle flavor of the macadamia nut, but to get an extra punch--I tried adding orange flavored dried cranberries (found at Trader Joe's) and they were wonderful. The orange added a lot of flavor to the cookie without being over-powering. I highly recommend it.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (4)


Rating: 1 stars


I used a Cuisinart (took a lot longer than 2 min. to get a smooth butter) and a stand mixer and had no trouble at all with the recipe as written. The problem is that other than a slight nutmeg flavor, they are very bland. I will not make them again, but I would suggest to others who want to try these to leave the cranberries whole so that there is more cranberry flavor. I used a round tablespoon size measuring spoon to form the cookies. I flatened the first tray, but we like chewy cookies, so for the second tray, I left the dough in a dome shape and baked one minute less. The texture was much better!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (5)


Rating: 3 stars


So how much nut butter does the 2/3 c nuts yield? I'm wishing the recipe had just called for the quantity of macadamia nut butter. I had a hard time making such a small quantity of nut butter in my blender - I would have rather used a whole jar-ful of nuts and then measured out how much nut butter was needed, or just bought macadamia nut butter at the store. Yummy cookies, but I'll skip this one in the future and instead look for a recipe that tells you how much macadamia nut butter to use.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (6)


Rating: 4 stars


These are decent cookies. Used a blender to make the "butter" but also added 1/2tsp of olive oil since the recipe didn't call for any butter/oil. The batter was very stiff once I added all the flour so I was glad I was using the stand up mixer. Chilled for probably 45 minutes. Had very little trouble with batter becoming sticky and the batter was not crumbly at all. Baked one pan at a time exactly as directed. The cookies came out great. Really loved the chopped dried cranberries and the subtle nutty flavor.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (7)


Rating: 5 stars


haven't made these yet, they sound so good....going to make them next week after I buy the nuts... here is MY complaint....hate the way you have your printing set up, I do NOT want the store info on my if someone knows how to NOT print that stuff I would find that most helpful....I print front to back and this recipe if printed in full is 3 include the store info...ANNOYING!!!! thank YOU for the printing info... baked these this morning...very tasty....I did have to add 1 tablespoon of water, live in the desert and it's very dry the cookie dough was very crumbly...

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (8)


These are the best cookie I have ever made. I get compliments every time i make them. People don't believe me when I tell them that they have NO butter in them! Follow all directions like everyone else says. Make sure you process the nuts until they get creamy/buttery looking or they won't turn out right. DO NOT add butter as some people advise. The nuts are your butter substitute except they are a good fat, not an unhealthy one. The dough will be very hard to mix, this is normal. Make sure you undercook them just a bit. They will stay chewy that way.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (9)


Rating: 2 stars


I so wanted to like this cookie because so many people have given 4 and 5 star reviews. I thought the cookie was missing something. This cookie is not memorable in anyway and I cannot say I would go through the trouble of making them again. If I do, I will definitely jazz them up. I them made to give away as Christmas gifts, boy was I disappointed.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (10)


Rating: 5 stars


While I've been cooking from Cooking Light for years, this is the first time I rated a recipe because it was THAT good. The texture and flavor were perfect. It's sweet but not to overwhelmingly sweet. Next time I'm going to try 1/2 the cranberries (which taste great in the cookies) + 1/2 nuts to add an extra texture. The macadmia butter makes the cookie really stand out!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (11)


Rating: 3 stars


Please beware!!! This makes an extremely STIFF dough. Made these last Christmas and BURNED OUT my hand mixer on them. I also added some white chocolate chips with the cranberries, and they tasted quite good.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (12)


Rating: 5 stars


Fabulous cookie! You must READ and FOLLOW the directions precisely. If you undermix the macadamia nuts, they don't turn into the buttery smooth consistency needed and your cookies will be too dry. There is NO butter in this recipe, and it does not need it. (You are making a nut "butter" by processing the macadamias.) These are a family favorite now for several years!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (13)


Rating: 2 stars


Did anyone notice that "Butter" is in the recipe name, but not in the recipe content?? Of course the cookie dough was crumbly and didn't hold together. One of the MAIN INGREDIENTS is MISSING!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (14)


Rating: 4 stars


These took a little work, but if you have time, they're worth it! The dough is crumbly but I pickede it up and packed it together with my hand and then chilled it. Some of the cranberryies flew off while i was rolling them. I didn't wet the fork which worked fine. I'll probably make these again if i'm bored.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (15)


Rating: 4 stars


Came out a bit too cooked (even though they were golden brown on top). Will try less time next time. Otherwise, very tasty!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (16)


Rating: 5 stars


these are a christmas staple in our house since first appearance in CL. great as written, but dried cherries also work. not a beauty pageant winner but the macadamia nut butter flavor is sublime.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (17)


Rating: 5 stars


Very very good....didn't yield as many as the recipe stated but I might have made them a bit big. Still super good! Will def make again!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (18)


Rating: 4 stars


I added almonds to my nut butter since I didn't have enough macadamias and used craisins whole. They were a bit crumbly when forming them but they baked up nicely. When I first tasted them I thought the nutmeg was over powering. Now I can't stop eating them. Very good and after a week, still a little chewy inside. I'll make again.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (19)


Rating: 5 stars


I substituted cashews to make the butter. I think these are absolutely 5 star if you have a good food processor and standing mixer. I did not find the dough crumbly at all. I can see how it would be if you do not have a good strong standing mixer such as a kitchen-aid. These will become a regular on the holiday cookie list or for other special occasions.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (20)


Rating: 4 stars


I followed the recipe exactly as directed and these cookies were great. I weighed the flour (5.6 oz.), processed the nuts until very creamy and smooth, and used a stand mixer. I found the dough very easy to work with and I will definitely make these again. Would make great gifts around the holidays!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (21)


Rating: 1 stars


too much effort for a so-so cookie. Will not make again.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (22)


Rating: 4 stars


Yes, the "butter" mentioned in this recipe is the macadamia butter you make by tossing them in the processor. These dudes are subtly flavored, buttery, and indulgent. I'm not a huge peanut butter fan so these were nutty without that pungent, over-the-top nut taste. I suggest adding whole cranberries instead of chopped, and I tossed in a quarter cup of currants because it looked a little barren and I was out of cranberries at that point. I did a double batch and only got about 55! I think I need to press them thinner next time... they don't spread at all. Also, the batter was not sticky at all but super crumbly. As you warm it in your hands to make it into a ball and dip it in sugar, it comes together nicely. Loved these, though my boyfriend still prefers peanut butter cookies.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (23)


Rating: 1 stars


Very disappointing. The dough was like a bowl of crumbs, even after refrigerating and they baked up like hard little disks. The reviews are so varied that I wonder if there might be something different regionally in the make up of one of the ingredients. Anyway, threw away the recipe and the cookies.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (24)


Rating: 3 stars


Not bad. Since macadamia nuts don't have much flavor, you will have to add it via spices or other additives. I would suggest substituting almond butter for the macadamia butter. Check out the organic food section of your grocery store to get macadamia, cashew, almond, or natural peanut butter.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (25)


Rating: 3 stars


I added applesauce, too crumbly to make into balls. The cranberries give it taste, other than that there is no taste, kind of blah. See what my neighbor thinks, oh, ehhh. Give it a 3.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (26)


Rating: 5 stars


A lot of people in the reviews have asked how much butter to put in the recipe. It does not list butter as an ingredient. When you blend the macadamia nuts into a paste, you have just made "macadamia butter". It is similar to making peanuts into a paste, you have "peanut butter". These cookies are essentally peanut butter cookies made with a different kind of nut. Since you can't buy "macadamia butter" in the store, you have to make it.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (27)


Rating: 2 stars


I didn't add butter to the macadamia nuts, but I recommend that you do so. My cookies were okay, but it seemed as if they were missing something. If I ever make this recipe again, I will alter it.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (28)


Rating: 4 stars


Good recipe. I did add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the macadamia nuts. I only have a blender and the nuts got stuck. The butter helped smooth out the paste. My husband really enjoyed them. I do want to state they were chewy the first day but the next day they got crispy. I liked them chewy. I don't know if it was the butter or they are suppose to be crisp.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (29)


Rating: 4 stars


Followed the recipe exactly, but ended up with dry cookies. Perhaps I overworked the dough. It became too stiff for my hand mixer, and I had to mix in the dry ingredients by hand. Other than that, dough easily formed balls and behaved as expected. Will try baking a minute or two less next time, or upgrading to a stand mixer.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (30)


Rating: 5 stars


These are delicious! I made them exactly as the recipe states, except that I didn't accurately measure the macadamia nuts or the cranberries -- just estimated. I processed the nuts until they were a smooth, thick liquid. The dough was NOT sticky, and I didn't have to refrigerate it before working with it. It was, however, one of the stiffest cookie doughs I've ever worked with. I used a stand mixer, and in retrospect, I think it might have burned up my hand mixer if I had tried to use it instead. Guess I made them a little smaller than intended, because I got 84 cookies out of a double batch. If I change anything next time, I'll increase the cranberries a little and not chop them -- they sort of get lost in all the other flavors -- but the cookies are delicious the way they are. Definitely a keeper!

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (31)


Rating: 5 stars


The dough mixed up and baked exactly as described. The only thing I did differently was to divide it into 35 cookies (inadvertently) instead of 30 and plop a half macadamia nut in the center of each after flattening with the fork. I still baked the same length of time. They turned out lovely. Since I have a prolific macadamia tree, I will be baking these often as holiday gifts.

Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries Recipe (2024)


Can I use dried cranberries instead of fresh? ›

Can I substitute dried cranberries in recipes that call for fresh cranberries? Yes, dried cranberries work well in baked goods; however there is a ¼ cup difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries, use ¾ cup of sweetened dried cranberries.

How do you rehydrate dried cranberries? ›

You can rehydrate dried cranberries by covering with water, or another liquid, in a microwavable bowl. Cover and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds; let stand 5 minutes. Or, pour very hot liquid over dried cranberries and let stand 20 minutes.

What flavor is close to macadamia nut? ›

Cashews. Cashews have a similar buttery taste to macadamia nuts, making them a good alternative for your recipes. As well as being a good replacement for macadamias in baking and cookies, you can also use cashews as a base to make vegan pasta sauces to add some protein.

Why are macadamia nut cookies so good? ›

The macadamia nuts have a rich, buttery flavor and a nice creamy texture. They add a slight salty crunch to the cookies that you will love. This is the BEST white chocolate macadamia nut cookie recipe. You have to try them!

Do I need to soak dried cranberries before baking? ›

Rehydrate the fruits: Dried fruits can be quite hard and dry, so it's often a good idea to rehydrate them before adding them to your baked goods. To do this, simply soak the dried fruits in warm water or fruit juice for 15-20 minutes until they are plump and tender.

Are dried cranberries good for baking? ›

Piquant and sweet dried cranberries are a fall baking favorite. Our repetoire of recipes with dried cranberries features bread, muffins, desserts and cookies.

How to prepare dried cranberries for baking? ›

Step-by-step directions
  1. Cut the cranberries in half and toss in a bowl with sweeteners and oil.
  2. Spread on a parchment-lined baking pan and separate each individual berry as best you can.
  3. Place the baking sheet in a 200ºF oven and let dry, 3 hours or longer. ...
  4. Store in the refrigerator for several months.
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Can dried cranberries go bad? ›

In a sealed container, dried cranberries can be stored up to one (1) year at room temperature. They must be kept in a cool, dark place. Dried cranberries may also be kept in the freezer for a period up to 1 year.

How do you soften dried cranberries for baking? ›

The Easiest Way to Soften Any Dried Fruit

This is very simple, and works on any kind of dried fruit. Put your dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and then strain the fruit and discard the water. The fruit will be plumper, juicier, and softer.

Why shouldn't you eat a lot of macadamia nuts? ›

Macadamia nuts are a nutritious food that can provide a number of health benefits, including promoting heart health. However, consuming too much macadamia nuts can lead to an increase in cholesterol levels in some people. Macadamia nuts are high in fat, with approximately 75% of their total calories coming from fat.

What is the old name for macadamia nuts? ›

German-Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller gave the genus the scientific name Macadamia. He named it after his friend John Macadam, a noted scientist and secretary of the Philosophical Institute of Australia. 'Bauple nuts' were discovered in Bauple, Queensland; they are now known as macadamia nuts.

What is the nickname for macadamia nuts? ›

In some parts of the world, you may hear macadamia nuts referred to as the king of all nuts. While the root of this nickname isn't clear, it could be because macadamia nuts often come with a premium price tag or because they are revered as one of the tastiest nuts.

Can diabetics eat macadamia nut cookies? ›

A diabetes-friendly choice

Nuts like macadamias also contain nutrients, fat, fibre and polyphenols that can help improve insulin function, meaning blood glucose levels don't rise as much after eating.

Why are macadamia nuts the most expensive? ›

Scarcely Farmed – only 1% of tree nuts produced worldwide are macadamia! One of the main reasons that macadamia nuts are expensive is because of their supply. Like most tree nuts, macadamia grow on trees, and this leads to a delay from planting to harvest.

Which is healthier almond or macadamia? ›

Macadamia nuts are higher in monounsaturated fats, which are considered heart-healthy fats. They also contain thiamin, manganese, and magnesium. Almonds, on the other hand, are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium. They are also a good source of protein and healthy fats.

What can I substitute for fresh cranberries? ›

There's not a direct substitute for fresh cranberries, but you could make a relish or chutney using a combination of fresh cherries and pomegranates, as well as a small amount of dried cranberries or dried figs. The flavor will be more sweet than tart, but it serves the same purpose.

Do you soak dried cranberries? ›

Even if you don't have overly dried fruit, it's nice to plump them a little before adding to salads or other dishes that aren't cooked. This technique gives the fruit a soft texture and more flavor. If you plan to cook or bake with dried fruit, soaking it first will keep it plump and moist.

Can you use Craisins instead of cranberries in baking? ›

Yes, Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries work well in baked goods; however, there is a 1/4 cup (60 mL) difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh cranberries you should use 3/4 cup (175 mL) of Craisins®. Craisins® should not be used in cooked sauces.

Do dried cranberries have the same effect as cranberry juice? ›

All forms of cranberry (juice, sauce, and dried) provide similar health benefits. An 8oz serving of 27% cranberry juice co*cktail provides the same level of goodness as: 1/4 cup fresh cranberries. 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries.

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