Chewy Oatmeal Macadamia Cookies

chewy oatmeal macadamia cookies | she cooks, she gardens

A quick cookie recipe for your Monday afternoon, some chewy oatmeal macadamia cookies to be precise.

Oatmeal cookies have to be one of my favourites, I first came to love their gooey texture while travelling through the US a couple of years ago. They are big over there in both size and popularity. Some were the size of dinner plates and held together by the slightest bond that melts in your mouth upon contact and ever since that first gooey mouthful I have tried to re-create the perfect texture at home. I think the secret to a gooey cookie with a crunchy outer layer is to chill the dough before you bake. Not only does it make working with the dough easier, it also makes for an awesome texture so if you’ve got a bit of time on your hands then I strongly recommend pre-chilling – even if it’s only 20 minutes. When it comes time to bake, don’t judge by touch, cookies always harden up as they cool. You are better off judging by smell. Once the house fills with that sweet cookie aroma you know you are only a couple of minutes from heaven. I baked these for 10 minutes but it will depend on your oven so use your nose and find your sweet spot.

I’ve no doubt mentioned before the difficulties I have keeping sweet things in the house, I have next to no self-control when it comes to sugary treats and so drastic steps must be taken to avoid guilt riddled blow outs. I am not one to deny myself anything, everything in moderation yadda yadda. This means that when I bake a cake, I’ll cut off a wedge for Paul and I and take the rest to work to share with my colleagues, when I make cookies I go one step further. I make enough dough for about 20 cookies (depending on the size) but I don’t cook them all at once. I shape the dough into ‘logs’ and wrap them tightly in cling wrap and then pop them in the freezer. Freezing cookie dough, aside from aforementioned texture perfection, means that you can cut off slices as you want/need them and will always have something on hand should unexpected guests (or late night cookie cravings) arrive. I decided to play around with a traditional oatmeal cookie with this recipe and added some macadamias and cranberries for a little tarty crunch. You could of course substitute raisins if you prefer and I suspect that switching out the butter with coconut oil would work magnificently as well.

Chewy Oatmeal Macadamia Cookies
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Sweet, golden brown oatmeal cookies with macadamias and cranberries.
Serves: About 20
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cups whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbspns honey
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbspn warm water
  • ½ tspn bi-carb soda
  1. Heat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade
  2. In a large bowl add the oats, flours, sugar, nuts and cranberries.
  3. Mix well.
  4. In a saucepan, over a low flame, melt the butter and honey together.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Dissolve the bi-carb soda in water and then add to the butter mix.
  7. Stir well and leave for a moment.
  8. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
  9. Roll out dough on a clean counter into two logs of equal size.
  10. Chill dough for at least 20 minutes.
  11. Cut into cookie sized pieces and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.
If freezing, wrap the logs in cling wrap and freeze. Cut off pieces of dough as needed and bake for 10 minutes. Recipe adapted from

Disclaimer: I received a kilo of Macadamias from Australian Macadamias some of which I used in this recipe.

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations

    I know exactly what you mean about smelling when something is done. I swear I can guess when it’s time to take the cake/biscuit/slice out of the oven by the smell.

    You can’t go wrong adding macadamias to anything!

    • Erin B

      Thanks Claire, I’m getting better at trusting my nose but yep, it’s the only way to go.

  • e / dig in hobart

    i agree on the smell test! these look delicious – i like oatmeal anything so you’ve got me with these ones; and i agree with you that big plump raisins would be a good addition too. you need a big mug of earl grey for dunking these.

    • Erin B

      Thanks e/dig, that’s exactly how I’ve been enjoying them this week – dunked in a mug of earl grey. Heaven.

  • Kirsty

    Brilliant tip for making extra and freezing! I don’t know what I’d do without my freezer. I usually halve the recipe whenever I want to make cookies because I know it will be too much, but not any more after reading this! Thanks Erin x

    • Erin B

      My pleasure, Kirsty. Enjoy the cookies. :)

  • Valerie

    You are so right about chilling the cookie dough before baking. (Which, unfortunately, can sometimes lead to the problem of midnight snacking.)

    These oatmeal cookies look Perfect! I love their nubby texture, and the fact that you used macadamia nuts…something I could live off of, easily. Forever. :)

    • Erin B

      Thanks Valerie, I agree with you about the macadamias – such glorious little creations. Did you know they are native to Australia?

  • heather

    Love all the cookie tips. I always find that I overcook my cookies I will have to remember to stick with my nose!

    • Erin B

      Yep, the nose knows best! :)

  • Australian Macadamias

    Thank you for such a great recipe and so many good tips. We have shared this recipe on our Facebook page, I have a feeling there are many macadamia fans that will love these cookies!!

    • Erin B

      Not a problem guys, it has been great to be able to have a play around with some of your lovely product. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Kendall

    Hey Erin, I just got back from a holiday and I must admit your blog was one of the first things I looked at! (I really missed cooking while I was away.) I made these cookies ready for going back to work – they are delicious. The creaminess of the macadamias really makes them.
    Kendall : )

    • Erin B

      Aww thanks Kendall, awesome to hear from you! Can’t wait to see you guys and hear all about your trip in a few weeks time.xx

  • Simon Food Favourites

    these cookies look so good, but i’m sure so naughty for you too. wouldn’t stop me eating one though.

    • Erin B

      Butter is a food group, right? ;)

  • Gayle

    The first time in ages I have tried a new recipe and the first time in ages something turned out just like the picture. Your cooking tips are so helpful. Feel inspired to return to my love of cooking that I had as a much younger person. Much Thks