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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies a.k.a. Hootycreeks

Oh yes, you read that right.

A year ago, I went to a holiday cookie exchange and had some delicious cookies that I kept daydreaming about.  I love myself some craisins, and they were inside this delectable cookie.  I remembered the cookies had a really odd name, that had the word “hooty” in them.  I just called them hooty cookies.  I lost the recipe, got it again from a friend, forgot about it, kept daydreaming, didn’t make them because I thought kids would revolt at something different, but they never stayed far from my thoughts.  Then THIS year, I went to a cookie exchange (different group of peeps) and figured it was HIGH time to make them!  I thought I had all the right ingredients to make the Hootycreeks, but turns out I was plum out of oats (though they were tightly sealed in my food storage, I’m not about to bust those bad boys out for anything). SO, I went to the ever so trusty pinterest and typed in the ingredients mentioned above and found something very similar without the oats. I actually prefer not to have oats in my cookies–just gets in the way of the good stuff.

I altered the original recipe a touch found from Mommie Cooks.  White chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut cookies  The lovely picture grabbed me, and so did her cute blog (go check it out, I need to nose around there a bit more).  I also love that her header tabs are by categories (one dish meals, slow cooker, breakfast, main dish, dessert, etc).  Mmmm, food.

Ingredients you might not have on hand:

Funny story:  My daughter was helping me mix all the ingredients and that process makes ones brain a bit scattered. We had done everything, and I thought “wow, this is a very unique consistancy for cookies.” I pulled out some of the dough because my daughter wanted to try one without all of the extra’s, and this is what it looked like, below. Like sand.  It was then that I looked over and saw our eggs cracked and sitting in a bowl that it occured to me that it was dry because where were no eggs.  Oops!

Below, with eggs.

They turned out quite delicious;)  And the red craisins make this look especially Christmas-y.

 White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies


1 Stick of Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract (love the flavor this gives)
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp of Salt
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Dried Cranberries
1 Cup of Roughly Chopped Macadamia Nuts
3/4 Pkg of White Chocolate Chips


Drop the butter and the two sugars into your mixer and cream them up good. Now add in your eggs, and both extracts. Mix it up well. Add in the salt and flour and mix it up. Now add in the soda and mix it up one more time.

Finally, throw in your nuts, berries, and chocolate and mix it up by hand. Drop your dough in tbsp size balls onto your baking sheet. You can grease up your sheet or use parchment paper.

Throw them into your oven preheated to 35o degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.


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  1. I LOVE Macadamia nuts! These cookies look very tasty! Isn’t holiday baking the best?!

  2. Those look delicious!!!

  3. You were plum out of oats huh? :) Ha, ha, that made me laugh. I got your message, I’m headed to bed, I’ll call you tomorrow.

  4. These look great! I think I am beginning to regret setting a weight loss goal by the end of the year rather than a New Year’s resolution!

  5. Came across your recipe on pinterest while looking for recipes for an upcoming cookie exchange. These look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them out! How many cookies does this recipe yield?

  6. These look delicious, I cant wait to make them! But how much does 1 stick of butter weight? Here in Australia we don’t get sticks of butter, it comes in a tub :)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      HI Rebecca! I just made these a few days ago–my favorite go-to cookie! 1 stick is equal to half a cup. Hope that helps!

  7. As soon as I can get to the store, I am making these. I was going to say that I would make them today but I realized that I don’t have the 3 main ingredients… that would have been a problem.

  8. How many cookies does one recipe make?


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