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Cocoa Macadamia Nut Sandies

I came across this recipe while looking for something quick and chocolate. Seemed easy enough. Every once in a while it’s nice to have those recipes where you just dump everything in your mixer and turn it on.

When rolling the dough into balls, I found it best to do so as quickly as possible. The heat from hands made the dough a bit gooey if held for too long.

These cookies are really quite good – subtly sweet with a nice texture. They remind me a little of cookies my mother used to make – minus the cocoa, and with pecans instead of macadamias.

Cocoa Macadamia Nut Sandies

Yield about 60 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (92g) macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (82g) confectioners' sugar


  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, water, and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour, mixing just until combined. Stir in the macadamia nuts.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Shape the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Place the cookies on the prepared pans, leaving about an inch between cookies.
  7. Bake, one pan at a time, 18 to 20 minutes. or until the cookies appear set.
  8. Cool the cookies on the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Roll the cookies in confectioners' sugar.


Recipe slightly adapted from Land o' Lakes.

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    3 Comments on “Cocoa Macadamia Nut Sandies”

  1. Just arrived at your site…it’s gorgeous the pictures…the recipes…I’m getting hungry!

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  3. You have made me just call my hubby and ask him to buy me a mixer when he gets paid. I used to bake when I was a teen and early 20’s but stopped. Got too busy. Now that all of the kids are grown and I am experiencing “empty nest” syndrome, I must find a way to cope. This is it! My hubby will fall deeper in love with me really soon. Great quick and eas recipes because, I have NOOO patience. LOL. Thanks.

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