White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

“Sweets for the sweet,” my mom used to say.  We adjusted my mom's chocolate chip cookie recipe and created one of the most baked—and therefore most consumed!—deserts in our home.  These cookies are too good to save for Christmas cookie swaps; they must be made and eaten all year long!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Preparation Time: 20 mins. Yield: 3 dozen


½ c.       shortening ½ c.       butter 1 c.         sugar ½ c.       brown sugar 2              eggs 2 t.          vanilla 2 c.         flour 1 t.          baking soda 1 t.          salt 16 oz.    white chocolate chips or 16 oz.    white baking chocolate cut into small chunks ½ c.       macadamia nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, till fluffy.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients.
  4. Drop rounded spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet or baking stone.
  5. Bake at 375 for 10-12 mins.  (On my stone, 12 mins. for the first batch and 10 mins. for each batch following.)
  6. Remove cookies from baking sheet and transfer to cooling racks covered with wax paper.  (Wax paper helps the cookies stay chewy.)

NOTE:  You may double the recipe, but use only 1 1/2 t. of salt for a double batch.

Resurrection Cookies

You will need:1c. whole pecans 1 tsp. vinegar 3 egg whitespinch salt 1 c. sugar zipper baggie wooden spoon mixing bowl waxed paper cookie sheet tape Bible

Preheat oven to 300 F.   Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat.    Then with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.

Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put the 1 tsp of vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the white color represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.    Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.    Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.    Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

Go to bed.  Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.

Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.    Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.           Read Matt. 28:1-9.

HE HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!