Oatmeal Macadamia Cookies

by Sarah

in cholesterol free, Cookies, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Egg-Free, vegan

oatmeal macadamia cookiesMy dad’s birthday was last week! So I made him oatmeal macadamia cookies to celebrate. Because of my finals schedule this year, I could not fly home for his birthday so mailed these cookies home. Since his favorite cookie is oatmeal and his favorite nut is macadamia nuts, I combined the two in an oatmeal macadamia cookie. What resulted was a buttery oatmeal macadamia cookie which tastes better than the traditional oatmeal raisin cookie (raisins taste just ok to me).

I liked that the macadamia is a pretty buttery nut, so it gave the cookies a very luxurious taste. As you bake, the natural oil of the nut oozes into your cookie, creating a very rich buttery taste. You can make this a soft cookie or a hard cookie, depending on how long you bake. The longer you bake, the harder it’ll be. My dad likes hard cookies, so I tend to leave them in the oven a bit longer for him. But when I eat cookies I prefer softer cookies and bake till the cookie is just held together and let it finish cooking on the pan once out of the oven. So don’t worry if it’s still kind of soft when you pull it out of the oven! It’ll finish cooling on the still-hot baking sheet.

oatmeal macadamia cookiesThese cookies mail very well, and hold shape en route. I wrapped a stack of about 5 cookies in a plastic goody bag, and repeated with a couple bags. Then I put the stacks of cookies into a cardboard box and filled any remaining space with tissue paper so the cookies wouldn’t move too much. They made it from the Northern to Southern California without crumbling!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Macademia Oatmeal Cookies
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Crunchy cookies filled with buttery macadamia nuts in each bite.
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 1¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegan margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
Add last
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
  3. In large bowl, mix vegan margarine with sugars with electric mixer. Then add the water and vanilla extract and mix till combined.
  4. Add dry mixture to the wet, and mix with electric mixer till well combined. Then fold in the oats and chopped nuts.
  5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time onto the baking sheet, leaving 3 inches between each scoop. Bake for 15 minutes, till edges are golden brown.
  6. For smaller cookies, do 1 tablespoon of dough at a time and bake till edges are golden brown (about 10 minutes).

And a throwback to my dad’s birthday cake last year, here it is!

Mocha Espresso Cake


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1 Connie @ Sprig and Flours March 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Happy birthday to your dad!! He has the sweetest daughter (: These cookies look awesome – I love the addition of macadamia nuts! Oatmeal is probably my fav cookie too, but don’t tell chocolate chip that. I’d be over the moon if I received these as a bday gift!


2 Sarah March 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Thanks so much Connie! I’m with you on liking oatmeal cookies!


3 Nagi@RecipeTinEats March 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Sarah, how is it possible that you can make such amazing vegan cookies? You are honestly absolute proof that you can eat just as well on any diet. :) All the vegans in this world need to discover your blog. You’re seriously so talented – cooking AND photography. :)


4 Sarah March 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Thanks so much Nagi! You’re too kind!


5 Grace March 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Your dad is so lucky to have a sweetheart for a daughter! :) I’m with you on preferring soft cookies.


6 Sarah March 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Thanks Grace! Soft cookies make me feel like I’m biting into a cloud that’s sweet, fluffy, and warm. MMMM.


7 Sonali- The Foodie Physician March 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

These look delicious- I love the combo! Your dad is a lucky man! But if you really want to challenge your cookie packing skills- you should try mailing them to me in Florida!


8 Sarah March 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Sonali! Mailing from California to Florida will be the true test of my cookie packing skills!


9 Joanne March 15, 2015 at 5:20 am

Mac nut cookies are my favorite! Love the oatmeal twist you gave them!


10 Sarah March 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Thanks Joanne!


11 Amanda March 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

These look absolutely delicious!!!


12 Sarah March 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Amanda!


13 Manali @ CookWithManali March 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Happy Birthday to your dad Sarah! I am sure your dad must be delighted to receive these cookies, they look so good! :) Pinned!


14 Sarah March 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Manali!


15 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking March 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

oatmeal cookies are my favorite! They have so much more heartiness than plain flour cookies.

And my dad is nuts for nuts too. I’d think they’d get along well haha


16 Sarah March 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Natalie! Yep, my dad loves nuts (especially in cookies!)


17 Sverr January 9, 2016 at 6:54 am

These are great, probably the best oatmeal cookies I’ve had in years. The amount of sugar seems like too much at first, but the texture it results into is so beautiful, I loved the nice crunchy edges and the gooey centers. The dough might be a bit sticky (mine was), but don’t add more flour, the cookies don’t spread thin. Thank you so much for the recipe!


18 Sarah January 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

I’m so happy you enjoy them! These cookies are frequent visitors in my kitchen :)


19 Charlotte @travelsofchar November 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for sharing this recipe! I made these cookies earlier in the week and the recipe was very easy to follow. I love that they’re vegan/dairy free too. The cookies were absolutely delicious and I could easily eat them for days!


20 Sarah November 21, 2017 at 3:48 am

Thanks! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!


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