Vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Yes, I said vegan. Your dreams have finally come true! This recipe was a request from a few of my omnivorous friends who wondered whether a vegan version of their favourite cookie could be made. And behold: it most certainly can be done!
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The trickiest part of this recipe was tracking down vegan white chocolate chips. I scoured every alternative grocery within my vicinity with no luck. I eventually found a bar of vegan white chocolate, but I wanted the real deal! Then, after a chat with the owner of a vegan bakery north of Toronto, I discovered that kosher groceries carry a few varieties of vegan white chocolate chips! For those of you who don’t have access to a kosher grocery, you can purchase the same brand I used on Amazon.
Once you’ve captured those elusive vegan white chocolate chips, and picked up some macadamia nuts (macadamia nuts can be expensive, so I recommend going to your local bulk store and buying only what you need), you’re all set! I’ve adapted this recipe from my recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, which means it is extremely simple and comes together in just 15 minutes! You’ll barely have time to wash the dishes while they bake!
The secret to achieving cookies that are crisp on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside is by using aquafaba. Aquafaba is a miracle ingredient gaining steam in the world of vegan baking. It is water from a can of beans, most commonly chickpeas, and it can be used to mimic the binding powers of eggs in certain recipes. It also reacts in much the same way as egg white, which means it can be whipped into a meringue to make delicious things like meringue cookies, pavlova, and lemon meringue pie. (Recipes are coming, don’t worry!) If you’re not using aquafaba in your vegan baking, you’re doing it wrong! I highly recommend checking out the cookbook Aquafaba by Zsu Dever for some inspiration.
Now back to our vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Once you’ve creamed the sugar and vegan margarine, you just have to add all your other ingredients, fold in your nuts and chocolate chips, and bake! It’s that simple! You absolutely have to give this recipe a try! I promise you will impress everyone and no one will believe you when you let them know the cookies are vegan. Once you’ve made the cookies, leave me a comment to let me know how they turned out!
Now what are you waiting for? Go preheat that oven!