Small Batch Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies are fantastic! They're loaded with white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and coconut. A delicious twist on a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Two Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies on a small plate next to a floral napkin and a tray of four cookies and spatula behind it

These Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies are bursting with citrus flavor – soft and extra chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and coconut.

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Minneapolis to visit my son. One place he knew I would love to explore was the Nordic Ware Factory Store. If you aren't familiar with Nordic Ware, it is a line of beautiful cookware and bakeware.

I have a few of their baking pans and used one in this beautiful carrot cake recipe and another in this caramelized banana upside down cake recipe.  I was hoping to find a few smaller sized baking trays and pans for our single serving recipes.

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A tray of six tropical cookies on top of the floral napkin

The factory store did not disappoint.  I picked up quite a few smaller sized baking dishes and was so happy to have found this Baker's Quarter Sheet which is the perfect size for making small batches of cookies. In fact, the baking sheet perfectly bakes 6 large cookies.

Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I returned home, I couldn't wait to start using the baking pan and the first recipe I made were these tropical white chocolate chip cookies.

These white chocolate chip cookies are some of the best I've made in a long time. These cookies are perfectly crisp around the edges and chewy in the center and filled with white chocolate chips, chopped macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, and a touch of lemon zest. This easy small batch cookie recipe yields about 6 cookies.

Three tropical cookies stacked on a small plate with a glass of milk with a paper straw behind them next to a floral cloth napkin

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Other Small Batch Cookie Recipes

If you like this tropical white chocolate cookie recipe, you might also like to try these easy recipes:

Shortbread Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Lace Cookies

Cowboy Cookies

Meringue Cookies

Sugar Cookies


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Recipe: Small Batch Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and extra chewy Small Batch Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies loaded with white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and coconut. Perfect for 1 or 2 people.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 6 cookies
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/8 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Beat the butter, sugars and vanilla in a mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add the egg yolk, beating until blended.
  • Add lemon zest and lemon juice and mix well. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together; gradually add to butter/egg mixture, mixing well.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips, coconut and macadamia nuts.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with parchment or silpat. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists' advice.

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32 thoughts on “Small Batch Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Denay DeGuzman

    Oh my goodness, Joanie! You have my taste buds begging for these delicious Tropical White Chocolate Chip Cookies. Your images are fabulous. I love knowing in advance how a recipe will turn out. Thank you for sharing your yummy recipe. And your Honey Lemon Custard for one looks scrumptious as well. It’s wonderful that you had a chance to visit your son and do a little bakeware shopping too.

  2. 5 stars
    I so agree about making too many sweet things to have just laying around. You have to eat them. With a small batch, you have just enough for one, or two, and no cookies left over beckoning you to eat them.

  3. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    I’m sure it’s bittersweet to have your son move away, but what an adventure it must be for him. Plus, you get a fun new place to visit, right?
    Your cookies sound like they’re made for me. I love white chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts!

    1. Thank you, Renee. He’s having the time of his life. He bought a kayak recently and enjoys taking it out on weekends – it’s been good for him and I am enjoying visiting and exploring with him.

  4. Amanda | The Chunky Chef

    These cookies look completely amazing!! Love the tropical and white chocolate flavors 🙂

  5. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Glad you had the chance to visit your son (and enjoy a little vacation!) These cookies sound divine and everything I need in a dessert 🙂

  6. Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food

    Lovely cookies! Thanks for sharing a small batch recipe — with just two of us at home I rarely make cookies because I know I’ll eat them all!

    1. Thank you, Sheila. It’s dangerous for me to make a normal sized batch of cookies – small batch recipes are perfect for my husband and I too.

  7. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    Joanie, these look absolutely delicious! I am a sucker for small batch/single serve desserts. Looks like I’ve come to the right place!

  8. These look and sound amazing. I love white chocolate chip cookies. I can’t wait to give them a try.

    – Elise

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