Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe
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Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

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This spiced cookie has a real kick of ginger, similar to traditional German lebkuchen. If you don’t have crystallized ginger, use colored sprinkles. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 24 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, melted
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 126 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in syrup. In another bowl, whisk flour, spices, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts.
  2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Dip each cookie halfway into melted candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; sprinkle with crystallized ginger. Refrigerate until set. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies in Taste of Home December 2014, p62

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Jellybug User ID: 53068 239033
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"I am making these cookies as part of my cookie basket. They are delicious and scream Christmas....I made them in three ways. plain, partly dipped and completely dipped..."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 214966
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"I used pecans in place of macadamias and used chocolate candy/almond melting bark. In place of crystallized ginger, I drizzled melted white chocolate over the dark. These have a WONDERFUL flavor and were well received during the holidays."

Karen Versloo User ID: 4993935 214868
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"These cookies were delicious! I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of dark chocolate candy coating and they turned out great!"

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