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Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

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
    about 7 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 126 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jellybug
    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
    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
    Dec 14, 2014

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