These Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies are going to become your family’s new Fall favorite. I apologize in advance for having to buy the next pant size up.
How can you love and hate something at the same time? I love the taste of these Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies and I hate that I can’t eat just one. This is the part where I hang my head in shame because I keep sneaking back like a little kid and grabbing more. I mean seriously, it is getting out of hand. It not just me either. I fully expect that everyone in my life will either be pulling out there stretchy pants or buying the next size up. Wanna know the kicker? Apple desserts aren’t even my favorite. Now if it was a lemon cookie or a chocolate cherry cookie I could understand why I have no will power. These cookies however, are that GOOD! If you love apples and you love cookies you are in DEEP DEEP TROUBLE my friend. Ok, you have been warned.
Tips about Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies:
- This Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies recipe originally started with a chocolate chip cookie recipe base. I took out the chocolate chips and added cinnamon, granny smith apples, macadamia nuts, oatmeal and butterscotch chips. Hmmmm….
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour is one of my favorite flours to bake with because it produces consistent results. Also, the packaging is awesome for keeping away those tiny pesky little bugs that infiltrate your flour if it is not used right away.(affiliate)
- I chose Granny Smith apples because they are a classic baking apple. I love the contrast with the sweetness of the butterscotch chips to the buttery crunch of the macadamia nuts to the tartness of the apple.
- It will take 1 Granny Smith apple, maybe 1 1/2 to fulfill a cup of diced apple chunks. Also, make sure the apples are finely diced but just a little bigger than grated pieces.
- If you like your cookies on the sweeter side then 2 cups of butterscotch chips will be more your cup of tea. This recipe calls for 1 cup but I added a few extra chips on the tops of the cookies to give them a little more texture.
- In addition to adding a few more butterscotch chips I also added 1 or 2 more macadamia nuts to each cookie. This just gives the cookies wonderful visual appeal.
- Baking times will vary. If you need to pre-make the dough and refrigerate it, the cookies could take up to 15 min to bake. Also the size of the cookie will also determine length of baking time. My biggest suggestion is set the timer for 7 mins and then watch closely the last part of baking.
- I like my cookies just slightly under baked so when I am baking for just my family I tend to give them the least amount of time. This gives the cookies a softer center with a crispy edge. When I bake cookies for others I bake them the full amount of time and they have a more uniform crispiness. Either way they taste great.
Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup butter *room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar *packed either light or dark
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 lg eggs
- 1 cup finely diced apple *approximately 1 med
- 1 cup oatmeal *old fashion rolled oats
- 1 cup good quality butterscotch chips
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 375℉
In a medium sized mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir well & set aside.
In a stand mixer cream butter. Add in sugars and beat well, followed with vanilla and 1 egg at a time. Stir in apple and oatmeal.
Stir in a 1/4 sifted dry ingredients at a time until incorporated. Add butterscotch chips and nuts.
Using a large soup spoon (about a tbsp) drop rounded spoonful onto an uncreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375℉ oven for 9-12 mins. Baking times may vary (see tips above).
Recipe Notes*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.*
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This recipe is part of Food Network’s Fall Fest recipe round up. For more apple inspiration check out:
The Lemon Bowl: Tuna Salad with Apples
Creative Culinary: Boozy Snickerdoodle Cake with Apples
The Fed Up Foodie: Green Apple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Cookies
Hey Grill Hey: Skillet Bacon Apple Crisp
A Mind “Full” Mom: Salted Caramel Apple Butter
Dishin & Dishes: Chicken with Cider Sauce and Apples
Foodtastic Mom: Ketucky Apple Skillet Cake
Healthy Eats: 6 Lighter Ways to Cook and Bake with Apples
In Jennie’s Kitchen: 9 Amazing Apple Recipes
Mom Loves Baking: Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices
Taste with the Eyes: Red Lentil Penne, Apple, Walnut, Mint, and Gorgonzola Sauce
Swing Eats: Apple Roses (gluten-free)
FN Dish: Kick Off Fall with Food Network’s Favorite 5-Star Apple Desserts
This recipe is also part of Meal Plan Monday.