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Lemon Macadamia Cookies

Macadamia nuts and lemon zest pair really well in this delectable Chinese New Year cookies. Greet your CNY guests with this easy and delicious cookies.

I only make two batches of cookies for this Chinese New Year, one is lidah kucing (langues de chat/cat’s tongue cookies), and the other one is this delicious batch of lemon macadamia cookies. Unlike langues de chat, you can create pretty shapes with this lemon macadamia cookie dough. Of course you can also go simple like me with nothing but a fork!

Lemon Macadamia Cookies
Lemon Macadamia Cookies

Shaping the cookies

Assuming you are going to keep the one teaspoon of dough per cookie irregardless of your design choice, you should be able to get about 36-40 cookies from this recipe. This year there are only me and my hubby, so the amount is just right. If you are going to have families and friends dropping by, feel free to double or triple the batches.

Lemon Macadamia Cookies
Lemon Macadamia Cookies

Happy Chinese New Year!

Since today is probably going to be the last day for most people to prepare for the big Chinese New Year feast, I wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year. And also, the diet can wait, CNY only comes once a year and should be fully celebrated! 恭喜发财. 祝你大吉大利, 年年有余, 吉祥如意!

Lemon Macadamia Cookies

5.0 from 9 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 40 cookies

Print Recipe


  • 6 tablespoon (90 gram) unsalted butter, softened
  • 30 gram dark brown sugar
  • 30 gram sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon (~ 2 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 gram ground macadamia nuts (or almond)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120 gram all purpose flour
  • egg wash (1 egg yolk + 1/2 tablespoon honey)


  1. Preheat oven to 320 Fahrenheit (160 Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a mixing bowl until flight and fluffy. Add lemon zest and vanilla extract, mix again until fully incorporated.
  3. With a lower speed, mix in ground macadamia nuts, salt, and baking powder. Then, gradually add the all purpose flour in 2-3 batches. Stop beating once soft dough is formed.
  4. Option 1 (which is what I do): scoop 1 teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball, arrange on baking sheet with 1" spacing around each cookie. Use a fork and press each cookie to create a simple pattern.
  5. Option 2: transfer cookie dough to a cookie press and press out cookie directly onto prepared baking sheet with 1" spacing around each cookie.
  6. Brush the top of each cookie with egg wash, then bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Optional step: brush baked cookies one more time with egg wash, then return to oven (turned off), close the door, and let the cookies sit for 5 minutes, then take them out.
  8. Make sure cookies are completely cool prior to storing in an air-tight container.
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  • Julie Menghini Julie Menghini says:

    Making these cookies is going to be a delight for my family. Macadamia nuts are so flavorful and lemon on them sounds divine.

    • Anitaa Anitaa says:

      Yup, macadamia nuts are definitely one of my favorite nuts. Too bad they are usually on the pricier sides compared to other nuts. But I always prepare these for special occasions like Chinese New Year. :)

  • Carlee Carlee says:

    I love macadamia nuts, but never think to use them when baking. I am putting them in my shopping list now!

  • Morgan Eisenberg Morgan Eisenberg says:

    The flavors sound perfect. If I did want to get a little ambitious, what other kinds of shapes are popular?

    • Anitaa Anitaa says:

      You can try adding some chopped macadamia with the batter, then use a cookie scoop to drop the batter (like making chocolate chips cookies). You get a different look, and maybe more obvious that the cookies have macadamia in them. :)

  • Beth Pierce Beth Pierce says:

    I am loving this simple yet delicious treat! Looking forward to making this!

  • Laura | Wandercooks Laura | Wandercooks says:

    Yummm I love macadamia and these cookies turned out just perfect :)

  • Deanne Deanne says:

    Made these for a holiday cookie platter and they were a huge hit! Love the flavor combinations in these cookies!

  • Erika Erika says:

    These cookies are the best. I love the lemon!

  • Patty at Spoonabilities Patty at Spoonabilities says:

    These cookies look so delicious! Macadamia nuts make everything in the whole world so much better. :)

  • Anjali Anjali says:

    I love lemon cookies and macadamia nuts are a nice addition to the traditional recipe! I can't wait to make these with my kids for the holidays!

  • Lany Susanto Lany Susanto says:

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