Vanilla Bean-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

For more vanilla flavor, place the vanilla bean in the 3⁄4 cup of sugar the day before you want to use it.

Makes: 24Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 24


  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 cup shortening
  • 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Mexican vanilla bean
  • 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
  • Cream together butter, shortening, and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and seeds and pulp from inside of vanilla bean; mix well.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are almost done. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Cookie centers will finish baking as they cool.