I was served this cookie at a restaurant in Springfield, MO during a business conference. Went home and made up this recipe which has been a hit at any church gathering when I take them...better than the one I had at the conference.

Levee
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

121.7 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 13g 4% DV; fat 7.4g 11% DV; cholesterol 18.7mg 6% DV; sodium 85.1mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
Sooo delicious! I followed the advice of other reviewers and used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. They turned out perfectly! I also substituted the almond extract with vanilla extract since I didn't have any almond extract on hand. I baked the cookies for exactly 10 minutes and pulled them out of the oven when just some of the edges were golden brown. I will definitely make these again. Update: I made this recipe again with all butter, no shortening. The cookies spread quite a bit and weren't nearly as good as when I made them with 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/30/2010
I was disappointed by these cookies! They turned out the right texture but they were tasteless. I was irritated that I wasted 7$ on the nuts for this not to go as planned. I like the recipe on the white chocolate chip bag much better. Maybe if you were to double the chocolate chips... Read More
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1044 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 67
  • 2 star values: 35
  • 1 star values: 29
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2008
Sooo delicious! I followed the advice of other reviewers and used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. They turned out perfectly! I also substituted the almond extract with vanilla extract since I didn't have any almond extract on hand. I baked the cookies for exactly 10 minutes and pulled them out of the oven when just some of the edges were golden brown. I will definitely make these again. Update: I made this recipe again with all butter, no shortening. The cookies spread quite a bit and weren't nearly as good as when I made them with 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2007
So good! I read most of the reviews and was really confused as to what to expect. Half of them said the cookies came out really cakey and puffy, and the other half said they were too flat. I don't like either extremes and really wanted a cookie that was right in the middle. I got it! I followed the recipe in the basics (was going to use less flour as some of the reviews stated, but when I was adding it, they looked like they needed all 2 1/2 cups), except did 1 tsp vanilla instead of half almond, and added more macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips. Used real salted butter, and it wasn't extremely softened, which I think helped. Dropped by tablespoons instead of teaspoons because teaspoons always seem too small. Baked for 9 minutes and they came out just undercooked in the middle, which is exactly how I like them. They were perfect. Hope this helps! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2003
The BEST. Better than any cookie I have made yet. Made the recipe as is. Which I suggest as butter adds alot to the richness of the cookie. No problem with spreading. Do not soften butter too much. I also returned my dough to the fridge to firm it up a bit after mixing.I also did not add any almond extract. Almond is a very strong flavor and macadamia nuts are expensive. I did not want to overpower their delicate flavor.A++++ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2012
These came out great, I followed the recipe to the letter and it came out just like the photo. Crispy crust and chewy insides. If your having issues with the cookies I'd recommend you check your technique, you must be doing something wrong. I'd recommend doing it all by hand, electric mixers can cause things to go wrong very quickly because the generate heat and can over mix your batter. If your cookies are running flat, it means your butter is melting before you bake. First check and be sure your using real butter, the only ingredients in it should be milk/cream, anything else and it's not butter! Your butter is ready for creaming when it's cool to the touch and when you press your finger against it, it should dent a little. Also when you pick it up it should have no trouble holding it's shape. When your creaming try not to place your hand by the bottom of the bowl, the heat from your hand can melt the butter to much. Also chilling your cookies just before baking can help it keeps it shape, but don't chill for to long, maybe a few mins. Baking soda goes to work immediately, so if you wait to long your cookies won't rise. If it's coming out cakey it's probably the shortening or too much baking soda (measure carefully!!!!) Hard/dense cookies are do to over mixing, to get that crisp and chewy texture you want to FOLD your dry ingredients in GENTLY a little at a time. Stirring or being aggressive will beat the gluten to much and change the texture of the cookie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
I've made these cookies four times now and they are always a tremendous hit. The last time I modified the recipe based on some of the reviews here. I replaced half the butter with butter flavored shortening and did 3/4 tsp vanilla and only 1/4 tsp almond extract. It made the almond flavor much more subtle and not so overpowering. The substitution of shortening for part of the butter helps the cookies maintain their shape and gives them a great texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2003
I made these cookies on a lazy Sunday afternoon they mix up quick and easy. I read other reviews talking about the cookie "spreading" so I did 2 things to prevent this. First I made sure to allow the butter to soften on its own at room temperature and substituted 1/2 of the butter with butter Crisco. I also only used 1/2 of the almaond extract that is called for. The results were absolutely fabulous!!! They had very nice form and baked up perfectly on my stoneware cookie sheet. My husband labeled it "a keeper" and took some to work to "share" although I think he was selfish and kept most for himself. I will be making these again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2005
Some of the best cookies ever! I made them into bars and way undercooked them so they would be soft and a little chewy. I've been searching for this recipe for years - Got it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
I made these Saturday and had 2 requests for the recipe in my inbox on Monday morning. My switches: - 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening - 1 tsp vanilla no almond - 3/4 bag of white choc chips - parchment lined sheets - big messy drops of cookies Bravo! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2005
I made this recipe without the almond extract (doubled the vanilla) and they were delicious. I found these cookies to be quite sweet with the amount of sugar called for and wouldn't add any more. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/30/2010
I was disappointed by these cookies! They turned out the right texture but they were tasteless. I was irritated that I wasted 7$ on the nuts for this not to go as planned. I like the recipe on the white chocolate chip bag much better. Maybe if you were to double the chocolate chips... Read More
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