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Shortbread cookies piled into a white plate drizzled with peppermint chocolate icing.
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Peppermint Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Christmas Cookies are baked with peppermint white chocolate and macadamia nuts, these cookies say Mele Kalikimaka and Aloha!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, Christmas shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 217kcal


cookie dough

  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup peppermint bark Palmers White Candy Peppermint Bark Bar finely chopped
  • 1 cups macadamia nuts finely chopped

cookie icing



  • On a cutting board, finely chop both the macadamia nuts and peppermint bark chips. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375.

make the cookie dough

  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix softened butter, powder sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Add flour 1 cup at a time and mix well.
  • Add finely chopped macadamia nuts and peppermint bark chips, mix well.
  • Roll out cookie dough ¼" thick on lightly floured surface, and cut into pineapple shapes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake The Cookies

  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown. Cool cookies completely.

Decorate The Peppermint Bark Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies

  • In a small glass bowl, melt about 1 cup of the peppermint bark (chips) in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, keep melting in 30-second increments until just melted and stir.
  • Place melted peppermint chocolate in a strong gallon zip-top bag, snip a tiny corner of the bag the tip, and decorate with drizzles of melted peppermint bark in a criss-cross pattern on the pineapple cookies.
  • Let the melted chocolate set for a couple of hours before stacking the cookies so the "icing" dries.
  • Enjoy, and Mele Kalikimaka.


peppermint bark candy:

Peppermint bark chips are available from the Palmer company, if you can't find this product use some white chocolate chips and finely crushed candy canes to mix into the cookie dough and melt together for the icing.
Palmer sells Peppermint Bark chunks. These work perfectly! You can also use a peppermint bark with dark or milk chocolate, these are more popular chocolate barks and easier to find.

macadamia nuts:

Before chopping your macadamia nuts, try one. They're prone to going rancid quickly, so you want to make sure you're using fresh macadamias.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.9mg