Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. coarse salt
1¼ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 cup (16 tbsp.) unsalted butter, cold and cut into large chunks
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. coconut extract (optional)
12 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

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    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Whisk to blend.

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    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cold butter and the sugars.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and just combined, 1-2 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time just until incorporated, scraping down the bowl as needed.   Blend in the vanilla and coconut extracts.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Fold in the white chocolate and macadamia nuts with a spatula.  Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30-60 minutes.

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    Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll a scant half-cup of dough into a ball. Holding dough ball in fingertips of both hands, pull apart into two equal halves.  Rotate halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, place formed dough onto cookie sheet, leaving ample room between each ball.  (I know this shaping stuff may seem like shenanigans but I promise, it gives the cookies a nicer appearance after they are baked.)

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    Bake the cookies, rotating halfway through, until light golden and just set, about 14-16 minutes total.  Let cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.