Homemade Saulsalito Cookies

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. Mine are soft with crispy sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. My recipe makes soft cookies with crispy raw sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

My husband and I don’t go food shopping together very often at all. I guess I am the primary shopper in the house, although he does stop in from time to time to pick up the essential box of Ring Dings or canned cheese he insists is delicious (ack). But just last week we were grocery shopping together, so romantic, I know, but I’ve found you can sometimes learn a new thing or two about your husband in the food store.

Apparently my husband LOVES Pepperidge Farms Saulsalito cookies. Who knew?

Let me just say that we’ve been married for (almost) 14 years and I have never heard him mention this. The only supermarket cookies he has undying affinity for are Oreos and Nutter Butters. I am 100% sure I have never bought Saulsalitos before, but I took a quick look at the bag and I had to admit they were fairly tempting. So, in the cart they went.
When we got home I ripped the bag open, took a bite and while the cookies were probably something you would love if they’re nostalgic to you in some way, me as a newbie, wasn’t impressed. They could definitely be better. So I made a cookie totally inspired by the Pepperidge Farms classic. And it was everything I wanted it to be.

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. Mine are soft with crispy sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

The original is crispy, but I wanted something softer…so what I did was make a thicker cookie, but used Turbinado Sugar (or Sugar in the Raw) which is a coarser grain to add a crunchy bite throughout. I LOVED the effect that it had on the cookie…soft, yet a little crunchy! The best of both worlds.

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And of course the star of this cookie is Macadamia Nuts. I used Salted Macadamias to get that sweet/salty combo I love so much.

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And also I ADORE Guittard Milk Chocolate chips. If you ever see them in a store, grab a bag (or 3) and try them in a cookie. Your mind will be blown, they’re so creamy!

Guittard Milk Chocolate is THE BEST!

The dough comes together in just minutes which is nice.

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. Mine are soft with crispy sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

When I scoop out my dough onto the baking sheet I like to place a few extra chips and nuts on top so they look perfect when they bake!

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. Mine are soft with crispy sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

I mean gorgeous, thick cookies loaded with creamy milk chocolate, salted macadamias and crunchy turbinado sugar bits throughout! You guys are going to LOVE these!

Homemade Saulsalito Cookies are a spin on the Pepperidge Farms classic. Mine are soft with crispy sugar bits, loaded with salty macadamia nuts and creamy milk chocolate!

I hope you make these and love them as much as I do!

*This post is not affiliated with Pepperridge Farms in anyway.

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Homemade Saulsalito Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (Or Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cup milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup salted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped, divided

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes until combined.
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt and combine for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  6. With the mixer on the lowest setting add in 1 3/4 cup of the milk chips and 3/4 cup of the macadamia nuts.
  7. Using a large (3 tablespoon) cookie scoop drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Place a few chocolate chips and a few nuts onto the tops of the cookie dough before they bake.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden at the edges.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow the cookie to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

store airtight for up to 3 days

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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15 Responses
  1. Lauren, an expat in Kenya

    I like making cookies. A lot. And this may be my new favorite recipe. That’s a REALLY BIG DEAL. I love the way these turned out soft AND crunchy, perfectly balanced, not too sweet and not too salty. Is there such a thing as a perfect cookie? This one may just be it.

  2. Nicole

    I tried these out on my family- they were a hit! I definitely love that this version is soft, instead of the traditional Saulsalito crunchy. It was a definite improvement. Thank you for your experimentation.

  3. Iram

    OMG, you have made my day. These were a childhood treat. I love this.

    I cant wait for your book to come…it’s April right? Thats when they get released?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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