What Makes Hawaiian Cookies Special?
As I’ve gotten older, most of my souvenirs from Hawaii are food souvenirs. Honolulu Cookie Company features some of my favorite Hawaiian cookies. Shortbread cookies are my favorite and I love how Honolulu Cookie Company puts their own tropical flair into each cookie. I’m partial to the guava, lilikoi and mango flavors.
What is Honolulu Cookie Company?
Honolulu Cookie Company started in 1998 on Oahu as a shortbread cookie company. Each cookie is shaped like a pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality. How perfect for Hawaii!
This year, they are celebrating their 20th anniversary. They actually have a whole 20th Anniversary Collection of Hawaiian cookies! And they have a lot to celebrate.
Not only are their stores all over Waikiki and Honolulu, but they have expanded to Maui, Las Vegas, and Guam! And you can find them at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Walt Disney World and select Bloomingdale’s and Tommy Bahama locations.
Something I learned recently while visiting a Honolulu Cookie Company store in Waikiki is that their cookies are hand-dipped in Guittard chocolate by ladies in the factory!
And each piece of fruit and coffee bean is hand placed. It’s not a machine. It’s touches like this that make it feel like a family business I’d like to support.
Waikiki Beach Walk
The newest place to hang out on Oahu is the Waikiki Beach Walk. It features one-of-a-kind boutique shops, restaurants, activities and performances. You can learn to play the ukulele here, for free! It was an easy walk from our room at the Waikiki Courtyard Marriott and most Waikiki hotels.
And Honolulu Cookie Company recently expanded their Waikiki Beach Walk location. It’s now twice the size! That means, more products and more space to move around to shop. There was plenty of room for my stroller and I liked not feeling rushed. Waikiki shops tend to be small, so this felt quite luxurious!
My boys were all about the free samples. There is a whole shelf of miniature cookies for visitors to sample. They were big fans of the chocolate chip macadamia nut.
I had a chance to speak with the manager and she told me this location also offers some interactive classes. They just had a class where guests could dip their own cookies in chocolate.
Now THAT’S something my family would love to do on vacation! And eat all our mistakes!
Why Do These Hawaiian Cookies Make Great Gifts?
As I mentioned before, the pineapple is an international sign of hospitality. Food gifts are my favorite because they are meant to be enjoyed immediately! So these gifts are the perfect holiday hostess gift. They also are great housewarming gifts, new baby gifts and teacher gifts.
Because they are individually wrapped, they also make great party favors! These would be perfect for a destination wedding or in a tropical goodie bag. I also like to bring these back to share at work or school.
And if you wanted to be the “cool house” you could order them as Halloween treats for trick-or -treaters!
The taste of these cookies is only matched by the adorable pineapple shape and everything it represents. I always pick up a few boxes when I’m in Hawaii to bring back as Hawaiian souvenirs for friends and family. I also like to keep them on hand for last minute gifts.
How Can I Order These Hawaiian Cookies Online?
YES! I’m so glad I live in an era where you can still get a taste of Hawaii anywhere in the world. You can order your favorite Honolulu Cookie Company products online.
Honolulu Cookie Company gave me a lovely gift bag full of yummy cookies. I’ve been buying their cookies for years. All opinions are my own.
CINDY MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY
I was so lucky to partner with Cindy Marie Photography on this post. She’s a mom and my boys were in LOVE with her! She was able to get the most genuine smiles out of them. Plus, she was able to give me the inside scoop about Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and was flexible with our schedule. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram.
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