Aloha Cookies

Aloha Cookies

I’m not sure “Aloha Cookies” is the best name, but it was the best I could come up with.  It was that or “Pineapple Coconut Macadamia Cookies”…and I ran out of breath trying to say it. :)  I went on a baking frenzy today and decided to come up with something new.  Hence this recipe.  I also made Anise Biscotti and Oatmeal Cookies.  I botched the biscotti, though.  It happens.  Ah, well!  I even cooked up some delicious dulce de leche!  I’d never made it before, but there have been so many bloggers raving about how easy it is I had to give it a try.  Wow!  It’s worth the risk of exploding cans!  (No, I didn’t have any exploding cans.  I was careful.)  After all that, I still had to make dinner.  Whew!  I’m trying to remember a part of the day I wasn’t in the kitchen.

Aloha Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 4 dozen cookies

Aloha Cookies


  • 1 cup dried pineapple chunks, chopped into small bits
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, grated coconut
  • 3/4 cups macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combined the pineapple, coconut and nuts in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy (a couple minutes). Beat in eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.
  3. Alternatively mix in pineapple mixture and the flour mixture, a third at a time, until well blended. Chill cookie dough for about an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. On cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, spoon out the cookie dough in small 1-inch diameter balls. Place dough balls 3 inches away from each other on the cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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