I’m the first to admit that I struggle with cake and cookie decorating. There’s not a lot of artistic skills in this gal. But, I can sure fake it thanks to outsourcing my baking to the experts. These luau cookies are perfect for special events such as birthday parties, wedding favors or more. I’ve rounded up 10 different Hawaiian style cookies. Yum!
Hawaiian Cookies – too pretty to eat!
Aren’t these cookies adorable? The hardest thing is deciding which one I love the most.
Life’s a Beach! At least these cookies say it is. I think this pail of goodies would make a great Mother’s Day gift or for any other beach lover out there.
The invitations are out and now you’re searching for the perfect Hawaiian style wedding cake. Get prepared to be amazed as there are so many gorgeous choices that you may need the entire wedding party to help you choose your favorite! These 10 Hawaiian style wedding cakes are amazing!
I love this tiki wedding cake! Wish I had seen this for my wedding. Via Cake Lava – based in Hawaii.
Hawaiian Wedding Cake – adorable! via. It has everything for the perfect Hawaiian theme wedding including turtle, slippahs, a flower lei, ukuleles and flowers.
Beach Glass Wedding Cake credit
Hawaiian Wedding Cake via
Tropical Cake via
Hibiscus Wedding Cake via
Starfish Wedding Cake via
Simple, but themed palm tree wedding cake. via
Elegant Beach Wedding Cake credit
Coral Reef Wedding Cake via Cake Lava.
Which one is your favorite? Please comment below!
I love these adorable Hawaiian shirt cookies and thing they’d be fun for a luau. I’m not too steady with my decorating skills, but would love to learn. Sweet Sugar Belle has a tutorial on how to make Hawaiian shirt cookies.
Here’s a few other Hawaiian cookie ideas:
Pink Hawaiian cookies via Flicker.
Have you ever made similar cookies? I would love to see them.
You may also like to view luau party ideas here.
I found this recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.
Hawaiian Tuna Recipe
For the confit carrots:
- 1 lb. organic carrots
- 1 Tbs. yellow mustard seeds
- 2 pieces fresh ginger, each 1 inch long
- 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 cups grapeseed oil, plus more as needed
For the tuna:
- 1 1/2 lb. sushi-grade center-cut ahi tuna
- Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
- Kosher salt, to taste
For the soy caramel:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- Juice of 1 lemon
For the crispy ginger:
- Canola oil for shallow frying
- 1 large piece fresh ginger, 2 inches long, unpeeled
- Radish sprouts for garnish
To make the carrots, preheat an oven to 300°F. Place the carrots in a baking dish that is just large enough to hold them and add the mustard seeds, ginger and soy sauce. Add enough grapeseed oil to just cover the carrots, then cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Oven-braise the carrots until very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Allow the carrots to cool in the oil. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the braising oil, and slice the carrots into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Set the reserved oil and sliced carrots aside separately; discard the remaining braising oil or save it for another use.
To sear the tuna, cut the tuna into long rectangles 1 inch by 1 inch thick. Rub lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Heat a nonstick sauté pan or a cast-iron griddle over very high heat. Sear the tuna briefly on all four sides until just lightly colored (you want to keep the middle very rare). Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
To make the soy caramel, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Simmer, swirling the mixture occasionally (do not stir it), until the mixture turns amber, 4 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the soy sauce. Set the saucepan in a bowl of ice water to quickly bring the soy caramel to room temperature.
In a small bowl, stir together 2 Tbs. of the soy caramel and 6 Tbs. of the reserved braising oil. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and whisk well to make a broken vinaigrette.
To fry the ginger chips, in a small saucepan, heat 1 inch of canola oil to 350°F. Slice the ginger into thin rounds. Fry the ginger until lightly colored and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Cut the chilled tuna into 1/2-inch-thick tiles and arrange on a large platter. Arrange the braised carrots around the tuna, and drizzle the carrots and tuna lightly with the vinaigrette. Garnish with radish sprouts and the crispy ginger. Serves 4.
Adapted from Tyler Florence Fresh, by Tyler Florence (Clarkson Potter, 2012)
View more Hawaiian recipes here.