I bought macadamia nuts for this recipe in late June. Other than the heat, I don’t know why I hesitated to make these for so long. Maybe it’s the thought of what the word Hawaiian does to pizza. Don’t misunderstand me. I love pineapple. I just don’t think it belongs on pizza. But there is no pineapple in these cookies. Macadamia nuts, coconut, coffee powder, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, flour, eggs and brown sugar. No pineapple. And no ham.
Thankfully I was completely misled by the word Hawaiian. They are delicious. Made and baked in two parts, the cookie has a base of flour, butter, brown sugar, coffee, cinnamon and salt. That is baked for 20 minutes then cooled for 15 and the topping is added: Eggs, more brown sugar, vanilla, more cinnamon and salt, coconut and chopped toasted macadamia nuts. Then the whole thing is baked for 45 minutes or so. When I asked Bruce and Kate what they thought of the results, they asked for more. Enough said.
Except this: The macadamia nut is not native to Hawaii. Who knew? Thank you John Macadam and friends!