BHG State Cookie Contest (Vote for me . . . please!)

June 29, 2011 by Kailani  
Filed under daily life, recipes

With the 4th of July right around the corner, Better Homes and Garden (BHG) is celebrating by hosting a State Cookie Contest. One blogger from each of the 50 states will be whipping up a batch of yummy cookies that they feel best represents their state. And even though I’m somewhat of a novice baker, I thought I’d give it a shot.

So here’s my recipe . . . Hawaiian Delight Cookies


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 c. coconut
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple
  • 1 c. macadamia nuts (chopped)
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 16 oz. pkg. chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg.
Add flour and baking soda. Mix well.
Stir in pineapple, chips, coconut, and macadamia nuts.
Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. 4 dozen cookies.

What I learned:

I never realized how important quality bakeware is to your finished product. I have a cheaper jellyroll pan that I bought from a discount store years ago that I usually use when making these cookies. This time around I used the baking sheet that was provided by BHG. This sheet features the unique triple-performance grid, comfortable silicone handles, light-colored surfaces, and is even dishwasher safe!

OMG! What a difference it made! My cookies came out perfectly browned and evenly cooked. Even Kacie who usually doesn’t like this recipe because she doesn’t care for coconut loved this treat!

So stop by BHG’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite state cookie!

Thank you BHG for providing the complimentary baking pan to help facilitate my contest entry!

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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9 Responses to “BHG State Cookie Contest (Vote for me . . . please!)”
  1. 1
    Kristie says:

    I was going to vote for you (your cookies look amazing!), but I can’t figure out how?

    • 1.1
      Kristie says:

      It took me a while to figure it out, but I got it! Every time I clicked on the site, my computer asked if I wanted to view it securely and I’d click “yes”….well, I needed to click “no” to vote :-)

  2. 2
    Teri @ Mom to Bed by 8 says:

    I found you and VOTED! They look delicious.
    Teri @ Mom to Bed by 8

  3. 3
    Dana says:

    Those look and sound so good! I voted for you! Good luck!

  4. 4
    Kayla says:

    Oooh, those look DELICIOUS!
    Any left for me!? I’m off to vote xD
    Good luck in the contest!

  5. 5
    sagemom says:

    I’ve never heard of Hawaiian Delight Cookies…is this your own recipe? It looks sooooo good. I’m going to vote right now =)

  6. 6
    Pamela says:

    If I made these I would eat them all —
    I will copy this recipe and make it for the next “bring cookies” for a church function.

  7. 7
    Desert Songbird says:

    Okay, I’ll admit it: the only way I like coconut is when it’s coconut shrimp, and even then it has to be really crispy. I’ll also admit that this recipe makes me think I might like coconut if it was eaten this way. :) I DID vote for you, of course!

  8. 8
    Serendipity is Sweet says:

    Good for you!!! Good luck ;O)

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