Hawaiian Luau Cookies

Nothing says summer like Hawaiian luau cookies. Even though they were made for a party in dry, landlocked Idaho, the Hawaiian shirts, hibiscus flowers, and pastels make it feel like summer on the island.

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Hawaiian Luau Icing Techniques

This batch would’ve been a great one to teach a beginner!  See if you can spot all the different icing techniques on these Hawaiian luau cookies:

  • Wet on wet 
    • the hibiscus flower pattern of Hawaiian shirt cookies
    • the stripe and polka dot detail of the flip-flop cookies
    • the color blending of the sunset cookies
  • Wet on dry 
    • the piped shirt details such as the collar and the pockets of the Hawaiian shirt cookies
    • the thong of the flip-flop cookies
  • Sugar on wet 
    • the sand of the beach in the sunset cookies
  • Royal icing transfers 
    • the palm tree silhouette of the sunset cookies
    • the red royal icing flowers, dropped directly onto a still-wet flooded cookie


Did you know?…

I didn’t have a shirt cookie cutter for the Hawaiian shirt cookies, so I just cut the bottom off of a onesie cookie cutter.  The shirts are a little short in the torso, but I would argue that just makes them more endearing.  

onesie cookie cutter

 Originally posted on June 23, 2014

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  1. […] then added black to make it darker. I should’ve just added more violet, like I did with these sunset cookies. Adding more color, or a different color often makes the color deeper. Adding black will make it […]

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