Awesome Homemade Cookies

Awesome Homemade Cookies

Awesome Homemade Cookies

If the internet is telling the truth, Tuesday is National Homemade Cookie Day! Surely the internet wouldn’t lie about something as important as that. We get to take this day off work, right?

Clearly, I haven’t made enough homemade cookies in the last six months. Let’s make sure you don’t have that problem. Here are some of my favorite homemade cookie recipes. They’re all pretty idiot proof. I mean, I made them, and what do I know?

White chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies have a long name, but as long as you eat one cookie for each word in the title, you’ll be a happy human. Sweet, buttery, and just a tiny bit tart, these cookies combine the best of the islands and the mainland.

Cheater shortbread is so fast and so easy, anyone can make it! And everyone should eat it. Straight up or as a crust for something creamy, it’s gonna be awesome!

Giant chocolate chip cookies are pretty much as awesome as they sound. It’s my favorite chocolate chip cookie at the moment, and since it’s made with melted butter, there’s no waiting around. Cookies in your face in under 30 minutes? Yes, please!

Scottish shortbread is the real deal. The best thing to come out of Scotland since Ewan McGregor! Simple joy!

Make your own cookies at home this week. I promise, the smell alone is worth it. And you can eat as much cookie dough as you want. I won’t judge you if you don’t judge me. Homemade cookies are where it’s at, kids. What could be awesomer?

Happy Hour: Mai Tai Bar

Mai Tai Bar

One of our favorite places to grab a quick drink or two and a couple of pupus is Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Center. They have some pretty good happy hour deals in the afternoon, including $5 pupus, but I love coming here any time of day. I think t’s best in the early afternoon when it’s nice and quiet and you can get a table with a nice comfy sofa. Mai Tai Bar is a great way to relax.

Obviously, the best thing about Mai Tai Bar is the mai tais. I order mango, and Geoff always gets lychee. They’re sweet and refreshing and make me feel generally content. I could kick back and sip at one of these all day. They have a great variety of mai tais and other drinks. Maybe someday I’ll try them all.

Mai Tai Bar

In the food department, they have a tasty barbecue chicken flat bread pizza, and the parmesan herb fries are pretty spectacular. Everything is perfect for sharing. They don’t serve entrees, but you can get plenty of small plates to fill you up.

It’s not the cheapest bar in town, but it’s not completely unreasonable. If you find yourself at the mall, it’s the perfect way to chill out. My favorite thing about this place is just how comfortable it is. It’s totally relaxing. They also have live music at night, if you dig on that.

Mai Tai Bar3

I’m thinking I might need to get myself back to Mai Tai Bar very soon.

White chocolate raspberry blondies from Awesome on 20

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

White chocolate raspberry blondies from Awesome on 20

Today is my husband’s birthday. It’s pretty much the awesomest day of the year.

When we lived in Taiwan, in the very early days of our relationship, we used to spend Sundays exploring different parts of the island with a group of our expat friends. Very frequently, I was the only girl on these super long walks in the hot sun, through a foreign country, while hungover. I took to calling myself Wendy and referring to all the guys as my lost boys. And of course, Geoff was my Peter.

Sometimes I feel a bit guilty for making him grow up. Peter Pan was never able to make that sacrifice for love. Putting someone else’s happiness above your own is difficult and truly heroic. But my personal Peter Pan made that sacrifice for me. He grew up and left behind childish things and learned to love me in a way I didn’t even know was possible. He watches over me in the tenderest way. I couldn’t survive this harsh world without him.

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But we still love to have fun, and we’re still both pretty childlike. Even though we’ve grown up a bit, we still both love a good adventure. And a good dessert.

Geoff requested white chocolate raspberry blondies for his birthday. I’ve had a couple people tell me this is the best thing I’ve ever made. Of course, Geoff says that about everything. Here’s the crazy part. I’ll never know if they’re right because I’ve never eaten one. Because I’m an insane person, and I don’t like fruit. I know.

The jewel bright raspberries burst with tart flavor inside the buttery rich blondie. Brown sugar gives a hint of toffee flavor. It’s definitely pretty, and I’m sure if I liked raspberries, I’d get to know just how awesome these taste. 

White chocolate raspberry blondies from Awesome on 20

If you know my man, be sure to tell him happy birthday. And then go have an adventure in his honor. And eat white chocolate raspberry blondies. It’s what he’d want you to do.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies
Yields 16
Rich buttery blondies bursting with raspberry and white chocolate sweetness
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 grams (7/8 cup) unsalted butter
  2. 150 grams (5 ounces) white chocolate chips
  3. 300 grams (1-1/2 cups) light brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 200 grams (1-3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1 small carton of fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then cook on medium low for five minutes.
  3. Stir in half of your chocolate chips until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Beat brown sugar and eggs together until light and smooth, about the color of peanut butter.
  5. Slowly stir in flour, salt, and vanilla.
  6. Fold in butter and white chocolate mixture until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into pan, then scatter raspberries and remaining white chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool completely in tin, then pack up and take on an adventure.
Adapted from Olive Magazine
Adapted from Olive Magazine
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