Tutu’s Super-Crispy Sugar Cookies

It’s January which means it’s obviously time to lay off the baked goods. The problem is… I read about a 25-year old recipe for Tutu’s crispy sugar cookies.

Tutu’s Super-Crispy Sugar Cookies via Food & Wineview full recipe }

When I lived on the island of Hawaii, every Sunday I would buy cookies at the farmers’ market from an elderly woman everyone called Tutu, or “Grandmother.” She would sell only one bag per person until she ran out, which took about 30 minutes. Before I moved away, I asked her for the recipe. She gave it to me on the condition that I couldn’t share it with anyone for 25 years. Time has passed, and now I’d like to share it with your readers.
—Letter to the Editor by Charlie Griggs; Hoodsport, WA.

Hawaii folks take their cookies seriously, especially on the Big Island. From the well-marketed, hand-dipped shortbread cookies of Big Island Candies (only sold in my mom’s hometown of Hilo or online) to the even better, homey Donna’s Cookies of Paauilo (the remote Hamakua Coast town of maternal great-grandmother). The challenge with Donna’s Cookies is they are not available online! We rely on family members to ship ours out at regular intervals throughout the year.

So I followed Tutu’s recipe and my batch turned out more like shortbread (sugar cookie may be misleading to some readers), but there is no question the results are delicious. This recipe calls for Rice Krispies, but now I remember my favorite cookies from Hawaii featured crushed cornflakes. Stay tuned, this requires further investigation.

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  1. Susan,
    I’m happy to hear this recipe worked out for your school bake sale! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me about these sugar cookies. I’ve never thought of them as a holiday cookie, but now I’m hoping to make a batch this weekend.

  2. Just baked these for a school bake sale and they turned out really nice and crispy.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Enjoy your cookies Madeline! Thanks for reminding me about this recipe, I’ve been meaning to try it again with crushed cornflakes.

  4. Madeline

    I made these cookies and they turned out awesome!

  5. E, I’ll see if we what we have, I know there’s something similar from Honolulu Cookie Company. Haven’t unwrapped and am not sure if they are chocolate dipped or not!?

  6. They look really good. Now all I am thinking about is Big Island Candies. I need those cookies!!

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