The Amateur Food Nerd\’s Reviews

March 30, 2006

Maui CookKwees

Filed under: Uncategorized — amateurfoodnerd @ 8:15 pm

(Okay, yes, I am finally posting a review, for all 0 of you people out there waiting with bated breath.)

Last Wednesday, I returned from 5 days on Maui, so the next few reviews are probably going to be restaurants in the Lahaina area and a few products that are exclusive to the islands. Sticking to that, today's review is of Maui CookKwees. These are little, crunchy, shortbread-y cookies that are pretty much the standard size of cookies. They are packaged in cylindrical bags, which may make you think that they'll go stale if they remain open and unsealed, but these are crispy and resilliant enough to last quite a while in a cupboard. (I've had one bag of them open for a week and they are just as crunchy as the day I bought them.)

They come in an array of varieties, but the two I had were White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut. Both were very good; very crispy and crumbly with a good salty note (something I appreciate a lot in baked goods) and the added crunch of the macadamia nuts. I do have one beef with them, and that is that they don't have a lot of chocolate in them, be it white or milk. Each cookie only has about five chocolate chips in it, which is a little pathetic if you ask me. However, I still highly recommend these if you are going to Hawaii anytime soon as they are definately a unique product.

Price: $1.89

Place Purchased: Long's Drugs (Lahaina, HI)

Overall Rating: 7/10

As a last note, perhaps Marvo could comment on these if he's ever had them? They might be exclusive to Maui, but it would be hard to believe if they aren't sold on the other islands as well.



  1. I’m pretty sure if I went looking for them, I could find Maui CookKwees here on Oahu, but I have tried them. Probably the best known cookies here in Hawaii are the chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies from Big Island Candies.

    Comment by marvo — March 30, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

  2. I just returned home from two weeks in Hawaii. Whenever I’m there, I buy CookKwees. I’m partial to the coconut/mac nut shortbread. I brought two packages home with me and am planning to order more online! I love them!

    Comment by Melanie — September 17, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

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  7. We also want to buy more Cookkwees on-line. Has anyone had any luck?

    Comment by Karen — August 21, 2007 @ 10:49 am

  8. I just returned 2 weeks ago from Maui and these cookies are fabulous! I tried the almond variety in Lahaina and paid about $3.90 at ABC store and when I got back to Waikiki NO store carried them. I wasn’t a happy camper as I planned to bring some home. They are very expensive online. I don’t know if I want to spend $10 a bag on them but they were sure delicious. Next trip I’ll be bringing MANY bags home. ALOHA!

    Comment by no4uplayer — May 4, 2008 @ 11:34 am

  9. I found a website where the prices are reasonable with shipping and handling (YEAH!!!)

    Comment by no4uplayer — May 4, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  10. Just returned from 2wks in Maui and yes, I agree, these are the best cookies! So crispy and tasty, its hard to stop with one. I wish I had gotten more to bring home. The online ordering is expensive, but may have to get a few mores bags. I paid $2.99 per bag at Hilo Hattie’s in Lahaina. ABC stores were higher. I shipped home Maui Onions that I love to cook with, just wish I had packed a few more bags of cookies!! oh well, will plan another trip..haha Aloha….

    Comment by Debbie — July 17, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

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