I love the month of August, mostly because it’s my birthday month! I say birthday ‘month’ because that’s how long I like to celebrate. Here in Portland we are finally getting a full doze of summer weather and I decided to host a luau in my mom’s backyard to celebrate turning 27-years-old. We set up tiki torches, put bunches of fruit on the tables for decoration, made pupu appetizers and served mai tai’s (to see photos from the party, check out my blog).

I ordered some custom coasters to serve with the cocktails and some pretty tags to package up homemade cookies for guests to take home. To keep with the Hawaiian theme, I made White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, Coconut Cookies and boy were they a hit! (I found the recipe here).

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup butter, melted
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups (chopped, if needed) macadamia nuts
• 2 cups white chocolate chips
• 1 1/2 cups of shredded, sweetened coconut

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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl then set aside. Beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla with a mixer until creamy.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture until just mixed. Stir in the macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips and 1 cup of coconut by hand. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the last 1/2 cup of coconut.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges look golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 4-5 minutes (so cookies can set) before moving to a rack.

To package them up for favors, I wrapped 3 cookies in tissue and placed them in white Ballotin Boxes. Next, I chose a green ribbon to match my custom gift tags and tied them to the boxes. These turned out so cute, though most of my guests opened theirs and ate all of their cookies before the night was over!

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Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants.

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