Hawai‘i has always been sweet on desserts, especially ones that require baking and fill kitchens with sweet, rich, enticing aromas. We are always stopping at local bakeries and bakers’ counters to pick up our favorite cakes, cookies, muffins, sweet breads, and scones. Our well-known fine-dining restaurants are famous for their last courses by award-winning pastry chefs. We particularly enjoy ethnic delights, whether they be malasadas, mochi, or haupia treats. No island potluck is complete without several tasty options at the end of the buffet meal—often a mix of family favorites passed down from generation-to-generation and popular store-bought staples guests always look for.

Hawai‘i Bakes presents a collection of goodies ranging from baked confections to frozen desserts with candy. Some of the offerings are not typically found in local dessert books. There are also some familiar delights with new twists. The recipes were chosen to satisfy our craving for something a little different for those times of indulgence when our appetites yearn for something comforting, sweet, and unique.

This delectable offering of desserts comes from friends, pastry chefs, culinary instructors, and dessert aficionados who have contributed to our other cookbooks. The recipes feature natural flavors and use locally-grown ingredients, especially those found in our backyard gardens. The result is simply satisfying.


Crunchy Banana Muffins
Johnny Apple Scones
Sweet Cornmeal Muffins
Cinna-Yum Cinnamon Rolls
Cranberry Pecan Muffins
Forbidden Fudge Muffins
Some Like it Hot! Popovers
Simply a Biscuit
It’s All About Sweet Sugar Biscuits

Coconut Lovers Shortbread
Butter Shortbread Cookies
Mochiko Shortbread
Open Sesame Seed Shortbread
Happy Almond Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies ~ Wade Tamura
Fudge Cookies
Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Italian Tozzetti Cookies ~ Jade Ogoshi
Basler Brunsli, A Chocolate Nut Cookie
Chocolate Covered Sugar Cookie
Russian Tea Cookies

Fruit Squares
Baked Mochi with Miso
Easy Chi Chi Mochi
Wild Blondies
Brownie Points
Hot Date with Chocolate ~ Kelli Kimura
It’s a Fruit Cake Bar
Chilly Pear Dessert
Pineapple Butter Sponge Bars
Temptin’ Rugelach
Pumpkin Haupia Squares

Cinnamon Apple Cake
Easy Chocolate Coffee Mug Cake
Piña Colada Pound Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Pucker Up, Prune Apple Cake
Mango Upside Down Cake ~ Wade Tamura
Guava Marbled Cheesecake ~ Wade Tamura
Got Coffee Cake?
Kalamansi Cupcake ~ Mark Okumura
Kalamansi “7 Minute” Meringue Icing
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Cake
Red Velvet Cupcakes ~ Mark Okumura
Butter Frosting
Mango Cake
Black Forest Cake Cupcake ~ Mark Okumura
Fluffy Kirschwasser Frosting

Simple Pie Crust
A is for Apple Pie
Custard Pie
Guava Frangipane Tartlets
Apple Frangipane Tart
Pumpkin Chiffon
Haupia Chocolate Cream Pie ~ Wade Tamura

Jungle Monkey Bread
Hot Potato Rolls
Papaya Pineapple Fruit Butter
Easy Beer Bread ~ Mark Okumura
Applesauce Bread
Date Nut Bread ~ Mark Okumura
Zucchini Carrot Bread ~ Mark Okumura

Can’t Let Go Cream Puffs
Almond Walnut Butter Toffee
Wiggle & Jiggle Coconut Gelatin
Sweet Pineapple Crumble ~ Mark Okumura
Pineapple Surprise
Kula Strawberry Ice Cream ~ Mark Okumura
Tropical Fruit Medley with Honey Yogurt Sauce
Ka‘a‘awa Bread Pudding ~ Jody Domingo
Vanilla Cream Sauce
Hawaiian Vanilla Ice Cream ~ Mark Okumura
Chocolate Berry Shortcake ~ Mark Okumura
Easy Whipped Cream ~ Mark Okumura
Fresh Berries with Vanilla Anglaise Sauce ~ Mark Okumura
Kona Coffee Latte Gelee ~ Mark Okumura