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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Sugar Cookies

Type of Cuisine: American
Provided By: Gina Duarte
Category: Dessert
From: Waimea

Gina Duarte is the owner of Gina’s Anykine Grinds Café in Waimea town. Her mother, Chantal, worked at the old Waimea Dispensary, which now houses the Kauaʻi Police Department’s substation. The office ladies and nurses always shared recipes, and this is how Chantal acquired this delicious sugar cookie recipe.

Gina’s Mom also fondly remembers Grove Farm’s very own Beau Acoba’s grandma, Florentina Acoba, who also worked at the Waimea Dispensary – sharing her family recipes.


7 ½ cupsflour
1 lbbutter or margarine
1 ½ cupsvegetable oil
3 cupssugar
3large eggs
3 tspvanilla
3 tspbaking soda
colored sugar for sprinkling, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients together until completely blended
  3. Scoop on to cookie sheet
  4. Flatten with the bottom of a cup – use a little flour to dip the cup to prevent it from sticking to the dough
  5. Sprinkle with colored sugar
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown

Recipe submitted by Gina Duarte of Gina's Anykine Grinds Cafe