Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

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Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

BURGERTIME! MINI LOOKALIKE CAKES TWO WAYS -- You Want Shortbread Fries with That?

Single serving, life-sized burger cakes

Chances are you've already seen and been charmed by the little cakes that look like cheeseburgers that have popped up online in profusion this year. These darling little lookalikes typically feature a cake "bun", a brownie "burger" and colored frosting.

So what's my angle?  My spin?  How about a shortcut to making the mini bites?  Save time without sacrificing taste! How about amping up the realism on the life-sized version while balancing the textures and flavors for a more "grown up" taste?  

The Mini "Burger Bites"

Let's start with the minis ~ the tiny "burger bites".  Most recipes I have seen use mini cupcakes.  I was looking for a way to eliminate this extra baking step (= less time and less dishes to wash), while adding flavor and a nice contrasting texture.  For the bun, I used classic "Nilla Wafer" cookies.  They're not as sweet as a cupcake, and the crunch is a nice contrast to the chewy brownie.  They're also easy to hold, and not as messy to work with as the cupcakes.  

The complete recipe & Tutorial can be downloaded and printed for free, HERE


 

I like to think of my version of the single-serving, trompe l'oeil (a French art term for something that tricks the eye ~ ah yes, I knew that Art History degree would come in handy some day) burger cake as a more grown-up version of the super-sweet kid classic. These cakes are the size of an actual cheeseburger and a feature a pound cake "bun", a fudgy brownie "burger", tinted coconut for "lettuce", and a cream cheese icing (the perfect balance of sweet and tart) for the ketchup & mustard.  The "fries" are a classic shortbread (and are absolutely to-die-for addictive).

As my nine-year old daughter likes to say, "It's so easy, a kid can do it!"  And here she is to show you how...

 

The complete recipe & Tutorial can be downloaded and printed for free, HERE
And here's the recipe for those delicious, buttery, shortbread fries:

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