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

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

GET YOUR GELT ON! Make your own gold coins for Hanukkah with this easy chocolate-dipped apricot project

Because of my parents' different religious upbringings, my brothers and I had the experience of celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas each December of our childhoods. My mom still makes the world's best motzoh ball soup and latkes, and has us over on one night of Hanukkah every year to play driedel, light the menorah, and to enjoy her wonderful cooking!  

For the past two years, my girls and I have enjoyed a new Hanukkah tradition of making our own Hanukkah "gelt", or gold coins made from dried apricots dipped in dark chocolate. They're so simple to make and are infinitely more delicious than the mass produced coins you buy in the store.

Even if your household doesn't celebrate Hanukkah, these chocolate dipped apricots make a wonderful gift for friends and family at this time of year!


1 bag Dried Apricots (16 oz.)*
8 oz. good quality chocolate*

Step 1:  Using a kitchen mallet or hammer wrapped in kitchen plastic, pound your apricots out to make them flat and even.

Step 2:  Dip each apricot in melted chocolate.  Tap off excess chocolate before setting the apricot to dry on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 3:  When all apricots have been dipped, place baking sheet in refrigerator to allow chocolate time to set (approx 20 minutes).

Step 4:  When chocolate has set, wrap each apricot in gold foil.  You can typically purchase gold foil candy wrappers as well as gold foil in rolls at many craft and cake decorating stores.  
Step 5:  Optional -- Package the gold coins in blue organza bags (found at most major craft stores and online).

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