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.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

DIY: Silhouette Easter Eggs


I love the charm and old fashioned elegance of the silhouette.


For this year's Easter eggs I decided to stray from the usual palette of pastel & polka-dotted whimsy; opting instead to play off the natural alabaster of the eggshell with a sharp contrast of elegant black.




The wonderful thing about this technique is that it doesn't require special transfer paper or expensive equipment. 


If you have some white tissue paper, Mod Podge, a glue stick and a printer, you can make Silhouette Easter Eggs without spending a penny!


Silhouette Easter Eggs

Materials
Eggs (hard boiled if you plan to eat them, or blown if you want to keep them)
White tissue paper (ironed flat if it's wrinkly)
Silhouette images (I used the beautiful free images from The Graphics Fairy)
A sheet of copy paper
A glue stick (I like the Elmer's Craft Bond Repositionable)
Scissors
Mod Podge
Paint brush
An old gift card or club card to use as a refining tool 


Step 1:  Find some silhouette images that you like.  I found mine from my favorite source of free vintage graphics, The Graphics Fairy.  Copy the images and paste them in to a word processing document.  I resized my images to approx. 2" high (or wide for the horizontal oriented graphics).


Step 2:  Run your glue stick along the top edge of a piece of copy paper.


Step 3:  Lay a piece of tissue paper on top and press to adhere along the glue line.


Step 4:  Trim tissue paper so that it is the same size as the copy paper.  Feed in to printer so that document will print on the tissue side (glue end first).  Print silhouette document using a "DRAFT" setting.  This will avoid saturating the tissue with too much ink, which could bleed later in the process.


Step 5:  Cut a silhouette from the tissue paper, trimming tight to the edges with just a slight white border.


Step 6:  Brush Mod Podge of the section of the egg where the silhouette will be applied.  Apply tissue silhouette, upside down so that the ink side contacts the glue and egg.


Step 7:  Brush Mod Podge on to of the tissue silhouette, using the brush to flatten the tissue and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can also use a finger, gently, to smooth out the tissue.  It took me an egg or two to perfect the technique.  Don't get discouraged.  A few wrinkles is okay.  You'll buff them out in a later step.  Set egg aside to dry.



Step 8:  When Mod Podge has dried, use the edge of an old gift card or store club card to smooth out any remaining wrinkles.

Display and enjoy!



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I posted this DIY on this blog when it was under its old name Rook No.17 on 3/30/12.  All content is original and under my copyright.

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