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

Summer Fashion Grand Slam with Cookie's Kids

At the pace my girls outgrow their clothes and shoes, it doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on their wardrobe.  When it comes to shopping, I'm thinking "Frugal" and my girls are all about "Fashion".  It's nice when you can find a place where the two converge.

That's why I'm happy to be sharing an online store for kids with style and 'tude and the parents who outfit them -- #Cookie's Kids

I love a company with a great story, don't you?

In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and Summer and Fall, and opened a day after Thanksgiving with a full stock of holiday toys. The toys were a success and they put the extra money toward buying children's clothing for the next season. When that did well, they bought more clothing. The business was on it's way.  In the late '90s came an important addition to Cookie's Kids' inventory: school uniforms. It was the steady success in uniform sales that paved the way for founding

Here's where I come in -- Summer of 2012, kids chomping at the bit to take advantage of our unusually nice weather and play some tennis.  So I jumped at the challenge from Collective Bias to outfit my girls for less than $30 on  So, how did I do?  See for yourself...

I started out on the Cookie's Kids homepage -- friendly, easy, accessible!

I headed to the Girls Department first.  The Cookie's Kids website makes it easy to navigate to exactly what you're looking for thanks to drop-down windows and expanded search options.  In a single frame I was able to specify Girls Dept>Sizes 7-16>Dresses>Casual Dresses.

There were four pages of dresses in all, but I found just what I was looking for on the first page:  A classic pique tennis dress by one of my favorite athletic brands, Puma.

They had it in stock, in the color I wanted, and the best part is it was on sale for $9.99!

Would I be as lucky shopping for  my little one?  She's something of a tomboy -- having sworn off dresses, skirts and "girly" embellishments years ago.  I first looked in the girls department under "Active Wear>Sets".  The Chevron & Stripe 2-pc Track Suit was perfect (and only $9.99), but unfortunately it was sold out in my daughter's size.

Next, I headed to the Boys Department to look for some gender-neutral shorts.  Cookie's had nearly 80 pairs to choose from in the size 4-7 range, but it only took a moment to hone in on the perfect pair.

I love the breezy resort style of these cotton cargo shorts!  The price is unbeatable -- just $8.99 and it includes a cotton D-ring belt!  The Chams brand of plaid cargo shorts comes in several different colors, all available at Cookie's

To top off the classic look I chose a unisex cotton tank top for only $4.99.

I had spent $24 so far, leaving $6 in my budget.  I headed over to the Shoe Department to see if I could continue my winning streak.  I found a perfect pair of Phat Farm athletic shoes on clearance for $9.99.  I decided that it was well worth going over my budget by $4.   

Just for fun, I shopped around a little more and posted my finds on Polyvore (all but the racquets are available at!

Cookie's Kids Summer Sportswear
Two tennis outfits, plus a pair of shoes for under $35!  That's nothing to shake a stick (or racquet) at!  I'd say this shopping experience was an Ace! 

Cookie's Kids Summer Sportswear
Shipping was only $5, and my order arrived quickly.  I was pleased with the quality of all of the items.  The girls were thrilled with their new clothes and couldn't wait to try them out on the court.  My little one has requested a pair of the cargo shorts in each of the colors sold at Cookie's.  With the way my older daughter is growing, I'm going to grab a Puma tennis dress in the next size up too.  For $9.99?  Why not?

I almost forgot to mention that my order (of over $30) qualified for a free, no-strings-attached, subscription to Parenting magazine.  Cool!

What are your kids up to this summer?  No matter what you have planned, has your child covered. AND, if your family is attending any dressy events this summer, you'll want to check out their Boys and Girls Dresswear.

Plus, with the Back To School season just around the corner, you can avoid the crowds and get a jump on their fall wardrobe while saving money at the same time. Cookie's even has a huge selection of school uniforms essentials!   Right now you can get free shipping on all school uniform orders over $49!

Stay connected with Cookie's Kids for the latest bargains and special offers by following them on Facebook and Twitter!  

Want to see more from my experience online and our day on the tennis court?  Click HERE!

Well, that about ties things up!
Happy shopping and happy saving!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. and #CBias #SocialFabric.  All opinions are genuine and my own.

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