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.  
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…

My Favorite Hanukkah Latke-tizers: Latke Hors D'oeuvres, Jewish Deli Style

Latkes -- crispy, golden potato pancakes -- are a must-have for any Hanukkah celebration.  Now, imagine if you will, bite-sized latkes topped with some of your favorite things -- sour cream, dill and lox, a slice of pear with sharp cheddar cheese, or applesauce and a slice of spicy chicken sausage.  We call them Latketizers -- replacing the cracker or bread in an appetizer with a warm, crispy latke. 

My favorite latke to serve as a passed hors d'oeuvre is the Brooklyn Avenue -- named after a signature sandwich from the famous Canter's Delicatessen in Los Angeles.  This one-bite Jewish deli experience is the creation of my husband, who actually put together his first Brooklyn Avenue latketizer while lunching at Canter's.  

As we neared the end of our meal, a few delectable bites remained at the table:  a lonely little latke, a half-eaten bowl of cole slaw, and a few pieces of corned beef.  With his penchant for trying new food combinations, my husband seized the opportunity to play with food.  What resulted was a combination so delicious that we ordered another round of latkes so that everyone at the table could partake.  The Brooklyn Avenue Latketizer was born -- A dab of Russian dressing, a bite of lean corned beef, and a garnish of fresh cole slaw.  Positively addictive!

The Brooklyn Avenue Latketizer

Not much to it really.  First, you need to start with good latkes.  Use your favorite recipe.  If you don't have one, try the Cook's Illustrated (America's Test Kitchen) version.  Fry them up about silver dollar size.

Top with a dallop of Russian dressing, a generous slice of lean corned beef (I buy the whole corned beef brisket and boil it for three hours).  Finally, top with a pinch of fresh coleslaw (nice and light and not too creamy).

Serve and enjoy! 

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