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

New Year's Craft ~ 1930s Style Crepe Paper Party Hat Tutorial

During the first half of the 20th Century handmade paper hats were de rigeur for evening parties, costume parties, church, school and society events.

In the 1920s, it was not uncommon to see beautifully crafted paper hats, fans and parisols on the pages of fashion magazines. According to Dennison, a major crepe and tissue paper manufacturer throughout the century, "these hats can be very simple or as picturesque as a Parisian extreme." By the early 1930s, crepe paper skull caps gained popularity and were often adorned with crepe paper bouquets, pinwheels and butterflies.   

While the pointed party hat may be the standard in our modern times, I thought it would be fun to revive one of the most versatile and fanciful paper hats from the last century.  The method is basic -- just a few folds and snips.  The materials are simple -- just crepe paper, scissors, some heavy stock for the band, glue and embellishments.  The results are fabulous!  

How to Make:
1930s Style Crepe Paper Party Caps

Makes 1 hat
Time:  Approx. 5-10 minutes

  • 1 sheet 20"h x 25" crepe paper (with grain running vertically)
  • 2 strips of crepe streamer in a complimentary color, 1 3/4" x 25"
  • 1 strip of posterboard, 1 1/2" w x 24"l
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • String or heavy cord (approx. 4") to tie off tassel
  • Embellishments such as scrapbook or Dresden borders, rosettes, feathers, rhinestones, etc.

Step 1:  Lay the sheet of crepe paper on a flat work surface with the grain running vertically.

Step 2:  Fold the crepe paper in half (from bottom to top) and press to crease along the fold.  Then re-open.

Step 3:  Run a thin bead of tacky glue along the entire bottom edge of the fold.  Regular school glue is not recommended because of its high moisture content, which can cause the crepe paper to bleed.

Step 4:  Set the posterboard band in place just below the crease, centered in the middle of the crepe paper so that there is some crepe paper overhang on each end.  Fold the overhang in on both sides.

Step 5:  Run a thin bead of glue along the edge of one of the streamers.

Step 6:  Now apply the streamer along the top edge of the crepe paper, with the non-glue side lined up with the top border.

Step 7:  Next, fold the bottom edge of the crepe paper up to meet the top.  Using same method as in Steps 5&6, apply the second strip of crepe paper to the top border.

Step 8:  With scissors, fringe the entire border area.  You can use pinking shears for an alternate style.

Step 9:  To make the hatband, simply fold up the bottom edge (containing the posterboard).  

Step 10:  For a custom-fit hat, wrap the hatband around your subject's head.  Hold together where the two ends meet, then remove from head.  Trim away excess overlap, so that only 1 1/2" overlap remains. Staple in place, with finished edge on top (trimmed edge on bottom).  For a generic fit, trim to create a 22" circumference.

Step 11:  Place back on head, then evenly gather the fringe.  Tie off with a ribbon or sturdy thread.  Fluff the fringe to form a pompom puff.

To embellish my caps for New Year's Eve, I used Recollections Glitter Paper (in Silver) cut with a Martha Stewart Crafts Scallop 3-dot Edge Punch for the border and cut with a Cricut on the highest pressure and deepest cutting setting for the numbers.  I adhered the border with hot glue and the numbers with tacky glue.

Step 12:    Embellish with decorative borders and ornaments.

Don your Bon Ton chapeux and party on!

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