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

Marzipan Pigs ~ Wishing You a Very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I am thankful to a good friend for reminding me of the New Year tradition of making marzipan pigs.  Last night our families gathered and after a delicious dinner, a walk in the crisp evening air, and some rollicking conversation, we sat down with our children, got our hands nice and sticky, and created a passel of perfect pink porcines.

The tradition of making and giving Glücksschwein (lucky pigs) made from marzipan during the winter holidays dates back to Germany in the Middle Ages, where the pig was a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.  According to German tradition, the "Schwein" (pig) brings good luck over the coming 12 months. 

Other traditional symbols of good luck are the toadstool (Fliegenpilze) and four-leaf clover (vierblättrige Kleeblätter).

Making the pigs was a fun way to connect with our past and look toward the future with our girls.  The project was easy to do too.  We purchased pre-made marzipan from the grocery store and tinted it with just a dab of pink gel food color.  I had the good fortune of coming across a vintage marzipan pig mold online many years ago, so we got some terrific castings by pressing the marzipan in the powdered sugared mold.  The girls had fun making free-form designs as well.

Wishing you and yours a very prosperous and sweet New Year!

What are your New Year traditions?

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