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…

Enchantingly Easy Easter Eggs with Flora, Fauna and Family

These eggs fit in perfectly with our decorating style that pays homage to our family tree
 
As many of you know, I've been on hiatus from blogging for much of this year due to my commitments teaching high school culinary arts.  Well, the school year is nearly over.  Hello SUMMER!  I'm picking up my graduation gown today, and prepping some desserts for a graduation party.  But before I do, I wanted to share a little creative something that my girls and I did a few weeks back for Easter.

 

Being an uber-busy working mom, decorating Easter eggs wasn't in the forefront of my mind (until the day before Easter).  My girls are getting older, and I fear it won't be long before they'd rather be out with their friends than dyeing eggs with Mom.  So, I came up with a last minute way to decorate eggs that is definitely out-of-the-store-bought-box, very inexpensive, and yet chic and sophisticated.  My girls loved them, and we ended up keeping them on display through April.

A nod to all the lovebirds in our family history

From around the house I rummaged up food coloring, vinegar, eggs and hot water.  On a quick trip to the craft store, I found these fabulous stickers from Violette Stickers (this is not a paid endorsement -- I found the stickers on my own).  These high-quality stickers feature vintage-inspired images from Victorianna.  They gave our simple eggs a very heirloom look.

Our own personal menagerie of Edwardian Era Animalia

Instructions?  Simple!  Create your dye by combining some white vinegar, warm water and food coloring.  Next time, I'll probably use less food color and bathe the eggs a shorter amount of time for softer pastels, but my girls really liked them this way.  Once the submerged eggs have attained the level of color you desire, set them aside to dry.  When dry, affix the stickers.  We found that using a small pair of sharp scissors to make a few slits around the edges of each sticker helped them adhere and lie flat on the curved surface of the egg.  That's it!


(We we even found a few birds that reminded us of our grandfather and great-grandfather)

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