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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

The ORIGINAL-- Macaroon Kiss Cookie Recipe {Best Flippin' Cookie EVER!}

I originally posted this recipe way back on 12/22/11.  It was my first recipe to go viral, and has been pinched and reposted ever since.  This cookie remains my favorite cookie of all time.  It's been in my family since the mid 1980s, so, like, Rad! The original source has long been forgotten, but this cookie is absolutely unforgettable!   It starts with a rich cream cheese and vanilla dough with just the slightest hint of fresh squeezed orange.  The dough is coconut laden, and gets an extra roll in coconut before baking.  As the cookie bakes, the coconut on the outside gets toasty, while the cookie remains soft and chewy.  Pure a KISS! Please pin and share! Print With Image Without Image The ORIGINAL-- Macaroon Kiss Cookie Recipe Yield: 48 cookies Author: Jenn Erickson Prep time: Cook time: Total time: It starts with a rich cream cheese and vanilla dough with just the slightest hint of fresh squeezed orange. The dough is coconut laden, and gets an ex

Holiday Magic: Fancified Borax Crystal Snowflakes
{and Candle-lit Centerpieces}

You don't need to be a scientist, an artist, or Jack Frost to make these easy (and inexpensive) real crystal ornaments! Making crystals from Borax is one of the most magical, easy and satisfying classroom science projects.   I had the pleasure of seeing it done by a teacher friend in a classroom of second and third graders just a few weeks ago.  It got me thinking about experimenting with a way to take the project from classroom to craft-room for the holidays.  Search online and you'll come up with hundreds of tutorials, all calling for the same simple solution of hot water supersaturated with Borax and snowflakes or other shapes made out of pipe cleaners.  I mused, "I wonder what would happen if I used a plastic snowflake, instead of a pipe cleaner, as a base for the crystals to form."   So, I headed off to the Dollar Tree and found two different types of snowflake ornaments.  They look cheap and they are cheap.  Perfect for this pr

Vintage Folk Art Style Paper Mache Snowman Tutorial

With the Christmas tree curbside, and the ornaments all neatly packed away, I'm thankful for my small collection of winter decorations that can be left out a bit longer to grace my home with their snowy sparkle and winter whimsy. I would have loved to have had the time to share this sweet little tutorial earlier in the season, but the holidays were busy (as they always are).  Now that things have slowed down, this may be, perhaps the best time of all to fix yourself a mug of cocoa or coffee and enjoy the process of creating a vintage style paper mache snowman at your leisure.  He is sure to bring smiles to all that behold him, all winter long! This is the snowman that my 7-year old made. The real stick arms were her wonderful idea! This is a fun project t o do with children as well. The process is very simple , versatile, and inexpensive.  The fram e for the figure is ma de from aluminum foil which can be worked into the shape of characters for any occasion .  I&#

Eggnog Fudge with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Inspired by the sweet success of my Pumpkin Pie Fudge with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache from October, I couldn't help but coax a new holiday confection out of my dreams and in to the kitchen! So here it is...creamy, smooth and delicately flavored Eggnog Fudge with Dark Chocolate Ganache .  There's just enough nutmeg and a touch of rum to give the sweet suggestion of the classic holiday drink, but without being too cloyingly sweet, boozy or spiced.   This luscious layered confection is easy to prepare and goes down easy...too easy perhaps.  Everyone who tasted it agreed -- one piece simply isn't enough (even those who swore they don't like eggnog).   Eggnog Fudge with Dark Chocolate Ganache (For a printable version of this recipe, click the  "Print Friendly' icon at the bottom of this post) Makes 64 1" pieces For the fudge 2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup salted butter, cut in to pieces 1/2 cup sweetened conde