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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

Upcycling: Dreidel Treat Boxes for the 8 Nights of Hanukkah

Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel You're a sparkly little one A box made out of paper that was easy and so fun For Hanukkah this year, I decided to fiddle around with some tissue paper tubes to see if I could come up with a way to turn them into dreidels. As you can see, my tinkerings were a success! What I love most about this project is the versatility.  You can paint and glitter them any color to match your home or table decor.  They make a great treat for guests at each place setting: They can be filled with a different small gift for each night of Hanukkah and strung on a garland -- a Hanukkah spin on the Advent Calendar! I sterilize my tissue tubes in the microwave, but if tissue or paper towel tubes make you squeamish, you can still use my template on basic cardstock. This is a fun family project.  When done assembly line style, you can whip up a whole party's worth of dreidel treat boxes in an afternoon.   The tops of the dreidel boxe

How to Make a Vintage Inspired Paper Crown

On January 6 of every year, my family gathers with a small group of friends to celebrate Twelfth Night .     My girls enjoy putting together a pull-apart version of the New Orleans style King Cake (recipe HERE ), and I get to indulge in my favorite all-time sweet treat, the French Galette des Rois (recipe HERE ).  Within each cake a charm is concealed.  The guest who finds the charm in their piece of cake is the King or Queen and gets to wear a crown.  Some crowns of years past Not just for January 6, a paper crown adorned with vintage paper, glitter and embellishments is an inexpensive, easy and wonderful craft for birthdays and other celebrations where you want to add a little whimsy and sparkle! I was fortunate to have found a package of white paper crowns at the Dollar Tree a while back.  They're perfect to keep on hand for last-minute crown crafting.  If you're not able to find the paper crowns, I've uploaded a free template for you to print ou

Celebrate January 6 ~ Three Kings Day ~ Galette des Rois Recipe & Tradition

I'm more excited than a squirrel on a trampoline (feel free to take a moment to visualize) to be sharing with you my most favorite sweet treat of all time -- Galette de Rois. Every year my family celebrates Epiphany (a.k.a. Twelfth Night and Three Kings Day ) on January 6 by gathering with a small group of friends to share in the tradition of the King Cake. Every year, since the girls were very little, they have enjoyed assembling our King Cake -- an easy Pull-Apart version of the New Orleans style cake (Recipe HERE ).     The girls will carry on their tradition tomorrow, but in addition I'll be making the traditional Twelfth Night cake of France~ Galette de Rois.   If I could use only one word to describe this incredible dessert, it would be ' delicate '.  The light and flaky puff pastry surrounds an exquisitely delicate frangipane filling, so subtle that the almond is a soft whisper that evokes more floral notes than nut.     The