Mini Burger Cookies
Some of you walk into a craft store and feel a surge of inspiration. You can transform beads or yarn or fabric into these crazy, incredible creations. Me? Not so much. On the rare occasion that I set foot in a craft store, gripping a 40% off coupon in my sweaty hand, I just feel overwhelmed. I usually buy a glue stick and get out of there as fast as I can.
So, sadly my children will grow up with a mom who is unable to turn pipe cleaners into zoo animals. Paint and glitter? Forget it.
But playing with food? Sign me up. I love having my daughter sitting on the countertop while I make bread or standing on a chair next to me while we stir up a batch of cookies. Sugar and spice and everything nice I can totally handle. These fun little burger cookies are no exception. They are simple enough for small hands to assemble and delicious enough for big ones to come back looking for more.
Mini Burger Cookies
A Taste of Home recipe
1 box (12 oz.) vanilla wafer cookies
1 package (10 oz.) chocolate mint cookies (could also use Thin Mints)
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. shredded or flaked coconut
green, yellow, and red food coloring
1-2 T. sesame seeds
For the lettuce: Place the coconut in a small resealable bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring. Zip the bag closed and smoosh it around until the coconut is uniformly coated. Small hands make good smooshers. You can quote me on that.
For the ketchup & mustard: Split 1 cup of powdered sugar evenly between two small resealable bags. Add a few drops of red food coloring to one and a few drops of yellow to the other. Add a couple drops of water to each bag. Seal and smoosh until you have a slightly stiff frosting. [If you want to skip this step and buy frosting, more power to you.] Snip a small hole in one corner of each bag.
To assemble the burgers:
Pipe a swirl of yellow frosting on the inside of one vanilla wafer.
Sprinkle with coconut.
Top with one chocolate cookie.
Pipe a swirl of red frosting, and place the second vanilla wafer on top.
Dip your finger in water and run it over the top vanilla wafer.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top while it is still wet.
A platter of these mini burgers would be a fun addition to any summertime barbecue, birthday party, or bake sale. Or any ordinary afternoon. Who said a day had to be special to be celebrated?
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