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These cookies are not actually made, as much as they are compiled. However, if you need a cute dessert for a summertime party, but don’t have much time, these cookies might be the solution you’re looking for.
The shopping – or ingredient – list to make one dozen cookies is a walk on the beach-easy:
2 dozen cookies – I found these almond flavored shell-shaped cookies at Dollar Tree.
24 tablespoons (or 1 1/2 cups) flavor-compatible frosting – homemade or not
1 dozen candies – Sixlettes, M&Ms, gumdrops, etc.
Pipe or drop about two tablespoons of frosting on the flat side of one half of the total cookies, being a little more generous with the frosting near the front of the cookie.
Place the second, unfrosted cookie on top of the first, on an angle < like a clam shell.
Using the tips of your fingers, or kitchen tongs/tweezers, place one candy inside the cookie, resting in the thick frosting. The idea is to make it look as if there is a pearl inside each cookie sandwich.
I used a few additional ingredients to create what I envisioned as individual aquariums – but the end result left plenty of room for improvement!
Using individual plastic cups, attempt to stuff edible blue Easter grass inside said cups. Divide the S’mores variety of Goldfish cookies into one dozen fairly equal portions, and tuck, poke, and shake the fish evenly-ish into blue grass filled cups.
Top the cups, now overflowing with wild edible blue Easter grass, with one clam cookie.
Wrap each cup with plastic wrap – telling yourself that the plastic wrap makes it look kinda-sorta like an aquarium. In truth, it does little else than contain the out of control Easter grass and prevent those little S’mores fishes from S’mimming away and all over the floor!
And there you have it – a mini-aquarium complete with ocean, fish, and a clam bearing a pearl!
What is better than a cookie?
An oversized cookie … and a very big glass of milk.
This is another easy-peasy recipe that requires nothing more sophisticated than a large pizza pan or baking stone to make it something memorable.
Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup well packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups (generous) chocolate chips, mini candy coated chocolates, etc.
Preheat oven to 375*
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in chips.
Dump the entire mixture onto the parchment lined pan, or stone. Bake for 15-20 minutes – approximately. When using the baking stone, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions – you might have to start baking the cookie in a cold oven. If using a large metal pizza pan, remember that this oversized cookie will take a tad longer than smaller, individual cookies.
Certainly, beginning with a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe makes it simple, but to liven things up, just toss in any flavor chips (I actually found cinnamon and lemon and even fruit flavors at a local bulk foods store), or mini-candy-coated chocolates, red cinnamon candies, or anything else that sounds good.
These oversized cookies were always a big hit with my students — and a lot quicker to bake than a zillion individual cookies.
Don’t forget the gigantic glass of milk, too!