thank you to everyone who voted on what i was going to make for the 4th of july picnic. in the end, these were just too cute to pass up! they are supposed to have a sesame seed bun, but i agree that sesame seeds on a dessert seem a little odd. if you want a true cheeseburger bun though, put a little egg wash on top and add a sprinkle of sesame seeds. these were really simple and fun to make.
here's how you do it:
step 1: gather the ingredients
- 1 box vanilla wafers (need at least 80)
- 1 pkg grasshopper cookies (need 40)
- 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- red, yellow, and green food coloring
step 2: prep the ingredients
- mix vanilla frosting with food coloring in a bowl. use 2 drops of red and 8 drops of yellow (1 to 4 ratio). tweak if needed to get the perfect "cheese"
- in a ziploc bag, mix coconut and 1 drop green food coloring. shake well and tweak if needed to get the perfect "lettuce"
step 3: assemble
- put a drop of frosting on the flat side of a vanilla wafer
- place a grasshopper cookie over top
- add a glob of frosting
- sprinkle with coconut
- add a drop of frosting to another flat side of wafer
- smoosh it all together and the cheese will "ooze" like a fine cheeseburger!
step 4: let's eat!
i would admit when she first presented options for what she should cook for the 4th of July i picked the strawberries due to the colors and i love strawberries in sugar. after seeing her make these, how real they look and how good they taste i am glad she went with these. for those who do not like coconut, i tend to agree, but the brand she used didn't overwhelm the burger. in fact the grasshopper had the most taste to it and i love mint and chocolate. this is one of those dishes that adds all the things i like and makes something i can say i loved. in fact typing about it is making me want another, too bad they need to be saved for the 4th of july picnic :(
**if you want to see the list of options that did not make the chopping block, take a look at the 'day 14' blog. maybe another time...