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Cheeseburger in Paradise Cookies

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“That's right folks, the Jimmy Buffett fan in me is sharing a "Buffett-inspired" recipe to get into the "swing of things" and gear up for tailgating season. Also lots of fun for kids' snacks or barbecues. I saw this in a little shop in Estes Park, CO and tried out some things to make a "copy" when I got home.”
20 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (12 ounce) boxes vanilla wafers
  • 1 egg white
  • 14 cup sesame seeds
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 4 -5 teaspoons milk
  • 12 teaspoon almond extract
  • green food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages peppermint patties (anything resembling the girl scouts' "thin mints")


  1. Place whole, perfect vanilla wafers on 2 trays; one with wafers facing up, the other with wafers facing down.
  2. Each tray should have the same number of wafers (35-40).
  3. Brush wafers (rounded side up) with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  4. Set aside.
  5. To color coconut, place in small container with several drops of green food coloring.
  6. shake well and let sit.
  7. To make"cheese" frosting, whip powdered sugar and milk together til smooth.
  8. add yellow and red food coloring til desired orange tint is achieved.
  9. To assemble"cheeseburgers", use dab of frosting to glue peppermint cookies into place on to wafer (flat side up).
  10. This is your"burger".
  11. Now spread frosting"cheese" on and sprinkle with green coconut"lettuce".
  12. Dab with frosting again and top with sesame wafer.
  13. Repeat until all"burgers" are made.

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