Pigs and people are very different animals.
When people think about summer, you think about swimming pools, beaches, suntan lotion, and barbecues.
While pigs appreciate barbecues, there is really only one thing on the pig’s mind when summer is approaching.
No, it’s not mud!
Do you really think that’s all there is to pigs? Rolling around the mud? By now, you should really know we are much more sophisticated than that!
No, when summer is approaching, the one thing that pigs think about is hamburger cookies!
Nilla wafers smell like summer.
Back when we first started making hamburger cookies, they were in such high demand, that Cal and I had to restrict them to a seasonal treat. Otherwise, we think they might be demanded the entire year.
Assorted hamburger cookie recipes are all over the internet, but this particular method is a Castle Farm special. A full box of both cookies makes 40-something burgers (depending on how many broken ones there are).
Oh, and sorry these pictures are so bad. We took them last year right after we moved into our new apartment. Think of the moving boxes as scenic decor.
- 1 box of Nilla Wafers
- 1 carton of Keeblers Grasshopper cookies (or Thin Mints)
- 1 can of yellow icing
- 1 can of red icing
- 1 egg white
- sesame seeds
- a handful of shredded coconut – dyed green
- Line up ½ the Nilla wafers facing up and ½ facing down. – all close together.
- Beat an egg white in a small bowl. Brush the smooth rounded tops of 1/2 the cookies with eggwhites, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Make sure to sprinkle every 6-10 cookies, or the eggwhites will dry.
- On the other half of the cookies, squeeze red icing around the edge of the flat side. Press a grasshopper cookie on top.
- Squeeze yellow icing on top of the grasshopper cookie – around the edge and in the middle.
- Sprinkle a very small amount of coconut on the edge of the yellow – making sure some of the green sticks out. Cornelius’ tip: this is very important. If you just pile the “lettuce” in the middle you won’t see it, and the bun top won’t stick.
- Press the seeded bun on top of the cookie.
Yield: 40 cookies
That’s it! If you make these a few times, you’ll get the hang of how much icing you need and where to place it to get it all to stick together and to look the best.
They may seem like a kinda weird combination of things, but they are the most glorious summer treat in all the land. Be warned, when you bring these to a picnic, people will never allow you to bring anything else in the future. That’s why we are strong advocates of having a firm hamburger cookie season that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.