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tasty things…hamburger cookies

D had a birthday last month. It was a small celebration with two friends. 

What D wanted more than anything [besides Bobba Fett's lego ship] were hamburger cookies. It's a fake-out food, it looks like one food, but it's really something else. I was skeptical at first, but when I read the instructions I was up for the challenge.

These were really easy. I made the brownies using my regular brownie recipe. You'll find it on the back of the Ghiradelli sweetened powdered chocolate, and it makes the BEST brownies. Oddly, cookies are my least favorite thing to bake. So, I bought some wonderful pre-made pumpkin cookie dough at Whole Foods and that saved the whole project. Just sprinkle some sesame seeds on top before you bake for instant "buns".


1] Make sure to only sprinkle sesame seeds on half the cookies as these will be the tops and the rest, the bottoms  

2] Bake your brownies in a larger pan, I used about a 9 x 12, so you'll get thinner brownies and more realistic patties. I was nervous about doing this because the batter barely covered the bottom of the pan, but it worked. Make sure to adjust your baking time!

3] If you're ambitious or just like to bake cookies, the original recipe calls for peanut butter. I think the peanut butter would compliment the brownies perfectly. 

4] Go crazy with condiments! The cookies and brownies are just fine on their own, but the icing condiments add a lot of fun. I just did ketchup, but you can do pickles, cheese, mustard and lettuce too. 

5] I used a 2.5" baking ring to cut the brownies and a generous table spoon of cookie dough rolled into a ball. 

Happy Baking,


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Reader Comments (6)

Saw this in Martha Stewart's catalog and thought it was adorable! I'm not a fan of peanut butter cookies, but I think sugar cookies should work just as well. Can't wait to try them at a BBQ this summer. Thanks for posting this!

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I saw these in Martha Stewart Living's January edition....these will be perfect for my Super Bowl party next month - and my vegetarian friend will love that she can eat the "burgers"!

January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Very cute for an April Fool's Day party too! Thanks for sharing.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

umm. these are perfect. thank you for sharing!

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

First of all, BRILLIANT. I love food that looks like other food, and you nailed it.

Second, do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? You'd be here: http://www.hungrysam.com/blog-roll/

THIRD: and only because I am also a Squarespace user, I notice the naming convention for your "journal" and your "home" (at least) are out of whack (the tab at the top of the screen says "Your site name here"). That can be edited!

Keep it up, this is great stuff =)

February 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

These are fantastic! My son is turning 4 and as a party favor I am making these and wrapping them in fun cellophane colors...a favor even the adults will love! Thanks for the cute idea!

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaty Mount

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