Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hamburger Cookies

Do not be fooled.  These are in fact cookies that look like hamburgers.  Oh yes, believe it.  They are real.  They are adorable.  And most importantly, they are delicious.

I first spotted a Hamburger Cookie a little over a year ago at my cousin's (wedding) cookie table.  Ever since then I have wanted an excuse to give these a try.

Thankfully my excuse finally came!  A colleague ordered a dozen for his nephew's birthday; and while the nephew may have still asked, "where's my truck?," I was told that the adults enjoyed these little treats.  They really are so fun to look at and are a cinch to make.

Hamburger Cookies
adapted from taste of home


48 Nilla Wafer Cookies
24 mini peppermint patties
1/4-1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 can vanilla frosting
1/2-1 Tbsp sesame seeds
Red, Yellow, and Green food coloring
1 egg white *optional 


Spoon out half of the frosting into one bowl and the rest in another.  Drop the red food coloring in the first bowl and mix.  Continue to drop the coloring until the desired color is reached.  Repeat with the yellow coloring in the second bowl.

Pour the shredded coconut into a third bowl.  Drop the green food coloring and mix.  Continue to drop the coloring until the desired color is reached.

Lay out all of the Nilla Wafers, curved side down, on a cutting board or large plate.  Using a knife, dab a bit of frosting (does not matter if it's the red or yellow) on 24 of the Wafers.  This helps to secure the peppermint pattie.  

Unwrap the 24 peppermint patties and place on top of each Wafer with the dab of frosting.  Carefully spread a bit of red frosting on half of each pattie.  Repeat with the yellow frosting on the other half.  Take the coconut and sprinkle on top of each pattie.  Place the remaining Wafers on top of the patties.

Now you can dab a tiny bit of either egg white or water on the top of each Wafer and then sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Let stand for about 30 minutes to an hour in order for the cookie to stick together.    

(makes 24 cookies)


  1. Very creative! This is the cutest hamburger I have ever seen...probably the sweetest I will ever taste too. I can't wait to try this. I will have to take a picture too when I am done. Thanks for posting!

  2. These are from a kids cookbook from the '80s. I think it was a Sunset title. My mother probably still has it. There were a lot of cute recipes in it.

  3. These cookies look awesome! I love them! so cute.

  4. I have never tried this before. I am intrigued by these treats.

  5. Hamburger cookies look very compelling. This kind of cooky will surely be attractive into the eyes of the children. Hamburger cookies can be served in parties like birthday and other special events.