Hamburger Cookies

Recipe by Pellerin
READY IN: 30mins
YIELD: 40 cookies


  • COOKIES (use 1 recipe buttercream frosting)
  • 1
    (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers (Nabisco Nilla original size)
  • 1
    (10 ounce) package cookies (Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper, chocolate covered mint cookies)
  • 1
    egg white, slightly beaten with water
  • 14
    cup slivered almonds (toasted)
  • 12
    cup butter (1 stick, softened)
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 12
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • 2 -3
    2 -3 tablespoons cream or 2 -3 tablespoons milk
  • food coloring (green, red*, yellow)


  • FROSTING: Combine butter, vanilla, sugar, salt, and half-and-half in an electric mixer.
  • Add enough milk to get to a fairly thin consistency for frosting.
  • Divide into 3 separate bowls; one holding ½ of the frosting, the other two containing ~1/4 each.
  • Color ½ of the frosting orange to simulate cheese, using red and yellow food coloring. (Use real items to match colors).
  • Color ¼ of the frosting bright yellow to simulate mustard, and the last, red, to simulate ketchup. (Red will take a LOT of liquid food coloring to get past “pink.” You can buy gel-based “super red”at any cake decorating supply store).
  • Place each batch of frosting into a plastic baggie.
  • Remove air, close, and snip a tiny bit off of one of the bottom corners.
  • COOKIES: Preheat oven to 325º. Toast sesame seeds lightly in a small sauté pan. Cool.
  • Brush ½ of the Nilla wafers tops with egg wash.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.
  • Pop into the oven for ~5 minutes to gently cook the egg white, so that the cookies don’t need to be refrigerated.
  • While these are cooking, with a rasp, lightly shave the curved tops of the remaining Nilla wafers, so that they can sit flat on a plate (optional, but makes life easier later).
  • Place ½ of the coconut into a plastic zip-lock bag.
  • Add several drops of green food coloring and squish the bag around until the coconut resembles lettuce.
  • Place the shaved Nilla wafer “bun bottom” with the natural flat side up.
  • Dab 4 drops of frosting “ketchup” around the edge. Dab 4 drops of frosting “mustard” in the remaining spaces on the edge.
  • Sprinkle green “lettuce” coconut.
  • Place the mint cookie “hamburger patty” on top and gently press down slightly.
  • Squeeze a GOOD dollop of orange “cheese” frosting on top of the cookie.
  • Sprinkle remaining white “onion” coconut on top.
  • Place the sesame-coated “top bun” Nilla wafer on top, and gently press down.
  • Serve with toasted slivered almonds, resembling French fries!
  • *It takes a LOT of liquid red food coloring to get past “pink.” Try using “super red” gel-based red pigment, found at any local cake decorating supply store.