mcdonald’s: i’m lovin’ it

Ever since my oldest daughter saw “Super Size Me” in her seventh grade health class, we have only viewed the golden arches from afar. Which is fine with me. I’ve always felt there was something self-destructive about eating at places like McDonald’s. Yes, it’s fattening, but I kind of enjoyed those first bites of salty fries and burgers slathered in sauce. It was the hours after that pained me, literally.

So when my neighbor showed up at my door saying she had a treat for us and pulled out a McDonald’s bag, there was a moment of hesitation. Only a moment. My neighbor is fit and healthy. I knew there must be more to the bag than met the eye. And there was—look at these adorable sandwiches:

My kids thought these American Girl-sized “burgers” were delightful to look at, but when they discovered that cookies and candy comprised the burgers, there were only wrappers remaining.

Being a craft-challenged type of person, I can’t express how impressed I was with my neighbor’s fortitude. Frankly, just the thought of lining up dozens (did I mention these were for school classrooms?) of Nilla wafers and flattening sticky roll-ups elevates my blood pressure.

It appears from the photo below that her diligence also won over the admiration of her boys. And that’s what counts.

“Big Mac” Cookies

from Foodie Plus 4 Neighbor

[click here for a printable recipe]

You will need:

  • Vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp. softened butter
  • Green food coloring
  • Sesame seeds
  • Strawberry fruit roll-ups
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Milk
  • 1 cup and 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar, divided
  • Keebler Grasshopper cookies
  1. Count out vanilla cookies (two for each Big Mac). Mix 3 Tbsp. of confectioner’s sugar with a little water to make a glaze consistency. Brush the top side of half of the vanilla cookies with a little glaze (working with 10 at a time). Sprinkle a few sesame seeds on the glaze to make the top of the bun.
  2. In a small container (with a lid), add a few drops food coloring to the coconut. Close container tightly and shake until the coconut is uniformly colored to make the lettuce.
  3. Mix 1 cup of confectioner’s sugars with the softened butter, the vanilla, and enough milk to make a smooth frosting. Spread on the remaining plain vanilla cookies, working with ten at a time. Place a grasshopper cookie on top of the frosting to form the burger on the bottom bun.
  4. Roll out the fruit roll-ups, and cut out “tomatoes” with the wrong end of a pastry tip. Each Big Mac should have three tomatoes. (This is a bit tedious, but they don’t have to be perfect because only the edge will peek out under the bun.)
  5. Spread a bit of frosting on each hamburger, again working about ten at a time. Sprinkle some green coconut (lettuce) on the frosted grasshopper.
  6. Gently press three tomatoes onto the lettuce, letting them hang off the edge.
  7. Add a bit of frosting to the underside of each sesame-topped bun and glue to the lettuce- and tomato-topped burgers.
  8. To make these even more fun, wrap in McDonald’s hamburger paper. Cut each paper into four pieces to wrap the burger cookies.
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