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Easy-to-assemble, no-bake hamburger sandwich cookies

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They might look like hamburgers, but they're actually sweet treats

Surprise everyone at your next summer barbecue by bringing hamburgers for dessert. These cute sandwiches are actually cookies in disguise, and quick to assemble with store-bought ingredients.

Start by selecting Nilla wafers for your buns. You'll want nice ones for the top buns but can use chipped ones for the bottom buns.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Use your finger to spread a little egg wash onto the tops of your top buns. Then use another finger to press sesame seeds into the egg wash.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Next, you'll need to dye your frosting. If you want to skip this step, then you can buy cookie icing in a tube, one yellow and one red. I found it was worth saving the $4 and just coloring it myself.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

The final prep before assembly is to dye your coconut. Place it in a bowl with a dab of green icing color and a couple of drops of water. Use a fork to stir until the coconut is a nice, bright green.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

To assemble your hamburgers, place a little bit of frosting (either color) on the bottom of a Grasshopper cookie, and press it into one of your bottom buns.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Use a spoon to put yellow frosting on the outer edge of half of the Grasshopper cookie, then red frosting on the other half. Plan on one of the sides where the yellow and red meet being the front of your burger.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Use your fork to sprinkle some coconut onto the frosting, trying to get the coconut toward the outer edges as well.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

The final step is to place your top bun on. You will want it to be positioned slightly away from the front edge of the Grasshopper burger so that you can really see all the layers.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

These hamburgers will keep for a few days, but the Nilla wafers will get very soft after 24 hours in humid weather, so they're best stored in an airtight container.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Enjoy your sweet hamburger treats.

Hamburger sandwich cookies

Hamburger cookie recipe

Yields 12


  • 24 Nilla wafer cookies
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 can white creamy frosting
  • Red icing color
  • Yellow icing color
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • Green icing color
  • 12 Keebler Grasshopper fudge cookies


  1. Set aside half the Nilla wafers as your bottom buns. You will be attaching sesame seeds to the remaining 12.
  2. Mix the egg white with about a teaspoon of water, and use your finger to brush some egg wash onto the top of 1 Nilla.
  3. Press sesame seeds into the egg wash, and set aside the bun to dry. Repeat with the remaining top buns.
  4. Divide your frosting into 2 small bowls. Whisk red icing color into 1 bowl of frosting and yellow icing color into the other.
  5. You can add a little water if needed to get the icing smooth and easy to drizzle, but don't use more than about 1/2 a teaspoon, or it will get too runny.
  6. Into a bowl, place the coconut, and add some green icing color and a couple of drops of water. Stir well with a fork until the coconut is completely green.
  7. Dab a little frosting (in either color) on the bottom of a Grasshopper cookie, and then stick it to a bottom bun. Repeat with the remaining Grasshopper cookies.
  8. Spoon a little red and yellow frosting on the outer edges of all the Grasshopper cookies.
  9. Sprinkle the green coconut onto the frosting on each cookie, making sure there's plenty along the edges.
  10. Place a top bun onto each cookie, pressing it into the frosting and angling it back slightly so that all the layers show.

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