burgers and fries

burger close upI have a friend and coworker whose love of sweet treats is rivaled only by her love of cute things. When I found out she was transferring to another location, I knew I had to create something adorably delicious for her as a promotion present. With a request for macarons and this fresh in my mind, I set to work.

burgerWhile they look pretty involved, they’re really not much more work than your standard macarons. I used this recipe, throwing in a couple teaspoons of cocoa powder for a little color, and subbing a few tablespoons of ground sesame for almond flour to give it some additional flavor. A sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of each freshly piped macaron really makes them burger-like. Each burger patty is really a dollop of whipped chocolate ganache; the lettuce is just green-tinted coconut flakes; and the ketchup and mustard are drizzles of colored royal icing.

To make the fries (which you may have not noticed are natural cut, skin-on fries), I made a batch of shortbread dough. I pulled off about 10% of the dough and kneaded in some cocoa powder until it was the same brown as a baking potato. I rolled it paper thin between two sheets of waxed paper, then wrapped it around the dough without cocoa in it, covering it completely. The rest is pretty self explanatory: slice your dough potato into fries, sprinkle with sugar, and bake.

burger stackThese are almost too cute to eat– almost. And they were the perfect gift for Mallory. I’ll miss you!

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