A few months ago, we learned of the Cupcakewurst -- the unholy hybrid of sausage and cupcake. Stef, the blogger behind such a creation (see her work on The Cupcake Project blog) may have just outdone herself though. She has combined two of America's favorite comfort foods -- chocolate chip cookies and grilled cheese -- into one. Her Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwich teeters right on that edge between excellent idea and frightening combination.
But, we think she's found a winner because she went so far as to ask the cheesemonger at Whole Foods what cheese would go best for a chocolate chip cookie grilled cheese sandwich. We've got nothing but respect for that. She used herve mons pave du norde but recommends any cheese that melts well (based on a recent HuffPost Grilled Cheese Deathmatch, people are partial to cheddar over American).
For the full recipe, head to The Cupcake Project. To bask in the glory that is a Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwich, see the photo below.
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American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, San Francisco
Heidi Gibson was an engineer with degrees from MIT. Then she won the national Grilled Cheese Invitational and opened this shop in the city's multimedia gulch. Tech geeks come for well-constructed <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/sandwiches" target="_hplink">sandwiches</a> like the Mousetrap, with cheddar, Havarti and Monterey Jack on artisanal sourdough. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-burgers-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Burgers in the U.S.</a></em> <em>Photo: The Cooking Channel</em>
Graham Elliot Bowles is known for playful cuisine at Graham Elliot, and the sandwiches at his take-out joint, Grahamwich, are equally inventive. The grilled cheese on sliced Pullman loaf features Wisconsin cheddar, prosciutto, tomato marmalade and cheese curds, which, when melted, add an extra soft, gooey effect. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-pizza-places-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Pizza Places in the U.S.</a></em> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Grahamwich</em>
Tartine, San Francisco
At their destination bakery, husband-and-wife team Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt use organic flour to bake extraordinary bread. Generous slices of the homemade loaves upgrade luxe pressed sandwiches like <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/hot-melted-sandwiches" target="_hplink">melty</a> Gruyère with ham, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese on walnut bread. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-sliders-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Sliders in the U.S.</a></em> <em>Photo: Chad Robertson</em>
Grilled Cheese Truck, Los Angeles
In most places, macaroni and cheese would be served as a side dish with house-smoked <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/four-steps-to-great-barbecue" target="_hplink">BBQ</a> pork. At the Grilled Cheese Truck, that's the basis for a Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich. Likewise, the Brie Melt is an indulgent union of brie and smoked pork loin with peach preserves. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/macaroni-and-cheese" target="_hplink">Macaroni and Cheese Recipes</a></em> <em>Photo: Courtesy of The Grilled Cheese Truck</em>
With respect to Boston baseball (and Fenway Park's famed left-field wall "The Green Monster"), Roxy's offers the Green Muenster, with guacamole and bacon. Here, too, mac and cheese is considered a sandwich filling for the Mac & Chorizo. In an ingenious twist, Roxy's brushes mayonnaise on the outside of sandwiches, rather than butter, before slapping them on the griddle. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-best-bars" target="_hplink">50 Best Bars in America</a></em> <em>Photo: Zac Wolf</em>
Queen's Kickshaw, Queens (NY)
This café takes inspiration from the amazing ethnic diversity of its Queens hometown. Sandwiches include the <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/greek" target="_hplink">Greek-influenced</a> feta with roasted red pepper spread; the French-style Gruyère with pickled and caramelized onions; and a global grilled Gouda with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapeños. <em>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/grilled-cheese" target="_hplink">Amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes</a></em> <em>Photo: Andie Diemer</em>
Chef-owner Annie Miler got so excited about her bakery-café's 10th Annual Celebration of Grilled Cheese Month this past April, she offered 10 variations each week. A year-round favorite: extra-sharp white Tillamook cheddar on country white with <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/bacon" target="_hplink">bacon</a> or roasted cherry <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/tomatoes" target="_hplink">tomatoes</a>. <em>Photo: Courtesy of Clementine</em> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-grilled-cheese-in-the-us/9" target="_hplink">Click Here for More of the Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.</a>