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Angels Unawares, Serial #14 and Mini Cookie Cake

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Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday dear R&R, Happy Birthday to us!

Guess what? Yes indeed, it’s the 1st birthday of Reading and Recipes. Yay! This is our 53rd post, so fifty-two weeks ago today, we made our first post–Wyoming, Part I and XXL Triple Chocolate Cookie. For those of you who want to mark your calendar, our actual birthday is tomorrow, April 4, because a year has fifty-two weeks plus one day. I know, it’s complicated–let the math geeks worry about it.

What we’re focused on here is sweets and stories! And just as we’re not content with one kind of hobby on our website, for our birthday we’re not going to have just one kind of dessert. Instead, we’re going to mix two desserts together in this fun and oh-so-pretty Cookie Cake! Ain’t it cute?

It’s a simple concept–take your favorite cookie (preferably a recipe that’s soft enough to cut but firm enough to keep their shape when layered atop one another) and your favorite complementary frosting (soft enough to pipe but firm enough not to squish out of the layers) and start piling on the layers, making sure you stop before you hit the ceiling.

Think of the possibilities! Remember when you were a kid (I know–yesterday) and your mom would ask you on your birthday what kind of cake you wanted and what kind of frosting? Well, this approach just increased the number of combinations by like five million. You could have a different one everyday for a year and not exhaust the possibilities–but then you’d be three hundred sixty-five birthdays older and we wouldn’t want to speculate on how many pounds heavier. So maybe just try this version now and hold off on another variation till next year, or at least next week.

Now if we can just figure out where to put the candle? Oh yeah, it’s on the cover of the novella Birthday Dinner, which starts here if you want to take a look.


 mini cookie cake

Mini Cookie Cake

1 small batch of your favorite cookie recipe*

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2 Tablespoons shortening

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

a very small pinch of salt

1-2 teaspoons milk or cream

individual cookie cake

Bake the cookies and allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and shortening. Once these ingredients are mixed together, slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing into the butter/shortening after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and one teaspoon of milk, and beat into the frosting. If the frosting is too thick, mix in one more teaspoon of milk.

Place one cookie on serving plate and pipe the frosting in a circular motion, starting on the outside and working your way in, onto the cookie**. Top the frosting with another cookie, and repeat the process until the last cookie is placed on top. (I used 4 cookies, but use as few or as many as you’d like depending on how many your recipe makes.) Pipe more frosting on the top of this cookie, and place a few chocolate chips in the center. Carefully move the cookie cake to the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours, preferably over night. Remove from the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

Makes 1 mini cookie cake.

*I used our Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I baked these cookies for a couple of minutes longer so they’d be more crispy. Make sure your cookies aren’t too soft, or the cake will not stand straight.

**If you don’t have a piping bag or piping tips, you can use a Ziplock or sandwich bag. Spoon the frosting into the sandwich bag. Cut a very small hole at one of the corners (you can always cut a bigger hole if the first cut is too small, but you can’t make the hole any smaller once it is cut). Squeeze the frosting towards the cut corner, and begin pipping the frosting onto the cookies.

cookie cake

{Adapted from Created By Diane}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #14 of “Angels Unawares”.

Angels Unawares, Serial #14, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Angels Unawares, Serial #14, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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