Jason’s Birthday Cookie

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,BIRTHDAY,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,snacks,Vegan

When I asked Jason what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday this year, his immediate answer was a big mall cookie.

He requested this back in April. Yep, I start planning things that far ahead.

Then in early May, we went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants that I used to frequent. Jason’s go to restaurant dessert is sorbet, or a simple vanilla bean ice cream. Looking at the menu, he saw an affogato – a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or gelato, generally) with a shot of espresso poured over.

This was his first affogato, and now he looks for it on every restaurant menu. If he cannot find it he asks for it.

I was so intent on the giant mall cookie, I made it for his birthday. This cookie is chewy and has just the flavor I was look for – a subtle sweet cookie studded with melty chocolate. I need to test whether this would make actual free form cookies, but as a large cookie or in whoopie pie molds, it works great!

and for Jason’s birthday, I had to include the mall frosting decoration.

We had affogato as well.

giant chocolate chip cookie

adapted from Butter Toffee Blondies

soy, dairy, egg and gluten free, vegan

makes one large cookie (standard 9 1/2 inch tart pan)

1/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons ground flax
3/4 cup butter (Earth Balance soy free)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill all purpose)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life mega chunks)

Combine applesauce and flax in a small bowl, set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla; add flax applesauce. Add flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and chocolate chips – combine together then fold into wet ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly if you want to eat it warm with melty ice cream. Cool completely if you want to decorate it mall style.

Happy Birthday, Jason.

 

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby July 3, 2012 at 5:26 am

My birthday is August 1, just in case you decide to deliver ;)

Happy (belated) Birthday Jason!

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2 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:57 am

ha – oh I’d LOVE to deliver! ;)

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3 Cara July 3, 2012 at 5:29 am

The guy has good taste!

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4 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

I’ll admit I was pretty excited when that’s what he said he wanted…

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5 Nichole July 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

What’s awesome is that I can do this! And I was ALWAYS a fan of the Cookie Company cookie cakes for my birthday. I ended up eating more of the icing probably. Dang, this looks awesome. Happy Birthday indeed!

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6 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:55 am

you can do this and you should! :) and yeah, I didn’t really think I’d like the icing on there, but it was one of the best parts! ;)

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7 raechel July 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

Cookie cakes are my FAVORITE! Looks delish! : )

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8 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

I know, I need to make these more often!

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9 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 3, 2012 at 6:11 am

oh my gosh the Mall Cookie!! that looks amazing! Happy Birthday Jason!

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10 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

right?! it was as awesome as we remember.

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11 Evan Thomas July 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

That looks delicious! Jason is a very lucky man.

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12 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:53 am

thanks Evan. I’m the lucky one ;)

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13 Heather @ Better With Veggies July 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

Yum – happy birthday Jason!!

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14 Jess July 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

OMG yum! THIS is exactly what Scott will want next year — since I did the ice cream sandwich thing for him this year, I gotta go even BIGGER next year, ha. I love it!!

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15 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

um, you should make TWO giant cookies and then make an ice cream sandwich?? my head just exploded.

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16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

My boys always seem to want cookie cakes for birthdays. They are a lot of fun and the HUGE cookie is such a treat! This looks perfect! I’m guessing Jason had a great birthday celebrating with this beauty!

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17 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

he was excited by the surprise (it was after his birthday since we spent the actual day on our wine vacation). but each time we eat a piece he says “exactly what I wanted” so that is cool :D

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18 Steph@stephsbitebybite July 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

Happy birthday Jason!! Just remember, sharing always makes friends!

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19 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

HAAA, it is so funny you say that, Steph… last night Basil took a swipe at the ice cream on Jason’s plate… ;)

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20 jobo July 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

OMG YUM! I LOVE a big cookie! That’s an awesome idea! Well done, I am sure he loved it! did he eat the entire thing? ;-)

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21 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

HAA, no. We are eating slices for dessert every day :D

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22 katie July 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

Happy Birthday Jason!! You have the best wife EVER!

Looks fabulous! I always loved a good cookie cake, except mine were not the healthier ones , hehe!

Love it!

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23 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

THIS one tastes just as good… ;) xxo!

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24 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

Nothing like a little planning to ensure a perfect bday cake (or cookie!)

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25 Aimee July 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow! That looks so yummy. I bet he loved it. :)

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26 Paije July 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

What a lucky guy! The cookie cake looks amazing!

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27 Geanna July 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

This reminds me of the Pazookie at BJ’s…supposedly they made a gluten-free version, but I think this one looks much better. YUM!

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28 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

wow, I haven’t been to BJ’s in a while, then! I didn’t even know they were doing gluten free choices!

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29 Geanna July 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

Yes! I haven’t been in about a year now, but last summer I tried their gf pizza and a brownie-cookie hybrid thingie. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t worth me driving there for. It’s nice to have options, of course. I don’t remember what their gf alcohol options were, though – I don’t think there’s a cider yet.

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30 Shirley @ gfe July 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

Jason’s birthday cookie looks totally awesome!!! The rest of the celebration sounds perfect, too. :-) Happy Birthday to Jason! And lucky us that you are sharing the recipe with us. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

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31 Elle July 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

Happy Birthday to Jason… so glad you shared this cookie with us all… Naturally I am pinning it! I need to stock up on some gluten free baking supplies… If you ever think of doing a post on what a gluten-free larder would have in it, I would be so grateful!

I know that in Canada I cannot buy ALL the same products but we do have Bob’s Red Mill and Pam’s I think… but even generic names such as the gums and flours you use would be wonderful! Thanks so much… and I love your pictures too.

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32 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

I use Bob’s much of the time, and bulk ingredients when I can… this is a great idea, Elle, I will work on something soon, okay? (and / or possibly just email you some info, if I cannot find extra time…) :)

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33 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com July 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

There is nothing better than a cookie cake. Seriously. And I love that Jason requested this back in April! :) I’m sure it was definitely worth the wait!

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34 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

I think he was happy with it ;) I had fun making it, for sure. (and eating it…)

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35 Magic of Spice July 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

That’s what I want for my birthday too :) This looks delicious!
Have a happy 4th!

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36 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

it was so fun to make, and we enjoyed it for several days. hope your 4th was great too! :)

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37 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Jason totally knows what’s up- a big mall cookie! Heck yeah!
Man, I haven’t had one of those in SO long (and I’m sure your version is much healthier :))
What a nice wife you are!

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38 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

you know, with the frosting it tasted sorta similar! ;) he loved it, any way. I know, good choice, right?

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39 rebecca July 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I know a lot of people who would love this even if it is gluten-free. Well done.

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40 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies July 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

So fun! I worked at one of those mall cookie places for about a minute in high school. Yours looks much better!

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41 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

What a lucky birthday boy! I used to love “mall cookies” growing up — but they did always make me feel quite sick afterward — sugar overload! :) Anyhow, your cookie cake looks perfect! I vote for cookie cakes on our bakery menu. So much less fuss than real cakes!

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42 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

*Quite* the cookie! :D :D

Happy belated birthday to Jason! :)

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