A Very Big Cookie


Morgan has never been a big fan of cake. (She doesn’t like pie, either! What is up with that?) In particular, she doesn’t like icing on cake, and this year she asked for a big cookie. No cake at all. Just a big cookie.

To make the big cookie, I made a regular size batch of cookie dough. (Right off the back of the chocolate chips package.)

Spread the cookie dough around in the pan until a reasonable circle is achieved.

This is the easiest birthday “cake” I’ve ever made.

Definitely easier than the year I made two spaceship cakes for a joint birthday party for Ross and Weston, little aliens landing from the ship included. I’d show you a photo of that if I could lay my hands on one. It was magnificent. The entire birthday party was quite elaborate with all sorts of homemade spaceship games and prizes. I’m so glad I’ve retired from managing children’s birthday parties. It was fun, but I’m okay with being done.

I’m not an artiste, but I did my best to decorate the giant cookie in festive fashion. Okay, I drew a floppy-looking flower on it and wrote Happy Birthday, Morgan. But that was fine. She loved it!

(Do you see? I hung a potholder on the knobby thing. For no good reason. FYI, a recipe card or photo won’t stay, too thin.)


Oh, yes then.

I had a terrible internal revelation. I’d made a dreadful mistake, an irretrievable lapse, a mortal faux pas.

But I came up with a plan!

Morgan stood there holding her big cookie, waiting expectantly.

I yanked open a drawer and fumbled through it. I pulled out a lighter and flicked the Bic. I said, “Morgan, blow it out!” She said, “What?”

I said, “Blow it out! Then I’ll light it fifteen more times and it will be JUST LIKE YOU HAD BIRTHDAY CANDLES!”


Sometimes, she just doesn’t think I’m that funny.


  1. CATRAY44 says:

    We can see what a great “good nature” Morgan has, through all these pictures! What a blessing!

  2. Diane says:

    That is great!!! What a sweet girl too. You are a good mom making her just what will make her happy. Love the teen years. Well when they are not complaining about something or not willing to do something for you. PMS time. Other than that they are great time. lol. Happy Birthday Morgan!!!

  3. Snapper119 says:

    Even a good sport has her limits, lol!
    Oddly enough, I saw one of those knobby things at my local thrift store the other day…never saw one before until you posted. It had a label on the back that said “dish towel or plastic bag holder”. They seem quirky.

  4. Flowerpower says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan! :happyflower:

  5. thistlewoodmanor says:

    I bet Morgan loves it that it’s just the two of you at home now, you can have so much girl fun! I love the potholder hanging on the cupboard, that’s perfect. And the giant cookie is great! I’ll have to remember that one.

  6. Chic says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN! What a great ‘cake’ and LOVE the improvised candle and the real deal ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you had a wonderful day! Suzanne…I LOVE your bead board ceiling…it just makes a place feel cozy. Hope your day is a good one. :hungry2:

  7. azladychef says:

    When my now 17 year old daughter turned 15, she also didn’t want a cake. She wanted jello. Yep…jello. So I made her a giant bowl of jello, and yes, of course, she ALSO “needed” candles. Try to take pictures when your kid is laughing and holding a giant quivering bowl of fruity flavored flames!!! I love the memories. :woof:

  8. Katharina says:

    Happy Birthday, Morgan! You become more beautiful every year. Our family has two birthdays this week too. January babies are the best! Enjoy your special day.

  9. MissPat says:

    Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ My grandson requested a cookie for his birthday, he too doesn’t like cake/frosting. Mine was even easier though, I bought a roll of cookie dough and let him pat it out on the pizza pan ! He’ll never forget his 8th birthday “cake” ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. City Kid says:

    Happy Birthday, Morgan! :happyflower: 16 is a major birthday, enjoy!

    Susan: You’re hilarious. My sister and I tend to get the same kind of response from our husbands, even though we know we’re quite amusing and crack ourselves–and each other–up all the time.

  11. Katsat says:

    The photo with the lighter makes it look like you’re her number one fan.
    Scratch that.
    The photo with the lighter is PROOF of you being her number one fan.
    What I wouldn’t give to have a photo like that with my mom…
    Happy birthday, Morgan.

  12. shirley T says:

    I love the cookie birthday cake. I have several family members who have birthdays in March. I set aside one day in the month and have them all up for a birthday dinner. I make a regular birthday cake, a cookie birthday cake, and tons of cupcakes.It goes over pretty well. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORGAN!! :happyflower:

  13. NancyL says:

    Good for you, Morgan! You know what a birthday goody needs to be proper! Happy, Happy Birthday!

  14. Angela P says:

    I heard from alittle birdie ๐Ÿ˜‰ it was your Birthday!!! Happy! Happy! Birthday Darling!!!!! :heart:

  15. Sheila Z says:

    what a cookie without candles…. who’d a thunk it….LOL

  16. LisaAJB says:

    That glass of milk in the background is a nice touch!

  17. holstein woman says:

    Happy Birthday Morgan, did you get your horse? It’s getting close to spring!

  18. dee58m says:

    Morgan knows what she wants.. you did a beautiful job! Who says you can only have cake for your birthday! haaa Love it! Love the potholder holder, nice touch. My hubby didn’t know where to find the birthday candles on my birthday and didn’t want to ask, so he used a full sized tapered candle! hah

  19. Sheryl says:

    Too funny!!! Happy B’day, Morgan!

  20. Lindsay says:

    Happy belated Birthday Morgan!!! Best wishes!! :fairy:

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