The maker of cakes, prefers cookies!

I have always made cakes for those that I love (one of my favorite cooking memories is that of my cousin and I making a cake for my Mom’s birthday when we were about 9 and 12 respectively.  My Mom still has the note that my cousin wrote with her mother’s instructions “Do not get your hands caught in the beaters”.  It was a wonderful cake and we heeded my aunt’s advice well 🙂 ).  For Engineer’s first birthday, this year, I decided that I was going to make him a cake that would be a lasting memory.  Why pay all that money when I could make it myself??  Here are a few photos of Engineer and his cake …

Master Engineer's Puppy Cake


Ohhh!! I want to touch that ...


Here we go!


This made all the hours of making his cake worth it. He loved it!! And what an adorable little mess, eh??

So now a Pilot family tradition has begun.  Captain asked for a “Bob the Builder” cake for his 3rd birthday.  Here are a couple of pictures of him and his cake …

I obviously learned a lot from Cake #1 ... notice the lack of cake glaring through the icing in Bob compared to Puppy??

Such a happy little boy!

So, when it was coming up to my birthday, Captain was determined that I needed to make myself a Tigger cake.  I was not so convinced.  So I decided to make myself a cookie pizza for my birthday.  M’mm … it was so good!!  Here is my “cake” …

Awww ... now you know how old I am 🙂


Isn't the most darling glass ever??

My Mom was always very considerate of the fact that I really am not fond of cake and came up with some creative alternatives for my birthday parties.  One year she made me a massive cookie, similar to the one I made, and I have always wanted another.  This year I had it!!  Here’s the recipe …

Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

  • 3/4 c. peanut butter (I used smooth)
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 c. chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 c. M&M’s or Smarties

Make sure your oven is turned on to 350.  Lightly grease a 16″ pizza pan with shortening (if you are using a smaller pizza pan, decrease the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to 1/2 c. each).  Cream peanut butter and butter together.  Beat in both sugars.  Add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is beat in well.  Stir in vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir flour mixture into peanut butter mixture, just until combined.  Press into pizza pan, using your hands.  Bake for 7-9 minutes, until the cookie is lightly browned.  Once out of the oven, sprinkle hot cookie pizza with chocolate and butterscotch chips.  Let stand to soften.  Using a knife, spread melted chips over cookie to create frosting.  Scatter candies over chocolate mixture and lightly press into melted chips.  Let cool before serving, and make sure there is some cold milk on the table for the having.  🙂  Enjoy!


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