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Birthday Cake Cookies

April 9, 2013



Somebody turned ONE this weekend! 

I really can’t believe it.  When I think back on the past year, so much of it already seems so far away—when baby Dylan was born, I couldn’t really remember Lila EVER being that small! Of course, she was—smaller, in fact! But those days just feel so far removed from who she is now:


…closer to a little kid than a baby.  My little one-year old!

Of course, even one-year olds need their mamas.  Especially when they’re sick:


Lila and I have actually BOTH been sick—one of the reasons blogging has slowed down.  Sophie had a cold when we were home in Shreveport, and, not surprisingly, after a week of togetherness, Lila and I both came home with coughs and runny noses too.   We visited the doctor, and he said it wasn’t anything more than a cold—no biggie.  But it FELT like a big deal when both of us were waking up in coughing fits, multiple times a night.  Ugh.

Anyway, we’re on the mend.  Lila’s still coughing a little, but she seems to be feeling much better.  And obviously feeling a little under the weather didn’t stop her from enjoying birthday festivities.  We skyped with my parents, she opened a few presents, and, obviously—she enjoyed a very large cupcake:


Don’t touch her cake. She’ll cut you.

On Sunday, I baked these cookies:


…for a friend who is on bed rest until her baby is born.  I can’t imagine—I feel like the only thing that got me through the last month of pregnancy was WALKING!

The cookies are based off of this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction blog, but I changed it up based on what I had.  I ended up using:

Birthday Cake Cookies


1 cup all purpose flour

2 cups yellow cake mix

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tbsp.), softened

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together flour and cake mix in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Cream sugar and butter together until light and creamy.  Add vanilla and egg.

Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until incorporated.  Stir in chips and sprinkles.   Refrigerator dough for 2 hours (or up to 2 days).

Scoop rounded tablespoons of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cookies might still look dough-y upon pulling out of the oven, but they’ll firm up once they’re out.


Delicious! Definitely tasted like cake batter!

Have a great Tuesday!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2013 1:26 pm

    So glad you made my cookies. 🙂 And yes, they do taste just like cake batter. I love them!

  2. April 9, 2013 1:28 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing Lila’s first year! I know this sounds crazy, but I get excited for you as she grows up! I miss my babies, but the relationship we have now is amazing. They are so fun to be around! It’s like having built in best friends (that you can sort of boss around ;). Seriously, it gets better! No, it’s not always easy, but really, it’s so worth it. Happy Birthday Lila!

    I hope you two feel better! Max and I had a cold like that for the last 2 weeks! It was awful!

  3. April 9, 2013 2:03 pm

    Happy official birthday to Lila! It’s amazing how much she has changed over the past 12 months – and yet her little expressions are visible from so early on. Walking is what is getting me through these last weeks of my pregnancy, too. Those cookies would also help 😉

  4. April 9, 2013 2:14 pm

    Wow! Lila is a year old! I can’t believe it. At the risk of sounding like a total creeper (because blogs do that to you), it’s been pretty cool to follow you on your parenting journey and Lila on her first year of life. Thanks for letting us all feel like a little part of your family!

  5. Patti permalink
    April 9, 2013 2:25 pm

    So sorry we were out on Sunday and didn’t get to FaceTime. We look forward to touching bases this week. I’m glad you are both getting better. It was fun to follow her birthday adventures with your pictures and blog. She is so cute and lovable

  6. itzyskitchen permalink
    April 9, 2013 2:30 pm

    A year goes by so fast! And they change SO much. Its crazy town. Glad she enjoyed her cupcake. Both Kay and I came down with something similar too. Hers turned into an ear infection (booo). Hope yall feel better. Sweet of you to make the cookies!!

  7. April 9, 2013 4:00 pm

    Those cookies are amazing — I had a coworker who used to make them, but I never got the recipe from her before I moved away. So thank you — now I can make them and eat an embarrassingly large amount of them in the privacy of my own home! Haha

    Also, happy birthday to Lila! 🙂

    • April 9, 2013 11:09 pm

      We had to give them to our nanny because they were SO addictive. So you’re forewarned. 🙂

  8. April 9, 2013 7:17 pm

    She looks just like Ryan in the cake eating pictures. Not that I imagine Ryan with cake all over his face.

    • April 9, 2013 11:08 pm

      She does, doesn’t she!! And that IS pretty close to his eating style, too.

  9. April 9, 2013 10:17 pm

    Those cookies look amazing! I should not read your blog at 5:15, when I’m so hungry. Cute, cute pics of Lila. My how she has grown!

  10. April 10, 2013 2:20 am

    Adorable pics and wow, time does fly! The cookies look great and so sweet to make them for your friend.

  11. April 10, 2013 2:01 pm

    Happy Bday Lila! Time really does fly. Those cookies look amazing, I am drooling over here! Glad you’re feeling better, hope you’re back to 100% soon!

  12. April 10, 2013 10:49 pm

    She is just beautiful. I loved seeing the progression of photographs too. Made me even more excited for little Lucy’s arrival. And these cookies? They look perfect for a festive celebration. Thank you for sharing!

  13. April 10, 2013 11:24 pm

    She is just lovely! happy birthday. These cookies sound fantastic!

  14. April 12, 2013 7:09 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday to your sweet little lady! I really cannot believe a year has gone by since you had Lila! Time flies by so fast in bloggie-land!!! Glad to see you had lots of great birthday celebrations!!!

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