This Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion.
Today is a special day.
Today is my only sisters birthday.
And we are celebrating with a giant cookie, also known as a cookie cake.
And in addition to this cookie cake, I thought I would share why my sister is special to me. Oh, and some funny stories along the way.
She is always thinking of others.
In the 24 years that I’ve known my sister, she has never once shown an ounce of selfishness. She is always thinking about how her words or actions will affect others, and her kind heart is unlike any other. Her generosity always amazes me, and I have always strived to be selfless just like her.
Except for that one time she smacked me in the head with her hair brush, and I got in trouble. You didn’t think I would leave that out, did you?
She is one of the most secure women I know.
I have never seen my sister display any sort of jealousy. When her friends succeed, she is genuinely happy. She has always been so supportive – no matter where she is in her life. Despite any obstacles she is overcoming in her life, if someone else shares exciting news with her, she lifts them up.
When I was about two years old, my sister had her head slightly out of the car window while we were driving. I decided that I wanted to push buttons, and I closed the window on her head. Sorry!
She is ridiculously patient.
While I am the most impatient person I know, my sister is definitely the most patient. She will gladly help anyone in need, no matter how frustrating it may be if they aren’t understanding (hence why she was an elementary school teacher for three years). Her calmness is most unquestionably something to admire.
I have video proof that my sister was deathly afraid of Minnie Mouse when she was little. Like, screaming bloody murder at the sight of Minnie Mouse at Disney World. It’s great.
She’s always the best-dressed.
My sister has always loved fashion. She even works at Kate Spade, and is so good at what she does. She is always dressed to a T, and blows everyone else out of the water. Straight stylin’, always.
She is one classy betch.
I’ve always looked up to my sister for her maturity and classiness. She never conformed to the catty gossip that surrounded her in middle or high school. She always stayed true to herself and to what our mother taught us, and set a wonderful example for her younger sister (that’s me).
No funny story here. Just look at how beautiful she was on her wedding day!
You can read about her wedding, and see all the photos here.
Happy birthday, Yana! I love you!
Now, back to this scrumptious cookie cake.
This cake contains no butter, no oil, and was made with almond flour, so it contains no gluten. Additionally, no dairy milk was harmed in the making of this recipe – almond milk FTW! The only dairy in the recipe is found in the chocolate chips, which can easily be exchanged for a dairy-free version.
It’s super moist and, although not as dense as a normal chocolate chip cookie, it baked as if it were a mix between cake and cookie. With something called a cookie cake, I’d say that’s pretty optimal.
To make this cake, I used a springform pan, which I found the best option for a cake that doesn’t rise much. The cake comes out very moist and stays that way, so the less flipping and pushing you have to do, the better. Of course, you can use whichever pan you prefer, I just like having a springform around for these instances.
*Here’s what I’m talking about:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 5 tbs brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 shakes of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup almond milk
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a springform pan (or round cake pan).
- Combine the wet ingredients into a bowl (egg, egg whites, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and milk). Using an electric mixer, mix on low until well-combined.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar, and mix on low until well-combined.
- Add in the chocolate chips. Mix on low until completely folded in.
- Pour batter into pan.
- Optional: sprinkle more chocolate chips atop cake for a more appealing exterior after baking.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out of the center clean.
Why do you look up to your older sibling?
What did your older sibling do before you that you are grateful you had someone to look to for advice? (My sister went to college before me, obviously, and I am so grateful to have had someone lead the way!)
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