It’s my son’s 14th birthday today!! Happy Birthday Paul!! I know a lot of other parents feel this way, but as the years go by and they keep getting bigger it is just so weird to think in a few short years he will be a grown up!
His actual due date was April 16th, and my husband and I had a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17th. During the party, I was starting to have contractions, but it was way too early. I kept on getting more nervous, so we called the Dr. and were advised to get to the hospital ASAP. We kicked people out of our party, got our stuff together and made it to the hospital with no worries. But after I got there my water broke and 24 hours later he was born, I missed St. Patty’s Day by 1 day! He was almost 7 pounds though, so that was good!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures of him and at his request, he wanted a chocolate chip cookie cake! It turned out really good!!
So, since he asked for a giant chocolate chip cookie for his birthday dinner and since I have never made one that big, I did a quick google search and ended up with a recipe from Emeril Lagasse of Food TV! It looked relatively simple, I adapted the recipe, I didn’t add the nuts.
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 14 inch round pizza pan with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper with butter so the cookie won’t stick.
Beat together the sugars and butter until creamy. Add the eggs, and beat again. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until its all mixed together.
Spread the dough on the pizza pan. I used a piece of parchment paper sprayed with Pam to pat and smooth it down.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Don’t walk too far away. Mine cooked for about 22 minutes. The edges will be darker and the inside will still be kind of soft, but that’s okay. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cookie sheet and cool completely. The recipe says to cut it into wedges and serve with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles if you want. That sounds good to me!!
Paul is so awesome, he makes me laugh every day, he is always talking about what he is thinking, he has lots of great friends, plays the Viola superbly and is just an all around fantastic kid! I love you so much Paul!
Please leave a comment to wish Paul a happy birthday!