Birthdays and birthday parties need not be a tough nor expensive time in an allergy-friendly world. For many years now, my children have enjoyed birthdays complete with cookie cake and characters on top. Homemade is the way to go.
You simply need to be creative. Cookie cake? Make a big batch of homemade cookie dough (recipe below), get out your pizza pan and bake it at home. Use egg substitute and nut-free chocolate chips. Below are a few, very simple decoration ideas to get you started.
1. Birthday cake made with egg substitute and allergy-friendly sprinkles in the shape of the birthday number | 2. allergy-friendly waffles topped with fruit | 3. Ocean-themed birthday breakfast: allergy-friendly waffles topped with homemade icing and store-bought sea creatures | 4. Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe topped with Thomas the Tank Engine cut from paper birthday plate.
Tailor the birthday to your child’s favorite. You might be able to purchase cake toppers from the local bakery. But we’ve make cakes special a variety of ways as noted above.
Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe
adapted from Bread Beckers Ranger Cookies Recipe (you can just as easily use an allergy-friendly cookie mix or the recipe on the side of allergy-friendly chocolate chips)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
- 1 cup Sucanat w/ Honey (or regular sugar)
- 1 cup Sucanat (or light, brown sugar)
- Egg Substitute for 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 ½ cups Soft Wheat Flour (or all-purpose flour or gluten free substitute)
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ cups Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups allergy-friendly chocolate chips (we use Hershey)
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, sugars, egg substitute and vanilla. In a separate container, mix together dry ingredients, stirring in oats last. Mix well then fold in chocolate chips.
Spread dough mixture, flattening with hands until spread evenly on pizza pan. Bake approximately 20 minutes. Center should be soft and sides should not be crisp. Cool completely and decorate as desired.
~Tricia’s avoids eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. She is saving bucks and her sanity with frugal family recipes and allergy-friendly strategies. You can find her facing a daily dose of chaos substituting ingredients and homeschooling five children at Hodgepodge. Read her FAB story here.