When Aidan was an infant, I figured that as he grew, we would teach him to do lots of “boyly” type chores.  Oh sure, he would need to be able to fold his clothes and vacuum, but mainly mow the lawn and other boyly things like that.  Well, now that boys are all we have, they get to learn to cook and dust the blinds and change sheets!

It’s not really bad at all.  In fact, doing laundry can be a boyly task!  The way we do it at our house is that one boy is the “crane” who unloads the washer, and the other is the “bulldozer” who pushes things into the dryer.

Cooking can be fun too, especially when one gets to “dig” in the flour.

Aidan and I made this super easy cookie cake today.  In fact, Aidan (age 7) did almost all of it himself. I got this recipe at my Titus 2 group from church.

Here’s what you need:

1 yellow or chocolate cake mix

2 Tbsp. water

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1 cup chocolate chips or M & M’s or a mixture of both

1 cup nuts (optional – we didn’t use any)

Beat together dry cake mix, water, eggs, and oil until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, M & M’s, and nuts.  Spread on a well greased pizza pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  (We did 25, and it was a little too dry – we’ll try less time next time.)

Aidan greased the pan, turned on the oven (this part made him feel like he was really cooking – not sure why that was the clincher!), mixed everything together, and ran the mixer.  I only helped with cracking the eggs (he said they made him too nervous) and measuring the oil.

The finished product :-).  While not exactly a health food, this cookie cake was so much more yummy and so much cheaper than the grocery store bakery or mall versions, and it only took us a few minutes to put together.  I might even do one for my middle son’s upcoming birthday!


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  1. Esther Irish Sep 27, 2010

    So was the consistency cake like or cookie like? Inquiring minds want to know! ;)

    1. Sarah Sep 27, 2010

      Cookie-like. Just a thicker cookie. Good question! Should have put that in there!

  2. Debra Sep 27, 2010

    What size pizza pan did you use? I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

    1. Sarah Sep 27, 2010

      It was a 15 inch pizza pan, and seemed like just the right size.

  3. Melinda Oct 5, 2010

    Someday their wives will raise up and call you blessed for teaching your boys so many skills! That cookie cake looks really yummy!

  4. Elizabeth Oct 5, 2010

    Awesome - I can't wait to try this! I absolutely love the big cookie cakes and kept thinking there had to be something cheaper. And I might even have all the ingredients here for this today.... :)

  5. Kimberly Oct 14, 2010

    Can't wait to try this recipe! I love making my own giant cookie cakes, but haven't seen this recipe before. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah Feb 26, 2013

    Just discovered your website!

    I am actually going to cook two of these cookie cakes as requested by a Yr 8 boy I teach (I bake a birthday cake for my class) all the way here in Australia! Wish me luck!

  7. Sheena Oct 10, 2013

    Hi! Want to make this for my husband. Can I make it as 24 cupcakes instead of a cake!

    1. Sarah Oct 10, 2013

      Hmm, I'm not sure that the texture would be right for cupcakes. It doesn't rise as high as a cake does. I think I'd stick to a cake recipe for cupcakes!


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