So I bought him two cards (one from me and one from the cats-yes, we're those kind of people), but I wanted to bake him something as well. So I made these Cake Cookie Cutouts, which are..you guessed it...sort of like a cookie, in that they're small and relatively thin, and sort of like a mini cake because they're light in texture and not crisp. My lovely Kitchenaid mixer made these a breeze to make. And Ramona and I have the exact same one!
Please excuse my horrible photography.
Cake Cookie Cutouts
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1.5 cups sugar (I used Splenda for Baking)
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 2/3 cup flour
1.5 tsps baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1.5 cups chocolate chips (optional, and I omitted)
Prehead oven to 400 degrees. Grease two 13x9 inch pans
Cream butter, and then add sugar and beat mixture for about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and both extracts.
Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to egg/butter batter, stirring by hand or using the low speed of mixer. Stir in chips.
Divide equally between pans and bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are brown and cookie cakes spring back when touched.
Let cool on a wire rack. Then, turn out cakes* onto racks.
*Just ignore the chunks taken out of the cake on the right. At some point during the cooling stage, those accidentally fell into my mouth.
Take your cookie cutter, and cut the cake into shapes. Then, frost and decorate.
This is a quick and easy treat to make, and my husband said they were yummy.