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Gumdrops & Birthday Cake: A Cookie Recipe

I recently woke from a strange dream with a strange cookie recipe. In the dream, I was the follow-up act to Martha Stewart (like she'd let anyone be her follow-up act). She was teaching a workshop on making and decorating birthday cakes for kids and I was showing everyone how to use leftover birthday cake creatively. She made a beautiful little ladybug cake with red sparkle sprinkles and I put my hands right into that baby, like it was my first birthday and everyone was chanting for the cake shot. And then I squeezed and I crumbled and I tore that cake down. Martha stood in the back of the room beaming proudly.

I woke up and thought two things: 1) Yeah rightand 2) I should actually do that.

Make the cookies, not destroy a Martha Stewart birthday cake.

The cookie recipe was indeed strange, as only a cookie recipe from a dream can be.

The stranger ingredients and flavor combinations in the cookie recipe included:

  • lemon-white chocolate chips
  • orange zest
  • cinnamon
  • leftover birthday cake
  • gumdrops

If you know anything about me yet you'll know that 1) I take my dreams seriously (so they, in turn, will take me seriously) and 2) I act on my dreams whenever possible.

So, I made the cookies-- which was a big investment because white chocolate chips are as pricey as contraband down here. But in the name of honoring my dream and in the name of science, I sold my remaining kidney, said "what the hell," and bought the damn chips.

I came home and made the cookies. As they baked, I sat wondering how to tell Andy I had sold a kidney to pay for the cookies that I was feeding to the chickens-- that is if he caught me feeding them to the chickens. If they were really bad hopefully I could feed the chickens and air out the kitchen before he came home for lunch.

But I needn't have worried. 

The cookies were delicious.

And yes, I'm going to share the recipe with you today; but first let's talk about how I sourced some of the stranger ingredients.

Lemon-White Chocolate Chips

I don't think lemon-white chocolate chips exist (they should) so I bought regular white chocolate chips (and you know at what cost) and I then worked lemon juice into the recipe. Apparently lemon juice in cookies is a thing.

Leftover Birthday Cake

I bought two large chocolate muffins at the bakery to sub for the birthday cake (which was a chocolate cake in my dream) because I didn't want to make an entire cake to try this recipe. The muffins/cake add a really nice texture to the cookies! In the future, however, I think homemade birthday cake would in fact be better as my cookies have a slighty processed taste from the store-bought muffins.


As for the gumdrops, I immediately thought of the Higos Azucarados (sugared figs) that you can buy just about anywhere here in Costa Rica. Their look and texture is exactly like a gumdrop (and I'm sure gumdrops were created to imitate sugared/candied fruit). Sugared plums or candied ginger would likely work equally as well. I couldn't find any sugared figs on Amazon but you can easily make your own with figs, sugar and water. Of course, feel free to use actual gumdrops if you must ;)

Ok, now to end the suspense! I think this cookie recipe really is a brilliant way to use leftover cake, especially if it's becoming dry.

Dream Cookies

  • 2 1/4 c. flour (I use a gluten-free combo of 1/4 c. coconut flour, 1 c. almond flour and 1 c. oat flour, but use any flours you like)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 tbsp butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • Zest of one small orange (about a tablespoon)
  • 2-3 slices of leftover birthday cake, any flavor, or two large muffins
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (optional)
  • 6 sugared (candied) figs, diced ( about 1 c.)
  • 1/2 c. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together. Set aside.

In a medium bowl or in a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla, lemon juice and orange zest, mix well.

Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until well blended. In the small bowl you used for the flour, crumble the birthday cake with you hands. Add the crumbled cake to your cookie dough, mixing well. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if cookie dough is too dry (I didn't need to do this). Fold in sugared figs and white chocolate chips.

Using your hands, make small cookie dough ball, about 1 inch in diameter and place on the cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until done and let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing.

Yields 24 cookies.

Enjoy and do let me know if you make these cookies!  Have you ever had any strange recipes given to you in a dream? 


Milk & Cookies,