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This time of year brings a parade of birthdays, between my husband’s family and mine.

I’ll eat just about any birthday-associated baked good, but one of my favorite treats is a chocolate-chip cookie cake baked by my friend, Erin Lippitz. She’s a master of both flavor and decoration, so her finished creations trump anything you’d order from a grocery-store bakery.

Erin’s cookie cake recipe might seem familiar — it’s a standard, well-known recipe for individual cookies. She swapped in cake flour and watches the cake carefully after 30 minutes in the oven.

Meg Dickinson is a communications professional who spends many waking hours daydreaming about food. To submit a recipe, email megmakes1@gmail.com.

Meg Dickinson is a communications professional who spends many waking hours daydreaming about food. To submit a recipe, email megmakes1@gmail.com.