Warm Skillet Sharing Cookie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
I’m not very good at sharing. I believe it’s because I am a first-born child. And in my immediate family, I was the only first-born child. Both my parents had older and younger siblings and my brother came after me. They were fairly used to sharing, but not me.
It turns out, I’m not alone, though. Scholars have studied this very concept. Books have been written about sharing, giving and contributing. Our economy and our system of welfare rely on this very notion. I get it. But, I still have a hard time giving up what’s mine. And perhaps that’s my problem. If I didn’t view things possessively, I might find sharing a more natural concept. So, I’m working on this.
When I was younger, I collected Care Bears. Some of you may remember those. I had, perhaps, eight of them in my collection. They were wildly popular at the time, so many of my friends collected them, too. One day, my friend Lisa came over to play and she brought all her Care Bears. We eagerly invented games to play with our veritable army of bears.
When it was time for Lisa to go home, she collected her bears and we said our goodbyes. Later that day, I realized she had taken one of my bears. Let’s be clear here. Between us, there were close to 20 stuffed animals and she inevitably took one in error.
But, I couldn’t let it go. I agonized for the remainder of the weekend until I could get my bear back at school on Monday. What if she forgot it? What if she threw it away? What if her older sister stole it and wouldn’t give it back? What if I never saw my bear again? Oh, the thought of it was dreadful.
She had something that was mine.
I should have rested easy in the fact that I’d see that bear again on Monday (which I did). I couldn’t simply think: “I bet Lisa is having fun with that one extra bear this weekend.” Nope. First-born. It’s hard.
As an adult, I have a particularly difficult time sharing food. Especially dessert. So, I love the idea of a dessert specifically designed to share. If you ate this entire skillet cookie, you’d feel bad. Not just “I’m not a good sharer” bad, but probably physically sick. So, embrace the concept!
Also, do not skip the caramel sauce. It’s really good. You can drizzle it atop the cookie after baking or you can bake a layer on top of the cookie, which will caramelize.
Here is the caramel sauce before baking:
And here is the caramel sauce as used for serving (and as drizzled by a ten-year-old):
As you devour this cookie with others, hopefully you remember how good it feels to share and how much better the world is when we can enjoy it with others!