Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
My favorite way to eat a chocolate chip cookie – when it’s the size of a cake! Decorate with frosting, slice, and serve.
This is going to be your new favorite dessert. In fact, if you make 1 cake recipe from my blog, this has got to be it. Here’s why: It’s incredibly simple, super quick, straightforward, easy ingredients, there’s chocolate, more chocolate, chewy edges, a soft center, and three words: milk chocolate frosting. It’s a thick, soft-baked chocolate chip cookie the size of a cake. Are you convinced yet?
If you know me at all, you know I’m a fan of giant cookies. Let’s see… Giant Reese’s Pieces Cookie, Giant Oatmeal Creme Pie, XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie, Giant Snickerdoodle Cookie, Giant Peanut Butter Monster Cookie, and a Giant Sugar Cookie to finish it all off. Have you tried any of my giant cookie recipes yet?
Today’s cookie cake is much larger than any of my 2-serving giant cookie recipes. Rather, this thing is 9 inches in diameter and uses enough cookie dough to bake 24 cookies. So, I don’t suggest eating the entire cake…
To make today’s giant chocolate chip cookie cake, I combined two of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. These (1) soft chocolate chip cookies and these (2) chewy chocolate chunk cookies.
I learned from recipe #1 that adding cornstarch to cookie dough will create exceptionally soft, thick baked cookies. Ever since then, I’ve always added cornstarch to my chocolate chip cookies. You all seem to love the addition of cornstarch in cookies – and I had to add it to the cake! This soft-baked cookie cake will melt in your mouth.
Additionally, I use all brown sugar in this cookie cake recipe. Something you don’t often find in chocolate chip cookies. You see, I often use a higher ratio of brown sugar to white sugar in my cookie recipes because brown sugar lends a softer textured cookie. Today, I skipped the white sugar altogether so that this cake would be ultra soft, moist, and have a light molasses flavor present. You’re going to love it!
I learned from recipe #2 that adding an extra egg yolk to cookie dough will give you chewy cookies. The chewiest of chewy, trust me. The extra egg yolk also adds tenderness and extra richness to the cake. Trust me, you’ll need a glass of milk. Or maybe even a big scoop of vanilla ice cream? Yes!
You’ll bake the chocolate chip cookie cake in a 9-inch cake pan or pie dish. Alternatively, you could use a 9-inch or 8-inch square baking pan. Since this giant cookie cake is baked in a pan, there’s no need to roll individual cookies. Skip the hassle, this cake is much easier! Oh and did I mention there’s no dough chilling? Yup, less time waiting around and more time eating.
The milk chocolate frosting was a complete afterthought. It was Kevin’s idea. The same man who suggested peanut butter frosting on these and came up with this whole idea.
He’s definitely a keeper.
This is the perfect recipe when you’re looking for something a little different than a birthday cake and a little more exciting than a chocolate chip cookie. Soft and rich in the center, chewy on the edges, and studded with more chocolate chips than you know what to do with. (That’s a good thing.)
This cake is a win-win-win situation. Just make sure you have a glass of milk handy!
More chocolate chip cookies to love:
- 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk1
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cup (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Milk Chocolate Frosting
- 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half2
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch pie dish or cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fittedwith paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add 1 and 1/4 cups chocolate chips and mix for about 5 seconds until evenly disbursed.
- Press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden brown (could be up to 30 minutes, depending on your oven). Use a toothpick to test for doneness. You may want to cover the cake loosely with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning around the edges. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, use a sharp knife or metal spatula to loosen the sides of the cookie cake from the pan and transfer to a serving dish. (Or use can serve directly from the pan.)
- The chocolate frosting is optional. Instead, decorate with whipped cream or top with vanilla ice cream. For the optional chocolate frosting: sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy - about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
- Decorate the cooled cookie cake with frosting and remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Depending how much frosting you use, you may have some leftover. I used a Wilton 1M tip. Cookie cake remains fresh covered tightly at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- I prefer room temperature eggs for my cookie cake. Room temperature eggs incorporate evenly into your cookie dough – guaranteeing a uniform texture in each bite of the cookie cake. Simply set out the eggs when you set out the butter to come to room temperature. If you forget to set out your eggs, no worries. Place them into a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes, then use.
- For the frosting, heavy cream or half-and-half will give your frostings the creamiest texture. You may use milk instead, keeping in mind the frostings won't be as creamy.
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