Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Indulgent chocolate chip cookie cake is soft and rich in the center, chewy on the edges, studded with chocolate chips, and decorated with chocolate buttercream. This fun dessert comes together quickly– skip the cookie dough chilling and rolling into individual cookie dough balls. Everything we love about chocolate chip cookies in cookie cake form!

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Meet your new favorite dessert! Today’s chocolate chip cookie cake is adapted from 2 of my most popular cookie recipes loved by bakers worldwide– soft chocolate chip cookies and chewy chocolate chip cookies. The result is soft-baked, chewy, chocolatey decadence. I’m a fan of huge cookies that serve a couple people (looking at you giant monster cookies and giant snickerdoodles) and this cookie cake is no exception. It’s essentially one really big cookie that feeds a crowd!

You’ll love how quickly and easy this cookie cake comes together. We’ll bake the cookie dough in a pan, so no cookie dough chilling required (just like my soft & chewy chocolate chip cookie bars). Garnished with chocolate buttercream and your favorite toppings, it’s a festive dessert perfect for any celebration.

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Is

  • Simple, straightforward, and fun to make
  • Quick– you don’t have to roll a bunch of individual cookies
  • Soft-baked with chewy edges
  • Loaded with chocolate chips
  • Baked in a pie dish or cake pan– it won’t overspread
  • Super festive
  • Perfect for chocolate chip cookie lovers
  • Great for birthday parties (serves 8-10)
  • Easy to slice and serve
  • Decorated with chocolate buttercream
  • Essentially a really big cookie!

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Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I combine my 2 favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes to make today’s chocolate chip cookie cake– chewy chocolate chip cookies and soft chocolate chip cookies. Let’s review what ingredients you’ll need:

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is the base of this cookie cake.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch creates an exceptionally soft and thick cookie cake. I add it to my soft chocolate chip cookies— and to this cake, too! This soft-baked cookie cake will melt in your mouth.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda helps the cookie cake rise.
  • Salt: Salt adds flavor.
  • Butter: Use room temperature butter. You can soften butter quickly with this trick or set the butter out 1-2 hours before you begin.
  • Brown Sugar: We skip granulated sugar and use all brown sugar for an ultra soft and moist cookie cake. You’ll love the extra molasses flavor.
  • Eggs: Taking what I learned from my chewy chocolate chip cookies, we use 1 egg and 1 egg yolk for the chewiest cookie cake. The extra egg yolk also adds tenderness and extra richness to the cake.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor. Try homemade vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Chips: This cookie cake is studded with chocolate chips– 1 and 1/2 cups total. Use 1 and 1/4 cups for the batter and 1/4 cup for decorating.

chocolate chip cookie cake with chocolate buttercream on a white cake stand

No Cookie Dough Chilling!

Because we’re baking the cookie dough in a cake pan or pie dish, we don’t have to chill the cookie dough or roll individual cookies. Simply make the cookie dough and spread it into your dish. It will never overspread because it’s contained in the dish– simple and easy! Here are all of my no chill cookie recipes.

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Toppings for Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

While this cookie cake delicious on it’s own, chocolate buttercream is always a good idea! And turns this giant cookie into a true cake. My favorite chocolate buttercream is far from basic– it’s incredibly creamy, silky, smooth, and rich. Even though it’s a wonderfully creamy, it holds its shape beautifully. So it’s perfect for piping even the most intricate and fancy designs– I used a simple Wilton 1M tip for today’s cake.

Have fun and get creative with your toppings: instead of chocolate buttercream, try peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, salted caramel, whipped cream, ice cream, sprinkles, or extra chocolate chips.

slice of chocolate chip cookie cake on a green plate with a fork

This is the perfect recipe to make when you’re looking for something just as festive as birthday cake but a little more exciting than chocolate chip cookies!

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slice of chocolate chip cookie cake on a white plate

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: one 9-inch cake
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

My favorite way to eat a chocolate chip cookie – when it’s the size of a cake! Decorate with frosting, slice, and serve. 


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cup (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • optional: chocolate buttercream for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch pie dish or cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. The chocolate buttercream is optional. Instead, decorate with whipped cream or top with vanilla ice cream.
  6. 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.

Notes

  1. Eggs: Make sure you don’t use 2 full eggs, which will result in a cakey texture– think more of a cake than a cookie. 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk is best. Room temperature eggs incorporate evenly into your cookie dough, which guarantees 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.
  2. Cornstarch: The cornstarch helps thicken the cookie dough and promises a softer cookie cake. If you don’t have cornstarch, you can leave it out. No need to replace with anything.

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272 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m trying to make this for my fiancé’s birthday, but I’m wanting to use a 12” pizza pan, should I double it? Or adjust bake time for a thinner cake?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Caity, you can try doubling this recipe for a 12 inch pan. If it seems like there is too much dough, you can make a few extra cookies. We’re unsure of the exact bake time. Hope it’s a hit!

  2. I had some cookie cake at a party last night and I couldn’t wait to look up your version first thing this morning because I knew it would be 100 times better than the traditional cookie cake. Let me tell you, it sure is. Thick, rich, delicious in taste and in looks. Easy to customize, fun to decorate, looks super impressive. this will be my new go-to dessert to bring places for sure. Thanks Sally!

  3. Susan S Mayotte says:

    A friend asked for a chocolate chip cookie cake for her birthday. I had never heard of one, so I looked it up online. I was surprised to find there were lots of recipes to choose from, but I chose this one because I liked your suggestion for softening butter. These little tips make the difference between good results and perfect ones, and this recipe came out perfectly! Everyone loved it, and it looked exactly like a huge chocolate chip coookie! Thank you!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      We’re thrilled to hear that this recipe was a hit for you and your friend, Susan! Thank you so much for giving it a try.

  4. How tall is the cake? Using a 9in pan

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Maria! We’re unsure of the exact thickness, maybe about an inch thick?

      1. Awesome ! Thank you!!

  5. I made this today after trying a super expensive store bought one. I didn’t have the highest of expectations because a cookie cake is such a new concept to me but OMG THIS CAKE BLEW MY MIND!!! Sooooo much better than the store bought!! I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this recipe. It was perfect in everyway. I made mine with chopped up milk and caramilk chocolate and decorated with your choc buttercream and it was just absolute heaven. Will make it again as soon as this one gets eaten! I can’t wait to try the funfetti version

  6. Can this be frozen undecorated or would you recommend baking right before serving?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ann! The baked and cooled cookie cake can be covered tightly and frozen for up to 3 months before decorating. Enjoy!

  7. I am making this for my friend’s birthday party. She is gluten free and I was wondering if I could substitute gluten free flour for all purpose flour.

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Zoe! We’ve never tested this cookie cake with gluten free flour, but please let us know if you do!

  8. Kailey Smith says:

    Hi Sally! I am trying to find the best chocolate chip cookie cake recipe for my father’s upcoming birthday, and I think this one is it. But I do have one question, how can I prevent the edges of the cookie cake burning, or the texture of the center being much different than the edges? Thank you.

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kailey! A slight texture difference between the edges and center is normal, but the edges are just a bit chewier and not burnt. Just be sure to keep a close eye on it! It’s also normal for the middle to sink a bit more than the edges, but that’s an easy fix with some frosting along the edges. Hope the cookie cake is a hit for your father’s birthday!

      1. Kailey Smith says:

        Thank you for responding and answering my question!

  9. Hi, I want to make this cake for my daughter’s birthday. I’m just wondering how to best store this and if I can make it the night before or not? Also my oven tends to brown the top of cakes quite quickly, if this happened with the cookie but it’s not cooked in the middle would you recommend covering in foil whilst baking?
    Thanks

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Navreet, you can make this cookie cake the night before and leave it tightly covered at room temperature until serving the next day, or you can store in the refrigerator if you prefer and bring back to room temperature before serving. It’s normal for the edges of a cookie cake to brown a bit more than the middle, but you can tent the edges if it seems to happen too quickly. Hope the cookie cake is a hit for your daughter’s birthday!

  10. Can I use a springform pan for this? It’s the only 9 inch cake pan I have and I want the sides to be straight and not curved like a pie dish. Thanks!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Abbie, a 9 inch springform pan should work just fine here.

  11. Hi sally, I was wondering how the cake would be with just a single egg, great recipe by the way

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ash! The cookie cake would lack some tenderness and chewiness without the extra yolk, we recommend sticking with the recipe if at all possible!

  12. Hello! Your cookie cake looks super yummy!!! I’m planning to make this tomorrow for a friend’s birthday. Just a question on exactly when to put the foil, did I understand correctly that I wait for 15 mins baking before putting the foil on top of the cake pan? And do you use up and down heat with fan?

    Thank you so much in advance Sally 🙂 I’m a big fan!

  13. Thank you for this recipe. I doubled it and baked it in a Wilton 12 x 3 inch round aluminum pan and it was perfect. I did add a little baking time and just kept checking. It was about an 1 1/4 inches high. My son loved it.

  14. Hi .. I tried this recipe and it’s so yummy. Thanks for sharing. Just a query. Can I make a smaller version of the same recipe with half the portion of all ingredients? If yes then what should be the cake pan size? Thank you

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Mon, you can try halving the recipe and using a 6 inch round pan. If you have a bit too much dough, you can use the leftovers for a few cookies. Enjoy!

  15. Has anyone tried to make this ahead and chill overnight? I want them to be freshly baked but would like to save some time by mixing the night before.
    Thanks!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Sandra, you can chill this dough overnight, no problem!

  16. I made this cookie cake for my son’s birthday and he LOVED it. He’s picky, so I was shocked when he ate a piece then asked for more! It was the perfect consistency and sweet but not too sweet. Everyone asked for the recipe and I directed them here!

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Heather, we’re so thrilled that your son loved this cookie cake! Thank you so much for making and sharing our recipe.

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