Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is moist, chewy and super easy to make! You can decorate and customize this cookie cake for a birthday or other special occasion!

For more great cookie cakes, check out my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake, Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake or Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Cake

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Chocolate Chip Cookies + Cake in One Easy Dessert!

I feel like Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes are part of the core of my childhood. We always had them in my family and we loved them – still do! I knew – without any doubt – that we’d always have a cookie cake for my dad’s birthday. It’s still his cake of choice these days. He’s not really a big cake guy, but he loves cookies. And the frosting? Forget about it. Not his thing. So my younger brother and I would always stand by and divide his frosting between our slices of cookie. For us, the more frosting, the better!

As I got older, I realized that there were quite a lot of people that grew up not eating cookie cakes. I introduced a whole lot of great people to a whole new world. Bring on the cookie cakes!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes even make appearances at a lot of our football tailgates. And shoot, the twins even had cookie cakes for their 1st birthday smash cakes! So yea, a cookie cake family for sure.

When it comes to cookie cakes, they are so perfect for just about anything. They’re easy to make, easy to decorate, easy to take with you somewhere and who doesn’t love a good cookie?!

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How to Make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

To make this cookie cake, you’ll basically make cookie dough and bake it in a cake pan. Simple!

So to get started, you’ll cream the butter and sugars together for about three to four minutes, until it’s light and fluffy. This cookie cake used a mix of both white and brown sugar for a deeper flavor.

To that mixture you’ll add an egg and some vanilla extract.

Finally, you’ll add your dry ingredients. Here we’re using a combination of flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. The cornstarch tenderizes the cookie a bit and the baking soda is just about always my preferred leavener for a cookie. It just creates a chewier texture that I love.

Of course it wouldn’t be complete without the chocolate chips, so mix some of those in there too. Bake the cookie cake for roughly 20 minutes. It’ll be lightly golden around the edges and set in the center. Although it might not look totally done, you don’t want to overcook it. It’ll continue cooking and firming up as it cools. As long as the top of the cookie has lost it’s glossy look, it should be done.

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How to get the cookie cake out of the pan

When the cookie cake is done baking, you’ll want to let it cool COMPLETELY in the pan. Removing it from the pan before then will result in a cookie that falls apart. But once it’s cool, it’ll be nice and firm and you can flip it out of the pan and quickly flip it back onto a serving platter or cardboard circle.

How to decorate a cookie cake

There’s really very little you need to do for a cookie cake, unless you want to make it fancy. You can use the chocolate buttercream I used, or swap it out for my Vanilla Buttercream. And of course, choose your favorite sprinkles.

You could even get a little crazy and make a 9×13 cookie cake and pipe decorations on it. I did something similar with my Flag Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake and Christmas Tree Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake and they were super fun.

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BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

However you decorate your cookie or whatever your celebration is, this cookie cake is sure to be a hit and better than any store-bought version. It’s thick, soft, chewy and full of tasty chocolate chips. As a long time fan of Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes, I will tell you that this one’s the best!

More Great Cookie Cake Recipes To Love

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake
Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Cake
Samoa Cookie Cake
Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Triple Chocolate Cookie Cake
Oreo Cookie Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bottomed Cheesecake

Recipe originally posted February 2013. Updated October 2019.

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Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is moist, chewy and super easy to make! You can decorate and customize this cookie cake for a birthday or other special occasion!


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Ingredients

COOKIE CAKE

  • 3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (108g) loosely packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (52g) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (211g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM

  • 1/4 cup (56g) salted butter
  • 1/4 cup (48g) shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups (201g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (29g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tbsp water

Instructions

COOKIE CAKE:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
2. Add the butter and sugars to a large mixer bowl and beat together to cream them until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Use your spatula to gently finish combining everything to keep from over mixing the cookie dough.
6. Fold in the chocolate chips. The cookie dough will be thick.
7. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared cake pan. Place a few more chocolate chips into the top of the cake, if desired.
8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in the cake pan, then transfer to a serving plate.

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:

1. To make the buttercream, add the butter and shortening to a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined and smooth.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
3. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and a tablespoon of water and mix until well combined and smooth.
4. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency.
5. Add the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip (I used Ateco 844) and pipe swirls of frosting around the outer edge of the cake.
6. Store cookie cake in an airtight container. Cookie cake is best for 3-4 days.

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286 Comments
  1. gottagetbaked

    Wow! That cookie cake looks so incredibly dense, chewy, chocolatey…in just one word: perfect. I want to buy a giant cast iron pan so that I can make a CCC cake in it to get that amazing crispy edge. I’ll just have to make this in my normal pans for now!

  2. Katie from Katie's Cucina

    This looks amazing! I love making cookies cakes, but to be honest never thought to put it in a heart pan! “LOVE” it! 🙂

      1. Lauren

        Hi Lindsay! I’ve been looking everywhere for your version of this cake that was in a heart-shaped pan with red frosting, and I can’t find it anywhere! Would the bake time be different if I made this in a heart shaped pan?
        Thank you!

    1. Jennjfer

      Hi! Great recipe! My daughter made the cookie cake on Friday night and then put it in the freezer since it will be served on Sunday. Was this a mistake? Will it be soft and fresh to slice on Sunday? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

      1. Lindsay

        No it should be fine. You probably didn’t need to freeze it, but it’s fine. Just pop it in the fridge to thaw it. You might want to do that now so it’s thawed by tomorrow.

      2. Susan

        I’m sorry if it’s just me but the picture shows mini M&Ms but I don’t see them in the recipe. Please help!

  3. Jordonna

    Looks awesome! I am going to make the cookie cake for an upcoming birthday! May it turn out as nice as yours:) Lindsay! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sally

    I saw your warp up about my cookies on your blog last week. I was SO delighted to read that oyu loved the taste of them! And yes, I just love how soft they are too. You are so amazing to do a chocolate chip cookie test like that! Oh, and I’ve made these intoa cookie cake before too. I am obsessed with it! I should post that recipe soon. WIsh I had a heart pan like this! Adorable 🙂

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Thanks Sally! It was quite an effort and a lot of dough to make so it was great to have my sister-in-law’s help. I think I would have drowned in cookie dough without her. 🙂

      1. Nathalie

        I hace a question. How long lasts soft this cake ? I need one for saturday night but i have to do it on friday night. I want it t keep moist and chewy. Cani bake it on friday?

      1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

        It’s a very thick dough, so it might be correct. It’s hard for me to say without seeing it. If you think it needs more moisture, I’d add a tablespoon or 2 of milk.

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