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Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, this Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is so easy to make!

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake |

I’ll never forget when I was a kid, we’d walk through the mall and I would beg my mom to stop at Mrs. Field’s. Her cookies were (still are) sooooo good. I’d be drooling for one as soon as we hit the parking lot.

One of the things I remember most about the Mrs. Field’s stores were the cookie cakes. They always had several on display for whatever holiday was coming up next. Hearts for Valentine’s, ties for Father’s Day, etc. Those cakes wowed me. I mean…it’s a cookie. But it’s a cake.

I always thought it must be magic. That you could make a cookie that looks like a cake. Little did I know then that a cookie cake was just a really big cookie, made in a 9″ or heart shaped or pizza pan. *mind blown*

And, as much as I love Mrs. Field’s…it’s so much easier (and cheaper!) to make your own cookie cakes at home!

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake |

Now, as a baking blogger, I get asked all the time if I sell my baked goods. I usually shake my head no, and point people in the direction of Mrs. Field’s, or some other similar establishment. I mean, who needs the stress of baking for sales? I’ve done it a few times and it just is usually too much for my psyche to handle. Plus, it’s sort of illegal here in California, if you’re doing it from home.

But occasionally a friend will need a cake for a party. Or cookies for something. And of course, for friends, I can’t say no.

Which is why, next month, I’m making 12 football shaped cookie cakes for a bar mitzvah. Yes,  I said 12. Shaped like footballs. #imustbecrazy

Needless to say, I needed to test my cookie cake recipe. I wanted to make sure my idea worked perfectly, and in the interest of sharing pretty much whatever comes out of my kitchen, this Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake was born!

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The cookie recipe is based off of my bakery-style chocolate chip cookies. I cut down the recipe to fit in a 9″ round cake pan, and I used melted butter instead of browned. It’s just as fabulous as the original, if I do say so myself.

Special note: you still need to chill the dough. Because the butter starts of melted, everything is hot. Even though you are pressing it into a pan and don’t have to worry about spreading, you still need to chill it, or it will be a hot mess. You don’t have to do it overnight, just an hour or two. Easy-peasey.

Once it cools, you can frost or decorate it as you like. Now, I know that traditional cookie cakes have buttercream. But I’m using melted chocolate on all those footballs, so I wanted to try it out. And pretty much, guess what?

Melted chocolate + chocolate chip cookie = best way to eat a cookie, ever. (Thank you Ashton, for that idea!)

It’s like chocolate squared. #amazeballs

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake |

So, once it cools, you melt some chocolate with a wee bit of shortening. This helps it melt smoother, and helps it not firm up so much when you’re cutting it later. Frost the cookie cake with the chocolate. While it’s still hot and melted, that’s when you add the candy corn.

Did you know they make different flavors of candy corn? Traditional, caramel, and s’mores. YES – they make s’more candy corn! It’s so good.

Anyway, stock up on some candy corn. Then decorate this harvest cookie cake. I made a sundburst pattern out of the candy corn. I think it would be a perfect Halloween treat, but this would also work for Thanksgiving. It kind of looks like a turkey, right? And the colors are very thanksgiving-y. The kids can do this for you, even. And then they can eat it for dessert and you don’t have to listen to them complain they hate apple and pumpkin pie.

{Yes, that really does happen in my house. I know, unbelievable right?}

If I do say so, I think this is the best cookie cake I’ve ever eaten.

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake |

And now I’m totally ready for some football.

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Yield: 10-12 slices


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups chocolate chips, divided (milk or semi-sweet, or a combination)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening (Crisco)
  • Candy Corn (traditional or various colors)


  1. Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Pour melted butter into an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. While still hot, add both sugars and mix on low until combined. Let sit to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Turn mixer (with butter mixture bowl attached) on low. Add egg and mix completely. Mix in vanilla extract. Add baking soda, salt, and flour and mix until combined. Stir in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips.
  4. Press into prepared pan. Chill for 1-2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake for about 20 minutes. The top will start to get golden, but it will still look a bit jiggly in the center. Cool completely.
  6. When ready to top, melt remaining 1 cup chocolate chips with shortening (about 45-60 seconds in the microwave).
  7. Spread over the top of the cookie. Add candy corn in desired pattern. Chill to set.

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Candy Corn Magic Bars


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Sweets from friends:
Capookie by The Domestic Rebel
Funfetti Cake Batter White Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake by Life, Love, and Sugar
Football Cookie Cake by Something Swanky

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47 Responses to “Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on October 27, 2013 at 2:59 am (#)

    Dorothy this is an awesome post and I can tell you put some time into writing it (i.e. I do this too and it’s SUCH a lifesaver – melt some chocolate with a wee bit of shortening. This helps it melt smoother, and helps it not firm up so much when you’re cutting it later) and sharing tips like chilling the dough or it’ll be a hot mess, love details like these. And of course, the cookie cake itself and the pics. SO PRETTY!

    I used to beg my mom for Mrs Field’s, too. I used to love those things (and still do!) Your version looks way more amazing than theirs!


  2. Rebecca posted on October 27, 2013 at 3:19 am (#)

    what a fantastic idea to make a cookie cake :o I never thought about it but love the idea :D This will go on my To -Do list ;) Thanks for showing!


  3. Tieghan posted on October 27, 2013 at 5:36 am (#)

    I have not been to a mall in the longest time! We do not have one here, just very lame outlet stores. So I do all my shopping online, but I SO remember those cookies! We would never get them since my mom makes the best pan cookie bars, but I always used to think they were the cutest!!

    Yours though? Your is so much better! That layer of chocolate is awesome! Y.U.M! Oh and wow, good luck with all those football cookies cakes. 12 is a lot!


  4. Lauren posted on October 27, 2013 at 6:02 am (#)

    oh my gosh! so cute. you have the greatest ideas!


  5. LoverOfAnythingChocolate posted on October 27, 2013 at 7:37 am (#)

    I used to (and still do) LOVE Mrs. Field’s cookies, they are awesome!!! That smell of those are so tantalizing! Thanks for the recipe(IT LOOKS SO GOOD!! I WANT TO REACH MY HAND INTO THE SCREEN!!!!! =) ), and I will make it!!


  6. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on October 27, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    Oh my goodness, this looks so tasty! And it is gorgeous, too! Can you go wrong with a really big cookie? I don’t think so! And hate pumpkin pie?! What?! At least they have this goodness to munch on, right? :) Hope you’re having a good weekend!


  7. Ruthy @ Omeletta posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:45 am (#)

    This cookie cake is so cute!! I’m definitely adding it to my Thanksgiving dessert Pinterest board, it’s perfect.
    Also I was totally the same as a kid in the mall- thinking that Mrs Fields Cookie Cakes are AMAZING, as in, how on earth could they make a cookie into a cake!? LOL Oh, little did I know…


  8. Kristin posted on October 27, 2013 at 10:18 am (#)

    Not only was I the kid who wouldn’t eat pie, but now I’m the adult who can usually think of more delectable treats than pie on Thanksgiving. I usually make cookies :)

    I love baking giant cookies!


  9. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on October 27, 2013 at 11:17 am (#)

    Amazeballs! Haha… This looks really great. I am always intrigued by chocolate chip cakes as well :) Good luck with the footballs.


  10. Emily @ Life on Food posted on October 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm (#)

    This is so cute! I am a fan of chocolate cake for my birthday but I wouldn’t pass a slice of this up. My brother would always get a Mrs. Field cookie cake for his birthday – lots of the buttercream on top too.


  11. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm (#)

    Everything about this – how thick the cookie dough is, the pattern of the candy corn – yes please! Pinning!


  12. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#)

    It looks great Dorothy! I love the candy corn on top – so festive! I considered baking from the home before I started my blog and baked a little for family and friends – most stressful thing EVER! The football cookies sound like fun though! :)


  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on October 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm (#)

    Hands down the best looking cookie cake I’ve ever seen, Dorothy! Heck, the best looking fall dessert I’ve seen in awhile. Besides that apple roll of yours. You are on a roll (hehe).


  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on October 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm (#)

    YAYYY! I love this cookie cake! It is so pretty and festive and taaaaastyyyy!!


  15. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on October 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm (#)

    You really did a fantastic job with this one Dorothy!! I was just asking my kids today what was their favorite candy and my 4 year old said candy corn! She would love this!


  16. tanya posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:01 am (#)

    I used to love the cookies with the enormous pile of frosting on top! But back then I could eat those and not worry about expanding hips! I think you did a fabulous job on this cake Dorothy!


  17. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:54 am (#)

    Oh my goodness…Chocolate chip cookies with chocolate frosting AND candy corn? You are totally speaking my language…I want this in my belly! Yum!!


  18. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 am (#)

    Pan cookies are the best … easy to make and serve! I love the way you frosted and decorated yours :)


  19. Kathy posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:10 am (#)

    What a great way to decorate the cake! And the chocolate frosting?! Wonderful! I’m making a cookie cake on Wednesday for a fall party and I think I might use the chocolate frosting! Great idea!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      It’s so much easier than making actual frosting. And yummy too!


  20. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:56 am (#)

    Cookie cakes are the best! The candy corn on top makes this one look so festive! I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job with all those footballs!


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  22. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on October 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm (#)

    OMG. I love the big cookie cakes! We had a Great American Cookie Company by where I lived and you could by slices of the cookie cakes. I always had to get a slice with the chocolate fudge icing because it was oh so good!

    I love your homemade cookie cake. It looks fabulous! Pinning. Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!


  23. Ashton posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm (#)

    This turned out awesome! And yes… I must dip all of my cookies in melted chocolate now :)


  24. Wendy posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:31 am (#)

    Lucky bar mitzvah boy! Wow, that bar mitzvah treat is going to be the talk of the middle school! I have made many chocolate chip cookie cakes from rolls of refrigerator cookie dough but never homemade dough. Yours looks soooo much better! Everything from the thickness of the cookie, to the melted chocolate icing, to the sunburst candy corn design looks great!


  25. Jackie posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:42 am (#)

    So festive!


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  27. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm (#)

    Love it! That CCC recipe is my go-to, I’m totally intrigued by making it into a cookie pizza now. I’ve been wondering all season if those S’mores candy corn were good ;)


    • Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate replied on October 29th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Oops. I posted before I was done. I love how thick & chunky this cookie pizza looks! No skimping here.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:43 am

      They’re SOOOOO good Katie!


  28. Amy posted on October 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm (#)

    You are going to ACE the footballs Dorothy!! This cake turned out so cute, even better than Mrs. Field’s! In high school, one of my friends surprised his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day with a Mrs. Field’s cookie cake, and I went with him to pick it up and hide it in my car. Your post brought back so many fond memories. :)


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  30. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm (#)

    This is just gorgeous!!! That is all :)


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  34. Diana posted on September 27, 2014 at 10:39 am (#)

    Tonight is our cooking lesson and Delaney wanted to do a cookie cake.  While I was at the store, I picked up candy corn and frosting and figured I would find a recipe when I got home!  So, we are making a very similar cookie cake, but I am using your base recipe.  Can’t wait to try it out!!!


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