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Now you can have your cookie and cake in one fantastic dessert! This Cookie Cake is so easy to make from scratch and has the best soft and chewy texture. There are so many ways to customize this chocolate chip cookie cake – it’s perfect for any occasion!
Table of Contents
- Why This is the BEST Cookie Cake Recipe
- How to make a Cookie Cake Recipe Video
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ingredients
- How to Make a Cookie Cake
- Cookie Cake Recipe Variations
- No Chill Cookie Cake Recipe
- Tips for the Best Homemade Cookie Cake
- Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe FAQs
- Other Combination Desserts You Will Love
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe Recipe
Why This is the BEST Cookie Cake Recipe
This cake is what happens when you combine chocolate chip cookies with cake and, friends, you are going to love it! This is the cake to make for all the chocolate chip cookie fans in your life.
I took my popular chocolate chip cookie recipe and adapted it to make this cake. So, it’s not just a cake that looks like a cookie – it is actually a giant soft and chewy cookie!
It’s so easy to make – you don’t need a mixer, and you don’t have to chill the dough. You don’t even have to wait for butter to soften to make it!
You can customize it for any occasion with different sprinkles, mix-ins, and frosting for a birthday cookie cake or one for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day… it’s perfect any time of year.
Unlike other cookie cake recipes, this one is not like a cakey cookie. It really tastes like the best chocolate chip cookie just made extra-large in a cake pan.
I have made this giant cookie cake recipe countless times, and it always turns out perfectly. You will love how easy it and your friends and family are going to love how delicious it is!
How to make a Cookie Cake Recipe Video
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ingredients
- Butter: as usual, my cookies start with melted unsalted butter
- Sugar: I always use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar. Be sure to pack your brown sugar.
- Egg, Vanilla, Salt, Baking Soda: typical cookie ingredients
- All-purpose flour: this is my go-to flour for all cookie recipes. Be sure to measure your flour correctly.
- Chocolate chips: use your favorite flavor and brand
The frosting is similar to my chocolate buttercream recipe, but cut in half because you don’t need as much. You just need butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, salt and heavy whipping cream to make a creamy chocolate frosting for the cookie cake.
How to Make a Cookie Cake
1. Prepare your pan: Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray. You can also use a 9-inch square pan.
2. Mix: Mix the melted butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar at low speed in a large bowl or stand mixer. Once the mixture is smooth, mix in the egg and vanilla and mix at medium speed.
3. Dry ingredients: Add the salt and baking soda and mix. Slowly add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together and is smooth. Scrape the bowl a few times while mixing to ensure everything is incorporated. Slowly mix in the chocolate chips.
4. Bake: Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 21 to 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake before frosting.
5. Frost: once you make the frosting, you can decorate it any way you want. I like using an open star tip (i.e., Wilton 1M) to make swirls.
Cookie Cake Recipe Variations
I love this recipe because it’s easy to switch up. I love to frost it with chocolate buttercream and have included that recipe in the card. But, that’s not the only option:
- Frosting: you can use any frosting you like with this cake – vanilla buttercream, cream cheese frosting or use your favorite store-bought frosting to make it even easier.
- Mix-Ins: You can also add other mix-ins to the dough before you bake the cookie – chopped peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces, toffee baking chips, and nuts are just a few ideas. Or switch the chocolate chips for dark chocolate, white chocolate, or butterscotch chips.
- Sprinkles: Don’t forget the sprinkles for decorations! Match them to the occasion to make it extra special.
No Chill Cookie Cake Recipe
That’s right – because you’re making this in a cake pan you do not need to chill the cookie dough before baking! Faster Cookies = BETTER COOKIES!
Tips for the Best Homemade Cookie Cake
- You can use a mixer, but I recommend mixing the dough by hand for the best results. Mixing by hand will make it less likely that you’ll overmix the dough.
- I prefer to bake this cake in a 9” round pan, but if you don’t have one, you can use a 9” square pan.
- Don’t over-bake the cookie cake. This is so important! If you over-bake it, the cookie will have a harder texture and won’t be as soft and chewy. So, keep an eye on it, and when the top turns light golden, check the inside with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
This soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie cake is a great way to switch up dessert for parties, potlucks, or other events. Or, just make it for fun – you don’t need an excuse! I know you will love it as much as we do.
Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe FAQs
Once the cake is completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and it will keep well for several days at room temperature.
You don’t need to keep it in the refrigerator. It will stay soft and chewy at room temperature – just keep it tightly wrapped.
Once it’s completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag. It will keep well for up to three months. Thaw it at room temperature and then frost it if desired.
Yes, if you don’t have a round cake pan, you can use a 9” square cake pan.
You can double it and bake the cake in a 9×13” baking pan.
Yes, just reduce the salt in the recipe to 1/4 teaspoon for the cake and omit in the frosting.
No – just a basic 9-inch cake pan. You can also use a pie plate or a cast iron or similar skillet that can go in the oven.
Other Combination Desserts You Will Love
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe
For the Cookie:
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup (67g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (100g) packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups (186g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups (275g) chocolate chips
For the Frosting:
- 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch round cake pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place melted butter in a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment). Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix on low speed until the mixture is smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
- Mix in salt and baking soda, then slowly mix in flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Slowly mix in chocolate chips.
- Press batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 21-25 minutes or until the cookie is just slightly golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool before frosting.
- Add butter to a large bowl and beat until smooth with a hand mixer. Add powdered sugar, cocoa and salt and mix until crumbly, them mix in vanilla extract.
- Add 1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream and mix until smooth, adding more cream as needed for piping consistency.
- To assemble the cookie cake: place frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe swirls around the edges. Add sprinkles and serve.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cake for up to a month.
This Cookie Cake is so easy to make from scratch and has the best soft and chewy texture. There are so many ways to customize this chocolate chip cookie cake – it’s perfect for any occasion!
Last Updated on August 9, 2021
This all sounds amazing!!! If I wanted to bake in 4oz pans, any idea on what would be the portion size per pan and adjusted baking times/temps?
Assuming you’re using a round 4ounce pan, fill them about 1/2 full. A round 4 ounce pan holds approximately 1.5 cups of “batter” but you don’t want to put that much in. Bake time would be probably about15-20 minutes.
My husband wanted me to bake something sweet and it was kinda late so I found this recipe! One bowl and melted butter had me sold!!! Omg, this is the best cookie cake recipe ever! So simple, I baked mine in a 9.5 inch pie pan because I don’t have a round cake pan and used mini chocolate chips. Just spectacular. My husband said he was going to hide it because he didn’t want to share with me and the kids 😊
I’m writing this under my mom’s email. I made this for a stuffed animal’s birthday party, and it was SOOOOO delicious! I used bittersweet chocolate chips to balance out the sweet buttercream and my whole family loved it. It was moist, chewy, and the perfect sweetness. I had two pieces because it was a birthday, and I was playing the part of the birthday animal, who loves cake:). Thanks for the best recipe for cookie cake ever! I’ll most definitely be making this again, maybe with Reese’s peanut butter cups.
This chocolate chip cookie cake is amazing!! I baked for 23 minutes in a 9” spring form pan. It makes the sides smooth and easy release. It was perfectly moist and chewy. So simple and easy but looks fancy with a frosting border and sprinkles! Wish I could attach a pic.
I need to make a cookie cake for a big party of people. Can I bake this on a big aluminum sheet? Should I double the recipe?
I’ve been searching for a cookie cake recipe for the past month and I came across this one. Absolutely amazing! had to bake mine extra 10 min ( oven settings vary) and left it to cool for about 30min. Thank you so much for this phenomenal recipe. This cookie was devoured within the hour…not a crumb in sight!!!! 🙂
So glad you enjoyed it!
I’ve made this twice in two days and every one I shared it with loved it! So delicious!