Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

LAST UPDATED: Aug 27, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Jan 23, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

How to make an easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake without a lot of effort. A giant, thick, chewy, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe with a secret twist (shh..it’s brown butter!) that makes it out of this world! It’s the best go-to for birthdays, parties, holidays and more!

chocolate chip cookie cake in a heart shaped tart pan

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

You ask and you shall receive! A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a reader after sending one of my twice-weekly newsletters. I love connecting with you all and am always humbled when you take the time to write a comment or email. She asked if I had a chocolate chip cookie cake recipe.

I sent her my ever-popular Sugar Cookie Cake recipe, but she really wanted to send her grandson’s favorite treat. I can’t blame him. Nine times out of ten it was my birthday cake of choice. So, I made one for her, that’s really for me and am so excited to share it with you today!

Cookie Cakes are so easy to make and one of the best crowd-pleasing desserts for people of all ages! They’re great for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and more!

chocolate chip cookie cake in a heart shaped tart pan

This easy Cookie Cake recipe is based on my popular bakery-style Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. A simple twist makes it better than the rest.

The secret to making this THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is brown butter!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ingredients

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice, I always bake with salted butter.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar adds a hint of molasses flavor for a classic chocolate chip cookie taste.
  • Vanilla – A hint of vanilla adds a lot of flavor.
  • Eggs – Large, preferrably.
  • Baking Soda – The blend of two leavening agents make this cookie cake rise to perfection.
  • Baking Powder – Always make sure your baking powder is fresh.
  • Salt – Salt enhances the flavor of all the other ingredients in baking.
  • Flour – All purpose flour, no need to sift.
  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate – it’s your choice!
  • Sea Salt – A secret to taking it over the top is adding a few cracks of thick sea salt flakes just before baking.

What is Brown Butter?

Brown Butter is the easiest way to enhance any dish or baked good that calls for butter. It elevates it and provides a deeper, richer, caramelized flavor that smells wonderful, too! It’s a quick and simple twist that makes this cookie cake out of this world!

cookie cake with chocolate chips in a heart shaped tart pan

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Swirl it until brown in color and it reaches a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine butter and sugars with vanilla in a large mixing bowl or your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  4. Gently blend in eggs, careful not to over mix.
  5. Combine dry ingredients and slowly incorporate into wet mixture until combined.
  6. Then fold in chocolate chips once batter has slightly cooled.
  7. Next, scoop dough into greased baking dish/pan.
  8. Bake 15 minutes {slightly less for a thinner cake} until golden brown. You can let it cool completely, or for an extra indulgent treat, serve it warm!

cookie cake with chocolate chips in a heart shaped tart pan

How Long Should I Bake a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake?

Baking time will vary based on the baking dish or pan you use, but it’s important not to over bake to achieve a chewy texture. In this particular dish, I bake the cookie cake recipe for about 15 minutes.

What Kind of Pan should I use for a Cookie Cake with Chocolate Chips?

Mom always made her chocolate chip cookie cake in a pizza pan, which works great, but I can’t help but love a deep dish and needed an excuse to use this pretty heart-shaped tart pan {which is finally available again, find it here!} and you can also find a similar adorable ruffled pie dish here}.

You can use a sheet pan, tart dish, pie dish, even a springform pan to make cookie cakes, whichever you prefer! A deep dish produces the chewiest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

How Many Calories are in a Slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake?

Desserts are a splurge, but one bite and you’ll know this cookie cake is worth each and every one of its 266 calories. Promise.

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cookie cake in a heart shaped tart pan

Cookie Cakes (aka Cookie Pies)

Thick, chewy cookie cake recipes that are easier than baking a batch of cookies! A flavor for every person and every season!

How to Store Cookie Cakes

Cookie Cakes do not need to be refrigerated. Store in an airtight container or in the dish covered with plastic wrap for up to 5 days at room temperature. You can warm to serve, if you wish!

Tip: The best way to keep your chewy chocolate chip cookie cake moist – place a slice of bread in the container or dish. Just make sure to switch out the bread slice after a couple days, if it lasts that long!

Tips to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe:

  • Have a few extra minutes? Brown the butter to get deeper flavor! You can see how in the video below.
  • Don’t overmix. Blend your butter, sugars, and vanilla first, then add eggs and mix until just incorporated.
  • Add a couple cracks of thick flaked sea salt to take it over the top!
  • Don’t overbake. That’s the secret to getting a nice chewy texture in the middle!
  • Serve warm – completely optional, but oh so good. I won’t judge if you decide to serve it warm with a scoop of homemade ice cream, either.

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You can see just how easy this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe is by watching the video in this post and get the printable recipe below!

  1. WP Recipe Maker #56060removethe best cookie cake recipe - thick, chewy chocolate chip cookie cake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake How to make a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie cake without a lot of effort. This easy cookie cake recipe is always a crowd pleaser! Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Keyword: birthday, cookie cake, easy dessert, kids, mothers day, party, valentines day Prep Time: 10m Cook Time: 15m Total Time: 25m Servings: 24 Author: Julie Blanner – 1 c butter – 3/4 c sugar – 1 c brown sugar – 1 Tbsp vanilla – 2 eggs – 1 tsp baking soda – 1/2 tsp baking powder – 1/4 tsp salt – 3 c flour – 2 c chocolate chips – sea salt 1) In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Swirl it until brown in color & it reaches a nutty aroma. Remove from heat.   2) Meanwhile, combine sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix browned butter in. 3) Gently blend in eggs, careful not to over mix. 4) Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, salt & flour over mixture & fold in until combined. 5) Fold in chocolate chips once batter has slightly cooled. 6) Scoop dough into greased baking dish/pan 7) Preheat oven to 350 & bake 15 minutes {slightly less for a thinner cake} For a fun holiday-themed cookie cake, try baking it in a heart-shaped baking dish.   Don’t over mix. Blend your butter, sugars, and vanilla first, then add eggs and mix until just incorporated.   Don’t over bake. That’s the secret to getting a nice chewy texture in the middle!   Serve warm – completely optional, but oh so good!  
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