Chocolate chip cookie cake decorated with dollops of cream cheese frosting with a slice cut out on a bamboo board next to a stainless steel pie cutter all on a white and grey marble surface (with logo overlay)

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Use the best chocolate chip cookie dough recipe to form into a deliciously soft and chewy cookie cake that's perfect for any occasion! 

Can someone please explain to me where the years are going? My boys are just growing way too quickly for this momma! When my oldest son turned 5 we had to have his birthday party a little early since our two-week vacation overlapped his birthday. He requested a PJ Masks party at the splash pad with a chocolate chip cookie cake.

Easy enough! Although come to think of it, I had never made a cookie cake before. I’ve eaten plenty but never made one myself. Do you know what I have made in mass before? Chocolate chip cookies. I took a shot in the dark and decided to see what would happen if I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to make it into a cake.

Well, let me tell you, it was delicious! You can find my recipe for chocolate chip cookies here: The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Ever Eaten. I did have to modify a few aspects of the method, but I used the exact dough recipe from the cookies.

Since Tyler’s birthday party was PJ Masks, the original cake was decorated with blue, green, and red frosting. But when I’ve made it other times I keep it simple and decorate with white cream cheese frosting.

The PJ Masks cookie cake I made for Tyler's 5th birthday party.
The PJ Masks cookie cake I made for Tyler’s 5th birthday party.

Step by Step

In a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment to combine the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Beat for 5 minutes in the stand mixer, or for 7 with an electric hand mixer.

Stainless steel bowl with butter, cream cheese, and sugar mixture on a wooden surface

Then scrape the sides of the bowl and slowly add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt while continuing to stir until a dough forms.

Stainless Steel mixing bowl with cookie dough inside on a wooden surface

Add the chocolate chips and stir on slow speed with the paddle attachent or fold them in by hand.

Stainless steel bowl with chocolate chip cookie dough inside on a wooden surface

Now, here is where the instructions vary from my cookie dough recipe. Cover the bowl with the dough and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. You want the dough to cool, but the full two hours that I use for the cookies is too long and the dough is too hard to work with.

When you are ready to bake the cake, preheat the oven to 350F and remove the dough from the refrigerator. Turn out the dough into a lightly greased springform pan or baking dish. I used a springform to give it a round shape (per Tyler’s request) and so I could easily take the sides off to cut the cake when it was time. Spread the dough out to the edges of the pan, making it as even as possible.

Chocolate chip cookie dough pressed into a round metal baking dish on a wooden surface

Bake the cake for about 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown. Let it cool completely if you plan to add frosting.

When you are ready to serve, remove the edge from the pan and use a pizza slicer to cut into pieces.

Chocolate chip cookie cake decorated with dollops of cream cheese frosting with a slice cut out on a bamboo board next to a stainless steel pie cutter all on a white and grey marble surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 27, 2018

Last Updated On: February 19, 2020

Chocolate chip cookie cake decorated with dollops of cream cheese frosting with a slice cut out on a bamboo board next to a stainless steel pie cutter all on a white and grey marble surface

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Use the best chocolate chip cookie dough recipe to form into a deliciously soft and chewy cookie cake that’s perfect for any occasion! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies
Servings: 16 slices
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a stand mixer, with the whisk attachment, combine butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg, and vanilla and beat for 5 minutes in a stand mixer or 7 with an electric hand mixer
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and slowly add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt while stirring
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir slowly with a mixer or fold in by hand
  • Cover the dough with beeswax wrap or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Lightly grease a springform pan or baking dish
  • Spread the dough evenly to the edges of the pan
  • Bake about 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown
  • Remove from the oven and let cool
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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 127mg5%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 252IU5%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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36 thoughts on “Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake”

  1. Seriously DROOLING. BADLY. I don’t even like chocolate chips much but hot damn, I know I would have a GRAND OL TIME with about 6 of these chewy babies! I remember loving CHEWY CHIPS AHOY cookies so um, load me up with these!!!

  2. I never thought to make a cookie cake. Such a great idea especially since I am not a huge fan of cake. This is now on my list to make.

  3. my kids would love me to make this, I’d definitely get cool points for it ; ) (even though I’m pretty awesome as is!) This recipe sounds delicious, yum AND thanks!

  4. Wow. I have eaten cookies before but I have never tried a cookie cake. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try to make one following your recipe.

    1. The springform made it easy to serve. Plus, once I put the icing on I could put the sides back on and cover with foil to transport without the icing getting squished!

    1. I usually had either a cookie cake or an ice cream cake. I remember going to the cookie store in the mall and getting a slice of cookie cake whenever we were there.

  5. I love cookie cakes, almost more than regular cakes. I’ve never made my own, but his looks simple to do and so tasty.

  6. This looks like something my kids would really enjoy! We love cookies and so this would amaze them.

    1. I don’t see why not! I haven’t tried it yet, but almost any cookie dough should be able to make a cookie cake, you just need to really watch it because the cooking time will vary.

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