Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Weelicious



For as long as I can remember prior to having children, I dreamt about what kind of birthday cakes I would make when I finally had little ones of my own. When I was a kid, my birthday cake of choice wasn't exactly a cake, but rather a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, which is kind of more of cookie than cake (it's the size, I guess, that qualifies it as a cake). We used to buy them from Mrs. Field's decorated to the nines, our names written on top in creamy white icing.

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Chloe's 5th birthday was a few weeks ago. Gulp. I can't believe my baby is already 5 years old. I get a little teary knowing that she's getting older, but I try my best to hold onto every single hug, giggle and precious moment. Over the years on Chloe's birthday I've made her Carrot Pineapple Cupcakes, Tres Leches Cake, and her favorite, Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, but this year I made her one of my childhood favorites: a giant, heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

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Somewhere between a cookie and a brownie, this cake is filled with gooey chocolate chips and a buttery moist crumb. It's truly off-the-charts good. We turned Chloe's birthday into an weekend-long affair, so I actually ended up baking two of these cakes for us to have on different days. The first one we cut into pizza wedges before serving everyone. The second cake had a somewhat less dignified (but far more fun) fate: all the kids grabbed at it ecstatcially, pulling away big chunks of cake before I could cut it up.

This cake should make everyone very happy, and it works extremely well if you have one of those kids who generally avoids cakes covered in tons of frosting (believe it or not they exist more than you might think). It's a really simple and special alternative to traditional cake for a birthday celebration, especially if you don't consider yourself much of a baker -- the recipe couldn't be easier. Just make the batter, pour it into your favorite tart mold or pie pan (like the heart one pictured here) and bake. You'll be left with a really impressive birthday creation that I guarantee won't be around long!

Chocolate Chip Heart Cookie  (1 giant heart cookie)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 20 mins,
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For as long as I can remember prior to having children, I dreamt about what kind of birthday cakes I would make when I finally had little ones of my own. When I was a kid, my birthday cake of choice wasn't exactly a cake, but rather a Chocolate Chip...


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. 2. Cream the butter and sugar in a standing mixer (or in a bowl using a hand mixer) for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. 3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix for 1 minute.
  4. 4. Combine the white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and slowly incorporate into the butter and egg mixture.
  5. 5. Mix until combined then pour in the chocolate chips and stir.
  6. 6. Press the dough into a greased heat shaped pie pan.
  7. 7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Chocolate Chip Heart Cookie

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  1. Zuzanna Lekarczyk

    January 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I don’t have access to wheat flour currently, so if I used all, all-purpose flour for the recipe, would it still get the same outcome ?

    • C. McCord

      January 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

      All Purpose should work just fine!

  2. Sidra

    January 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    can I use tasteless oil instead of butter? :)

    • C. McCord

      January 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Yes that should work just fine!

  3. Mary Mills Ritchie

    December 12, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    We love this recipe, and I am making it for my daughter’a birthday treat at school this week. A student in her class is allergic to eggs, and my daughter wants her to be able to enjoy it as well. Could I leave out the egg or substitute something else and still get the same great result? Thank you!

    • C. McCord

      December 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

      I would try to replace the egg with a flax egg. 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water = 1 egg, mix together and let sit ti thicken about 5 minutes before using.

  4. Ali

    April 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Can I make this in advance and put it in the fridge and bake later?

    • C. McCord

      April 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Yes, definitely! Cover it in the fridge until ready to bake and then follow the recipe directions. :)

  5. Barb

    July 25, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I’d like to try to make this with 3 8inch round pans frosted in between & decorated like a wedding cake.. My son’s getting married & I’d love for him to be surprised if he & his bride cut into the cake & found it to be chocolate chip cookies! Or even 4 10in rounds may be perfect! Any idea how long to cook them for or how deep to fill the pans to make sure they cook all the way through?.? Thanks for any info- this would be a fun surprise!

    • C. McCord

      July 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

      What a fun idea! I would make the recipe 3 separate times, each one going into the 10-inch round, and follow the recipe directions as outlined above! Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

  6. Anna

    June 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I hope this isn’t a silly question, but am I able to make chocolate chip cookies with this recipe? I know it says cake, but I really would like to make cookies using this recipe. Im not sure if it will come out the same.

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  8. Heidi

    February 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I’m going to make this for Valentines Day for my hubby & son. I’m thinking of adding peanut butter to the recipe as we love homemade PB & C cookies. I’ll let you know how it goes! Oh & I’ll have to keep it a secret that I added whole wheat flour :) hubby thinks he doesn’t like healthy cookies!…lol

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  10. Amy H

    January 15, 2015 at 7:58 am

    What size pan is your heart shaped pan?

  11. Denise

    June 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I was searching yesterday and came across this recipe! I made it exactly as written and it was wonderful!! I made it in a round pizza pan instead because ,my 19 year old son is not really into hearts. :) Only thing I will do differently next time is put it in for 18 minutes as my oven tends to be hotter than most. Thank you!!

  12. Heather

    May 31, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Yum! If a chocolate chip cookie is good, then a giant chocolate chip cookie must be better!

  13. Josie

    May 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    My friend’s niece is having her fourth birthday party tomorrow and im planning on making this for her. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

  14. Samantha

    May 11, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I made this cake for my husband’s family for mother’s day, they loved it! Thank you! I think I will make this a mother’s day tradition! Thanks again!

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  16. Tabitha Kelley

    May 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! This recipe was perfectly created to add almost any flour. I used gluten free all purpose as well as buckwheat to give it that nutritional punch as well as keeping it allergen friendly! It turned out so good I’m making a second one for my husband tonight (the first was for my girlfriends birthday! ) Love weelicious!

  17. Sarah W

    May 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I just made this tonight with all whole wheat flour, in case anyone was wondering about how it turned out, and it was perfect! The texture is so perfect with this recipe. Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe Catherine!

  18. rachel

    May 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Lovely idea! Where did you find the alphabet/name candles?

  19. Jamie

    May 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I love that you don’t skimp on the chocolate chips…my kind of baker!

  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    May 2, 2014 at 2:25 am

    This is the most awesome looking cake! Sure to put a smile on faces! pinned

  21. Nova R

    April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    This is a perfect dessert for our special night tonight for our oldest son. It’s in the oven now. Thanks for the sub on whole wheat flour (and all healthy subs you give!!!). Have you ever tried a complete substitution of whole wheat with this recipe? We dig my whole wheat flour organic blueberry scones made with yogurt instead of butter or shortening. So thinking it will work just fine.
    I may try all whole wheat flour the next time I make this cookie cake (thinking tomorrow ’cause I know this is gonna disappear tonight!). Thanks!!!

  22. Julie

    April 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This was super easy to make and awesome tasting! It was a hit at our Easter Dinner!

  23. Jerilyn

    April 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Where did you get the scalloped edged baking pan? Thanks…

  24. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    April 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    What fun! I need a heart pan now. <3

  25. Jodi Ware

    April 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Just want to be on the mailing list

  26. aida mollenkamp

    April 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Ha, I loved those cookies from Mrs. Fields!

  27. JB

    April 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I think I found my son’s 2nd birthday cake! For his 1st I made a sweet potato cake as the smash cake, that tasted more like spice cake, It was still a big hot with him once we got him to dig into it. My grandmother-in-law (rest her soul) use to have a cookie cake for her birthday, but it was always store bought and had a bit of a salty taste to it, so I’m sure this will be a LOT better, and nothing beats homemade icing. This recipe should make a tasty baseball. :)

  28. Amanda Bradley

    April 17, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I’m wondering if you can share any secrets on getting the heart out in one piece, and most importantly, on how to make it not stick to the pan.

    • Catherine McCord

      April 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I grease the pan either with cooking spray or butter and flour!

  29. Jerilyn

    April 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hi again…never mind, I read the info in red regarding the pan size that can be used…but where did you get the cute scalloped edged one in your picture? The scalloped edge makes it look extra special…

  30. Jerilyn

    April 17, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Hi…what size ACROSS is the heart pan…thanks… :)

  31. Brittany

    April 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I don’t have a heart shaped pan. Would this work with another pan such as a regular round cake pan? Would I need to adjust the cooking time at all? Thanks!

  32. Ruth Pinnell

    April 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I remember those giant birthday cookie cakes from the mall fondly. And having one of those kids that never liked tons of frosting, a homemade cookie cake is what I always sent to daycare on his birthday. I like that you added some whole wheat flour to your recipe!

  33. Katie

    April 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Congrats to Chloe on 5. (and to you, mama)! This looks adorable!