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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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Weelicious

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Weelicious

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!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (1 giant heart cookie)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

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. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix for 1 minute.

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. Mix until combined then pour in the chocolate chips and stir.

6. Press the dough into a greased heat shaped pie pan.

7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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43 comments

  • Katie

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

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    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!

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  • Brittany

    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!

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes, any cake or tart pan will work just fine!

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  • Jerilyn

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

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  • Jerilyn

    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...

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  • Amanda Bradley

    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.

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    • Catherine McCord

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

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  • JB

    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. :)

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Ha, I loved those cookies from Mrs. Fields!

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  • Jodi Ware

    Just want to be on the mailing list

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  • Aimee Simple Bites

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

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  • Jerilyn

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

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  • Julie

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

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  • Nova R

    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!!!

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  • Averie Averie Cooks

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

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  • Jamie

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

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  • Rachel

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

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    • Catherine McCord

      The local party supply store!

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  • Sarah W

    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!

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  • Tabitha Kelley

    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!

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  • Samantha

    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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  • Josie

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

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  • Heather

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

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  • Denise

    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!!

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  • Amy H

    What size pan is your heart shaped pan?

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    • McCord

      It is about 9 inches!

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  • Heidi

    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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  • Anna

    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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    • McCord

      Yes! This is a cookie recipe that I just put into a pie mold! Here is the link to making individual cookies: http://weelicious.com/2011/10/03/chocolate-chip-cookies/

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  • Barb

    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!

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    • McCord

      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.

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  • Ali

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

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    • McCord

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

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  • Mary Mills Ritchie

    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!

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    • McCord

      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.

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  • Sidra

    can I use tasteless oil instead of butter? :)

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    • McCord

      Yes that should work just fine!

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  • Zuzanna Lekarczyk

    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 ?

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    • McCord

      All Purpose should work just fine!

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