We make a few birthday cakes around here. Over the years, I’ve gotten more creative in ways to not only save, but to do something special for the birthday boy. This cookie cake has become a favorite.
I like it because I love cookie dough, it’s easy to make, it’s WAY cheaper than a store-bought cookie cake, and the whole family loves it!
I didn’t even mention that it’s the coolest thing ever to get to slice birthday cake with a pizza cutter, making it a snap to serve.
It’s really so easy and so delicious.
I simply make a regular batch of chocolate chip cookies, making sure to use enough flour. You know how sometimes you might use scant measurements and your cookies come out a bit thin because of that? I am careful not to let that happen when making this cookie cake, otherwise, there would be one huge mess of a cookie blob to clean up.
I use about 3/4 of the cookie dough from this recipe (minus the nuts). The rest of the dough can be used for whatever you think is best. You could carefully pack it away in the fridge, or freeze it for another day. You could even bake some cookies if you like. But, um…ours doesn’t make it to any of those places before it’s eaten by a small tribe of boys.
Back to the cake….
Take 3/4 of the cookie dough (just eyeball it), and shape into a rough ball and place onto round pizza stone or pan. Then, just begin smoothing it out, pushing it down and out, until you get it to about two or three inches from the side of the pan. You want to leave enough room for it to expand. Try to get it as even as possible, with no big lumps in the middle or around the edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Last, try to smooth it into a nice circle. It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it. 🙂
Bake this big bad thing at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch it closely, so that you don’t over-cook it, but also, it may need to be turned around in the oven so that it cooks evenly.
Once completely cooled, ice and decorate with your favorite cake icing. I used a cheat version in an “easy frost” can.
Happy 15th Birthday, to our oldest son, Nolan!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
- 2 sticks unsalted real butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 (scant) teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Place butter in mixing bowl with sugars and mix until creamy.
- Add vanilla, eggs, and half the flour, then mix again.
- Add remaining flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix thoroughly.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Place 3/4 of the dough onto round cookie stone or pan and shape into a ball.
- With hands, flatten out evenly, until 2 or 3 inches away from edge of pan, and shape into circle.
- Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes, turning pan around once to assist in even baking.
- Cool completely, then decorate.