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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Every Valentine’s Day I make Brad a giant heart shaped chocolate chip cookie cake. It’s what I call a mutually enjoyable gift. Because let’s be honest, he doesn’t eat it all by himself.

Well, I shared the photo on social media this past weekend and some people asked me to post the recipe. I jokingly said that they could use the recipe for next year, but I was assured that some people would put it to use sooner rather than later.

The BEST chocolate chip cookie cake recipe!

Thankfully, I took some photos of the baking process. I did this so I would be prepared to post about the cookie cake next year before Valentine’s Day because that’s the only time of year I bake a giant cookie cake. I know, what’s wrong with me? Giant cookie cakes should be a monthly thing.

Alright, let’s get into some of the logistics of giant cookie cake baking.

I bake the cookie cake in a heart shaped pan (found here). Because the batter spreads, I leave about an inch of space between the cookie cake dough and the edge of the pan. With this particular cookie cake, I could’ve spread the batter a little close to the edges.

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In case of spillage, I put the pan on top of a baking sheet.

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While it’s baking, I sometimes jiggle the pan, with an oven mitt on (of course), to get the batter to spread a little.

I also recommend staying close to your oven during the final minutes of baking. I often have to keep adding 2 minutes to the baking time, check the cookie cake, and add another 2 minutes. When I think it’s ready, I test it with a toothpick.

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It took me a whopping 2 minutes to decorate the cookie cake with a disposable cake decorating bag and size 12 tip. It’s not my best work, but Brad cares more about taste than aesthetics.

FYI, if you’re looking for a starter cake decorating kit, I like this one. And if you’re not interested in making a heart shaped cookie cake, here’s a round pan.

cookie cake slice

I like to use 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of milk chocolate chips when a recipe calls for chocolate chips. But you’re more than welcome to use 2 cups of either.

The optional icing recipe should be enough to decorate your cookie cake like how I decorated mine. If you love icing, you can double the recipe.

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

How to make a delicious chocolate chip cookie cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie cake, cookie cake, valentine's day
Servings: 12
Cookie Cake
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
Icing (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Cookie Cake
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar.

  2. Add vanilla, followed by eggs, one at a time. Mix well.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

  4. Gradually add flour mixture to large bowl.

  5. Stir in chocolate chips.

  6. Spread mixture in 11.5” by 10.5” heart shaped or round pan, or 14 inch pizza pan.

  7. Leave approx. 1 inch of space between dough and pan to allow for spreading.

  8. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes.

  9. You may need to gently shake pan while baking to get dough to spread.

  1. Cream butter.

  2. Beat in sugar.

  3. Add milk.

  4. Add more sugar or milk to get desired consistency.


The BEST chocolate chip cookie cake recipe!

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  1. I need to make this someday in the future, homemade cookie cakes are a thousand times better than the cookie cakes in the store.

    1. I totally agree! Store bought definitely don’t have a homemade taste to them. But they are convenient when you’re in a pinch.

  2. This looks so delicious! I used to work at a store in the mall and it was probably the worst possible job for me, but the one and only perk was that for any employee’s birthday or when anyone left their job there, the manager would bring in a giant frosted chocolate chip cookie cake to celebrate. I think I only stayed at that job so long for the amazing cookie cakes. I want one right now.

    1. I think that’s a perfectly logical reason for staying employed at said job. But I’d like to know more details about this job. Was it Yankee Candle? Because I can see you hocking apple scented candles. However, if you say “Hot Topic” I’ll die.

  3. Amber MacNeil says:

    I’d love to know if anyone has tried this with gluten-free cookie dough and had success. 🙂 Thanks!!

  4. This look yummy.
    I have to share … when I showed this picture to my husband….he said “the edge looks like boobs!” TYPICAL MAN!!!

  5. This is soooo cute!i got rid of my heart pan last year since I only used it once a year….. Now I wish I kept it!

  6. This looks amazing! When I was in college we bought a cookie cake for each of our roommates birthdays, and this reminds me of that! I can’t wait to make my own!

  7. This is adorable! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  8. This looks just like the cookies in our mall! My husband would love me if I made this, haha! Thanks for linking up with delicious dishes recipe party!

  9. Catherine silver says:

    Made this this weekend. Yummy cookie cake. My frosting didn’t turn out quite right, did you use actual butter? I used smart balance, I realized later that might make a difference. Had the kids decorated and it was fun. I had ordered a heart pan from Amazon, but they cancelled the order since they didn’t have enough supply. Oh well. Thanks for a great idea and recipe. Go Hoosiers!

  10. I’ve been looking for a good cookie/cake recipe and, thanks to you, I think I found a keeper. I like to make a heart shaped cookie or cake every year for my family, along with Royal Icing decorated Valentine cookies. Looks like it’ll be a cookie this year!

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