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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the ultimate chocolate chip cookie cake with cream cheese frosting. It is three layers of deep dish chocolate chip cookies that have been slathered with cream cheese frosting between the layers.  This is a cake that will satisfy any cookie monster. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

What do we have here? A cake? A cookie? Cookie dough gone crazy?? Yes, yes, and yes!

This is a soaring tower of giant, chewy, deep dish chocolate chip cookies. But it doesn’t stop there. We filled the cookie cake layers with a creamy, light, and fluffy cream cheese frosting then drizzled with a rich chocolate sauce.

It’s madness! And I mean that in a good way. If you’re mad about chocolate chip cookies, this is the cake for you!

The cookie base is moist, chewy and chocolatey. The center is just barely under-baked. But not so under-baked that you can’t stack it in a layered cake monument.

We loaded this chocolate chip cookie cake with chocolate chips. As any chocolate chip cookie should be. The frosting is a perfect match for this cake. It is a not-too-sweet but oh-so-decadent cream cheese frosting. Then a rich chocolate drizzle puts this masterpiece over the top.

This is chocolate chip cookie utopia in the form of a cake. You need this recipe! You have to make this cake. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You don’t have to be a fancy pants baker to make the worlds best chocolate chip cookie cake. And yes, this is the worlds best chocolate chip cookie cake. It might look intimidating with three layers but it is as easy as pie… err, cookies.

We made the cookie layers by spreading the cookie dough into three cake pans. But there are some secrets to getting the chewy, tender texture of these giant cookies. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the easy steps.

  1. Bake the deep dish cookie layers then let them cool.
  2. Make the cream cheese frosting.
  3. Make the chocolate ganache.
  4. Stack the deep dish cookies with the frosting between the layers. Top with chocolate ganache.

1. Melt the butter.

The first secret to getting a dense, chewy texture is to start with melted butter. Melted butter is one of the things I love about this recipe.

No worries if you forget to let your butter sit out and soften. Just stick it in the microwave or in a saucepan and let it melt.  Melted butter creates a denser, chewier cookie. That’s tip number one.

2. Extra egg yolk.

Tip number two, and the other secret for a dense, chewy and moist cookie is the addition of egg yolks. Why does this recipe call for two eggs AND two egg yolks?

The additional egg yolks add more fat which keeps the cookie tender, moist and chewy. You might wonder why we don’t just add more fat in the form of more butter.? Too much butter will make the cookie layers greasy and prevent them from baking completely.

The rest of the recipe is pretty standard. If you can make cookies, you can make this chocolate chip cookie cake with cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pans We Used For This Cake

Normally, when I make a cake I use good quality cake pans that are at least two inches tall. Since this isn’t a standard ‘cake’ but a cookie cake, you really don’t need to use a very deep cake pan.

For this recipe, if you don’t have three regular sized cake pans, you can get away with a few cheap dollar store cake pans. The cookie dough will have some rise but not to the same extent as a regular cake recipe.

So go get some dollar store cake pans and make this cake…..eer….. giant layered cookie for someone. 

If you love chocolate chip cookies you are going to fall for this monstrosity. It makes a great birthday cake for that picky person who doesn’t like cake. Heck, it even makes a good birthday cake for a cake lover. 

As long as you’re mind is on chewy, gooey, over-sized chocolate chip cookies, check out this copycat version of the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots are so much fun. Cookie dough gets shaped into a cup then the inside of the cup is coated with chocolate to make it “water-proof”. Pour your favorite beverage into the cups and when you finish drinking, you can eat the cup.

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Check out our video above and see how easy it is to make this chocolate chip cookie cake with cream cheese frosting. We used a large open star tip to decorate the top of the cake. If you don’t have a star tip, you can put some frosting in a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner then pipe dollops of frosting on the top.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This towering chocolate chip cookie cake is made with three deep dish chocolate chip cookies that are stacked on top of each other and filled with cream cheese frosting. It is finished with a rich chocolate drizzle that makes this cake over-the-top decadent.

Ingredients

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layers

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (21 tablespoons) butter
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 10 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Ganache Topping

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray and lining them with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Set aside
  3. Melt the butter then place it in a mixing bowl. Add the sugars to the melted butter and beat until combined. Add the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
  4. Stir the flour mixture in by hand. Do not over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the batter into the three pans. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 18 to 20 until the tops are a light golden brown.
  6. Set on a wire rack to cool.

Cream cheese frosting:

  1. Add the cream cheese and butter to a mixing bowl and beat on high speed until it is smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the vanilla and salt and mix just until well combined.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until the sugar is moistened then increase the speed. Beat for a couple of minutes scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl intermittently. When the frosting is smooth and creamy, set aside and prepare the chocolate topping.

chocolate ganache topping:

  1. Add the chopped chocolate to a small bowl. Heat the heavy cream just until it barely simmers then pour the hot cream over the chocolate.
  2. Let the chocolate and hot cream sit for 30 seconds to 1 minutes then stir it until it is smooth. Set the mixture aside and let it cool down to room temperature.

Assemble the cookie cake

  1. Once the cookie cakes are cool, stack them on top of each other with a slathering of cream cheese frosting in between each layer. Reserve a small amount of cream cheese frosting to pipe on top of the assembled cake.
  2. Drizzle the top and sides of the cake with the chocolate ganache.

Notes

  1. Stir the flour and chocolate chips in by hand for best results. By stirring the flour by hand you will be less likely to overmix the dough which can make the cookie less tender. 
  2. Make certain the jumbo chocolate chip cookies have cooled to room temperature before you spread the frosting on them. The frosting will melt if the cookies are still warm. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 36gProtein: 6g

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Katie

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Just made this for the 4th as written and it was a huge hit! Thank you for the recipe! Will be making again and again. Have you ever made a version without chocolate chips? My fiancé loved the taste of the dough before I baked it but wouldn’t eat a slice after it was baked because he isn’t a chocolate person (weirdo lol). Could I substitute sprinkles for the chocolate chips and make a sugar cookie version or is this the wrong dough for that?

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Thanks for the comment Katie. You certainly could substitute something for the chocolate chips. Sprinkles would be a great idea. Here are some other ideas that you can add in: chopped nuts, coconut flakes, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, crushed potato chips (for a salty/sweet flavor). It is a pretty versatile cookie dough any all those add-ins would not change the baking time.

Karen

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I made this recipe and it's absolutely delicious!!! I thought it looked good but never expected to have it taste as good as it did!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I'm so glad to hear that, thanks for the comment!

Bree

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

This looks amazing! I’m wondering...would this taste good with chopped butterfingers in the frosting? 🤔 or would that be too much?

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

This is already a pretty over-the-top sweet dessert but I don't see why you can't add more. I'm sure it would taste rich and decadent with the addition of butterfingers but sometimes that is just what we want in a dessert. LOL Have fun and add some candy ;)

Karen

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

This cake is absolutely delicious!!!! I found your recipe and decided to try it. I can't say enough positive words that would describe how delicious this is!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!!

Pat Nyswonger

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Woohoo! We are delighted that this recipe worked for you! Thank you so much for your feedback/comments!

DANIELLE

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

This recipe is amazing! Definitely a keeper.I was wondering if i could make the cake batter ahead of time and refrigerate before baking?

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Yes, this particular recipe you can make the dough ahead of time. If you stick the dough in the oven while it is still cold then you will have to add some time to the baking time so keep an eye on it while it bakes. I haven't baked it while it is cold but I would guess that it might need at least 2 to 5 additional minutes of bake time.

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