Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

by Khushboo on September 30, 2013

Happy Monday guys!  I am going to start this post with a disclaimer:

If you came here looking for a healthy recipe, please head to my Recipe Page.  But if you’re looking for a recipe that’s either

  • Easy
  • Insanely delicious
  • Resourceful

…stick around, buddy!

After 4 years, I was finally in the same country as my sister to celebrate her birthday last week. While planning her celebrations, I obviously jumped to the most important point: Birthday cake.  As a fellow-cookie fan , I decided to skip the cake this year in favor of a cookie…one extra large cookie:

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As per usual, Google didn’t really put my skepticism at peace i.e. whehther or not it would turn out. Some sites confirmed that it worked perfectly whereas others claimed that a large cookie wouldn’t cook through.  In case you are wondering, turning a batch of 24 cookies into one single cookie is a fantastic idea.  Wanna see?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

1) Get your hands on a cookie mix.  I opted for Betty Crocker because let’s face it, Betty knows what’s up.   As for her choice of ingredients? Ignorance is bliss my friends…bliss.

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2) Preheat oven to 170ºC

3) Combine the egg, butter & mix as per packet directions.  Stir until well combined & a dough is formed

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4) Spoon cookie dough onto an 8-inch round baking tray

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5) Depending on your manicure status, use a spoon or your hands to smoothen out the dough.  Try to ensure that all sides are even.

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6) The packet advises baking the cookies for 9-12 minutes. Due to the cookie’s size, bake for 20-25 minutes.  For the last few minutes, switch the oven to grill mode, until the cookie develops a golden brown color.

7) Remove cookie from oven. Allow to cool & harden.

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Decorating the cookie

As we don’t stock frosting or icing sugar at home, it was time to get creative:

1) In a small bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter & 1-2 tablespoons of water. Combine until the peanut butter develops a paste-like consistency.

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2) Without an icing nozzle, it was difficult to get too fancy.  Enter in a toothpick & teaspoon.  Numbers are easier to write than words, which is why you see a “29” and not “Happy Birthday”.

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3) For a burst of color, top “frosting” with Gems, Smarties, M&M’s or any other colorful chocolate/sweets.

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4) Resist the urge to dig in until cake cutting time 😉

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Cake or Cookies? 

What is your ideal birthday cake?

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ritika September 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

cake or cookies? how about both 🙂
and the cook-cake looks fab, would be lovely withs some ice cream

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I like the way you think 🙂

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Arman @ thebigmansworld September 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I think this correlates to your amazing post last week- A slice of this is definitely the definition of healthy in the grand scheme of things! Betty crocker can seriously do no wrong!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Ah thanks Arman! I know the ingredients don’t really scream “clean” but like you said, it’s all about looking at health in a macro sense 🙂

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Your sister is one lucky girl. 😀 I’ve never made a cookie cake before, but I’ve eaten one before and they are amazing! I mean, how can you ever go wrong with a giant cookie?

My ideal birthday cake is my mom’s carrot cake with lots and lots of cream cheese frosting. It’s what she makes me every year! However, I wouldn’t say no if she wanted to make me a cheesecake with chocolate ganache and caramel drizzle next year too. 😉

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Ohh man your mom sounds like quite the chef- both those cakes sound FABULOUS!

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Anita Menon September 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Very resourceful indeed. Happy birthday to your sister!! superb cookie cake

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Thanks on her behalf, Anita 😀

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

My mom used to always make us cookie cakes for our birthdays! I thought they were the coolest things EVER 🙂 It still looks super delicious!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I still think they are the coolest things ever ;)!

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven September 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Choosing between cookies and cake is just mean!!! I ‘ll take a cookie cake please! My birthday is August 27th which should give you plenty of time to begin preparations for my cookie cake 😉 This looks insanely good!

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Haha – Khushboo, if you are taking orders – you could just make a giant bday cake cut it in half, send half to Davida and half to me – C.O.D. 😉 – My bday was September 4th, we are barely a week apart

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

HAHA- I’ll have a word with Fed Ex 😉

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Hahah I have 11 months to prepare 😉

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Oh mY – I think birthday cake IS THE MOST IMPORTANT part of a birthday celeb. too!!! What an awesome sis you are – this is one swell cake and PEANUT BUTTER frosting!!!!! GAHHHHHHH!!!!!
Hmmm – you ask hard questions my friend – I love cake AND cookies…ideal birthday cake is ANY cake on my bday made by ANYONE but myself – am not hard to please 🙂
Happy belated bday to your sis 🙂

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Hahah I knew you’d love the peanut butter frosting ;)!

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z September 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

love both cake and cookies! 🙂
neat!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

You & me both 😉

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Lisa September 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Um. one word amazing.
I think cookies taste better when they are cake like in texture. So this would be a winner for me!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

You would most definitely love this 😀

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

So…my birthday is in 3 1/2 weeks. Want to send one of these my way? :-p I love this idea! I’ve made a larger-than-normal cookie, but never made a cake-sized one. So brilliant!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Let me see if FedEx will accommodate 😉

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Angela @ Health's Angel September 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Birthdays definitely call for indulgences like this! YUM. If I had to pick, I’d probably choose cookies. But, nothing compares to wedding cake or an awesome piece of carrot cake. 🙂

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I love wedding cakes, especially when they go down the vanilla route 😀

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Parita @ myinnershakti September 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Happy birthday to your sister! I love that you guys were able to celebrate together in one place!

And cookie cakes are my favorite! Did this one turn out soft or more crunchy??

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside <3

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dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I am so glad it worked out…I have always been wanting to make them and absolutely digging this. Happy Belated to your sister.

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thanks on her behalf, Dixya!

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P September 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Cookie cakes are THE best! My sis and I have had them for our own birthdays. They would be crispy at the edges and soft, warm, and chewy in the middle…perfection 😀

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Mmmm that sounds heavenly…and has sparked a craving :)!

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Raashi September 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hey..I enjoy your blog! Just to add to our mutual cookie-instead- of-cake pref..I make mine with the betty Crocker mix but instead of butter and egg or oil as some recipes demand, I substitute with pumpkn puree (straight out of a can or by making my own desi organic version). Tastes absolutely great and no one can tell..infact it gets a gooey soft in the the center texture I love.. Try it!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Thanks Raashi :)! I love the sound of replacing the butter/egg/oil with pumpkin puree. Healthier swaps mean bigger portions, right ;)!

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Nikhita September 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

That’s so sweet you made a cookie cake for your sister! It’s my sister’s birthday soon too and I wish I could celebrate with her! Cookies are my weakness so I’m in love with this idea.. And using peanut butter as icing = genius!!

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Khushboo September 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

First stop when you’re back- Indigo Deli for cookies ;)?

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

HA! I’m absolutely in love with your disclaimer. BUT! In all fairness, balance is a big part of being healthy 😉 And please don’t make me choose between cookies and cake… I see both as an essential part of life :mrgreen:

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

“Essential” being the key word 😉

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 1, 2013 at 4:10 am

I’ve never really been much of a candy/chocolate person, but baked goods are my one weakness! Donuts, muffins, cakes, brownies, cookies…you name it! Though if I HAD to choose between cookies or cake, I’d have to go with cookies since I’m not really a big fan of frosting! Actually, I was thinking about requesting a cookie cake for my birthday this year! Love the idea of the peanut butter topping! YUM!

Just want you to know I couldn’t help but giggle over the line about your manicure! Haha!

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

Ahh finally someone who is not a fan of frosting- it’s all about the cake <3

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 1, 2013 at 5:25 am

That’s nice you’re able to be with your sister this year! The occasion will be all the more special 🙂 Your disclaimer made me laugh and as Amanda said above, healthy eating and all of that is about balance! I fully endorse the fact that a cookie cake fits quite well into, what I consider to be, a “healthy diet.” Good choice on Betty Crocker mix, I’ve never gone wrong when using her stuff

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Absolutely- the occasional cookie does a world of good to our bodies 😀

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Ameena October 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

Cookies for sure. I used to use that exact baking mix years ago and everyone agreed it was magical. Not sure what’s in there but those cookies were a hit every time!

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

If I’m not mistaken, crack is in those cookies 😉

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Alexis @ Hummusapien October 1, 2013 at 7:29 am

OMG FEED ME!!! This seriously looks so bomb. Happy birthday to your sis!

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks, Alexis 😀

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

Happy belated birthday to your sis! Healthy schmealthy, the cookie cake turned out great!

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

Healthy is overrated 😉

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig October 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Oh my god. I’m speechless!! This is a fab idea – please make one for me? 😉

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Khushboo October 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Haha I think it can be arranged 😉

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness October 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

you had me at “chocolate chip cookie cake” 🙂 that looks soo good! and its so pretty! happy birthday to your sister!! and i went through a phase where i would ALWAYS request cookie cakes over real cakes, so this reminds me that i think its time to eat one again soon 🙂

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Khushboo October 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

I think it’s about time too 😀

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honeywhatscooking October 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

happy birthday to your sis. So nice of you to bake her a cookie. I am more of a Cake person, but cookie works. Cool idea. This year I made a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie in a cast-iron and that was really good, way too much sugar though, I need to tone it down a notch.
🙂

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Khushboo October 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

Less sugar means more room for chocolate chips 😉

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Meghan@Clean Eat Fast Feets October 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I love the creativity, although I’m a sucker for frosting. For me, that’s the most important part. I could even skip the cake and the cookie if it means I get extra frosting. My go to standard frosting recipe is confectionary sugar, butter, vanilla and milk of choice. Yum.

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Khushboo October 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

We’d be good cake-eating partners…you get my frosting if I get your cake 😉

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Deal.

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Karina C October 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Best birthday cake/cookie ever!!! Now I really need to make it a point to spend every birthday with!!!

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Khushboo October 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Come back soon- this time I’ll make you juice galore 😀

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