Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

Cookie cake might just be the best invention of all time. Well, after the king-sized bed, memory foam pillows, and Uggs.

Honestly, I’m drawn to cookie cakes. When I’m in the grocery store, I can’t help but walk by the giant chocolate chip cookie cakes covered in frosting and drool. But then I remember that it’s pretty easy to make one right here at home.

This cookie dough is soft and full of both holiday chips and chocolate chips. The frosting is definitely an added bonus. There’s nothing here to hate on, friends!

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

Recently, I bought a book on cake decorating, which is light reading in my universe. I mean, I spend the day teaching Shakespeare, so my nights are taken up with Us Weekly and cake decorating books. Every time I read these books, I’m astonished at what people can do with bags of frosting and piping tips.

I’m not one of those people. Not yet. I’ve taken classes and read books, but I have a day job and several children at home, both of which stop me from being a decorating whiz. But it’s a dream, people. It’s a dream.

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

Nurturing dreams is important. I’ve met too many people who claim to be “too old” for something, from “I’m too old to wear jeans” or “I’m too old to join a band” to “I’m too old to fight for human rights.” It doesn’t really matter. The point is, you’re not too old. It’s a shoddy excuse for not doing what your inner voice is telling you to do.

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

I don’t believe in limits. I mean, I know they exist, and they painfully obtrude upon my life at times. But I try and look at the possibilities as being larger than they are, and then if reality bites, well then, it does. At least I tried. At least hope didn’t die.

So someday, I’ll be a whiz cake decorator. For now, I’m happy piping swirls. I love swirls.

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

And of course, I love cookie cake. The key to a good cookie cake is to take it out of the oven before it fully bakes. It will set as it cools, and then the slices will be the perfect texture. Overdoing cookie dough is such a sad, sad mistake.

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

This cookie cake is covered in frosting and holiday chips. It’s a holiday extravaganza! So grab your piping bags and have fun. You don’t have to be an expert to make your dreams of deliciousness come true!


Holiday Chip Cookie Cake


Cookie Cake
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Nestle holiday chips
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon milk
green food gel coloring
1 cup Nestle holiday chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round pan with parchment paper and spray with pan release spray.
  2. Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg and the egg yolk, incorporating both fully. Finally, add the vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the holiday chips.
  4. Press the batter evenly into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set.
  5. Cool the cookie cake and invert onto a plate.
  6. While the cookie cake is cooling, make the frosting. Cream the softened butter and shortening. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating after each addition. Finally, add the vanilla and milk. Let the mixer go for about 5 minutes to really combine and whip the frosting.
  7. Add the green food gel coloring until you get the desired color. With green, it can take a lot, so be prepared to mix and mix again until the color you want appears uniformly.
  8. Spread a thin layer of the frosting onto the cookie cake surface. Using a tip of your choice, pipe a border around the cookie cake. Pile the remaining holiday chips into the center.
  9. Cut into wedges and serve.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – Cookie cakes are my weakness. I love the wonderful holiday touch. It’s finally feeling like the holidays, and my house is alive with baking and Christmas music. I really want to make this dessert and watch all of the Christmas movies.
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    1. Mir

      I’m excited to get a few days off from work, not gonna lie!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I am always drawn to cookie cakes, too, especially if they’re decorated extra nicely! This one is gorgeous, Mir! I love the frosting on top! I’m terrible at frosting just about anything…it’s a skill I need to work on! Love how festive this is!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I love the cookie cakes, too. And decorating classes are fun. Try one!

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Cookie cake? I have never even heard of that combination before, but it sounds epic. This is so beautifully decorated too, which is something that I always fail with. My cakes look like a mess, but they taste good so that’s all that matters, right?!
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    1. Mir

      They’re the best! And if the cake tastes good, that is all that matters. Except on a food blog! 😉

  4. Sues

    I totally agree with your list of the best inventions of all time! I love how delicious and festive this cookie cake looks 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sues! I do love those inventions, more than pretty much anything!

  5. Amy

    Wonderful, great idea!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Amy!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love this holiday cookie cake!!!! SO festive and I think you did an amazing job at decorating this!!! I am always astonished at what people can do with bags of frosting and piping tips. 🙂 Happy holidays!!!! Hope you have a fabulous week with your family!!!
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    1. Mir

      Seriously. When I watch Cake Boss, I feel very less than. They pipe so fast! Happy holidays to you too, Alice!!!

  7. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    This cookie cake screams festive holiday! I love it!!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen! It’s the time to pull it all out!

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I agree, you are never to old to keep chasing your dreams, Mir! And if your dream is to be a decorating wiz, I’d say you made it, because this cookie cake is perfectly decorated! I LOVE cookie cakes.. I mean what is NOT to like, right?! But a festive, Peeerrrr-tty cookie cake?! GIMME DAT! I am loving this! I totally need to make this today! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Nah, I got a lot to work on. But thanks for the affirmation, Chey! Thanks!!

  9. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    My daughter is standing over my shoulder BEGGING for this to be added to our list of holiday desserts! Literally. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Tell her she has good taste, Kate! 🙂

  10. Amanda

    Looks like you’re doing pretty fantastic on the cake decorating so far! This is so beautiful and festive. And long live the cookie cake!

    1. Mir

      That’s sweet, Amanda. Thanks!

  11. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I have never made a cookie cake. That’s kind of sad. I need to change that soon. This one looks amazing – and nothing wrong with piping swirls, they look great! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      You need to, Stacey! They’re the best!

  12. Aria

    I love cookie cake!!!
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    1. Mir

      You are not alone, Aria!

  13. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    King size beds = best invention ever! I totally get you on US Weekly. I just want to come home from work (and I have no little people here anymore) and veg. For me it’s more about General Hospital than US Weekly, but same concept. I would love to have a fancy pants frosted cookie cake to chill out with Luke and Laura!
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    1. Mir

      I used to love Guiding Light before they took it off the air because I could just watch and not think. It’s the best!

  14. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Oh boy – if I let my age stop me I would not be blogging right now and having the time of my life! So many wonderful things, including people like you, have happened since taking this leap! Speaking of leaps, I need to get myself a pastry bag – because like you, I love swirls. This cookie screams holiday! Love it, my friend!
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    1. Mir

      Exactly, Annie. No limits! And you are an inspiration to me!!

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