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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup sugar
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
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round pan with parchment paper and spray with pan release spray.
- 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.
- In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the holiday chips.
- Press the batter evenly into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set.
- Cool the cookie cake and invert onto a plate.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut into wedges and serve.