Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake


Homemade Cookie Cake - Made healthier, cheaper and nut-free!

My girls just love cookie cakes but there are very very few that I trust to be nut-free, with their peanut/tree-nut allergies, so I've gotten to making my own. Little Sis has requested one for the past 3 years, so I'd say they're a hit!

The additional bonuses are that they're super easy to make (way easier than cookies), you can make it a little healthier by sneaking in some "good stuff" AND they are cheaper than the store-bought stuff. It's a win-win in my book!

I always use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe from Ghirardelli. Why re-invent the wheel? I sometimes make this cake straight up from this recipe, but I usually like to add a couple things to make it a leeeetle bit better for you and they never seem to notice. :) Here's that recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, a wee bit healthier :)
adapted from Ghiradelli's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour (I do: 1 1/2 cup white flour + 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
2 Tablespoons wheat germ (optional)
11 1/2 ounces Ghirardelli chocolate chips (I always do half semi-sweet and half 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips)

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Stir flours, flax seed and wheat germ with baking soda and salt; set aside. 
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. 
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. 
  5. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. 
  6. Place dough into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan for a thicker cookie or as large as ~15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan for a larger, thinner cake. Spread dough into prepared pan. Check out the technique I always use:  Cooking Tip #1: Smushing sticky stuff like cookie dough into a pan.:)
  7. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. 
  8. Let sit and frost and decorate when it is completely cooled. 
  9. Have fun!!
This year Little Sis just had 1 friend over for a sleepover so I made her a smaller cake in a round 9" baking dish using only half of the recipe. It was actually the perfect size, because as much as you love having leftovers, you hate having leftovers, get my drift? :)

Here are the other two cakes I made for her. This pirate themed one was made in 2013. It's not very fancy, but that's sadly what happens when your birthday is so close after the Christmas holidays. lol.
This one was baked in a jelly roll pan using parchment paper to easily remove from the pan and place on this melamine platter. 

My Epicurean Adventures: Homemade Cookie Cake - Made healthier, cheaper and nut-free!

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Last year's was a Minecraft-themed birthday party which meant Little Sis NEEDED a Minecraft cake. Not a Minecraft THEMED cake but the actual type of cake they have in the game itself. We were able to embellish it further with some figures she got for her birthday. This cake was made using the same jelly roll, but cut into squares then placed in a 3 layer square, with frosting between each layer, using 27 smaller square cookie pieces. Caution: when serving the lower layers, kids may whine and complain that they are not as nice as the top layers so some touching up may be required. Yes, I speak from experience. ;)

Homemade Minecraft Cookie Cake - Made healthier, cheaper and nut-free!

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Happy cookie cake-making to you and have fun with it!

Homemade Cookie Cake - made 3 ways. So easy, cheap AND better for you!


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7 comments:

Caren said...

Thank you for posting! When you made the smaller size, did you adjust the cooking time at all? I'm planning to make this tomorrow night for my daughter's birthday. Her party is this weekend but I wanted to make something on her actual day to celebrate!

happyvballgirl said...

Hi Caren! The baking time should be about the same since it ended up being a little thicker than the jelly roll sized pan. With that said, I never trust baking times, so I usually check it first at around 15 mins to see how it's going and then again every 3-5 mins until it starts to reach that golden brown color and that toothpick comes out clean-ish. :) It's better to have this cookie cake on the softer side because otherwise it can get too hard and crunchy. After letting it sit for a bit to cool, it will harden/set a bit more. Hope that helps and good luck! Happy Birthday to your daughter! :)

Sarah Paterson-Farrand said...

I've never had a cookie cake but this looks so yummy and so fun. Totally keeping this recipe.

Mamabelly said...

This is such a great idea! One of my kids is not a big cake fan and this is a funalternative!!

Unknown said...

My son is very excited about this Minecraft cake! What type of icing did you use? It looks like whipped cream but I wasnt sure. Thanks for sharing!

nancy mccoy said...

My son is very excited about this Minecraft cake! What type of icing did you use? It looks like whipped cream but I wasnt sure. Thanks for sharing!

Christine Yoon-Taylor said...

Hi Nancy! I used Betty Crocker's Whipped Fluffy White Frosting. It's a family favorite because it tastes so darn good. Thanks so much for stopping by! You made my day! :)