Layered Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

by Heather on January 24, 2011

Y’all, I know exactly what I’m doing.  This is the kind of recipe that crushes all New Year’s resolutions with a sugar high that could last a week.  It’s not low-fat, low-carb, low-anything.


And it is amazing.


Now, first things first:  you could totally make this 100% homemade, but since I lack the skills at the moment to make chocolate chip cookie dough at high altitude, I got by with a little help from my friends.  Betty Crocker knows her stuff, and she saved me some time.  Who am I to fight that?

So what was this cake for?  What sort of occasion could possibly render such a decadent dessert?  Well, you see, it was Nate’s birthday yesterday.  And he is obsessed with loves chocolate chip cookies.


So much so that we had those in lieu of a groom’s cake at our wedding.  He likes them.  A lot.

When I started brainstorming what to make for his cake this year, I was so torn.  I have a TON of amazing family recipes that I have been dying to make, many of which call for obscene amounts of butter and sugar.  But deep down in my heart I knew that to truly make this year special I needed to take the cookie theme and run with it.


And run with it I did.

OK, so what actually happened?  It’s cookie dough…pressed into 9-inch cake pans…baked into cake layers….and frosted with cream cheese frosting.



Like I said:  sugar high for a week.  But it’s totally worth it!


Besides, it’ll save you money on coffee.  At least til you crash anyway…

I don’t think a 28th birthday (or 4th 25th birthday…however you want to count it) has ever tasted so sweet…


  • 2 packages chocolate chip cookie mix (or 2 batches homemade chocolate chip cookie dough)
  • 2 cans cream cheese frosting (or 2 batches of homemade cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix cookie dough according to package or recipe directions.  Press into 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Lightly run a knife around the edge immediately after removing from the oven.  Let cook completely before frosting.  To remove from the cake pans, re-run a knife around the edge.  Place a plate on top, then gently invert the cookie cake.  It should slide out easily; however, you might need to shake it gently to get it to fall onto the plate.  Frost as desired with the cream cheese frosting!

Y’all, people that don’t even like sugar loved this cake.  So if you like sugar?  Oh boy, you are in BIG trouble.


All I’m saying is I’m not responsible.  Please and thank you :)

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 24, 2011

Sugar overload!

That isn’t a bad thing ;)


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 24, 2011

Oh my, this cake looks heavenly!! I think I jut fell into a sugar coma :)


3 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 24, 2011

It’s hard to say no to Betty… especially when she’s staring at you from a bag of Chocolate Chip Cookie mix… :)

Looks amazing. What resolutions?


4 Jessica @ How Sweet January 24, 2011

I wish you could bring me a slice of this today. Or the whole cake.


5 Kristina @ life as kristina January 24, 2011

This looks killer!!!!


6 Kelsey January 24, 2011

Bad for resolutions, good for me. :)


7 Evan Thomas January 24, 2011

Yum! You and Nate have good taste :-)


8 Val @ January 24, 2011

I would take that over a traditional cake any day! :D


9 marla {family fresh cooking} January 24, 2011

Happy B’day to Nate!! What a lucky guy to receive a cake like this from his sweetie :) xo


10 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 24, 2011

Ahhh, I LOVE old school cookies cakes!!! This looks awesome!!


11 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 24, 2011

Love that it is so easy but SO delicious looking!! I wouldn’t stand a chance near that.


12 Lauren from Lauren's Latest January 24, 2011

I could go for a nice big slice for breakfast! Happy Birthday to Nate!


13 Holly@Life as a Lofthouse January 24, 2011

This looks to die for!! I’ll have to make this for my hubbys bday! He would love it : )


14 Amy @ Second City Randomness January 24, 2011

Cookie cakes are my favorite! I always request it for when we celebrate my birthday in the office… and it’s something I like to make my friends for their birthdays. Because seriously, who doesn’t like cookies?


15 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self January 24, 2011

Mega YUM!


16 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 24, 2011

This is brilliant. I’m so asking for this on my birthday. (But maybe I should do a practice run to be sure we have it right by April.)


17 Dorry January 24, 2011

This is awesome! It’s like a chocolate chip cookie x a million. Sometimes it’s just easier/faster to use a mix and store-bought frosting. It gave you more time to hang out with the birthday boy. :)


18 AllieNic January 24, 2011

That cake looks dangerous! If it were placed in front of me, I might eat the whole thing! It’s beautiful…mmmmMMmmmm chocolate chip cookies!


19 OliePants January 24, 2011

I could have used this cookie/cake/frosting glory this weekend!!!


20 Halley (Blunder Construction) January 24, 2011

Who doesn’t love frosting out of the container? It’s not fair that any frosting I whip up from scratch tastes not even half as good as the premade stuff! Birthday’s are special, so it’s perfectly fair to binge on sugar! :)


21 Kelly January 24, 2011

What a lucky birthday boy! I hate cake so on my birthday I always request a cookie cake!! This would be perfect0!


22 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day January 24, 2011

Genius recipe! I want! My birthday is in October – but we can totally celebrate early with this case, if you’d like.


23 Heather C January 24, 2011

Nice, simple, delicious and personalized – who could ask for more? ;)


24 healthyappletite January 24, 2011

what an amazing cake!


25 Salah January 24, 2011

omg that cake….I’m drooling


26 Judith Ayers January 24, 2011

You are my kind of creative!! Especially since it was Nate’s birthday cake and chocolate chip cookies are his favorite. Really sounds and looks delicious.
The whipped topping looks so decadent!! I’ll be trying this as we have lots of ccc lovers in our family too.


27 (what runs) Lori January 24, 2011

Gah! That cake looks AMAZING.


28 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum January 25, 2011

That last picture is awesome!! As if I needed more reasons to eat cookie dough/ cookies, you stepped in at just the right moment with the necessary inspiration. Thanks. :)


29 Jacqui January 25, 2011

My Hubby would love this and his birthday is in a few weeks. Thanks!


30 Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish January 25, 2011

I would love to have that as a birthday cake! I love cookie dough! :)


31 Mary January 25, 2011

That looks fantastic! Especially to a sugarholic! :)


32 Carolyn Jung January 26, 2011

What a sweet treat! A perfect way to celebrate a birthday.


33 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls January 26, 2011

Ohhhh goodness me, that looks wonderful! Pretty sure I would do anything for a slice of that right now! Great blog!


34 Erika Beth January 26, 2011

Yum! Seems like it is a cookie cake on steroids. Nice!


35 Lacey @ January 26, 2011

Love the photos and recipe! We’d love for you to share your stuff with us at!


36 Jenn {Cookies Cupcakes Cardio} January 26, 2011

your cookie cake looks absolutely delicious! and so, easy!!! the only thing missing is a big scoop of ice cream. ..and sprinkles ;)


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