Not everyone loves birthday cake. I am one of those people. Actually, I like sour cream pound cake, chocolate chip cookie cake, and spice cake. One of the reasons I like those cakes is they do not use traditional frosting. (I will fully admit to liking Cool Whip frosting. I don't scrape that frosting off my cake.) Now I can add another cake to my list, but cookie cake is not really a cake at all.
Between my fight with frosting cakes (and refusing to buy a cake) and my dislike for traditional birthday cake, I let my children choose what they want for their birthday dessert each year. I was thrilled when Big Sister, now 8...eek...chose to have a cookie cake. She made one this summer (during one-on-one time), loaded with fruit and asked for one for her birthday treat.
The giant cookie cake was a huge hit. I used our favorite chocolate chip cookie bar recipe. (This is different than five-star chocolate chip cookie recipe.) The mini chocolate chips make it extra awesome, in my opinion.
Cookie Cake Directions
This makes enough to serve 10+ people. To serve more, double the recipe, but make TWO giant cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Prepare a giant cookie using the chocolate chip cookie bar recipe.
- Use your hands to make a giant ball of cookie dough. Pat it into a 10-12 inch circle.
- Bake 15-18 minutes. The edges should be barely turning brown.
- Let cool completely. Trim parchment paper to cookie size. Transfer the cookie (with the parchment) to a cake server, if desired.
- Decorate with buttercream frosting, if desired.
- Cut into 10 triangles (like slicing a pizza) to serve.
- Top with Cool Whip, fruit, candy, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, or peanut butter sauce, if desired.
To make it extra-festive and birthday-worthy, I simply decorated it with a bit of icing. After blowing out the candles, Big Sister and her friend spread Cool Whip on their triangle pieces of cake. The Cool Whip was followed by their choice of candy corn, M&M's, and sprinkles. Of course, they included all three.
What birthday treat do you desire? Cookies, cake, or pie?
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