Tired of Birthday Cake? How about a giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake instead?
My cookie straight out of the oven on a X-Large Pizza Pan
We have so many birthdays in October that our family gets just plain sick of cake. We have found ways to make a traditional cake taste a lot better which you can read about here. But I was pretty sure that Jacob's friends had had enough cake in the last month that they wouldn't particularly be in the mood for cake at his party. (Graduations, weddings..etc.) So when they all came over to celebrate Jacob and Paul (his friend)'s birthdays, I knew I wanted to whip up something different.
My first thought, was to make a giant chocolate chip cookie and decorate it. I'd seen them in the store, but of course, they cost way too much money. I was pretty certain that I needed a different recipe than just the usual one for chocolate chip cookies, especially since the baking temperature and time, surely, would be different.
So I hunted online and came up with this recipe. It turned out perfect! Everyone loved the taste and the texture. It turned out farely crispy and tasted just as good as any cookie ever does.
There are all kinds of ways you can decorate...whipped cream, canned frosting etc. You could even make it look like 'dessert' pizza!
And you can stir in whatever you like--chocolate chips, chopped nuts, m&m's etc.
We took the leftover cookie slices to the square dance which was the final event of the party and they got eaten up as quick as anything!
The next time we want to take a batch of cookies...I think I'll save the time and trouble of making individual cookies and just mix up the dough, spread it in a pizza pan, and bake! Talk about EASY!
Here's the recipe...
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
- Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda, beating until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
- Spread in greased 14 inch round pizza pan. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes. Cool cookie in pan on a cooling rack. Decorate as desired.