When my children were in elementary school, I loved baking treats for them to take to school on their birthdays. Then one year, Nick, my youngest, asked if I could buy a grocery store cookie cake instead of something homemade. Harumph, I thought. But it was his day, so I honored his request. But I got to thinking that I could make a version at home that would be sooooo much better. I just packed chocolate chip cookie dough into my deep dish pizza pan and decorated it with icing after it cooled. The whole family loved it. And I never got another request to buy a cookie cake.
Easter Cookie Cake
Fast forward to this year. As a blogger, I “should” work ahead of the season. Like roasting a turkey in October so I can share it with you a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Usually, I forget or don’t bother. But seeing all the Easter candy on the store shelves, I grabbed a few bags and settled on baking up a cookie cake for the March book club meeting I was hosting at my house. I used chocolate chips, Easter colored M&M’s, Easter egg M&M’s and Cadbury mini Easter eggs. The wedges of candy-laden cookie were a hit with my girlfriends. Needless to say, my chocoholic family loved the leftovers.
- ½ cup butter (1 stick or 4 ounces)
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⅓ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ¾ cup chocolate candies (I used Easter M&M's and mini Cadbury eggs), divided
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Mix in the sugars, then the vanilla. Then stir in the egg.
- Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt just till combined. Add the chocolate chips and ½ cup of the candies. Reserve the remainder of the candy to garnish cookie cake when it comes out of the oven. Mix well.
- Scrape the dough into the prepared pan, then smooth the top with an offset spatula.
- Bake for 25 minutes or till top is golden brown. Remove from oven and gently press remaining candies across the surface of the cookie cake while it's hot.
- Cool before slicing.