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I first made this tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with M&M’s when my youngest begged to take a store bought version to school for his birthday. Super easy, it’s always a hit!

When you want to feed a crowd of picky palates, a chocolate chip cookie inspired dessert pleases the masses! And this cookie cake is even simpler to prepare than cookies as all you need to do is make the dough and press into a pizza pan!

Wedge of chocolate chip cookie cake on a white plate

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with M&M’s

 
If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you probably know that baking is my passion. So imagine my reaction when my youngest started requesting grocery store cookie cakes for his birthday treats in elementary school! Harrumph.  But when I passed the supermarket bakery last week, and spotted the heavily iced cookie cakes in the display case, I realized I was long overdue for making this simple treat at home.

I upped the ante by using chocolate chips and then tossing in some M&Ms for color.  It certainly garnished high praise for very little work.  And then my family members were the ones harrumphing as I told them it had to cool for photos before they could dive in.  Turn about is fair play, isn’t it?

Close view of chocolate chip cookie cake

Is a Cookie Cake a Cake?

A cookie cake is just a very large cookie. It’s made with cookie dough then pressed into a pizza pan and baked. Since it’s cut into wedges instead of formed into individual cookies, the servings look more like slices of cake than regular cookies! Thus, the “cake” moniker.

Should a Cookie Cake Be Refrigerated?

A cookie cake is stable at room temperature for 2-3 days. Storing a cookie cake in the fridge will cause it to dry out due to the low humidity of refrigerated air. If your cookie cake is too big to eat in 3 days, chill part of it for an hour or so to firm up any icing, then wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

Overhead view of chocolate chip cookie cake

How to Make a Cookie Cake

This cookie cake can be jazzed up with frosting and garnishes or served simply as a giant cookie. Both ways will garner rave reviews!

  • As with most cookies, mixing will be much easier with room temperature butter and eggs. 
  • Set your eggs and butter out on the counter an hour or two before mixing. To hurry the process along you can set your eggs in a bowl of very warm, not boiling water. Butter can be warmed by setting it in a closed microwave with a cup of very hot water (don’t turn on the microwave but instead let the steam from the water soften it). Or you can zap it in the microwave very gently, about 5 seconds, then repeating once if needed.
  • Mix the dough with a wooden spoon instead of a mixer. This will ensure a chewy cookie by limiting aeration of the dough.
  • Use an offset spatula to smooth the top of the dough after spreading it into a well greased pizza pan.
  • I used a 14-inch deep dish pizza pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper which is also greased. This recipe has not been tested with other sizes of pizza pans, but they certainly should work if you adjust the time.
  • The recipe has you to hold back some of the M&M’s so you can garnish the cake after it comes out of the oven. It’s easy to press them into a warm cake.
  • If your chocolate chip cookie cake is for a special occasion, you may want to garnish it with frosting.
  • Use a can of store bought fudge frosting, put it into a piping bag fit with a large star tip and piped swirls of frosting around the perimeter of the cooled cake. Garnish the frosting with mini M&M’s to make the cookie cake extra festive.
  • I used multicolored M&M’s for this classic cookie cake, but any favorite M&M variety will work well.
  • Watch for holiday M&M’s like red, white and blue around the 4th, autumn colored in the fall, Christmas colors in December and reds and pinks around Valentine’s Day. Using seasonal M&M’s make this chocolate chip cookie cake perfect for almost any holiday!
Overhead view of chocolate chip cookie cake

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This kid friendly cookie cake recipe first appeared on the blog in November, 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

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Overhead view of chocolate chip cookie cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

A homemade version of the cookie cake found in your grocery store’s bakery case!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies, Cake
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate discs (may substitute chocolate chips)
1 1/4 cups M & Ms, divided

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375º.  Line a 14 inch deep round pizza pan with parchment and grease entire pan including the paper.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl.  Add eggs and mix to combine.  Add vanilla and mix well.  Add dry ingredients, and stir till incorporated. Mix in chocolate discs and 1/2 cup M&Ms, reserving 3/4 cup to garnish the top.  Spread dough evenly in prepared pan. Use remaining M&Ms to decorate the top of the cookie cake.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool and remove from pan if desired.  Slice and serve.

Notes

Recipe inspired by Emeril Lagasse.

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100 comments on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with M&M’s”

  1. How fabulous! My kiddo’s would love this and me too!

  2. Chocolate cookie cake – what a great idea! I like how you decorate with m&ms around….really a fun treat that kids will say WOW!

  3. Talk about fair play – you were just being honest! And so I shall be honest! Yes, you may bake one for me.

  4. This looks great! I bet it was delicious.

  5. I love the M&M’s around the border, this is such a fun treat!

  6. Nice! We weren’t allowed to bring anything but store bought treats to my daughter’s school. No fun.

  7. The colourful M&M really brighten up this giant cookie cake! Great idea!

  8. Such a fun cookie would love to make this for my little niece for school!

  9. Back from falling of the planet. Oh my how offensive to get such a request 😉 But you certainly showed them, that is an awesome cookie cake. I need one very large glass of milk.

  10. I love the addition of chocolate discs and who wouldn’t want a cookie cake…so fun! I also love the ease of a one-pan dessert!

  11. So creative, Lizzy! My girls will definitely go head over heels in love with that cake!

  12. Fantastic and I LOVE the M&Ms around the edge…really nicely done, Liz!

    …and I gotta say – there is nothing quite like a chocolate chip cookie!

  13. It’s so tempting, Lizzy!! Cute 🙂

  14. This giant looks like it could bring the kid out in even the grumpiest of old men. Can I request one for my birthday?

  15. Oh wowowowo, so pretty and colorful looking , my son is beside me and now he wants a piece of it like right now . Note to self – never open your site in front of him ;). Good one Lizzy .

  16. Love how you used the M&Ms to decorate the round edge! My gals would LOVE me even more if I were to bake one like this for their Birthdays! 😉

  17. Somehow it reminds me about Christmas 🙂

  18. I can see how this could be a favorite for a child. 🙂 I’ve never seen this before. Very interesting!

  19. Thank you so much!

  20. Thanks, everyone!

    Blessed, you are most welcome~

  21. all I can say is OMG. AMazing. My Ass Wants some. 😉

  22. Happy to see these M&M’s and chocolate disc yummies in Today’s Top 9!

  23. Yum! This looks so good!!! Chocolate Chip Cookie is my favorite cookie and throwing in M&M’s pure genius!!

  24. I need to make this for my husband’s next birthday. He loves those big cookies!

  25. I love it! This reminds me of the cookie cakes I always see (and smell!) at the mall.
    I know what you mean about your kids wanting store bought stuff and how much it hurts. I also live to bake, and my husband came home the other day and told me he bought cookie dough from a kid’s organization. Cookies I didn’t make myself? If it hadn’t been for a good cause I would have kicked him out! 😉

  26. Congrats on top 9. I am anxiously awaiting my own bedroom.

  27. Ah chocolate chip cookie cakes are the best! I love how you have the m&m’s on the edge. So cute!

  28. This looks delicious! I am a huge cc cookie fan!

  29. Who would have thought that some M & M’s could turn a giant chocolate chip cookie into something a little extra special. Love the bit of color!

  30. I love the colorful border! This looks amazing.

  31. wow I desperately need a HUGE slice now! It looks absolutely irresistible with M&M!

  32. I can see how this would be a universal crowd pleaser! It makes me smile to look at it! 

  33. All the kids, young and old, love this kind of birthday cookie cake! I can’t wait to try your recipe for one of my little grands. Thanks Liz!

  34. This is just so mouth watering! I can definitely see this is my future dessert plan. Thank you!

  35. Cookie cake perfection. This was a big hit!

  36. Wow! A cookie cake sounds like the best of both the worlds.

  37. What an amazing looking cookie cake. My cousin’s children request your chocolate chip skillet cookie  all the time, I’m certain they would love this one too.
    How on earth did you bake treats while you were renovating your kitchen?

  38. Hello Liz. I just wanted to let your readers know this recipe is excellent. I made this for my 5 year old daughter’s birthday a few days ago and it turned out absolutely delicious and beautiful. All my family loved this cake! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned.

    • Thanks so much, William, for giving your review! It’s perfect for birthday celebrations—and so much easier than a layer cake!! Have a great week.

  39. What could be better than one homemade cookie? A gigantic cookie. This cake looks lovely, and it absolutely resembles some kind of a tart. Next challenge for you: a gigantic cookie layer cake haha 🙂

  40. This is such an awesome dessert. I am planning to make it for my son’s birthday. Looks easy to make and so delicious.

  41. A birthday favorite! So delicious and always a crowd pleaser!

  42. Maybe it’s just me, but I have always thought that cookies with m&ms have a special something to them. And this cookie cake? Yup- all that and more.

  43. This is the perfect celebratory cake for summer!

  44. This was really a huge hit! Everyone at my house loved it!

  45. You should have seen the smiles when I served this up! It was devoured such a great recipe!

  46. Such a fan cake recipe that I can eat all by myself. My nieces loved it.

  47. Made this as a birthday cake and my kid loved it!

  48. Love that this can be adapted for holidays simply by using different color candies! So fun!

  49. We’re starting to plan Ava’s first birthday party and these would be a great addition to the dessert table.

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