Thick, chewy, and loaded with all the chocolate chips, this easy gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookie cake is the perfect dessert to celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion.
Topped with frosting swirls and fun sprinkles, everyone will want a second slice of this simple and show-stopping sweet treat.
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The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
An easy one-bowl recipe and far quicker than a traditional layer cake, here are a few reasons why you are going to fall head over heels in love with this chocolate chip cookie cake.
So Easy To Make – with only 10 ingredients and one bowl, you’ll be enjoying a chocolate chip cookie cake slice in no time.
Fun & Creative – enjoy it as is or decorate it to match a party theme! The sky is the limit. Get as creative as you want.
Perfect For Any Occasion -whether it’s a party, a class celebration, or a neighborhood bbq, this chocolate chip cookie cake feeds a crowd and everyone loves it.
Chocolate Chips – can a sweet treat ever have too many chocolate chips? I think not! And this is loaded with chocolate chips to maximize the chocolate-to-bite ratio.
Dietary/Lifestyle Friendly – whether you’re celiac, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, or “regular” this recipe can be adjusted to suit your specific lifestyle and/or dietary needs.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Ingredients & Substitutions
As always this recipe is gluten-free and vegan. That said, I do test each recipe with “regular” ingredients and make notes of alternatives or swaps so that everyone can enjoy it.
Here are a few key ingredients for this cookie cake but make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom recipe card for the complete ingredient list.
Gluten-Free Flour: I made this with Kinnikinnick gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Note that gluten-free flour blends can vary in weight so I recommend measuring by the cup. If you are not gluten-free, swap the flour with regular all-purpose flour.
Vegan Butter: I enjoy baking with Becel plant-based bricks but any vegan/dairy-free butter substitute will work. Use regular salted butter if you are not vegan or dairy-free.
Brown Sugar: You can use light or dark brown sugar. I used light. Cane sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar will also work.
Applesauce: Both sweetened and unsweetened applesauce will work. You may also swap in 1 flax egg or 1 large egg.
Vegan Chocolate Chips: I adore baking with Pascha vegan chocolate chips but any brand, type, or size of chocolate chip will work in this recipe. Use whatever best fits your dietary/lifestyle needs.
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a 9-inch or 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper.
2. Combine the butter and brown sugar and cream together on high for two minutes.
3. Add in the applesauce (or egg if using) and vanilla extract and mix together until smooth and fully combined.
4. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix until a dough forms.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips and evenly press the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Top with a few additional chocolate chips if desired.
6. Bake for 18-23 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and allow to fully cool in the pan.
7. Cream the butter on high speed until light and fluffy.
8. Add in the icing sugar, vanilla, and salt and mix on low until combined.
9. Add in food color (if using) and mix on high for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
10. Decorate as you desire. Slice and enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe Tips & Tricks
Removal: For easy removal, prepare the baking pan with both non-stick baking spray and parchment paper. Run a butter knife around the edge of the thoroughly cooled cookie cake and in one swift motion flip the cookie cake over onto the cooling rack.
Baking Time: Note that the cookie cake will bake faster in a 9-inch pan. Check it at the 18-minute mark. You want light golden brown edges and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out with a few moist crumbs.
Frosting: Don’t decorate until the chocolate chip cookie cake is fully cooled or else you risk melting the frosting.
Texture: This chocolate chip cookie cake will be thick and chewy. Make sure you don’t overbake it which will result in a dry crumbly texture.
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake FAQs
Can I Use Real Eggs?
Yes, see the above section for ingredient substitutions.
Am I Able to Half the Recipe?
Absolutely. If you would like to half this recipe, use a 6-inch round cake pan and start checking it after 15 minutes in the oven.
Is it a Cake, a Cookie, or a Pizookie?
Technically, this is a giant cookie. It’s referred to as a cookie cake due to the frosting, and size, and it’s served in slices like a cake. While similar to a pizookie, it is not baked in a cast iron pan.
Can I Use Other Add-Ins?
Sprinkles, toffee bits, nuts, or chocolate chunks. You can add any kind of treat to this chocolate chip cookie cake. Get creative!
Could I Make Chocolate Frosting?
Goodness yes; chocolate frosting would be spectacular. Swap in 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for the same ratio of powdered sugar depending on how chocolatey you want it. You could also prepare the frosting as is and add in melted chocolate.
How To Serve And Store
With a clean sharp knife, cut into slices and serve as is, with a drizzle of hot fudge sauce, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Store any leftover gluten-free chocolate chip cookie cake in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Packed full of chocolate chips and decorated with frosting and fun sprinkles, this chocolate chip cookie cake is the perfect party treat.
With an adaptable ingredient list, you can tailor this recipe to suit all dietary or lifestyle needs so everyone can enjoy a slice of giant cookie cake yum!
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Party Treat Baking Ideas
- Gluten-Free Funfetti Layer Cake (Dairy-Free)
- Gluten-Free Monster Cookies (Vegan)
- Funfetti Blondies
- Funfetti Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy-Free)
- Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes (Dairy-Free)