Friday, April 5, 2013

Overloaded Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake


Cookie or cake?  If I had to choose, I'd call it a cookie. It's a great big fluffy chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie that's baked in a 10-inch pan, piled with marshmallows, caramel and peanut butter cups, then sliced up like cake. It's so good that when I woke this morning, I stumbled downstairs half asleep and ate a piece while standing at the dining room table.


I got the idea for this cookie cake from a catalogue I received in the mail. Maybe you get them too. It was from a mail-order bakery that sells delicious looking (though mass-produced) cakes at $50 and upward. I'll admit, I've ordered one of these cakes before when I was short on time and wanted something extra special for a get-together. And, don't get me wrong, I truly believe bakers should be paid well for their craft and product - if it's top-notch and memorable in a good way.

I'll just say this. Next time I'll save my dollars for something from Lauren or my local Panache girls.


But if you have time to take matters into your own hands, I recommend this recipe. And if you don't have time to fuss with the frosting and toppings, then just make the cookie part. It's easy and utterly delicious.  Just promise me you'll serve it warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.





Overloaded Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Yield: 14 servings; one 10-inch cookie
Source: Cookie base adapted from Food.com
Prep: 1 hour 25 minutes

Cookie
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour, all purpose
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease a 10-inch cake pan with white vegetable shortening and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and both sugars until well combined.  I used a stand mixer at medium speed, but you can also use a hand mixer at medium-low speed. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Beat again until well mixed.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Pour flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix until a thick batter forms. Add chips and mix on the lowest setting until all the chips are evenly dispersed. 
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with an off-set spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Turn cake onto a wire rack and then again so that it's right side up on a serving plate or cake stand. Let cool completely.
Peanut butter frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons milk or cream
  1. Combine the unsalted butter and peanut butter in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat together until well blended. Add confectioners' sugar and salt. Beat until well incorporated.  Mixture may be crumbly. 
  2. Add milk or cream 1 tablespoon at a time and beat again until light and fluffy. Frost the sides of the cake (do not frost the top) and transfer the remaining frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe large swirls of frosting around the top edge of the cookie.
Toppings
1 cup marshmallow cream or fluff
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons peanut butter chips
15 mini peanut butter cups, each halved
1/2 cup caramel sauce (homemade salted caramel is good if you have it)
  1. Spray a small bowl with cooking spray and place the 1 cup marshmallow cream in the bowl.  Heat gently in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until just loosened, then pour in the center of the cookie. Spread evenly over the top. 
  2. Sprinkle marshmallows, chips and peanut butter cup halves over marshmallow cream. Top with caramel sauce. 

56 comments:

Cookbook Queen said...

I can't imagine a better dessert, Heather!! Absolute PERFECTION :)

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

This cake is mind blowing!

Vicki Wilde said...

Ooo, I want nothing more than a ten inch cookie! This would be perfect for the BFs birthday, he loves cookies...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that looks terrific!

Cheers,

Rosa

Heather said...

Incredibly versatile! A great go-to cookie cake recipe that can be dressed to the nines for a "limousine" ride or even enjoyed with ice cream and coffee for a down home dessert. Well done! I love multi-tasking desserts!

Joy said...

Um, Wow! I just ate, and I'm drooling. Great job putting this one together. Looks fantastic!

Chloe Moon said...

Oh my goodness that looks scrumptious!!!! Peanut butter overload, but definitely worth it! It's beautifully decorated too!

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Simo said...

questo dolce è un trionfo di golosità!!!!

Bellenza Bistro said...

Overloaded indeed! Every bite must be heavenly!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This cake is my dream!! Yum!

Alba Sánchez said...

OH MY GOD! This looks REALLY yummy! Now I want to try it...Just amazing. :)
xo

ThisGirlBlogs said...

That looks incredible!!!!

Sonia OM said...

Amazing!! :D
Happy weekend

Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory said...

These look absolutely incredible! And what timing -- just this week I came across a photo on pinterest of a gooey peanut butter & chocolate chunk cookie (but alas with no accompanying recipe) that got me craving such a cookie. This recipe will satisfy that craving. And I promise to serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier said...

Why, oh why, do you do this to me? Man, I cannot stop staring at these pictures. I wish I could reach through the computer screen and take a slice. Incredible!

Primroses Attic said...

Yummy!
Rosezeeta.

YinMom YangMom Allie said...

That looks so insanely delicious... I know if I had that in my dining room I wouldn't be able to stop myself from eating it for breakfast either!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

First of all, this cake/cookie is outrageous. You put all of my favorite things in one dessert! Second, thank you so much for the shoutout, you are too kind!

Meg De Gala Torres said...

hmmm just looking makes me wanna eat them!!! looks really yummy!!!! thanks for this recipe I'm sure I'll try this at home!!! take care. xoxo,Meg

Loretta E. said...

Woah Nelly! Crazy delightful :)

Courtney @ BakeMeBetter said...

Holy COW! Over the top and I LOVE it!

Elizabeth Waterson said...

This is over the top in ALL the good ways!

SreeBindu said...

that looks incredible :)) wao!
xoxo

awesomeon20 said...

Unbelievably beautiful and delicious. I must try this.

Colette Just for Foodies said...

What a feast!

Katie said...

Oh my! That looks insainly, indulgantly good

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Yum this cookie cake looks totally delicious. I actually prefer the taste of cookies and the look of cake so I think you've totally nailed it!

kerrycooks said...

Wow, a cookie cake! So gorgeously decorated!

Emily Dickson said...

I have found Heaven. Perhaps in the fom of calories and heart disease but I don't care because this looks like it could even satisfy my extremely sweet tooth, excuse me while I pop out to buy some peanut butter cup chips!
from Emily x

Becca said...

So many cookie type recipes today! I'm in cookie over-load mode and I love it! This looks like a freaking awesome cookie cake! :)

Wendy said...

I have never seen a more beautiful cookie cake!

Kendra M said...

This is the most goregeous explosion of chocolate and peanut butter and cookies ever! This cake looks phenomenal!

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen said...

Oh wow, this looks absolutely divine!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Heather, what a gorgeous and decadent cake! And, such beautiful food photography…as always! You truly inspire me, girl. I, myself, have planned a chocolate chip cookie cake (more of a coffeecake) for my blog before Mother’s Day. Cannot wait to share it. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Pinning… xo

WhiteWillow said...

Hey Heather! I just baked this Awesome Recipe of yours., and Everything turned out Amazing... only problem I had with this recipe, was the bake time. I followed instructions to a T, but my cake came out goey and underbaked. Could the baking time be longer? or perhaps i used a 9" circle pan instead of a 10".... hmmm, any help would be much a appreciated!!! (for now i'm using the dough to throw on top of ice cream!!!) Flavor is great!

Sue said...

A cookie lover's DREAM!

plasterer bristol said...

Just wow!

The Male Baker said...

You are blowing my mind. This looks too ridiculously good to be true.

elkj said...

This looks amazing. I am turning 40 (yikes) on Saturday and perhaps I will bake this for my family. My husband and four kids would love it as you made it, but I however do not care for peanut butter. It is easy enough to omit the chips from the cake, but I am curious what kind of frosting you would use instead. Is the texture like a cake or cookie, I do not care for cake either but love those gross cookie cakes that you see at the Mrs. Fields stores. That is a secret shame, which I am happy to admit I have never purchased, just sampled. Perhaps I will just make it for them and just have a big bowl of chocolate chip ice cream with rainbow jimmies.

SprinkleBakes said...

@elkj,

You can omit the peanut butter from the icing and add 1/2 cup cocoa powder for a chocolate icing. The texture is like a soft cookie.

And happy birthday! 40 is definitely something to celebrate!

xo
H

Yohann said...

That looks so rich ... but so good. Mouthwatering!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

NUH UH.

This looks amazing!

Lora said...

Giant cookie goodness. Love!

Jessie Jardon said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Why do you do these things to me and my waistline? This looks amazing!

Tieghan said...

This looks like heaven! OMG.I want a slice!

Daniel Eldridge said...

Your baking time is completely off. I baked this for 35 minutes at 350 and it was still under baked. Very frustrating when I need this in 2 hours.

SprinkleBakes said...

Daniel,

I'm sorry you had trouble with my baking time. My cake baked in 25 minutes. I have a baking thermometer placed inside my oven for accuracy because all ovens heat differently. Some run hot and some are slow. I've added the text " or until a toothpick tester comes out clean" in case others run into the same problem you did. Thanks for your feedback, and again, sorry for your frustration. I've been there. Not fun.

Imyra said...

I just did your awesome recipe for my boyfriend's birthday and it turned out AWESOME! I couldn't find the peanutbutter chips, so I just omited, but we loved!

Thanks for the recipe =)

wallflourgirl said...

Oh hey there--I don't do this often, but want to marry me? This looks *amazing*--keep up the inspiration, girl! You're making me crave a giant BJ's pizooki, but I might just have to make this instead...

Gina said...

My husband is a total peanut butter nut, so every time you post something with peanut butter and chocolate, I have to try it. He doesn't like caramel for some reason though, so this is great that the sauce is just spooned on at the end. Thanks.

Tammy said...

Just made this for my girls at work. We're wearing our fat girl pants tomorrow!

gail said...

this looks amazing

Lauren said...

Do you think it would be okay to make the cookie part the day before or do you think it would lose a lot?

Heather Baird said...

Yes, I think the cookie will do fine being made a day ahead. Just be sure to cover it well with plastic wrap.

xo
h

Lauren said...

I made this and it might be my new favorite dessert of all time. The cookie being made the day before had no problems. Thanks for the recipe and advice :) 10 out of 10!

Amy said...

I also had to bake this much longer (as the others noted above) but it came out amazing. I had many people tell me this was the best 'cake' they've ever had. I think it might have been slightly undercooked in the end and it was in there for probably 40-1 hour. Just watch it carefully! the edges got a little crispy (I think my pan made it a bit deeper) so I cut the edge off for a 'pre-cake' snack, and rimmed it with peanut butter. Turned out great!!

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