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

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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. 
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Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
8 years ago

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

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
8 years ago

This cake is mind blowing!

Vicki Wilde
Vicki Wilde
8 years ago

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
Rosa's Yummy Yums
8 years ago

OMG, that looks terrific!

Cheers,

Rosa

Heather
Heather
8 years ago

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
Joy
8 years ago

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

Melanie
Melanie
8 years ago

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

Ergo – Blog

Simo
Simo
8 years ago

questo dolce è un trionfo di golosità!!!!

Bellenza Bistro
Bellenza Bistro
8 years ago

Overloaded indeed! Every bite must be heavenly!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
8 years ago

This cake is my dream!! Yum!

http://cakesandsprinkles.blogspot.com/
http://cakesandsprinkles.blogspot.com/
8 years ago

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

ThisGirlBlogs
ThisGirlBlogs
8 years ago

That looks incredible!!!!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

Amazing!! 😀
Happy weekend

Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory
Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory
8 years ago

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
Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier
8 years ago

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!

primrosesattic
primrosesattic
8 years ago

Yummy!
Rosezeeta.

YinMom YangMom Allie
YinMom YangMom Allie
8 years ago

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
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
8 years ago

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!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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.
Loretta E.
8 years ago

Woah Nelly! Crazy delightful 🙂

Courtney @ BakeMeBetter
Courtney @ BakeMeBetter
8 years ago

Holy COW! Over the top and I LOVE it!

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen
8 years ago

This is over the top in ALL the good ways!

SreeBindu
SreeBindu
8 years ago

that looks incredible :)) wao!
xoxo

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Unbelievably beautiful and delicious. I must try this.

Colette (Coco)
Colette (Coco)
8 years ago

What a feast!

Katie
Katie
8 years ago

Oh my! That looks insainly, indulgantly good

Linda Vandermeer McCubbin
Linda Vandermeer McCubbin
8 years ago

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!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Wow, a cookie cake! So gorgeously decorated!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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
Wendy
8 years ago

I have never seen a more beautiful cookie cake!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
8 years ago

Oh wow, this looks absolutely divine!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
8 years ago

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
WhiteWillow
8 years ago

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
Sue
8 years ago

A cookie lover's DREAM!

plasterer bristol
plasterer bristol
8 years ago

Just wow!

The Male Baker
The Male Baker
8 years ago

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

elkj
elkj
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

@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
Yohann
8 years ago

That looks so rich … but so good. Mouthwatering!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
8 years ago

NUH UH.

This looks amazing!

Lora
Lora
8 years ago

Giant cookie goodness. Love!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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

Tieghan
Tieghan
8 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

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.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

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
Imyra
8 years ago

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 =)

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

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 Briley
Gina Briley
8 years ago

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.