Tuesday, December 16, 2014

chocolate chip cookie cake - Cookie Week!


Shout out to Sarah @ The Sugar Hit who's having Cookie Week! this week, which inspired me to partake in the theme and make this epic, awesome, indulgent Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Chocolate chip cookies are too good to be giving to your loved ones in boring cookie form. Try this awesome chocolate chip cookie cake, which despite the overload of alliteration in the title, is an awesome vehicle for serving chocolate chip cookies, and a fantastic crowd pleaser at your next holiday party!



This recipe makes two chocolate chip cookie cakes, which if you were smarter than me, would have stacked them on top of each other like a sane person. Darn I hate myself sometimes. You know what to do. Click the orange button to unleash chocolate chip cookie cake havoc. 





I promise to jump into the recipe in just a second, but before I do, let me admonish you about what you're getting when you make a chocolate chip cookie cake. There have been very few times in history that a chocolate chip cookie cake has walked upon this earth, and I just want to make sure that you're properly prepare for what you're getting yourself into.


A chocolate chip cookie cake has a similar texture and crumb to a chocolate chip cookie. Go figure. However, don't expect the bendable, chewy, crispy-edged texture you'd expect from a chocolate chip cookie. This cookie cake is richer, and more decadent than your traditional chocolate chip cookie and cake. Unlike a normal cake, a chocolate chip cookie cake is denser, kind of like a pound cake, except even richer. It's topped with a chocolate ganache, which is just chocolate and cream, which just adds to the decadence. Be prepared for clawing and fighting at the next family get together for the last slice cause, yeah, it's that good. Now you know, so let's get started. 


Preparation
1. First step is to preheat the oven; 350F. Just like a cookie. So far so good. 


2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Remember all of the measurements are at the bottom of the post. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Still like a cookie. Chowtinue. (Ignore the bad puns)


3. This next step is kind of funny, but trust me it works. Dissolve the baking soda in a couple tablespoons of hot water. Add it to the batter along with the salt. Dissolving the baking soda into the water just makes sure we don't have lumps of baking soda in the dough. Stir in the flour and the chocolate chips. At this time you can add anything you want to the batter to tailor it to your preference and situation. Set the cookie dough aside. 


4. Trace the bottom of a 9x9 inch tart or pie pan on a piece of parchment paper. Fold it in half and cut the circle out. Place the circle in the bottom of the pan. 



5. Now, fill the pan with half of the cookie dough. The other half will be for the second cookie cake. Fill the pans making sure to push the dough into and against the edge. The cookie will spread out and fill the nooks, but try to get it as evenly distributed as possible. Also leave some dough to make cookies for the garnish. Bake for 20-30 minutes, according to how evenly you distributed your dough and how dark you want the cookie tops to be. Keep in mind, that like a cookie it will harden as it cools. Also keep in mind, that like a cake, you can stick a toothpick down the center and if it comes out relatively clean it's done. 


6. Let the cookie cakes cool on a rack or on the counter top for 20 minutes. While the cakes cool it's time to melt the chocolate. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and some heavy cream together. When it is thoroughly melted, with no lumps whatsoever (be patient), thin it out with a couple of tablespoons of hot water. 



7. Unmold them onto a piece of parchment paper or a wide plate, or a piece of parchment paper on a wide plate. Drizzle the cakes with chocolate ganache. Make it rain! Set aside to harden. 


8. While you wait for the chocolate to harden, bake the leftover cookie dough at 350F for 10 minutes. Garnish the slices with individual cookies. Or crumble the cookies on top. 


All that's left is to enjoy! This chocolate chip cookie cake is literally one of the best things I've had all year and I really hope you all give it a try. It's basically making a gigantic cookie, which, I mean, c'mon, how could you go wrong with that. Your friends and family and santa are going to love this awesome twist on their favorite chocolate chip cookie. Have fun with it and I'll see you soon with another chowsome recipe. If you liked this recipe, try the new drop down tabs at the top of the site for easy access to my other recipes. Follow me on my socials while you're there too. Love you guys and happy holidays. And as always, 

Chow!


Recipe

for Cookie Cake
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


for Chocolate Ganache
1 cup of chocolate chips 
2 tablespoon of heavy cream 
1-2 tablespoon hot water, it's up to your discretion how think or thick you want the chocolate to be

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