Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Congratulatory Cookie Cake

David always has a cookie cake for his birthday.  I didn't get a chance to make his this year for birthday (though he had one when we visiting his parents) but I did make one to celebrate him completing the medicine boards.  It was actually kind of fun...I made it the day before and hit it in our guest room.  Ha! 
I found this recipe that claimed to be just like the cookie cakes that you buy.  I'm not sure I'd say that but only because the pan they instruct you to use makes the cookie so thick!  Texture-wise it was GREAT.  Moist and gooey.  I thought it was great.  David thought it was great. And the other residents thought it was great, too!  I do think I'd make this again.  The instructions say to use a cake pan but I used a spring form pan which was great.  Definitely as good as a store bought cookie cake even if not exactly like it. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Life, Love, and Sugar
Yield: one 8 or 9-inch cookie cake

Cookie Cake
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch (I think this may be the key)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips OR about 1 cup of chocolate chunks

Vanilla Buttercream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp water

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be thick.  Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper into the bottom of your cake pan (I actually used a springform pan) to help the cookie not stick. Spread the dough out into the cake pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

For Vanilla Buttercream
Beat the shortening and butter until smooth. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract and 1 tbsp water. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency.

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