Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Celebrating something special? This easy chocolate chip cookie cake will make your party sing for more! If you’re looking for easy cookie cakes with lots of chocolate chips and a soft, buttery cookie crust, this is the one for you.

Add dollops of vegan chocolate frosting on top with sprinkles for added fun!

A slice of chocolate chip cookie cake on a napkin sits in front of the rest of the cake.

I like to party. But not in the way some people think. I love having people over and celebrating fun events, like birthdays, anniversaries, and you know, random Tuesday nights!

It’s nice to have a go-to recipe that’s a real crowd-pleaser. That’s where this chocolate cookie cake comes in. It’s based on my vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe which is a bakery-style cookie.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using brown sugar keeps this cookie cake nice and moist throughout
  • Ground flaxseed is a perfect egg replacer that adds binding to the batter without adding unnecessary flavor
  • Pressing reserved chocolate chips into the top of the cooke dough before baking, means lots of melty chocolate chips will show through in your cooke cake!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan butter — I oftentimes buy Earth Balance buttery sticks at the store (spreadable tub margarine does not work here), or I’ll use homemade Vegan Butter.
  • Brown sugar — Use light, dark, or even made from scratch Brown Sugar.
  • Ground flaxseed — You can substitute chia seeds.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll add cornstarch to make this cookie cake extra soft and chewy!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour for a tender cookie cake, but you can use whole wheat pastry flour (different from whole wheat flour)
  • Baking soda + baking powder — I love this explanation from The Kitchn on why using both baking soda and baking powder is important
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips — Here’s a guide on how to find Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
  • Plant-based milk — you can use almond milk, soy milk, or your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Chocolate Frosting — I love adding swirls of Vegan Chocolate Frosting, but it’s entirely optional.
A closeup of the frosting on the edge of a chocolate chip cake.

This is an easy cookie cake recipe, because not only is it delicious, it’s also dairy-free. That’s right. This is a vegan version of those famous Toll House Cookie Cakes.

  1. Cream together vegan butter on medium speed for 1–2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in flaxseed, cornstarch, and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt.
  4. Make the cookie dough by beating the flour mixture into the butter mixture at low speed until combined.
  5. Stir some chocolate chips into the batter and press it into the prepared pan.
  6. Place the remaining chocolate chips on the top of the batter, pressing them in just a little.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges of the crust are golden.
  8. Decorate the edges of the cooled cookie cake with vegan chocolate frosting. This frosting tip from Amazon works great.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Step One: Cream Butter + Sugar

The first step is to combine the dairy-free butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Then, add the flaxseed, cornstarch, and vanilla and beat again.

Looking down on a stand mixer full of creamed butter and sugar.

Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients

Then in a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and stir this together.

Looking down on a bowl with flour and other dry ingredients.

Pour the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Beat again to combine.

Then add one tablespoon of your favorite plant-based milk. Add up to two tablespoons until the cookie cake dough is just spreadable. Add some of the chocolate chips to the batter.

A hand uses a spatula to press cookie cake dough into a pan.

Step Four: Press into a Pan and Bake

Press the dough into a prepared cake pan. You can use a standard 8- or 9-inch cake pan, but I used a springform pan, the kind used for cheesecakes.

A hand holds a pan full of cookie cake batter with chocolate chips pressed into the top.

Add more chocolate chips to the top of the cookie dough (to make it look irresistible), and then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can cookie cake be frozen?

You can freeze a cookie cake as a whole or individual slices. Allow the cake to cool completely and then wrap in plastic wrap. You can add a layer of foil to make sure it’s sealed completely. Then freeze for up to 3 months. For individual slices, transfer cooled slices to a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze.

Can a cookie cake stay out?

You can leave a cookie cake out at room temperature for several hours, but after that you’ll want to wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Properly covered, it can stay out for up to 3 days.

Marly’s Tips

Use these tips to make this cookie cake recipe perfect every time:

  • You can serve this cookie cake with or without frosting
  • To frost your cookie cake as I did, I used a Wilton 1m Star Piping Tip. Be sure to allow the cake to cool completely before frosting
  • Add some colorful sprinkles for a party theme
  • Transform this into a gluten-free cookie cake by substituting gluten-free baking flour for the all-purpose flour
  • It’s important to know how long to bake a cookie cake. I recommend 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t overbake. You want the crust to be a light golden brown, but the center can be a little tender. It will firm up as it cools.

More Vegan Birthday Treats

If you love this vegan chocolate chip cookie cake, here are some more festive vegan treats to try!

Looking down on a chocolate chip cookie cake with a slice cut out.
Looking down on a chocolate chip cookie cake with a slice cut out.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Try this easy vegan chocolate chip cookie cake recipe for dessert tonight. It makes a tender cookie cake infused with chocolate chips and a delicious buttery flavor!
4.56 from 9 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 202kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup vegan butter , softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups dairy free chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • Optional: Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan or springform pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Combine vegan butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix with a beater on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add flaxseed, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Beat for another minute until combined and light.
  • In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Pour this into the bowl with the butter mixture. Mix on low speed until just combined.
  • Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. Add almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until you achieve a spreadable consistency. Press into the prepared pan.
  • Place the remaining chocolate chips on the top of the batter, pressing them in just a little. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until edges of the crust are golden.
  • Optional: Decorate the edges of the cookie cake with chocolate frosting once it has cooled completely. This frosting tip from Amazon works great.

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Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 124mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.8mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

38 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHolly Reply

    Hi, do you metric conversion weights at all? I am UK based. Thanks

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Holly! Yes, we do. It has to be manually turned on for each recipe, so I did that for this one. Let me know if you see others you’d like the conversion for!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRinky Reply

    5 stars
    Hi there,
    Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I want to make this for thanksgiving, but want to make it in advance due to other commitments. So, I was wondering if I can make this cake in advance and can freeze it. Is it possible to freeze the whole baked cookie cake for 4-5 days without compromising its taste? If yes, do you know how can I thaw it and use it on thanksgiving day?

    Thanks so much in advance

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Rinky. Yes, you absolutely can make this in advance. Follow the directions all the way through to baking it. Then allow it to cool completely. Wrap it tight (even a couple of layers would be best) and then freeze it whole. The day before you need it, place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. Then the next day you can frost it. I hope this helps. Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAshley Reply

    I was just wondering what the measurements were. This recipe looks so good!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Ashley, the recipe card includes ingredients and it’s at the bottom of the post. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmy Reply

    could coconut oil be used instead of vegan butter?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Amy. Yes, absolutely. I substitute coconut oil for vegan butter in some of my baking. Here’s an example of my coconut chocolate chip cookies.

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyrebecca Reply

    Will this work in a skillet pan ?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Rebecca. I have not personally tried making it in a skillet pan, but I’m confident it would work…and look gorgeous too!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLorraine Brady Reply

    Do you think you could amke the dough in advance? I want to make it for my husbands birthday but im not confident ill manage to get it prepped, cooked, cooled and iced in the 90 minutes I have after work!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lorraine. Yes, definitely, you can make the dough ahead of time. Just cover it tightly so the dough doesn’t dry out in the fridge, then let it set out at room temperature for 30 minutes or so before spreading it into your pan. Hope your birthday celebration is fun and festive!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySusan Reply

    Made this recipe today and it was awesome! Thank you thank you!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      So glad you like this cookie cake, Susan!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPooja Mehta Reply

    5 stars
    This cake turned out great! Made it for my brother’s birthday party and was a hit 🙂 I found it a tad bit sweet so reduced the sugar a little bit, and added sea salt instead of regular salt which worked very with the chocolate flavors. It tastes even better on day 2! Loved this, will be saving the recipe.

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDeidre Reply

    Can I substitute egg replacer for the flax or should it definitely be flax?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I have had good luck using egg replacer in this recipe!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTaylor Reply

    Does it matter if the butter is salted vs. unsalted?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I use Earth Balance baking sticks and it is salted. I’m not aware of a vegan butter that is unsalted, unless you make it homemade. I hope this is helpful!

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