Giant Cookie Cake

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For my birthday this year, I decided to bake something a little different. As much as I have enjoyed making (and eating!) my layered drip cakes (here and here) over the last couple of years, this year I was after something simpler. Enter the cookie cake.

I have admired the brightly coloured array of delicious looking cookie cakes on Sally’s Baking Addiction (my baking porn website of choice) for years, and finally got around to making it. Boy, am I glad I did! As promised, this ‘cake’ is so quick and simple to make and produces a deliciously chewy and flavoursome giant cookie. The recipe is also very easy to adapt – you could use M&Ms, or mix up the choc chips depending on your taste.

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Ingredients (serves 12-14)
170g softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg + an extra yolk
5 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)
Chocolate frosting for topping (optional)

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Method
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Spray a 23cm (9-inch) pie dish or cake pan thoroughly with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, beat the butter for 1-2 minutes until light and creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat for about a minute or until combined. Mix in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla on until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required.

In a separate bowl, combine the flours and baking powder. On a low speed, gradually mix into the wet ingredients until combined. Add in 1¼ cups chocolate chips and mix for until evenly dispersed.

Gently press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden brown (use a skewer in the centre to check it’s cooked). Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, use a sharp knife or metal spatula to loosen the sides of the cookie cake from the pan and transfer to a cake stand or serving plate.

Decorate as desired (I made a quick chocolate buttercream using butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder and piped it on using my Wilton 1M tip), top with the remaining chocolate chips and serve with vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake’ on Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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Never-fail Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been making these cookies for 10 years and they have never failed me. They’re so good in fact that I’ve never once strayed from this recipe – they have the perfect chewy texture and a rich, full flavour. Try and stop at one!

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Ingredients (makes approx. 48)
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups brown sugar, tightly packed
4 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 egg
1 ½ cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups chocolate chips

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Method
Preheat oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan-forced).

Place butter & sugar in a bowl & beat until light & creamy. Add vanilla & egg & stir to combine.

Stir in sifted flour & baking powder until just combined. Fold through chocolate chips.

Place teaspoonfuls of cookie mix on a baking tray lined with baking paper, allowing room for spreading.

Bake for 10-15mins or until pale gold, but still soft. Allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes before moving onto a wire rack.

Try not to eat them all at once! I believe that they will last up to a fortnight in an airtight container (although they’ve never lasted long enough for me to test this). Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from ‘Macadamia & White Chocolate Chip Cookies’ by Caroline’s Kitchen.

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