Recipe: Whole-Wheat Cookie Cake

If you have no cake decorating skills (like me) then you’ll love the idea of a homemade whole-wheat cookie cake for the next birthday in your family. It takes very little – if any – talent to squirt some freshly whipped cream into the shape of a circle and your child’s first initial or age. I do want to warn you up front though this recipe calls for a little bit of refined sugar, which is not technically “real” but I think totally appropriate in GREAT moderation. One of the biggest problems with sugar today is the quantity in which it is consumed. And as I’ve shared before I think homemade treats are completely acceptable for occasions that truly are special and rare, although you’d be hard pressed to find me condoning factory-made, chemically-filled, artificial dye-laden treats any day of the year. :) So please forget that cookie cake place in the mall and instead spend a half hour making your very own cake from scratch…it’s easier than it looks!

finished cookie cake

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Recipe: Whole-Wheat Cookie Cake
  • 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk (whole milk always recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or a combination of chocolate chips, nuts and/or Unreal M&M knockoffs
  • Homemade whipped cream and berries (optional) for decorating
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: 12 to 13" round pizza baking pan and a whipped cream dispenser like this or this. The pictured white serving platter (above) is available here.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl fitted with an electric whisk cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined. Lastly, continue beating on low speed while carefully pouring in the flour mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Using a spatula or large spoon stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Carefully spread out the cookie dough onto the round baking pan. Take a few minutes to ensure one nice, even layer.
  6. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or a light golden brown on top.
  7. Let cookie cake cool almost completely before gently sliding/pushing it onto a large round platter. Or if you'd rather be safe than sorry just leave it on the round pizza pan.
  8. Just before serving cover the outside edge with a pretty strip of homemade whipped cream and then add your child's first initial or age in the middle. It might help to practice on an empty plate first. Good luck (and enjoy)!
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eating cookie cake

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  • Comments

    1. Tiffany |

      Hi. I could only find a 14.5″ baking sheet. Will that work? Just bake for less time?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Tiffany. Yes, you will just be making a thinner cookie cake. Just watch it closely but you probably won’t need to adjust time much if at all. ~Amy

    2. Ashley |

      Would this recipe work for making individual cookies also? Do you know how many it would yield?

    3. Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Ashley. They would be more “cakey” than a typical chocolate cookie. It would make a dozen large cookies. ~Amy

    4. Pkh |

      Just made the cookie wit coconut oil instead of butter and i use coconut palm sugar. The result- delucious cookie!! Thanks for the great recipie!

    5. Hollie |

      Is this batter less stiff than traditional batters for cookies? I made this and it is still in oven after 10 min and still wet in center.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Hollie. It is softer. Sorry that we aren’t able to answer recipe in real time. ~Amy

    6. |

      Wow, looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try to make this cake for my kiddos

    7. Caitlin |

      I want to make this cookie cake for my four year old to take into school for his upcoming birthday (a class of 24)so I wanted to ask do you think I could double this recipe and bake it in a large rectangular sheet pan instead of the pizza pan?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Caitlin. Yes, I think so….and the pan shape is not important but you may need to adjust the cooking time a bit. ;)

    8. Georgia Kolster |

      Chocolate chip cookie cake happens to be my sons favorite “cake”, so am making it for first time for his birthday tomorrow! I did use 1/2 white flour, just cause he is picky, I made a single cookie to try out first and I’m impressed with the results!

    9. Heather |

      Does this cookie cake work to make & bake on a pizza stone?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello Heather. We’ve not tried.

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