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A chocolate chip cookie cake with a peanut butter swirl topping and chopped candy on top.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

This effortless Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe starts with store-bought cookie dough topped with swirled chocolate chips and peanut butter. Then, decorate it any way you like! Think leftover Halloween candy (as if there is such a thing!) or decorations from your last birthday celebration.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 226kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (see note 1)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • chopped candy bars or candy pieces, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Press cookie dough evenly into the bottom and about 1” up the side of the pie plate.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are set and golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven.
  • Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the cookie crust. Using a spoon or cookie scoop coated with nonstick cooking spray, drop rounded teaspoonfuls of peanut butter on top of the chocolate chips.
  • Let stand until the chocolate chips have softened, about 5 minutes. Using an offset spatula or a butter knife, gently spread chocolate and peanut butter over the crust. Sprinkle candy pieces in a single layer on top.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes to set topping. Cut into wedges and serve.

Notes

  1. Cookie dough: Store-bought cookie dough keeps this recipe easy, but you can easily make your own chocolate chip cookie dough in about 10 minutes.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes one 9-inch cookie cake, enough for about 8 servings (depending on how you cut them).
  3. Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. Cookie crust: Peanut butter cookie dough or M&M cookie dough (store-bought or homemade) would also be excellent in this recipe.
  5. Tasty toppings: Don't feel limited to candy (leftover or otherwise)! Try chopped nuts, dried banana chips, or crushed pretzels.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg