Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cookie Cake

I can't believe I've never posted this recipe before now. And really, it's not cake at all. Simply put, it's four giant chocolate chip cookies layered together with chocolate frosting. I know, right?!?! It's just...outrageous! I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, and I've made a few of my own adjustments. This is the dessert that my hubby always requests for his birthday and Fathers Day.

Cookie Cake
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla
2 & 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
1 recipe Chocolate Fudge Frosting*
1 c. heavy cream, whipped*

*The original recipe calls for 1 can of chocolate fudge frosting and 8 oz. whipped topping. Either way, it won't disappoint.

Cream butter and sugars together.
Add egg and vanilla and mix well. (Notice my crazy double-yolk egg. I love when I get one of those!)
Stir in flour, soda, and salt.
Finally, stir in chocolate chips.
Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.
Press each piece of dough into an 8" cake pan, sprayed with cooking spray and lined with parchment. (I HIGHLY recommend using the parchment so the cookies come out in one piece!) Leave about 1/2"-3/4" of space around the dough. It will spread itself as it bakes.
Bake at 375 F for 8-12 minutes. I like them to be pretty darn soft in the middle, but just bake it the way you like it.
Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes or so before dumping them out.
While they're cooling, mix together 1 & 1/2 c. of the Chocolate Fudge Frosting and the whipped cream. When completely cool, layer the cookies with frosting and frost the edges.
I like to make it pretty and drizzle some extra frosting on top. And this is not absolutely necessary, but I like to let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before cutting into it. It's easier to slice that way.
This time, it was for my hubby's birthday. 
Look at the delicious cookie layers!!! It's insane.

I sliced a piece this morning to take photos...but...
...I couldn't help myself!
I wish I had only taken this one bite, but I devoured the whole slice!
There are just no words that can describe the wonderfulness! Try it for yourself. Enjoy!

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This is an amazingly smooth and intensely chocolatey fudge frosting. You can use it for anything!
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1 stick butter
1 & 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. cocoa
1/2 t. salt
1 & 1/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla

Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt until thick and grainy.
 Combine heavy cream and sour cream. Slowly add cream mixture to the cocoa mixture and stir over medium heat until combined.
 Continue to stir over medium heat for about 6 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
 Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool at room temperature for 3-4 hours.
 I like to mix some of this frosting with whipped cream to make a lighter, mousse-like frosting.
 This is the frosting I use for Cookie Cake.
 I tell you, it's good stuff!