Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake

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This is the best cookie cake that I’ve ever had.  It has a a chewy center, crispy edges and a wonderful brown butter flavor.

The BEST Cookie Cake! Chewy center, crispy edges and a wonderful brown butter flavor!

I’m turning 30 this year.  And actually, August 21st isn’t that far away.  How I feel about the age is a story for another post, but what I want for dessert on my birthday is always on my mind.  I have a few celebrations to plan with family and friends but the first thing that I thought about was what sweet treat each of those celebrations will involve.

The BEST Cookie Cake!  Perfect for a party... and there is brown butter!

Growing up, I detested birthday cake.  And even now, it has to be a really good birthday cake to win me over.  Homemade layer cakes are  a different story but even as a kid they weren’t my first choice.  In fact most birthdays involved brownies, ice cream pie or a cookie cake (or all of the above).  My poor buttercream loving mom couldn’t win.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a cookie cake, but I imagine that the basic Mrs. Field’s type wouldn’t really appeal to me today.  For good or for bad, I’ve become a complete dessert snob when it comes to flavor.  Sweet is not a flavor and that’s pretty much what you get with any standard bakery item.  So I figured the basic cookie cake was due for an upgrade.  A brown butter upgrade to be exact.  Chewy center, crispy edges and that nutty caramel-y brown butter flavor.  Next time I’ll sprinkle some flaky sea salt over top and really be in grown-up cookie cake heaven.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake
Adapted from my brown butter cookies
Serves 8

113 grams / 4 ounces (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
50 grams / 1 3/4 ounces (~1/4 cup) granulated sugar
155 grams / 5 1/2 ounces (~2/3 cup) packed light brown sugar
55 grams / 1 7/8 ounces (1 large) egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
190 grams / 6 3/4 ounces (~1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
4 grams / 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 grams / 1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (~1 1/2 cup) dark chocolate chunks
Buttercream and sprinkles for decorating (optional)

Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy duty saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside to cool
Once butter has cooled, place in the large bowl of an electric mixer with sugars; beat on high speed until well combined
Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well mixed
In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; slowly add to wet ingredients with mixer on low speed; do not over mix
Slowly stir in chocolate chunks
Spread dough evenly into an 11-inch tart pan; chill 24 hours for best results (minimum of 2 hours) before baking
When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
Bake cookie cake until firm: 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from center
Allow to cool before serving frosting and serving

This Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake was amazing!

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10 Responses to “Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake”

  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 30, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Can you believe I’ve never made a giant cookie or cookie cake?! I’m not sure if I’ve ever even had one but I would LOVE a huge piece :)

    • Keep It Sweet July 10, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      Never?! That definitely needs to change!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Cookie cakes are the best! This looks lovely!

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    I relate on your cake feelings and also being a dessert snob :P

    This is def. the best cookie cake I’ve seen!! Brown Butter def. amps it up!

  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 1, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    I love birthday cake, layer cake, cookie cake, all kinds of cake! This looks pretty perfect :)

  5. Maria July 2, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    I pick cookies or cookie cake for my August 20th birthday too! Love brown butter – will try. Pinned!

    • Keep It Sweet July 10, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Ah so funny! Thanks, Maria:-)

  6. Joanne July 3, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    Luckily you’ll be the kind of 30 who actually looks somewhere around 23…so good stuff all around! :)

    How long has it been since I’ve had a cookie cake?! TOO LONG. I love your brown butter twist. Definitely a fun (and much needed) update on the classic!

  7. Patty July 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Do I have to line parchment paper on the tart pan before putting the batter in?