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
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.
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 8 servings
  • 113g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 50g (~1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 155g (~2/3 cup) packed light brown sugar
  • 55g (1 large) egg at room temperature
  • 10 milliliters (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
  • 190g (~1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 4g (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 3g (1/2 teaspoon) salt
  • 170g (~1½ cup) dark chocolate chunks
  • Buttercream and sprinkles for decorating (optional)
  1. 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
  2. Once butter has cooled, place in the large bowl of an electric mixer with sugars; beat on high speed until well combined
  3. Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well mixed
  4. 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
  5. Slowly stir in chocolate chunks
  6. Spread dough evenly into an 11-inch tart pan; chill 24 hours for best results (minimum of 2 hours) before baking
  7. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
  8. Bake cookie cake until firm: 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from center
  9. Allow to cool before serving frosting and serving


This Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake was amazing!

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11 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 :)

  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!

  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?


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