I don’t follow many sports, but growing up in Connecticut, I have always been a huge UConn basketball fan. It is usually assumed that the women will progress pretty far, if not all the way, in the tournament, but this year it is a huge surprise that the men are playing in the championship game tonight and I’m pretty excited. I made this cookie cake when we had friends over Saturday night for the Men’s Final Four game. It somehow remained untouched throughout the entire game (I think we were too focused), but when we won, this was the perfect way to celebrate.
To make this oversized cookie, I filled an 11-inch round cake pan with cookie dough, baked it and then decorated it with a pastry bag. There is just something so much more fun about a cookie cake than any old regular chocolate chip cookie. I like my cookies slightly undercooked, so the thicker cookie cake always has the perfect amount of extra doughiness and you definitely can’t go wrong when you add frosting on top of a cookie. We devoured most of this, but there is a little left, so hopefully we can eat the rest to celebrate if UConn wins tonight!
Yield: one 11-inch round cake
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1-1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 11-inch round cake pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
Melt the butter on the stove or in the microwave. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla and then add the eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely and then frost if desired.
*I used a pastry bag fitted with a star tip to decorate with the orange frosting as seen above. I used a small round tip for the black lines and the writing.