Recipe: Cookie Cakes for Hackers

When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “yes.” And when someone asks you where to find cookie cakes in Seattle, you say “my kitchen.”

I had the pleasure of making cookie cakes for the one year anniversary of Hacker News Meetup Seattle, a great monthly networking event in the Seattle area. It was my first time making cookie cakes, but definitely not my last. They’re super easy and every piece was gobbled up quickly.

Want to give cookie cakes a try at your home? Check out this recipe, inspired by Emeril Lagasse:

Cookie Cake
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • Writable icing and/or other decorations
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a  pizza pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, beating well after the addition of each.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix with a whisk.
  4. Add to the flour mixture to the  butter mixture, and then add the vanilla.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread across the bottom of the pizza pan and bake until the edges are golden and the cookie is set but the center is still slightly soft, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Decorate the cookie as you wish. I used icing, you may also want to try candy, sprinkles, powdered sugar, smaller cookies...
  9. Enjoy!

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