Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack Cake

If you can’t decide between cookie or cake, try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack Cake! It has the texture of a cake-like cookie but serves up like a cake.

Calling all cookie lovers….Have I got a cake for you today!

I often crave chocolate chip cookies, but I also often don’t want to stand and roll or scoop cookies all afternoon. That’s where this cookie cake comes in handy!

This cake isn’t your traditional light and fluffy cake. It’s more like a cookie. And we think you’ll love it.

A piece of cake on a plate, with Chocolate frosting

8×8 Snack Cake Recipe

I call this a snack cake because you make it in an 8×8 baking pan. This makes it a small cake that is perfect for an afternoon or after school snack when you might be craving something a little sweet!

If you don’t have an 8×8 baking pan, you can use a 9×13 baking pan, but you’ll have to bake for less time. The result will be thinner, more like cookie bars rather than a “cake”.

Why do chocolate chips sink in cake?

You can add chocolate chips to cake batter, but you may find in some cases they sink. If a cake batter is really light, the heavy chocolate chips sink to the bottom. You need a thick cake batter in order to hold the chips in place.

This cookie cake has a thick cookie like batter so the chocolate chips and nuts don’t have any problem baking suspended in the batter.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack Cake

You’ll need just one bowl to mix up this easy cake. We find it easiest to use a a hand mixer so the butter and sugar get well creamed.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and eggs.
cookie cake batter in a bowl
  • Stir in the milk and vanilla.
mixing milk into cake batter in a bowl
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  • Then fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, until the center is set or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. *If the cake starts to get to brown on top, place a piece of foil over it for the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then frost the top with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips on the top, if desired.

Frosting for Chocolate Chip Cake

What frosting is best for a cookie cake? We think chocolate! If you want to take the easy route, buy your favorite brand of store bought chocolate frosting from the store. This is what we often do for this cake.

If you’re looking for homemade, try one of these:

frosted chocolate chip cake with spatula

What if my cake gets too brown?

If you peek into the oven during baking and your cake looks too brown, simply place a piece of foil over the top of the cake and finish baking. This should prevent the top of the cake from getting any browner while the cake finishes baking.

overhead shot of 8x8 cake with one slice missing

How to Store Frosted Cake

This cake is best eaten the day you make it. If you have any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature. Warm any leftovers in the microwave before serving again to soften the cake.

Other Snack Cake Recipes

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake with nuts
Chocolate Chip Snack Cake with nuts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack Cake

5 from 2 votes
If you can't decide between cookie or cake, try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Snack Cake! It has the texture of a cake-like cookie but serves up like a cake.
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk (2% or higher)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate frosting
  • Extra chocolate chips and chopped nuts for decorating the top if desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and eggs.
  • Stir in the milk and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  • Then fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, until the center is set or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. *If the cake starts to get to brown on top, place a piece of foil over it for the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then frost the top with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle nuts and chocolate chips on the top, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of frosted cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 504
Keyword chocolate cake, chocolate chip cake, easy snack cake, frosted cake
closeup of piece of frosted chocolate chip cookie cake on a plate

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How much butter does the cake take?