This chocolate chip cookie cake has it all. It’s rich, gooey, loaded with chocolate chips, and baked with PUMPKIN! It’s a delicious fall treat, especially when it’s topped with buttercream pumpkins and even more chocolate chips. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes just as good as it looks!
The secret to a chewy and gooey pumpkin cookie cake
Adding pumpkin to any sort of cookie dough can be difficult. Due to its high moisture content, it tends to create steam within the cookie as it bakes. This process leaves you with a light and cakey cookie rather than a soft and chewy cookie.
And a cookie cake just isn’t a cookie cake without that gooey and chewy texture. That’s why I’ve incorporated a few key ingredients to make this pumpkin cookie cake just right:
- C&H® Dark Brown Sugar – This is my secret ingredient to achieve a really rich and chewy cookie. C&H® Dark Brown Sugar is infused with more molasses, so it provides a deeper flavor and texture. I also always make sure to use C&H® Sugar because I find it has a better consistency (AKA no large brown sugar lumps) and a smooth richness. It just blends seamlessly into this dough.
- Extra butter – To get that melty texture, a few extra tablespoons of butter are needed. Rather than using 1/2 cup, this recipe calls for 3/4 cup in order to help weigh down the dough. This makes all the difference, taking it from a cake-like texture to our desired dense cookie texture.
- Egg yolk – Rather than a whole egg, one single egg yolk is used in this dough. Pumpkin actually works as an emulsifier, just like eggs, so using more eggs than needed can actually add lightness to this dough. So instead, an egg yolk is incorporated to add richness to this cookie cake.
What should the dough look like?
Once it’s all mixed together, the dough will be thick but sticky. If it’s too dry or too wet, here’s what could have gone wrong:
- Too dry – This is when too many dry ingredients were used in the dough. Make sure to measure the flour properly by spooning it into your measuring cup and leveling it off with a flat edge. Never scoop directly into the flour as this can compact it into the cup.
- Too wet – The butter may have been TOO soft before adding it to the dough. If that’s the case, chill the dough for about 30 minutes before baking.
Tips for baking a giant chocolate chip cookie
Once the dough is prepped and ready to go, it’s time to bake. First, try to use a 9″ springform pan. This not only ensures an even bake, but it’s also very easy to release the cookie once baked. If you don’t have this type of pan, you could also use a 9″ round cake pan or a cast iron skillet. Just know that you may not be able to release the cookie from these pans.
To prep your pan, coat it with a thin layer of nonstick spray and line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper. To do so, spray the pan, release the ring, place a sheet of parchment on the bottom plate, and then place the ring back on the pan to seal the paper in place.
Then, spread the dough in an even layer. It’s pretty sticky so I recommend using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to spread it out. Once it’s even, sprinkle the top with a few extra chocolate chips. This adds tons of beautiful texture and flavor.
Now it’s ready to bake! To know when it’s done, give the pan a gentle nudge inside the oven. If the center wobbles, it needs a few more minutes. But if it has a tight jiggle, it’s ready. The entire cookie should also be evenly puffed, but the center will settle and sink down as it cools.
Allow the cookie to cool completely before decorating. Let it cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then release the ring and place the cookie (still on the bottom plate) in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to finish cooling.
How to pipe buttercream pumpkins
Without decorations, this cookie cake could just look like any other chocolate chip cookie cake. But with the buttercream pumpkins, it elevates this dish into a cookie cake perfect for fall.
To make the pumpkins, you will need:
- C&H® Confectioners Sugar
- Orange gel food coloring
- Piping bags
- 1 large french star piping tip
- 1 small french star piping tip
- 1 small round piping tip
To make the buttercream, I always use C&H® Confectioners Sugar. I never feel the need to sift out any lumps, so it makes an effortlessly smooth buttercream every time. Once the buttercream is smooth and creamy, separate it into 3 dishes: 1 small dish for the chocolate stems, 1 medium dish for the small orange pumpkins, and 1 large dish for the white pumpkins.
Add one drop of orange gel food coloring to the medium dish, along with about 1/4 tsp of cocoa powder. This helps mellow out that bright orange color to make it a bit more muted and natural. Then add about 1 tsp of cocoa powder to the small dish to color it brown for the stems. Then the white is just left as is.
The large star tip is used for the large white pumpkins, the small start tip is for the small orange pumpkins, and the round tip is used to add the stems on top.
First start with the white pumpkins. Place random dollops all around the inner edge of the cookie cake. Then, go in with the orange pumpkins to fill in any gaps.
There’s a technique to this. Place your piping tip about an inch above the surface of the cake (or 1/2 inch for the smaller pumpkins). Then apply even pressure to pipe on the buttercream. Don’t move the tip, just let the buttercream dollop right where you placed it. Once the buttercream has spread enough to make the pumpkin shape, simply pull the piping bag straight up to release the buttercream.
If you find that your pumpkins have very pointy tips, dampen the tip of your finger with a bit of water and dab the tips of the pumpkins to flatten them out before adding the stems.
Then just pipe on the chocolate buttercream to the tops of the pumpkins and your pumpkin patch is complete!
How to store a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie cake
If you plan on serving this the day you made it, you may leave it out at room temperature. Otherwise, store the cookie in an air tight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for up to 5-6 days before it starts to dry out.
When you’re ready to have a slice, let the cookie come up to room temperature and enjoy!
For more pumpkin recipes, check out my:
- Brown Butter Maple Pumpkin Cookies
- Cookies & Cream Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- BEST EVER Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
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