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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 55 minutes + 1 hour cooling
  • Yield: 10 slices


This giant chocolate chip cookie is baked with pumpkin and warm fall spices to make it the ULTIMATE fall cookie. It’s then topped with buttercream pumpkins and extra chocolate chips.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups (280g) all purpose flour *see notes for GF option
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 3/4 cup (160g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) C&H® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (50g) C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup (110g) pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided


  • 1/2 cup (110g) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) C&H® Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk or water
  • 1 1/4 tsp cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 drop orange gel food coloring


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, coat a 9″ springform pan with nonstick spray, and line the bottom with parchment paper. TIP: Spray the pan, remove the ring, place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom pan, and place the ring on top to seal it in place. No need to cut a perfect circle.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, C&H® Dark Brown Sugar, and C&H® Granulated Sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the egg yolk, pumpkin puree, and vanilla.
  5. Once smooth, mix in half of the dry ingredients. Once it’s almost combined, mix in the rest. Stop when the dry ingredients are mostly mixed in with a few streaks of flour throughout.
  6. Pour in 1 cup of chocolate chips and fold to distribute the chocolate chips and mix in that last bit of flour.
  7. Spread into your prepared pan and sprinkle the extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top. Lightly press them into the surface.
  8. Bake for 32-37 minutes, or until the center of the cookie cake has a tight jiggle when the pan is nudged.
  9. Allow the cookie cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then remove the ring and place the cookie in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to cool completely. If it’s too warm, the buttercream on top will melt so it’s important that it’s at least room temperature before moving on to the next step.


  1. Using a hand or stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the butter until smooth.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of C&H® Confectioners Sugar, followed by the vanilla. Then, once smooth, mix in the remaining half cup of C&H® Confectioners Sugar.
  3. If it’s too thick, mix in 1 tablespoon of milk or water to help thin it out.
  4. Add 2 small pinches of cocoa powder to the buttercream and mix to combine. It shouldn’t color it at all, but this will give it a slightly warmer tone.
  5. Add one spoonful of the frosting to a small dish and 4 spoonfuls to another dish. Now you should have 3 bowls of buttercream (one small, one medium, and one large).
  6. To the small dish, add 1 tsp of cocoa powder and mix to combine. This will act as the stems of the pumpkins.
  7. To the medium dish, add a drop of orange gel food coloring and 1/4 tsp of cocoa powder. The cocoa powder helps mellow out the orange so it looks more natural, like the color of actual pumpkins.
  8. The large dish (the original buttercream mixture) is to remain white. Add the white buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a large french star tip. Add the orange to a bag fitted with a small french star tip. And finally, add the chocolate buttercream to a bag fitted with a small round tip.
  9. When the cookie cake is completely cooled, start by piping on the white buttercream in small dollops all around the rim of the cake. Fill in any gaps with the orange buttercream, and then add your chocolate stems on top of each pumpkin.
  10. Now slice and enjoy!


GLUTEN FREE – Although I haven’t tested it, I believe this recipe would do well with gluten free flour. Swap the flour with a good quality gluten free baking flour – one with xanthan gum. I also suggest weighing the flour, rather than measuring by cups, to ensure accuracy. 

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
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