Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
What to bake for my hubby (who does not like cake) for his birthday?
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
For the cookie dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup regular granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
For the frosting
40 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup regular granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
To make the cookies
Preheat oven to 350
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar - mix until combined. This will most likely look dry and not creamy as you would expect. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until well combined after each. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the cream. Stir in the chocolate chips.
You need to make 5 cookie layers for this cake. Drop about 1 cup worth of batter on a piece of parchment paper - use an off-set spatula to spread the mixture into an evenly round 8" circle. I recommend baking them one at a time.
Bake until the edges are a rich golden brown and the center looks lightly golden on top, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough until you have 5 rounds.
To make the frosting
In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugars and vanilla until fluffy and smooth. Spread a thick layer of mixture onto 4 of the cookies, I used a pastry bag with large star tip to give the edges a finished look. Stack the cookies on top of each other and place the final unfrosted piece on top. Cover and place in the refrigerator to set the cream cheese, about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature.