M&M Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Why bake a regular cake when you can make a chocolate chip cookie cake?

Chocolate chip cookie cake recipes are easy to find, but this is my all-time favorite. You can make it as a basic chocolate chip cookie cake with semisweet chocolate chips or you can  add M&Ms and decorate it with frosting for a more festive appearance.  It’s an easy recipe, but keep in mind the dough spreads.

Here’s what it looks like Un-Baked:
giant chocolate chip cookie cake

And here it is Baked! 
giant chocolate chip cookie cake 2

For some decorating inspiration, check out my friend Tina’s page, Sweet Heaven Cookie Cakes. A few years ago Tina started decorating chocolate chip cookie cakes as a hobby, and that hobby has since turned into a a small business.

5.0 from 5 reviews
M&M Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
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Large M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake chocolate chip cookie cake birthdays or gifts
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10-16
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt**
  • 4 oz butter, preferably unsalted
  • 1/2 cup shortening**
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bag semi sweet regular or miniature size chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 regular size bag (about 1.5 oz) plain M&M’s or, if you live in the UK, smarties
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a large (14 inch) round pizza pan with a circle of parchment or non-stick foil.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together; set aside.
  3. Cream butter, shortening and both sugars by hand or with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. When well mixed, add flour mixture and stir until blended Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Put all the batter in the pan and press it into a large circle. Stop the circle about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the rim. Press M&M’s decoratively into top.
  5. Bake on center rack for 32-35 minutes or until cookie is golden around edges and appears set.
**If using margarine or regular butter, decrease salt to ½ teaspoon
**If you prefer not to use shortening, you can swap the shortening out for 1/2 cup of butter. In my opinion, the butter/shortening combo has a better texture.

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  1. Dana says

    That looks perfect!!
    I’m playing around with chocolate and chipotle today…hopefully with positive results!

  2. Sue says

    I made a giant cookie for my daughter’s b’day cake many years ago. We had a cookie themed party. The invitations were cookie shaped, and one of the activities at the party was decorating pre baked sugar cookies, which the girls took home with them after the party. I made chefs hats for each of the girls, and little aprons. It was a lot of fun! I can’t remember the other activities right now, but I know we did other cookie themed things.

  3. says

    I’ve made a batch of brownies with M&M’s on top and they turned out colorful and yummy!

    BTW, I’m going to be baking your White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies tonight! They look SO yummy!

  4. says

    Fuzz says thanks for all the birthday wishes. I’ll buy her a toy on behalf of each of you ;).

    Jess, that is one mind-blowing cookie cake.

    Dana, good luck with the chocolate chipotle combo. I’m really into peanut butter chipotle at the moment.

    Cathy, I feel the same way. M&M’s make everything better.

    Hannah, I hope to see a giant cookie come out of the Del Sisters Kitchen very soon.


    Sue, that is too cute. See, as someone with a blog called Cookie Madness, I should do that. However, are theme is “Dogs” and we’ve only invited one kid.

    Randi, that’s good to know ;).

    Cookie, I hope you like the white chocolate macadamia cookies.

  5. T. Martin says

    Happy 6th (???)Birthday Fuzz!!! A few more days and we’d share the same birthday :-).

  6. Alison says

    I made a giant cookie for my son’s birthday, but decorated it like a pizza – grated white chocolate for cheese, jelly sweet strips for peppers, red icing around the edges for tomato etc. It looked amazing, and the kids all loved it!

  7. Carole R. says

    Happy Birthday, Fuzz.

    What a great looking cookie.

    When you have time tell me all about your new teacher. I wish you were in my classroom. First grade, isn’t it.

  8. says

    Is Fuzz turning 8? I’m guessing.
    I just made small Levains w/yeast (1 1/8 oz.) with the brownie bites in them. They are good!

  9. says

    I’m thinking Fuzz is 7 because if I remember correctly she’s the same age as my daughter 🙂

    I used to work in one of those cookie places in the mall and decorate giant cookie cakes…fun times! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  10. says

    I love giant M&M cookies; the ultimate cookie, right? And I love all the stuff you make on here. I don’t know where you find the time though.

  11. kelly says

    tell fuzz happy birthday from me too!

    i am thinking about making a similar cookie cake for my boyfriend for his birthday (sunday)….he is a huge cookie monster face. i was thinking of just making cookies until i saw this post and ah it looks so yummy!

  12. HeartofGlass says

    Happy Birthday Emma!

    I guess you could call the cookie EM&Ma giant cookie cake! Is there a party tomorrow?

  13. Sophia says

    Happy Birthday Fuzz!
    I have a back-to-school party to go to Saturday and was just trying to think of something to take…This is perfect!

  14. Amanda says

    I used to love these things as a kid. They were the ultimate treat. Top with some vanilla ice cream while the cookie is still hot and oh man. I try to stay away from it now since I have zero control around that thing but man, they are calling my name now. I used to just use the tollhouse cookie dough and slab that on a pan but a homemade one sounds even better.

  15. Carmen Vj says

    Oh, so delicious every is especially the brownie with that big walnut on top at the top of this page. I will bookmark your site to use the recipes. Everything looks so good:)

  16. says

    Oh my that cookie cake looks fabulous! Happy B-day to Fuzz 🙂

    Now I may have to try this for the next birthday coming up rather than buying a cookie cake. Thanks for sharing.

  17. says

    Happy Birthday, Fuzz.
    We made the peanut butter crunch bars yesterday. Oh, they were good. I mean really really good. I can’t wait to tinker with that one.

  18. Veronica says

    Hi, I’ve had your blog in my favorites since last year and I check it daily to see what new recipes are posted. I want to say that I am so pleased with the delicious recipes. I have made a few but I recently made the one bowl chocolate chip cookie recipe and it was a huge hit with our family on a recent camping trip. I am the ultimate die hard chocolate chip cookie fan so I always find great recipes from you. I can’t wait to try this M&M cookie cake next. Thanks for sharing! Also, I want to send a big Happy Birthday wish to Fuzz!!

  19. Karen says

    I made this yesterday, dividing the dough into 2 8-inch cake pans to make two big, but not gigantic cookie cakes. Baking time was 30 minutes. My daughter and her friend each decorated one with a basic powdered sugar frosting, just to practice decorating. They came out great! I look forward to making the full 12-inch cookie one day.

  20. says

    OMG! This looks fantastic! I’m doing a school project, and maybe I can talk about this delicious desert!;) O, and idk who fuzzy is but happy b-day anyway!;)

  21. rick hosemiller says

    okay i have to make a “how to” project in school so i decided to make a cookie cake… part of my grade is the taste and my class of about 30 has to eat a peice.. will that be enough for 30 peope?

  22. says

    Hi Rick,

    Good luck with your project. I think one cookie would be enough for 30, but you’d have to give out very small sample size pieces. You might want to go ahead and just make two. Maybe you’ll get extra credit.

  23. Austin Royal says

    This will be my next birthday cake i have had cookie cakes for the last 3 years now

  24. says

    Hi Austin,

    Aren’t cookie cakes great? I need to make this again. I spend so much time trying new recipes that I have to carve out time to go back and try old ones. This is one I’d like to make again soon.

    Maybe I’ll make it later today. My daughter loves cookie cakes.

  25. Sally says

    I was searching the internet all over the place looking for the perfect cookie cake to bake for my boyfriend’s birthday. This one caught my attention the most out of any other, so I decided to try it. I went to my cousin’s house to bake the cake with his wife and I must say, it came out so great we ended up baking two of them! They both came out great, they were soft and probably the best cookie cakes I’ve ever tried. I did do something a little bit different instead of using a full bag of chocolate chips, I used half a bag of mini chocolate chips and half a bag of white chocolate chips, although I couldn’t find mini white chocolate chips it still came out amazingly delicious. He loved it and so did everyone else. This recipe definitely made it into my favorites.

  26. says

    Hi Sally,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write an unbiased review. I really appreciate it.

    I had great success with this recipe when I made it, but haven’t made it in a while and was hoping that folks out there were getting the same good results. The great thing with cookie cakes is you can play with the add-ins as much as you want. Your white chip/mini chocolate chip combo is a great example. I’ll bet the mini chips with the big white chips looked cool.

    Thanks for the review. This is my daughter’s favorite recipe and I should make it more often.

  27. Dawn says

    YES…. Thank you NEVER thought about making one and its wayyyy cheaper. I had tons of fun making it and decorating it for my daughter’s 7thbday party tomorrow.. SHE loves cookie cakes every yr we would buy now I make!

  28. Elissa says

    Just wanted to let you know this recipe is excellent. I did it for my 16 year old for his birthday. He loved it so much that I just asked him what I could do to make him feel better since he had a bad day. Make the big cookie for me was his solution to happiness. 🙂

  29. randomlittlelady says

    OMIGOSH these are amazing. I made one and it was just so cool. Christmas presents are now sorted. Giant cookies all round!
    For a different recipe i am going to use jaffas instead of m&m’s that should be good.
    I already love cookies but making them giant just makes them so much better! Down with average sized cookies!!!!

  30. Carole says

    I made this for my 4 year old grandson’s birthday. We served it in a pizza box. Caden LOVED it!!!! He shared some with his cousins too and they loved it…yummy!
    I used Smarties, because they are a family favorite, and I didn’t bake them it. I waited til it had cooled, then put icing dots all around the outside and pushed smarties into them to make a border. Then I wrote Happy Birthday in the middle with icing (melted chocolate writing is good too) BIG COOKIE= BIG HIT!!

  31. Tracy says

    Tried this cookie cake for my birthday. It is really good!Instead of using plain M&m’s we used peanut butter ones.

  32. Anonymous says

    hello i am going to try this cookie for my friends birthday. it looks delicious!!! in england we also have M&M’s.

  33. says

    Hi Laura,

    The best bet is to wrap the dough tightly and bake it right before you’re ready to eat it. The dough will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week. If you want to go ahead and bake the cookie, bake it as directed, let it cool, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze it until you’re ready to it. You can keep it up to 2 months in the freezer.

  34. Mary says

    WARNING!!! I didn’t fully read the directions, you MUST keep the cookie’s crust 2 inches from the rim of the pan! I had to pull mine out of the oven and make a huge foil pan to keep it from going all over the oven. Besides that little mishap it all turned out well.

  35. Toree says

    Great Recipe! I brought it over to a birthday party last weekend! I used a mini bag of M&Ms along with some mini Rolos as well… mmmm caramel!

  36. Barb says

    Any chance you also have the recipe for the frosting/icing they use on the mall cookie cakes? Both my boys would enjoy this for the birthday cakes, but they also love the frosting. 🙂

  37. says

    Hi Barb,

    I’m sorry to say I don’t have that exact recipe. Here’s one you might try.

    1 stick salted butter, softened
    1/2 cup shortening OR another stick of butter (shortening makes the frosting stiffer and helps it hold up better)
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 1/2 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
    1/4 cup whole milk (1 to 4 tablespoons)

    Beat the butter and shortening on high speed until creamy. Beat in the salt and vanilla, then gradually add the powdered sugar. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until frosting is the consistency you like.

  38. April says

    I can’t find a pizza pan that doesn’t have holes in it. Would the recipe work fine on a baking sheet?

  39. Cass says

    I made this today and it turned out perfectly!… I used one of those big aluminium trays you buy in the BBQ section t the super market… It’s huge 🙂

  40. Cass says

    My neighbors are very lucky I’m home alone and bored tonight coz iv just made them a cookie cake and it’s in the oven now… (I really just needed to use all the M&Ms before I ate them all).

  41. Jacob Gray says

    It works better when you have the right pan. For I did not have one and I used a cast iron skillet and ended thick

  42. Tarina says

    The best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. We couldn’t stop eating the dough as well as the finished product.

  43. Judy says

    Made this today as a request for my son’s 17th birthday. Made it as stated. Only suggestion is to cut it back 5 minutes. It was the best. Better than the store and they cost $10. It was huge and I used an extra large pizza pan with parchment paper. When you spread it, wet your fingers with water and spread it out.

  44. Linda from Pa says

    This came out soooo Great! I doubled the recipe and made it in a very large pizza pan and also got a dozen cookies out of the recipe. Baked for the exact time and came out nice and soft and Chewy! This one is a keeper. Would be nice to make for parties and fun to decorate.

  45. Cindie says

    I made this for an 18th birthday present. The batter is so yummy! I used half margarine and half butter because I didn’t have any shortening. I wet my hands with cold water to spread the batter out nicely. And I made it thinner in the center than around the edge.

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