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M&M Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

by on August 21, 2008 · 68 comments

There are other versions of giant chocolate chip cookies which you can decorate and cut with a pizza cutter, but this is our favorite.

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5.0 from 4 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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Published on August 21, 2008

{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl August 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

Oooh, a massive cookie!! :-D

Wishing Fuzz an early happy birthday!!

JenJen August 21, 2008 at 9:34 am

That looks awesome! My kids would love it!!! Happy birthday to Fuzz!

Janet August 21, 2008 at 9:48 am

Happy Birthday to Fuzz! I know she will enjoy that cake…looks good;-)

runjess August 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

I love cookie cake so much!
I’ve made this one with excellent results, although I halved the recipe:

Sal August 21, 2008 at 10:44 am

You can get M&Ms in the UK! I’ll be making this very soon I’m sure!!!

Dana August 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

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

Cathy - August 21, 2008 at 11:10 am

That looks so yummy – anything with M and M’s is a winner

Katrina August 21, 2008 at 11:34 am

Now THERE’S the ultimate CCC!

Sue August 21, 2008 at 11:59 am

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.

Melissa August 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm

That looks so much tastier than the ones they sell at malls! Lovely.

Randi August 21, 2008 at 12:58 pm

We have smarties in Canada too( we also have M & M’s)

Hannah August 21, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Oh my little brothers and sister would love this!

Cookie August 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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!

Anna August 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

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.

T. Martin August 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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

Alison August 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm

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!

Carole R. August 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

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.

Katrina August 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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!

Brenda August 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm

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.

dawn August 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

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.

kelly August 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

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!

clumbsycookie August 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Can I go to the party? I’ll bring a huge glass of milk! Happy birthday to Fuzz!

HeartofGlass August 21, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Happy Birthday Emma!

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

Sophia August 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm

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!

Amanda August 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm

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.

RecipeGirl August 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

My little guy would be super happy with that yummy looking cake. Looks like a giant pac man with the slice taken out of it!

Carmen Vj August 22, 2008 at 12:26 am

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:)

TheAngelForever August 22, 2008 at 6:19 am

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.

Erin Mylroie August 22, 2008 at 7:39 am

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.

Veronica August 22, 2008 at 11:26 am

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!!

Karen September 7, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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.

Madeson Dile April 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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!;)

rick hosemiller April 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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?

Anna April 25, 2009 at 6:48 am

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.

Austin Royal May 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

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

Anna May 6, 2009 at 11:27 am

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.

Brenda August 3, 2009 at 8:26 am

Is this cookie soft or crunchy? I’m looking for a soft cookie.

Sally February 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

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.

Anna February 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

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.

Dawn February 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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!

Elissa July 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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. :)

Tatiana @ Maddie's Adventures July 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

That is amazing – 35 minutes for a cookie! Thanks for sharing. I have a great recipe for M&M Cookies that I just posted too. Check it out: and let me know what you think.

Anna July 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hi Elissa,

Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad the cookie brightened your son’s day.

randomlittlelady November 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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!!!!

Carole November 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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!!

Tracy February 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

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

Anonymous February 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

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

Laura November 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

How long can this keep in an airtight container or in the fridge? thank you :)

Anna November 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

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.

Mary April 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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.

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