Double Decker Cookie Cake
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Guys!! This was not a planned post but after I made it I knew I needed to share it with you! Thank you to Baking with Blondie (I am obsessed with her Instagram account...you NEED to follow her) for giving me this idea and cookie recipe. I saw her create these beautiful and fun new versions of cookie cake and I knew I had to make this Double Decker Cookie Cake immediately!
I started with Mandi's cookie base and made as directed. I actually did this one day before and just wrapped in plastic wrap until I needed it. You can make any letter or number you want. This would be PERFECT for birthdays and be an adorably cute new spin on a birthday treat (can you guess what Justin will get next year?! Added bonus - cookie cake and funfetti cake are what he always gets....oh the ideas I am already thinking of!). I just went with B for our last name since I technically was making this just for fun. I drew out a "B" on parchment paper then cut out for a stencil. I halved the cookie dough and rolled both out. Using a knife, carefully trace around the letter or number you made. Use 2 large spatulas to pick up and place on a baking sheet. Bake and let cool completely before you start assembling.
I decided to make this cake themed off Justin's favorite girl scout cookie, the Samoas! We had just polished off a box so I was fresh off the caramel and coconut coma and needed another fix. You can go with any theme or flavor. Look at #cookiecake on Instagram for all kinds of flavor combos and inspiration.
I went ahead and baked off the rest of the cookie dough that wasn't used because I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the frosting. I went with a cream cheese frosting and didn't make it quite as sweet. I really wanted to taste more of the cream cheese than straight buttercream sweetness. Then I had this crazy and awesome idea to add in the cookies to make it a shortbread cookie frosting! GAME CHANGER! All you need to do is take the extra cookie parts you baked off and throw in a blender or food processor. Pulse until ground but still has little chunks. Mix into frosting once it is finished and place into a piping bag. Guys, it is so good! The subtle cookie flavor and the little chunks you bite in to....oh my! You have to make this!
To assemble the Double Decker Cookie Cake:
- Cut a large tip of your disposable piping bag (or use a gallon zip lock bag) or use a Wilton 1 A tip with a piping bag. Take your letter or number combo and place on parchment paper. Line the outside edges with a large dollop of icing.
- Place the second cookie on top.
- Pipe large dollops over the entire surface.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate
- Drizzle with salted caramel.
- Decorate with Samoas, chocolate covered caramel squares, salted caramel coconut clusters, toasted coconut, and chocolate sprinkles.
I made Sallys Baking Addiction Salted Caramel recipe for this creation. I toasted off a whole bag of coconut and once finished I took about half of that, placed in a bowl and poured in just enough salted caramel to coat entirely. Mixed until combined and then spread evenly on parchment paper and freeze for 10 minutes. Once I was ready for it I just pulled off in chunks and places around the cookie.
Be sure to watch the video below to see how I assembled this Double Decker Cookie Cake. The recipe is long and seems complicated but don't let the multiple steps intimidate you, it is very easy!
Use your imagination with this! The ideas are endless! I will say this will feed an ARMY. This cookie cake would easily feed 20, if not more. It is very rich so a serving doesn't need to be that big. This is perfect for a big crowd at a birthday party and it also freezes beautifully! Cut into individual serving sizes and place in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. It is very good eaten frozen as well (not that I know from experience or anything 😉 ).
Please tag me at #fuelingasouthernsoul on Instagram and send me all your pictures if you make this! It is so easy and fun. Go crazy with the toppings, be creative, choose themes, anything! Happy baking friends!