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Cookie Cake Bars

Can't decide whether to have cake or cookies? Well, have both! These bars marry a dense, fudgy chocolate cake and a chewy chocolate chip cookie layer to create the best of both worlds!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • For the cookie base:
  • 12-15 homemade or store bought chocolate chip cookies; enough to make 2 and 1/2 cups crumbs (they're better if they're a few days old!)
  • For the cake layer:
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk, I used skim


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line an 8x8 square baking tin.
  • Place the cookies into a mini food chopper and blitz until you have crumbs.
  • Tip the cookie crumbs into the greased tin and smooth until level with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes until ever so slightly browned on the edges and puffy.
  • Leave to cool whilst you make the cake layer. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together in a small bowl, leave to one side.
  • Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 mins on med-high speed.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla, scraping the sides when necessary, then mix until well incorporated, 1-2 mins on med-high speed.
  • Add in the flour mix and mix on low until just incorporated, then add in the milk and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  • Pour the batter on top of the cooled cookie base and smooth with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Place in the oven for 25-30 mins, then turn the oven down to 160C/325F and bake for a further 10-15 mins. In the final 10-15 minutes keep checking to make sure the cake doesn't burn. If the edges are getting a bit brown, cover them with foil. Cake is done when an inserted skewer in the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin completely, before removing and slicing into 9-12 bars.
  • Cake bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 3 days.


Recipe by Annie of Annie's Noms