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Quick and Easy Layered Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

The inspiration for this came from a Facebook post from a friend of mine, who shared a blog that gave a recipe for a delicious-looking deep dish cookie.  If I were you, I would definitely check that out–it looks amazing.  If you get to the supermarket before I do, let me know how it works out because I’d love to try it.

Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Layered-Ingredients-2If it’s a lazy day for you, though, like it was for me, you can take the easy way out and grab your pan, pre-made cookie dough, peanut butter, and cooking spray (optional depending on your pan).  I used a nine-inch square cake pan because that was the only size I have.  I’d recommend using one a bit smaller (and one that’s circular if you’d like).

Make sure that you either have a family size roll of cookie dough or more than one normal roll.  I used the family size, which had just enough.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and begin by spraying your pan with cooking spray.  I like to use the canola oil spray, but you can use whatever you’d like.

Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Layered-Preparation-Step-TwoCut the roll of cookie dough in half and put one half to the side.  Press the other half into the bottom of the pan, spreading it out so that there are no empty spaces along the bottom.

Once you have done that, grab a knife and some peanut butter and begin spreading the peanut butter atop the layer of cookie dough, as displayed in the picture to the right.  Try not to get peanut butter all over your hands and the pan, like I did.  I think I had to wash my hands three times in five minutes.

Once you have finished with the peanut butter, take the other half of the cookie dough roll and start breaking it apart into pieces, like you would if you were making cookies.  This will help to make sure you can spread it out for another layer, on top of the peanut butter.

Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Layered-Preparation-Step-ThreeOnce you have finished, your product should look something like the picture to the left.  As you can see, there were parts where I couldn’t spread the cookie dough too much and peanut butter is sticking out.  This is why you should use a smaller pan, as it will be a very thin layer of cookie dough.

Now,  you can put it in the oven.  The best thing to do would be to keep checking on it while it is in the oven; I didn’t set the timer, but it probably took  about twenty-five minutes to bake.

I like my cookie dough to be gooey, so at that point, I took it out of the oven, but you can continue cooking it until your preference is met.  If you don’t cook it longer than I did, make sure you let it sit for a bit after baking before you dig in, as the bottom will be gooey.  I waited about five minutes and tried to cut a piece, which plopped into a mess on my plate.  It was delicious and so worth it, though.

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