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Cookie Heart (Giant Cookie Cake Recipe)

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Make this Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart this Valentine’s day! This cookie heart is the best giant cookie cake recipe! Simple and Scrumptious! Chewy, dense, crisp-buttery edges with loads of chocolate!

What do you usually do for Valentine’s day? With restaurants being so busy, and most years it typically lands on a busy school night, I usually try and make a fun dinner for our family at home, usually inhaled eaten in 20 minutes because we have to get across town for swimming or some athletic event!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart | www.thefreshcooky.com

Oh sure in the early years, my hubby would take me out to a fancy restaurant, buy me roses and I’d get all dressed up, but I’m really not a make-a-big-fuss kind of girl.

Now I try setting a pretty table using the good dishes and crystal, sometimes I’ll even set things up on the coffee table in front of a fire, which is how we did it last year (we did talk, I promise). Changing things up is fun, even for teenage boys!

Valentine's Day Table Setting in family room with fire roaring.

Simple Ingredients

  • Butter | The real stuff, should be hard straight from fridge, but soften for the recipe.
  • Sugar | White (I use all-natural cane sugar) and Light Brown Sugar is what we’ll use
  • Eggs | I use large eggs in all of my baking
  • Vanilla | ever made homemade vanilla, a must try!
  • All-Purpose Flour | I always use organic, unbleached AP Flour
  • Chocolate | We’ll use Chocolate Cips, Chocolate Chunks and Valentine M&M’s

I really do prefer to stay home; family dinners are getting harder to come by in these teen years, and I cherish those times together.

So I chill some Martinelli’s for the boys and I might make a special cocktail for Brad and me, doesn’t really matter what dinner is, it’s dessert that counts! I have also made these Valentine’s Cake Pops and this oh-so-decadent Death By Chocolate Cake.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Heart pin with close up image of cookie heart.

Start with my basic Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and simply replace the mini-chocolate chips with 1 (heaping) cup of Valentine’s M & M’s in addition to the regular chocolate chips and chunks. Stir them carefully into the dough, there is not such thing as to chocolatey, is there??

NOTE | You can see the step by step for the cookie dough in the link above, but the complete recipe for the cookie dough is at the end of this post.

Reserve some M & M’s for placing on top after baking.

Pouring Valentine's M&M's into cookie dough.

If you happen to have a heart-shaped pan, great! Mine is actually a heart form from a spring-form pan.

OR you can use an 8 or 9″ round cake pan, nothing wrong with a giant round cookie! If you must have it heart-shaped cookie, then check out these options. 10″ heart shaped pan  6″ heart shaped pan (make 2 or three!), these tart pans are darling, or this heart shaped variable size set.

Be sure to liberally grease your pan in preparation, using non-stick cooking spray or spray oil.

Place roughly 1/3 of the dough into the pan/form.

Cookie dough in heart form on sheet pan.

Press the cookie dough into the pan, about 3/4 inch thick, adding or removing dough as needed.

TIP | Using a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper to evenly press the cookie dough throughout the form or pan.

Using plastic wrap to push cookie dough into heart shaped pan.

You can attempt to make a free-form heart, I made an extra smaller heart, just by pressing it into a heart shape.

PRO TIP | If using a form and not a pan, or free-forming your hearts, be sure to place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, I love these natural, pre-cut sheets.

Forming a freeform heart shaped cookie.

Next, freeze the dough for 30 minutes until firm, don’t skip this step!

Chocolate chip cookie dough, cookie heart, dough after freezing for 30 minutes.

In order to keep the dip in the top of the heart (it probably has a technical name) I used a little folded foil, sprayed with non-stick oil and tucked it in to help it keep from spreading.

Piece of foil wedged in heart dimple.

About 15-20 minutes into chilling, preheat your oven to 350°.

Place cookie sheet, or cake pan into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, watching closely towards the end. Depending on how thick you made the cookie, it will cook quicker or slower.

Remove from oven when edges are lightly browned and crispy, center will still be pretty soft and gooey. Allow to cool completely on cookie sheet, on cooling rack.

PRO BAKERS TIP | Using another handful or two of M & M’s, gently sprinkle all over the giant cookie while cookie is still hot and if desired press into cookie.

Baked cookie heart on pan still with form on top, sprinkled with new Valentine's M&M's.

Once cooled, using a table knife, gently insert between sides of cookie and pan and release from mold or pan.

If removing from a pan, allow to cool for 15-25 minutes, use a knife to separate the edges from the pan, carefully turn over onto cooling rack laid on top of pan.

Invert and allow to cool completely. If you prefer not to have cooling rack marks, using the same method, invert back using another cooling rack. Be sure that you greased your pan extremely well before baking!

BAKERS TIP | Even as mine cooled, the center was still quite gooey, I wanted to move it to a serving plate, so I placed the cookie sheet back in the freezer for 15 minutes just to harden the center. Then using a large spatula it transferred quite easily to the serving plate.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie | www.thefreshcooky.com

If baking free-form hearts or baking smaller hearts, they will need less baking time, watch them closely. Mine did spread even after freezing, but it didn’t stop my family from tearing into the cookie!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie | www.thefreshcooky.com

Serve on a pretty plate or pedestal, slice into wedges using a knife or pizza cutter.

Serve cold or warm with a scoop of your favorite ice cream (maybe even homemade?) and chewy hot fudge sauce or bourbon caramel sauce for an extra decadent dessert. Which is kind of the point for Valentine’s day right??

TIPs from the Fresh Cooky | To reheat the cookie, place on a cookie sheet into a 250° oven for about 5-10 minutes until warm through.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie heart on pretty plate.

This recipe makes two large cookies, or one large cookie and about 16 regular size cookies!

I scooped my extra dough using a medium cookie scoop. Freeze the dough balls on a small cookie sheet or plate until firm, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer baggie.

When ready to bake, allow to come to room temperature while you are preheating your oven, about 10-15 minutes and bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie | www.thefreshcooky.com

Want to make Gluten-Free, use my Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

MORE VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPES

Pin for Cookie Heart on pretty doily with extra Valentine's m&m's sprinkled around.

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4 Comments

  1. Feb 13 ,2021
    Tried this recipe and it turned out great ! My grandchildren and husband were amazed and loved them . Followed the instructions for regular recipe not high altitude .
    Thank you for the recipe . Will definitely do it again !