Earlier this week, while looking at a popular "gourmet" cookie website, I was curious how much a large decorated cookie cake cost. They started at $37.99 and went up from there! I decided to see if I could make something comparable (and cheaper). I had a coupon for $1.00 off a tube of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip refrigerated cookie dough that I had clipped several weeks ago out of the paper. The dough came to a grand total of $1.69. I had two free coupons from Betty Crocker, so I got a tube each of both red and green decorating icing. Even if you had to pay full price for the cookie dough and decorating icing, it still would be a lot less than $37.99! The next time there is a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion/holiday, try making this. Your guests will be asking you where you "bought" the special one-of-a-kind cookie cake!!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 12-inch x 1-inch circle pan with non-stick spray. Press a 16 1/2 ounce tube of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough into pan with your fingertips to within one inch of the sides. Feel free to use whatever brand of cookie dough you want, as long as it is a 16 1/2 ounce tube. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Pull pan out of the oven and put on wire rack about 20 minutes. Since you put a little non-stick spray in the pan before baking, the cookie should come out easily. Place on plate and decorate if desired.
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Cathy has been "retired" from the paid workforce since 1996 to raise her family which includes one husband, one third grader, one teen and one stepson. She has been cooking and baking for as far back as she can remember for her family and friends in "Cathy's Kitchen." She is excited to be able to share her recipes as well as her cooking and baking hints with other home cooks. Please feel free to comment or ask a question about her recipes or about cooking and baking in general.