whole wheat chocolate chip cookie cake with dried cherries and smoked salt

Everyone’s favourite whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe – in cake form! Fancied up with dried cherries, dark chocolate, walnuts, and smoked salt, this cookie cake is next level delish!

whole wheat chocolate chip cookie cake with dried cherries and smoked salt

I’m not really into Valentine’s Day and all of the nonsense it brings with it. Overpriced roses? No thanks. Crowded restaurants with set menus and crazed staff? Let’s just order pizza. Ridiculous expectations of romance on a particular day just because people say so? Girl, please.

Galentine’s Day, on the other hand, I am all over. An excuse to get together with some of my favourite ladies, drink bubbly drinks, and eat delicious food? Sign me up!

I don’t know about you, but for me, those close friendships are everything. My girls are the keepers of my unfiltered thoughts, my therapists, the antidote to living in a home strewn with stinky sports gear and toy cars. Its a special kind of unconditional love, and so, I try to show my appreciation how I know best: with food.

If you want a Galentine’s (or Valentine’s, if that’s your thing – you do you) treat that’s super simple to make but looks impressive, let me introduce you to my one and only Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

whole wheat chocolate chip cookie cake with dried cherries and smoked salt

There is pretty much nothing easier and few things better than a chocolate chip cookie cake. You just make your cookie dough as per usual, then press it into a cake pan. No scooping and rolling individual cookies. No fussing around with chilling the dough. And your chocolate chip cookie cake will have a gloriously soft and gooey center with crisp edges. Essentially, it’s perfection.

This Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is spun off of my favourite whole wheat chocolate chip cookies recipe, fancied up with dark chocolate, dried cherries, walnuts, and smoked salt. If you don’t have smoked salt on hand, just use regular flaked salt. No heart-shaped cake pan? Use a round one. Or a square one. Or a cast-iron skillet.

Just make one. It’s a great thing to share with the people you love – on the 14th of February, or on any other day.

Can we be real about this? You’re eating a giant chocolate chip cookie. Yes, a giant whole wheat chocolate chip cookie, but a giant cookie loaded with butter and sugar all the same. Enjoy it! Be mindful about how the cookie smells (mmmm, buttery) and how if feels (is it warm from the oven? soft on the inside? crispy around the edges?) and how it makes you feel.

How much cookie is enough? On you can know that. Pay attention to your satisfaction cues. Ask your self whether you legitimately want more, or whether more would push you over the edge into feeling unwell. Make note of how you feel when you’re finished, both physically and mentally. But most importantly, just enjoy the damn cookie!

Other tasty treats you might enjoy:

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Single Serving Chocolate Cake 
Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Pudding

5 from 1 vote

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cookie Cake

Everyone's favourite whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe - in cake form! Fancied up with dried cherries, dark chocolate, walnuts, and smoked salt, this cookie cake is next level delish!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 379 kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaked salt preferably smoked salt
  • 8 ounces cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch / 1cm pieces
  • 1 cup light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces 70% dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. 

  2. Butter the bottom and sides of two round, square, or heart shaped cake pans. (This amount of cookie dough is enough for two 9-inch round tins)

  3. In a large bowl use a whisk to mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cold butter pieces with the sugars until well blended, about two minutes. 

  5. Add the eggs, one at a time. Give the bowl a good scrape down and ensure everything is well combined, then add the vanilla.

  6. Add the flour mixture to the wet mix all at once, and blend until just barely combined. 

  7. Next add the chocolate chips, dried cherries, and walnuts, and mix until evenly combined. I like to finish the mixing with a wooden spoon.

  8. Press approximately half of the dough into each cake pan, using your hands (wet hands are good if the dough is sticking to you) to press the dough into an even layer. 

  9. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes. The cookie cake is done when puffed and golden on top, and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 

  10. Remove from the oven and set the cookie in it's tin on a wire rack to cool. 

  11. Serve in slices, with a glass of milk or a scoop of iced cream handy. Also amazing served warm, and eaten straight from the pan. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • I often make this with white whole wheat flour and love the results.
  • You can make just one cookie cake and bake the rest as regular cookies, or freeze the rest of the dough for another day.
  • The cookie cake will last for 3-5 days at room temperature.
  • Unbaked dough will last up to 3 months in the freezer. 
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Chocolate Cookie Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




  1. Michelle says

    These sound amazing. I don’t normally like cookies as they’re too sweet, but with the walnuts, dried cherries and salt, they sound far less sweet than normal cookies. Will be trying these, thanks 🙂

    BTW, found you from Foodists. Nice blog!!

  2. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says

    I’m not a romantic either so I get avoiding the expensive gifts and fine dining. It’s more about being together in real life anyway. Like you, I had eggs, only scrambled, and it was delicious.

  3. Poorna Anand says

    Hey Katie
    The cake came out yum. I mus have added a little extra butter probably. It got crumbled a bit. But the taste was awesome. Anand loved it too. He had it for dessert last night and for breakfast this morning lol.
    Thanks a lot. Have a nice weekend.

    • themuffinmyth says

      Breakfast of champions! Bummer it turned out a bit crumbly. It definitely shouldn’t, especially in giant cookie cake form. Maybe too much butter or too little flour? Who knows! I hope you try it again sometime.

  4. Leanne says

    Oh, MAN. You’ve taken the perfect cookie recipe, added cherries and smoked sea salt? I had to stop myself from getting out of bed and going downstairs to make this. I’ve got some smoked sea salt that I’ve been kind of baffled by just sitting in a cabinet downstairs; this is a great way to break it out. Can’t wait!!

    • themuffinmyth says

      I’ve been using smoked sea salt in all kinds of sweet applications. These cookies, sprinkled on oatmeal raisin cookies, and I did a dark chocolate sauce with smoked sea salt for drizzling over ice cream. Yum!

  5. kellie@foodtoglow says

    Come to Mama! That looks great. I’ve done the Heidi Swanson one (which itself may be adapted from Good to the Grain) and we loved it. But you’ve taken the idea to another level. PS I am ordering us some smoked garlic, so your affair with non-meaty smoky things can continue. Do you need more smoked salt, cos I can send that too 😉

    • themuffinmyth says

      The Heidi Swanson one is one and the same. Actually, I was going to post a giant heart shaped cookie cake exactly about 2 years ago, and she beat me to it with her giant cookie baked in a skillet so then I felt as if I couldn’t post the same thing. But, time has passed, and I’ve fancied this cookie up with dried cherries and smoked salt. Soooo good. My smoked salt supply is good for now, and I *think* I can find that here. So sweet of you to offer though!

  6. Kathryn says

    Ah yes, we once had a lavatory-inducing Valentine’s meal. So romantic. I think staying in and eating a giant cookie is a far better plan.


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