Very Vanilla Salted Caramel, Pecan & Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake {V for Vanilla}

Sometimes Me think, “What is Friend?” and then Me say, “Friend is someone to share the last cookie with”.

– Cookie Monster

I honestly think that this post has the longest title to date in my blog. I actually changed it various times, because I invented this giant cookie cake recipe, or whatever you want to call it, and really wasn’t sure how to name it. Or perhaps I could shorten Very Vanilla Salted Caramel, Pecan & Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake to the Sofia Cookie Cake? Or shortening it to the Vanilla, Caramel, Pecan Choc Cookie Cake? Or the Everything Giant Cookie? The Papaya Pieces Cookie Cake wouldn’t be a good idea in case people think it has papaya pieces in it. I’m quite uncreative today at thinking up names. Can anybody help me out, any suggestions?

For the Ingredient Challenge this month, my friends and I are up to V and have chosen vanilla. I decided to make a variation of my giant cookie because we’ve sort of grown attached to eating it. The thing is that I needed to add vanilla to it.

Vanilla pod

I decided to make it way more sinful than the original but whisking the cookie dough so it would be as light as possible so it would be similar to a cake. To counteract the lightness I added vanilla, 50% more pecan nuts and chocolate, and then poured melted creamy vanilla caramel over it. Does that sound good?

Let’s not be fooled by it’s appearance. In my defence I’ll say it’s rustic, and sometimes the rustic, imperfect looking cookie cakes are the ones that taste the best.

Ingredients for the cookie cake:

100g butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 + 1/3 cup cream, 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 2 vanilla beans, 3/4 cup pecan, 3/4 cup chopped cooking chocolate

Ingredients for the caramel:

1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup cream, 1 vanilla bean, 1 tablespoon butter, pink Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Extract the vanilla seeds from the vanilla bean by making a slit through its side, then carefully removing the seeds with the end of a knife.

To make the cookie cake dough, melt the butter. Add all the sugar and whisk. Add the egg and whisk until fluffy. The fluffier it gets, the lighter the texture of the cookie cake will be. Add the cream and whisk until smooth. Add the flour, a pinch of sea salt and baking soda. Stir. Add the vanilla seeds, chocolate chips and pecan nuts. Stir.

Butter the mold or skillet. Arrange all of the cookie dough inside.

To make the caramel, add the sugar, cream and vanilla seeds. Bring to boil while stirring, then continue to boil for about another minute while stirring. Remove from the heat and add the butter.

Pour the caramel on top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Note: you can use any kind of coarse salt. I used pink Himalayan salt because that’s what I had at hand.

Vanilla cookie cake with pecans, chocolate and caramel topping

As giant cookies, cakes and cookie cakes are best shared with friends, I’m virtually sharing this with my friends that are joining me on the Ingredient Challenge. Let’s check out what they are sharing with us using vanilla:

Curls and Carrots

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Ngan Made it

Thank you for reading!

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  1. Ngan R. 2014-05-28 at 23:18

    I like the title, but the “everything giant cookie” sort of says it all. This is am impressively sized cookie/cookie cake, Sofia! It looks decadent and is so dense with goodies, and that gooey caramel on top — YUM! Great use of vanilla in an adaptation of your giant cookie recipe. I look forward to making this someday and enjoying it with a cup of tea.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-28 at 23:21

      I’m dreaming of your spicy vanilla tea now,… we should have a party with all our vanilla creations and your tea. Wouldn’t that be awesome? xx

      1. Ngan R. 2014-05-28 at 23:22

        Agreed! I want to put Liz’s vanilla ice cream on your cookie and Shanna’s doughnuts and serve you all tea! 🙂

        1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-28 at 23:25

          Yes!!! Then we would all be too stuffed to have dinner… because we would all probably have a second helping of everything 😉 (or I would anyway).

  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-05-28 at 23:58

    I, too, like “everything cookie” – “kitchen sink” cookie (“everything but the kitchen sink” expression) – or how about Best Cookie EVER? 🙂 All of the sily cream, rich butter and decadent dark chocolate? How can it not be fantastic? I see that you have a good pecan source now! Loved this post, Sofia – reading and looking at the photos was fun! xx Shanna

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 00:08

      The Best Cookie EVER isn’t very modest, but it sounds good 😉 You know I actually don’t like dark chocolate on it’s own, but when mixed together with lots of other things I do. Yes, there is a “new” shop in my neighbourhood that sells everything in bulk and they have pecans! They have plenty of things that I usually can’t get and want. I’m such a regular customer now there 🙂
      I think that between us we made a great vanilla challenge. Great recipes and lots of fun 🙂 xx

      1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-05-29 at 03:52

        I love dark chocolate… that photo actually led me to my kitchen to insert dark chocolate treat in mouth! 🙂 If only I had one of your cookies. This shop sounds amazing! Mayb a blog post about the shop, owners and wonderful treats????

  3. lapetitecasserole 2014-05-29 at 00:07

    It sounds amazing, good is not enough! Love this cake… I love the salted caramel, I can keep on eating it for longtime without getting bored!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 00:11

      That’s the main problem with these giant cookie cakes, it’s hard to stop eating them 😉 Have a great evening!

  4. Liz 2014-05-29 at 00:25

    YUM! No kidding that we have the perfect tea party here. 😀 I will be making this kitchen sink cookie/cake soon very soon. Looks amazing!!!! So ooey and gooey. Love how versatile that vanilla bean is.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 10:14

      We do have the perfect tea party 🙂 What a great idea vanilla bean was… also I have to confess I hadn’t used them before, so I’ve definitely learn something this month. xx

  5. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2014-05-29 at 03:39

    I liked the recipe and even considered baking it for my guys…until I got to the ingredient “pink Himalayan salt.” Yeah, like I could find it here on the Texas-Mexico border–hahahaha!!! I can hardly find authentic Mexican ingredients…sigh…

  6. katiebonken 2014-05-29 at 05:31

    Jeeeeeees….that’s a mix and a half!!! All hte best things rolled into one!

  7. laurasmess 2014-05-29 at 10:50

    Oh my GOSH Sofia!!!! This is beautiful! I am so, so excited by the idea of eating many of my favourite things together (pecans, caramel, awesome sea salt and chocolate) in one giant cookie cake. It’s like a dessert made in heaven. Love that cookie monster quote too, ha! This is a great post for the vanilla theme… definitely one that I’m bookmarking for cosy nights in (served warm with a scoop of ice cream!) xxx

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 17:36

      Oh yes, while it’s still warm and sort of melting with some ice cream is great for cosy nights. xxx

  8. Sunny 2014-05-29 at 14:43

    Yaaaay vanilla!!! I was given a whole bunch of vanilla pods a couple of years ago. I knew this lady who owned an organic store. She couldn’t sell them anymore because they had “passed the date,” so she just gave me a whole bunch for free!!! I put a stick in one of my sugar jars to make my own vanilla sugar. I’ve never bought vanilla essence because I just don’t trust stuff like that!

    Anyways, yummy yummy cake!!! Salted caramel is my favorite thing (OK maybe after cats)! As a matter of fact, a friend came over to help me make a batch yesterday. We packed them up nicely to give to my wedding guests, but I just want to eat them all by myself right now haha

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 17:35

      I’ll have to look that up and make vanilla sugar. I don’t buy essences either and don’t often use vanilla (because I forget to buy the pods!).
      Wow you’re wedding guests are so lucky, they will receive your salted caramels! That is a beautiful idea. And I agree, cats are even better than salted caramel 😉

  9. maggigonza 2014-05-29 at 15:12

    Esa torta parece riquísima. Tendré que probarla.
    Un saludo desde Argentina.

  10. Amanda 2014-05-29 at 18:06

    You are always so creative with these challenges! This looks amazingly decadent. Your photos are stunning. I don’t think that cake would make it into the oven for me. That batter with the chocolate pieces is JUST….yum. Muy bien hecho y muyyy rico, Nena!!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 18:41

      Mucha gracias Amanda! With regards to the batter, I’m pretty lucky that Mr. H is usually not interesting in eating the bits of batter left over from the bowl I mix it in… so it’s all for me 🙂

  11. Pemberley Cup & Cakes by Rosa 2014-05-29 at 19:38

    This must be the most sinful thing on a plate that I’ve ever seen in my entire life! There’s nothing in this cookie cake which I wouldn’t die for!!! Vanilla, salted caramel, chocolate, pecans…
    You did it, Sofía! You’ve created a monster recipe! Congrats my friend!
    Vivan las galletas y tartas rústicas! 😉
    Un beso

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-29 at 20:16

      Vivan las galletas y tartas rústicas “pecadoras” haha. Gracias Rosa y que pases una tarde genial, un beso!

  12. apartmentwife 2014-05-29 at 23:35

    oh gosh, this looks absolutely delicious – vanilla and salted caramel and pecans and chocolate? it’s like a collection of my favorite things. wish i was there to have a piece!

  13. Dalo 2013 2014-05-30 at 01:14

    Yum, looks and sounds wonderful (actually like the title ~ makes me want to taste it). I knew this post would be good, and one of my earliest childhood heroes was quoted (the Cookie Monster…he is the best). Being creative is how great recipes are made, and can never go wrong adding vanilla (at least I think so). Cheers!

  14. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-05-30 at 08:52

    For a cake with such a long name though, Sofia, this looks like it doesn’t have so many ingredients and would be really easy to make! I struggle too sometimes with long recipe names, but in the end usually just go with it. I think you chose perfectly!

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-05-30 at 08:55

      Well if I would have omitted the words VERY and SALTED the name would be a bit shorter 😉 I think it’s because all the ingredients are or turned brown so it doesn’t look like it has it all, but yes it does! Wishing you a great weekend Helen 🙂

  15. The Iron Cheftress 2014-05-31 at 17:21

    Of all days to check out your blog again it has to be a day when you make such a delicious cake and I’m fasting to make weight haha. Lovely and clean blog layout by the way.

  16. Kiss & Make-up 2014-05-31 at 23:02

    I can’t believe I’m saying this after a large salad entree, a big ass pizza, a large slice of Death By Chocolate cake and half a box of Belgian chocolates (yes I went all out today, had something to celebrate) but this looks SO delicious and I want a piece!

  17. Johnnysenough 2014-06-01 at 02:14

    Have to admit, I’m not a big fan of cookies. But! You have caramel on top! I have to have some. I say that with good reason as I’ve baked a banana cake with caramel inside the cake itself. Too delicious. Which is why I never bake it.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-04 at 10:48

      I was going to bake this with the caramel inside it but it was proving to be difficult (the cookie batter was too thick to extend nicely). I’ll try again next time with cake batter, oh and with your idea with banana sounds good!

  18. Patty Nguyen 2014-06-03 at 06:59

    Oh my, what a cookie! Are you sure I should share? Hmmmm…

  19. Kay / Pure + Complex 2014-06-04 at 08:43

    You can’t show me chocolate early in the morning.. because I have a tendency to lose my darn mind LOL. This looks absolutely delicious.

    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-06-04 at 10:46

      Loosing your mind means you may have a more creative day. Lets vote for chocolate in the morning then. Have a lovely day!

  20. Tashiana 2014-06-04 at 11:12

    Dios mio! Say what!? This looks increible!! Me encanta 😀

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