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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Texas Sheet Cake

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This chocolate chip cookie dough sheet cake takes the one of my favorite guilty pleasures and turns it into a Texas style sheet cake. You are going to love it!

Piece of chocolate chip cookie dough Texas sheet cake with bite missing on red plate with fork.

Texas sheet cakes are always a great way to feed a crowd.  The batter comes together quickly and a warm icing gets poured over when you are finished. 

Chocolate may be the original flavor, but you don’t have to limit yourself to that.  This cookie dough inspired version is delicious and perfect for so many kinds of gatherings. 

Looking down on sheet pan filled with chocolate chip cookie dough cake topped with smooth white icing and lots of chocolate chips.

Get out your saucepan and whisk out, that’s all it takes to make this delicious treat. It will be perfect for your parties, BBQs, potlucks and more!

With our big game gathering coming up, I have been going through my Texas sheet cake recipes.  They are such a fun and easy way to feed a crowd.

Because we are having quite a few people over and I have a lot of items I’d like to make, I thought a sheet cake would make a perfect dessert.  They come together quickly and there’s not much fuss to them.

sheet pan filled with white icing topped chocolate chip Texas sheet cake with square piece missing, showing brown sugar cake topped with vanilla icing and chocolate chips.

MiMi went on a sheet cake making roll in the early days of this site, so there are a lot of fun and creative recipes to choose from.  I stumbled upon this chocolate chip cookie dough inspired version and I thought it was a perfect time to spiff up the post a bit and share it with you again.

It is still a favorite and tastes even better than it sounds.

MiMi’s rules on what makes it a “Texas” sheet cake

You know they say they do everything bigger in Texas, so the bigger pan is a start of what makes a cake a Texas sheet cake.  Rather than being baked in a 9×13″ pan most are baked in a half sheet pan or jelly roll pan which is closer to 13×18″.

In addition to their larger size, MiMi thinks the cooking method is what makes Texas vs. not.  For her to consider to consider it a Texas sheet cake, the batter must be made in a saucepan.

lifting square of chocolate chip cookie dough out of sheet pan.

The beauty of the saucepan method is how easy it is.  The butter melts so there is no need for softening it first.

Plus you don’t need a mixer to bring it all together.  It is quick and easy to just stir with a whisk.

The icing is very similar.  It is super easy because it is also made in a saucepan on the stove top.

You do want to make sure to use a whisk here to keep from getting powdered sugar lumps. But once the frosting is ready you just pour it over the warm cake.

piece of cookie dough sheet cake with smooth white icing and chocolate chips on top.

That takes away the pressure of having to smooth on a nice looking frosting.  It basically does it for you!

Top with sprinkles or chocolate chips and you have a nice cake! If you have a sheet pan with a lid, you are in really good shape to take the cake wherever it needs to go. 

More Fun Sheet Cake Recipes

Of course you need to make the original chocolate Texas sheet cake if you haven’t. That is the classic and it is hard to beat.

For summer, we like making lemon Texas sheet cake. Or for a fun twist Arnold Palmer Texas sheet cake has a sweet tea base and lemon icing.

Or try a vanilla Texas sheet cake for something different. It tastes a lot like wedding cake, but in a much less fancy form.

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Piece of chocolate chip cookie dough Texas sheet cake with bite missing on red plate with fork.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Texas Sheet Cake

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This chocolate chip cookie Dough Sheet Cake takes the one of my favorite guilty pleasures and turns it into a Texas style sheet cake. You are going to love it!
4.91 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips frozen


  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Makes: 13 x 18inch rectangle1inch height


Sheet Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 13x18x1 half sheet cake pan.
  • Bring butter and water to a boil in a large saucepan.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup water
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sugars.
    1½ cups packed brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Add the remaining ingredients excluding the chocolate chips.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 2 large eggs, ½ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Let the batter cool for a few minutes, then stir in frozen chips.
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 22 about minutes or until done.
  • Cool for about 20 minutes before frosting the cake.


  • Bring the butter and milk to a boil in a large sauce pan.
    ½ cup butter, ¼ cup milk
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
    4½ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Spread warm icing over warm cake. Let cool for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips. Let cool completely before serving.
    ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 246mgFiber: 1gSugar: 43g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 27th of January 2020

I'm pretty sure that I could not resist a big piece of this cake. Right now would be great!


Monday 7th of August 2017

You can serve me a bowl of cookie dough when I come to visit Lol. We all love cookie dough around here. It sounds like a cake we would all really enjoy and we are looking forward to trying it. It looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing.


Wednesday 9th of August 2017

hehe! One big bowl of cookie dough and a couple of spoons coming right up!

Lazy Gastronome

Wednesday 24th of May 2017

sounds tasty and it's pretty! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!


Friday 19th of May 2017

Carlee, Girl! What are you doing to me??? I haven't had breakfast yet when I decided to pop by and see what you're up to in the kitchen. Now my stomach is growing! I would love a slice, or two, of this to go with my morning coffee. Who am I kidding? I would make this whole thing and then have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is there anything better than chocolate chip cookie dough? UM... pairing with another favorite, sheet cake! YES!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

You don't ever have to talk me into cake for breakfast! We could totally make one and have it for every meal of the day with no complaints. Thanks, Nikki!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Wow! This looks scrumptious! Perfect for a summer treat!!!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thanks, Liz! That means a lot coming from you!