Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Cake. Homemade and super easy coffee cake with brown sugar, maple syrup, and sweet chocolate chips! This coffee cake is nothing fancy, yet SO DELICIOUS. It tastes like the best chocolate chip cookies, but in cake form! Every bite is layered with sweet cinnamon streusel, vanilla cake, and melty chocolate. Enjoy each slice warm with a smear of salty honey butter. So yummy!
When I was in middle school, around 7th or 8th grade, I slept over at a friend’s house on a Friday night. If you knew me then, and even now, you’d know this was a very rare thing for me. I didn’t love sleepovers. But for whatever reason, I decided on this night, I would actually just stay the night.
When we awoke the next morning my friend’s parents had just returned from picking up coffee cafe at the bakery. When it comes to breakfast, I grew up mainly with Eggo waffles, my dad’s pancakes, eggs, and cinnamon toast (the best). Occasionally my mom would bake a strata. She’d make Dutch Babies all the time. And on Christmas morning she’d make monkey bread and a waffle strata.
I did not grow up with coffee cake. So when my friend’s parents served it to us, I thought we were eating cake for breakfast. I remember it being so good. It was a chocolate chip cookie coffee cake. But honestly, from my memory, it tasted like a warm cookie.
Most likely my memory is making the cake out to be way better than it was. But I got to eat a cookie cake, and for breakfast too. Hey, I was in middle school, I didn’t know any differently, and the cake was delicious.
Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have coffee cake again until I started to take over cooking and baking. It was then that I realized that chocolate is not necessarily common in most coffee cakes.
But I’ve always wanted to recreate that cake! And here we are.
With Mother’s Day just over a week away, I knew this was a good time for this recipe. Serve this up at brunch or for dessert. It’s so great either way, and everyone will love it.
This is one of my simpler sweets. First, the batter. We need to mix melted butter with maple syrup, apple butter, vanilla, and eggs. Now, I know the apple butter will throw some of you off. But I promise it’s the secret to creating a really light cake crumb with just the right amount of sweetness.
You don’t taste any apple flavor, just rich notes of brown sugar and vanilla. You could use apple sauce too, but apple butter is best. I always keep my homemade sauce in the fridge, but store-bought is just as great.
Now, the dry ingredients. I like to use whole wheat pastry flour, then baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Next mix, mix, mix. Then stir in lots of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Last up, add the streusel topping: flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter, all mixed together and sprinkled overtop of the cake. No layering or anything fussy.
And now you bake, which only takes about thirty minutes.
I always serve this warm with homemade honey butter. You just have to spread the honey butter all over your warm cake. It’s the most indulgent addition, and it’s absolutely what your cake needs.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Cake
Calories Per Serving: 371 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or brown sugar)
- 1/3 cup apple butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch spring form pan.2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, maple syrup, apple butter, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in the chocolate chips. 3. To make the streusel. In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter and use your fingers to mix the butter into the flour until a crumble forms.4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Top evenly with the buttery streusel mix.5. Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 or so minutes. Serve the cake slightly warm or at room temperature. Serve with salty honey butter spread over each piece. Trust me, make the honey butter (see notes).
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Honey Butter: mix 1/4 cup soft salted butter. 1/4 cup raw honey, and a pinch of sea salt until combined.