Cookie Dough Cake Roll

cookie dough cake roll

It is officially Cookie Dough Week, and I am beyond excited!!  There are few things in life better than cookies except maybe cookie dough.  When my blogger pals Julianne and Lindsay asked me to participate in Cookie Dough week, I was ready and armed to get to work with the rest of my pals below.  I ended up creating this cookie dough cake roll.


I adore cookie dough and most of us bloggers adore it too.  We have stuck cookie dough in about every single possible recipe (except maybe spaghetti and martinis though I could be wrong about that too).  I randomly saw a cake roll on Pinterest and thought it would be awesome if I stuck cookie dough inside it.

cookie dough cake roll

Cake always seems like the right and appropriate choice for me.  I am Grandbaby “Cakes” after all.  I have never really attempted a cake roll but for some reason I thought a sponge cake rolled up with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting might be the most amazing thing ever.  I was right.

cookie dough cake roll

The cake portion is a yellow sponge cake that is fluffy, moist and light. Basically, it is what I like to term “cake happiness”.  It perfectly compliments the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting.  This frosting is absolute perfection.  First of all, the butter is browned.  If you aren’t up on the browned butter game, you need to be and fast!!! The nuttiness and extra flavor you get just from sauteing butter until golden brown is quite amazing.  Then the rest of the recipe is the makings of an eggless cookie dough except I added in confectioner’s sugar to create a frosting that was spreadable inside the cake roll.  I simply sprinkled the top of the cake with powdered cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar and served.  It was soft, moist, sweet and fun to eat.  This is a great way to get your cookie dough fix in a fresh way!

P.S.  After creating this roll, I was so in the mood for more cookie dough that I baked some chocolate chip cookies as well.  I had a double dose of cookie, and it was well worth it.

cookie dough cake roll

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Cookie Dough Cake Roll

Cookie Dough Cake Roll


    For the Cake:
  • 5 large eggs, separated cold, then left at room temperature for at least 30 minutes
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted before measuring
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for rolling and finishing
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Liberally spray a 10x15" jelly roll pan with non-stick baking spray, line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Beat the egg whites on medium speed in the bowl of your mixer until they hold soft peaks. Next add 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar in a slow, steady stream, then increase the speed to medium-high and continue to beat until the whites hold medium-firm peaks.
  3. Set the stiff egg whites aside.
  4. In a large bowl, using the mixer with the whisk attachment, beat together the egg yolks, vanilla, and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar on high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes with a standing mixer.
  5. On low speed, mix in the flour and salt just until combined.
  6. Fold the stiff egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until well combined and smooth.
  7. Immediately pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  8. Bake until the top feels dry and springs back when you press it lightly with your finger near the center, about 8 minutes. It should remain pale.
  9. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, cover with a tea towel, and let cool for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Then run a thin knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake sides.
  11. Lightly sprinkle the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, re-cover the cake with a towel, and invert onto a baking sheet.
  12. Once the cake is removed from the jelly roll pan, remove the parchment paper.
  13. Starting at the long side closest to you, begin to roll the cake while still warm with the towel until completely rolled into the cake roll shape. Leave until cool.
  14. For the Filling:
  15. Add butter to small sized pan over medium heat and melt.
  16. Lower heat and continue to saute' until butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  17. Add cooled butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar to bowl of your mixer on medium high speed and mix together until smooth and fluffy.
  18. Next turn down mixer speed to low and slowly add in all-purpose flour and confectioner's sugar until well blended.
  19. Lastly add in vanilla extract, milk and mini chocolate chips and mix until batter is well incorporated.
  20. For Assembly:
  21. Carefully unroll the cake.
  22. Spread the cookie dough frosting liberally and evenly over the full surface of the cake.
  23. Starting at the original end closest to you, re-roll the cake carefully yet snugly.
  24. Cut off the ends of the roll with a serrated knife to have smooth cake edges.
  25. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours and serve.


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  1. What a fun idea to put cookie dough in a cake roll. Looks delicious!

  2. I’ve never make a cake roll, but this looks like the perfect first one to try. I bet the combo of cake and cookie dough is out of this world!

  3. This is beyond fabulous! Thanks so much for participating!

  4. This is beyond beautiful – I can’t even tell you how much I am loving this!! I am pretty excited about what ya’ll are going to come up with for cookie dough week… I am pretty sure it’ll be really hard to beat this amazing roll :))

  5. Cookie dough rocks! You created something really delicious.


  6. Brilliant idea! I love cookie dough but wouldn’t have thought about this! What a great twist on a rolled cake. :)

  7. This is DEFINITELY a fun idea!! Love that you stuffed it in a brown butter (yay!!) sponge cake. Amazing!!

  8. This is so creative I’m almost at a loss for words! I love this idea, Jocelyn, and it must taste just delicious. :)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thank you so much Marcie! It went from my imagination to actually existing and turned out how I wanted it to for once lol.

  9. Jocelyn, this is so creative! I just pinned (and printed) it so I may make this up for when my girlfriends and myself get together later next month for a luncheon in my backyard… we will love it!

  10. You girls seriously need to knock it off, I don’t know if I can stand an entire week of cookie dough madness…I want to eat everything!! This is one of the more unique desserts I’ve read this morning and it’s shows quite lovely.

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thank you so much Risa! It was a crazy idea in my mind and I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t going to make sense in reality but it totally did!

  11. This is perfection! Cake rolls are one of my absolute favorites and the cookie dough filling is genius!! Pinned!

  12. I sure do like the way you think! I can have my cake and my cookies all together. This is sort of a dream.

  13. What a fabulous idea! I’ve actually never tried cookie dough, except possibly a long time ago in some ice cream (the shame!) Got to change that! Absolutely love that you made some actual cookies with your dough, too … bonus!

  14. Cookie Dough Week is my kind of week! I don’t think I would’ve had enough self control to get photos of this cake roll. Love me some cookie dough!

  15. Oh my! This cake roll i perfection! Such a fun idea, girl, I love it! Pinned :)

  16. Mmm I adore carbs and cookie dough so this is a must make in my world!!! Awesome Jocelyn!

  17. What!?! I really think, at this point, you have honestly thought of absolutely everything. I’m in love with this recipe. Pinned!

  18. So I absolutely ADORE cookie dough, how can you not? But putting it inside of a bread has to be the most genius idea ever. This cake roll is perfect! If these photos were actually in front of me I know that I would have no self control to not eat it. So creative and amazing!

  19. Oh I NEED this in my life. Yum!

  20. Wow, this is one of the most creative recipe I’ve seen! Never would I have though of using cooking dough like this. Looks great.

  21. That isn’t even fair…that looks wayyyyy to delicious. Fantastic recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  22. I LOVE it thiiiiiiiiis much!! What a brilliant idea!

  23. You ARE BRILLIANT! I need these in my life. How did I not know it was cookie dough week?!

  24. Hi Jocelyn

    This cake looks so yummy.Very good idea!

  25. I’ve never tried cookie dough cake roll before – what a delicious and fantastic combination! Your cake roll looks perfect, too! I am not very good at rolling so neatly… :)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thanks so much Nami! The cake roll process was fun and not too hard. Try it again, I bet you are great at it!

  26. This looks amazing! My husband is a huge fan of cookie dough, and I have a feeling he would love this! I personally love roll cakes, so this would probably be a hit in my house! :)

  27. Yum, this looks divine! Love cookie dough so much too :)

  28. This looks utterly delicious Jocelyn! Love that the cake roll looks so light and airy :)

  29. No.Way. Cookie dough in a cake roll? My life has been made!

  30. This looks so delicious! Cookie dough cake roll is such an amazing idea Jocelyn!

  31. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with cookie dough. This roll is gorgeous!

  32. Cookie Dough week is genius!! I’ve never made a cake roll, (shocking, I know) but I think that I’m going to have to remedy that situation pronto!

  33. Holy yum, Jocelyn! This cake looks absolutely perfect. I’ve never made a roll cake before but I can just imagine it breaking apart as I’m rolling (just cause I’m talented that way). That cookie dough filling is amazing!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thank you Nancy! This was my first time too and if I can do it, you certainly can do it!

  34. I grew up with cake rolls. My mom always used to make us one, almost every week.
    Your turned out amazing. I can’t believe this is your first cake roll. And the cookie dough filling? Brilliant!!

  35. I think you made an AWESOME choice!!! I love the idea of a cookie dough cake roll, and it looks crazy delish!

  36. Best.Filling.Ever! Pinned!!

  37. Melanee says:

    Hey — I haven’t made a jelly roll cake in years — and this totally rocked!!!!

    What did you use to cut it so lovely? Also, have you any thoughts on freezing? I’m thinking this would be awesome at a reception party!!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Melanee, I let it refrigerate for just a little time completely covered so it wouldn’t dry out and then sliced it. This cake is super moist. I think you could definitely try freezing it but for something as important as a reception party, I would test drive it first. Let me know how it turns out!


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