The Speckled Palate

March 15, 2013

Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake // The Speckled Palate

It should be no surprise to anyone that I kind of love Joy the Baker. I’ve shared her cookbook with friends and family members. I listen to her podcast. And I basically drool over her website whenever I visit. (Hi, I’m a photographer. Hi, I like food. Combine beautiful photography with delicious recipes, and I’m a happy girl.)

Also, I promise this doesn’t make me weird. We’re on the Internet, guys, and I like to think Joy is just one of my Internet friends who offers great food ideas and gorgeous photos of said recipes for everyone to enjoy.


So, anyway

A few weeks ago, Joy shared a gorgeous photo on her Facebook page of a cookie cake in a cast iron skillet looked absolutely delightful… and I visited her site to discover it was Banana Walnut Cookie Cake. Which would maybe be the perfect sweet for my husband, but since I’m allergic to bananas, it was an immediate no-go.

I was so disappointed… and then I had a lightbulb moment where I realized applesauce could make an awesome substitute in this cake. And then I made it right then and there… because I’m a little crazy like that.

Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake // The Speckled Palate

I made a few other substitutions along the way, adding in whole wheat pastry flour and my favorite chocolate chips. (Also? I feel like baking with whole wheat pastry flour is my equivalent of jazz hands on a dish… or me attempting to justify that a sweet is totally healthy when it’s totally not.)

By the way, the name of this dish?

Try saying it three times fast.

I dare you.

Whole Wheat Apple, Walnut, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Yield: 10 servings

Whole Wheat Apple, Walnut, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Whole Wheat Apple, Walnut, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is a one-pan cookie cake, chock full of chocolate chips, walnuts and applesauce! If you're looking for a lovely sweet treat for any day, this dessert is definitely what you should bake.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the butter in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Once melted, stir in sugar and vanilla extract, then remove from heat and whisk until thoroughly combined. Allow the mixture to stand and cool for about 5 minutes. (If the mixture is hot when you add the eggs, they will scramble.)
  4. Add the egg, and whisk into the mixture until smooth.
  5. Then add the applesauce and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  6. Sprinkle in the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir carefully until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts, and fold the mixture together.
  8. Smooth the mixture on top.
  9. Place the skillet in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until dry on top, but slightly soft in the center. (My oven takes a bit more time, so please check yours at the 20 minute point to make sure everything is all right and still delightfully gooey.)
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Serve warm, and enjoy with a glass of cold milk or a scoop of ice cream.


Adapted from Joy the Baker.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 262mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 21g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake // The Speckled Palate

Are you like me? Do you edit recipes to your pleasing and food allergies (or tastes?)

What is one of your favorite substitutes?


  1. brittany

    This looks delicious! I don’t like bananas so it sounds perfect!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Brittany! And I’m glad you’re with me on the banana bit… even if our reasonings are a little different. 😉 Let me know if you give this a shot!

  2. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Chocolate chip cookie + cake!? Yum! I like this cake a lot, especially with the applesauce and whole wheat. I bet it’s very nutty and flavorful.

    • Erin

      It really is, Amy! And I know, isn’t that combination FABULOUS? It’s a dangerous and incredibly flavorful recipe! Let me know if you give it a shot!

  3. Jayne

    This will be gorgeous with a load of ice cream. I’ve never made skillet cookie because I’m afraid. Afraid that I might finish everything on my own. Gasp!

    • Erin

      Agreed, Jayne. And I don’t blame you on withholding baking one of these for fear you eat the entire thing. After I photographed it and had my fill, I literally cut the cookie cake into chunks, wrapped it up, and stuck it into the freezer so I wouldn’t have the chance to eat the entire thing. Dangerous, I tell ya!

  4. Scrambled Megs

    yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! x

    • Erin

      You’ve got that right!

  5. Natalie

    This looks incredible! I have never made a skillet cookie/cake before but I order them a lot at restaurants and they are always so warm and delicious especially paired with vanilla ice cream. I like that this is whole wheat too, definitely a recipe I’d like to try.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Natalie! I’m a big fan of the skillet cookie/cake and had never made one before this. Needless to say, I’ll be baking another in the near future, no doubt. Let me know what you think of it if you do try it out!

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