Chocolate Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting and Berry Compote

There is nothing quite like a chocolatey, chewy cake-inspired cookie to satisfy your sugar cravings. Topped with a decadent spread of cream cheese frosting and tart berry compote, this cookie, with its beautiful complimentary colors, will capture attention as people browse the dessert table this holiday season. Just one bite and you will already be wondering when you can have another.

Chocolate Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting and Berry Compote

By Danielle Robinson

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Chocolate Cake Cookies


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, cocoa, powdered sugar, white sugar, and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine egg, cream, vanilla, and honey. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine. Add melted chocolate, stir well.

Scoop into balls by the tablespoon and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 16 ounces cream cheese

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar


Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until just combined. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

Berry Compote


  • 4 cups mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries)

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine mixed berries, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly. Add butter and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Assembly Directions:

Once cookies and compote have cooled, assemble cookies. Frost cookies with desired amount of cream cheese frosting and spoon berry compote onto center of cookie. Serve immediately.

Note: If preparing for a gathering, assemble ingredients and store individually. Bring components and either assemble onsite or set up to allow for guests to assemble themselves.