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Incredible Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe

The best M&M cookie cake recipe for Valentine's Day or a birthday cake

Happy Monday! It was sweet week in our house last week, which means it’s Sweet Week here on the blog this week! Are you excited? I thought so. I have 5 new easy dessert recipes for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it, any day is a great day for dessert! I’m kicking it off with my sugar cookie cake, which is a beautiful way to celebrate birthdays, Valentine’s Day and any day that ends in “y”. Chris describes it as cookie crack. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and bakes beautifully in tart pans, but you can also use 2 pie dishes, a 1/4 cookie sheet or a pizza pan. This sugar cookie cake is incredible on it’s own, but you know kids {and really big kids} love M&M’s, too. Either way you slice it, I know it will be one of your favorites, too.

Thick and chewy sugar cookie cake recipe

You can also decorate the cake with buttercream icing if you wish, or slather my favorite buttercream icing for sugar cookies to coat the top.


Please note that you may need to adjust your bake time based on what type of dish you use. I baked a slightly smaller, thick sugar cookie cake, which required 20 minutes – baked to perfection. If there’s anything I can recommend in life it’s that you should never overbake your cookies. I slightly underbake just about everything.

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Even if you incorporate M&M’s in your dough, I highly recommend you press them on top – it makes for a very pretty cake!

Easy sugar cookie cake recipe

Thick and chewy sugar cookie cake recipe


To see how easy this Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe is, watch the video in this post.

Sugar Cookie Cake

Prep Time 8 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 28 mins
Yields 16



  1. Combine butter, oil, sugars & vanilla until smooth. Blend in eggs.
  2. Add flour, salt, cream of tarter & baking soda until blended in.
  3. Refrigerate dough 1+ hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Press dough into a greased dish.
  6. Bake 20 minutes watching carefully as to not over bake.
4.9 rating
11 reviews
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51 comments on “Incredible Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe”

  1. This is absolutely beautiful!!! All I want is a piece of this.

  2. Gorgeous, Julie. Happy Februrary, friend!!

  3. This is so pretty! It would be a great “Gal-entines” gift for my single girlfriends.

  4. This would be such a fun Valentine’s Day treat for my family! They’d never say no to a sugar cookie in any form—and with M&M’s??? Even better!

  5. May I ask where you got this heart shaped dish?

  6. Such a cute cookie cake.

  7. Sugar cookies are my favorite so I can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing.


  8. I want to make smaller cookie cakes in a metal heart shaped pan, would I be able to remove them from the pan in one piece? The pans are about 4-5 inches at the widest point.
    Thank you!

  9. I would say it looks delicious but, truth to be told, it looks too luxurious to eat =) I mean it’s more like a DIY installation than food.

  10. Can you use canola oil?

    • Yes, Canola and vegetable oil are interchangeable but it will alter the flavor. I haven’t tested with canola, but it won’t effect the consistency. Enjoy!

  11. What size pan did you use???

  12. Hi! Omg this looks absolutely stunning and delicious! I am obsessed with the dish you used, do you know where I could find one similar? Definitely making this for Valentine’s Day

  13. Hi,
    It looks so cute, I think I will make it fir valentin’s day for my boyfriend who loves M&M’s.
    But I have a question , when do you add the M&M’s ? Before baking or after ? If before , don’t they melt ?

  14. Thank you 😉
    Looking forward to trying this ^^

  15. I’m baking this as I type for my 3 kids! Thank you for the recipe!!!


  16. Does this harden up a lot as it cools? I followed the recipe exactly and it’s kind of more cake like than cookie?

  17. Can you use packaged cookie dough for this ?

  18. Will this recipe spread? I don’t have a cute cake pan, so i was wondering if I could shape the dough into what I want and bake it onto a cookie sheet?

  19. I made this last night & unfortunately, was not impressed. I followed the recipe exactly and while the texture was good & it baked up beautifully, there is hardly any flavor. I was hoping that it would taste better today since baked items tend to do that, but not so with this. Sorry.

    • I’m sorry to hear that, Kathy. One thing I love about sugar cookies is that the flavor isn’t too overwhelming. As you can see, many enjoyed it. If you’d like a little more flavor it’s also delicious with my buttercream icing. I’ve included the link for your convenience. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  20. One of the best cookie cake recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    5.0 rating

  21. so we put the candies on after it comes out of the oven?

  22. The cookie cake looks so cute! What brand is that heart pan and where did you get it? I have to have it!

  23. Glad you enjoyed it! I tend to undertake for a chewy texture.

    • Great cookie 5 stars i did it on a 7 inch pan and 9 inch i adjusted the time will try to make it on a 12 x 2 or 14 x 2 cake pan probably double the recipe on one of them thank you will let know you results i love the dough its great

      5.0 rating

  24. it was great i made a 14 x 2 inch came out perfect and delicious ajusted the time. 5 stars

    5.0 rating

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