Incredible Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 26, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Feb 01, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

An easy, thick and chewy Sugar Cookie Cake. This Sugar Cookie Cake recipe makes the best birthday cake, Valentine’s cake, party treat and more! 

how to make cookie cake

Happy Monday! It was a 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 five 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”.

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Cakes

Chris describes this Sugar Cookie Cake 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.

It’s absolutely simple enough that a beginner baker can tackle it with amazing results. Don’t be afraid to give this a try – it’s very little effort for an adorable reward!

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

Thick and chewy sugar cookie cake recipe

This Valentine’s Cake Will Melt in Your Mouth

Cookie Cakes are quicker and easier to make than cookies because there’s no scooping the dough onto cookie sheets baking one after the other. That’s one of the reasons I love baking cookie cakes in cake pans instead of always making traditional cookies- the faster I can put it together, the easier it is to enjoy.

The best part is that each bite tastes like the center of a sugar cookie!

Tips to Make the Best Sugar Cookie Cake

  • Adjust baking time based on what type of dish you use. You can use a pizza pan, cake pan, pie dish, tart pan or springform pan. The thicker your cake is, the longer it will need to bake.
  • 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 over-bake your cookies.
  • If you’re newer to baking, you can certainly mix this recipe by hand. However, I love using my stand mixer fitted with a flat edge beater.
  • Decorate however you’d like! Get creative! We love to frost our cookie cakes, but any type of candy toppings look cute as well. You can also simply top with a little homemade whipped cream and a sprinkling of confectioners sugar.

I slightly under-bake just about everything for that melt-in-your-mouth texture we’ve all come to love about sugar cookie cake!

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What Readers are Saying About This Cookie Cake

  • Megan says: “Hi, it looks so cute, I think I will make it for valentine’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?” I prefer to place them before baking. You can just place them on top of your dough rather than in it to make them prettier (as shown). Enjoy!
  • Dainty says: “The cookie cake looks so cute! What brand is that heart pan and where did you get it? I have to have it!” This pan is a Le Creuset heart tart pan. I also love this pretty ruffled pie dish!
  • Adela says: “it was great i made a 14 x 2 inch came out perfect and delicious adjusted the time. 5 stars” Thanks for the great review Adela, glad you enjoyed!

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Thick and chewy sugar cookie cake recipe

How to Make Sugar Cookie Cake

To see how easy this Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe is, watch the video in the recipe card or keep reading with step-by-step photos below.

Grease your pan and preheat oven.


  • Combine butter, oil, sugars and vanilla until smooth. Blend in eggs.
  • Combine dry ingredients and incorporate into wet.
  • Press into your prepared pans.

How to make a sugar cookie cake

Using parchment paper, press to smooth the top of your cake for the prettiest result. You can also use your offset spatula to help smooth the batter into your chosen pan.

Quick and easy sugar cookie cake recipe - the best birthday cake

Optional: press M and M’s on top – it makes for a very pretty heart cake! Is it just me, or is every dessert cuter when it’s heart shaped?

Easy sugar cookie cake recipe

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The best M&M cookie cake recipe

Sugar Cookie Cake

An easy, thick and chewy Sugar Cookie Cake. This Sugar Cookie Cake recipe makes the best birthday cake, cake for Valentine's Day, parties and more! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 406kcal


  • 1 c butter softened
  • 3/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c powdered sugar {confectioner's sugar}
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • optional: M&M's or icing


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine butter, oil, sugars and vanilla until smooth. Blend in eggs.
  • Add flour, salt, cream of tarter and baking soda until blended in.
  • Press dough into a greased dish.
  • Bake 20 minutes watching carefully as to not over bake.



Don't over bake. Reduce baking time for thin cakes, increase for thick cakes.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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