Easy Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe

Make this easy and delicious homemade cookie cake recipe in a heart-shaped dish for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert or snack!

valentines day dessert in heart dish

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One of the things I like best about Valentine’s Day, at least for the past few years, is that I get to bake something in my heart dish! Of course, it can be used year-round, but it’s especially fun to use it for a special Valentine’s Day treat. It’s perfect for this Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake recipe, or any homemade cookie cake, like my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

I bought the heart dish for myself a few years ago when it was on sale, and it just might be my favorite baking pan ever. It’s very pretty, and the ruffled edge makes for a stunning presentation. It was one of those impulse buys that I do not regret.

homemade sugar cookie dough in heart dish

This year, I tried a basic sugar cookie recipe, and it turned out so good! It was easy, and except for the M&M’s, I had all the ingredients in my pantry. This sugar cookie cake recipe can be used for individual cookies as well.

How to Make a Cookie Cake

Cookie cakes are so simple. All you do is take any cookie recipe, and bake it in a pan. Most cookie recipes that make 3 to 4 dozen cookies will fit in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan. Specialty pans, like my heart dish, can also be used. Start the bake time at 20 minutes, and add more in 5 minute increments until the cookie cake is done in the middle, and light golden on top.

cookie cake in heart dish with tulips

Homemade Cookie Cake Recipe Tips

  • The powdered sugar adds a nice taste and texture to the cookie cake, but all granulated sugar can be used as well.
  • If you are a chocolate lover, M&M’s can be added to the batter before baking.
  • The cake can be stored at room temperature for 2 or 3 days, covered tightly with plastic wrap. It’s actually really good and still very moist on the 2nd day.
  • I baked this cake for exactly 25 minutes and it came out just like I wanted. A little crispy around the edges, but done in the middle. In order to get the cake done in the middle, the edges may become a little brown. This is fine…and actually very delicious!
homemade cookie cake in heart dish pink m&ms

Homemade Cookie Cake

Make this easy and delicious homemade cookie cake recipe in a heart-shaped dish for the perfect Valentine's Day dessert or snack!
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3.67 from 3 votes
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • Valentine's M&M's

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Beat on medium high for 1 minute. (An electric mixer works best.)
  • In a separate bowl, add the baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and flour.
  • Whisk gently to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar/egg mixture in 3 increments, mixing well and scraping the bowl between additions.
  • Put cookie dough into prepared pan. (See recipe notes.)
  • Before baking, top cookie dough with M & M's if desired.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • May be served warm or at room temperature.

Notes

I prepared my pan with a light coating of Baker's Joy.
The heart dish is available from Williams-Sonoma. See post text for the link.
An 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan can be used. Baking time may need to be adjusted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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*For a limited time, the heart dish is 20% off, and is available in red or white. 

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9 Comments

  1. Donna Tepe says:

    2 stars
    I tried this recipe and used a 10” round quiche pan to bake. Baked for 30 minutes. Not much flavor; might have had more flavor had I used 1 Cup granulated sugar instead of granular/powered sugar combination. Also a little on the dry side. Not able to pick pieces of this dessert up and eat like a cookie; doesn’t hold together well enough. Will try using a chocolate chip cookie recipe next time.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Donna…I’m sorry you didn’t like the cookie cake. I have made this recipe many times and my family loves it. If your cookie cake was dry, perhaps you baked it too long? Just a thought!

  2. Hi Ann, I purchased the adorable ruffled heart pan after seeing yours and just received it today. I purchased the white pan (the pink was sold out). It is really pretty! I plan to make your sugar cookie recipe with M&M’s, except I will use gluten free flour, for my little grandsons. They are going to love it! I so enjoy your blog! Thanks for posting lovely and easy ideas from decorating to gardening to recipes!

  3. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Thanks, Ann, for this recipe! I am going to make it this week.
    You are always thinking about all of us and sharing so much with us! We appreciate you, Ann! Bless you!

  4. Ann, I have admired your heart shaped pan for the past several years when you’ve shown it on your blog. I’ve wanted one like it for a long time but just could never justify the price. I was thrilled to find an almost identical pink one at Home Goods this week for only 7.99! I made a pan of frosted brownies in it and sprinkle Valentine M&Ms all over the top. It turned out just beautiful and my granddaughters loved it! I’m anxious to try your coffee cake recipe now! I love your blog and read it each time you post!

  5. Annie Roach says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for another beautiful and useful post. Oh, how I love to see a new post from you In my inbox. I just purchased the sweet heart pan and the rose Nordic pan with your link, as well as downloading several of your printables! I can’t wait to use them for future holidays and feast day celebrations. Thank you!

  6. Cynthia D says:

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe! I could not afford the beautiful heart ruffled baking dish but did find a pretty round red dish (Cooks Tools) on clearance at Belk for only $8 !!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. This is a lovely idea for a sweet treat!