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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 have not regretted! 

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 only 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!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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. 
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homemade cookie cake recipe with slice out

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