M&M Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe

Make this M & M Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe for any seasonal family gathering. Just change the color of the M & M’s to fit the holiday!

This sugar cookie cake recipe is adapted from a basic recipe I’ve had for a long time. Years ago, I got the recipe from a friend and at the time, I couldn’t make these cookies often enough! They are deliciously soft and literally melt in your mouth. That recipe was buried in the archives of my blog and I had actually forgotten it was there. It’s been resurrected in the form of a cute sugar cookie cake that is embellished with red, white and blue M & M’s. Perfect for our latest edition of Styled & Set…and any patriotic holiday. If you are coming over from Jamie’s blog, So Much Better With Age, welcome!

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These bars are the perfect dessert for any family gathering or picnic. They can be made the day before…just cover the baking dish when the cake has cooled. A 9 x 9 inch pan can be cut into twelve bars…or if you are feeling generous, it can be cut into nine. Adapt this to any holiday by adding seasonal M & M’s. Red and green at Christmas, pink and red for Valentine’s, or the multi-colored M & M’s for any occasion. 

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m & m sugar cookie cake recipe

M&M Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe

Make this M & M Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe for any seasonal family gathering. Just change the color of the M & M's to fit the holiday!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 pieces
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 stick butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 - 1 cup M & M candies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, combine the butter, oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
  • Add it in 2 increments to the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Put in a 9 x 9 inch prepared baking pan and press to the sides.
  • Sprinkle M & M's generously, pushing them gently into the dough.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Watch closely at the end. Cake should be a light, golden brown when done.
  • Cool completely. Cut into pieces and serve.


I prepare my baking pans with Baker's Joy.
This recipe can be made into small cookies. Use a 1 inch scoop and bake at 350 degrees F for 9 - 10 minutes.
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