Fun, festive red, white & blue Patriotic Cookie Cake perfect for the 4th of July! Perfectly sweet, chewy M&M cookie dough baked & topped with buttercream frosting & sprinkles everyone loves!
This cookie cake is made of a layer of cookie dough to create a large, delicious treat that is then decorated with red, white, and blue candy and colorful sprinkles. These chocolate chip bars can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it a versatile dessert that can be adapted to fit any celebration.
Festive 4th of July Dessert
Whether you are celebrating the Fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday, the Patriotic Cookie Cake is a delicious and festive dessert that is sure to be a hit with everyone. With its layer of cookie dough and colorful decorations, this cookie cake is a fun and unique way to show your love for your country and enjoy a sweet treat at the same time. This Cookie Cake is a delicious and visually stunning dessert that is perfect for many occasions. From hosting a party to celebrating your love for the country, this dessert is sure to be a hit!
Why You Will Love This Cookie Bar Recipe
- Easy to Make: The recipe is simple and straightforward, making it easy for anyone to prepare. Even if you are not an experienced baker, you can still create a beautiful and tasty dessert with this recipe.
- Versatile: The recipe can be customized to suit your preferences. You can use your favorite cookie dough recipe, and you can choose any red, white, and blue toppings that you like. This makes it a versatile dessert that can be adapted to any occasion.
- Crowd-Pleaser: This dessert is sure to impress your guests and satisfy their sweet tooth. It is a fun and unique dessert that will have everyone talking and asking for the recipe.
Festive Cookie Cake Ingredients
Butter: You will need 12 TBSP of butter. softened, to make the dough rich and moist.
Brown sugar: Add in 1 cup of brown sugar for a wonderful and delicious depth of flavor in the dough.
Sugar: Using ¼ cup of granulated white sugar helps make the cookie bars perfectly sweet and chewy.
Egg: For great cookie dough texture, you need 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk only.
Vanilla extract: To help enhance the amazing flavors in this recipe, add 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
Flour: The structural base of this cookie dough is 1 ¾ cups of flour.
Cornstarch: Adding in 1 tsp of cornstarch to this cookie dough will create incredible texture.
Baking soda: Use1 tsp of baking soda to help the cookie bars rise nicely as they bake.
Chocolate chips: You will want to add in ½ cup of chocolate chips for sweet chunks of deliciousness in every bite.
M&M candies: Using ½ cup of red, white & blue M&M candies will give these cookie bars a fantastic and festive appearance.
Butter: For amazing flavor and texture, you will need ½ cup of butter, softened.
Powder sugar: Use 2 cups of powdered sugar for the perfect sweet base of this frosting recipe.
Vanilla extract: You need 1 tsp of vanilla extract to give the frosting a nice subtle taste.
Festive sprinkles: Using any type of colorful and festive sprinkles is a great way to top off these amazing cookie bars.
How to make Patriotic Cookie Cake
Start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Then spray an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
Next, in a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and creamy. I find this easiest to do with an electric mixer or KitchenAid mixer. After that, add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract; continue to mix for 1 minute.
Proceed to stir in the flour, cornstarch, and baking soda and mix again until combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips until just combined, be careful not to overmix.
Continue to spread the cookie dough into the prepared springform cake pan and top with the M&M candies, gently pressing them into the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Let the cookie cool for about 20 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and release the springform pan.
Prepare the icing by combining the butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar, mixing until the mixture is light and fluffy. Again, using an electric mixer helps greatly with this step.
Then pipe the frosting around the edges of the cake and top with sprinkles. Slice into wedges, serve and enjoy!
Creating Beautiful Decorations
Decorating a patriotic cookie cake can be a fun and creative process. Here are some tips for creating beautiful decorations:
- Use a variety of colors: Red, white, and blue are the classic colors for a patriotic cookie cake, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with different shades and hues. Consider using pastels or metallics for a unique twist.
- Use different textures: Experiment with different frosting techniques to create texture and depth. For example, try using a star tip to pipe small stars all over the cake or use a spatula to create smooth, sweeping lines.
- Add toppings: Adding toppings like sprinkles, edible glitter, or fresh fruit can take your patriotic cookie cake to the next level. Just make sure to add them right before serving to prevent them from getting soggy.
How long are these frosted cookies good for?
These cookies can be kept stored in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days. To keep the cookies nice and chewy I recommend keeping them stored in the fridge.
Can I use premade dough for a sugar cookie cake?
Yes, you can use premade dough for a sugar cookie cake. However, keep in mind that the taste and texture of the cake may differ from scratch-made dough. If you decide to use premade dough, make sure to follow the instructions on the package for baking times and temperatures.
It’s important to note that using premade dough may also affect the overall presentation of the cake. Scratch-made dough can be rolled out to a specific thickness, while premade dough may be thinner or thicker than desired. Additionally, scratch-made dough can be shaped and molded to create specific designs, while premade dough may not be as pliable.
Variations of Cookie Cakes to try:
- Chocolate Chip Patriotic Cookie Cake. For those who love chocolate, the Chocolate Chip Patriotic Cookie Cake is a must-try. To make this variation, simply follow the recipe for the Patriotic Cookie Cake, but substitute chocolate chip cookie dough for the sugar cookie dough. Mix in red, white, and blue M&Ms before baking, and decorate the top of the cookie cake with more M&Ms in patriotic colors.
- Sugar Cookie Patriotic Cake: For a classic take on the Patriotic Cookie Cake, the Sugar Cookie Patriotic Cake is a great option. To make this variation, follow the recipe for the Patriotic Cookie Cake, but substitute sugar cookie dough for the chocolate chip cookie dough. Mix in red, white, and blue sprinkles before baking, and top the cookie cake with a layer of vanilla frosting and more sprinkles in patriotic colors.
- Oatmeal Raisin Patriotic Cookie Cake: For those who prefer a heartier cookie, the Oatmeal Raisin Patriotic Cookie Cake is a delicious option. To make this variation, follow the recipe for the Patriotic Cookie Cake, but substitute oatmeal raisin cookie dough for the sugar cookie dough. Mix in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips before baking, and decorate the top of the cookie cake with more cranberries and white chocolate chips in patriotic colors.
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Festive & delicious Patriotic Cookie Cake that is perfect for your next 4th of July get together. Delightfully sweet cookie dough baked & topped with a rich buttercream frosting, M&M candies and sprinkles!