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A homemade giant Sugar Cookie Cake for Easter- this easy sugar cookie recipe is filled with spring M&Ms and sprinkles and baked in a cake pan. Make an easy frosting and you have the perfect spring cookie cake!

Easter Sugar Cookie Cake - this easy sugar cookie recipe is filled with spring M&Ms and sprinkles and baked in a cake pan. Make an easy frosting and you have the perfect spring cookie cake!

This is such an easy sugar cookie recipe. There’s no chilling and it’s made all in one bowl. You can frost it or leave it plain, your choice. Use ANY color candy and sprinkles for ANY holiday or even birthdays – it’s the perfect birthday cake for cookie lovers!

Other than carrot cake, coconut cream pie and brunch, I don’t make that much in the way of typical “Easter” food, probably because we don’t celebrate past the Easter Bunny and his egg hunt. But I love cute Easter desserts and I especially love using all the fun holiday candies and sprinkles.

Then I remembered how much I love sugar cookies, and how much I absolutely love sugar cookies with M&Ms inside. Adding the sprinkles to this Easter sugar cookie cake was just a bonus: An EASTER Sugar Cookie Cake that’s perfect for the kid’s bunny party or a family potluck, or even Easter brunch.

Ingredients in sugar cookie cake
  • Butter: Be sure to use a good quality butter, like Challenge. Lower quality products can change the result of your cookie cake.
  • Cream of Tartar: Instead of baking powder, I add a bit of cream of tartar with the baking soda to make this soft and chewy, just how I like my cookies to be.
  • M&Ms and Sprinkles: Pastel colors are perfect for Easter, but you can use any colors for any time of year or any celebration.
  • Frosting: I love using a smaller batch of my vanilla buttercream recipe for the top or you can use a can of frosting, chocolate frosting, or skip it.
  • Cream room temperature unsalted butter and granulated sugar together in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and cream of tartar and mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Mix in flour until cookie dough forms.
  • Add your candy and pastel rainbow sprinkles.
  • There isn’t even any rolling or scooping, because it’s a cookie cake; simply press it into a 9-inch cake pan and bake until slightly golden. I line my pan with foil but you can also use parchment paper.
  • Once it cools, you can even add a frosting, or leave it plain. I’ve included a frosting recipe using butter and confectioners’ sugar, but if you’re in a rush, just use a can of icing. To decorate the edges as shown, use a large open star piping tip (Wilton 1M or Ateco 849).
Easter Sugar Cookie Cake - this easy sugar cookie recipe is filled with spring M&Ms and sprinkles and baked in a cake pan. Make an easy frosting and you have the perfect spring cookie cake!

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • I love using good quality butter for sugar cookies. After all, it’s a primary ingredient!
  • It’s important to use a 9-inch pan (an 8-inch will be too small for it to bake properly).
  • Add 1/2 tsp almond extract for even more flavor.
  • Did you know – if your frosting is too sweet, add a pinch of salt to temper the sweetness.
  • Don’t over bake this cookie cake – it tastes better when it’s not quite done out of the oven.
  • Store cookie cake loosely covered at room temperature. You can make this ahead up to 24 hours and store in the refrigerator.
sugar cookie cake with frosting around the edge on parchment.


How long to bake sugar cookie cake?

This bakes in about 19-25 minutes. I don’t like over baking because I want it soft and it’ll finish baking and set as it cools. But if you want it crunchier you can bake longer.

How do you know when a cookie cake is done baking?

It’s done when it’s a light golden around the edges and no longer glossy on top.

Can you freeze sugar cookie cake?

Freeze the cake for up to 2 months, whole or as slices, in an airtight container.

slice of cookie cake on parchment

Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe

4.82 from 27 votes
Easter Sugar Cookie Cake – this easy sugar cookie recipe is filled with spring M&Ms and sprinkles and baked in a cake pan. Make an easy frosting and you have the perfect spring cookie cake!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


For the Cookie Cake:

  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted Challenge butter , softened
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (220g) M&Ms Use spring colored M&Ms
  • ½ cup (78g) Easter sprinkles

For the frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups (170g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (15ml) heavy whipping cream or milk
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Make the cookie cake: Beat butter and sugar with a hand or a stand mixer until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla, then mix in baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Slowly mix in flour. Stir in M&Ms and sprinkles.
  • Press batter into prepared pan, pressing more M&Ms onto the top as desired. Bake for 19-22 minutes or until the edges are just turning a light golden brown. It’s better to under bake this dough than over bake it. The cake will continue cooking a bit as it cools so err on the side of underdone for the best tasting cookie. Let it cool completely before frosting.
  • Make the frosting: beat butter until smooth, then slowly beat in powdered sugar until crumbly. Add salt and vanilla, then add 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream. Beat until smooth, adding another teaspoon of heavy whipping cream to get a spreadable texture.
  • To frost: use a 1M tip and a ziplock or piping bag to decorate the cookie cake. Top with more sprinkles and M&Ms.

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Recipe Notes

  • Store loosely covered for up to 2 days.
  • Cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Works with any color M&Ms and any color sprinkles!
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for more flavor.
  • These can also be baked in a 9×13-inch pan for sugar cookie bars.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 3202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


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Last Updated on February 14, 2024

Dorothy Kern

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  1. This looks so yummy! I saw your reply about baking this in a 13×9 pan. If I double the recipe could I use put a jelly roll pan? If so, what size and how long should I bake it? I’m having 13 people and I want to have plenty. I have some young adults with big appetites. Thanks so much!

  2. I’m making this for Easter this year for the people who hate carrot cake. lol This recipe is always a hit and there’s rarely any left. I didn’t have any M&Ms one time making it, but I had white chocolate chips, and since then, I’ve used a mix of them and M&Ms. This time, I’ve decided to double it and make everyone happy. lol If I bake it in a 9 by 13 pan, do you have any idea how long the bake time would be?

    1. My sugar cookie bar recipe is basically this same one, baked in a 9×13 (no doubling required) and baked for about 15-22 minutes (less for softer, more for more done). If you double it you can still bake it in the 9×13 and it’ll be nice and thick, and you will probably need to bake it for 20-30 minutes.

  3. I cannot wait to make this! I am making a “tester” one today (I can’t wait until Easter to try it)! The colors are so appealing! Thanks for sharing! I’m eggscited to try this!

  4. I made the cookie, I didn’t make the icing, bought pre-made to save time. The cookie was ok, not sweet enough, I cooked it for 22 minuites, it was pretty thick.

  5. For the frosting- do you use 2 teaspoons or 2 tablespoons of heavy cream? The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons but the instructions only mention 2 teaspoons.

  6. Pinterest won’t let us pin your recipes because the whole article comes up in the description and it is over the 500 letters limit… can you do something about that???