Crazy for Crust

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

Fireworks sugar cookie cake can be your star spangled, patriotic dessert on Memorial Day or the 4th of July! This easy cookie cake recipe is full of red, white, and blue deliciousness!

I am SO ready for the Fourth of July, are you? This Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake is the PERFECT dessert to serve for the holiday!

PIN IT NOW to save for later!

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe - this EASY sugar cookie recipe is made in a cake pan! Such a great dessert for the 4th of July!

I swear, something about red, white, and blue food makes me happy. Is it the color combo? The promise of a holiday that doesn’t require presents? The knowing it’ll be a day of endless swimming and barbecue and fun? Or should I lie and say it’s because it’s our day of Independence?

Honestly, I think it’s a little of all those things, but mostly the 4th of July means that it’s SUMMER. The entire month is fun, what with Mel’s birthday and our anniversary and all the other little things here and there. (Please remind me of this statement come July 31 when I’m all is it time to go back to school yet?)

Jordan got out of school last week (happy dance) but you know the BEST part of the entire end-of-school was? Returning her darn violin. That thing was my nemesis! She was so excited to start playing back in September…and then she actually had to, you know, learn to play it. Once she realized it was more than just looking cool holding an instrument the thing became a glorified door stop/middle of the night road block/hours of whining.

I returned it to the store a few week ago and literally jumped for joy. Then I went to Target and bought red, white, and blue M&Ms because it’s SUMMER!

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe - this EASY sugar cookie recipe is made in a cake pan! Such a great dessert for the 4th of July!

You’re probably like, gosh, this looks familiar. Fireworks cookies…didn’t she do that before? Well, yes. Yes I did make those last year. But they were different. And cookies, not a cookie cake recipe. And also, y’all liked the explosion of M&Ms and sprinkles, so I figured, why not do it again?

Plus, the pictures of my fireworks sugar cookie cake make me super happy, with all the red, white, and blue and all. Speaking of fireworks, my blogger friend, Becca, has a summer vegetable orzo pasta salad recipe nicknamed Fireworks orzo salad, because of the explosion of color and flavors. And Angie has a recipe for a 4th of July fireworks cake roll!

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I’ve used it for bars and cookie cups and snickerdoodles. However you make these cookies, they’re SO GOOD. However, I think my favorite way to eat them is like this: with chocolate, baked in a pan. The dough is soft and tender and gooey…I could easily eat the entire cake by myself.

What makes this fireworks sugar cookie cake recipe so special?

Lots of butter and sugar (equal parts), as well as cream of tartar. Cream of Tartar is a leavening agent that helps keep cookies soft and tender, and when combined with baking soda it makes it so they are chewy and soft, all in the same bite. I also use a full tablespoon of vanilla extract to give it lots of extra flavor…and you can never have too many M&Ms!

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe - this EASY sugar cookie recipe is made in a cake pan! Such a great dessert for the 4th of July!

Plus, the cookie cake recipe is easy. You can make it even if you’re not a seasoned baker. Pressing it into a 9″ cake pan makes it easy to get a soft not-over baked cookie and the frosting adds a perfect sweet finish.

Your 4th of July needs this fireworks sugar cookie cake, don’t you think???

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake
0 from 0 votes
Leave a Review »
Servings: 8 -10 servings

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake

Fireworks Sugar Cookie Cake is the perfect 4th of July desserts! Add M&Ms and sprinkles to my perfect sugar cookie recipe and bake it in a cake pan!


For the Cookie Cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted Challenge Butter — softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup M&Ms — Use patriotic M&Ms for the 4th of July
  • 1/2 cup “jimmie” sprinkles — use red and white for the 4th of July

For the frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter — softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To frost: use a 1M tip and a ziplock or piping bag to decorate the cookie cake. Top with more sprinkles and M&Ms.
  6. Store loosely covered for up to 2 days.

Red Velvet Cookie Cake (use red, white, and blue sprinkles!)

Red Velvet Cookie Cake (4 of 8)

Fireworks Pudding Cookies

Fireworks Pudding Cookies (3 of 8)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (use Patriotic M&Ms!)

Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (5 of 10)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. I love nothing more than a giant cookie cake. You’re right, it’s almost that time! I gotta get my patriotic dessert flair going on!
    The violin? I can relate. My brother played for YEARS under duress at home. That thing screeched night and day. My other brother squeaked on his clarinet. So I am very, very happy for you. Here’s to quiet afternoons!

  2. Oh this is so pretty, Dorothy! Red, white and blue makes me happy, too. It means that summer is officially here! I think I could devour this entire cookie cake. Love it!

  3. This 4th of July definitely needs your fireworks sugar cookie cake. You really can’t get more patriotic than that (in terms of dessert, anyway)!

  4. This is PERFECT!! I love a holiday that doesn’t require gifts too. And summer, don’t even get me started. I can’t wait to lounge about in the pool with a drink in hand and slice of cookie cake in the other. My mom rejoiced when I returned my violin in middle school too – she HATED it and had no problem letting me know that. I would’ve preferred something a little more practical like piano, lol. Happy start of summer, Dorothy!

  5. What a fun patriotic dessert! Love it!

  6. This looks so good, I would like a piece right now!!

    My daughter still has 2 1/2 weeks of school left. I too am looking forward to losing the instrument for the summer.  Mine wants to continue it, despite not practicing much, or ever, at home, she does well.  Sigh.

  7. Cookie cakes are my favorites! So chewy and delicious- AND with frosting? Ugh, the best! I’ve been out of school for a while now, but I’m still so excited for the 4th! Since my birthday usually fall on the last weekend of May, we never really do anything for Memorial Day, so the 4th is the major summer holiday for my family 🙂

  8. This looks so soft and chewy and I love all the sprinkles and the frosting and the M&Ms too! You covered all the bases!

  9. Love how pretty and portable this dessert is for the 4th!  Looks delicious, too.

  10. I just saw these m & m’s in the Target ad this weekend. I need them ASAP to make this! The 4th is my favorite of all holidays as it’s the beginning of summer!

  11. I love the way this looks. I need to get to Target to buy my M&M’s!

  12. Who wouldn’t just love this over the summer – easy dessert to make this 4th of July – #summermusthave Yummed and scheduled to share. xo San

  13. I wanna hit the holiday in this fashion. 🙂 I love this sweet cookie-cake!

  14. This cake is awesome!! I am SO ready for the 4th now 😀

  15. So festive! It makes me excited for the fourth!

  16. OMG…I wish I could reach into my computer screen and take a bite!

  17. What a fun dessert!! Who can resist a cookie cake?? Thanks for the decorations!

  18. This cookie cake looks so good! I love the colorful M&Ms and sprinkles. It’s so adorable for summer. 🙂

  19. Now this, this is how I like to celebrate freedom. By freely making and eating my weight in delicious and adorable things like this. I cannot wait to give it a try!

  20. I would like to make this as a cookie pie (9 inch), proportionally do you know how much more I would need to alter the ingredients?

    Looks awesome, I have my M and M’s that I picked up at Target today.

    • I haven’t made this in a pie dish, but I’m 99% sure you can – I’ve done it with other cookie recipes. Just press it into the pie dish (you may actually have a little too much dough), especially if you’re using a pie crust. My normal cookie pie recipes ( use 1/2 cup of butter, and this uses 3/4 for the dough. So once the pie looks full, make cookies out of the remaining dough!

  21. Can you double the recipe to make 2 pies at once?

  22. My kids want to make this for the 4th of July but I don’t have a 9″ cake pan. I do have 8″ cake pans instead. How much longer would I have to bake this using the 8″ cake pan?

  23. Going to make this recipe this weekend! My only question (and I must be out of it seeing as I am the only one asking) is what is “Challenge butter”? Is it a brand? The icing recipe just calls for unsalted butter, so it has me wondering what the difference is. Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

  24. Can these be made into individual cookies?  If you have done this, what was the cooking time?  Thanks!

    • Yes you can! Depending on the size of the cookies, about 8-12 minutes. Err on the side of underdone – as soon as they start to get brown pull them out. They taste better a little underdone!

  25. Finally got around to making this and it is delicious! Since we’re well past the 4th of July, I went with regular M&Ms and rainbow jimmies. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. This is my go to cookie cake recipe! Everyone LOVES it and it’s super versatile! :]

  27. July 4th is my birthday and cookie cake is my favorite dessert. I think I know what I’m making for myself this year…

  28. Making this cookie cake now but using light and dark pink m&ms and colorful jimmies and hot pink frosting and baking in a 9 in heart shaped pan for my grand daughters birthday. I hope she loves it!

  29. This is just beautiful. I’ve got everything ready for my buffet table, but somehow we are lacking dessert. This should be just perfect!

  30. At what point do you lift it out of the pan with the foil? After it cools? After you take it out of the oven? Thanks! My daughter and I are looking forward to making this!

  31. I would LOVE to make this the the 4th. We are going camping and returning July 3. Is there any way I could make this dough and frosting a head of time and store in refrigerator and then bake and assemble on the 4th?

Leave a Comment »