Saturday Sweets: Make Your Own All American Sugar Cookie Cake

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This week’s Saturday Sweets is dedicated to a delicious red, white, and blue treat to help get everyone into the spirit of the upcoming 4th of July holiday! It's perfect for bringing to the family bbq and a fun activity to let the kids be part of. Aside from the themed M&Ms, most of the ingredients may already be stocked in your kitchen.

Ingredients

For the Cookie Dough:

  • 1.5 sticks of butter at room temperature (I always use salted butter when baking)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 extra yolk
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt (if using salted butter this is optional)
  • 1/3 cup red, white, and blue M&Ms

For the Icing:

  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk (but water works just as well)
  • Extra sprinkles and M&Ms for topping and decoration

Directions

Cookie Dough:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10” tart pan or pie dish with non-stick baking spray, and set aside.
  2. With a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg and yolk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. 
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Dough will be thick and slightly stiff.
  5. Fold in M&Ms and mix until just combined.
  6. Evenly press the dough into the tart pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is lightly browned.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Frosting and decorations:

  1. Using a mixer cream together the butter and vanilla for 3 to 5 mins to ensure fluffy frosting.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue mixing, slowly add in milk (or water) until all is mixed together leaving it in a nice thick consistency.
  3. Fill piping bag or large Ziploc bag with icing using an icing tip (I tend to lean toward a Wilton 1M – easily found at Michael’s Craft Stores for $.99).
  4. Pipe a simple border around the Cookie Cake and decorate with extra candies
  5. Cut into slices and enjoy! 
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(Recipe adapted from Erin Fink of Delightful E Made)