Saturday Sweets: Make Your Own All American Sugar Cookie Cake
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.
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10” tart pan or pie dish with non-stick baking spray, and set aside.
- With a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg and yolk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Dough will be thick and slightly stiff.
- Fold in M&Ms and mix until just combined.
- 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:
- Using a mixer cream together the butter and vanilla for 3 to 5 mins to ensure fluffy frosting.
- 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.
- 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).
- Pipe a simple border around the Cookie Cake and decorate with extra candies
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
(Recipe adapted from Erin Fink of Delightful E Made)