A delicious Christmas cake recipe with all of the flavor of sugar cookies in a fluffy, tender cake! This Sugar Cookie Cake topped with a rich cream cheese frosting is the perfect low-fuss Christmas dessert.
Sugar Cookie Cake Recipe
This decadent and delicious sugar cookie snack cake was the result of a wonderful kitchen “accident.”
I was trying to make Christmas sugar cookie bars that were more cake-like than cookie-like, and stumbled upon this perfect recipe. This cake is dense and flavorful, like store-bought snack cakes, holding up perfectly to a rich cream cheese frosting.
This sugar cookie cake just melts-in-your-mouth with that perfect combination of sweet sugar cookie flavor and tart cream cheese frosting. Top it off with sprinkles and you have a crowd-pleasing dessert that will be welcome at any holiday get-together.
This recipe makes enough batter for a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish or cake pan, but I decided to split the batter in half and make two (slightly thinner) 8″ x 8″ cakes and top them with different frostings. You can also swirl maraschino cherries, nuts, chocolate chips, a cinnamon-sugar swirl or sprinkles into one batter and leave the other plain. It’s a great way to have two different desserts to offer, while only going through the effort of making one!
More Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes
- Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- Peppermint Pinwheel Sugar Cookies
- Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies
- Glitter Sugar Cookies
- Glazed Sugar Cookies
- Eggnog Sugar Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Cake Ingredients
- Unsalted butter, room temperature
- Cream Cheese
- White Sugar
- Large Egg, room temperature
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract <– this secret ingredient gives these sugar cookies an amazing flavor profile
- All-purpose Flour, plus more for rolling
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Cream of Tartar <– I buy the big container or from a bulk store as those little jars are so expensive! You can also use to make snickerdoodle cookies or homemade play dough!
For the cream cheese frosting:
- Butter, softened at room temperature
- Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
- Vanilla Extract, to taste
- Powdered Icing Sugar, to personal preference
- Christmas Sprinkles
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can also swirl maraschino cherries, nuts, chocolate chips, a cinnamon-sugar swirl or sprinkles into the batter.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- 9″ x 13″ Casserole Dish <– I love these Pyrex dishes with fitted lids for easy transportation to parties or leftover storage
- Off-set spatula
How to Make a Sugar Cookie Cake
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until combined, and then beat in the white sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts and beat until just combined.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cream of tartar until fully combined.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat until fully incorporated.
Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
For the cream cheese frosting, combine the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until completely combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Start off by adding 2 cups of powdered icing sugar, beat well, then add additional as needed.
Use an offset spatula to spread the cream cheese frosting on the cake.
Add Christmas sprinkles for a festive touch.
Grab your free printable for our Christmas sugar cookie cake recipe:
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For the cream cheese frosting:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 576Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 456mgCarbohydrates: 159gFiber: 1gSugar: 135gProtein: 6g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this delicious and super simple sugar cookie cake!