Need a fun and festive cake for a celebration? Don’t have the time or inclination to make a huge layer cake? Look no further, Monster Cookie Cake to the rescue! Who can refuse a warm cake from the oven topped with caramel sauce, ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles?
Welcome to Day One of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!
Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.
Welcome to Christmas Week aka Holiday Baking Week aka let’s stuff our faces with butter, sugar, chocolate and candy week because it’s December and calories don’t count week.
Seriously, they don’t, at least if I keep telling myself that over and over it could potentially be true (plus I haven’t been to the gym in 3 weeks, so I need it to be so).
Also welcome to Susan’s birthday celebration week; so kind of Kim to kick off this giant celebration in my honor isn’t it? I kid, it’s really not for me, it’s for you, because let’s be honest I bet you still have holiday baking to finish up on that long list of yours.
While yes, technically recipes you’ll find today through Friday are holiday centric – today – it’s all about me.
So I made myself a birthday cake, which can absolutely double as a fun and easy Christmas cake too. Especially if you are a fellow December birthday child. I feel you.
Why cookie cake?
I will tell you why.
First off – best of both worlds – cookie + cake. Second, you can eat it out of the pan. Third, you can drizzle caramel sauce all over the top, finish with a scoop of ice cream and sprinkles.
You have to have the sprinkles.
Lastly, it’s easy. Baking should all be about the ease during the holidays. It should be a no-brainer and fun and one you can mix together with kids.
So grab a friend or 3 and dig into this cookie cake straight out of the oven, no need to let this baby cool down. Oh but don’t do what I did and stuff it all into a tiny skillet, size up just a bit so you don’t spend an hour baking something that should take 30 minutes. 🙂
Swing by all the participants to see what they’ve been whipping up for the holidays:
- Coconut Layer Cake by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Monster Cookie Cake by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Chewy Molasses Cookies by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie by My Catholic Kitchen
- Cranberry Berry Pomegranate Sangria by Mind Over Batter
- Cranberry Cheesecake by From Gate to Plate
- Eggnog Made Easier by Cookistry
- Eggnog Muffins with Eggnog Glaze by Food Lust People Love
- Finnish Pulla (Cardamom Coffee Braid) by Farm Fresh Feasts
- Red Velvet Fudge by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies by Cooking In Stilettos
- 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut, peanut butter or regular M&M's
- optional: vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles to top
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees and have an 8 or 9 in cast iron skillet near by.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, oats, baking powder and salt.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars for 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
- Mix in the peanut butter.
- Beat in the flour in two parts until combined, making sure not to over mix the dough.
- Stir in the M&M's.
- Scoop the dough into your skillet, smoothing into an even layer.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The middle should be a little gooey but not completely under baked. If it seems like the cake is still raw, continue to bake in 5 minute increments.
- Let cool slightly so you can handle the skillet before serving.
- If using, when ready to serve top with caramel sauce, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles.
A birthday isn’t complete without presents right? How about we give you some?!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway Prizes include:
- One 5 piece set of Anolon Bakeware Set
- Two Sets of Ball Heritage Collection Quart Jars (each set includes 6 jars)
- Two Sets of Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars (each set includes 6 jars)
- One Set of 1 Dozen Assorted Cookie Sampler Box from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop
- Two Sets of Brownie Brittle Snack Sampler (each set includes One 5-ounce bag of each flavour)
Plus 1 Copy of each of these cookbooks:
- One Autographed Copy of Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie
- One Copy of The Mixer Bible by Meredith Deeds
- One Copy of 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Recipes by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss
- One Copy of 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes by Julie-Anne Hession
- One Copy of The 250 Best Brownies, Bars & Squares by Ester Brody
- One Copy of Oatrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester
- One Copy of Adventures in Comfort Food by Kerry Alteiro
- One Copy of Food Truck Road Trip by Kim Pham
- One Copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed
- One Copy of 100 Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks by Emily von Euw
- One Copy of CopyKat coms Dining Out at Home Cookbook Recipes by Stephanie Manley
- One Copy of Copykat.com’s Dining Out At Home Cookbook 2 by Stephanie Manley
SO glad to celebrate your birthday by kicking off Christmas Week in your honor. I adore monster cookies…and the only thing better is a bigger version 🙂
Happy Birthday, Susan! As a fellow December baby (I’ve been 50 for a bit over a week) I totally understand. This cake looks gorgeous, and a wonderful thing to come out of my cast iron skillet!
I like to bake cookie bars—some with cheesecake, fruit, chocolate
My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is my grandma’s recipe for poppy seed strudel.
I pretty much love to bake anything peppermint or mint flavored, especially cookies and cheesecakes.
Cookies, of course!
During the holidays, I love baking cookies. Cherry Chocolate Kiss cookies are my favorite to bake. They are a scone type cookie, flavored with cherries and has a Hersey’s Kiss in the center. 🙂
Cranberry, White Chocolate & Pecan Tart. I got the recipe from one of those little books in the grocery check-out lane years ago. It is soooooo good! Like a pecan pie with white chips, fresh cranberries and orange zest.
I also am a fellow December birthday girl!! Mine is the 16th. I love to bake pies and cookies during this time of year. My favorite pie is Orange Pecan Pie and my favorite cookie is Chocolate Chip M & M Cookie! Thanks for this awesome giveaway and for all the great recipes.
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Happy, happy birthday to you, Susan! A great big birthday cookie is ideal, especially with ice cream and sprinkles. I’d actually much prefer this to a cake with frosting.
Cookies are my favorite thing to bake by far
I love making my homemade peanut butter fudge
Happy, happy Birthday! I always bake cookies and bars during the Holidays.
I love to make cookies at this time of year to give to family and friends.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEND!!!!! What a way to kick off the day. This cookie cake is amazing. I think it is missing something though…. A side of bourbon just for you!!!!
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My birthday is on December 31st! This would a great gift for me! I love baking cookies, no matter what the season!
I like to bake sugar cookies and let my kids help decorate them.
Who wouldn’t want a bite of this cookie?
I love baking Gingerbread Cookies during Christmas!
My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is cinnamon rolls. They are such a yummy treat on a snowy day!
COOKIE CAAAAAAAAKE!!! Happy Birthday Susan! What a way to kick off your birthday. I’m glad you didn’t have me over. I would’ve face planted into this and would’ve ruined it for you. Sorry. Can’t resist a good cookie cake.
Happy Birthday! I love to bake cakes and pies! I really love this monster cookie recipe! I will be giving it a try!
Happy happy birthday Susan ? Hhmmm my fave thing to bake? I guess it would have to be cookies or brownies. I am not much of a cake person. However, this cookie cake? Ummm yes please!!
What?!? This is so cool! I love monster cookies, but (depressing story alert), the first time I ever had one was at a funeral visitation for a friend’s grandpa. Now, whenever I make or have monster cookies, I always kind of think of that. I need to break out of that rut and make this cake and make new memories!
Yup, that’s pretty depressing. I think a cookie cake would definitely change your mind about monster cookies!
Holy shizz, that looks jaw-droppingly amazing, Susan! Definitely worthy of your birthday celebration. The messier the dessert the better, in my opinion, so bring on the hot, molten cookie cake and smother it with caramel and ice cream!
yayyy Christmas week and yayyy YOUR BIRTHDAY! lovelovelove this cookie cake-so yummyyy
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Any kind of cookie I can think of!
I love to make cakes and cupcakes the most