Spiced Cookie Cake

This Spiced Cookie Cake is the perfect sweet treat for any holiday gathering. A sweet, ginger spice cookie cake is decorated with fun, festive holiday-colored buttercream frosting to deliver all the holly jolly feels this holiday season.

slice of spiced cookie cake on a plate.

If you’re a fan of those ginormous frosted cookies you find in the grocery store, then you’re going to love this recipe. We used to buy those cookies all the time, but then we realized that we could make them better and fresher at home. And that’s just what we do! We love to serve this one during the holidays because it’s moist, soft, loaded with holiday spice, and topped with rich buttercream. MmmMMMMM. It’s so good.

uncut decorated spiced cookie cake on a plate.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple, basic baking ingredients.
  • It’s essentially a giant cookie, so it’s an easy recipe to make.
  • It’s loaded with holiday flavors like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses.
  • It’s decorated with holiday-colored buttercream frosting.


bowls of butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, molasses, spices, and flour.

This recipe only uses some simple baking ingredients, most of which you’ll probably have in your kitchen right now. Heck, if you do any amount of baking, you might just have them all!

All the ingredients for the cookie and the frosting are listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

For the Cookie

  • Butter – room temperature
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Ground cloves
two sticks of butter, bowl of powdered sugar, and bottles of red and green food coloring.

For the Frosting

  • Butter – room temperature
  • Powdered sugar
  • Green food coloring
  • Red food coloring

Making this delicious holiday spiced cookie cake is just as easy as making any other cookie. In fact, it might be easier because you don’t have to scoop out individual cookies. You’ll be all done in no time!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, grease a 9-inch cake pan or spray it with nonstick spray. Set aside.

butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses being mixed in mixing bowl with a hand mixer.

Step 2: Combine the Wet Ingredients

Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy in a medium bowl. Then, add the egg and molasses and beat until smooth.

flour, spice, salt, and baking powder being mixed with a whisk in a small bowl.

Step 3: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Combine the flour, spices, and baking soda in a small bowl.

Step 4: Make the Cookie Dough

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined. Do not overmix. The dough will be thick and slightly sticky.

spice cookie dough being spread into a round cake pan.

Step 5: Bake

Spread the dough into the prepared pan with a spatula and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool

Remove the cookie from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

bowls of frosting being colored with food coloring.

Step 7: Make the Frosting

Beat the butter in a bowl for 5 minutes until the color lightens. Then, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Color 2/3 of the frosting green and 1/3 of the frosting red.

uncut decorated spiced cookie cake on a plate.

Step 8: Decorate the Cookie Cake

Decorate the edge of the cake, beginning with the green buttercream frosting. Use a drop flower and/or an open star tip to make a decorative edge. Then, add red accents with a round tip.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spiced Cookie – You can make this recipe with sugar, gingersnap, or even chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Frosting – Use your preferred holiday colors and decorative frosting methods for the cookie.

If you’re a fan of cookie cakes like this one, we think you’ll love our funfetti cookie cake.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9-inch cake pan
  • Pastry bags
  • Drop flower tip
  • Open star tip
  • Round tip
slice of spiced cookie cake on a plate.

🥫 Storage

Store this spiced cookie cake at room temperature in a covered container for up to 4 days.

This delicious cookie cake is perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. It’s also a wonderful addition to a larger holiday dessert table with all your favorite festive treats.

💭 Tips

  • For a soft, chewy cookie cake, be sure you don’t overmix the dough.
  • The dough will be sticky. That’s okay!
  • Be sure your cookie is completely cooled so the frosting doesn’t melt.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is a cookie cake?

A cookie cake is simply a ginormous cookie made in a skillet or cake pan. It uses the same kind of dough as regular cookies. the cake is generally decorated with frosting.

Do you have to refrigerate buttercream frosting?

Buttercream frosting will last for 3 to 5 days at room temperature. Although it’s made with butter, the large amount of sugar used in the frosting makes the butter stable for several days.

What molasses is best for cookies?

Dark molasses works best for this recipe, but light molasses will work in a pinch. Do not use blackstrap molasses.

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🧾Recipe Card

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slice of spiced cookie cake on a plate.

Spiced Cookie Cake

This spiced cookie cake is a holly jolly gingerbread cookie cake decorated with rich, holiday-themed buttercream frosting. A festive treat!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Slices
Calories: 315kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 9-inch cake pan
  • Pastry bags
  • Drop flower tip
  • Open star tip
  • Round tip


  • ¾ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Ingredients for frosting:

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Food coloring of choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium sized bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and molasses and beat until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, spices and baking soda. Add into the sugar and butter mixture and stir until well combined, but do not overmix. Dough will be thick and slightly sticky.
  • Using a spatula, spread into a well-greased or nonstick 9” cake pan, creating an even layer.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove and place on a cooling rack (still in the pan) for about 10 minutes before turning out and allowing to cool completely.
  • Directions for buttercream:
  • In a bowl, beat the butter for 5 minutes until it changes color to a lighter shade. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add desired amount of food coloring. Place in a piping bag and create swirled patterns of choice.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg

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