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Gingerbread Cookie Cake

Instead of making gingerbread cookies this holiday season, make a gingerbread cookie cake! This Christmas cookie cake is easy to make and fun to decorate… Plus, you can cut yourself a nice big slice of it!

Head-on view of a slice of gingerbread cookie cake with frosting and peppermint crumbles on a white plate with full cookie cake in the background with recipe title at top

I have a confession to make. I have a really difficult time with Christmas music. You know when people are all “omg Thanksgiving is over; turn the Christmas music to full blast!”? Not me. I love the holiday season and everything it brings, but I almost never listen to Christmas music aside from if I’m out and about at a holiday event.

I blame Mariah Carey and also working at American Eagle during the holiday season in high school and hearing that really annoying Christmas song by The Waitresses over and over and over and over. And also the Chipmunks Christmas song, which I once thought was cute, until I unknowingly signed  up for the overnight shift at American Eagle on Christmas Eve eve and wanted to die.

I actually tried to turn the music down and got reprimanded by my manager who told me they had done a lot of research into what volume the music should be at to get people to spend the most money and according to the American Eagle manual, the music must stay at that volume. My theory is that people bought more because they just wanted to get the heck out of the store before their brains exploded.

Anyway, thank you Mariah Carey and American Eagle for ruining Christmas music for me the past 15 years. BUT I think I’m finally going through recovery this year. I’m feeling it a little bit more, thanks in part to some nontraditional Christmas music from Sia and a new album from 98 Degrees (yup), along with memories of the New Kids on the Block Christmas album. I finally feel normal again. Phew.

One thing I’m always in the mood for during the holiday season that no teen retail store can take away from me is gingerbread. I always think of gingerbread as an underrated holiday flavor, but I feel like it’s starting to pick up in popularity, challenging peppermint, eggnog, and cranberry.

I love a good gingerbread cookie, but now I’m discovering I love a gingerbread cookie cake even more. Why? A cookie cake is a little bit thicker than a cookie and also softer/cake-ier. Additionally, you can cut a GIANT slice of it and totally justify it. Saying  you ate 12 cookies is kind of controversial, but one large slice of Christmas cookie cake is no problem-o. Take my word for it.

GINGERBREAD COOKIE CAKE RECIPE

Guess what else? Cookie cakes are easier to make than cookies. All you have to do is whip up the batter and pat it down into a cake pan. No forming cookies and making sure they’re each 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. It only takes about 15 minutes to prep and then about 20-ish minutes in the oven.

Does it get any better than that??

Collage featuring images of gingerbread cookie cake making process, including gingerbread batter in mixer, gingerbread batter spread in round pan, and cookie baked in pan and just out of the oven

Once it’s baked, this gingerbread cookie cake is yours, all yours!! Unless, of course, you decided to bring it to a party to share with friends.

Another wonderful thing about turning a cookie into a cake? While adding buttercream frosting to individual gingerbread cookies can feel a little excessive, it’s totally normal and also kind of necessary on a cookie cake. I mean, you can’t serve your guests a Christmas cookie cake with no decoration, right??

In this version, I baked white chocolate chips into the cookie cake, but if you prefer your gingerbread pure, you don’t have to. I’ve made the this both ways and can’t decide which one I prefer!

For decorating, I used a simple  buttercream, as well as some red and green peppermint candy crumbles.

Overhead view of slice of gingerbread cookie cake on a white plate with buttercream frosting and red and green crushed candy canes

I may have eaten a slice of this while dancing around my kitchen to 98 degrees. Hey, I need to make up for the lost time of my youth. I think this weekend’s tree decorating party calls for another gingerbread cookie cake, along with a lot more Christmas music and cheer.

And eggnog. Wouldn’t this be delicious with a nice cold glass of eggnog?

Head-on view of a slice of gingerbread cookie cake with frosting and peppermint crumbles on a white plate with full cookie cake in the background

I have a couple other ginger-based recipes coming your way this holiday season. Eggnog, too. Man, why can’t the holiday season last forever. I guess I would get totally sick of Christmas music again by February, but I could never tire of the holiday flavors.

If you do decide you need to make cookies instead of cookie cake, you should probably make Pumpkin Gingersnaps and make these Pumpkin Gingersnap S’mores with them. Also, do me a favor and make this Blood Orange Ginger Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream at some point this winter, OK? Thank you!

Landscape view of slice of gingerbread cookie cake on a white plate with buttercream frosting and crushed red and green candy canes

OK and I have to admit that my all-time favorite Christmas song has always been and will always remain Johnny Mathis’s Marshmallow World. I know it’s the worst and the cheesiest and the most annoying, but I’ll love it forever. Not even American Eagle could take that away from me. And yes, they certainly tried.

If you’re in a non-cookie gingerbread mood, try my Orange Gingerbread Meringues or these Gingerbread Rolls with Eggnog Glaze. I also love these Gingerbread Cupcakes from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen!

What’s your favorite holiday music? Help me reignite my love for it, while I continue to chow down on giant slices of gingerbread cookie cake!

Gingerbread Cookie Cake -- Instead of making gingerbread cookies this holiday season, make a gingerbread cookie cake! It's easy to make and fun to decorate... Plus, you can cut yourself a nice big slice of it! | wearenotmartha.com
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Gingerbread Cookie Cake

Instead of making gingerbread cookies this holiday season, make a gingerbread cookie cake! This Christmas cookie cake is easy to make and fun to decorate... Plus, you can cut yourself a nice big slice of it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Desserts, Cookie Cakes, Gingerbread Recipes, Holiday Desserts
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, optional

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Beat molasses and egg into mixture.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • If using white chocolate chips, fold into the batter.
  • Press cookie dough into the prepared pan, as evenly as possible.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes, until edges are turning golden, but cookie cake is still soft in the middle. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, use a knife to loosen edges of cookie and turn out onto a plate or cake platter.
  • Put frosting in a pastry bag and pipe along the edges. Sprinkle on crushed peppermint candies or other holiday decoration.

Buttercream Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping sides of bowl with spatula.
  • Mix in confectioners' sugar one cup at a time, until well-blended.
  • Mix in vanilla and then milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, only adding in second tablespoon if necessary.
Gingerbread Cookie Cake -- Instead of making gingerbread cookies this holiday season, make a gingerbread cookie cake! It's easy to make and fun to decorate... Plus, you can cut yourself a nice big slice of it! | wearenotmartha.com

13 Responses to "Gingerbread Cookie Cake"

  1. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I totally feel you on the Christmas music thing! Have you ever heard the minor key version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”? It’s awesome and I can’t stand the Mariah Carey version. It’s by a guy named Chase Holfelder. This cookie cake looks fantastic! I love gingerbread anything!

  2. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    5 stars
    When it’s Christmas, bring on the music. As soon as it’s over, I don’t want to hear until next year, but I do enjoy it!
    This one is so festive Sues! Love the candy cane on there 🙂 Happy Friday!

  3. Kate says:

    5 stars
    This is such a great twist on the classic gingerbread cookies! I love the addition of candy cane bits to the cookie cake

  4. Sarah Newman says:

    What a fun idea! The decorations on top are so cute. I just love cookie cakes! 😀

  5. Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy says:

    OMG This is the most awesome thing I’ve found this week! I must have a slice of this beauty!

  6. Elaine @ Dishes Delish says:

    5 stars
    Hehe. That cracked me up that you don’t like listening to Christmas music. I felt that way for YEARS about Mexican music because I used to work in a restaurant that played it endlessly! But, back to your cookie cake. Holy moly, does that look delicious! I can’t wait to try it and serve it on the holiday!

  7. Michelle Lahey says:

    I worked at Kohl’s as a teenager and totally understand your hatred for cheesy Christmas songs! I do, however, love Trans Siberian Orchestra this time of year. 🙂

  8. Dena says:

    Marshmallow World sung by Dean Martin is also good. It’s the song I love to hate, but it does grow on you.

  9. Susan says:

    Great idea and it looks so Christmas-y, Sues! I love Johnny Mathis’ It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas 🙂

  10. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    This looks like Christmas. I love Christmas music, but only around Christmas time 🙂

  11. Katerina says:

    What a fun idea! I love it!

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  13. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Oh my, this is one amazing cake for Christmas! I love anything gingerbread ♥

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