Butterscotch Cookie Cake

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

I need to stop complaining. Because even though it’s been an exhausting first week back at teaching, I do love my job enormously. My students are so nice! They thank me for teaching them when they leave the classroom, and honestly, that’s just cool. I have to tell their parents how amazing their kids are on Back to School Night!

To celebrate getting through week one, I had to make a cookie cake. A butterscotch one. Because I’ve been neglecting that particular flavor lately, and that just isn’t right. What isn’t awesome about butterscotch?

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

Plus, butterscotch is a good transitional flavor. It works well in the summer, but its caramel notes are vaguely reminiscent of fall and back to school snacks. This is me trying to gradually bid farewell to summer, everyone. Humor me.

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

The key to this cake is getting it to taste all brown sugary and chewy like a blondie while still making sure the cookie is strong enough to get flipped out of the pan whole. See, a lot of blondies are flimsier because they’re so full of moisture. To mitigate that just a bit, I cut some regular sugar into what would normally be all brown sugar to stiffen the dough up a bit and help it bake through faster.

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

Making the frosting presented the biggest challenge because I’ve never had much luck making caramel, much less caramel frosting. So I made a basic buttercream and added some caramel. It worked, but I had to chill the frosting a bit because it was initially too runny.

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

What you do with the rest of the cake is your call. I piped on the frosting and sprinkled on toffee bits, but the possibilities are endless. You can even pile on some mini Rolos! They’d go great with this particular flavor.

Butterscotch Cookie Cake

Enjoy the slow transition of seasons! Don’t rush the cooler weather. Please?


Cookie Cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • toffee bits (optional, for garnishing)



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons caramel (jarred is fine)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cream cheese




Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9-inch round pan with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom and spray the sides with pan-release spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Take a larger bowl and mix the brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until just blended. Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix until incorporated. Fold in the butterscotch chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before turning out onto a plate.

While the cookie cake is cooling, prepare the frosting. Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, and then mix in the caramel. When the frosting is smooth, beat in the cream cheese. Chill for 15 minutes.

Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cookie cake as desired, or spread it onto the surface. Decorate at will, sprinkling on toffee bits if you’d like. Slice into wedges and serve!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Danielle

    Sounds like you have some of the sweetest students! I’m loving this butterscotch cookie cake. The frosting and toffee bits go perfectly with this!
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    1. Mir

      They’re very nice. I’m lucky! Thanks, Danielle!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This looks like the perfect cake to celebrate with, Mir! And that is so amazing that you students thank you on the way out. You definitely have a great class! This cake is just calling my name. I’ve never had a butterscotch cookie cake before, so I definitely have to change that!
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    1. Mir

      I really enjoyed making this, Gayle! It was a fun challenge. Thanks!

  3. Maria

    What a BEAUTIFUL cookie cake! The most beautiful cookie cake I’ve ever seen!!! And it looks so yummy too!!!

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Maria! I wish I could share some with you!

  4. Ambar

    Awww I’m sure they really appreciate you;) sometimes i stop my self when I’m complaining a little too much lol Great Recipe!
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    1. Mir

      It’s great that you stop yourself. I need to work on that! Happy thoughts from now on!

  5. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Mmmmm! I never think to make butterscotch desserts. What is wrong with me? This looks truly to-die-for. I love the little tufts of frosting around the edges. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Nothing wrong with you. I just had that urge a few days ago because I always forget how good butterscotch is!

  6. Isadora @ she likes food

    I bet it is really hard to go back to your job after having the summer off! I sure know it was hard going back to school when I was younger! This cake looks like the perfect reward for getting back, butterscotch is one of my favorite dessert flavors and I could probably eat this entire cake 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Butterscotch is one of the most underrated flavors ever. I wish I could send some your way!

  7. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Cookie cakes are the best! I love the butterscotch flavor!
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    1. Mir

      They sure are. Thanks, Julianne!

  8. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    This cookie cake is a beauty!! I wish I had a huge slice to munch on right now! 😉
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn!

  9. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Hmm I love butterscotch, this looks so tasty. This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for featuring the cookie cake, Laura!

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