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4th of July Cookie Cake with DoughCuts

4th of July Cookie Cake with DoughCuts

You’ll love this easy and delicious 4th of July cookie cake made possible by DoughCuts. Read on for the full step by step recipe!

This post is sponsored by DoughCuts who also provided the images and recipe. All views and text are my own.   

July 4th is only a few days away. How are you celebrating this very important holiday?

I’m looking forward to cooking and entertaining my family and a few relatives over the July 4th weekend. We’ll be grilling and I’ll be baking some sweet goodies as well.

Speaking of baking, I’m excited to share with you about DoughCuts, the hottest new baking trend that offers unique “print-at-home” cookie cake templates. The company helps people create precious family memories through their food. The molds help cut out large cookie shapes with ease and offer accessories to match like silicone baking mats and a cookie dough cutting tool. Cookie cakes are traditionally created as large chocolate chip cookies with a message in icing.

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Founder Lisa Moulden is taking this antiquated version and turning it on its head with a new and improved style– a layered cookie topped with gorgeous decorations, with cream tarts, cookie cake or cream biscuits as the final product. This unique alternative offers a solution to the large tools taking up too much storage space in the cupboard (usually 11” plus sized), won’t break the bank and you won’t need a commercial kitchen! Templates are reusable and take up no more room than a piece of cardboard, which can easily be stored with cookbooks.

So today, I’m sharing with you Lisa’s 4th of July Cookie Cake made with 2 large star shaped vanilla cookies, 11 inches tall, layered with a white chocolate cheesecake filling, and topped with small star-shaped cookies with fondant, chocolate strawberries, chocolate pretzels and sprinkles. Enjoy! 🙂


Here’s the equipment you’ll need to make this layered cookie cake:

Electric mixer

Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper

Cookie Sheets or Large Baking Trays

Rolling Pin

Star Shaped Cookie Template – DoughCuts print at home star template is available here

Small Star Cookie Cutters

Round Icing Nozzle (Lisa used 13mm/ 1/2″ but other sizes work just as well)

Icing Bag

Glass or plastic microwave safe bowl for melting chocolate

In addition to the cookie and cheesecake filling recipes you also need these ingredients:

Sprinkles in the 4th July theme

Blue sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional, you could use the 4th July blend instead)

White Fondant

Royal blue and red food colors




DoughCuts Star Template for cookie cake recipe

You will need to make a large star cookie template.  Lisa used their print-at-home star template to make this 11″ star shaped cookies.  You can print their templates yourself on your home printer using your regular paper. This saves time and frustration in not having to hand draw a perfect star shape. After printing and assembling the template, trace it onto parchment paper so you can reuse it on both of the star cutouts and keep the assembled template for future cookie cakes like Lisa did!


Classic Vanilla Cookie recipe

DoughCuts Vanilla Cookie recipe

DoughCuts Vanilla Cookie recipe

Print and follow the vanilla cookie recipe instructions on the bottom of this post.


Roll out the leftover dough from step 1 and cut out small star shaped cookies using cookie cutters in different sizes.  Lisa used 3cm and 4.5cm star shaped cookie cutters. You will have enough leftover dough to create a lot of small star cookies so you can serve the extras along with your cookie cake.

Star cookies with DoughCuts

The small stars will take 8-10 minutes to cook in the oven and can be cooled on a cooling rack.

Once the small star cookies are completely cooled you can color some fondant to top your cookies with. Lisa used white fondant and colored 2 small portions of it with royal blue and red food color. After coloring it, roll it out (white, red and blue fondant) and cut it out with the same star cookie cutters used to make the small cookies and attached the fondant to the cookies.  Just dab a little tiny bit of water onto the back of the fondant and it sticks it to the cookie. Let this set on a cooling rack before storing in an airtight container if you aren’t going to use them right away.

July 4th cookie cake recipe


A printable version of this recipe is here.

In the printable version Lisa used 250 grams white chocolate however below she used 350 grams and she used some of the melted chocolate on the pretzels and strawberries.


500 grams cream cheese, softened

¼  cup caster sugar

1 cup thickened cream

350 grams white chocolate – 250 g for the cookie cake and 100 g for toppers


Place cream cheese, sugar and cream into the bowl of electric mixer and whip on low speed until combined.  Increase to high speed and whip until the sugar has dissolved completely and mixture is smooth and thick.

Melt chocolate on medium power in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until just melted.  Take care not to overheat the chocolate or it will seize and have lumps in it.

Jump down to STEP 6 to make the strawberries and pretzels then add the remaining melted white chocolate to the cheesecake mixture.

Pour melted white chocolate into cheesecake mixture and whip until combined.

It is now ready to be piped onto your cookie cakes.


Using the melted chocolate in step 5, dip each strawberry 2/3 the way into the melted chocolate and then dip them again 1/3 of the way into the blue sprinkles or sanding sugar. Set them onto a silicone baking mat or parchment paper to set.  Lisa only used about 7 strawberries which were enough to top the cake with.  You can always melt more white chocolate and make extra to serve with the cookie cake if you wish.


Again using the melted chocolate in step 5, dip each pretzel into the chocolate and set them onto a silicone baking mat and sprinkle with sprinkles of your choice.  Lisa only used 6 or so pretzels which were enough to top the cake with. You can always melt more white chocolate and make extra to serve with the cookie cake.

Back up to STEP 5, the cheesecake filling.  The rest of the instructions were:

Pour remaining melted white chocolate into cheesecake mixture and whip until combined.

It is now ready to be piped onto your cookie cakes.


Carefully slide one of your large star cookies onto a serving plate or board (that will fit into your fridge). Fill an icing bag, topped with a 13mm round nozzle with some of the cheesecake filling and carefully pipe it onto the cookie cake, like in this photo.

Place the cookie cake in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes. Cheesecake filling is very soft until it has set in the fridge so a little extra care needs to be taken with it.  Chilling it will help to add the second layer without it just squashing it all.

Carefully place the second cookie on top of the first one that you piped and carefully pipe the remaining cheesecake filling on top.  Place the cookie cake in the fridge again for 20 minutes.

The cheesecake filling will not be set after 20 minutes, however it will be set enough to decorate if you are careful with it.


Get your strawberries, pretzels, cookies and sprinkles ready to go.

Place them carefully on top of the cookie cake and add sprinkles at the end. It is then ready to chill for at least an hour before serving, to allow the cheesecake filling to set. Get ready for the ooohs and aaahs when you serve it!

There are endless ways you can decorate it to suit your style and we’d love to see your version of the 4th of July cookie cake!

Happy baking! 🙂

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Vanilla Cookie Recipe For Cookie Cake

  • Author: Guest Author Lisa Moulden


This classic vanilla cookie recipe is delicious and makes a great cookie for a cookie cake or cream tart!




250 grams butter, softened

120 grams caster (superfine) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

4 ½ cups plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs and mix until well combined. Add the sifted flour and baking powder as well as the salt and mix just until the dough comes together.  If the dough is still sticky add a little more flour until a nice smooth dough forms.

2. After the cookie dough is made roll it out on a silicone baking mat or parchment (baking) paper, so you don’t have to transfer the large cookie shapes later, to approximately 5mm thick and spread it far enough to cut out the large cookie shapes later.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up the dough to make cutting out easier.

3. Place your cookie cake template carefully on top of the rolled out dough and cut out the shape using your plastic cookie cutter tool or a blunt butter knife. Take your time and keep the blade as upright as you can so that the edge of the cookie is cut straight.

4. After cutting around the outer edge and inner edge (if you want the inside removed also for some shapes) carefully lift off the cookie dough away from the cutout shape.

5. Slide the baking mats with the cookies on top onto a cookie sheet or baking tray and put the cookie cutouts back into the fridge to chill while the oven heats up or at least 15 minutes.  This will help the cookie to keep its shape when baked.

6. Heat oven to 160°C (325°F) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.  Take the cookies out of the oven and leave the cookies on the trays to cool completely. Large cookies can be difficult to move without breaking, especially when they are warm.


Author’s notes: This vanilla cookie recipe can be matched with so many different flavor combinations.  This recipe doesn’t spread when baked so is perfect for cut-out cookies and hand-cut large cookies for cookie cakes.  The dough can be rolled out and cut as soon as it is made, however I like to chill it before hand-cutting out just to make it a bit easier to keep the exact shape I want.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Keywords: vanilla, cookies, vanilla cookies, cookie cakes


More about Lisa Moulden

Lisa is a home baker from a small country town in Australia and couldn’t find a product to help recreate the beautiful cream tarts and cookies cakes on Pinterest, which eventually led her to create her own brand of bakeware to fill this need. She is an accountant by trade, but loves baking and kitchenware, which led her to open her own kitchenware store. Lisa started her first online retail store specializing in sourcing quality cookie cutters from around the world.

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  1. 07/11/2020 / 1:20 pm

    That 4th of July cookie cake looks absolutely amazing and delicious!

  2. Jen
    07/10/2020 / 10:52 am

    These are really cute! Love that they are really easy to make!

  3. Catalina
    07/10/2020 / 7:30 am

    I’ve made it and everyone loved it. It’s so easy to make thanks to your tips and so festive. Thanks for the idea!

  4. 07/10/2020 / 5:15 am

    This is such a fun and festive cake! I love the new printable template concept, sounds like a great way to add some creativity to summer baking!

  5. 07/10/2020 / 4:07 am

    I only wish I could have went to a 4th of July celebration this year so that I could make this lovely dish.

  6. Monica
    07/10/2020 / 4:01 am

    I love festive treats like this. Looks like it’s so much fun to make too.

  7. 07/09/2020 / 11:00 pm

    I love these. They’re so festive, and they look so good. They’re almost too pretty to eat. I still would, though. LOL

  8. Elizabeth O
    07/06/2020 / 12:07 pm

    That is so cool for July 4th. This cookie cake looks really yummy and for sure kids would love that.

  9. Lily
    07/06/2020 / 5:24 am

    This is very patriotic. I havent had a cookie cake in a while!

  10. 07/04/2020 / 1:00 pm

    very cute! and they look delicious as well. <3 happy 4th of july to you!

  11. 07/04/2020 / 3:10 am

    OMG. How adorable. These are so fun. Love how they look 🙂

  12. katrina Kroeplin
    07/04/2020 / 12:11 am

    oh my goodness this like so much fun to make. my kids would love it.

  13. Jessica Formicola
    07/03/2020 / 6:43 pm

    This cookie cake is a total show stopper! Definitely trying it out this weekend, hopefully it looks as beautiful as yours!

  14. 07/03/2020 / 6:18 pm

    These are really fun idea, thanks for sharing I love to try with kids as they are at home.

  15. 07/03/2020 / 10:50 am

    I love your 4th of July Cookie Cake with DoughCuts! It’s cute and easy to do. Hope to do it tomorrow with kids.

  16. Rosey
    07/03/2020 / 1:50 am

    Oh wow, those are super festive and cute. Perfect for the upcoming holiday!

  17. 07/02/2020 / 8:18 pm

    This looks amazing… a piece of art! I love the star! I guess this could be adjusted for Christmas as well as the star is so pretty?

  18. Melanie williams
    07/02/2020 / 3:15 pm

    Oh my gosh these look next level!! Very pretty and I bet that they taste just as good. How fab x

  19. Beth
    07/02/2020 / 3:09 pm

    That’s a showstopper dessert! It is very festive!

  20. Natalie
    07/02/2020 / 3:06 pm

    Looks like a lot of work but fun too! You can involve kids to help with making this cookie cake, which is super fun! I love the colors and strawberries look fantastic! Very lovely cake!

  21. 07/02/2020 / 3:06 pm

    When I first saw the picture, I thought it was so beautiful but too complex. But then you broke it down to easily manageable steps. And I love the cream cheese filling idea! Can’t wait to try this.

  22. Nkem
    07/02/2020 / 2:59 pm

    I’m really impressed by how your creations turned out! super well done! Also, I love a craft that I can eat! hehehehe

  23. 07/02/2020 / 2:01 pm

    So patriotic and so adorable. I love it. Bet it’s delish too. I think I’m going to make some. ::)

  24. 07/02/2020 / 1:13 pm

    Oh wow these looks so perfect for celebrating the big 4th July! They look so vibrant and tasty.

  25. 07/02/2020 / 12:00 pm

    Cookies are always a welcome treat. It is nice to be able to make them look special for different occasions as you showed here.

  26. 07/02/2020 / 9:17 am

    Oh I love it!! So adorable and looks really delish!

  27. 07/02/2020 / 8:13 am

    I’m drooling because in its beauty, it came really well, I must admit that I only dare to imagine how good it is!

  28. Catalina
    07/02/2020 / 6:46 am

    Oh my goodness! How awesome this cake is! And it seems so easy to make with your step by step recipe. I should make it this weekend!

  29. Natalia Voche
    07/02/2020 / 6:32 am

    Such an amazing cookie for holiday this is so cool and creative.

  30. Tasheena
    07/02/2020 / 2:45 am

    This looks like so much fun to make. My kiddos would love doing something like this.

  31. 07/02/2020 / 1:27 am

    This looks like so much fun to make! I don’t think I can get mine to come out as pretty though.

  32. Kathy
    07/02/2020 / 1:00 am

    This looks so good. I love that they’re festive for the 4th too. I have got to get the ingredients to make these. They look like they would taste amazing.

  33. 07/02/2020 / 12:51 am

    This is the cutest cookie cake I’ve ever seen. Perfect for the 4th of July!

  34. ashley
    07/02/2020 / 12:46 am

    These look so good and they look simple to make.

  35. 07/01/2020 / 9:03 pm

    Yum, I love this! I will have to try this out for sure. I love how the cookie cake came out.

  36. 07/01/2020 / 7:59 pm

    That is adorable! I love all your creative recipe ideas. My kiddos would love this.

  37. 07/01/2020 / 7:31 pm

    This cookie looks amazing for the holiday. I am not so creative so I do not think I can make such a beautiful confection but maybe I can use your cookie dough recipe.

  38. 07/01/2020 / 7:31 pm

    This absolutely gets five stars. I love the idea, I love the flavors, and I love the way it looks. Very cool.

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