Big Love


That’s what I feel for this oversized cookie.


It’s the kind of love that involves brown sugar and it has everything to do with these little morsels.


Oh… butterscotch, how I love the…

I don’t even need the cookie. I could just munch on you guys for eternity.


Unless of course we’re talking about adding a little chocolate. Then, you could twist my arm and make me eat the cookie, too. You’ll have to twist hard.


Like I said… just a little chocolate. Spread the love.

The cookie heart pan is from Wilton. I found it the other day and snatched it right up. I’ve seen them online, at my local cake supply store and also at the grocery store. Grab one while you can.

Cookie Love

Alright, I’m going in…

Don’t try and stop me… you might get hurt.

Do it.

I mean it… all in.

Eat it!

yeah… that’s it.


Now, if you’ll excuse me… I don’t want you to watch the rest. It won’t be pretty.

Big Love

Big Love Butterscotch Cookie

Big Love Butterscotch Cookie

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch morsels


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • heart-shaped cookie pan (about 11 inches wide)
  • M&M's


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover heart-shaped cookie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
    For the cookies, whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugars using a mixer until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour and mix until combined. Stir in the butterscotch morsels.
  5. Transfer cookie dough to the pan and spread out evely until the bottom of the pan is covered.
  6. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Remove and cool.
  7. While the cookie is baking, you can make the ganache. Heat cream and butter in a saucepan until melted and remove before it starts to boil.
  8. Place chocolate morsels in a small bowl and pour cream on top. Let sit for a few seconds and stir until completely incorporated and smooth.
  9. Let cool and spread on top of cookie with an offset spatula.
  10. To decorate like the photo, you'll need 85 M&M's (red or pink or whatever) for the letters. Place candies on the ganache, using the photo as a guide. Use extra M&M's for the border.
P.S. the heart-shaped cookie pan is also conveniently made to fit one package of refrigerated cookie dough if you so desire. And, if you can’t find a cookie heart pan, just use a regular pan and spread the cookie dough out. Depending on the size of the pan, you may need to adjust your baking times.

Try and enjoy.

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161 comments on “Big Love”

  1. Sorry I’m typing this on an iPad so that’s why it says daedal my finger slipped. I love you and this cookie!

  2. daedal

  3. that is awsome you make amazing valentines day deserts, i saw your cake box full of truffles

  4. When I’m big I will create a shop which was famous n I will bake that cookie

  5. One word…AWESOME!

  6. This was so delicious, and the best cookie cake I have ever tasted!

  7. I bought a bag of Butterscotch morsels just for this recipe and they seem to have disappeared…..I’ve asked all around and nobody seems to know a thing…must have been a sleepwalker :)

  8. My local Wal-Mart has the cutest solid colors of M&M’s that sell in small containers. Just thought I’d let y’all know ;) Love ya Bakerella!!!

  9. Very very pretty and delicious looking! It’s almost too pretty to eat, i dont think i would have the heart (no pun intended) to dig into this!

  10. Bakerella everything about this post makes me smile! I love cookie cakes and they are one of my favorite things to make for people. I cannot wait to buy a cookie cake pan shaped like a heart! xoxoxo and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  11. I still love how this cookie looks!

    I featured it on my blog today.

  12. Everything you make inspires me. I love how creative you are!!

  13. I don’t know what it is about this recipe but it is THE best cookie recipe I’ve ever found. I figured I’d better come here and tell you after having ‘borrowed’ it at least half a dozen times so far!

    I don’t bake it in a big pan, I just roll the dough in greaseproof paper and chill it until its sliceable. I then bake the slices like normal cookies and they come out really soft and chewy, and don’t spread too much. The slices also freeze really well, and bake straight from the freezer in 10 minutes. Perfect for a late night snack when my little boy has eaten every cookie in the house! So far I’ve substituted chocolate chips, white chocolate and glace cherries and rum and raisin instead of the butterscotch. I want to try baileys next! Everytime they’ve come out perfectly. So thank you bakerella! :)

  14. Awesome! Me and my friends are definitely going to try this! But of course, we’ll be writing ‘Team Glue’ or ‘I ? Glue’!! ^_^

  15. Oh noooo!
    I reaaally want to make this, but we can’t buy butterscotch morsels here, and the only thing I could use instead is now gone from my store. That sucks.
    It looks delicious though. :D

  16. I am GOING to make this… my friends should be impressed ;)

  17. oh good lord, this looks simply scrumptious! i would have loved to get one of those for valentines! ;P actually, id give my left arm just to have one right now, hmmmm. cookies+chocolate=love

  18. I bought my Wilton Heart Pan this weekend when on an impromptu candy melt run. I can’t wait to use it. :)

  19. I love your cake pops !! They look so yummy !

  20. LOVEly!
    I bumped into your website, just a few days ago. 2 days ago i made it. But because i live in Belgium, i couldnt find the butterscotch morsels, so i made it with chocolate morsels. :) It was really nice too!
    I had to do some calculating… we dont work with “cups”, we work with grams and ml. (I’m just a bake-beginner) But it worked out just fine!
    Thank you for posting all these cute & yummy creations and recipes!


  21. Hello. I loove your the recipe shown here. Its looks oh-my-god delicious. I was wondering if the butterscotch morsels could be subsituted for choc.chip morsels instead? And would the taste of butterscotch still be there? The thing is, here in Singapore, I can’t seem to find any butterscotch morsels.

  22. Thank you so much for the inspiration! The photos were beautiful, and I didn’t have to look far to find the pan (found it at Walmart). The cookie was heavenly, but I have two questions:

    1. We followed the ganache instructions to the letter, but found it runny. It finally set up in the fridge overnight. Did we do something wrong?

    2. We added the m&ms this morning, but by the time we ate it after lunch, the color on the candies were fading. Did you have that same issue?

    Again, thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Our whole family thought it was an awesome Valentine’s treat.

  23. Done! Found the pan at Target Friday. I made white chocolate chip macadamia nuts – I LOVE it! Thanks for a great and easy idea that I can make year after year. I have a feeling that this will be one of those things that when my daughter grows up she’ll expect and equate with Vday! :)

  24. Thank you so much for this recipe, Bakerella! My hubby absolutely LOVES this dessert, I used Reese’s Pieces instead of M&M’s because he loves peanut butter-flavored chocolate, and it’s to die for!

  25. I made this last night, and it is DELICIOUS! You are a genius!

  26. You inspire me to make these deliriously delicious treats. I will never be able to kick those last 10 pounds! lol

  27. I loved this one! I needed to make a dessert for our fundraiser and this was the one I wanted to make! Thanks for all the helpfull tips. I Had a hard time finding a heart shaped cookie pan like this one. I used a small shallow pie pan and my recipe for white chocolate chip cookies. The ganache was :”ga-rate! Then covered it with the valentine m&m’s…Yummy.

  28. These are the coolest and most cutting edge valentines treats I’ve seen online. AWESOME job!
    Happy Baking!

  29. mmmm… we have some leftover butterscotch chips (from making those squares with the butterscotch chips & coloured marshmallows like my Grammie used to make) that are begging to be baked into yummy*ness – this is SUCH a good reason to hear them out! : P

    my toddler and i are going to have a hayday with this one, thanks for the great activity to do together!

  30. yum yum yum! just lovely

  31. It’s in the oven right now! You forgot to put “add the flour mixture” in the recipe. I figured it out of course. I’m hoping it works- I could only find the heart-shaped cake pan. My fingers are crossed. My husband is really going to LOVE this!

  32. Butterscotch is one of my favorites and with the chocolate icing it is a winner. Making 1 cookie to decorate is a great time saver, too.

  33. Dang, that cookie looks good…I am still incredibly stumped, and in awe that your cake balls and “dipped” things don’t all have a glob of a puddle on the bottom!

    What is your secret, my dear?!!!

    You are the “Queen of all things Dipped”.

  34. totally awesome!! LOVE!

  35. Just pulled it out of the oven smells delicious… i used mini chocolate chips instead. here’s an FYI, there’s a step missing between adding egg & vanilla & then the chips you need to add your flour mixture before the chips. My family’s gonna be thanking bakerella for giving me this recipe!!!! So thank you in advance! :)

  36. Big love is right! That looks so good!

  37. That cookie is a winner! You could be a winner too if you enter my Valentine giveaway – the prize is a pink, bead-knitted purse hand-knit by me.


  38. Hey, I just got an email from one of my favorite places to shop, and saw this page and thought of you: Sooo, cute, huh? Have a great day!

  39. Just gave the heart to my co-workers and they are a happy bunch! I made a larger heart cookie on a cookie sheet and then cut it to fit a heart shaped dish. The ganache was a labor of love needing a lot of mixing, but came out smooth and very pretty. Thanks for the recipe!

  40. This is so pretty!! I love it!

  41. People should know not to stand between anyone and a giant, chocolate covered, love smothered cookie. :) Pretty cookie, lovely photos as usual! :)

  42. Wow! This looks amazing! I just posted it on FB for everyone to make for their special Valentine!

  43. So cute! I love your pictorial – good for a laugh. :)

  44. Um…Yummy, yummo, drooling…drooling…drooling. THANK YOU!

  45. mmm this looks amazing, i may have to switch out the butterscotch for chocolate chips though, anyone try this?
    Im thinking of making this for boyfriend!

  46. I heart giant cookies – i’m in a cookie coma just by looking at it and dreaming of how good it would taste instead of the string cheese I am eating right now:-) Happy Thursday!

  47. I made this tonight and OMG, so tasty! Not as pretty as yours though…

    You can see it here:

  48. this is soo cute, it’s been too long since i’ve tasted some yummy ganache!

  49. I love your blog, so I wanted to share some love and award you with the Sunshine Blog Award! Keep up the great posts :)

  50. My coworkers birthday is the day after Vday. I might have to make this for her!!

  51. a fork and knife, your big love cookie – and i’m set for life.

  52. I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy one of these pans. Now that I have a tasty-looking recipe I’m armed and ready to go. :)

  53. WOOOOOOW! That is so cute and decadent at the same time! I’d love to make this for Valentines – or who am I kidding – for myself any day!

  54. wow, simply amazing… it’s too gorgeous to eat! your pictures of your creations are like art. LOVE IT!

  55. That is the cutest cookie I’ve ever seen! What a great gift it would make!


  57. I am SO making this for V-day this weekend! Found the pan today at Michael’s and had a coupon to boot. Thanks so much for the idea–I can’t wait!!!

  58. Soo scrumptious! I really wish you were my Pastry Arts Chef in School. =)

  59. OH MY…death by oversized cookie! YUMMY!!! I am always up for baking!

  60. Mmmm….I love butterscotch too! This looks too good!
    How could you go wrong with a cookie, butterscotch and ganach. Plus the added bonus of the M&M’s. good gracious!

  61. I love your blog you are an inspiration to me. So, I gave your blog an award. Thanks for the ideas!

  62. All that pink is making my heart sing! I love it

  63. oh lordy that is adorable.
    you come up with the cutest things ever!

  64. One of the bes baking blogs I have ever seen! …. now if I could just learn how to bake. ;-)

  65. that looks absolutely yum. My favorite cookie in the world is a butterscotch cookie! thanks for sharing!

  66. Mmmm wow this looks so good, its like a giant Millies Cookie that they do but better! The butterscotch chips look amazing, i wish they did those in england :( america gets all the good stuff hehe :P

  67. You had me at butterscotch chips!

  68. You kill me!! I love seeing all you come up with! And anything with pink I absolutely love!! I just wish I could reach through the computer and get a piece!! I may have to try this for the fam for Valentine’s! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  69. This looks good:) I was just wondering, does the cookie come out hard and crunchy or really soft and chewy?

  70. *drool*. I’m so making this for Valentine’s Day. YUMMMMM!

  71. Thinking I will make this for my kiddos on Valentines Day! Thanks for the inspiration!

  72. I am swooning in appreciation for this amazing bit of wizardry!

  73. that looks absolutly delicious!!!!

    you are great bakerella!

  74. I just sent this to my friend… I hope she gets the hint.

  75. woooooooow am in loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ,, am soo gonna try making thissssssssss thankssssssss alottt for sharingggggggg

  76. Just found my valentines treat for my husband! Thanks!

  77. Love it! I love the colors and I would love it if I could taste it.

  78. Oh yum!! My boyfriend LOVES cookie cakes, so I really need to make this pan. It’s so pretty too :)

  79. Butterscotch, mmmm. Those sound like better than sex cookies :) Do you have any food allergy dealings though? I love your website for inspiration, but my concauctions adapated from your recipes can be pretty interesting! Just wondering :)

  80. That looks delish! Then again, anything with your ganache on it is so good. I could just eat a bowl of that and call it good.

  81. That looks awesome. Wish you were my valentine.

  82. YUM YUM YUM!

  83. Allrecipes has a giant chocolate chip cookie that I have made twice now: once in a pizza pan and once as two giant 9″ rounds (the biggest cookie whoopie pie). The only problem that it nearly overflowed my pizza pan, which makes a heart shaped pan probably too small. It looks so good though that I think I have to go for it!

  84. Gorgeous!!!!

  85. i wish i could move in with you!
    that looks delicious… i bet i even tastes even better

  86. Awesome. My husband told me the other day that if we ever win the lottery, he’s getting me one of those movable filing systems for all my kitchen stuff… I am completely out of space!

  87. you had me at butterscotch and brown sugar… yummmm.

  88. Love your pictures; always so wonderful!

    Just thought you’d like to know that it’s “how I love THEE,” not the. :-)

  89. Omg, i just love it! I will be trying this its perfect for a lil gift for this weekend. i will be celebrating my 6th aniversary on Valentines, perfect way to tell him how much i love him…u ROCK!!!

  90. YUMMY! And so cute. :)

  91. Baking this is going to be the highlight of my weekend! Totally cute.

  92. Valentine baking is too much fun, Miss Bakerella! My family will love this. Thanks!

  93. This is so *cute*! I love it. The techno writing is so cool too. Valentines day is such a brilliant excuse to make gorgeous things like this! Well done! x

  94. Ohh I just want to hug you- that looks SO good! I made your cake balls and they are even more amazing than I thought! I took them to a lunch at work, and now I think I’m getting a raise:) Thank you!!

  95. I have a springform pan – considerably smaller than you’re using here – with a heart insert. Think I’ll do something like this, but make several smaller ones.

  96. I am definetly a fan of butterscotch chips! In-fact, just recently I made an enormous batch of oatmeal butterscotch cookies. So-o-o good!!! {If you use the Quacker recipe, triple it and add one extrememly ripe banana to the mix, right after adding the butter. The banana helps make the coookies moister).

    I have a question for you in regards to your last posting – the one about the football cupcakes. In it you had said that this time you had frosted the cupcakes one by one. How else is there to do them? I mean, when I did the three hundred cupcakes for my brothers wedding, I did them one, by one, by one …

    Next you need to try baking homemade fudge brownies in your heart shaped pan. When our “boys” were in school, I use to bake them in a round pizza pan, after baking added orange cream cheese/butter cream frosting and then via using M&M’s and candy corn, made them into Jack-O-Lanterns, one for each son’s classroom. I made sure that there were enough M&M’s and pieces of candy corn used so that each student in that class got one with their slice of brownie (pieces just got moved during cutting).

    So, your assignment is (o;-p) – use your heart shaped pan to bake home made fudge brownies in, and then top the cooled brownies with pink colored cream cheese/butter cream frosting.

    And if you want extra credit (o;-p!), also add chopped up dark chocolate M&M’s to the brownie batter (I used my kitchen shears to cut all of the dark chocolate M&M’s in at least half). Talk about maxed out yumminess!!! (I’m drooling here just remembering …)

    You know, I might just have to make some myself now ….

  97. Love how you put ganache on it – brilliant (that’s my word for today I think since it was all over my post sand I keep saying it!)

  98. Gorgeous! I have been thinking about what I will make for Valentine’s Day, and this just may be it! Thanks! <3

  99. Dear Munchin’ On M&M’s,
    I think my five year old would be very excited to help me make this. Do you think we could call it spelling and math for the day?
    Searching For Sweetness in NE

  100. Um…how bad is it that I want that for breakfast?! I shall be adding that to my list of things to make on Valentine’s Day. Looks beautiful with the pink candies too!

  101. oh yum… the pink candies on the dark chocolate are so pretty!

  102. It looks fantastic, I can think of three kiddos who would love to dig into it.

  103. Ooooo….YUMMY! Love that brown sugar and butterscotch! Looks fantabulous!!!

  104. I love the way you did love out of M&M’s! That definitely takes a steady hand…

  105. Looks delicious! I love the ‘LOVE’. The letters are so fun! And M&Ms are PERFECT with cookies!!! And the frosting is what I could just sit and eat all by itself! Mmmm!!!!!

  106. Oh man. The way you arranged those M&M’s is so cool.

    If you pitched one of those cookies to Victoria’s Secret, I guarantee they’d pick it up.

  107. how cute! what a great idea!

  108. oh! SUPER CUTE!!!!! Right Now I’m doing some swedish macaroons, heart shaped with a rasberry filling coated in white chocolate! They will be my Valentine present to my LOVELY friends! Thank U for such SWEET inspiration!

    Many Valentine Greetings from,
    Sofia – Bakfia

  109. Nothing like a great big heart chock full of goodies to make someone happy on Valentines Day! I think I have one of those heart pans someplace….I used it years ago to make Martha Stewart’s strawberry tart…which is also a good idea for someone you love!

  110. Hi! I want to make the cupcakes pop on Friday and I have a question- how can I make cream cheese frosting ?

    thank you/

  111. Let me guess…..Valentine’s Day is coming up?? It’s a beautiful-looking cookie!

  112. Completely inspiring – as usual!

  113. My hubby always wants a big cookie, like they sell at the grocery and they always look so blah and not so good, but this is a big cookie that I can get on board with! YUM!

  114. I don’t even think I like butterscotch, but that looks awesome!

  115. Sinful! But definitely worth every bite I’ll bet….LOL

  116. Love the lite brite effect you’ve created with the candies contrasted with the dark choco. Quite lovely, Bakerella!

  117. OMG! Yummy!!!! and Beautiful!!!

  118. You are truly an inspiration!

  119. soooooooooooooooo cute…. loved it :)

  120. Oh sweet sweet sweet pink sugar! *Licks screen*

  121. “WOW” (my mind when I saw the m&m writing)

  122. This big cookie looks so yummy !

  123. so cute!!! think i might just do this for valentines… great idea

  124. Super cute!! I love it, I can’t wait. To make it for Valentines day dinner!!

  125. If I have the guts I want to attempt the Box of chocolates cake for my Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!
    This is my back up plan if that fails. This looks delicious.

  126. I tried following you on the Networked thing, but I’m not sure if it worked. I follow you through my gReader.

  127. Wow- so dang cute! And I couldn’t agree more about the butterscotch chips. They never get baked at my house because I have kids who sneak them away before I even get to them.

  128. Bakerella, you made me love you. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it.

  129. I love the M&M L-O-V-E lettering! Reminds me of Vegas lights!!!

  130. Mmmmm…my inner nerd loves the retro dot matrix vibe.

  131. So cute Bakerella! The M&M “Love” kind of reminds me of a cross stitch pattern. So cute!

  132. Besides sounding and looking all of DELISH, the cookie is ADORABLE. I agree..looks like a Neon sign hanging somewhere in Midtown.

  133. Oh, nummy nums where have you been all my life!! lol…a piece of art that should be in my belly! lol..YUM!

  134. yum!!!!!! ure amazing!

  135. Yummy! I think I’s like a layer of caramel in between the cookie and the chocolate to make it even more sinful!! I love the effect of the M&M’s. Sort of like a neon sign!

  136. haha, i just baked a batch of blondies in this same pan yesterday! they went over well at the super bowl party i went to today :)

  137. Yummy!!! Looks great!! I love butterscotch chips!!!!!!

  138. Butterscotch and chocolate = Love

  139. This is the perfect thing for the sweethearts on my list. Thank you fopr creating such a cute tasty Valentine!

  140. This is so cute! I love the lettering on the cookie–very digital neon sign. :-)

  141. Looks great! How can you even eat it?

  142. Girl, you are cruel. How am I ever going to shink my hips if you keep tempting me like this. I mean how is a girl suppose to resist the BIG THREE brown sugar, butterscotch and Ch Ch Ch I can’t even say it, for fear of gaining 5 pounds. I love you, but my hips hate you.

    Cha Cha

  143. so cute! i love that you decorated it with m&m’s! a lot easier and much more reliable than trying to make icing look nice :)

  144. YUMM – O!!!!
    You are truly SO inspiring – Thanks for sharing such deliciousness with us all! I’ve never been able to successfully make larger cookies (they always come out hard as a rock). I may have to give it another try with this recipe! Your photos are so wonderful . . . I feel like it could just taste it! ; )

  145. LOVE it!
    You’re such an inspiration Bakerella :)

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