You don't even need luck to make these St. Patrick's Day party treats. They're easy!
Finding a leprechaun’s pot of gold is incredibly lucky. Not only do those sneaky leprechauns guard their gold well, but… it’s a pot of gold. So, yeah, that’s a lucky find.
But little pots of gold cookie cups with delicious pudding and topped with Lucky Charms™ marshmallow treasures are just as good as a pot of gold, right? Right? (She asks, looking sideways.)
These two-bite cookie cups are…what’s the Irish Gaelic word for delicious? Ah, according to Google, blasta, so I’ll answer, “Yes!”
Start by prepping your muffin tin. Spray all of the cups with non-stick cooking spray, then get a paper towel and really spread it around, making sure to get all the sides of the muffin cups.
Mix up the cookie mix with the oil, water and egg according to the package directions, then cover and chill in the fridge for an hour. This will make it much easier to work with, so don’t skip that step. The longer it’s in the fridge the better, so you can even prepare the dough the night before.
Scoop a tablespoon of dough and briefly roll it into a ball. Drop it in a muffin cup. Spray the back of a teaspoon with cooking spray and press it into the dough ball to make a little cup.
Now get in there with your fingers and make the cup even more cup-like. Work around the chocolate chunks to spread the dough along the sides of the cup up to the top. Finish with the rest of the dough and cups, then bake in a 350ºF oven for 12 to 16 minutes.
As the cookie cups bake, they may poof up a lot and you’ll think you did something wrong. You didn’t, don’t worry! They'll settle back down. If you don’t believe me, tap on the middle and watch them sink.
When the edges start to pull from the side, take the muffin tin out of the oven and let the cookie cups cool completely before removing them from the cups. If necessary, separate the cookies from the tin with a sharp knife. Now you’re ready to assemble the pots of gold.
Using a small spoon, drop a dollop of vanilla pudding into a cookie cup, top with gold sprinkles and a few Lucky Charms™ marshmallow bits, and that’s it!
Tip: If you want green pudding for the filling, either add green gel food coloring to the vanilla pudding, or use pistachio pudding instead.
If you really want to go craiceáilte, add a rainbow using the printable art found here. Print with a color printer on a piece of letter-size, white cardstock.
Cut along the gray lines and fold along the dotted lines. Glue the rainbow to a toothpick and insert into the filled and garnished cookie cups.
There you have it! Little pots of gold even leprechauns would be proud to call their own!