Looking to make a fun, cute dessert? Cookie cups are a great base to use. Basically, cookie dough is baked in muffin tins, where it rises and forms a bowl shape that can be filled with ice cream, custard or whatever you please.
Here’s how to make them:
Step 1: Get the dough
The easiest way to go is to use store-bought cookie dough. The break-apart dough is best for mini cookie cups (cooked in a mini muffin tin), but also super easy for a standard size muffin tin. The tubes of dough are best for muffin-sized baking tins. You can also use your favorite homemade dough.
Step 2: Fill the tins
For standard-size muffin tins: If you are using break-apart dough, break the cookies into their predetermined portion sizes and plop one into each cup in the tin. If you are using the tube of dough, cut into ¾ inch rounds and place one in each muffin cup.
For mini muffin tins: Using break-apart dough, cut each piece of dough into two pieces. Place one piece into each muffin cup.
Step 3: Bake
For standard size muffin tins: Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden at the edges.
For mini muffin tins: Bake for 11-14 minutes, until golden at the edges.
The center of the cookies will fall upon cooling, creating the cup look.
Step 4: Cool
Allow the cookie cups to cool completely before removing from the muffin tin.
Step 5: Fill and Serve
And voila! You have a delicious and cute dessert base ready to go. You can make these up to three days in advance.
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.