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 doughThe 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 tinsFor 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: BakeFor 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: CoolAllow the cookie cups to cool completely before removing from the muffin tin. Step 5: Fill and ServeAnd 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.