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Sugar Cookie Cups

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These adorable sugar cookie cups are formed in a mini muffin pan and ready to be filled with your favorite fillings. These delightful treats combine the buttery sweetness of sugar cookies with the versatility of bite-sized cups, inviting you to unleash your creativity with luscious fillings!

Easter Sugar Cookie Cups with frosting grass and colored chocolate eggs

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Why You’ll Love Sugar Cookie Cups

Imagine discovering a dessert that’s not only a delight to your sweet tooth but also a joy to customize for any special occasion—sugar cookie cups are that dream come true! 

Baked to perfection in a mini muffin tin, these adorable mini sugar cookie cups boast a unique cup shape that’s just asking to be filled with all sorts of deliciousness, from cream cheese frostings to no bake cheesecake filling. 

It won’t matter if you’re a first timer in the kitchen or a seasoned baker, the simplicity and versatility of this easy dessert recipe will inspire you to create mouthwatering masterpieces. The best part of serving these big hit treats, whether as Christmas cookies, elevated with fresh fruit for a summer gathering, or with a dollop of lemon curd for an elegant touch, is unmatched.

Use my favorite recipe for sugar cookies and dive into the world of sugar cookie cups!

Sugar Cookie Cup Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Softened butter: crucial for that melt-in-your-mouth texture. For best results, the butter should be at room temperature.
  • Sugar: adds sweetness and contributes to the crisp exterior. 
  • Vanilla extract: provides a rich flavor foundation. 
  • Eggs: bind the mixture together and add moisture. 
  • All-purpose flour: the essential structure of the cups. 
  • Baking powder: ensures they rise to the perfect cup shape. 
  • Salt: balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor. Substitute with a pinch of cream of tartar if needed. 

How to Make Sugar Cookie Cups

[Step 1] Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl until fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated.

Sugar cookie dough in the bowl of a stand mixer.

[Step 2] Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt then mix the dry ingredients with the butter mixture until soft dough forms. 

Sugar cookie dough on a red spatula.

[Step 3] Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and use a small cookie scoop to scoop about one tablespoon of cookie dough into each of the mini muffin cups. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes until the edges begin to turn golden brown. The baking time will vary by oven.

Cookie scoop with Easter sugar cookie dough over a mini muffin pan

[Step 4] Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press the back of a one teaspoon measuring spoon into the warm cookies to create a cup shape. Allow them to cool for 8-10 minutes and then remove them from the muffin cups, using a butter knife if necessary. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Spoon indenting an Easter sugar cookie in a muffin pan

How to Decorate Sugar Cookie Cups for Easter

[Step 1] Frosting: Whip the softened butter in a stand mixer, in a small bowl with beaters, or a small food processor. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time. If the frosting is too thick, add a teaspoon or two of milk until the desired consistency is reached. Add green gel food coloring and mix well.

Frosting in a piping bag over Easter sugar cookie cups

[Step 2] Add the frosting to a piping bag and use a Wilton 233 tip to pipe the grass in the center of each cookie cup. If you don’t have that tip, you can use a small star tip.

Green frosting being.piped into a sugar cookie cup

[Step 3] Once the grass is piped on, place a candy egg on top.

Sugar cookie cups with frosting that looks like grass and a chocolate Easter egg

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Cookie Cup Filling Ideas

  • Cream cheese frosting: a classic that never disappoints, perfect for those mini muffin tin miracles. 
  • No bake cheesecake filling: for an indulgent twist, combining the ease of no bake cheesecake to make cheesecake sugar cookie cups.
  • Fresh fruit: light and refreshing, ideal for adding a summer vibe or garnishing your mini sugar cookie cups at any gathering. 
  • Lemon curd: creamy and zesty, turning every bite into an elegant experience. 
  • Pie Filling: Use premade pie filling like apple pie filling or cherry pie filling.
  • Ice cream: dive into the joy of sugar cookie crusts crowned with your favorite ice cream for a cool treat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a perfect cup shape?

After baking in a mini muffin tin, use the back of a teaspoon to press down gently and create the perfect cup shape. 

Can I make sugar cookie cups using store-bought dough?

Yes, you can use store-bought sugar cookie dough. You can even use a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. Just press it into the mini muffin pan and bake as per the package instructions. 

How do I store sugar cookie cups? 

Store them on a cooling rack once completely cool, then transfer to an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh and hold their shape!

Final Thoughts

Making sugar cookie cups is so much fun! From using the mini muffin tin to achieve that perfect cup shape to filling them with everything from cream cheese to no bake cheesecake filling. These mini sugar cookie cups have proven themselves as the ultimate easy dessert recipe, versatile enough for a Christmas cookie exchange or a springtime soiree. 

So what are you waiting for? Dive into this creative baking adventure, experimenting with fresh fruit, lemon curd, or even ice cream fillings. Sharing these delightful treats with my loved ones has turned every bite into a truly memorable moment, reinforcing their status as a big hit at any gathering

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Cookie scoop with sugar cookie dough over a mini muffin pan

Easter Sugar Cookie Cups

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

A delicious Easter Sugar Cookie recipe that is decorated with frosting grass and a chocolate Easter egg. The perfect Easter treat for the whole family!

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Cups

  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Teaspoons Milk

Topping

  • 36 Chocolate Eggs, like Mini Cadbury Eggs

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and eggs until incorporated.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, add one tablespoon of cookie dough to each muffin cup.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes.
  7. Press the back of a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon into each cookie to create a cookie cup.
  8. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Green Vanilla Frosting

  1. Mix in the vanilla.
  2. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing between each addition.
  3. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Add enough green food coloring to make light green.

Easter Sugar Cookie Cup Assembly

  1. Place the frosting into a piping bag.
  2. Using Wilton Tip #233, pipe grass into the center of each cookie cup.
  3. Place a chocolate egg on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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Ellen

Sunday 27th of March 2022

Can I freeze the cookies

Mindy

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Yes! You can freeze them for up to three months.

Mimi

Friday 30th of March 2018

Plain or self rising flour for these cookies! Look great

mindymoser

Friday 30th of March 2018

I used All-Purpose Flour :)

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