Your (Cookie) Cup Runneth Over

It’s time for another Pinterest project.  Well, kind of.  I DID originally see this on Pinterest, but this little project was really an experiment.

I wanted something more special than a plain old cupcake, but I’m still on my “keep things simple” kick.

Alright, so really I’m just being lazy.

But today’s recipe and “how-to” is perfect for many occasions. A fun little individual dessert, a tidy base for a fruit pizza, or even a fun base for a scoop of ice cream.

I tried 2 different versions of the recipe below, changing up the amount of butter to try to decrease total fat in the cookie cups.  I also played around with the amount of dough for each “cup”.

Here’s the final product:

Sugar Cookie Cups

Makes about 30 cookie cups

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (or 1/2 cup sugar + 3/4 cup sugar substitute)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 F and grease 12-cup muffin tins with a little nonstick cooking spray.  Wipe away excess cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.  Add vanilla and egg whites, beating until well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture in two separate additions.  Stir just until dough comes together.

Using a cookie scoop, roll one rounded scoop between your hands.  Pat into a small circle and place into muffin tin.

Press cookie dough into muffin tin and up the sides of the muffin cup.  It should look like this:

Be careful the dough isn’t too thin on the bottom, or they will crack as you remove them.

Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes, or until sides begin to brown.

Let cookie cups cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin.  Then, using a butter knife, go around the edges of each cup and remove from muffin pan. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Next step:  Fill them!!

This is the fun part.  You choose the filling.  I chose a little whipped frosting with Reese’s Pieces and M&M minis on top.
Other ideas:  a little ice cream, a Hershey’s kiss, fruit filling, or lemon curd.
Another wonderful combo is a little cream cheese with fresh fruit (for a dessert pizza replica).  Mmmmm!!

Variations:

  • Vegan:  Use Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sicks instead of butter, and Ener-G egg replacer (1 1/2 tsp replacer + 2 Tbsp warm water)
  • GF:  Replace flour with equal amount of Bob’s Red Mill GF All-Purpose flour and add ~3/4 tsp Xanthan gum

Question of the day:  What has been your favorite Pinterest recipe project?

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