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!!
- 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?