Nothing screams the holidays quite like the flavor of peppermint. The mere mention of a peppermint mocha latte or candy canes is immediately nostalgic with this time of year. An undeniable combination is peppermint and chocolate. For these cookie cups I used a chocolate cookie and a combination of my favorite peppermint candies.
Refrigerated chocolate cookie dough, the brand I used above I cut into 4 even chunks
Favorite peppermint candy, I did a combination of peppermint hershey kisses and peppermint chocolate bells
A mini muffin tin
Non-stick cooking spray (this is a MUST)
Makes 48 cookie cups
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Very generously spray your muffin tin with non-stick spray. Unwrap your cookie dough and cut into 4 even chunks. Roll each chunk of cookie dough into a ball using the palms of your hands. Drop a cookie dough ball in each mini muffin slot. Bake for 9 minutes. While your cookies bake, unwrap all of your candies and set them aside on a plate. Once the cookies come out of the oven you have to move FAST. Place your cooked cookies on the stove top and quickly press one candy into the center of each cookie. This will create your “cup”. As you gently press down on the candy the cookie will form around the sides of the candy giving it the appearance of the candy sitting inside a cookie cup. Move your cookies to a safe place to set, a dish towel or pot holders on the counter top will do. You want the cookies to have a chance to set before you try to take them out of the muffin tin. As your cookies cool, the candy in the center will begin to melt. If you’re feeling fancy now would be the time to add sprinkles. Let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes in the muffin tin. Then move them to a cookie rack to cool or if you’re short on time, or just anxious to eat, place them in the fridge to set up faster. Store in an air tight container and enjoy within a week.
Do not skip spraying your muffin tin, or those cookie cups will not be coming out! These cookies are a great one for the kids to help with, I always put mine to work with unwrapping the candies. We count how many cookies are in the muffin tin and then it becomes a counting activity to match that amount to the amount of candy they unwrap. My tip for this one, when your candy starts to melt in the middle of the cookie cup, you can press ever so slightly on the candy (it will be messy) before adding your sprinkles. By pressing down on the melted candy you will get a nice even coverage of candy to cookie cup. This is especially nice when using the bell candies as they are larger and could be a bit hard to bite through if not smushed down a little bit