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The Gunny Sack's hot chocolate cookie cups recipe

PHOTO: Courtesy The Gunny Sack
The Gunny Sack
Courtesy The Gunny Sack

Tonia Larson, creator of The Gunny Sack, came up with these delicious and delightfully inventive hot chocolate cookie treats.

Check out the full recipe with step-by-step instructions below.


1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

12 mini pretzels

1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits

*optional - granulated sugar

Makes 24 servings


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put 1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.

An optional step would be to roll the sugar cookie dough balls in granulated sugar before putting them into the mini muffin tins to help prevent sticking.

Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.

Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.

Stir in the hot cocoa mix.

Pour the hot cream over the semi-sweet chocolate chips and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then, stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the ganache is smooth.

Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.

Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.

Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.

For best results, store the hot chocolate cookie cups in the refrigerator.

PHOTO: Hot chocolate cookie cups recipe
Hot chocolate cookie cups recipe
Hot chocolate cookie cups recipe

The Gunny Sack's baking tips

To form the cookie cups, leave the dough as a ball and it will puff up while baking and sink when removed from the oven, leaving a “dip” for the ganache. This is the EASIEST method and it is how I made my Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups.

If you make an indentation in the sugar cookie dough ball before baking, it will still puff up while baking and sink when removed from the oven, leaving a “dip” for the ganache. The straighter the sides of the mini muffin pan, the straighter the side of the cookie cups will be.

To make a bigger “cup” to fill with ganache, you can use a small cup (like a medicine cup) to make an indentation in each cookie, after removing them from the oven. WARNING – when you press the cup into the soft cookie dough it can pull away or tear the cookie dough on the sides of the cup leaving small gaps.

You may need to make additional ganache if using the method.

To prevent the cookies from overflowing and spreading, use a small cookie cutter (mine is 2 inches in diameter) to cut away the extra cookie immediately after taking them out of the oven. Try using less cookie dough in each of the cups.

To prevent the cookies from sticking in the pan, roll the sugar cookie dough in a granulated sugar before placing it in the cups. If the cookie cups are only a little bit stuck, try using a thin knife to gently pry up the edges. Remember, mini muffin pans vary by brand, materials used to make the pans and the age of the pan.

I now use this Grazia Silicone Mini Muffin Pan to make my Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups and it works great! If you want to try a new pan, I would definitely recommend that one.

This recipe for hot chocolate cookie cups is reprinted with permission from TheGunnySack.com.

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Editor's note: This was originally published on Dec. 13, 2018.