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These Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are all-time favorite holiday treats combining sugar cookie dough, chocolate fudge and candy cane handles. They’re so festive and perfect for holiday parties and DIY gifts!

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups – Quick and easy dessert recipe that’s so festive and great for Christmas! All you need is a few simple ingredients: refrigerated sugar cookie dough, holiday sprinkles, white chocolate, candy cane, chocolate chips, condensed milk and mini marshmallows. So cute! Christmas recipe, party food. Video recipe.

Closeup of Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups showing the sugar cookie cups, fudge filling and candy cane handles with mini marshmallows on top

Look no further than these hot chocolate cookie cups when you need a fun Christmas cookie recipe. They’re easier to make than you’d think and always a hit! Yes, they require some effort to make but it’s always worth it.

You’ll need is a mini-muffin pan, some refrigerated cookie dough and a few simple ingredients to make them. The recipe makes 24 cups, so enough for a party.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

The first step is baking the sugar cookies. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease thoroughly with oil. Then pinch of tablespoon-size pieces of cookie dough and press into each cup.

They’ll take about 15 minutes at 350°F, but always check the package directions as there can be some variation across products.

Piping chocolate fudge filling into sugar cookies

The next step is to create space in each cookie to make room for the chocolate fudge. While the cookies are still warm, use the back of a melon baller to create a 1-inch divot in the middle of each cookie. (If you don’t have a melon baller, you can also use your thumb.)

Now make the fudge filling by microwaving chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk in 20-second intervals, stirring in between each time until smooth.

Remove the cookie cups to a wire rack. Then pipe or spoon the filling into each cup to form a heaping mound.

Attaching candy cane handles onto hot chocolate cookie cups

The final step is attaching the candy cane handles. Mini candy canes work best here, and you’ll want to break off the long ends so you have only the curved portions. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in intervals until smooth. Dip the candy cane ends in the chocolate and press onto the cookies to attach.

Time-permitting, chill the cookie cups for several hours to let the white chocolate harden to bond the handles to the cookies.

Optional: press a few marshmallow bits (or halved mini-marshmallows) onto the top of each cup to complete the hot chocolate look.

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These Holiday Chocolate Cookie Cups are an easy and festive recipe
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Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Festive holiday treats combining cookie dough, chocolate fudge and candy canes!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 24 servings


Cookie Cups

  • 33 oz refrigerated sugar cookie dough, We used Pillsbury (2x16.5 oz packages)
  • 2 tbsp holiday sprinkles, optional
  • 2 oz white chocolate, melted
  • 24 mini candy canes

Chocolate Filling

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • marshmallow bits, or halved mini marshmallows


Cookie Cups

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add cookie dough and optional sprinkles. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended.
  • Fill each muffin cup halfway with cookie dough. Then bake for 15 minutes until light brown.
  • Remove from oven and use the back of a melon baller or your thumb to create divots in middle of each cup.
  • Cool several minutes and remove cups to a cooking rack. Clip mini candy canes, dip ends in white chocolate and attach to cups.

Chocolate Fudge Filling

  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, add chocolate chips and condensed milk. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted, mixing in between.
  • Transfer filling to a pastry or ziplock bag. Pipe pipe into each cookie cup (alternatively spoon it in).
  • Top with marshmallows and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate cookie cups
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Note: Adapted from Butter with a Side of Bread