Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

This easy cookie recipe for Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups is made with Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. They’re filled with chocolate ganache and have a pretzel handle!

Hot Chocolate Cookie CupsI checked the weather and read that there are multiple Alberta Clippers on the way. I’m not even sure how that is possible but it looks like several of the northern states could have blizzards. For those of you who don’t live in a northern state, Canada or the North Pole, the definition of a blizzard is: A severe snowstorm caused by strong, sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and lasting for a prolonged period of time – typically three hours or more. Sound like fun? Not so much!

What do we do during a blizzard or severely cold weather? We stay home and keep warm, of course. We also bake, play board games, drink hot chocolate and get cabin fever. Once again, for those of you who live in warm climates, cabin fever is: irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.

But it’s not all bad, definitely not! I love living in Minnesota. On the days that are warmer, we enjoy our time outdoors. We go sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. We build snowmen, have snowball fights and go for walks in the snow. If the weather gets really warm, like 38 degrees last Sunday, a good percentage of native Minnesotans walk around without their winter coats! Sounds crazy but 38 degrees feels warm when you compare it to -21!

Pillsbury Test Kitchens BakingThese Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are perfect for cold winter days. I made them for the first time in the Pillsbury Test Kitchens! I first imagined making these cookies at the beginning of December. I was doing a little brainstorming about recipes to make in January and February. What came to mind was cold weather and hot chocolate. I wanted to try making a hot chocolate cake, hot chocolate cheesecake and hot chocolate cookie cups so I made a list on my iPhone. Then, when I was at the Pillsbury Test Kitchens and was given the challenge of making my own cookie, I remembered my list and decided to give these a try. These 4 pictures are from my day in the test kitchens.

Here are more of my pictures from my day with the Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers.  While in the test kitchens, we made appetizers and then cookies. You can view the pictures in the slideshow above (if it doesn’t show up right away, refresh the page), or go directly to the album to see my photo captions and to leave comments by going here: Pillsbury Test Kitchens

Chocolate GanacheTo make the hot chocolate cookie cups, I started by putting 1 tablespoon of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough into greased mini muffin tins. I baked them for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them. Next, I made chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil. After quickly stirring in hot chocolate mix, I poured the hot cream over semi-sweet chocolate chips and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then, I stirred the mixture until the chocolate chips were melted and the ganache was smooth.

Hot Cocoa Cookies Pretzel HandleI broke off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles. I melted a little white chocolate and used it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.

Cup of Hot Chocolate CookiesSpoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows. Enjoy the Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups with a cup of real hot chocolate!

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups


  • 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


  1. Put1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.
  2. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
  3. Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.
  4. Stir in the hot cocoa mix.
  5. 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.
  6. Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.
  7. Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.
  8. Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.

Here’s another recipe that uses Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough:

Ice Cream Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites Ice Cream Filled Cookie Bites

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  1. I love the cookie cups and and am in the process of making them for my son’s Valentine’s class party tomorrow. I have a question I did not see anyone ask here. Do they need to be refrigerated? Heavy cream is refrigerated so after heating it up and mixing with the chocolate chips should they be kept refrigerated? Hopefully you can answer tonight yet….

    • Hi Kathy,
      I would keep them in the fridge overnight, but they will be fine not being refrigerated when you or your son bring them to school tomorrow! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Hello Tonia!

    I saw your recipe recently after Pillsbury shared it on their Facebook page and just made them this morning. I couldn’t get the pretzel handles to stick, but they still came out awesome (for the first batch). I also ended up rolling the dough in my hand and flattening them and shaped them into the muffin pan. Some came out great and some didn’t (need to measure better I guess). After they came out of the oven, there wasn’t a big “bowl” so I used the bottom of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to make a better indentation.

    I am bringing them into work tomorrow for kicks (and because my boss wants me to after I “shared” the post from Pillsbury.

  3. Tonia: I’m 88 years old and I love to bake. I think your hot chocolate cookie cups are so cute. I want to make them for my family. I have 7 children, 16 Grand and 33 Great Grand kids. I will have to make a lot of them. You say you use the mini muffin tins. How would the standard size muffin tin do. How much longer would you need to bake them? Would you make 12 out of the one pkg. of dough?

    • Hi Gwen,
      7 children, 16 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren are fantastic! You are so blessed!
      The package of sugar cookie dough that I used is the 16.5 oz size and I was able to get about 12 tablespoons of dough out of it.
      I’ve never tried making these Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups in a regular muffin tin, but I found a recipe on the Taste Of Home website for ice cream cookie cups made in the regular muffin tins. You can find the recipe here:
      Happy Baking,

      • Tonia thank you for the Ice Cream recipe from the Taste of Home. I will make these next week for my family I know they will love them.
        I think maybe in a few weeks I will try the ice cream in them. Thanks again.

  4. These look great, how many does one batch make?

    • The package of sugar cookie dough that I used is the 16.5 oz size and I was able to get about 12 tablespoons of dough out of it. Thanks Veronica!

  5. Hi Tonia! You will be featured @ “Inspiration Monday Party” this Sunday @ 2pm EST! Congrats! Thanks so much for linking up. Julie

  6. Those are so clever! I wish I had seen these last month, when I had a holiday party. They would have been a wonderful addition to my Hot Chocolate Bar!

  7. How cute are these??? The look amazing! I am not a cook, are they to hard to make?

    • Hi Kat,
      They are very easy to make! The cookie dough is ready-to-cook so you just have to melt together the chocolate chips and heavy cream to fill the cups. You could even use chocolate frosting, if you prefer. The hardest part, if you can even call it that, is breaking the pretzels. :)
      Happy Baking!

  8. These are way to cute, they have made my list already, thanks for the tutorial! I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  9. These are seriously so cute!!! I’m glad we had a chance to finally meet at Pillsbury :-)

  10. These are seriously the CUTEST things I’ve ever seen!!!!! LOVE THEM!

  11. These are so stinking cute, Tonia! Love it!

  12. the cookie cups are just too cute!! Thanks Tonia!

  13. These are super cute! My kids would LOVE them!! Thanks for giving us a peak into your day at Pillsbury. Your pictures there turned out beautiful!

  14. These are a perfect little winter treat. Just adorable!!

    • Yes! We had a beautiful weekend and now it is cold again. I just finished drinking a cup of hot cocoa to warm up. Thanks Cathy!

  15. ColleenB. says:

    Oh, Yummy. Absolutely adorable with the pretzel handles

  16. You, my dear, are all kinds of awesome! These are the cutest little cookie cups ever made! I wanted to grab a few while we were in their kitchens, but I kept my cool… now I wish I had taken the whole tray! :-D

  17. These are way too adorable AGAIN!! Love the handles :)

  18. These look adorable and I think I’m going to try them for my oldest daughter’s birthday next month. One question, do you make the indentation in the cookie after it’s baked and before putting it in the oven? Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Hi Alexandra,
      I didn’t do anything to make an indentation! The cookies did it all on their own. If you bake the cookies and the centers don’t fall, go ahead and make an indentation using a small cup or something. For a birthday party, I would suggest adding a little food coloring to the dough or adding sprinkles! That would make the cups really festive. Happy Baking!

  19. What a total blast Tonia and those are about the CUTEST cookies I’ve ever seen!! You ROCK!!

  20. I LOVE these! I’m still in love with them :) And yes we went sledding last Sunday when it was “warm” out too :)

  21. These are so cute! What a great idea!

  22. I was already sold when I read the name, but then I saw the picture with the cute little pretzel handle? Too cute!

  23. I just love these! Pinned and shared on twitter :)

  24. Anna Bennett says:

    You spoil us,but that is okay because we love it.The Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are so cute.
    Thank you.. :)

  25. These are so cute! I totally want to make them…hmmm

  26. The Pilsbury day looks like so much fun! These cookies are SOOO cute. Seriously. Adorable. and they look delicious! What a fun recipe.

  27. What a delicious idea! Yummy!

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