How to make easy hot chocolate cookie mugs filled with “hot chocolate”, using a candy cane for straws and handles. The hit of any Christmas cookie swap!
Recently I watched one of those Tasty videos that showed how to make cute cookies shaped like coffee mugs filled with “hot chocolate”, using a candy cane for straws and handles.
I love watching those step-by-step videos but man… this one had about a 50 steps in the process.
There is a much easier way to do this without getting all fancy, y’all. Ain’t nobody got time to make these suckers from scratch, so let’s keep it simple and just use a sugar cookie mix and canned frosting!
I knew that I could make these cookie cups WAY faster and easier using a storebought mix since I had made these Lime Cookie Cups a few years back. And, instead of using lime essential oil, I used peppermint essential oil to pack a flavorful chocolate mint punch! They were a big hit with my husband’s coworkers at their cookie swap, so I thought I’d share my easy recipe.
Candy Cane Adventures by Garrett
Instead of a professional tasty style video, my 11-year-old son Garrett decided to make a stop-motion film of the entire process for you guys so you can see how easy these cookies are to make. In my opinion, this video is WAYYYYYY better than any Tasty or pro food blogger video could ever be!
Click the center play arrow to watch his cute film here:
Get the Recipe:
Hot Chocolate Cookie Mugs Recipe
Hot Chocolate Cookie Mugs with Candy Cane Handles
- Mini Muffin Tin
- Mini Tart Tamper (or the back of a Tablespoon will work in a pinch)
- 1 Quart or Gallon size Ziploc bag
FOR THE COOKIE CUPS
- 1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix (17 oz package)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 egg
- 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I used Young Living)
- Nonstick cooking spray (I used Pam)
FOR THE FILLING AND DECORATION
- 24-30 Mini Candy Canes (I used Brachs)
- 1 can Hershey Chocolate Frosting 16 oz can
- 4 drops Peppermint essential
- 2 squares White chocolate bark melted
- Follow the recipe on the back of the cookie mix for “DROP COOKIES” (butter, egg, mix) and mix well until a stiff dough forms.
- Add about 4 drops peppermint essential oil (optional) to cookie dough and mix thoroughly
- Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball shape
- Fill a greased, non-stick mini-muffin pan with 1 dough ball per hole. Even though it's non-stick, you still need to spritz each hole of the mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray before adding dough so they will slide out easier at the end.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes until the edges of each cup are golden brown. Stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, they are done.
- Working quickly before the cookies set up, firmly press a rounded tart tamper or the back of a round Tablespoon down into the center of each cup to form a bowl shape.
- While the tamper or spoon is still pressed into the cookie cup, slide a small knife down the side of the muffin cup and gently lift the whole cup out. The spoon will help it hold its shape while you are transferring them to a cooling rack. Be sure to remove all the cookies ASAP straight out of the oven. Do not let them sit inside the muffin tins and cool down or you will not be able to remove them easily without breaking later.
- Cool completely on a wire baking rack before icing.
- On a cutting board with a sharp knife, cut the candy canes just past the bend, leaving a longer straight piece for the straw and the curved piece for the handle of the cup.
- Dip each end of the "handle" into white chocolate and hang it on the lip of each cookie cup.
- Mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil into 1 can of Hershey's chocolate frosting. This is optional but it makes it taste like peppermint hot chocolate!
- Scrape the can of frosting into a gallon size Ziploc bag and snip off a small piece of one corner.
- Pipe the chocolate icing into each cookie cup.
- Stick the straight end of the candy cane opposite the handle to resemble a straw.
So, there ya go! That’s my semi-homemade recipe for these cute Christmas cookies! They are perfect for a Cookie Swap Party or class treat.
These are made with love from my kitchen to yours! Enjoy!