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Sugar Cookie Cups

These adorable Sugar Cookie Cups filled with buttercream are the tastiest little treats - perfect for any occasion!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 35 cookie cups


  • Mini Muffin Tin


Sugar Cookie Dough*

  • ¾ cup salted butter softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract optional
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Buttercream Frosting*

  • ¼ cup salted butter softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk or heavy whipping cream
  • food coloring optional
  • sprinkles optional


Make the Sugar Cookie Cups

  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until well-combined.
  • Stir in the egg, vanilla and almond extract (if using).
  • Add the baking powder and flour and stir until combined.
  • Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons (about 1" in diameter) and roll into a ball. Place one in each muffin tin cup and flatten with your fingers (no need to form a "cup"....just flatten).
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
  • Use the cap of a bottle (I use the cap of my vanilla extract bottle) to press into each cookie to form a "cup."
  • Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire cooling rack.

Make the Frosting and Assemble

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir the butter until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and stir to incorporate.
  • Add the milk (or cream) and beat until smooth, adding an addition ½ - 1 tablespoon of milk, if needed for desired consistency. Stir in food coloring, if desired.
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag or resealable baggie and pipe into each of the cooled cookie cups.
  • Top with sprinkles, if desired.


*You can also make these using store-bought sugar cookie dough and store-bought frosting.  You'll follow the recipe just as you would once the dough has been made.
Keyword cookies, sugar cookies
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