Easter Egg Cookie Cups

I’m not the craftiest person.

The most detailed thing I’ve done in the past year was cutting some garland for decorations. I don’t have a craft room or a hot glue gun or drawers full of ribbon and scrapbook paper.

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So naturally, most of the “craft-y” things that I’m drawn to are all about food. Like these cute little cookie cups.

Nick and I always go through multiple bags of the Cadbury Mini Eggs this time of year. And last weekend, we went through 2 bags in 2 days. Oops?

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We had a 3rd bag in the house (I know – we have a problem), and Nick asked me to put some in a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Instead of inhaling them on their own like we had done with the first 2 bags, these little eggs ended up making a cute cookie treat.

Classic chocolate chip cookie dough makes up the little “nest”, and they’re closer to a cookie cake than a normal cookie. Because you use more dough in each muffin tin, these get a little crisp on the outside, but stay soft and chewy in the middle.

You could use any easter candy you like, too. We’re addicted to these Cadbury Mini Eggs, but I think they’d be super cute with pastel m&ms, a little peanut butter cup, or those speckled Robin Eggs.

I love my jelly beans and baby animal shaped sweettarts, but I think I would have loved having a batch of these cookie nests in my Easter basket, too.

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Easter Egg Cookie Cups
Makes: about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Cadbury mini eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease a muffin tin and set it aside.
  2. Dump the softened butter into a large bowl (stand mixer or other big bowl) and pour in the brown sugar and sugar. Beat together for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Pour the flours, baking soda, and salt into the bowl and mix into the butter.
  5. Once the dough has come together, add the chocolate chips and beat the mixture for another minute until the chips are mixed into the dough.
  6. Take a heaping 2 Tbsp of dough, form into a round, and press into one of the muffin spots. Repeat with the dough until your muffin tin is full.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let the cookie rest for 1-2 minutes, then take 2-3 Cadbury mini eggs and press them into the center of each cookie. Let them sit for another 2-3 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack.

Disclaimer: I have an ongoing partnership with Dixie Crystals. Recipes and opinions are my own.

33 Responses to “Easter Egg Cookie Cups”

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 19, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Love these festive little treats, very clever use of the cadbury mini eggs :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 19, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I am alllll over these!! Yum!

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    Tammy — March 19, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I am shocked, I think you are very crafty!

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    Kathryn — March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    This is about my level of craftiness too! And what could be better than the combination of chocolate chip cookie and some mini eggs?!

    • admin replied: — March 19th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      agreed!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    These are adorable and bet really yummy!

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    Sues — March 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    These are adorable!! I have definitely been known to eat my share of Mini Eggs, but to be honest, I think I overdosed last year and I just haven’t been into them as much this year… Yet!!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — March 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I am so obsessed with Cadbury Mini Eggs! One of the best Easter candies out there (along with Starburst jelly beans). :)

    • admin replied: — March 19th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      yes and yes!! those are our two favorites :)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — March 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    These are adorable! I am the least crafty person I know but hey, wouldn’t you rather cook? lol

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 20, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Those eggs are the devil! I stopped myself after 1 bag. These little baskets are so cute!

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    Erica — March 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I’m like the least crafty person ever! These are SO cute. Perfect for Easter!

    • admin replied: — March 29th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Erica :)

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    natalie@thesweetslife — March 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    right there with you! the only creativity i have comes out in cooking!

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    Rose — March 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    These are so cute, Brandi!

    • admin replied: — March 29th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Rose!

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    Shannon — March 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    these look awesome! i had to bake my mini eggs into something to stop eating them… which was a fail, b/c then i just ate the browned butter easter bars :-P

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    Wendy — March 29, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Do you put the eggs into the “nest” before or after removing the nests from the pan?

    • admin replied: — March 29th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      I put the eggs in while they were still in the pan, after letting them cool and set for 2-3 minutes. Then, let them sit for another 2-3 minutes (with the eggs added) and then move to a cooling rack.

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    Maddie — March 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I am going to make these today! Cutest idea. I don’t have whole wheat flour, can I substitute with more all purpose flour? just wondering! Thanks for the great idea!

    • admin replied: — April 1st, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      HI Maddie – sorry I didn’t get this in time, but yes, all purpose flour will work great!

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    Margaux — April 1, 2013 at 3:19 am

    I made these for my family’s big Easter party, and they were a hit! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin replied: — April 1st, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      So glad you all liked them!

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    Myra Halpern — April 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. :) I came across your website through Pinterest. Everyone loved it and and I will share it on my family website. I too am a fan of Cadbury mini eggs. Yum!

    • admin replied: — April 1st, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Happy to hear it :) We loved them, too!

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    Stacy — February 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Do you use a regular sized muffin pan or mini muffin pans?

    • Brandi replied: — April 7th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      I used a regular muffin pan

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    Patti — April 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Are these mini or regular muffin pans? Thanks!

    • Brandi replied: — April 7th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I used a regular muffin pan – you could definitely do mini, but you’d only be able to do 1-2 mini eggs in the cookie cups.

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