Christmas Cookies- Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cups

Making holiday cookies is something I look forward to each holiday season. Since the kids were young we find a day to make our gingerbread house and decorate sugar cookies. Now that that the kids are older, I have decided to take it up a notch and recreate these adorable hot cocoa sugar cookie cups I found on Pinterest. However, know they had to be transported to a party I bypassed the “mug” part and just made these yummy sugar cookies with a hot chocolate center. 

hot cocoa filled cookies

Even when I make our traditional cut out cookies, I don’t have sugar cookie recipe that was handed down for generations  I cheat and use a packaged Sugar Cookie Mix. Since you add the eggs, butter and water to a dry mix, they taste like ones made from scratch. You don’t get that aftertaste from refrigerated cookie dough.


To make these adorable hot cocoa cookies, you will need to first follow make your favorite sugar cookie dough. 


Make 1 inch balls of dough and roll them in colored sugar. Place into sprayed mini muffin tin. Bake per directions.

easy christmas cookies

Before they cool completely lightly press the the middle of each cookie in slightly to make a well for your hot cocoa.

Make your ganache and allow to cool slightly. (You can add peppermint extract if you would like).

chocolate filled cookies


Pour a small amount of ganache into each cup and top with a few marshmallows or sprinkles. Allow to set.

ganache filled cookies

Now you can place these on a cookie tray and your guests will compliment your creativity and you know how easy it was!

easy sugar cookies

The extra effort in making the ganache is forgotten with the ease of making the sugar cookie dough! But how hard is it to heat up cream and add chocolate. Super easy!

hot chocolate filled cookies

Hot Cocoa Sugar Cookie Cups

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

hot chocolate ganache fills these easy sugar cookie cups


  • Sugar Cookie Dough, your favorite recipe or package mix
  • Colored or Granulated Sugar for rolling dough balls
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
  • Small Mallow Bits or Festive Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon or small ice cream scoop of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.
  3. Roll Each ball in sugar.
  4. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Make a small denture in the dough to fill it with ganache.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
  7. Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.
  8. Stir in the hot cocoa mix.
  9. 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.
  10. Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows or sprinkles
  11. Allow to set completely before storing.


Adapted from Gunny Sack

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 6mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 1g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

What is your favorite cookie to make with your kids?

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1 Comment

  1. Looks so delicious!

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