Chocolate Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream {Neapolitan!}

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on January 11, 2013
Strawberry Buttercream
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry buttercream
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c butter
  • 1 two-pound bag powder sugar about 7-8 cups
  • 2 tsp. strawberry extract
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • dash salt
  • 1 -2 drops pink food coloring
  1. Put room temperature butter, strawberry extract, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.

  2. Add in food coloring a drop at a time to determine desired color.
  3. If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk. I found that this is the perfect consistency for me to pipe roses using the 1M or 2D tip.


Around January 2nd I started seeing Valentines Day goodies all around the web. Thinking that it might be too soon to start spreading the February love, I promptly ignored them and moved on.



Chocolate Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream

But it wasnt that easy. You know this is true if you are addicted to Pinterest like I am.  They kept coming. And I kept reading, and they infiltrated my brain. I am now Valentines obsessed. Its January 11th. My apologies in advance for the next month of Valentines treats.

These sweet little treats are chocolate sugar cookies filled with vanilla or chocolate buttercream, then topped with strawberry buttercream.

Basically a sweet overload.  Its what I am here for.

Chocolate Cookie Cups with Strawberry ButtercreamAs much as I love a fresh and palate pleasing real strawberry buttercream, I knew I wanted to pipe these, so that meant I could not have any chunks in the frosting.

To achieve a smooth as silk frosting I simply adapted my Back to Basics Buttercream… using Strawberry Extract in place of vanilla.  Be sure to start with a teaspoon of the extract and taste as you go… I ended up adding two but you can easily use less or more depending on personal taste.

Neapolitan Chocolate Cookie Cups


As you can see these started out as Neapolitan.   I adore the combination of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.  But I ended up adding some chocolate buttercream to the bottom of the cups instead of the vanilla.

Chocolate Cookie Cup with Chocolate and Strawberry Buttercream

And totally liked those better.  You’d think all that frosting would be just  But the truth is when combined with the thick chocolate cookie… its nice!  Well… I mean, I should clarify.  You should claim to like massive amounts of buttercream in your life prior to this baking experiment.


Valentines inspired Chocolate Cookie Cups!


For the cookie I used this recipe.  I made the recipe as directed then rolled out small balls.  Then place one ball into a prepared muffin pan and press dough into sides of pan evenly.  I made regular and mini cookie cups and they both baked in about 8 minutes at 350.

I also noticed that I had to go back and press in the bottom and side a bit to make sure they were hallow inside after they were done cooking.  It is best to do this right out of the oven.  I used a small juice cup to create a flat bottom and sides, and then allowed the cookie cups to cool to room temperature.

These Chocolate Cookie Cups are sure to impress!

So in closing please jump on the “obsessed with Valentines Day treats” bandwagon with me and lets have a little candlelight single-along.  Although, open flames on a bandwagon might not be good.

No matter.  We’ll make it work.

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  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    Oh goodness!! First of all, valentines bandwagon, here I come!! I have already started shopping for valentines stuff too, so yep! I’m there! Second of all, I LOVE that the bottoms of these are cookies! Just so perfect! And third, I can’t get enough of the neopolitan look. It’s so pretty! These are gorgeous Amanda, just like everything else you do. Love it all!! Xo

    • Amanda says:

      You are too kind sweet Carla! 🙂

  • Becs@Lay the table says:

    These look so beautiful! What a way to impress the one you love 🙂

  • Manu CatMan says:

    delicious!! no words to describe them…

    • Amanda says:

      Well thank you!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says:

    these are simply lovely! I don’t think it’s too early for Valentine’s Day…I love some gorgeous pink treats any day 🙂

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    oh my, these are so cute. I’ve made frosted cookie cups before, but never chocolate ones! Love the combination of chocolate and strawberry 🙂

    p.s. I am starting to think I’m behind because I haven’t started anything Valentine’s Day themed yet!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I am loving this! My daughter has requested a strawberry cake for her bday coming up and is adamant about it and I know homemade strawberry buttercream would make her eyes light up! I bet the combo with the chocolate like you preferred (or Neapolitan) is soooo good. They’re beautiful, Amanda!

  • Stefania's Kitchen says:

    :O I LOVE ’em! This is what I was looking for! Great 🙂

  • buttercream bakehouse says:

    Very creative and looks tasty too.

  • maja says:

    Oh these look so adorable and I totally understand the Valentine’s obsession, it started happening to me too:)

    • Amanda says:

      Glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

  • Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) says:

    I am nearly speechless over these beauties! I love anything combining fruit and chocolate and these will be perfect for my upcoming Super Bowl party. Thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    You have the most amazing ideas this is perfect for Valentine’s!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this looks to me right now. Like- I want 7. And I’m not exaggerating.

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  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says:

    So cute! They’re like little deep dish cookie pies! Love.

  • Michelle G says:

    Beautiful! Which tip did you use for the frosting? I love it!

    • Amanda says:

      It was a 1M tip 🙂

  • amy says:

    Hi – these look great! Do you need to chill the dough at all?

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Gosh, those are gorgeous! ♥

  • Dani says:

    What *exactly* do you mean by “prepared”? I tried just using some shortening, but one whole pan basically didn’t come out.. = / But the rest are super cute!! = ] Making some minis for my son’s preschool Valentine’s party. Stoked.

    • Amanda says:

      Shortening should work! I used cooking spray in a can and made sure each cup was coated well. So sorry they didnt come out!! 🙁

      • Dani says:

        Ok thanks. Should have picked some up yesterday, didn’t even think of it! Next time.. 🙂 I think I may have just mashed them down a little too much. haha Gonna try some minis right now w/some vanilla & strawberry BC and some with chocolate truffle filling & strawberry BC! Might just be way too awesome.. lol

  • Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden says:

    These cups look gorgeous. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  • Megan says:

    Do you have the recipe for the sugar cookie cups

  • nitsan says:

    Looks great! Could you please send me a link for the chocolate cookie cups??

  • eleanor johnson says:

    What is the recipe for the cookie & what is in the bottom of the cookie(choc. & White)?

  • Leanne Morris says:

    With the strawberry butter cream could you blend some strawberries and add them instead of the flavouring?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, you could. But you need quite a bit and to concentrate it as well. 🙂

  • Indhira Gratereaux says:

    Really nice ideas!!! I like it!!

  • Elaine says:

    This looks so good.

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