chocolate cookie cup neapolitan

Strawberry Buttercream


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add in food coloring a drop at a time to determine desired color.
  • 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.

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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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Reader Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE these! Perfect for a V-Day party, which I would never throw, except that now I’m a mommy and I’m going to have to put these ideas in my back pocket for the time when I have to acknowledge the world’s cheesiest holiday 🙂

  2. These are just beautiful!!! I have made your neapolitan rose cake a few times and I just love the chocolate/strawberry/vanilla combo..sooo yummy. These are so cute..I am definately making!! Thank you.

  3. The shots of the halved cookie cups really won me over (as though the full shots didn’t already have me drooling)! Looking forward to this month of Valentine’s goodies!

  4. I’m loving these! They’re so pretty, and I just plain adore chocolate with berries. Beautiful.

  5. Amanda, the strawberry frosting sound fabulous, and I love the idea of these little cookie cups!

  6. 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

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

  8. 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!

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