Berry Cookie Cups

Berry Cookie Cups have a sugar cookie crust and a delicious white chocolate cream cheese filling. Recipe contains a gluten-free option.

Berry Cookie Cups are loaded with sweet, summer flavor. The sugar cookie crust makes them irresistible. Recipe contains a gluten-free option.

Berry season is in full swing and I’m so, so excited. I love berries not just because they’re tasty, but because they make the job of decorating so easy!

If you’re like me and prefer not to make recipes that require a bit of time and skill to decorate, then these berry cookie cups are perfect for you. My mini cheesecakes are also a great option.

These ridiculously addictive treats have a soft and slightly puffy sugar cookie crust which is already delicious on its own. I may have had to make them a few times because I kept eating the crusts before I got the chance to fill them. Once the filling is added, they become completely irresistible!

Berry Cookie Cups combine sweet sugar cookies and white chocolate cream cheese filling to create the perfect summer dessert!  Recipe contains gluten-free option.

If you’ve ever made cookie cups before, then you might know that they can be on the messy side. Either the crust is a bit crumbly or the filling is too runny. These handheld treats are just firm enough that you can eat them without making a mess. I know what I’ll be bringing to summer picnics and 4th of July parties!

The lemon zest and extract add just the right amount of zing to the crusts but can be omitted if you’re not big on lemon. If you’re a lemon + berry lover like me, check out these berry bars for another portable treat.

Berry Cookie Cups have a sweet cookie crust and delicious white chocolate cream cheese filling. Fresh, ripe berries make them a delicious dessert for summer. Recipe contains gluten-free option.

I’ve also made these berry cookie cups with almond extract and they were just as delicious. I can’t wait to try an almond and cherry (or peach, apricot, or basically any stone fruit) version! I first paired cherries with almond extract in these mini cherry pies and since then, I’ve added almond extract to almost all my stone fruit desserts.

As for the filling, it really couldn’t be any easier. It’s just cream cheese, white chocolate and Greek yogurt. When you first mix it together, it’ll be a bit runny but a little chilling firms it up enough that you can pipe it. I like to keep things simple and just dolloped it in the cookie cups.

Berry Cookie Cups have a sugar cookie crust and white chocolate cream cheese filling! Top them with fresh berries for the perfect summer dessert. Recipe contains gluten-free option.

I’ve made cookie cups in the past that had a regular no-bake cheesecake filling and the crusts became a bit soggy on the next day. That’s not a problem with this recipe! The cookie cups are a bit softer on the second and third days, but they’re definitely not soggy.

If you’d like to make these in advance, I recommend making the crusts and filling a day or two beforehand and assembling them on the day of serving. If they’re going to be sitting outside for several hours, I recommend refrigerating the assembled cookie cups for a few hours first. I wish you luck in not sneaking too many while they chill!

Berry Cookie Cups

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cookie cups:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free version*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

* For the gluten-free flour blend:

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons tapioca flour / starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

If you need these cookie cups to be gluten-free, make sure all your ingredients are certified gluten-free.

For the filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate, melted
  • 6 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • berries, rinsed and very well dried

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with baking spray or grease with butter.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until well combined. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon extract and egg and beat until incorporated. Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed. Beat just until combined.
  4. Form the dough into 1 1/2" balls and press over the bottom and 4/5 of the way up the sides of each cup.
  5. Bake the all-purpose version for 11-13 minutes and the gluten-free version for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. The crust may puff up quite a bit while baking.
  6. After removing the pan from the oven, use a shot glass to press the crusts down a bit to make more of an indentation for the filling. Let the cookie cups cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then use a knife to help dislodge them from the pan. The bottoms of the cookie cups will be very soft but will harden as they cool. Let the cookie cups cool completely before filling.
  7. To prepare the filling, beat the cream cheese at medium speed until fluffy.
  8. Beat in the melted white chocolate and once well combined, stir in the Greek yogurt. The mixture will be quite thin. Refrigerate for about 30-60 minutes or until firm.
  9. Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling into each cup. Decorate with berries and serve or refrigerate first for 2 hours for a firmer filling.
  10. If making these in advance, add the berries the day of serving. The crusts get a bit softer after a day in the refrigerator, but not at all soggy. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

Berry Cookie Cups have a sweet cookie crust and white chocolate cream cheese filling! Fresh, juicy berries make them perfect for summer! Recipe contains gluten-free option.

by Erin Dooner

Hi there! I'm Erin and I'm the blogger behind Texanerin Baking, which focuses on making healthier desserts that taste just as delicious and decadent as their unhealthy counterparts. I also firmly believe that no meal is complete without at least a little dessert and that we'd all be a bit happier if we'd just indulge in more cheese and carbs.

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28 Responses to “Berry Cookie Cups”

  1. Such beautiful photos!! And I love the addition of white chocolate in these :) YUM!

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Heather! xxoo

  2. Lorraine Newton — June 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Could you use frozen fruit?

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    • Erin — June 3, 2016 at 7:50 am

      If you thaw it, drain it, pat it dry and put it on only just before serving, I think it’d be fine. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

  3. Amy — June 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

    These would be so perfect for a baby or wedding shower! So cute!

    Reply

    • Erin — June 3, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Thanks, Amy! I think they would be, too. :)

  4. Cathy @ Noble Pig — June 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    So how many could I eat myself before people started talking….??

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    • Erin — June 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Haha. I think the safest thing to do is to double the batch, go to town on them and then bring the rest for the others. :D

  5. I love these berry cookie cups, Erin and Jamie! They are the perfect dessert for summer. I love that they are single servings so I don’t have to share!

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    • Erin — June 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I hate cutting pies and tarts (always such a disaster when I do!) so I’m all for single serving desserts, too. :)

  6. Deborah — June 6, 2016 at 12:46 am

    We have been eating berries like crazy lately – and I can guess that we’d eat these like crazy, too!! 

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    • Erin — June 6, 2016 at 2:44 am

      I’m guessing you would, too. ;) And thank goodness it’s finally berry season! It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year.

  7. Rachel @ Rachel Cooks — June 6, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Such a perfect summer dessert!

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 6, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thank you, Rachel! xxoo

  8. Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    What a great recipe to use up summery fresh berries!

    Reply

    • Erin — June 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Lori! I totally agree. :)

  9. Sandy Coughlin — June 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    OMG, these are perfect for the Fourth of July! LOVE!

    Reply

    • Erin — June 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Sandy!

  10. Kathy — June 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    These were made in regular muffin tins? I think I will try them in mini muffins. I hostess for coffee hour at my church, and these would be great for my July Sunday. Of course, you never want to plan on having something that hasn’t been tested first, so….

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    • Erin — June 8, 2016 at 4:52 am

      Yes, they were! I’m guessing they’d work just as well in a mini muffin tin. I hope you’ll all enjoy them and I think it’s a great idea to test them first. ;)

  11. Meg — June 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    This looks so yummy! Do you use plain greek yogurt or vanilla?

    Reply

    • Erin — June 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thanks! I used plain but vanilla would be fine, too, as long as it doesn’t have a bunch of added sugar. Enjoy! :)

  12. Sangita jain — June 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Hi Amy!! That’s simply divine. Thank u for posting it.
    I’ll appreciate if u could let me know the egg substitute
    I am an Indian vegetarian n do not consume egg. Also kindly email to  me.

    Also  will appreciate if u could email to me. Thank u.!!

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Hello, Sangita! You can substitute one mashed banana for every egg. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. Jessa Matthews — July 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I made these yesterday, and they were amazing!! My family went crazy over them. The filling is to die for. I made the gluten free version with Pillsbury gluten free flour. I also used almond extract instead of the lemon extract- which gave it an amazing flavor that went great with the fruit. One of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted. Thank you for this recipe!

    Reply

    • Jamie — July 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

      You’re very welcome Jessa! I love your substitutions!

  14. Kathie Mitchell (Australia) — January 23, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Erin, I have been looking for a great base for mini strawberry tarts. I just made these this morning and the tart cases are just beautiful. The lemon addition is perfect. So yummy. I made these in mini muffin size and they are beautiful. Making these for a High Tea this weekend. Wonderful recipe thank you.  Yummo. :) 

    Reply

    • Jamie — January 24, 2017 at 11:54 am

      So glad you like it, Kathie!

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