Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups

Thank you Pillsbury for inspiring me to make these easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups!  These festive cookie cups are perfect for your holiday celebrations!

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Last week I had the MOST incredible opportunity to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit the General Mills Headquarters.  I was so excited when I got the email from Pillsbury inviting me to the Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers event and even more excited when I found out who was coming!

The entire trip was a whirlwind.  Action-packed from start to finish and filled with fun and excitement.  I had a blast hanging out with Ashley, Kate, Joan, Heather, Jocelyn, Lisa, Julie, Zainab, Tonia, Emily, Shawn, Sheryl, Dana, Jocelyn and Gerry.  It was kind of amazing how well we all got along with each other.  There was an instant sense of camaraderie and friendship that was surprising and wonderful at the same time.  This is seriously a great group of bloggers and I am honored and thrilled to say that we are now all friends.

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The event started with an amazing dinner on Thursday night.  We met up early the following morning and after a delicious breakfast we were ready to go!  The group got split up into two teams. The first team headed to the photography studio and our team headed down to the Pillsbury test kitchens to bake up a storm.

We made a variety of appetizers as well as Gingerbread-Turtle Thumbprint Cookies.  I was partnered up with my good friend Ashley and we had SO much fun!

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I was somewhat distracted during the baking as I knew that I was going to have chance to create my own recipe later on.   And this table…well, it was just staring at me!

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I changed my mind a half dozen times before deciding to make these cookie cups.  The deciding factor was that they had heavy whipping cream available in the test kitchen which meant I could fill these babies with dark chocolate ganache.

I heart ganache.

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I topped the cookie cups with crushed candy canes and they were just ridiculously cute.  And good.  Very good :)

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After our time in the test kitchens, we met back up with the other group for lunch and then switched spots.  I’ll be sharing more about the photography studios in another post but one thing I learned that I took to heart immediately was looking at the horizon of your food.  Basically you want some hills and valleys, not a straight line across.  When I got home I realized that my sweet little cups didn’t have enough movement so I added Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses to the top.  A wise choice if I do say so myself.

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups

4 dozen

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups are so easy to make! Festive and fun, they are perfect for all your holiday celebrations!

Ingredients

  • 1 roll (30 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated peppermint sugar cookies
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 10 oz dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chips, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 48 Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses
  • 4 candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough and all purpose flour. Knead together until well blended.
  4. Shape dough into one inch balls. Press cookie dough in bottom and up the sides of each muffin cup, forming cup shape.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for at least ten minutes before gently twisting to remove from pan. Place on rack.
  7. Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.
  8. Heat heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the cream just to a simmer and pour over chopped chocolate. Whisk until smooth.
  9. Stir in vanilla extract.
  10. Let ganache cool slightly before spooning into cooled cookie cups
  11. Let cookie cups sit for 10 minutes and then top with a Hershey's Kiss and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

Notes

If you can't find the peppermint sugar cookie dough you can replace it with 2 (16.5 oz) rolls of plain sugar cookie dough. You'll need to add in 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Baking Chips OR crushed candy canes. You could also add in 1 tsp peppermint extract if you can't find the chips or candy canes.

http://www.momontimeout.com/2013/12/dark-chocolate-peppermint-sugar-cookie-cups/

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I’m still not quite sure that I didn’t dream up the entire trip.  It was just too good to be true :)  I had such an amazing time and while I totally loved and respected Pillsbury and General Mills before – those feelings have increased infintely after seeing what a wonderful company it is and how genuinely amazing the employees are.  I was treated like royalty from booking my flight to the second I left.  It was hard to leave Pillsbury but oh so fun to see my boys again!

So that’s it.  My FINAL peppermint recipe of the season.  Back to peanut butter and chocolate for me ;)

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Disclosure:  Pillsbury hosted me as part of the Pillsbury Bloggers Holiday event.  Expenses for the trip were paid for by Pillsbury.  All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

Comments

  1. These look so yummy! It was so awesome meeting you!!
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  2. Looks like you had a lot fun. :) I can’t stop looking at these gorgeous pics! I love everything about them :)
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  3. Oh my gosh, these are so cute Trish! What great advice – the peppermint kisses on top go perfectly! And what a fun trip!! I’d love to do something like that one day :)
    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar recently posted..Chocolate Hazelnut Chess Pie with Rolos

  4. Sounds like fun and these look delish!

  5. I didn’t think you could improve upon those cute cookie cups but I adore those peppermint Kisses! So glad I finally got to meet you, it was the best time ever!
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  6. These are just as beautiful as they tasted last week. I love the addition of the Kisses…so festive!! And I can see these cups being customized for many many occasions. It was so nice to finally meet you!!
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker recently posted..Eggnog Macarons

  7. These holiday treats are so cute, Trish! Glad you had such a good time at Pillsbury! Pinned! xo

  8. Trish! I LOVE the added Kisses on the tops – just perfect! And man, I’m wishing we were back in that Pillsbury kitchen right now! ;-)
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  9. What a fun experience! These look tasty and so festive!
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  10. These are so adorable! I love how the kisses look almost like Santa hats ;) And that ganache! Omg I’m totally drooling… What an amazing experience you had! I just love reading all about it. <3
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  11. Sounds like you had a blast Trish! Love these cookie cups, they’re so adorable and fun to eat. Pinned. Have a lovely weekend.
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  12. what an incredible weekend, and Trish, you are a wealth of information,and I cannot thank you enough for sharing. these cookies certainly move me :)
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  13. AH! I want to taste these beautiful cookie cups again!! They were amazing! And you are double, triple, quadruple amazing!!! I miss you! Can’t wait to see you again! xoxo
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  14. they look like yummy little bites!
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  15. Beautiful tarts. Who doesn’t love ganache?
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  16. What a wonderful experience for you, and I love this treat that you created! I’m a chocolate peppermint fanatic, so I’m pinning this!
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  17. What an amazing experience, Trish! I’m a tad jealous. These look fabulous, and you are right the Hershey kiss top makes a huge difference. I just took my husband to your site to say, “I want my pictures to look like hers. What am I doing wrong?” So, we spent a while exploring and discussing. Love what you are doing here.
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    • It really was Jodi! Wish you could have been there :) Your pictures are wonderful Jodi! I actually learned a couple of tricks at Pillsbury and I’m going to be sharing them sometime soon. I’ve always wanted to be able to take moody/dramatic shots and now I can – so excited! Thanks Jodi!

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