Adorable and easy Easter Basket Cookie Cups start with a sugar cookie cup that is filled with frosting, topped with dyed green coconut, stuffed with egg shaped candies, and finished with an edible grass handle. These simple treats are fun to make with kids and serve on an Easter dessert table.
These cute little edible easter baskets are fun to load up with your favorite Easter candy – M&M eggs, Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans…whatever egg shaped candy that strikes you in the candy aisle.
I went the semi-homemade route and used premade sugar cookie dough but you can make them totally from scratch if that is more your speed.
After you’re done dyeing your eggs with Kool-Aid, you might want to take some shortcuts, too!
Why you’ll love these Easter cookie cups
- Adorable treat – Who doesn’t want to eat an Easter basket? They’re the perfect dessert for the holiday.
- Customizable – If you don’t like sugar cookies, you can use chocolate chip, peanut butter, or snickerdoodle dough.
- Fun for kids – Little hands like to help fill the cookie cups with candies.
Things you’ll need
- Mini Muffin Pan – The same pan I use to make peanut butter brownie bites and peanut butter cup cookies.
- Mini Muffin Liners – You could just use non-stick cooking spray, but I like to use liners for easy cleanup and easy serving.
- Piping bags & large tip – I used a star tip to pipe the frosting into the cookie cups.
- Green Food Coloring – Either to dye the coconut green or to dye the frosting, you’ll need green food coloring.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH – Use your favorite “break & bakes”, sugar cookie mix, or from-scratch recipe. The sugar cookie dough from my reindeer cookies would be a good base.
- VANILLA FROSTING – I used Pillsbury vanilla frosting that comes in a piping bag to keep things super simple, but you can make a from-scratch vanilla buttercream.
- SHREDDED COCONUT – I dyed some sweetened coconut green to look like Easter grass. Optional, but fun. You could also use green frosting.
- CANDIES – Any candy that looks like something you’d fill an easy basket with – mini Cadbury eggs, M&M eggs, jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc.
- EDIBLE GRASS – For the handles of my Easter baskets, I used edible Easter grass that I found at Target. It’s not delicious lol but it does look cute and comes in quite a few colors/flavors. I don’t personally like licorice, but it would make a good option or even pipe cleaners if you want a non-edible option.
How to make Easter Basket Cookie Cups
- STEP ONE: First, bake your cookie dough in a mini muffin tin according to the package instructions (or according to the recipe you’re using). I like to use mini cupcake liners so they’re easy to remove. If you are placing them directly into the pan, remember to use non-stick spray first and when they’re done, run the tip of a butter knife around the rim to loosen them. Let completely cool.
- STEP TWO: Next, once the cookie cups are cooled, use a pastry bag to pipe frosting into each well. Top with shredded coconut that has been dyed green with a bit of food coloring, and then fill with candies. I found three mini eggs to fit best. Alternatively, you could dye the frosting green and skip the coconut “grass”.
- STEP THREE: Finally, gently bend a piece of edible grass to form the basket handle and press it into the frosting. The handle is more for show than anything. I included them in about half of the batch and skipped the rest.
That’s it! Easy recipes are the perfect addition to this time of year and this one certainly fits the bill!
Possible Substitutions/Additions 🐰
- Use any flavor cookie dough. I used sugar cookies but chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or peanut butter would work well.
- The dyed coconut is a fun addition but totally optional.
- Use your favorite egg shaped candy – mini Cadbury eggs, M&M eggs, jelly beans…whatever you like.
- If you don’t want to use edible grass, you can use licorice strings or even pipe cleaners for a non-edible option.
How to store leftovers
Leftovers should be kept covered at room temperature. They will keep for up to 5 days.
How do you dye coconut to look like grass?
To a small bowl, add 1-2 drops food coloring to 1 teaspoon water. Mix it together and then add in approximately 1/2 cup of shredded coconut. Stir to evenly coat.
It makes great “grass” or “lettuce” in baked goods (I once made cupcake hamburgers and it worked beautifully).
How many does it make?
If using premade dough, it will make 24 cookie cups.
Do I have to make an indentation in the cookie cups?
My cookie cups tend to sink in the middle without any effort on my part, but you can use the end of a wooden spoon or even the back of teaspoon to press indentation in each well.
Need more Easter treats? Try these:
Click here for my entire collection of Easter recipes.
Connect with Persnickety Plates!
Follow along on my social media so you never miss a post!
Also, sign up to receive an email in your inbox for each new recipe: