You guys, I am so excited to share these treats....crispy, chewy, coconut sugar cookies, topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with pretty coconut and sugar....and devoured! Two words: "dangerously delicious"! They are a great bite-size for the kiddos....and for you to have more than one and still enjoy yourself. ;)
We had a last-minute get together for the 4th of July, and at first I was going to make our 4th of July fruit kabobs (....big hit with the kids, and a favorite on the blog!)....but then I realized we were out of blueberries and I couldn't find our wooden skewers, lol.
I wanted a fun treat for the kids though, so with strawberries in hand, off to Pinterest I went! I found this recipe for "Red, White, and Blue Sugar Cookie Cups" and it was perfect -- it's an easy one to make and easy to have all the ingredients on hand!
After baking the sugar cookie cups, I frosted them with cream cheese frosting - just put it in a Ziploc bag, snip off the corner and do a swirly-whirly on top for a pretty look.
I had red sugar that was clearanced after Christmas, and I dyed some coconut blue for the topping. To make the blue coconut, I just tossed some shredded coconut and a couple drops of blue food coloring (I'd like to try a natural food coloring like this) in a Tupperware container - the kids liked helping with this! Then we added some fresh strawberries...
I did leave some plain for those who don't love coconut - just as yummy to keep it really simple with just the colored sugar....
For the Cookie Cupcakes:
- 1 (17.5 oz.) package Sugar Cookie Cookie Mix (I used Betty Crocker)
- ½ c. coconut oil
- 1 egg
2. Grease mini muffin tin (24 muffins) and divide dough evenly among tins.
4. Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- ½ c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 c. powdered sugar
2. Add powdered sugar, mixing until smooth, then beat on medium speed for 1 minute to lighten the frosting.
3. Top cooled cookie cups with cream cheese frosting, using a plastic bag with the corner cut off to pipe frosting (a smaller hole gives you more control). Top with blue coconut, red sugar, and strawberry piece (or whatever you'd like).
- ½ c. sweetened, shredded coconut (dyed with a couple drops of food coloring)
- colored sugar
- fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (if using large strawberries, divide into smaller segments)
- candies (nerds, gummies, etc)