A sprinkle of nuts and a fresh raspberry make these Chocolate Almond Cookie Cups a pretty little cookie to share with friends.
Our kids are getting good at this whole blog thing.
Meaning they are really good about making sure I do not need food for a project before they devour it. We have had a box of Cookie Crisp and a box of mini Oreos sitting on the counter for at least 2 weeks now. Who knows when I'm going to get around to actually using those. Although, I have a feeling that cereal may have disappeared while I'm away for a work trip.
I love that the kids are getting to be so thoughtful about the sweet food in our house, but they also have been known to ask if they can drink milk, eat cereal, and if the pop tarts were for anything. For the record, I have never made anything from a pop tart. I guess there could be a first time for everything, right?
Last week raspberries were on sale, so I bought 4 boxes of them with every intention of using all 4 boxes for something. I really did not know what I was going to do with them. But when raspberries are .99 a box, you buy multiple boxes and hope inspiration strikes soon. Like before the berries get moldy soon!
Our daughter happens to absolutely love raspberries. She will gobble down a box in no time at all, so for 2 days it was pure torture for her every time she opened the fridge. I know what you are thinking. Get your lazy butt back to the store for 4 more boxes because they are only .99!! Ok, maybe that's just what I kept hearing in my head.
Well, after day 2 I was starting to think raspberry inspiration wasn't going to happen. But then I saw a picture of these Mocha Coconut Cookies and remembered how much I absolutely loved those chocolate cookies, and I knew those were the starting point to a whole new cookie.
I opened one of my baking cupboards and saw the almond extract and a bag of sliced almonds just waiting to be used and my brain started to go crazy. I love when that happens.
Instead of doing thumbprints this time, I baked the cookie dough in mini muffin tins. Then when they came out of the oven I used a tart shaper to press the cookie down and into a little cookie cup. You do not need to press them too hard. Just a little press to make a hole for that delicious almond frosting!
A fresh raspberry on top of the frosting was the perfect finishing touch! And because 40 cookie cups do not need 4 boxes of raspberries, guess who was thrilled to finish off the rest of the berries? Yup, my girl had those extra raspberries gone in no time at all.
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Elle @ Only Taste Matters
I always wondered how they became cups! A tart shaper! So that's what that is for! Question though: Do you use the tart shaper before or after removing the cookies from the muffin tin? Thanks! Pinned!
You use the tart shaper after they come out of the oven, but before you take them out of the muffin tin. Thanks for the pin love!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
So decadent Jocelyn, love the size of these cute little treats. Almond and raspberry is the best, but chocolate too? Swoon. My kids also salivate over boxes of fruit in the fridge. Seems most of my blog recipes use some kind of fruit, especially right now......I still have a few good hiding places in the dark recesses of my pantry, but haven't figured out how to effectively hide stuff in the fridge ....
There just aren't as many places to hide things in the fridge. I keep trying to put veggies and yogurt in front of the things I want to hide, but they still find them.
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
My kids must be a little younger than yours (6 and 4) because any blog related ingredient, especially Cookie Crisp and Oreoes, would be a major headache all day long on the counter!! I have to seriously hide anything I need! These cookie cups look perfect and we love raspberries here too, have to try!
My kids are teenagers, so they are a little better about not asking. Although the longer it sat there, the more they started asking if they could eat it.
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
I can plow down the raspberries too! They're just so dang good. My family's the same way - they know that if there's anything sweet in this house, it's 99% likely it's off limits. They're MOSTLY good about it 🙂
Isn't it funny the things our families have to learn with us being dessert bloggers? My family is mostly good about it too!
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
Haha my kids know to ask before eating anything, just in case. There are times thought that I feel bad so I just let me eat it. 🙂 These sound and look amazing. I could pop 2 or 3 in my mouth right now.
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
Them eat it...not me. Ha!
I love these cookie cups; perfect for a party!
If I'd been at your house and seen those berries sitting out, I'd have probably holed up in a closet with your daughter and gobbled down an entire box. Love raspberries! These cookie cups are cute and perfect for parties- no napkins or utensils required. Shared on FB. Thanks for the recipe, Jocelyn!
Thank you so much for sharing the cookies! My girlie does love those raspberries! I should just know to always buy a bunch of extra every time huh?
Danae @ Recipe Runner
I always buy way more boxes of raspberries than necessary when they are that cheap, then hope I can come up with enough ways to use them! I love the chocolate almond combo in this cookie cups and the raspberry on top is the perfect finishing touch!
I'm glad I'm not the only one overbuying the cheap fruit! I have a big box of blueberries in there now waiting for inspiration!
These look so cute! I'd love to try and make these for a summer picnic! Thanks so much for the recipe!
I'm glad your raspberry inspiration came, because these look so yummy!
You just made me crack up, thinking about kids asking if they can eat the food in the house. I had a vision of a kid thinking that the cheese sticks might be off-limits.
But it's so true! I still have a package of s'more Oreos in the cupboard waiting to be used, and I have dire threats out for anyone who so much as lays a pinky on it.
These are delicious. Raspberry and almond! Two of the best flavors to combine, and in cookie cups!
Hahaha! You would laugh if you knew all the things they ask if it's ok to eat. Things that I would never use in a recipe. But at least I don't have to worry (much anyway) that the food will just disappear!
Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
These are the perfect little bites! I love the combination of Chocolate and Almond.
Aimee @ ShugarySweets
I'm in love with almond extract. And raspberries. I know I would devour these cookie cups! And my family is the same way. I have a "back pantry" that I've turned into MY space for blog food. And often when our regular pantry falls short of goodies...my kids are always "can we please please open one of those oreos!!"
I seriously want to find almond extract perfume...I love it that much! I love that you have a "blog pantry"...that's awesome!
My family is the same way now. After years of blogging they always ask when they open the refrigerator or see something out on the counter if it's okay to eat. I love that they realize it could be work related and that they respect that.
These little treats are darling and perfect for the 4th of July with a few added blueberries or sprinkles. Great recipe!
It really is a good thing that they know and ask before eating. I appreciate my family doing the same!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Sounds like your kids have you figured out, Jocelyn! This cookie cups look so adorable! I love the almond in here too. Looks like the perfect poppable treat!
They really do! They know all my tricks and hiding spots for sure!