Berry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups {#glutenfree option} for #SundaySupper

Fourth of July, Canada Day, Bastille Day, or just the lazy, hazy days of summer, it’s time for a big #SundaySupper picnic. I’m bringing dessert – your favorite chocolate chip cookies (even gluten-free ones) as cupcake crusts capped with a Greek yogurt cheesecake topping hiding a bright red, juicy raspberry. Add a strawberry and blueberry for the cute factor and wow everyone at the party with these Berry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups.

Berry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups {with a gluten-free option}

Berry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups {with a gluten-free option} - an easy dessert for summer picnics! | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #cookies #fourthofjuly

As I share this recipe, I’m feeling kind of bad, people. Now you all know my kid is a good eater, not only quantity, but quality and variety. Well, we had a bunch of family visiting a few weeks ago, and Grandma took him out with her to run errands before we had a family party. They grabbed lunch along the way, which ultimately ended up being a hard boiled egg from the salad bar at the grocery store, plus some tacos and stuff from one of those Mexican chains (no, not the one that rhymes with Block-o-Smell). Apparently he ate quite a bit, then had some pepperoni bread and veggies and dip as appetizers at the party. When dinnertime came, I fixed him a plate of food, which he barely touched. And let me tell you people, that never happens.

Let me also tell you his 1-year-old little brother polished off everything that he didn’t eat… after finishing his entire plate of food. Oh gosh, how I fear the teenage years.

Naturally when dessert time came, he found his appetite, and proceeded to polish off a small piece of cake, fruit, and one of another variety of cookie cups I made. When he asked for one of these, I had to put my foot down. But I did tell him that if there were any left, I would bring one home for him to have another night. At that time there were still several.

Naturally, I forgot. That happens when you are trying to wrangle two little boys amidst a house full of people.

And naturally, he remembered… when we were in the car on the way home. By that time (yes, I did call my mom to check), well, NOT. ONE. LEFT.

Worst mother ever. At least in his mind. Ugh!

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I still haven’t ventured into the gluten-free cookie-baking world other than flour less varieties, and I was super busy when I was trying to squeeze in making desserts for a party, so I cheated a bit and used a prepackaged gluten-free cookie dough from the refrigerator section. Go ahead and use your favorite homemade or store-bought regular or gluten-free cookie dough. Just keep an eye on the baking time, as it may vary from mine.

The topping is pretty much my usual Greek yogurt cheesecake frosting/filling type thing that I always slightly tweak depending on the recipe. It isn’t too sweet, as I like to use it when there are other sweet components and want some tart and tangy to balance it out. So it worked perfectly here sitting atop a nice, thick, chewy chocolate chip cookie cup. Then when you bite in and get bite of hidden raspberry, what a sweet, happy surprise.

OK, now granted I split the container of cookie dough and made two different variations of cookie cups, so there were only twelve… but there was also the twelve of the other variety, and cake, and cookies, and fruit salad. And only about twenty people. But as I said, I couldn’t even save one for The Bug. So I’m thinking they were pretty tasty! I will neither confirm nor deny that I am the one that took the bite out, solely for food styling purposes ;-)

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Berry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups
 
Chocolate chip cookies baked in cups with a Greek yogurt cheesecake frosting hiding a juicy raspberry. A strawberry and blueberry garnish make 'em cute!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • One package of regular or gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough, or homemade cookie dough. You will need about 1½ cups or enough for about 24 cookies (see Note*)
  • Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature (I used light cream cheese)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 raspberries
  • 24 blueberries
  • 24 strawberry slices
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a mini muffin tin (with 24 cups) with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Divide cookie dough between the 24 cups, about 1 Tablespoon in each.
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  4. Cool in pan for several minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the cheesecake topping by combining the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth.
  6. Use a small amount of the cheesecake topping to attach one raspberry to the top of each cookie cup.
  7. Use a piping bag, plastic bag with a hole cut in the cornier to pipe the topping carefully around the raspberry on top of the cookie cup, or spread around it carefully with a knife or spatula. Smooth out the topping with a knife or spatula.
  8. Garnish each cookie cup with one strawberry slice and one blueberry.
Notes
If you use another cookie dough, you may have to adjust quantity and/or baking time and temperature.

 

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