Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups

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These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups will knock your socks off. Full of lemon flavor, these cookie cups have an easy lemon mousse filling and are topped with fresh whipped cream. 

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups will knock your socks off. Full of lemon flavor, these cookie cups have an easy lemon mousse filling and topped with Fresh Whipped Cream.

I am at it again with another cream pie recipe. Can you blame me though? Homemade mousse is pretty much an addiction for me. Once I am done filling the cookie cups, the piping bag is aimed straight for my spoon, or right into my mouth. I have no shame.

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups are a wonderful and refreshing summer treat. The lemon cookie is covered with a graham cracker crust. The mousse filling is made with a lemon pudding mix and whipped cream and it is topped with more whipped cream and lemon zest.

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups are the perfect summer treat! Filled with a refreshing lemon mousse and topped with whipped cream

Cream pie cookie cups have become a staple on my blog. I’ve got other versions such as chocolate, coconut, pumpkin, funfetti, red velvet and peppermint. Lemon was a no-brainer to add to the mix.

I actually made these way back at Easter, which seems like an eternity ago. I think people are surprised to bite into these little cookies and find a delightful mousse filling. Everyone at the party was giving me rave reviews on these. I think lemon is that unexpected dessert that not everyone loves, but some desserts just work. I know I like to mix it up once in awhile.

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups are the perfect summer treat! Filled with a refreshing lemon mousse and topped with whipped cream

I have been adding all kinds of lemon desserts to my blog recently. I don’t love EVERYTHING lemon, but I have been pleasantly surprised as I experimented with the lemon flavors in a variety of desserts.

There are a couple steps involved for these cookie cups, but they are really quite easy to put together. I always recommend greasing the mini muffin pan with a baking spray or Crisco first. This helps ensure they release easily from the pan.

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups will knock you socks off. Full of lemon flavor, these cookie cups have an easy lemon mousse filling and topped with Fresh Whipped Cream.

I like to prepare my graham cracker crust before the dough. The most important thing for the crust is that the graham crackers are moist and coated in butter. If the crust is dry, it will break apart when you bite into it.

I use a small cookie scoop to spoon the dough into the pan, but if you don’t have one, it’s ok. You should use just under a tablespoon of dough and roll it to a ball. Gently press into the pan. The graham cracker crust will bake around the bottom of the dough.

Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups

When you remove these from the oven, they will be slightly under baked. I like to use my tart shaper to create the divot in the cookie, but it you don’t have a tart shaper, you can use a spoon or a melon ball tool. Try to create a deep crevice for you filling. The edges of the cookie might crack but that’s okay. Allow them to cool completely before attempting to remove them from the pan.

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups will knock your socks off. Full of lemon flavor, these cookie cups have an easy lemon mousse filling and topped with Fresh Whipped Cream.

When preparing the mousse, you will use only a little bit of milk, which makes a very thick pudding. I like to stir up the pudding before I add the whipped cream. To make the whipped cream, it is really quite easy. Trust me! I suggest freezing the bowl or the heavy whipping cream for 10 minutes before you whip the cream. It just seems to whip up better if it is really cold. Feel free to eat any leftover whipped cream, I know I do!

Follow the few simple steps to create these fun and refreshing Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups!

Fresh Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups. Like a like cream pie but better! Baked in a lemon cake mix cookie and topped with fresh whipped cream.

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Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 22-24 Cookies

Description

These Lemon Cream Pie Cookie Cups will knock you socks off. Full of lemon flavor, these cookie cups have an easy lemon mousse filling and topped with Fresh Whipped Cream.

Ingredients

  • C Graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 Large eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Lemon cake mix (dry)
  • 3/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • For the mousse
  • ¾ C Milk
  • 1 pkg Instant lemon pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 2 C Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 C Powdered sugar
  • Lemon for zesting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a mini muffin pan with cookie spray or Crisco.
  2. Use a food processor to grind graham crackers into a fine crumb.
  3. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. Combine melted butter with graham cracker crumbs and stir until there are no dry crumbs lefts.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of graham crackers into the bottom of the mini muffin pan. Press down with a spoon or tart shaper.
  5. Allow butter to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Combine butter and sugar in your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  6. Add egg and vanilla extract. Beat into butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  7. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, dry lemon cake mix, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Slowly add dry ingredients into batter and beat on a low speed until dough starts to form. If dough is a little dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk. Set dough aside.
  9. Drop one tablespoons of dough into the greased mini muffin pan on top of the graham crackers. Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Use a tart shaper or the back of a spoon to gently push down the middle of the cookies. Allow to cool completely in the pan. Gently twist to release cookies from pan.
  11. Combine instant lemon pudding mix with milk and whisk until powder dissolves. Refrigerate until pudding is firm.
  12. Put mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 15 minutes until completely cold. Whip heavy cream on medium high speed for several minutes until bubbly.
  13. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium high until stiff peaks form.
  14. Take 1 cup of the whipped cream and fold into pudding until mixed. Do not mix vigorously as it will deflate the whipped cream. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble cookies.
  15. To assemble the cookies, put lemon mouse in a Ziploc bag. Cut the tip off the end of the bag and gently fill the middle of the cookie cup with lemon mousse. Divide between cookie cups.
  16. Top mousse with a dollop of the leftover whipped cream and zest of lemon on top.
  17. Cookies must be refrigerated in an air tight container after the mousse has been added.

Notes

I use a larger than standard size mini muffin pan (link in profile). For a standard size mini muffin pan, use a little less graham cracker and a little less cookie dough.

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17 Responses
  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I am loving all these cute cream pie cookie cups!!! And I’m the same way with the piping bags 🙂 I mean why waste it, right?

  2. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    The lemon madness has gotten to you too! I’m going to ignore the part where you said you don’t love everything lemon and assume that was a typo. These little cookie cups are pretty much the cutest things ever! Love your creative twists on cream pies. Pinned! (Thanks for linking up to my cupcakes! xo)

  3. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I DO love everything lemon. It is one of my favorite dessert flavors. Pinning these cookie cups! They are the perfect mini dessert!

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    These lemon creme pie cookie cups look SO good! I adore lemon creme pie and I know I’d flip for this easy recipe 🙂

  5. Mir

    Lemon desserts are always a favorite. They’re sneakily addictive, I think!
    That mousse really looks incredible. And the crust. I love a cookie cup with crust!

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