Cherry-Lime Mascarpone Cookie Cups: Refrigerated sugar-cookie dough baked into a cup and filled with a creamy, flavorful mascarpone mixture made with cherry liqueur and lime juice.

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I had evvvery intention of making you a fancy cherry cake. One that would include butter and flour and copious amounts of sugar… Instead, I reached for the refrigerated cookie-dough and made you these ohmeGod, amayyyyzing, bite-size, insanely good, Cherry-Lime Mascarpone Cookie Cups. 

Baking from scratch on a hot summer day takes too much effort, you know? Besides, I had plans – I had to take the kids to the zoo.

Which reminds me… have I told you about how I don’t like zoos?? I always feel really, really bad for the animals! I think, oh my gosh, they are caged up only because people like me are willing to pay to come and see them in an environment that is not their own!! They can’t hunt, they can’t run, they just can’t do their thing! I just feel horrible!

I’m telling you – zoos are fun, but not right. Just my opinion.

But, on the other hand, I am willing to eat some of their meat… so yeah… a bit of a hypocrite, I know.

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SO, as I stood in my kitchen and evaluated my desire to make a cake, I thought, are my readers willing to bake-from-scratch in the middle of July?? Maybe not. Are my readers willing to bake a fancy dessert that requires all of about 15 minutes? Of course they are!!

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And you know what’s really amazing? How these cookie cups just happen. While in the oven, it looks like you completely botched ‘em up, but as soon as they come out, the middle deflates and your cookie cup is ready to be taken to the next level. And the next level could be anything you want.

For the reasons that I like to keep tubs of mascarpone in my fridge, aaaand because I like to spend 20$ on a 2-pound bag of cherries (crazy-expenzivo!), I decided on a filling that would include those two babes, plus a squeeze of my summer-favorite, lime juice.

The cookie cups are also topped with fresh cherries – UM, yes! (insert fist-pump)
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Sweet and chewy, fresh and summery, these cookie cups are a delectable treat. A very, very good treat. Buhlieve.


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Cherry-Lime Mascarpone Sugar Cookie Cups
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Refrigerated sugar-cookie dough baked into a cup and filled with a creamy, flavorful mascarpone mixture made with cherry liqueur and lime juice.
Serves: Makes 24 Cookie Cups
  • 1 tube (16.5-oz.) Refrigerated Sugar-Cookie Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 tub (8-oz.) Mascarpone cheese (Italian Cream Cheese)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cherry liqueur (if you don't have any, you can use vanilla extract)
  • 24 fresh cherries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 24 mini-muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Press a tablespoon of cookie dough onto bottom and up the sides of each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely in the pan.
In the meantime, prepare the filling.
  1. Combine mascarpone, powdered sugar, lime juice and cherry liqueur in your mixer's bowl; with electric mixer on medium-high, cream the mixture until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  2. Remove cooled cookie cups from pan.
  3. Spoon or pipe the mascarpone mixture into the cooled cookie cups.
  4. Garnish with a fresh cherry on top of each cookie cup.
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve.

The Cookie Cups will stay good for 3 to 4 days, as long as they are refrigerated. Remove from fridge and let stand on counter for 10 minutes before you are ready to serve.

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  1. Ramona July 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    I would eat all of those ingredients individually… but putting them together makes it even better. :)

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM - Reply

    Yum! I went black cherry picking this week and am completely cherry obsessed right now. Now if I can stop eating them long enough to bake anything with them…

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    Girl, these are absolutely gorgeous! And that filling with the fresh cherry on top…yes, please! I want to stuff like 10 into my mouth!!!

  4. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps July 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    Forget the cake! I’ll take these. And the photos? Stunning!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) July 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM - Reply

    The photography on this is sick!!! So gorgeous I can’t stop staring!

  6. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking July 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    WOW! Those look so good, Kate! Simple yet amazingly beautiful and delicious!!!

  7. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM - Reply

    And now, I want cookies at 8am! Dying over these!!

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM - Reply

    These are the cutest, I want to eat a dozen!

  9. Megan {Country Cleaver} July 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM - Reply

    Flava FLAVVVV!!! These are so gorgeous! What a great treat for summer – without heating up the whole house for a cake! Brilliant.

  10. Valerie July 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    You’re a genius! This is exquisitely simple yet brilliant.

  11. Consuelo - Honey & Figs July 16, 2014 at 3:27 PM - Reply

    How adorable do these look?? Seriously, what a fun and cute dessert! I’m loving this idea and how easy to make these are! <3
    I'm always wanting to make cake but then I remember that it's like 34834837ºC out there and I settle down for some ice-cream hahaha.
    Aaaaand you're right – I don't think that zoos are good for the animals either…. it simply doesn't feel right!

  12. A_Boleyn July 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM - Reply

    Delicious looking little bites using fresh cherries.

  13. Ellen July 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM - Reply

    When cherries are as tasty as they are this year they don’t need to be baked into a fancy cake! I like that this recipe showcases them in their natural state.

  14. Matt Robinson July 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    What an awesome idea, and these pics seriously should be in a magazine.

  15. Cookbook Queen July 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    Totally in love with these — that filling is killing me!

  16. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet July 16, 2014 at 8:13 AM - Reply

    15 minutes and I am game! Longs hours on a hot summer day, not so much! Looks perfect!

  17. Erin | The Law Student's Wife July 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    Hello my pretty little yummies. I love that these use fresh cherries.
    Confession: I like zoos (but the tiny ones make me super sad too!)

  18. Jennie @themessybakerblog July 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM - Reply

    No bake is the way to go. And, the last time I visited the local zoo, I had to watch a tiger take a dump into the river. Not cool! Pinned.

  19. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness July 16, 2014 at 5:53 AM - Reply

    15 mins to adorable, cookie and boozy heaven? This is my new favorite of all the favorites. These are gorg Kate! Pinning!

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