cookie shot glasses

cookie shot glasses

Has everyone seen the new cookie shot glasses that are making the blog rounds? It was announced recently by Dominique Ansel, who gave us the cronut in 2013. These have been seriously big news the last week. Well, a friend of mine decided that I needed to make some. So. Here we go… 

cookie shot glasses

The thing is, I’ve seen cookie shot glasses before. For example, Shari at Whisk made some gingerbread ones back in 2008, and there’s a tumblr called Shotibles that features several of them (although it hasn’t been updated in about a year and the associated blog has shut down, so there are no instructions or recipes). I have no doubt there are more – that’s just what I found with a quick search. I’m not sure what’s so revolutionary about these, except maybe the fact that they’re chocolate chip cookies. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Ansel’s version is amazing and I would love the chance to try one (I read something about gooey Valrhona chocolate chunks and vanilla-infused whole milk), but the shot glass concept itself isn’t new.

The best dough for something like this is obviously one that doesn’t spread or distort as it bakes, right? Have we all seen that cookie bowl fail? That’s what happens when you use the wrong dough. A cookie cutter dough should be ideal, but I’ve never seen roll-out chocolate chip cookies before. Google? Oh look, SweetSugarBelle posted a recipe in 2011. Sounds like a great starting point!

cookie shot glasses moulds

Next, some sort of mould to bake them in. Shari recommended using an oven-safe shot glass. I know I’ve seen stainless steel shot glasses before, but could I find any? No, of course not. I did, however, find some rum baba moulds (both tall & thin and short & wider) that looked like they’d do the trick. I bought one of each just to do some testing. A popover pan looks like it should also probably work – the cups would be slightly larger than a shot glass, but that could be a good thing.

Shari formed the cookie inside the mould, and based on the photos I’ve seen, so did Dominique Ansel. I actually tried to do one formed on the outside just to see how it would look, but it just fell apart and it’s best to forget about that attempt altogether. Plus by forming the cup on the inside of the mould, the outside of the cookie has a clearly defined shape and a smooth flat bottom. If the inside is a bit misshapen? No one will know.

cookie shot glasses

I brushed the insides of the moulds with shortening and then sugared them as well. Next time I’ll skip the sugar, or maybe just use it on the bottom, because the finished cookie came out with a bit of a sugar crust. Not quite the look I was going for.

cookie shot glasses

I used a small circle cookie cutter to create a shape for the bottom of the cookie and dropped that into the mould. For the sides, my first thought was to cut a rectangle of dough and form it into a cylinder to put into the mould. But the dough cracked and broke when I tried to curl it. So what I ended up doing was cutting that rectangle into strips and then pressing them into the mould one-at-a-time, ensuring there was some overlap with each other and the bottom circle to create a good seal.

roll-out chocolate chip cookie dough

I made one cup using each of the two moulds, and then I got fancy and used them together as a 2-piece mould to give it a more finished appearance both inside and out – with the cookie inside the shorter mould and the taller mould inside the cookie. In the end, it didn’t make much difference other than needing more baking time. So don’t worry about trying anything like that. Just forming the cookie inside a mould is sufficient.

The cup shapes needed a longer baking time than a regular cookie. Since I only made a few sample cups this time around, I cut the rest of the dough with a cookie cutter and baked them up as regular cookies. Those took about 12 minutes, but I didn’t feel like the cups were done until almost 17 minutes. The bottom of the cup puffed up a bit in the oven, so I flattened it back out before it cooled completely. The mould retained a lot of heat, and it was about 15 minutes before they were cool enough to get the cookie out. And then they came out fairly easily – I just had to pat the bottom a few times and the cookie popped right out. Other than the aforementioned sugar crust, I think they turned out great!

cookie shot glasses

The real test, however, was would they hold milk? Sadly, no. They leaked. Shari suggested putting them in the freezer to help prevent leakage, but I didn’t want to eat a frozen cookie. So instead I melted some chocolate and applied it to the inside to create an inner chocolate lining. I’ve seen that trick used before with cookie bowls. More chocolate? Bring it on! And it did the trick. Success! I now have (semi) perfect little shot glasses that will hold milk. Yay!

And check this out. I did some more googling after I made my cookies and found additional photos of Ansel’s version of the shot glass. In these, you can tell that he lined them with chocolate as well. Aha! (Update: On further reading, I’ve learned that Ansel’s cookie shots are served warm, and that they’ve switched from a chocolate lining to a heat-resistant glaze as the chocolate lining melted when the cookie was heated.)

So, verdict? These aren’t that difficult to make at all. You just need a good non-spreading cookie dough and some chocolate to coat the insides. And because of the longer baking and cooling times, you’ll definitely want more than just a couple moulds to work with. Yes, mine are a bit wonky looking. But you can learn from my mistakes and yours will be so much prettier. So get out there and bake some cookies!

cookie shot glasses

cookie shot glasses

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I'm guessing this will work with any good cookie cutter dough. If you want to try something other than the chocolate-chip cookie recipe, check out these recipes for sugar cookies, chocolate-ginger cookies, and my favourite gingerbread. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this chocolate chip cookie recipe. They're a bit crunchy but still soft – almost like a shortbread studded with tiny chocolate chips. A perfect cookie to dunk in milk, or fill with milk! (or Baileys, I won't judge)


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I thought this was too much for the shot glasses and just used 1 cup – still plenty of chocolate chips in there!)

additional requirements

oven-safe moulds, such as stainless steel shot glasses, rum baba moulds (tall & thin or short & wider), or a popover pan

chocolate to coat the insides of the cups (dark, milk, or white – your preference)

preparing the dough

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat to incorporate.

Turn the mixer down to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing until just barely combined. Remove from the mixer and knead in the mini chocolate chips by hand to ensure they're distributed evenly.

Divide the dough into 2 portions. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment or wax paper to just shy of 1/4" thickness (I used a 3/16" guide). Stack the 2 pieces (paper included) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (I let them chill overnight).

assembling the cookies

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Prepare your moulds by brushing the insides with shortening.

Remove one of the dough pieces from the fridge at a time (keeping the dough chilled will help prevent spreading in the oven). Use a small circle cookie cutter to create a shape for the bottom of the cup. Then cut out multiple strips slightly more than the height of your mould to create the sides.

Drop the cut-out circle into the bottom of your mould, and then press the strips into the mould, along the sides, slightly overlapping the bottom to create a seal. Continue adding strips and pressing them together, working your way around the mould until you've created a complete cup shape.

Place your moulds on a baking sheet and bake for a few minutes longer than whatever your original recipe calls for – in this case, about 13-17 minutes. Keep an eye on them – they will begin to brown around the top edge when they're done. Be sure not to underbake these – you want a sturdy cookie to hold your milk.

Remove from the oven and place the moulds on a cooling rack. When they're cool enough to handle, turn the moulds upside down and pat the bottom a few times to get the cookie to drop out. You may need to squeeze the sides a bit to get the cookie to loosen.

finishing the cups

Gently melt the chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl or on top of a double boiler, stirring often so it doesn't scorch.

Working with one cookie cup at a time, pour in a small amount of the melted chocolate. Immediately, swirl the chocolate around a bit and pour out the excess – you don't need a thick layer of chocolate, and a thinner coat will dry quicker. It doesn't matter at this point if the sides are completely coated – this is mostly to ensure the bottom has a good seal. If the sides are coated? Great, you're done! If not, use a butter knife to apply a small amount of chocolate at a time to completely coat the sides. Again, you don't need a thick coat, but you do want to make sure there isn't any cookie exposed.

Allow the chocolate to dry completely before filling the cups with liquid.

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Comments: 52

  1. Christine March 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm Reply

    What an interesting read. I love that you took the time to make these cookie shots. The concept is so simple but I don’t know if I want to go through all that work, so extra kudos to you!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Christine! I have to admit, if not for my friend asking for them, I probably would have never tried this. And in the end they’re really not much more complicated than making cookie cutter cookies. The biggest hassle was finding an appropriate mould.

  2. Dina March 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

    these are such a great idea!

  3. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken March 18, 2014 at 8:00 am Reply

    Great job!!!! I’m not sure I have the patience to make these, but they look awesome! I am very tempted to give them a try.

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 18, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

      Thanks Stephanie! If you can find some moulds, you should totally give it a shot. :-)

  4. Lavender March 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm Reply

    These are looking absolutely great!

  5. Beth March 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply

    For what it’s worth, I think yours are more attractive than Ansel’s – straighter, a more appealing color, and the sugar crust is a positive addition! I usually skip by fiddly-seeming recipes, but this one…might be the exception! Thanks for posting your efforts!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

      Wow, thank you so much Beth ♥

      I’m a big fan of simpler recipes too (as you can tell by all the drop cookies on this blog). I was honestly expecting to have several failed attempts at these cups, but these were surprisingly not that complicated to make at all. I really lucked out in my choice of cookie dough.

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  7. Sian Castaneda March 21, 2014 at 3:23 am Reply

    Do you have a cookie recipe that you can recommend for this?

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 21, 2014 at 9:08 am Reply

      YES!! I’d actually linked to it in the post, but you’re not the first person who’s asked about it so I’ve just updated the post to include the full recipe. :-)

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  10. KC March 23, 2014 at 6:02 am Reply

    I always put my Girl Scout cookies in the freezer. They don’t get hard or freeze. They just get very cold. And they are really good cold

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

      One of my friends does that too, and she swears they’re better frozen. I’ll admit I haven’t tried it yet (don’t knock it, right?). For you, I’ll give it a shot. :-)

  11. April March 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm Reply

    This is great. I’ve been trying to find a recipe for these that doesn’t include store bought cookie dough (blech) . I appreciate the detailed description of what you went through to get to the final product! I’m definitely making these.

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Thanks April! I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to making things from scratch too (okay, HUGE snob – hee!). Please let me know how they turn out for you. :-)

  12. Rachel (teacher-chef) March 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

    HOLY COW – I just shared these with my facebook followers, tried to tag you – but don’t see you out there. These are AMAZING, I think my husband would marry me all over if I could perfect these, I would be too intimidated to make these, they are out of this world!!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm Reply

      Thank you Rachel! Setting up a Facebook page is one of many things on my to-do list (seriously, I can’t keep up). But thank you for sharing the link. :-)

      Do NOT be intimidated by this recipe. It’s seriously not that difficult if you have the moulds to work with!

  13. merrill March 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Would popover pans work instead of shot glasses?

    • laurel @ wannacomewith March 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm Reply

      I’m sure they’d work fine, you’d just end up with a slightly larger cup. Are you going to give them a try?

  14. Dannette Cara March 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm Reply

    You should try DeMarle molds. I cut a large circle, turned the DeMarle mini cupcake mold upside down and baked. Not exactly a perfect shot glass shape but really quick and made a good seal without chocolate. Of course I had to add the extra chocolate linking. :)

  15. Ghalia April 1, 2014 at 11:41 am Reply

    I made them with my friend! Had so much fun doing it! And it tasted amazing too! YAAAY

  16. Brett April 3, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    well i know what kind of shots i want for my 40th next month !YUM

  17. Cheryl April 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm Reply

    These would be great filled with ice cream, chocolate mousse, or cheesecake!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith April 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Absolutely. In that case, I’d make them in a muffin tin so they can hold a more substantial serving. :-)

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  19. Bobby April 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm Reply

    WOW, this sounds good, but also sounds like a ton of work, and takes forever to make. I think I will just stick with my adult jello pudding shots. They are awesome and east to make.

  20. Nina April 19, 2014 at 1:00 am Reply

    Hi, how did you remove the mould from the container? I’m a little confused sorry

    • laurel @ wannacomewith April 21, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply

      Hi, sorry that wasn’t clear. I baked the cookies inside the moulds. After allowing them to cool for about 15 minutes (until they were cool enough to handle), I just turned the moulds upside down and patted the bottoms a few times to get the cookie to fall out. One of them didn’t come out easily and I had to squeeze the sides of the mould a little bit to loosen it. Does that help? Please let me know if it’s not clear. :-)

      • Nina April 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm Reply

        Okay, thanks for that! In my country, we don’t have popover pans or the tools you use. Would it be ideal to use a shot glass? Or what would you suggest? :)

        • laurel @ wannacomewith April 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm Reply

          Whatever you use, it needs to be oven-safe. So stainless steel shot glasses would work fine, but not glass. You might want to just go to a local kitchen store and see what they have – you might have options in your country that we don’t have here!

  21. geraldine June 9, 2014 at 5:38 am Reply

    So Wonderful ;-)
    I’d like to try it, so is it possible to have the ingredients in gramme?
    Many Thanks!!!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith June 9, 2014 at 10:40 am Reply

      Absolutely, Geraldine! I usually work in a mix of volume & weight measurements, depending on the ingredients. Most recipes in North America are measured by volume (usually imperial), so I do a lot of conversions myself. There’s a great resource over at PastryScoop for converting from volume to weight and imperial to metric (link). For this recipe, it works out to:

      226g unsalted butter, at room temperature

      67g granulated sugar

      110g light brown sugar

      1 large egg yolk (large egg = approx. 55g)

      8.5g pure vanilla extract (2 tsp)

      312g all-purpose flour

      2g salt (1/2 tsp)

      180-270g semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I used 180g)

      I hope you make them!

  22. Raga June 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm Reply

    I want to make these for my son’s birthday party as get are great for both adult and kids. Since I don’t have a popover pan can I use the cupcake pan? How long do they stay fresh? I want to make them ahead of time.

    • laurel @ wannacomewith June 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm Reply

      You can definitely use a cupcake pan, but they’ll be more like small bowls than cups. If you’re okay with that, go for it! Like most cookies, they should be good for at least a week, maybe two. Keep them stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Good luck!

  23. Angela July 3, 2014 at 3:55 am Reply

    Great concept looking cookie although been dona already before a gentleman asked me to make espresso cups for him the muffin pan worked very well as a mould and then you fill them with candy a little bit more work but well worth it love these shot glasses chocolate and wine

    • laurel @ wannacomewith July 3, 2014 at 9:03 am Reply

      Thanks Angela :-) When my friend requested (demanded) these, she said she wanted “shot glasses”, so I was focussing on shot glass shaped containers. You can definitely use muffin tins (or any oven-safe container), but they’re more like small bowls than cups, and that just wasn’t what she wanted. But I agree, they make great little containers for all kinds of treats. I’ve actually linked in my post to several other blogs and photo sets of cups that other people have made. :-)

  24. Jaynie August 20, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

    Looked at Ansel’s photos and yours blow them out of the water! I think your cookie shots look perfect and mouth watering…. you have a gift

  25. Caroline September 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply

    While I was at my local kitchen store this afternoon I found this

    Hopefully they turn out with the silicone mould.

    • laurel @ wannacomewith September 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I remember reading somewhere that someone was going to try making them with a mould like that, but I never heard how it turned out. Are you going to try them? Please post back if you do!

  26. Caroline September 14, 2014 at 5:44 am Reply

    So I gave them a try last night with the silicone mould. Being able to just sort of shove the dough in and squish it around and pinch on either side of the mould was helpful in that you didn’t have to do much shaping yourself.
    My one real complaint was how much longer they took to be done. After about 20 minutes the tops were done, but the insides were still pretty doughy. It took close to another 10 minutes for the sides of the cups to be cooked properly. I may try this again with a thinner cookie dough since you don’t have to worry so much about the actual moulding.

    • laurel @ wannacomewith September 15, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply

      Wow, that is a long baking time. I’m guessing the tops were a bit overdone by then too. Even just in the metal moulds that I used, they took a really long time to bake. Not that long though. Thank you so much for letting us know how it worked out!

  27. Angie@Angie's Recipes September 22, 2014 at 1:49 am Reply

    What a brilliant idea! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  28. ra September 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm Reply

    how many shot glass size cookies did it make approximatley?

    • laurel @ wannacomewith September 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Sorry, I only made a few shot glasses out of this recipe, and made regular cookies out of the rest of the dough.

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