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Frog Pond Cookie Cups

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These frog cookie cups are a perfect dessert for your frog-themed birthday party, spring or leap year celebration! Kids will love these adorable chocolate cookie cup treats topped with tasty frog gummies, blue pudding and tootsie roll reeds.

Frog Cookie Cups to look like a pond. Perfect birthday party, classroom or leap year treat!


I’m jealous of those who can bring in homemade treats for the kids at school. Lucky for Kari Stroschein, she can! She recently brought in a special snack for her daughter’s preschool class. Kari considered dirt cups because her daughter loves them so much.  (Who doesn’t?) But Kari didn’t want to make giant cups of sugar for a class of 30. Especially since she has to double or triple the recipe to make sure everyone got one and provide spoons. Cookie cups were her solution! They are similar to a dense chocolate shortbread cookie, but they are smaller and easier to handle. Plus they are the perfect portion size for small hands. She got a bit creative with them and came up with these frog pond cookie cups. Fun, aren’t they?

Cookie Cup Tip:

To remove from pan lay muffin pan on it’s side – at a 90 degree angle, and use a sharp knife to “pop” the cookies out of the pan. She couldn’t run a knife around the entire pan because the cookie kept falling apart, unfortunately.

Chocolate cookie cups in a mini muffin pan

Set aside and prepare filling for your cups.

Frog Pond Cookie Cups 


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Pond cup inspiration came from the dirt cup idea, but because it was pond week at her daughter’s school,  she wanted something different and fun.  These are small, easy to handle, fun and tasty!


1 package Haribo Gummy Frogs
1 package (3.9 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1 tub cool whip (8 oz)
2 cups cold milk
blue food coloring
Lime flavored tootsie rolls


Prepare pudding as directed on the package using milk. Add cool whip and blue food coloring to create water. (about 10 drops)

Using a small spoon (Kari used a baby spoon) place a dollop of pudding into each cookie cup. Top with frog.

Frog Pond Cookie Cups for a Birthday Party Leap Year or Spring Celebration

To make grass/reeds:

Microwave a lime flavored tootsie roll in the microwave for 10 seconds. Cut into thirds. Roll each piece into a smaller snake like shape. Cut that shape into three pieces, roll and press together to make grass. Place grass in cookie cup.

Cut tootsie rolls to make edible grass or reeds

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Frog Pond Cookie Cup Recipe featuring chocolate cookie cups filled with pudding for kids!


Frog Cookie Cups to look like a pond. Perfect birthday party, classroom or leap year treat!
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Frog Pond Chocolate Cookie Cups

These frog cookie cups are the perfect way to celebrate a frog themed party or as a leap year treat! Featuring chocolate cookie cups, candy grass and frog gummies, kids will love this dessert!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 35 cups


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease 2 mini muffin pans with cooking spray(my pans each hold 24)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy (about 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add milk and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  5. Chill one hour. You can chill this overnight - as I did, but I'm warning you, the dough is VERY hard. I used my pampered chef small cookie scoop to get the dough out of the bowl, and it worked fine.
  6. Roll into 1.5" balls. Scoop some out, roll into a ball shape and place into the muffin tin. Using your thumb, press into the center. Following my thumb, I used my index finger knuckle to press a deeper hole into the cookie.
  7. Bake 8-21 minutes or until done.
  8. Remove from oven and immediately plunge the handle of a wooden spoon into the cookie cup. If you don't have a wooden spoon, the back of a measuring spoon might work, too. Try not to go all the way through the cookie. Cool completely.

Cute frog dessert for a party or leap year celebration

Pretty cute, right? These frog pond cookie cups would work well for any frog themed birthday party or spring celebration but requires very little decorating skills. Celebrate nature or leap year with this fun dessert.



Frog cookie cups are a fun dessert for your frog birthday party, spring celebration or leap day!


  1. These look so cute and yummy to eat. These would be great for a party or bbq. The kids would love these

  2. So creative and inspiring, makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake these awesome treats!

  3. These are just about the cutest thing I ever saw! The best part s that they don’t look so difficult that I cannot manage them. They would be great for birthday parties ~ you could even theme it lots of ways. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These cookie cups are so adorable! I wonder if I can use the cookie recipe and make a Holiday Cookie out of this. I would use come colorful Christmas candies to put on top. This would be a good cookie to make for my upcoming nephew’s birthday party! I think these cookie cups are adorable!

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