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Whopper Cookie Cups

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Whopper Cookie Cups are a super yummy and surprisingly easy treat to make! They’re perfect for using up leftover Halloween candy or whenever you get a whopper craving!


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These are the perfect balance of chewy cookie and crunchy Whopper candy! And really, the cookies are good all by themselves! But with the frosting and the whopper? Forget about it!

Whopper cookies are a delightful twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie.

The malted milk powder brings an exciting, unique flavor.

They are a joy to make – a fun kitchen adventure. So definitely grab the kids!

Whoppers cookies are fantastic for gatherings, they’ll definitely steal the spotlight!

The Whopper candy at the end is like a tasty treasure waiting to be discovered.


Cookie dough in mixer with eggs and vanilla extract


What are Whopper Cookie Cups?

Whopper Cookie Cups are essentially big cookies baked into a cup shape. 

We then fill them with a luscious frosting and crown them with a Whopper candy. 

A fun twist to your favorite cookie, it’s a whole new level of yum!


cookie dough scooped into a mini muffin pan


What Ingredients are in Whopper Cookie Cups?

These delicious cookies use chocolate malt balls(Whoppers) and a few other key ingredients:

  • Butter: Our base that ensures moist and rich cookies.
  • Brown and White Sugar: These add the sweet charm and also lend a chewy texture.
  • Vanilla Pudding: A surprise element that keeps the cookies wonderfully soft.
  • Malted Milk Powder: A star ingredient, offering a distinctive malt flavor.
  • Large Eggs: The binding force that keeps our cookie cups intact.
  • Vanilla Extract: A flavor enhancer, bringing all the other flavors alive.
  • All-Purpose Flour & Baking Soda: The structure providers to our cookie cups.
  • Powdered Sugar & Milk: Needed to create the frosting.


Pressing a hole into each cookie cup after baking


How to Make Whopper Cookie Cups

You can find the full recipe card below. But here’s what you need to know:

  1. Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.
  2. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and remaining dry ingredients.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, place the dough into your prepared baking sheets in a mini muffin tin.
  4. Bake cookies until they’re golden brown, then use the back of a wooden spoon to create a dent, molding them into the perfect cup shape.
  5. Once they’re cooled, pipe in the frosting (you can use a Ziploc bag with the tip cut off) and finally, place a Whopper candy on top.

Pro Tip: 

  • To achieve the perfect cup shape, press them with a second muffin tin right as they emerge from the oven.
  • Use an electric mixer with a large bowl to make the cookie dough and save your arm the workout!
  • The bowl of a stand mixer may need to be scraped down with a rubber spatula if the cookie dough isn’t mixing well.


empty cookie cups in muffin tin.


How Do You Get the Dent in the Cookie Cup?

The secret to the ideal dent is to press the cookies with a second mini muffin tin, right after they come out of the oven. 

This makes the perfect little nest for our frosting and Whopper candy.

If you don’t have a second mini muffin tin, you can still get that perfect dent though.

You can use the end of a wooden large spoon or gently press in with a small spoon.

How to Store Whopper Cookie Cups

Keep your Whopper Cookie Cups in an airtight container to maintain their freshness. 

If you find yourself with leftovers (which might not even happen! They’re that good!), they’ll still be delicious!

I recommend storing them in the fridge because of the milk products in the frosting.

However, if you want to serve them soft and at room temperature, just take them out 20 minutes before you eat them. So soft!


Frosting pipped into cookie cups with a whopper on top


Can You Freeze Whopper Cookie Cups?

Absolutely! Just make sure they’re in a freezer-friendly container to avoid freezer burn.

It’s also best to flash freeze them first. Put them on a large baking sheet with parchment paper and freeze in the freezer for one hour.

Then take them out and transfer to an airtight container.

This will keep the frosting from getting smashed and keep them from sticking to each other as well.

How Long Do Whopper Cookie Cups Last?

Stored in an airtight container, they’ll keep fresh for about a week. 

If you’ve got them in the freezer, they can last for up to three months!

And I’ve tried them straight from the freezer! Still good! Though you may find the whopper is WAY to hard once frozen. 

You can always let them warm up before eating them.


top view looking down at multiple cookie cups on counter


What are Whoppers?

Ahhh a box of Whoppers! They are delightful little orbs of candy goodness. 

They feature a malted milk center encased in a crunchy chocolate shell. Delicious!

The other brands may be called malted milk balls. So if you see them at the grocery stores, they work just as well!

You could also use another favorite candy if you wanted to. You’d just need to cut them small.

What is Malted Milk Powder?

Malted milk powder is a sweet concoction of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk that has been evaporated. 

It’s the secret ingredient that infuses milkshakes and our Whopper Cookie Cups with a unique sweet twist.

It comes in a fine powder and can be added to all sorts of recipes.


side view of whoppers cookie cups ready to serve.


Does Malted Milk Powder Expire?

Indeed, like the majority of food items, malt powder comes with an expiration date. 

Always check the packaging and store it in a cool, dry place.

If your milk powder has expired, it’s best not to use it. Not just for flavor but for bacteria reasons as well!

Can Dogs Eat Malted Milk Powder?

It’s not a good idea to feed your pooch malted milk powder. 

The sugar and milk contents aren’t good for dogs.

Actually, they can even be harmful if your dog is allergic. Honestly, it’s best to always feed them treats that are made just for them.


zoomed in image of whopper cookie cup with a bite out of it.


Looking for ways to use up leftover Halloween candy?  Check out these recipes…


Let’s get those aprons on and create some delicious Whopper Cookie Cups! They are a yummy blend of sweet, malty goodness, and a surprising crunch. These treats are a party all year round!


Yield: 24 Cookie Cups

Whopper Cookie Cups

top view looking down at multiple cookie cups on counter

Get ready for a flavor roller coaster with these Whopper Cookie Cups - a perfect blend of sweetness, malt, and a surprising crunch!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Cookie Cups

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding dry
  • 1/4 cup malt milk powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Whoppers Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk {or less - added by 1 Tablespoon at a time until desired thickness}
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Grease a mini muffin tin pan (not a cookie sheet)
  3. In a mixer, cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar together in a large bowl until smooth and combined.
  4. Add in instant vanilla pudding and malt milk powder. Mix.
  5. Next add eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  6. Finally add flour and baking soda and beat until well combined.
  7. Place 1 large Tablespoon of cookie dough in each muffin tin slot.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Upon removing from oven, take a SECOND mini muffin pan and press it on top of the cookies. This will help create more of an indention and create a cup look.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes before popping out and putting on a cooling rack.
  10. To make the frosting, in a new bowl, mix butter, malted milk powder, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together, adding more milk/powdered sugar as needed to reach desired sweetness and consistency.
  11. Put frosting into a piping bag {or ziploc with tip cut} and pipe frosting onto cooled cookie cups.
  12. Top with a Malt Ball / Whopper


It is recommended to have two identical mini muffin pans for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g
Originally Posted: December 3, 2014

Photos & Text Updated: October 17, 2023


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