Hello there NY Melrose Family readers! How is everyone enjoying Spring so far? We've already enjoyed some rain and some sun. Spring is my favorite time of year. It makes me think of having brunch! Which makes me think of eclairs. Oh how I love eclairs! So today I am sharing with you an easy eclair dessert idea to enjoy the flavors of eclairs without so much work! These Eclair Cookie Cups are filled with a delicious vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate ganache frosting that will have your tastebuds singing.
Eclair Cookie Cups
While I love the softness of the pastry filled eclairs, sometimes, or most of the time, I don't have the time to properly duplicate it. While playing with doughs is fun, it can be challenging and time consuming. So when the urge to indulge strikes, have no fear, the cookie cup is here!! I am a huge fan of making cookie cups, if you don't believe me, just scroll to the bottom to see a fun collage I put together for you sharing some of my favorites.
These start as regular sugar cookie cups, then I filled them vanilla pudding. While again, it is simple to make a tasty vanilla pastry filling, it usually needs to set overnight. And I don't know about you, but when a craving hits, I usually don't like to wait for things overnight.
On top of the vanilla pudding I swirled on some decadent chocolate ganache frosting. Pure chocolate bliss is what this is. And I mean that literally, this frosting is basically pure chocolate. Rich and decadent. Plus super easy to make, the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the chocolate to cool allowing you to pipe it on! As the chocolate ganache sits and cools it becomes thicker. A quick trip to a mixing bowl on high speed and it's thick like frosting and you can pipe it on so it looks really pretty!
- 2 sugar cookie mix & required ingredients
- 1 ¾ oz instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 11 oz package chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease mini muffin tray and set aside.Prepare the sugar cookie mix according to directions. Roll the dough into small balls approximately 1 inch in diameter. Place one ball of dough into each space of the mini muffin tray. Press down the dough with a round spoon to create a small crater in the middle.
- Bake for approximately 9 minutes, cookie cups will be slightly golden around the edges, they will still be slightly soft. Once you remove them from the oven press in the center with the round spoon again to re-create the crater in the center of the cookie cup. Allow to cool in the pan for another 5-8 minutes, then remove to continue cooling on a wire rack.
- To make the pudding combine the 2 cups of milk with the package of instant vanilla pudding. Stir for several minutes to ensure it is fully mixed and place into the refrigerator to set.
- To make the chocolate ganache frosting pour the chocolate chips into a medium size mixing bowl and set aside, pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes and then pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are fully melted and heavy cream and chocolate are completely combined. Allow to set and cool to room temperature for approximately an hour. As it cools it will continue to thicken. If the consistency has not thickened, put them in the refrigerator for an hour, but continue to check on it.
- Once the ganache is cool, pour into large mixing bowl and using mixer beat over high speed for 4-5 minutes. This will thicken it even more to be able to use the ganache as a frosting. Scoop the ganache frosting into a piping bag, I used a Wilton 2D tip.
- To assemble, take a spoonful of the vanilla pudding and scoop it into the crater of the cookie cup. It's ok to add extra pudding so it sits higher on top of the cookie cup. Then pipe on the chocolate ganache frosting. Serve immediately and enjoy!! Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.