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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Panna Cotta Milk

I made you cookies and milk!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Panna Cotta Milk | #recipe…like together… like cookie cups filled with milk only the milk is actually panna cotta. When I came up with these, I knew it was either a very bad idea… or a brilliant one. Good thing it was the latter 😉

I got the idea from a link Mikey showed me containing these Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shots. I thought they were a great idea, but certainly not very portable. Also, most people don’t have custom-made cookie cup molds lying around, haha, so I decided to make these a little more accessible by using a muffin tin.

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Of course, now I have like 50 gazillion ideas for other flavor combos, so don’t expect this to be the last time you see panna cotta cookie cups!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Panna Cotta Milk

Yield: 1 dozen cookie cups

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Panna Cotta Milk


    for the cookie cups:
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) dark brown sugar
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup + 1 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • for the panna cotta milk:
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ½ pack gelatin (scant ½ tbsp)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt


    for the cookie cups:
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars for 5 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat on medium-high speed for another 5 minutes. Turn the mixer speed to low and add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips; mix until combined.
  2. Spray a standard muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  3. Press 2 to 3 tablespoons of dough into each muffing cup. It doesn't have to be perfect, just make sure there are no holes. Put the muffin tin in the freezer.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the oven is heated, remove the muffin tin from the freezer.
  5. Bake the cookie cups for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and, using the bottom of a juice or shot glass, press down the cookie cup centers (you're trying to reform the cup shape). Place the cookie cups back in the oven for 2 to 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning them out to cool further.
  7. for the panna cotta milk:
  8. Pour the half-and-half into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and allow to sit for a few minutes. Turn the heat on medium-low and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Add in the cream, sugar, and salt, and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved (we don't want to boil the mixture).
  9. Pour the mixture into the cooled cookie cups (that you will want to have on a baking sheet in case of any leakage).
  10. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours.


P.S.---leftover "milk" is totally normal! Pour it into glasses or container and place those in the fridge and you'll have some excellent panna cotta to serve with cookie crumbles, fruit, or whatever you want!

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43 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups with Panna Cotta Milk”

  1. amberini — March 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

    These are absolutely genius. Man, I want one for breakfast. I really love that you made the filling panna cotta instead of regular milk, because even with the originals, I was like.. you'll have to drink all the milk first to avoid making a mess!

    • Rachael replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

      Right?! That's what I was thinking. You won't actually get to enjoy the whole cookies n' milk bit because you hav ego have them separately. Plus, he coated the inside with chocolate, so you wouldn't even get the milky, soggy cookie part which is obv. the best.

      Thank you!

  2. huntfortheverybest — March 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    oh wow, these look amazing!

    • Rachael replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

      Thank you so much!

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  4. Rachel — May 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

    How would you store these? And how long do they usually stay good?

    • Rachael replied: — May 6th, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

      I keep them in the fridge, and they'll stay good in there for at least 3-4 days, but they'll be fine at room temp for 3-4 hours 🙂

  5. stitchsanfrancisco — May 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Love this! I am definitely trying. Did you line the cookie cups with melted chocolate at all…?

    • Rachael replied: — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

      Nope! You totally could, but I don't because it's not really necessary. The cups don't get soggy at all 🙂

  6. Babar — May 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Honestly now im not thinking about the cups but about the creamy cake kind of stuff in them 😀 hehe. Love this post

  7. Rebecca — May 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Are these full size muffin cups or mini muffin size? Can’t tell from the photos.

    • Rachael replied: — May 9th, 2014 @ 7:41 am

      Full (standard) size 🙂

  8. Rebecca — May 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Great thanks can’t wait to try these! Do you prefer semi sweet or milk choc chips?

    • Rachael replied: — May 9th, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

      I like semi-sweet in these (and all chocolate chip cookies). I think it makes a richer chocolate flavor.

  9. Mizzy — May 11, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I tried this following all directions, but the bases were not cooked at all, and I left them in the oven at least 10 minutes more than what written here because they looked so undercooked.
    When I tried to take them out of the tin, the uncooked bases sticked to the bottom and prevented the cups to come out without being destroyed.

    Really no idea where this went wrong.

    • Rachael replied: — May 11th, 2014 @ 8:33 am

      Hi Mizzy, that's really strange! I'm sorry they didn't work out for you. I don't know what could have happened, but perhaps the cookie cups were too thick? The cups should look kinda underdone when you take them out the first time to smash them down. When you take them out again, they may still appear underdone, but they should set up in a few minutes. Also, if you're not using a non-stick baking tin (like the one I have in the photos), you may have to grease them extra.

  10. @hazakaza — May 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hey Rachael! I'm a goon-fan of yours and made these the other day. The cookies came out absolutely flawless–this is going to be my new go-to chocolate chip recipe–but I had to sub out the gelatin for pectin since I was expecting vegetarians to eat them. Specifically, I used one heaping teaspoon of Pomona's pectin (based on the ratio for jelled milk pudding over here:… ) but it came out very, VERY firm. Like Jello Jiggler firm. That's great for fruit flavors but it's a bit too much for what's supposed to be a creamy-filling cookie. I'll probably halve it next time I make them, but I'm curious if you intend to experiment with pectin in the panna cotta cookie cups at any point in the future? Any thoughts on my method and how to improve it?

    • Rachael replied: — May 23rd, 2014 @ 11:41 am

      Glad you liked the cookies!

      I haven't experimented with pectin in them, but I have been trying to come up with a not only vegetarian, but vegan recipe for cookie cups. I tried using agar agar, but like you seem to have experienced with the pectin, it came out soooo so firm, and quite frankly, super weirded me out. Maybe I'll try playing around with pectin, next, but a vegetarian-freindly cookie cup is definitely something I've been wanting to try.

  11. Cici — July 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Can the panna cotta milk be made with fruit pectin instead of gelatin? 

    • Rachael replied: — July 30th, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

      Hi Cici,
      I haven't tried making them with pectin, but someone in the comments did and they said that it came out way too firm. I have tried using agar agar as a substitute and that was also way too firm :/
      I'm still trying to come up with a vegetarian version.

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  13. joaqfer — August 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    This is a great recipe and a fantastic idea. I used mini cupcake trays and they turned out great. Thanks for sharing,.

    • Rachael replied: — August 12th, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

      Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  14. Dennis — August 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I made these for the 2nd time and I had a much, much easier time of it when I switched from the non stick muffin tin to my silicone ones. I don’t even need to remove them when I pour the panna cotta, just put it all in the fridge and pop them out afterwards. Nothing sticks to the silicone forms.

    • Rachael replied: — August 23rd, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

      Awesome! That's great to here! I think different non-stick molds "stick" differently (if that makes sense), hah! Mine didn't stick at all in my metal nonstick.

  15. Elizabeth @ — August 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I know I’m totally late to the party, but these are so clever! I’ve seen the cookie shots too, but you’re right–these are way more portable and sound even more delicious, too. 

    • Rachael replied: — August 24th, 2014 @ 12:38 am

      Thank you, Elizabeth!

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  17. Deborah — September 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I just made and they are  in fridge. I soaked one that broke in the milk and it was amazing just like that, so I can’t wait to try it later! Just wondering….I had a lot of milk left over, that’s normal?  I guess next time I can double cookie portion. If I put extra in cups and refrigerate,  would it be like pudding? Is that what Panna cotta is?

    • Rachael replied: — September 18th, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

      Yep, totally normal! Pour it into any sort of glasses or container you want and put those in the fridge too. Serve them with cookie crumble, berries, or any sort of dessert sauce—that's perfect panna cotta for ya!

  18. Deborah — September 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    These turned out delicious.  Everyone loved them.  The next day I topped some with homemade whipped cream and mini chocolate chips. They were divine!

    • Rachael replied: — September 21st, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

      I so glad to hear that, Deborah! Whipped cream and mini chico chips sound like an EXCELLENT topping! I'll totally have to try that!

  19. Jen — November 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

    These cookies look amazing! What a great idea! I plan on making them sometime this week but I usually freeze leftover cookies that don’t get eaten after the first day or two. Do you know if I can freeze these cookies after they have been filled or will that affect the texture of the milk once thawed? 

    • Rachael replied: — November 2nd, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

      Thank you, Jen!

      Hm, I haven't tried freezing them, so I'm unsure if it would affect the panna cotta in the center. I'd probably advise against it. You can keep the cookies in the fridge for at least a week, though!

  20. Chelsea — May 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

    When you say 1/2 pack of gelatin, how much is that roughly? My local store sells it in a big box. 

    • Rachael replied: — May 15th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

      It should be roughly 1 and 1/4 teaspoons 🙂

  21. Juvelyn — June 7, 2015 at 2:11 am

    hi i wanna try this but i dont know what you mean by half-and half in one of panna cotta’s ingredient?

    • Rachael replied: — June 7th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

      Hi Juvelyn, half-and-half is a light cream you can buy at American supermarkets. It’s made of half cream and half milk 🙂

  22. Carol-Ann — June 7, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I made these last summer for an outdoor concert, and they were a big hit! These are awesome! Going to a Grad party next week and these came to mind….. they are portable and easy to make. I make a double batch, one batch is not enough for these, as who can eat just one? 🙂 ! Thanks for a great treat! 

    • Rachael replied: — June 7th, 2015 @ 8:49 am

      I’m so glad you liked them so much, Carol-Ann! I love how easy they are, to, especially since everyone is always impressed and thinks their all fancy, haha!

  23. Janani — December 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm


    These look great and I’m going to try making them for a cookie exchange this weekend.

    I have a mini muffin pan – how would I adjust the baking time?

    Thank you,


    • Rachael replied: — December 10th, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

      Hi Janani, , I haven’t tried making them in mini muffin pans, but I would try halving the cooking time.

  24. Jess — August 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Panna cotta instead of milk is a clever idea. Just a note, there is an inconsistency in the recipe. The amount of flour is listed as 8 ounces or 2 cups. 8 ounces is only a single cup. 

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