Red, White & Blue Cookie Cups ~ A Patriotic Dessert

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The 4th of July is quickly approaching and I knew that a seasonal, patriotic dessert was most definitely in order!  When I thought about picnics and get togethers and BBQs, I decided that whatever sweet treat I made would need to be bite-sized, easy to transport, delicious and of course, red, white and blue!  I immediately thought cookie cups and cake mix cookies (two of my favorite things!) and came up with these red, white & blue cookie cups!!

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What I love about cake mix cookie cups is that I generally have all the ingredients on hand (what, you don’t have six varieties of cake mix on hand at all times?!) and each cake mix yields anywhere from 36 -40 cookie cups!  These are pretty much a go-to party dessert in our house!  And these pint-sized patriotic treats start with a red velvet cake mix, get filled with a no-bake cheesecake filling  and topped with a plump, ripe blueberry (or sprinkles!) – YUM!

Looking for more patriotic desserts? Try our red, white, and blue poke cake and no-melt red, white, and blue jello ice cubes!

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  • Yield: 3640 cheesecake filled cookie cups 1x



Red – Red Velvet Cookie Cups

  • One red velvet cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or 1 stick (1/2 cup melted butter)
  • 2 eggs

White – Creamy No Bake Cheesecake

  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. Cool Whip (thawed)

Blue – Topping/Garnish

  • Ripe blueberries
  • Seasonal Sprinkles
  • Paper Flags


Red Velvet Cookies Cups:

  1. Mix together cake mix, oil/butter and eggs.
  2. Place a 1 inch ball in each cup of a mini cupcake pan.
  3. Bake at 350* for about 11 – 13 minutes (baking times may vary)
  4. Allow to cool for a minute or so and then use a tart press or the back of a measuring spoon to press in the center of each cookie, creating the cookie cup.

Cheesecake Filling

  1. Cream together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Fold in Cool Whip until incorporated. Place in a piping bag and fill each cookie cup.


  1. Top each filled cookie cup with a ripe blueberry or seasonal sprinkles and garnish with a paper flag.

Aren’t they fun?  Pretty much the perfect two bites with a rich chocolate-y cookie, smooth creamy cheesecake and the tart tang from a blueberry!  They definitely add a festive touch to any patriotic party!

red velvet cheesecake filled patriotic cookie cups at shakentogetherlife.com




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  1. I love this! I’ve been using this cream cheese/cool whip concoction for years. (except I add a small box of flavored pudding mix with milk to the other two ingredients). It has become a required staple at holiday gatherings. I was trying to figure out a 4th of July recipe because I just bought 4 boxes of red velvet cake mix with coupons (.18 cents a box, baby!) I love red white and blue things, but wanted to avoid massively colored cupcake icing (it just kind of grosses me out). This is perfect for the 4th, now I get the color scheme I want, and don’t have to mess with crumbly graham cracker crusts. THANK YOU!!

  2. How cute. Great idea. I love red velvet anything. Red being one of my favorite colors! I’d love for you to link these to What’d You Do This Weekend? http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-20/

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  3. I love the semi-homemade concept here, and they look so darn pretty and delicious!

  4. Ah now these are too cute! Pinned and shared on my Facebook page.

    Stopping by from Whimsy Wednesday. Have a wonderful week, Keri!

  5. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  6. Such a fun idea! Pinned them to my 4th of July board. Can’t wait to make them this year! Over from Not Just a Housewife Link up!

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  8. What an adorable dessert for the 4th! And simple too–love it! I popped over from Six Sisters Stuff–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  12. These are EXACTLY what I needed… I just bought approximately one hundred billion red velvet cake mixes with coupons last week. 🙂 Gorgeous photos too—thanks for the idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Make Bake Create. I’ve got a Homemaking Party going now, if you’d like to link up there as well. http://www.hopeineveryseason.com/2013/06/pretty-pinks-and-greens-for-homemaking.html

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  13. They turned out so cute! I love that they are red velvet cookies! I will have to try that recipe out for sure! thanks for sharing!


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  15. I am totally making these for a 4th of July party I’m bringing dessert to! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  16. These look AMAZING Keri! Thanks so much for linking them up last week at the Make Bake Create party, I have featured them in this weeks party post!

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  18. These look amazing!!! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday linky party and share this post with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-decorations-and-centerpiece.html

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  25. LOVE these! They look super delicious! I know you already saw that I featured this in my Fourth of July Roundup today, so I’m just stopping by to pin it! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/06/25-last-minute-fourth-of-july-ideas/

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  28. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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  30. I found these on pinterest and I can’t wait to make them!!! Quick question though……..could you do it with regular cupcake pans or do they have to be “mini”? I don’t own a mini cupcake pan…

    1. Hi Nicole! They would be pretty big if you made them in a regular sized cupcake pan, but you could try. I’ve seen disposable mini cupcake/muffin tins in the grocery store. Or, you could also use the same cake mix cookie dough and just bake regular cookies and then pipe the cheesecake on like frosting right before serving. Hope they are a hit!

      1. Thanks Keri!! I’m still deciding what I want to do haha. I might just go invest in a mini muffin pan!

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  34. Oh those are such awesome Red, white and blue cups! So festive and a lot of fun too! I love it! I would like to make these.

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