Succulent Cookie Cups!

When Wilton hired me to create a birthday project for an Instagram takeover, I immediately thought of succulent cookie cups! Wouldn’t these be such a fun treat for a party? I’ve recently become obsessed with succulents and I have a growing (no pun intended) collection of them in my dining room. Head on over to for more birthday ideas!

Scroll down for the tutorial and supply list with links to purchase the products on Amazon.


For the cookie cups:

For the succulents:

To make the pots that hold the succulents, start with Wilton’s Roll Out Cookie Recipe and their Mini Ball Pan. Press the dough into the cavities and use a measuring spoon to help smooth it out (make sure to grease and flour the pan first!). Trim the excess dough, but don’t throw it out! Those scraps will be perfect for the “pebbles” in our potted plants. Place the scraps on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop it into the oven at 350°F along with the mini ball pan. Once the cookies are golden brown around the edges (about 10-12 minutes), place them on a cooling rack while you prepare for the next step.

Now comes the fun part! To give the cookie cups a marbled look, melt one package of White Candy Melts in a microwave-safe bowl and, using the microwave-safe silicone Icing Bottle, drizzle melted Light Cocoa Candy Melts on top. Swirl the Candy Melts with a scriber needle from the Cookie Tool Set. Dip the cookie cups into the bowl and place them upside down on a cooling rack over a parchment-lined baking sheet to allow the excess candy to drip off. Make sure to move the cookie cups onto a clean sheet of parchment before the candy sets.

Succulents come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, so you can get as creative as you like! I used a petal tip 101, a leaf tip 352, and a round tip 8 from the Wilton Deluxe Decorating Tip Set with stiff royal icing to pipe a few different types. Once the icing is completely dry, tint the centers of the succulents with Goldenrod, Deep Pink, and Purple Color Dusts. Then, mix a few drops of food coloring (I used pink, blue, and yellow from the Color Right set) with vodka or any flavor extract to create edible watercolor. Apply the watercolor to the succulents to give them a more realistic look.

How pretty are these marbled cookie cups?! I would keep these on display in my house just like this! Once the Candy Melts have set, you can start assembling. I filled these with Chocolate Decorator Icing (I’m totally cool with eating this by the spoonful), but if frosting isn’t your thing, you could use pudding instead. Dip the cookie cups into the cookie crumbs for the “pebbles” and then arrange the succulents on top (you might need to use a bit of Decorator Icing to get them to stick to the crumbs).

And here they are – fun succulent cookie cups for a sweet birthday celebration! I had so much fun taking over Wilton’s Instagram to share this tutorial with you! Click here for more birthday ideas and follow me on Instagram @sweetambs for more cookie design inspiration.

This post is sponsored by Wilton.

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4 thoughts on “Succulent Cookie Cups!

  1. This is amazing. How long did it take you, if you can remember? Considering doing them for a baby shower but I am completely afraid of how much labor they might involve.

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