Creamy Caramel Cups (with or without Kahlua)

"Creamy caramel filled cups that make an elegant statement to your cookie trays. And they freeze well, what more could you want?"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
45 cups




  • If you object to liqueur, the Kahlua can be omitted.
  • By hand, mix the dough ingredients together.
  • Make into small balls.
  • Press into mini muffin cups and prick with a fork 4-5 times.
  • Bake 350F for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let cool and then remove from tins.
  • Using a double boiler, melt the caramels.
  • Add the evaporated milk and Kahlua, stirring well.
  • Fill the tarts 1/2 full with the melted filling.
  • Beat 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup Crisco and 1/2 cup sugar until very smooth and fluffy.
  • Add 1 small can evaporated milk and 1 T Kahula, or more to taste.
  • Beat at least 10-15 minutes or until the consistancy of a light fluffy whipped topping.
  • Using a pastry bag, or a strong plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe the frosting on top of the cooled caramel filled cups.
  • Sprinkle the tops with nuts or sprinkles.
  • If I'm in a cookie baking frenzy, I make the dough cups one day and then fill and ice them another.
  • I keep them in the freezer until it's time to put them on my trays.

Questions & Replies

  1. Will Marzetti caramel dip work well to fill these cookies?


  1. I made these two weeks ago for a party...everyone gave this recipe 5 stars! They are so good! The caramel and cookie and then the whipped topping, what's not to like! Thanks for a great recipe!
  2. I have been making these for several years, using this recipe. I just never wrote my raving review. I cannot express how good these are. I used to buy these off a baker, and I got tired of the high price I was charged. I found this recipe, and they were better than the bakery's. I don't use the Kahlua, and they turn out fantastic without it. Thanks for the keeper!



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