Chocolate Eggs in a Cookie Basket

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img_1995xThis is one of my favorite Easter treats to make for the kids. OK, it’s really a treat for me, but don’t tell them that. :o) Chocolate eggs in a “basket” made of chocolate chip cookie dough — what could be better? You will need an Individual Tart Baking Pan (also known as a tartlette pan). You may also be able to use a Mini Muffin Pan or muffin-top pan, but I’ve always used my non-stick tart baking pan. I think it makes just the right shape for the basket.


Chocolate Eggs in a Cookie Basket


Chocolate Chip Cookie dough (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.)
Candy-coated chocolate eggs (I used Cadbury Mini Eggs, but you can use M&M’s Chocolate Eggs, too.)


  1. img_1985xxMix up chocolate chip cookie dough according to directions, and drop a large mounded tablespoon of dough into each tart impression in the pan.
  2. Bake cookies in the tart pan according to the recipe directions.
  3. When cooking is done, remove pan of cookies from the oven and press chocolate eggs into the center of each cookie tart. Leave in the pan for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, gently remove the cookies from the pan by grabbing the edges of the cookies and pulling out with a slight twisting motion. The pan will still be hot, so be careful not to touch it with your fingers!

Additional Notes:

  • If the cookies start to come apart while trying to remove, they are probably too soft and warm. Let them cool down for a few more minutes. If the cookies won’t move at all, they are probably too cool. Set them back in the oven for a couple minutes to warm them up. They should now release easily from the pan. (I’ve never had to spray my non-stick pan, but if yours isn’t a non-stick type, you may want to use a non-stick spray before dropping the cookie dough onto the pan.)
  • If you can’t get the chocolate eggs, or want to make these for another occasion, try using a different chocolate candy. These are really good with Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups or Hershey’s Kisses, too!
  • One batch makes about 24.

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Heather, those look wonderful! Nice blog. I just subscribed to your feed.

Thanks for stopping by. I actually did a follow up post about the Corn Chex. They (and other flavors) are going to be widely available June 1. I have found corn and honey nut boxes labeled gluten-free.


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These are so cute, what a great idea! I am supposed to make cupcakes for Luke’s preschool class for Easter and I think I am going to make these instead!! Thanks for sharing!


Heather, those are adorable! Thanks for sharing this at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.


So cute! I love Cadbury mini eggs. Great idea! Thanks for taking part in the GF Lifestyle Blog Carnival!


These look so good! Cadburry Mini Eggs are gluten free then? I know they say “natural flavors”, but you’ve been able to eat them without reaction? I’m only asking because they are my absolute favorite Easter candy and I’m dying to eat them again.


I re-read the labels every time I purchase them. But, Yes, we do eat Cadbury mini eggs in my family, and we don’t have a reaction to them. We did, however, take a break from them a couple years ago when Hershey’s started making them in the US. At that time, the ingredients seemed questionable and the company wouldn’t say they were gluten free. So, I was unwilling to take a chance on them. Now, the company does say that they are gluten free. They also do not have any cross-contamination warnings on the labels. As we have not reacted to them, I consider them to be safe for us to eat.


Thank you for letting me know! I am going to give them a try.


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It is getting to be that time of the year to make these delicious “Eggs in a Basket”. My Italian grandmother made these for me when I was a little girl and now my granddaughter and I make them together about a week before Easter. Start to gather your ingredients about a week ahead of time. I will use Infinity Jars to keep them fresh and make an amazing gift.

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