No Bake Raspberry Lemon Cookie Cups are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Made with coconut, lemon, raspberries and a few other simple ingredients, these cookie cups have a subtle hint of pink color and are perfect for special events, birthdays and more!
Let me introduce you to my new favorite dessert. Raspberry Lemon Cookie Cups are the type of dessert that you make and then have a hard time sharing with others. These little cookie cups are a delicate blush pink color with creamy raspberry coconut filling. They are slightly sweet, slightly tart and full of fresh fruit flavor. They are made with minimal natural sweeteners and are the perfect treat for both kids and adults.
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For these cookies, I used the same gluten free cookie crust that I used in the No Bake Strawberry Pistachio Cardamom Tart recipe I posted last week. In fact, when I developed that recipe, I actually tested the tart crust in muffin tins first. I love adapting my recipes for single serving sizes and this recipe works great.
Instead of using pureed fresh raspberries in the cream filling, I used freeze dried raspberries. This helps prevent the whipped coconut cream from containing too much liquid. I buy the natural unsweetened freeze dried raspberries at my local grocery store. There is absolutely nothing added to the fruit so you get pure, fresh raspberry flavor. Using your food processor to pulse the mixer into a fine powder creates a beautiful blush pink raspberry color when mixed with the coconut cream. The freeze dried raspberry powder adds a tangy flavor with a subtle pink color. The color actually intensifies a bit once they set.
1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (powdered sugar, maple syrup or natural sweetener)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the cookie cups, line a standard size muffin tin with plastic wrap. Add all of the ingredients for the cookie cups (almond flour through salt) to a food processor. Pulse until well blended and the mixture starts to clump. Using a 1-1/2 inch or 2 inch cookie scoop, divide the mixture among the prepared muffin tins. Press mixture into each cup. Use the back of the scoop to make a small indentation in the cup. Chill the cookie crust cups in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight.
To make the raspberry filling, pulse the freeze dried raspberries in a food processor until finely ground (you will have a powder); set aside. Remove the can of coconut cream from the fridge and flip the can over on the counter. Open the can and remove any liquid that settled on top of the cream. Scoop the thick coconut cream into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the sweetener and vanilla and whisk until fluffy, about one minute. Using a small sifter or mesh sieve, sift the raspberry powder into the bowl of the mixer, separating and discarding the dried raspberry seeds (add more or less of the freeze dried raspberry powder, depending on taste, as desired). Mix on medium speed until well blended.
To assemble the cookie cups, remove cookie crust cups from fridge. Remove cups from muffin tin by gently pulling up on the plastic wrap. Remove from plastic wrap and pipe raspberry cream filling onto each cup. Top with raspberries and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to one hour before serving.
*It is important to keep these cups refrigerated until just prior to serving. I usually take them out of the fridge 15 to 30 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature. These cups become soft at warm temperaures. If the cups soften, return to fridge and chill.
**You can store these in the fridge for longer than one hour, but I noticed that the color intensifies because of the pigment in the raspberries when they sat in the fridge for long periods of time or overnight.
***Always use coconut cream (I use Trader Joe’s brand) or full fat coconut milk. The coconut cream works best and different brands of coconut milk are known to produce different results when making whipped coconut cream. Using coconut cream ensures that the filling will be smooth and thick.