Mermaid Cookie Cups

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Mermaid cookie cups remind me of little tide pools you’ll find by the sea.

These magical little cookie cups are the perfect addition to any under the sea themed party.

How to Make Mermaid Cookie Cups

Similar to our unicorn cookie cups, this recipe uses gorgeous ocean colors instead.

Using a pouch of cookie mix shaves off some prep time, so you can focus on the fun party – decorating!

To make the cookies, all you need is a pouch of sugar cookie mix and the ingredients required to make it.

Filling cookie cups with purple and blue shades of frosting.

Our cookie mix pouch calls for a stick of butter and an egg.

Mermaid cookie cups on a platter and on the table.

After the basics, it’s time to get creative. Mix sprinkles into the cookie dough to create the look you want for the cookie cups.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Knead the dough with your hands if the mixture gets too stiff.

Roll tablespoon sized dough into balls. Use a tart shaper to create cups.

Bake and let cool before you fill those adorable cookie cups up with mermaid magic.

Filling the cooled cookie cups is the most fun. Here is where you can get crazy with the colors and toppings.

Let the kids choose their favorite sprinkles if you want to get them involved.

We used a Wilton 1M tip for piping the frosting into the cookie cups.

Mermaid party cookie cups on a plate.

Fun Party Bites

The end result is delicious little bites. The mermaid cookies cups are about the size of a mini-muffin.

You know everyone loves tiny foods at a party! That way you can fill your plate with a variety and try everything without filling up too soon.

For another mini fin flipping treat, give these mermaid shortbread bites a try. You’ll get 100 tiny cookies to invade your underwater bash!

I also think cookie cups are great for graduation parties. Maybe turn them into little caps somehow? Or, fill them up with the school colors and celebratory sprinkles!

Let us know what you come up with.

Desserts to make for a Mermaid Party

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl, placing the dough in a tin, and decorating with frosting in a collage of steps to make mermaid cookies.
Yield: 36 cups

Mermaid Cookie Cups Recipe

Holding a cookie cup filled with blue and purple frosting and sprinkles.

Cookie cups fit for even the biggest mermaid fans. These little mermaid desserts are sure to be a hit on the dessert table at your next under the sea party! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 17.5 oz sugar cookie mix, 1 pouch
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 egg, butter & egg called for on the cookie pouch
  • 1/4 cup mermaid sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp mermaid sprinkles, for topping
  • 1 tub white frosting
  • teal coloring
  • violet coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add cookie mix, butter and egg and mix until dough forms. This mixture is stiff and after some time it's okay to give up with the spatula and use your hands. Once mixed together, stir in 1/4 cup sprinkles. Knead these in with your hands to make it easier.
  3. Use a 1 tablespoon portion scoop to scoop dough and roll into balls. Place into prepared pan. Use a pastry/tart shaper to press down on the dough to make a divot.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven. Let set to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack completely.
  5. Divide tub of frosting in half and color one bowl teal and one bowl violet. Spread into the pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, one color on each side. Pipe onto the top of the cookies. Top with remaining sprinkles.
  6. Store at room temperature loosely covered.
  7. Makes 36

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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  1. kathy pease says:

    These are so pretty and look delicious

  2. SO colorful and fun. Love these!

  3. Amanda Alvarado says:

    These are so cute and perfect bite size! I thought it was a cake mix when I first saw them! Love that it is cookie dough!

  4. Kim Pincombe-Cole says:

    These are so cute! Perfect for a summer pool party!!

  5. Jessica Walker says:

    These look so pretty and delicious.

  6. monique s says:

    These look so fun. I know the kids would really enjoy them.

  7. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    These mermaid cookies are lovely! My granddaughter would love them!

  8. Leona Olson says:

    Loved the cookie cups. Very creative.

  9. Anne Marie says:

    Mermaid themed treats are so much fun! I have a niece who’s obsessed with them right now

  10. Christina Gould says:

    I love the icing color. They look professionally done. Thanks for posting!

  11. Elizabeth Moeller says:

    I really love the edible, pearl like sprinkles. I would be curious to know where you found them. I like that this recipe could be modified to do different themes.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much. The pearls are in the mix that’s linked in the recipe card. Let us know how yours turn out!!

  12. Kirsten Lyon says:

    These are bright, beautiful, and look very tasty!

  13. tiffany dayton says:

    I like the cookie cups and the colors. Would look nice at a birthday party.

  14. kathy pease says:

    These cookie cups look amazing and oh so pretty

  15. these look so yummy! 🙂

  16. Those cookie cups are sure to be a big hit at a party. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

  17. Sara Tarver says:

    These look so cute and yummy!

  18. Hesper Fry says:

    My two daughters would love the Mermaid theme of these cookie cups. They look so pretty!

  19. Antoinette M says:

    These are beautiful little cupcakes for a party.

  20. Betty Curran says:

    What a cute idea. The colors are just right for an ocean themed party.

  21. Tamra Phelps says:

    I love the colors you used. These would be great for a kid’s party.

  22. Lily Kwan says:

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  23. These treats look too beautiful to eat!

  24. Buddy Garrett says:

    Our granddaughter would love these. They would be great for a birthday party.

  25. Cassandra D says:

    This recipe looks delicious. I saved this recipe to make later on.

  26. I love making cute themed cookie cups and these are so adorable. I usually make Christmas cookie cups and Valentine’s day cookie cups, but never thought of making mermaid ones. What a fun idea!

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