Make Your Own Hanging Cup Cookies

I recently went shopping with my friend Johnna aka The Polka-Dot Zebra and we found some hanging cup cookie cutters.  They were really cute but very basic. When I got home, I remembered some cookies that Johnna made last fall. She showed us we could make our own hanging cup cookies with almost any cookie cutter we have.

Hanging cup cookies

Let me just say, when 2 cookie decorators get together and and go shopping they will find every cookie cutter in town! Not only that, you will get some amazing ideas and inspiration from each other. Here are the cookies Johnna made for coworkers last fall and I fell in love with the idea. She took a regular cookie cutter and added a notch so it would hang on the side of the cup. She is a genius!

While we were at World Market we found these cutters:

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comI grabbed this star and flower and put them in my basket. I loved Johnna’s leaves and she told me to use the notch as a template for any cutter we have. So, I did. Now I want to share with you.

Supplies for hanging cup cookies:

Favorite Cookie Cutters
Cold Cookie Dough

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comNow before we go any farther, I noticed different cutters need to have different sized notches. You just need to remember a few things, smaller cutters need smaller notches, bigger cutters need bigger notches. Also, your cookies might expand some when they bake which means your notch will spread. If you keep that in mind you will be able to make any shape cup hanger you want!

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comOnce you roll out your dough, cut the shapes you want and place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Anytime you hand cut dough it needs to be really cold! If it is not cold enough you will tear the dough instead of cutting it and it will have an ugly edge. Also, a sharp knife will make a smooth cut.

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comWhen your 10 minutes of patiently waiting for the dough to chill are up, remove the dough and decide where to cut the notches. You may want to make a template to use so all the notches are the same.

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comI pulled out a bunch of random cutters to show you this will work on most of the cutters you have. I love this idea and plan on using it in the near future!

Hanging cup cookies www.thebearfootbaker.comLike making fish cookies for Father’s Day!

I am sure you all will come up with some great ideas and I would love to see them! Feel free to email pictures to me at or “Like Me” and tag me on Facebook. I can’t wait to see what you make.

If you are looking for more cute hanging cup cookies, check out these links:
Mike Semi Sweet- Father’s Day Hanging Mug Cookies
Gingerbread Men Coffee Cup Cookies
Not Martha-a tiny gingerbread house that perches on the edge of your mug

Bear hugs,



  1. So cute! Your pics look very pro, my friend! I love to read you and Johnna get together often… I’d love to see you, girls!

  2. patricia rolon says:

    I love your idea and talent

  3. great tutorial lisa!!! i cant wait to try this:)

  4. So cute and resourceful.

  5. Cute idea. You’re so smart. :)

  6. Anne Snyder says:

    I absolutely love this idea!! Perfect for making cookies for dipping in milk, too.

    • What shape do you want Anne? I will make you some!

      • Anne Snyder says:

        Any shape! The stars are cute! :) We need a cookie day with Madison soon so we can have Snyder girl time.

        • Lisa, I’m thinking a baby bottle, pacifer, or two baby booties (with the notch between) for Miss Anne. All things she needs to get used to seeing a lot of!! :) — Diapers would be the most used baby item, but not so appetizing on a glass of milk lol

  7. Take your letter “I” cookie cutter and cut the notch. Goes quick and is square.

    • Hi Lois,
      The letter “I” would work but you still need to cut an angle at the top. If the top of the notch is straight the cookie will fall forward. The angle at the top will make it sit nicely on the cup!

  8. These are so cool! Love the jumping bunny!

  9. Pretty, pretty pics!

  10. Well this is a fun idea and perfect for my love of coffee and tea and wouldn’t this be so neat for a TEA PARTY!! Wait, I can answer that…YES. I would love to try this with a butterfly cutter, how whimsy!

  11. SUPER cute! Great job Lisa and thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great post! I think the bunny is my favorite. I just love your photos. Especially the ones with your hands showing how to cut the cookies. You are a pro! I look forward to learning from you.

  13. I love cookies hanging from my cup – yours are sooooo cute!

  14. Genius.
    Sheer genius. I can’t wait to try this method, Lisa!

  15. I am so sad I got behind!!! These are ADORABLE!!!

  16. barbara overfield says:

    could you make one of a sheep??? If so how much would it cost??




    • Hi Barbara,

      I can make a tutorial for sheep but, I don’t sell cookies or baked good. I enjoy teaching others through the tutorial on this blog. :) I will work on the tutorial soon.

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