Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

Cookies are out, people. Cookies with a gigantic pile o’ frosting and a chocolate shell? In. So in.

I never knew about Hi-Hat cookies until I started reading food blogs. And Julianne is the master, so I learned from her!

This is my first attempt, so bear with me. For a while now, I’ve been trying to come up with a chocolate-covered strawberry concept in a cookie. Originally, my plan was to do something simpler. But then, how could I resist a hi-hat?

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

For the past few weeks, work has been raining down on my head at a faster pace than usual. I have research papers to grade, recommendations to write, my classroom to clean out, my desk (!) to organize, and that’s just the beginning. Add to that the normal stuff, like work and blogging and childcare. It’s no wonder that I want to avoid life and just watch episodes of The Mindy Project.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

I’ve started watching that show recently, which means I’m behind the rest of the world, as usual. It’s really funny, and I’ve always been a fan of Mindy Kaling. But why on earth did she choose to pretend to be an OB/GYN? If you’ve ever come within 50 feet of that kind of doctor’s office, you know that the show portrays it (and the doctors) with a complete lack of realism. I mean, they seem to just hang out all day on couches talking about life. If I were an OB/GYN, I’d be kind of offended at the portrayal of my profession’s incompetence and laziness.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

But I’m not, so the show is pretty funny. And it’s always thrilling to have a female role model who isn’t a size double-zero. Mindy is smart, funny, and she probably works pretty hard to make her life look super fun. So maybe I should write a show about teachers where they never grade papers and spend most of their time chatting in break rooms.

With hi-hat cookies. Let’s not forget the cookies. Have I mentioned that teachers love cookies? Because when these came into work, they were gone in .02 seconds. Maybe it’s all the frosting that’s piled on top.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

The base of this cookie is a strawberry cake mix. I figure life shouldn’t be that hard, so use shortcuts. Then you pipe a tall swirl of chocolate frosting on the cookie with a round cupcake-sized tip. After some chill time in the fridge, these cookies get dipped in a chocolate topping and then are chilled again to set.

I actually keep mine in the fridge at all times, since I like colder treats. If you keep them at room temperature, make sure your house isn’t stuffy or humid. They’ll melt. But the frosting will be nice and soft! And if you run out of frosting, you can make some simpler cookies, like this:

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats

Either way, these hi-hats do wind up tasting just like a chocolate-covered strawberry on steroids. If you really want to go wild with the sprinkles, you could even do some fun decorating or piping to make them look more festive. Either way, it’s time to try making hi-hats. It’s lots of fun!


Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hi-Hats


1 box strawberry cake mix
3.4-oz. box vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening (I used Earth Balance)
3 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3-4 tablespoons milk
Chocolate Coating
1 bag chocolate chips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix thoroughly until a smooth cookie dough forms. Shape the dough into balls roughly one and a half inches in diameter. Place two inches apart on the cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
  4. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening until smooth. Stir in the cocoa. Add the powdered sugar gradually, mixing until incorporated. Drizzle the milk in slowly while the mixer runs until a smooth, spreadable frosting forms.
  5. Using a large round tip, pipe a tall swirl onto each cooled cookie, piling the frosting up high (like a soft-serve ice cream cone).
  6. Refrigerate the frosted cookies for 30 minutes.
  7. While the cookies are chilling, make the chocolate coating. In a microwave-safe large mug or tall but narrow container, heat the chocolate chips and vegetable oil for 30 seconds. Stir, and then heat for an additional 20 seconds, stirring again. If the mixture is still not smooth, heat for 15 more seconds. Do not overheat, or the chocolate will seize and become unworkable.
  8. Working quickly, dip each cookie into the chocolate, flicking your wrist as you bring it back up to get off excess chocolate. Place back onto the cookie sheet and, if desired, add sprinkles or other decorations.
  9. Chill to harden. Store chilled; serve at desired temperature.




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I’ve never even heard of hi-hats, but how fun do those look?! I just recently started watching the Mindy Project too, so you’re not the only one behind, and it IS pretty funny, I kind of wonder why I waited so long. That and Grey’s Anatomy (yeah, only 10 years behind the rest of the world on that one!), it’s now my background noise while working on the blog after the kids go to bed! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’m always behind, Stacey! I blame my own laziness. It’s hard to stay up on TV shows when you can just watch them online if you wait!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have never heard of these, but they look so fun. Plus, chocolate covered anything is amazing, right?!

    1. Mir

      They were fun, Dannii! I love piping. It’s cool. Frustrating, but cool. 🙂

  3. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    First time hearing and seeing a hi-hat cookie, they look really fun and delicious to eat!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jasline! I really enjoyed them! While they lasted, that is…

  4. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    If you want good taste testers, bring your food to the teachers’ lounge! Sometimes, I’ll bring in leftovers from Starbucks as well, and the treats are gone before the next period. I’ve never made hi hat cookies, but they look like such a fun cookie. I adore the strawberry and chocolate combination. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      True, Erin. SO true. Teachers will eat anything, though. Have you noticed that?

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These look so gorgeous, Mir! I’ve never attempted hi hats before, but I love the looks of them. And this chocolate covered strawberry flavor sounds so delicious! You are definitely convincing me to try your recipe out. Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I know you’re a strawberry fan. Here’s a fun way to do it up!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I love these!!! I’ve always wanted to try hi-hat cupcakes!!!! I love these cookies!! haha, I am the same way. . when I have a million things to do, I sometimes put everything off and just watch TV or keep myself busy with other things. . sometimes I’m able to get ahead and get a lot of work done but other times, I am a big time procrastinator! esp when it comes to packing! have a great day!!! I need one of these cookies!
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    1. Mir

      I get so stressed out when that list is too long, Alice. It’s easier to hide in a corner and watch TV then clean the house. Oh, how I hate cleaning the house!

  7. mira

    I’ve never had hi-tarts Mir. But these look so cute and I love them! Love the chocolate on top, need to try them!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! They’re frosting-y goodness!

  8. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    These are so pretty! You did a great job!!
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    1. Mir

      That means a whole lot coming from you, Julianne. You are the expert!

  9. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    How have I not heard of these?! They look delicious! So cute, too!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Sam! I am all about putting frosting on cookies!

  10. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    these just out a smile on my face! they are so cute! i can say I have never seen a “hi-hat” before! I love that it has cookie AND fudgy frosting AND chocolate on top! this must have been sooo delicious!
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    1. Mir

      It was a lot of fun to do, Michele! The kind of thing you really want to try, at least once. And now I want to do it again!

  11. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    I love the Mindy Project! And these cookies?? Totally amazing!! You nailed it!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Lisa! I’ve been avoiding my life with that show lately. Don’t see that stopping anytime soon…

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Hahaha! My FB status today was right on par with you! Brainless TV is so much better than work.
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    1. Mir

      You’re right, Dorothy, it was! Love how that happens. I just can’t resist the pull of not having to do anything while someone else entertains me! Especially since my iPad is involved. I LOVE my iPad.

  13. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    I’ve never heard of these cuties before. They look delicious Mir!! Need to make these soon. And I love mindless tv. I always have my tv on. Its a bad habit. Hehe. Pinned! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’m about to go have some mindless TV time now. Earned it after a recipe fail and grading 3 sets of papers! Thanks, Cyndi!

  14. Wendy

    Chocolate covered strawberry flavored adorable cookies! Teachers lounge or kitchen table, these are bound to disappear quickly. I agree, Mir, Julianne is the hightop queen! I have tried to make hightop cupcakes, and it is more difficult than I thought. I think your chilled buttercream would be much more likely to stay “high” than the fluffy recipe I flopped with on my lowtop cupcakes! 😉 There seem to be tons of ways to creatively use cake mix as a shortcut. I am pinning these to a pinterest board I just started for cake mix ideas! 🙂 Happy end of the school year!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Wendy! Fluffier frostings definitely won’t work unless you chill the piped cookie for a lot longer. A denser buttercream is the answer! Thanks for pinning, too! 🙂

  15. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    I have yet to watch the Mindy Project, although I do see commercials for it while watching other shows and it looks hilarious. Also these hi hats are soooo cute and a great alternative to normal cookies 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’ve been wanting to watch it since it came out, and now it’s tons of fun. I recommend, Medha! And thanks!

  16. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Chocolate and strawberry is one of my faves and I’m loving that you did hi-hats with that combo! They came out so GOOD! I’ve been wanting to watch that show and now I’m thinking it’s gotta happen soon 🙂
    Trish – Mom On Timeout recently posted…Chocolate Covered Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats PinwheelsMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Trish, I literally just commented on your chocolate covered strawberry pinwheels as this came in. We are on the same wavelength this week, my friend!

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