How to Make Wonton Cups

A million years ago, when I was a consultant for The Pampered Chef, a direct sales company selling kitchen tools, I used to make the most amazing appetizer using wonton wrappers.  Ever since, I have never forgotten the little trick of turning the thin, flexible and adaptable wonton wrapper into a crispy delicious wonton cup that can hold any number of different ingredients.  They are elegant when served to adults, and fun and whimsical when the kids fill them with items of their own choosing.

wonton wrappers

Before I teach you how to turn these wrappers into edible cups, I’d like to offer one word of caution.  When these crisp up, the corners of the square wrappers can be pretty sharp.  Normally this wouldn’t even be worth mentioning, but after stabbing myself in the roof of my mouth (ouch!), I figured a safety tip would be in order.  If you can find round wrappers, I’d recommend getting those instead.  But beggars can’t be choosers, and it can be hard to find a store that carries these at all.  Okay, consider yourself warned.  Moving on…

How to Make Wonton Cups

Take out the equipment you’ll need for this recipe:

  • a mini-muffin pan
  • a tool that fits into the wells of the mini-muffin pan, if you have one. Otherwise, your fingers will do the trick.
  • nonstick cooking spray OR a little bowl with some oil and a pastry brush
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, while you are getting ready.

This is so easy – the kids can do everything by themselves, except for putting the tray in (and taking it out of) the oven.  All you need to do is lay one wrapper over each well of your mini-muffin pan.  Then, either use your fingers or a little tool to press the wrapper down into the pan.  Repeat until the whole muffin tin is filled.  Then, spritz each one with cooking spray.  If you don’t have cooking spray, have no fear.  You can use a pastry brush to paint some oil onto each wonton wrapper.  Then, bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp.  Once your cooked wonton cups have cooled, store them in an airtight container until using.  Below, you can see what they look like before and after they are cooked.

Wonton Cups Precooked and Cooked

If you want to jazz things up a bit, you can sprinkle cinnamon sugar or a mixture of herbs onto the cups before they go into the oven.  These can be used with a variety of sweet and savory fillings, so get creative and have fun!

Since I was making this recipe in the morning, I decided to demonstrate how they can be used by filling a few cups with yogurt and then topping them with strawberries.

Wonton cups filled with yogurt and strawberries

We like to make a sweet version of these cups by filling them with chopped seasonal fruits, yogurt or even pudding.  They can be filled with savory ingredients too, like chopped salads, refried beans & guacamole, or even minced artichoke hearts mixed with lemon and a little parmesan.

What would you fill these wonton cups with?  I can’t wait to hear your ideas.  Please inspire us by commenting below!


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2 Responses to How to Make Wonton Cups

  1. Kim forni says:

    We make these also. I have filled with cream cheese and berries, marscapone and berries, sausage and scrambled eggs with cheese. .. endless possibilities!!

    • Hi Kim – I love your idea of filling it with scrambled eggs! Of course, mascarpone makes everything good! Thanks for commenting – I hope to see you here often 🙂 xo M.

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