May 21, 2013

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups - do I need to say anything else?

I was scared of making these because sometimes melted chocolate and I don't play well together. However, these were a dream to make - really super easy. Although, I did use higher quality block chocolate, which may have helped (I usually use chocolate chips for everything). The ones pictured below are mini size.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
from Sprouted Kitchen

Makes 12-14 minis or 6 full sized cups

7 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 cup natural almond butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. fine grain salt
sea salt flakes for topping

Break up the chocolate and melt in a double broiler (a pot of simmering water with a bowl resting on top). Stir to make sure it is perfectly smooth.

Set out the liners in a mini muffin tin, this helps them hold shape. Spoon about a teaspoon of the chocolate into the bottom. Tilt and twist it around so the chocolate coats the side of the liner and rest it back in the tin. Repeat with remaining papers. Mix the almond butter, honey, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt together until smooth to make the filling. Scoop out a teaspoon of the almond butter filling and gently roll it into a ball between your palms. Give it a press down and center it on top of the thin chocolate puddle. Repeat. Spoon chocolate, about another teaspoon, on top of each almond butter ball to cover completely. You may need to add a few drops more to get the chocolate to level above the bump of the almond butter. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt on each one and chill in the fridge to set.

They can be kept in a covered container at room temperature or in the fridge.

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