Also, flowers from the Hubs on Valentine's Day. Man oh golly gee, I am one lucky lady.
On Valentine's Day, I think of how excited he would get to give us these little gifts, and I figured well dang it, if I'm going to live in a different country, I still want some chocolate!
What's that, inner voice? Make some your self? Make yourself delicious chocolate candies that will surely be scarfed all too soon? Oh inner voice . . . your wisdom is overwhelming . . .
And with that in mind, this happened.
What's that? You have hazelnut butter instead? Use it.
You want to add a bit of caramel to the top of the nut butter? Oh lawd, please do.
You're going to add coconut flakes & extra sea salt? This is also extreme acceptable.
If you make these as a belated Valentine's Day surprise for your friends, beau, or family, you'll get some extra kisses. Probably definitely.
makes 14 mini cups, or 7 regular sized cups
1.5 cups (8 ounces) semisweet or dark chocolate chips (or bar, chopped)
1/3 cup natural Roasted Salted Almond Butter
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
sea salt, for sprinkling
Melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments.
Set out 14 mini paper liners and rest them in a mini muffin tin if you have it. Otherwise, just set them on a plate close together. If you don’t have mini paper liners, use regular size ones instead – it should make half as many (7).
Once your chocolate is melted, spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon of chocolate into each liner and use a small brush or back of a spoon to swirl the chocolate around and coat the bottoms and almost all the way up the sides. You want to make sure your fillings are fully contained, so be sure it’s well coated.
Next, mix together your almond butter and powdered sugar, adding enough sugar and stirring until you have almost a dough that’s almost workable with your hands. Spoon out heaping 1/2 Tablespoon measurements and plop them into the liners, nestling them in the chocolate. Tap down with finger to smooth out any lumps.
Lastly, top with remaining melted chocolate and use a brush, spoon, or finger to smooth and seal the edges. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and set in the fridge or freezer to set.
You can store these at room temp, in the fridge or in the freezer, though I think the fridge is best.
Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
Source: adapted from Minimalist Baker
Listening to: Rend Collective Experiment