They look like peanut butter cups…..but their not. They’re better!
I made like, a healthy nut butter. And then I turned it into a healthy “chocolate chip cookie dough”. And then I covered the “cookie dough” in chocolate to make the cutest, most delicious little chocolate cookie dough cups.
These were meant to be a gift, but I am not sure they will make it one more day around here, let alone find their way out of the house. Which is actually kind of a bummer because I have been meaning to get an edible gift sent out since Christmas. I know, Christmas has been over for a while now. Like a long while.
Ugh. Life. It happens…so fast.
Anyway, after all the Beignets that were inhaled on Friday you would think we might be a little desserted out. Yeah, right. Like that could ever happen. I mean around here we do not take a chocolate break. No, that would be laughable.
So I made a sweat treat on the healthier side. Although I am not sure if consuming like five…in a row, defeats the whole healthy thing!
See my “cookie dough” is actually homemade cashew butter dressed up with a shot of vanilla, just a little itty bitty bit of sugar, and some mini chocolate chips! It’s pretty genius.
These cookie dough cups are super easy and require no baking or use of the stove! Score! But if your feeling lazy you can totally swap in creamy peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter for the homemade cashew butter! I am pretty sure that peanut butter would be pretty darn amazing too!
Oh and for some reason, people seem to be pretty impressed with these. I think it’s the cuteness factor, I mean they really do look like Reese’s. Which umm, I am pretty sure everybody loves, and then they take a bite and realize it is actually cookie dough inside. Then they really go crazy!
Healthy? Yes. Addicting? For sure!
- 2 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
- 2 cups roasted, salted cashews
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted pecans
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons sucanat or brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Place cashews and pecans into a food processor and process until the mixture resembles a smooth nut butter, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl if necessary. This can take 5 to 10 minutes of processing, so be patient.
Process in the sugars, butter and vanilla. The sweeteners will at first thicken the nut butter quite a bit, but keep processing and the heat will eventually melt the sugar and smooth out the nut butter. Once again, if it still looks too thick, keep processing!
Now here is the hard part – when your nut butter is finished processing, you need to pop it into the fridge to chill. If you don’t chill it, the chocolate chips will melt right into the nut butter and turn everything brown (yes, this happened!). Once it’s chilled, about 25 minutes, stir in the mini chocolate chips. This creates about about 1 1/2 cups of nut butter, more than you will need to fill all 24 of the chocolate cups. Remaining nut butter can be stored in fridge for 2-3 weeks, use on crackers ort toast.
While the "cookie dough" is cooling off, line a mini muffin pan with with 24 liners. Melt 1 1/4 cups of chocolate chips (I do mine in the microwave, heating on full power for 20 seconds, stir, 30 seconds again, and stir until melted). Drop 1/2-1 teaspoon of chocolate into each liner, then use a pastry brush to brush chocolate up the sides of the liner. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. By this point the "cookie dough" should be cool.
Remove muffin tin and cookie dough, then place 1 teaspoon of cookie dough into the chocolate cups. Place back in the freezer while you melt the remaining chocolate. Melt the remaining chocolate chips, then cover each cookie dough top with chocolate, smoothing with a spoon. Freeze again for 15-20 minutes. These are fine if left out at room temperature for a few hours (they may soften a bit) but I like them best stored in the fridge.
*Instead of making the cashew butter you can use peanut butter or almond butter and just mix in the sugars, butter, vanilla and chocolate chips
So maybe I’ll get those gifts out next week?
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag your photo #halfbakedharvest.