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They look like peanut butter cups…..but their not. They’re better!


You guys!

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!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Refrigerate 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Servings: 24 cups
Calories Per Serving: 386 kcal

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  • 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?

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  1. oh my, I’m getting fat just looking at the pics. Great and simply explained recipe…even my husband could do these and soooo impressive.

  2. Cashew butter wrapped in chocolate – amazing! Pinned. And stumbled. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  3. These look so good and making them healthy will make me feel less guilty making them for my grandkids. Thanks for the idea and recipe.

  4. You had me at cookie dough! If only I could jump into the computer and eat those! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Mom on Timeout.

  5. Genius idea! This looks super amazing and I can only imagine how good this would taste. Thanks for sharing!

  6. After seeing these delicious looking morsels on several link parties, I thought I better check them out! They really look great! I love decadent, but healthy treats and these definitely fit the bill!

  7. OMG these look SO good. I am going to make them very very soon for my kiddos- I will be their favorite! Thanks for posting these!!

  8. They look so good and like a good alternative for myself and others with a peanut allergy.

  9. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Cornerstone Confessions…Pinned it!!

  10. I WANT SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! 🙂

  11. These sound AMAZING– and they really would make the perfect gift if they could ever make it passed my mouth!

  12. ow wow, you had me at “healthy” !!!! I love this idea, thanks so much for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays! :o) You always link up the best stuff!

  13. So this is probably the best idea I’ve seen. I would love it if you linked up to Manic Monday over at

  14. These look like the most delicious little bits I have ever seen! I pinned, and I am sooooo making these…
    thanks so much for sharing..
    The photo’s look scrumptious…!

    hugs x

  15. Yay finally someone comes up with my kind of cup – these should be buyable at stores and I would never ever buy something else!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again next week – and don’t forget the voting is today!

  16. These look amazing!!! Seriously, they are adorable and looks delicious. Mmmm.

  17. These are super fun. I pinned these little treats. Seriously though I think it was your pics that captured me, great picture taking!

  18. I love that these are filled with cookie dough! Yum! What a perfect treat! I’ll be pinning!

  19. You had me at chocolate and cookie dough! Wow, can’t wait to try these. So much for that New Year’s Resolution 🙂

  20. When you said healthy and chocolate in the same sentence, I was sold. I am definitely putting this on my to-do list. Cheers

  21. My mouth is watering and I know my daughter would love to make these. I have heard that cashews help in preventing hair from turning gray. Don’t you love that, a reason to eat a lot of them.

    Thanks so much!

  22. These look AWESOME! I mean amazing! Cookie dough in a reeses-style cup – genius! I am pinning! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Wow these look lovely! Cookie dough in a cup what more could a person ask for, and its healthy! Thank you for sharing, and you’ve got a new follower 😀

  24. I love Reese’s cups and these look just like them….only better, especially with the cookie dough inside. Genius!

  25. How adorable are these, so cute. May possibly have to attempt these myself although I’m not sure they’ll look as fantastic as yours