Last Valentine’s Day, I let you in on my love affair with Beets. It’s safe to say our relationship has only grown stronger since those chocolate beet cupcakes first came into existence, but the time has come to tell the tasty tRuth: Almond Butter has officially swept me off my feet.
We’re pretty tight. AB is always hanging around my apartment–in fact, he’s never not there, and I don’t mind one bit. Sometimes we cook together and when we do, our friends are impressed by how well we hit it off. He’s a little nutty, but always smooth. Guys–I really, really love him.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I invited Dark Chocolate over to cook with us. I think AB was a little concerned about spending time with another seductive ingredient, but it turns out we all got along really well and it only improved my relationship with AB. We made Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups. You could say it’s a perfect marriage.
I usually prefer to keep AB all to myself, but I decided to share this once in the name of Saint Valentine. Cook with caution, for you too are bound to fall in love.
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Makes ~20 mini cups
12 ounces dark chocolate (chips, or a bar broken into small pieces)
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Coarse sea salt (optional)
Mini muffin cups
Lay muffin cups out on a plate or tray that will fit in your freezer. Melt chocolate on stove top over low heat, stirring often (or in microwave on a low power). Spoon chocolate into bottoms of muffin cups, adding just enough to cover the bottom of each cup. Place tray in freezer. Meanwhile, mix almond butter, vanilla and cornstarch until well combined. If the mixture is extremely runny, add a little more cornstarch. Take cups out of freezer when chocolate has set, about 10 minutes. Place a generous “blob” of almond butter in the middle of each cup, making sure it doesn’t touch the edges of the cup. Spoon the rest of the chocolate into the cups, filling to the top. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if desired, and freeze until set. Enjoy immediately!
What’s your favorite use for almond butter?