Homemade Almond Butter Cups
Simple and oh-so-dreamy, these homemade almond butter cups are the perfect sweet treat! With creamy almond butter and salty pistachios for topping, they’re completely irresistible. Gluten free and vegetarian with dairy free / vegan option.
I know, I know. You can just buy peanut butter cups at the store.
But can you buy dark chocolate and pistachio almond butter cups? I have never seen such a delicious treat so clearly I needed to just go ahead and make them myself.
Although if anyone has seen something along those lines please share so I can go check them out … and have even more candy in the house.
On second thought, don’t tell me.
So with Easter coming up I figured it would be fun to share a recipe for homemade candy. Because as much as I kid, we all know that I prefer to make things myself anyway.
And these almond butter cups?
They only have a few ingredients … and you can pronounce every single one. Plus, they are easy – nothing complicated here.
And one of these with a cup of tea at night can make any day better.
Decadent dark chocolate, creamy almond butter and a little saltiness from some crunchy pistachios.
I mean, you just can’t go wrong.
And when you can keep a stash in your fridge at the ready for chocolate emergencies? Even better my friends, even better.
Additional Candy Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Clusters
- Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Honey Balls
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio Toffee
- Peanut Butter Fudge
Did you make this recipe? Rate and review it down below! I’d love to hear from you.
- 16 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped and divided*
- ½ cup creamy almond butter
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy free butter, softened
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, if needed
- ¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped
- Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
- Add half of the chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50 percent power for 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring after each. Alternatively, use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.
- Using a small spoon or a cookie scoop (my preference!), evenly distribute the melted chocolate in the prepared tins. Gently drop the pan on the counter several times if needed to help flatten and smooth the chocolate out so it is in an even layer. Transfer the pan to the freezer and let firm up for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, using either a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat together the almond butter, 2 tablespoons butter and confectioners’ sugar until nice and smooth. If your mixture isn’t completely smooth, add in the vegetable oil and beat again (I needed to do this).
- When the chocolate is ready, remove the pan from the freezer. Drop small spoonfuls of the almond butter mixture on top of the chocolate, use a small spoon to help spread it out if needed and again drop the pan on the counter several times to help flatten/smooth it out. Transfer the pan back to the freezer and let firm up for another 15 minutes.
- Melt the remaining half of the chocolate using the same method described above. When ready, remove the pan from the freezer. Working 2 to 3 cups at a time, drop even portions of the chocolate on top of the almond butter layer. Quickly drop the pan on the counter several times to even out the chocolate (since it is so cold it will harden much faster this time). Immediately sprinkle the tops with some of the chopped pistachios. Repeat with the remaining cups.
- Freeze the pan once again for 15 minutes or until the chocolate is completely set.
*To keep these dairy free / vegan - use non dairy chocolate.
I prefer to store these in the refrigerator in an airtight container. We like to eat them chilled but you can definitely let them come to room temperature before serving. Just depends on your own preference.
This is one of those recipes that I think the quality of chocolate makes a difference. The better chocolate you use, the better they will taste!
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.