Sea-salted dark chocolate vanilla maple almond butter cups. I’ll give you a minute to process that.
Aaron’s 30th birthday was this past weekend and I knew I had to come up with something for dessert that would wow him. It had to involve chocolate and some sort of nut butter (his favorites), and should probably pair well with bourbon, which tends to be his drink of choice on special occasions.
I’m new to the wonderful world of homemade chocolate, probably in part because it took me a little while to work up to spending the money on good quality, organic raw cacao butter (I use this brand). However, let me tell you – that stuff is money very, very well spent. The chocolate it creates is ridiculously silky and smooth and oh-so-decadent.
And the vanilla maple almond butter filling…it’s just incredible with the dark chocolate and a generous sprinkle of flaked sea salt. If you’ve made homemade nut butter before, you’ll know that it gets fairly solid after being refrigerated, and this makes it perfect for molding between layers of rich chocolate.
I gave the almond butter cups to Aaron after we celebrated his birthday at dinner. I thought they were good, but I’m always a little anxious to see how other people will react. He was completely silent for a good twenty seconds as he took his first bite. Then another bite, and more silence. And finally, after a small sip of bourbon, he declared them to be one of the best things I’ve ever made.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though: it’s mostly all about the ingredients, and that cacao butter is magical.
Dark Chocolate Vanilla Maple Almond Butter Cups
Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 5 mins
These are pull-you-in-the-moment, make-you-lose-your-words, bites of pure bliss. You absolutely must make these almond butter cups.
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