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Cookie butter cups: a delicious way to show you care this Valentine’s Day

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photo by: Dustin Ashcraft

Cookie butter was previously only found in Trader Joe’s stores, like a rare and beautiful creature you had to leave town to witness for yourself, until H-E-B harnessed its magic and made it easily obtainable (and quite affordable) to us right here in the Coastal Bend. Reminiscent of sweet gingerbread with a slight cookie crunch, it’s a peanut butter-like product that really has to be tasted to be understood.

With Valentine’s Day usually consisting of 50 percent love and flowers and 50 percent sugar, making your own cookie butter-filled chocolates is a delicious way to show you care. It’s very simple and requires no baking skill. Fun for kids to do!

Note: This recipe makes 24 bite-sized chocolates.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cookie butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted so there are no lumps
1 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
12 ounces chocolate chips (or six 2-ounce chocolate coating/bark cubes)
24 mini muffin liners or candy cups (assorted colors easily found at craft stores)
1 mini muffin pan

Instructions:
1/ To a small bowl, add cookie butter, powdered sugar and butter. Whisk together until well combined. Set aside.

2/ Place liners into muffin pan.

3/ Add chocolate chips or chocolate cubes to a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Continue to microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and pourable (will vary by microwave).

4/ Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each liner. Lift the pan and bang it on the counter several times to get all of the air bubbles out and allow the chocolate to level out.

5/ Use a 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon to add cookie butter mixture to the center of each cup. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just try to spoon it into the center. Distribute the cookie butter evenly.

6/ Spoon remaining melted chocolate over the top of each one, again pounding the pan against the counter to level the chocolate and remove air bubbles.

7/ Place the entire pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour to harden.

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