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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Cream Cups

I have been pretty pleased overall with my candy creations this week. Depending on how the children like them, I'd say I could do this every year. It's rather nice to know exactly what is in the treats in our Easter baskets.

On the third day of candy making, I made some Chocolate Coconut Cream Cups. These are a coconut lover's dream -- just like a peanut butter cup, but with coconut and coconut oil and butter and... mmmmm.

The key to these little babies is creating a thin layer of chocolate on the top, bottom and sides, because you want to save room in the middle for the coconut cream. I can't guarantee I did that on each one, because we are talking homemade and, thus, less quality control, but I think I managed o.k. Time will tell.

I really sort of made this recipe up, but it's not rocket science -- sugar, coconut, fat, chocolate. I used half coconut oil and half butter for the fat, but you could probably use all coconut oil and dark chocolate for a (mostly) dairy-free treat (some dark chocolates have a small bit of milk in them). I made 12 dark chocolate coconut cream cups and 12 milk chocolate coconut cream cups, for a little variety.

Chocolate Coconut Cream Cups
makes 24

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
2 T. powdered sugar
2 T. melted coconut oil
2 T. melted butter
1/4 t. coconut extract
2-3 cups melted chocolate (it's hard to tell how much chocolate you have when you are using melts)
candy sprinkles (completely optional)
paper or foil mini muffin cup liners

Fill a mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners.

Mix together melted oil and butter with coconut, sugar, and extract, until combined. Cool until it becomes creamy and semi-sold (you can pick up a bit with your fingers and mold it).

Melt about one quarter of your chocolate. I found it easiest to use Wilton disposable bags, using the microwave on medium power.

Fill the bottoms of the paper cups with a small bit of chocolate. I found the best method to be squeezing a ring around the bottom and then tapping the pan until it filled in, so that you (hopefully) have a thinner layer on the bottom in the center (so you can pack in more coconut cream!). Chill until almost solid.

Take a scant teaspoon of coconut mixture and mold into a sort of ball shape. Place on top of chocolate and flatten a little.

Melt another quarter of the chocolate. Squeeze (or spoon) on top of coconut mixture and tap pan until it flows over the coconut, using a small spatula or infant spoon if necessary to spread over coconut completely. Sprinkle on a few candy sprinkles if desired. Chill until solid, and bag in cellophane.

Just a little quality control check (I can't give my children candy I don't know is good)


Abby said...

So impressed! I think this is a wonderful idea. I hope your children know how special they are to you! Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

scmom (Barbara) said...

The funny thing is, Abby, I told them what I made on day one and day 2, and after I told my son about the coconut nests, he said, "Why are you telling us what is going to be in our baskets?" I guess they still want to pretend the bunny brings them!

Aimee said...

I am very willing to be your Quality Control Technician. The only problem is that I'm off-site. Out-sourced, as it were. ;-)

MrsMuchTall said...

These are SO up my alley! I was trying to decide on a sweet to bring to our Easter gathering and I think these would be perfect. I think I may throw a roasted almond on top of the coconut before the chocolate to make it like an Almond Joy. (I know that isn't an option for you.)
Thanks for sharing!
PS. The sweet and spicy green beans were so delicious - I will definitely be making those again too!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness, these look even more delicious than the chocolate coconut nests!!!

Barb, ofs said...

Wow, those look magically delicious! We've still got some bunny-pretending here as well ;)