If you aren’t a coconut lover, this recipe probably isn’t for you, just a warning (do you like peanut butter? Then try these instead). My love affair with homemade candy cups is continuing and it’s going in a coconut macaroon direction this time. It’s been baffling to me all my life that some people *hate* coconut and don’t want a thing to do with it. As for me, I was always the one rooting around those boxes of Russell Stover candy, looking for the coconut ones and leaving almost all the others behind (props to my grandparents, who are blog readers and always give us small boxes of candy for Christmas every year!). If I had it my way, the world would be all haystacks and coconut flavored things, I’ll take it all please. Outside of regular shredded coconut, coconut oil has obviously become a vegan baking favorite around here. So far, it’s been the best thing I’ve found to replace vegan butter in baking and has all kinds of perfect qualities that make it a spot on replacement. The one coconut product I hadn’t done much with until this recipe was coconut butter and man was I missing out! Coconut butter is basically blended up coconut, thicker than coconut oil and way more spreadable. I used the butter to give the filling for these cups a little more heft and shredded coconut went inside the cups and right on top, since we are living life here.
As with any other cups I’ve made, I wouldn’t pass up the cupcake liners when you go to make these. The liners make things so much easier when taking them out and gives them that perfect ridged edge that any good macaroon cups should have. I can’t go without thanking a reader who suggested these as a flavor combo on my Popped Amaranth Peanut Butter Cups recipe. I can’t remember who it is, but whoever you are, you are brilliant and these were well worth trying out!
Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Cups
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chopped
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
Line 6 wells of a muffin tin with cupcake liners, spray with nonstick spray and set aside.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt together the coconut butter for about 30 seconds to a minute, stir in the almond extract and 1/2 cup coconut and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt together the dark chocolate and coconut oil over low heat. Stir constantly until just melted, then remove from heat and stir in the 1/3 cup shredded coconut.
In the cupcake liners, spoon in about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, drop in 1 tablespoon of the coconut filling and top with another scoop of melted chocolate. Repeat until all have been filled. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid.