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Chocolate Peanut Butter Roses

A simple, sugar-free approach to the classic chocolate peanut butter cup treat.
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cups
Author Quelcy Kogel

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Dark Chocolate chunks/chips
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

Toppings (optional)

  • cardamom, to taste
  • pink pitaya powder, to taste/appearance
  • pink Himalayan sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  • If using a muffin pan, insert muffin liners and set the pan aside. If using a silicone rose mold (see note), you don't need to prep the mold at all.
  • Melt the chocolate using a double-boiler method (for more specifics, see notes). Once melted, spoon an even layer of melted chocolate into the bottom of each liner/mold. Try to keep the layer thin, but make sure it coats the surface evenly.
  • Set the pan aside to allow the chocolate to set, or place it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process.
  • Once the chocolate is set, dollop about 1/2-1 Tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each cup, and use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth it into an even layer. Try to avoid getting peanut butter on the sides of the liner/mold.
  • Return the pan/mold back to the freezer. In the meantime, remelt the remaining chocolate if need be.
  • Once the peanut butter has hardened, remove the pan/mold from the freezer, and top each cup with an even layer of melted chocolate – enough to cover the peanut butter and leave a smooth top.

For the Toppings (optional)

  • If using a muffin pan, you can sprinkle the final chocolate layer with any toppings you desire, then set the pan aside to allow the chocolate to set completely.
  • If using the silicone mold, allow the chocolate to set, then invert the chocolates. To add toppings, use a microwave or a warmed oven to heat the chocolate just enough for toppings to adhere. Do not melt them too much.
  • You can either mix the toppings in a small jar and shake to combine or sprinkle them individually over the chocolate. Follow your nose for the right amount of cardamom and your eye for the right amount of pink pitaya powder.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge, and ideally, allow the cups to come to room temperature before enjoying.

Notes

This Silicone Rose Mold is similar to the one I used. 
For specifics on melting chocolate using a simple Double-Boiler Method (no special equipment necessary), read this Bon Appétit tutorial.
Pink Pitaya Powder is dehydrated dragon fruit. Available here.