Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

Dark chocolate candy cups filled with layers of gooey grain-free cookie dough and sweet-salty caramel. Vegan, paleo, easy (and addictive!)

Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

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We are making a major major upgrade on the chocolate covered candy cup with not one but TWO yummy fillings: chewy chocolate-chunky unbaked cookie dough AND salty-sweet sticky date caramel. Not to mention covered in the best dark chocolate money can buy AND finished a sparkly flakey salt sprinkle. So idk about you but I think that’s a tad more enticing than a regular ol’ peanut butter cup, no?

Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

How To Make Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

This salty-sweet chocolate treat comes together in three parts…

Grain-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

I have a lot of cookie dough recipes (because hello magical food) but I always come back to this almond flour variation because its simple, it has the perfect about-to-be-baked-cookie texture, it’s naturally vegan and paleo friendly, and one batch makes just the right amount to have some extra for snacking while you assemble your cups.

For the nut or seed butter, I prefer almond butter or sunflower seed butter. And for the chocolate folded in, I recommend chopping up a bar of dark chocolate pretty finely so you get lots of little bits of chocolate in every bite. I used Hu’s Simple Dark Chocolate bar because 1) it’s my favorite chocolate 2) it’s the best chocolate and 3) I always have Simple bars on hand because they are my go-to Hu variety for baking. But their Salty or even one of their filled bars would be yummy here too!

Easy Vegan Date Caramel
Caramel Cookie Dough Cups
Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

Easy Healthy Vegan Salted Caramel

Salted caramel, but no stove or stirring or sugar required. All you need for this easy dairy-free date caramel is medjool dates, canned coconut milk, vanilla, and salt. Plus a little blending patience to make sure it comes out silky smooth. You will need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender a few times, and add more coconut milk as needed to get the thickest but (mostly) chunk-free consistency.

Medjool date hack: microwave the dates for 15-20 seconds before blending to soften them for easier blending!

Dark Chocolate Coating

I don’t just adore Hu chocolate for its flavor and impeccable ingredients, I also adore its truly perfect melted consistency that makes any kind of candy coating simple and snappy and so smooth. It’s perfectly pourable and sets flawlessly, whether you melt more Simple bars for coating or use Gems you will be amazed.

I personally made mini cups, but if you go for full size (there will be enough cookie dough and caramel for either!) you may need to melt additional chocolate to cover all the gooey goodness inside.

Caramel Cookie Dough Cups with Hu Simple Dark Chocolate

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Caramel Cookie Dough Cups

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups
  • Category: chocolate
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Dark chocolate candy cups filled with layers of gooey grain-free cookie dough and sweet-salty caramel. Vegan, paleo, easy (and addictive!)


Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 3 tbsp (48g) nut/seed butter
  • 2 tbsp (60g) maple syrup
  • 12 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Hu Simple Bar, chopped (2oz)

Caramel

  • 200g (10-12) pitted medjool dates
  • ¾1 cup (180-240g) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

2 Hu Simple Bars, melted (4oz)


Instructions

  1. Stir together nut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla.
  2. Add almond flour, salt, and chopped dark chocolate. Mix to combine into a thick dough. Set aside.
  3. Blend the caramel ingredients until very smooth, add more milk slowly as needed.
  4. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  5. Melt the remaining chocolate bars. Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each and spread it up the sides. Freeze the pan for 10 minutes.
  6. Place a spoonful of cookie dough topped with a layer of caramel into each cup leaving room around the edges.
  7. Top with remaining melted chocolate. Chill until the chocolate is set.
  8. Enjoy! Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Keywords: paleo, chocolate, healthy, dessert, medjool date, date, candy, grain free

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