Easy homemade coconut cups made with dark chocolate – a perfect holiday or Valentine’s treat.
It took me quite some time to come around on coconut desserts. I never disliked them, but I never really appreciated them until I had a pint of coconut dark chocolate chunk ice cream a couple of summers ago. Since then, I’ve been doing quite of a bit of experimenting with my own ice cream, cupcakes, bundt cakes, and more. Now… candy!
True story: When I was a kid and there were boxes of assorted chocolates sitting around the house during the holidays, I would break the bottoms to see what was inside of each so I didn’t have to waste biting into one and throwing it away. Coconut was routinely one of the flavors that I would put right back in the box, but it appears that my tastes have evolved because I am LOVING these dark chocolate coconut cups.
I made these in the same fashion that I did my homemade peanut butter cups – some chocolate on the bottom, a little coconut cream patty, then surrounded by more chocolate. These coconut cups are incredibly simple to make – just a little melted chocolate and a creamy coconut mixture that you could even dip as truffles if you’d like!
Here’s to growing up and resisting the urge to pick over assorted chocolates (but I still won’t eat the strawberry ones!)
Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Line a baking with parchment paper; set aside.
Beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the vanilla and coconut extracts, cream of coconut and salt, and beat to combine. Slowly add the powdered sugar until it’s completely mixed in, then mix in the coconut; set aside.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and shortening (or coconut oil) together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each.
Using a small cookie scoop or a couple of teaspoons, spoon melted chocolate into the bottom of each lined muffin cup.
Use a heaping teaspoon to scoop out the coconut mixture and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Once finished, refrigerate both the muffin tins and the coconut patties for about 30 minutes.
Place a coconut patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin. Then use a scoop or spoon to add more melted chocolate on top and around each coconut patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds to re-melt.)
Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, until the chocolate is set. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.