Ricotta Chocolate Cups

Chocolate, Hello Lover!

I am so excited about this recipe I can hardly stand it!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and that means it’s Chocolate Season!  I love chocolate!  I love looking at it, smelling it, thinking about it, cooking and baking with it…..ah and yes, eating chocolate!  On more than one occasion I have convinced myself, quite successfully, that chocolate is a vegetable and yes, I should eat it and eat it often!  After the holidays have calmed down, it seems like I go the entire month of January without my friend, Chocolate.  Well, I’ve missed you dear friend!  Here is a recipe/project that is fun, messy, easy and perfect for Valentines Day….or really any day that you want a special treat!  I have filled these adorable chocolate cups with a ricotta cheese mixture which is a great source of protein and calcium!  So there, top it with some fruit and we are pretty close to a well rounded meal!

Mini Chocolate Cups

  • 4 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Shortening (I know, ick! but it’s just once a year!)
  • 9 Mini Paper Baking Cups

Combine the chopped chocolate and shortening and melt.  Either in a double boiler on the stove top or in the microwave.  When melting chocolate in the microwave, stop every 30 seconds to stir.

Using a small spoon or spatula, coat the inside of the mini baking cups with the melted chocolate.

Place the cups into a mini muffin tin to ensure they keep their shape.

Transfer to the fridge for at least 15 minutes and add a second coat of chocolate and return to the fridge for an additional 30 minutes.  You can probably skip this step if you pile on the chocolate thick the first time.  But I like to play with chocolate!  Once the chocolate is set, gently peel off the paper lining from the cups.

And now the fun begins!

Ricotta Cream

  • 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese (I go for the Part Skim Ricotta)
  • 2 tsp. Sugar Substitute (OR 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (get the good stuff  here!)

Stir together to combine.  The options are limitless here….So get creative, you could add in a different flavoring like mint or almond extract.  You could sprinkle in some lemon or orange zest.  Spruce it up with some cocoa powder, cinnamon or espresso powder.

I filled a pastry bag with the ricotta cream and piped it into the chocolate cups.

Tada!

At this point you can enjoy these little cuties just as they are….or top them with just about anything you like!  Chopped nuts, fresh fruit or mini chocolate chips.  Since I had some melted chocolate, I felt the need to take a strawberry for a swim and then sprinkle on some demerara sugar (aka natural brown sugar).

These are a pretty tasty treat on their own!

These would be perfect served along side this Healthy Hot Chocolate!

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22 Responses to Ricotta Chocolate Cups

  1. these are so cute! definitely going to make them for my next dinner party.

  2. Anna says:

    Oh my goodness, these are adorable, I can’t wait to try this out myself! Nom.

  3. Emily says:

    Yum! These sound great! And they’re so pretty.

  4. Carina Smith says:

    These look amazing! I know my kids would LOVE to make these!!!

  5. revi says:

    wow! these look so yummy and pretty healthy (compared to some other things). i’m going to make the chocolate cups with dark chocolate and no shortening. (can i use oil instead?). i’m probably going to top them with some chopped nuts (for some extra nutrition). thanks.

    • The fat in the shortening allows the chocolate to harden. Using oil will probably work okay, I would suggest keeping them refrigerated until you are ready to use them. That way you can make sure they will keep their shape. Happy Chocolating! :)

  6. Laura says:

    Yum! I wonder if you could add melted chocolate to the filling?…

  7. Peggy says:

    How elegant and pretty! These are too cute!

  8. Oh wow, I love that! Those cups look gorgeous …. Great idea! Thank you for sharing with us!

  9. fooddreamer says:

    I just love these. Elegant and easy to make.

  10. Debbie B. says:

    Adorable! They look great :).

  11. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow what a lovely idea, quick and simple recipe, yet so impressive. Great timing as well for Valentines :)

  12. LaVero says:

    wow wow wow these are adorable! These cups look wonderful

  13. Oh my! These are so pretty! Do you think butter would work as a substitute for the shortening, or am I out of luck?

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  15. Those are SO cute!!! I love the chocolate-dipped strawberry! :D

  16. That looks amazing! What size tip did you use?

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