It was quite a tempting week in the How Sweet house.

After I spent countless hours trying to keep my spoon out of the salted caramel jar, I knew something had to be done.

Instead of peanut butter cups, I made salted caramel cups. Milk chocolate enveloping salty caramel? I was all over that.

I used a mini muffin pan and went to town.

Many of them turned out perfectly.

But others looked like this.

And even this. But there was really no reason for complaining. It’s not like I’m gonna pass up a piece of chocolate with caramel oozing out of the sides.


Homemade Chocolate Caramel Cups

makes about 12 mini cups

2 cups chocolate chips

1/3 cup COLD salted caramel (you obviously can use homemade too)

12 mini muffin liners

Line muffin tin with liners. Melt one cup of chocolate chips and spoon about a teaspoon of chocolate into each liner. Put in the freezer to set for 20 minutes. After 2 minutes, take the chocolate out. Make sure the caramel is very cold and has been refrigerated the entire time. Moving quickly, drop a spoonful of caramel on top of the chocolate. Put back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. After 30 minutes, melt the other cup of chocolate chips. Moving very quickly so the caramel doesn’t soften, remove muffin tray from fridge and spoon another teaspoon (or more) on top of the caramel, covering it. Bang the pan on the counter to even out the chocolate. Put back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Keep refrigerated.

But now I’m out of caramel. Unfortunately, this is probably a good thing.

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101 Responses to “Homemade Chocolate Caramel Cups.”

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — January 22, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    nothing like making me RACE downstairs to open that jar of caramel sauce i have and didnt know what i was gonna do with it…now, i do! :)

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    Aimee Shugarman — January 22, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    oh wow, those look easy to ship in a nice little package :)

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    Ellen@FirednFabulous — January 22, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    OMG, anything that small/cute/chocolatey/gooey is DANGEROUSSSS!

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    ashley@quasichick — January 22, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    These look so easy and delicious! I can’t wait to try them. You are just full of super yummy ideas :)

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    Lisa — January 22, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I love that one with the caramel oozing out of it. It really tempts you by hinting at the luscious filling inside. I have a new linky party on my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/sweets-for-saturday-1_21.html

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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — January 22, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Hubba Hubba….I could marry these hotties ;) What a easy, delicious, sweet little treat :)

    xxoo

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    Jess — January 22, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    looks like a homemade rolo, except of course, even better!

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    cathyb.@brightbakes — January 22, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    I think I’d like one of those with the caramel oozing out the side, right about now…if you don’t mind :)
    love,
    cathy b.

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    Moni'sMeals — January 22, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    yum!

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    Hannah — January 23, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    Yet another post where I curl up in a ball and cry because I live in a country without Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and I’m way too much of a nincompoop to make my own caramel sauce…

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    • Kim in MD — January 23rd, 2011 @ 2:37 am

      Ha ha! I love the word noncompoop! Too funny! :-)

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    Kim in MD — January 23, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    These look amazing, Jessica! Did they taste as good as they look?

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    • Jessica — January 24th, 2011 @ 1:48 am

      Oh yes!

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    Andrew — January 23, 2011 @ 3:01 am

    After reading 12 pages of this blog, and I do mean read, my mouth is overflowing in anticipation of my return to the fine world of cooking. Back in high school when I still lived with my parents and had a fully stocked kitchen almost all the time, I cooked constantly. Now, in college, I’ve not cooked more than 4 meals in the past year. It’s sad, and not healthy. But no more. Your simple recipes have shown me that I can just go grab a few things, and use them over and over to make GOOD and HEALTHY meals for myself in a small amount of time.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    Also, Mint and Chocolate are soulmates.

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    • Jessica — January 24th, 2011 @ 1:48 am

      Thank you Andrew! So glad you found me.

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    Baking 'n' Books — January 23, 2011 @ 3:03 am

    Okay, I hate you right now – because I’m full of my dinner (like WAY full) and barred myself from the kitchen…and then I had to go see these…now I’m like 2 steps from the kitchen…hate you! (y’know – nothing personal though ;) ).

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    Mateja — January 23, 2011 @ 3:14 am

    This will be my Sunday project! What a beautiful presentation and I like those “oozing caramel out choco cups” even better, so rustic and spontaneous! So I’ll just make a bunch and snack through the week, just hope they’ll last a week?! :)

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    sweets in bulk — January 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh it looks amazing. Thank you for the tips and recipes. I think it would be better with peanut butter or a pure chocolate. You should also try to sprinkle it with candies.

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — January 23, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Yum! I’m a huge peanut butter cup fan but haven’t done caramel cups!

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    Heather — January 23, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    If I made those, there wouldn’t be any evidence of non-perfect ones…they’d be in my belly!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — January 23, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Hey, Jessica, I just have one really important question about these. How could you even control yourself to use MINI-muffin pans!??!
    :)

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    • Jessica — January 24th, 2011 @ 1:51 am

      Who knows?!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 23, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Those look fabulous!!! Even better than peanut butter cups!

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    Amanda — January 23, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Yeah, those look pretty perfect to me! :)

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    Connie — January 23, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    omg you’re a genius! i love chocolate and caramel but i never thought of putting them together! *forehead to table* i have a recipe for chocolate peanut butter cups check it out!

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    Kate (What Kate is Cooking) — January 23, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Perfection! I want to make these for my sister. She doesn’t like pb cups… shocking!

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    Bridgett — January 23, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    These would cause such havoc in my life but I still want to get my hands on that caramel. These little beauties are fabulous.

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    One Healthy Apple — January 24, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Yum! I love that salted caramel. Somehow I forgot about it while I was on vacation but now I know it’s in there taunting me!

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    Anna Sanders — January 24, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    Excellent blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes and also the facts are well written. I am wondering how I may be notified whenever a new post has been made.

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    Alyssa — January 24, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    Jessica, those look to die for! I saw that caramel sauce at TJs and almost jumped on it too. Good to know it is as good as it sounded!

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    Jackie (SeeJacRun) — January 24, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    These look amazing! :)

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    ProChef360 — January 24, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    They look great.

    Caramel sauce is such a versatile ingredient.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Matthew

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    Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) — January 24, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    This is just plain naughty. I love it!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 24, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    oh my…I should not make these. I would feel like I needed to eat every single one that didn’t turn out pretty. dangerous! and delicious.

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    megan — January 24, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    They all look perfect to me! ;)

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    Kerry — January 24, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    These look amazing! Although, if I’m being honest, the ones with caramel oozing out look the most delicious & I’m about to eat my computer screen. Your blog is going to single-handedly ruin all my New Years’ resolutions this year.

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    Kristen — January 24, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    I almost bought some of that yesterday, but let’s be honest. A girl alone all day with a jar of salted caramel? Just thinking about it is making my pants tight.

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    Angela — January 26, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    These look so yummy!!! I would eat them all.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 26, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    Yum! I have never tried making peanut butter or caramel cups in a mini muffin pan, but now I think I must! Brilliant :)

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    Kathryn — February 26, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    Jessica – I’m having a blast looking back through your recipes after having such good results with your Snickerdoodle recipe. I just made these Caramel Cups tonight. I used a piping bag and narrow tip for the top layer of chocolate. I think I’d have made a big mess with the chocolate otherwise. Tomorrow morning, I’m making a half-batch of your Maple Bacon Brown Sugar Scones. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!

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    LucasEloise — March 4, 2011 @ 2:28 am

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — March 15, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    I made these on Sunday for my mom’s birthday and she LOVED them… as did the rest of us. Incredible – and so simple!! :)

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    Sue — November 4, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Those look amazing! I like to make turtles in the molds and peanut butter cups in the molds so a quick tip for making them all turn out lovely to look at and give away is paint the sides of your cups with the chocolate, its time consuming alittle bit but after you cool it and make sure all the sides are covered there will be a perfect gift to give away :) ps but the oozing carmel one is my favorite :)

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