Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

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Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

I can hardly contain my excitement about this creation!

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Each bite of these Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups begins by breaking into a rich and creamy white chocolate shell followed by sinking your teeth into a sweet pumpkin pie-spiced filling. If ever there was a candy worth making at home, this would be the one.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Not one to typically delve into the intimidating realm of confections, I decided that Halloween was as good a time as any to try my hand at homemade candy. A pumpkin-flavored treat was a no-brainer, and given my love of white chocolate, I settled on white chocolate cups with a pumpkin pie-like filling.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Although the recipe may sound a bit time-intensive, the process is quite simple, as I’ve outlined via photos below (full recipe follows):

1. Melt white chocolate until smooth over a double boiler.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

2. “Paint” the white chocolate onto the insides of mini muffin cups and refrigerate until solid.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

3. Meanwhile, mix together cream cheese, pumpkin puree, spices, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and…

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

…cinnamon graham cracker crumbs.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Mix until combined.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

4. Remove hardened chocolate shells from the fridge and…

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

…fill with the pumpkin mixture.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Smooth the filling to create an even layer.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

5. Top with the remaining melted white chocolate and let the cups sit in the fridge for a couple of hours until set.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Voila!

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups to dole out to trick-or-treaters OR hoard for your own private stash ;).

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Move on over, Reese’s. There’s a new chocolate candy cup in town.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Sure, peanut butter and milk chocolate top the list of classic dessert flavor combinations…

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

but I think pumpkin and white chocolate are a close contender.

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups

makes about 10 mini (2 inch) cups

ingredients:

  • 10 oz good-quality chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • [10 mini (2 inch) aluminum/tin foil muffin liners]
  • 2 oz (about 4 Tbsp) 1/3-less-fat neufchatel cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered evaporated cane juice or powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (a food processor works best here)

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler (or make your own by setting a heat-proof bowl over a pot with 1 inch of water) over high heat. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce stove heat to low.
  2. Continuously stir the chocolate until completely melted. Remove bowl from the heat and place on a heat-proof surface.
  3. Using a small spoon, “paint” the melted chocolate all over the insides of 10 mini tin foil muffin liners (the tin foil cups are easier to peel off than the paper cups). The layer of chocolate should be thick enough so that you cannot see through it, but thin enough that the paper cups remain upright and intact. You will not use all of the melted chocolate in this step.
  4. Allow chocolate cups to cool and harden completely by placing on a tray in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. You can also complete this step the night before.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese through vanilla extract and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the powdered evaporated cane juice and beat until smooth. Stir in graham cracker crumbs.
  6. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a small spoon, evenly divide the pumpkin mixture between the hardened chocolate cups. Smooth the top to create an even surface.
  7. If the remaining melted chocolate has hardened too much, simply repeat steps 1-2.
  8. Evenly divide the remaining melted chocolate amongst the filled cups, smoothing the tops and making sure the chocolate reaches all the way to the edges in order to seal the cups.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1-2 hours.
  10. Unwrap cups and enjoy!
  11. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Cups
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