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Almond Butter Cups

Dear Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Enthusiasts,

I have something new for you to try.  Something you’ll enjoy just as much. They’re Almond Butter Cups.   And you can even make them at home.  Yourself.  Yes, YOU!

Love, RecipeGirl

The folks at Barney Butter sent me some samples of their all-natural almond butter.  It’s not like some of those natural nut butters that you find in the stores… the ones that come with the nut and oil separated and you’re forced to break your favorite wooden spoon to try to blend them together.  No, this one comes to you all luscious and creamy and ready to eat.  No stirring needed at all.  It’s gluten-free and peanut free, and you don’t have to keep it in the refrigerator.

What do you do with almond butter? Well, you can treat it just as you would peanut butter. Make cookies with it, spread it on your English Muffin, pair it with jelly and bread and call it a sandwich, dunk chocolate bars inside of it and eat it right out of the jar, or you can make almond butter cups with it. Just melt some chocolate chips, and spread them into mini muffin papers. Chill that until it has had a chance to firm up.

While that’s chillin’, mix almond butter with powdered sugar. This is going to be your creamy filling.

Roll that sweetened almond butter mixture into little balls.

Flatten them and set them on your chilled chocolate cups.

Melt some more chocolate chips and drizzle those over the top. Chill again. That’s it!

And there it is all sandwiched together. Just like a Reeses, only better. Because you made it. And because it has some fancy schmancy almond butter in it.

Eat ’em up! Or keep them in the fridge until you’re ready for them. They’ll be waiting patiently for you.  And they’re even better coming straight out of the freezer!

Here’s the fun giveaway!

The nice people at Barney Butter are giving away three Barney Butter Gift Baskets to 3 lucky RecipeGirl readers! Each gift basket contains a jar of smooth and a jar of crunchy, as well as a box of squeeze packs.

Entry Rules:  To enter, you must have a USA mailing address. Please enter one comment for a chance to win. There will be three winners selected via on Monday, August 1st. Winners will be contacted via email and will be announced here on this post on Tuesday, August 2nd. This giveaway is now over! Randomly selected winners are commenters #45 (Alex), #137 (Brooke) and #305 (Melinda). Thanks for entering!

If you’d like to purchase Barney Butter via their website, they are offering RecipeGirl readers a 20% discount! Enter promo code Almond20 for 20% off any order from their website. Visit their website to see where they might sell Barney Butter in a store near you.

Thanks to Barney Butter for the product samples and for offering this giveaway for my readers!

Yield: 20 candies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 3 min

Almond Butter Cups

These happen to be peanut free and gluten free!


1 (11.5 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup Barney Butter (almond butter)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
peanut butter cup molds, or mini muffin paper baking cups


1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave (about 2 minutes). Stir; continue to microwave in short-bursts until completely melted and smooth. With a small spoon, scoop chocolate into the bottom of each cup. Refrigerate (if using paper cups place in muffin tin and then refrigerate).

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl- combine almond butter and the powdered sugar with a sturdy spoon. Roll teaspoonfuls of the almond butter mixture into little balls. Flatten the balls and place them on top of the 1st layer of chocolate. Top with more melted chocolate and refrigerate to set.

3. Peel and eat. These may be kept refrigerated or at room temperature.


*Try using different varieties of chocolate.

Source: Adapted from Barney Butter website

432 Responses to “Almond Butter Cups”

  1. postedJul 25, 2011 3:28 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I definitely want to try making your almond butter cups if I win!

  2. postedJul 25, 2011 3:41 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Lori these look awesome! I make my own PB Cups and love making them at home b/c I can stuff EXTRA P.B. into my cups 🙂

    If I won AB, I think I’d make AB cups just like you did. Or some sort of dessert. Can’t go wrong with nut butter!

  3. postedJul 25, 2011 3:49 AM

    I would love to just try almond butter out and see if my picky eater will like it. He won’t tolerate peanut butter — makes lunch box packing difficult. If that worked…it opens up a whole world of possibilities! 🙂

  4. postedJul 25, 2011 3:49 AM
    Michelle I

    I would like to try Almond Butter. I love peanut butter and have been told that almond butter may be a bit healthier. I have been trying to find healthier alternatives to my eating habits. Even if there is not a significant difference, I have been curious about it, and would love to try it.

  5. postedJul 25, 2011 3:50 AM

    If I won, I would definitely use it in my daily oatmeal breafast, but maybe I’ll get more creative and make an almond butter Elvis. Can’t get enough of this stuff.

  6. postedJul 25, 2011 4:02 AM

    I would definitely make these almond butter cups. They look yummy!

  7. postedJul 25, 2011 4:10 AM

    Almond butter is yummy on waffles!

  8. postedJul 25, 2011 4:11 AM

    These look awesome!

    I am always looking for a vegan gluten free treat and I think I’ve found it.

    I’ll use Barney Almond Butter in my morning smoothies for a great protein source – Coconut Milk, Banana, Barney Almond Butter, Flax Seed Oil and Lecithin – a perfect combo.

  9. postedJul 25, 2011 4:32 AM

    I love all of the different nut butters that are out there right now. I agree that its great when the oil and the butter don’t separate – especially since I keep mine in the fridge! These look amazing.

  10. postedJul 25, 2011 4:38 AM

    Wow! What a treat! With 3 people allergic to peanuts in my house, this version of a classic candy treat would be heaven!

  11. postedJul 25, 2011 4:49 AM

    Yum!! I’ve loved every nut butter that I’ve tried. I haven’t had this brand of almond butter, but have had one that separates and it’s delicious, but a bit of a pain. Sounds like this is the perfect solution!

  12. postedJul 25, 2011 4:50 AM
    Amy G. H.

    I am a huge fan of almond butter and would love to try the Barney Butter! I have been trying to perfect an almond butter and banana smoothie and this is just what I need! 🙂

  13. postedJul 25, 2011 4:56 AM

    I love almond butter – but I have yet to try barney butter…. I would have it on a muffin for breakfast and make these almond butter cups!

  14. postedJul 25, 2011 4:59 AM

    sounds good for a cheesecake!

  15. postedJul 25, 2011 5:02 AM

    Yum and double yum! I would make this recipe – looks great!

  16. postedJul 25, 2011 5:15 AM

    mmmm…almond butter sounds delicious!!! I’m thinking it should be mixed into a chocolate cake/cupcake recipe for an awesome variation!

  17. postedJul 25, 2011 5:22 AM

    I love that Barney Butter Almond butter is gluten free. I will definitely try the Almond Butter cups, but I also can’t wait to try it on GF crackers or toast. It would be fun to experiment with it in recipes that call for peanut butter, like for dressings and sauces.

  18. postedJul 25, 2011 5:22 AM

    I would absolutely give these almond butter cups a go! Yum!

  19. postedJul 25, 2011 5:34 AM

    I could really go for one of those cups right now even if it is 5:30 in the morning! I definitely prefer almond butter to peanut butter!
    I’d love to make some Almond Butter cookies. We love peanut butter cookies, but have never made them with Almond Butter. I’d make your cups, too!

  20. postedJul 25, 2011 5:35 AM
    Jeanne ODonnell

    I would do just what you did with it. I’m not very good at thinking up my own creations!

  21. postedJul 25, 2011 5:38 AM

    I am slightly addicted to peanut butter, so I am super excited to try almond butter. I think I would try it in a sandwich with bananas…

  22. postedJul 25, 2011 5:41 AM

    almond butter cookies!

  23. postedJul 25, 2011 5:47 AM

    I have my grandma’s peanut butter cookie recipe that is so delicious my husband gobbles them up. I’d like to try making them with different peanut butters!

  24. postedJul 25, 2011 6:09 AM

    Looks good! I love peanut butte and I am always looking for an alternative. Thanks for the great recipes.

  25. postedJul 25, 2011 6:17 AM

    I would love to try this recipe with almond butter, yummy!

  26. postedJul 25, 2011 6:23 AM

    I love almond butter! If I win this Barney Butter you better believe I’ll be making these Almond Butter Cups. I also want to try making a grilled banana and almond butter sandwich.

  27. postedJul 25, 2011 6:27 AM

    This are definitely on my to-make list! How easy!

  28. postedJul 25, 2011 6:32 AM

    Almond butter cups of course 🙂

  29. postedJul 25, 2011 6:34 AM

    I’d love to make peanut curry with this!

  30. postedJul 25, 2011 6:44 AM

    I’d love to try this recipe!

  31. postedJul 25, 2011 6:54 AM

    Oh i would definitely be making these almond cups!

  32. postedJul 25, 2011 6:57 AM

    I would love to try these almond butter cups! They look awesome! I would also love to use almond butter on toast in the mornings for breakfast!

  33. postedJul 25, 2011 7:00 AM

    I love Barney Butter. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  34. postedJul 25, 2011 7:02 AM

    Yum! I’d love to try this cups. I’ve always wanted to make my own PB cups, but never got around to it. I made my own almond butter once, too, and then made truffles with it. I didn’t have the consistency quite right, but the flavor was good.

    For anyone who makes these cups and wants to get the texture as close to Reese’s as possible, add a little bit of graham cracker crumbs to the butter/sugar mixture inside the chocolate. That will give it the gritty crunchy-ish texture.

    Thanks, Lori!

  35. postedJul 25, 2011 7:02 AM
    Blog is the New Black

    Looks great!

  36. postedJul 25, 2011 7:04 AM
    Chelsey (cookteen)

    I would make tear with dark chocolate!! I love almond better (even better than peanut butter!) so these would be perfect!

  37. postedJul 25, 2011 7:11 AM

    I am drooling over these babies. I would love them right now for breakfast 🙂 Love almond butter!!!

  38. postedJul 25, 2011 7:13 AM
    Jan Paschke

    Chocolate and almond butter? Am I in heaven?

  39. postedJul 25, 2011 7:22 AM

    Mmm almond butter is great! Wonderful idea putting them into cups

  40. postedJul 25, 2011 7:23 AM

    Yum! I love the flavor of Barney Butter; have trouble telling the difference from peanut butter. I’d love to eat it with some chocolate.
    Great meeting you yesterday! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time here.

  41. postedJul 25, 2011 7:23 AM
    Cheryl Duke

    Would Love to try the AB on a graham cracker with a few mini choc chips sprinkled on it! Possibly a mini s’more. Sounds yummy!! Can’t wait to try your AB cups!

  42. postedJul 25, 2011 7:24 AM
    Sydney Fanovich

    That looks delicious!
    I know it sounds strange..but I’ve been strangely longing for an egg white omelette with buttery toasted coconut, bananas and peanut butter. But after seeing the almond butter I would definitely have to try it with that.

  43. postedJul 25, 2011 7:26 AM

    These look great. I’ve tried almond butter once and it was grainy and had the oil separation thing going on. I’d love to give it another shot and let almond butter redeem itself 😉 I would definitely make these yummy looking treats if the right almond butter came into my life.

  44. postedJul 25, 2011 7:26 AM
    Lori B

    I would just eat it with a big spoon!!!

  45. postedJul 25, 2011 7:44 AM

    obviously, I have to make these delicious looking almond butter cups..what a nice change from the ordinary!

  46. postedJul 25, 2011 7:52 AM

    I would definitely try these almond butter cups! Yum!

  47. postedJul 25, 2011 8:09 AM

    On toast with banana and cinnamon. Though this recipe looks pretty good too!

  48. postedJul 25, 2011 8:09 AM

    Yummy! I haven’t experimented with Almond Butter past the usual pb&j, but I want to try this in Special K bars and other desserts.

  49. postedJul 25, 2011 8:10 AM

    Oh, Lord. My PB cup lovin’ self MUST eat these soon. 🙂

  50. postedJul 25, 2011 8:20 AM

    I would use it in my peanut butter icing recipe 🙂

  51. postedJul 25, 2011 8:22 AM

    I love waffles and PB. Can’t wait to try with almond butter.

  52. postedJul 25, 2011 8:27 AM
    Jill M.

    In a smoothie and on toast~ yum!

  53. postedJul 25, 2011 8:43 AM

    I do not love Reeses (being that I’m not a fan of American chocolate) but these look delish.

  54. postedJul 25, 2011 8:49 AM

    I love almond butter and would definitely try out your recipe for almond butter cups.

  55. postedJul 25, 2011 8:52 AM
    Becca H

    OMGosh… those look DIVINE! I would try them for sure, but maybe “kick it up a notch” by coating them in Nutella! 😀

  56. postedJul 25, 2011 9:03 AM

    Yum, I love almond butter. I’d try this one in my Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe!

  57. postedJul 25, 2011 9:12 AM

    I think I would start with “spoon of almond butter” then probably switch out my pb for ab in my favorite cookie recipe!

  58. postedJul 25, 2011 9:24 AM

    I am a fan of peanut butter on bananas so that’s the way I would like to try the almond butter. Just typing this makes me want to taste it now.

  59. postedJul 25, 2011 9:25 AM

    I think I’d make buckeyes with them. Yum. What a great giveaway.

  60. postedJul 25, 2011 9:25 AM

    Peanut butter in a tortilla with raisins and cut up banana!

  61. postedJul 25, 2011 9:25 AM

    I have never tried almond butter, so maybe these cups or start small with it on my english muffin for breakfast!

  62. postedJul 25, 2011 9:28 AM
    Amilia Nimblett

    I love peanut butter so I would just like to see how this compares! I really want to make peanut butter cupcakes so maybe i’d try almond butter cupcakes instead!

  63. postedJul 25, 2011 9:28 AM

    I would definitely try this recipe out if I won!!

  64. postedJul 25, 2011 9:29 AM

    Def. gonna make these if i win!!

  65. postedJul 25, 2011 9:29 AM

    After eating a big spoonful straight from the jar, I would then get busy making the almond butter cups. They look delicious!

  66. postedJul 25, 2011 9:29 AM
    Stacey B

    Currently pregnant and would not pass the opportunity to make the almond butter cups!!! I hope I win 🙂

  67. postedJul 25, 2011 9:31 AM
    Deborah Sparrow

    I would love to try this! I would make AB balls, otherwise known as buckeyes with it My kids and grandkids love Buckeyes, and this would be a break from the usual, a pleasant surprise for them all. I hope I win!

  68. postedJul 25, 2011 9:31 AM

    mmmmmm. barney butter icecream, sounds good to me. those cups look delish too.

  69. postedJul 25, 2011 9:32 AM

    I would try your recipe. But I would also try it on waffles or pancakes!

  70. postedJul 25, 2011 9:32 AM
    elizabeth theberge

    I’ve never tried almond butter, but i bet it would be great on my morning toast.
    i would definetly try your almond butter cup recipe

  71. postedJul 25, 2011 9:32 AM

    I might have to eat it straight from the jar! I think some almond butter cookies would be great!

  72. postedJul 25, 2011 9:33 AM
    Rhonda Williams

    One of my favorite snacks is almond butter with apple slices! almost like a carmel apple, but just feels healthier 😉

  73. postedJul 25, 2011 9:33 AM

    I would love to try Barney’s almond butter on toast for breakfast! 🙂

  74. postedJul 25, 2011 9:36 AM

    Those look delicious! I think I will enjoy making this recipe because I have control over the ingredients- unlike the ones in the stores.

  75. postedJul 25, 2011 9:37 AM

    I would definitely make these almond butter cups!

  76. postedJul 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    I love almond anything!!!! Almond butter cups!!! YUUUMMMMMMEEEEEEE!!!
    You are the best!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  77. postedJul 25, 2011 9:40 AM
    Danielle D.

    I’d love to try these almond butter cups! I love peanut butter and know I’d love this too!

  78. postedJul 25, 2011 9:43 AM
    Pam C.

    I’d put it on toast and add a sliced banana.

  79. postedJul 25, 2011 9:44 AM

    I have never tried almond butter, before but have heard it is excellent for you, I would probably use it in my morning smoothies!

  80. postedJul 25, 2011 9:46 AM

    PB cups are my all time favorite & I’ve just recently found the joys of Almond Butter! Can’t wait to try this out… and share (otherwise I’d eat them all in one sitting!)

  81. postedJul 25, 2011 9:48 AM

    I haven’t made any peanut butter cookies in awhile. I would like to try them with the Barney Butter. I also love want to try your almond butter cups, they look delicious. Then there’s always a good ole pbj sandwich, which I guess would be an abj sandwich. Thank you for the chance to win.

  82. postedJul 25, 2011 9:52 AM
    Joanna H.

    I make a peanut butter frosting sometimes to go on a chocolate cake and I bet an almond butter frosting would be amazing.

  83. postedJul 25, 2011 9:58 AM
    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    I would definitely like to try this with the peanut butter cup recipe you just provided! 🙂

  84. postedJul 25, 2011 10:00 AM
    Allyson Ross

    These look delish!

  85. postedJul 25, 2011 10:00 AM

    I think I’d love to try some almond butter cookies – thumbprint style with a little grape jam in the center. Wouldn’t that be yummy?! Thanks for a chance to win!

  86. postedJul 25, 2011 10:01 AM

    That looks so yummy!!! I know I would try your almond butter cups. But, I’d love to try the almond butter spread on some homemade pound cake. Yummo!

  87. postedJul 25, 2011 10:01 AM
    lorie mcguire

    I would like to win this set for an employee of mine who just started on gluten free foods and she needs some variety already in her diet. Thank you.

  88. postedJul 25, 2011 10:03 AM

    these sound good!

  89. postedJul 25, 2011 10:04 AM

    I would throw some Almond butter into a smoothie or try whipping it onto a mousse for an almondy cake filling. Your almond butter cups look like a great bet, too!

  90. postedJul 25, 2011 10:05 AM

    I would love to try some almond butter with some delicious granny smith apples or celery sticks …or maybe some nutella+almond butter sandwich it would be amazing!

  91. postedJul 25, 2011 10:10 AM
    Becky J.

    I would make these cups! And eat several spoonfuls straight from the jar 🙂

  92. postedJul 25, 2011 10:17 AM
    Jennifer Hundley

    with banana or on toast – yum!

  93. postedJul 25, 2011 10:18 AM
    Michele E

    Looks delish!!!

  94. postedJul 25, 2011 10:32 AM
    lisa burton

    I would love to try it on toast with yummy Nutella!!!

  95. postedJul 25, 2011 10:33 AM

    Just last night I was eating apple slices with plain old Jif and was thinking it needed something more. THIS could be the something more!

  96. postedJul 25, 2011 10:36 AM

    the Almond Butter Cups look great !! And would try this on toast!

  97. postedJul 25, 2011 10:39 AM

    In a pie…with Nutella…Mmmmmm!

  98. postedJul 25, 2011 10:42 AM

    First thing I would do if I won is fill my mouth with a tablespoon right from the jar:)
    Second would be the almond butter cups you shared with us.
    Third, I would attempt an almond butter cake frosting in lieu of PB frosting. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?

    You cannot go wrong with Almond Butter in anything as far as I’m concerned! Love it in smoothies and on my oatmeal or pancakes:D

  99. postedJul 25, 2011 10:45 AM
    Wendy berger

    Well, I just LOVE

  100. postedJul 25, 2011 10:46 AM
    Beva Airhart

    ~~~I’m gona make those Almond butter cups OOO My mouth is watering!! lol Plus I think I’ll substitute Almond butter for peanut butter and make Almond butter cookies!! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it earlier!!?? Thanks for stirring my imagination!! Have a Nice Day!!!~~~~~~~~

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