Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cups


In the meantime, it's time to console my fragile soul with something sweet & delicious.  If you're a fan of red velvet cupcakes, this treat was exclusively created for YOU!  Long ago are the days when candy cups were only filled with peanut butter or fudge.  Behold are the days when aforementioned candy cups are stuffed with luscious cream cheese frosting and coated in a red velvet flavored chocolate.  It may not ever beat Reese's for Best Candy Cup, but you bet your damn butt it'll come in for a close second.

Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs Wilton Red Velvet flavored candy melts
  • 1 container prepared cream cheese icing (you could also use your own favorite recipe if desired)
  • 1 tsp cream cheese extract (optional)
  • Assorted sprinkles (optional)
Instructions

  1. Line a miniature muffin tin with approx. 24 paper liners; set aside. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt ONE package of the candy melts in 30 second increments, stirring after each round, until smooth & melted.
  2. Spoon one teaspoon of the melted red velvet chocolate into each muffin cup. Using the back of the spoon, push the chocolate up against the sides of the liner as well to create the bottom of the "cup." Repeat with remaining cups and pop the cups in the freezer to briefly set, about 5 minutes.
  3. If using the cream cheese extract, stir the extract into the can of frosting before filling your piping bag. You do not need the cream cheese extract, I just like that it enhances the tangy flavor of cream cheese frosting for these cups and helps balance the sweetness a little. Spoon your icing into a piping bag attached with a small round tip. Likewise, you could spoon the icing into a Ziploc baggy, seal out the air, and snip off a corner of the baggy for a makeshift piping bag. Pipe a generous teaspoon or so of frosting into the bottom of each cup. Pop the candies back into the freezer to allow the frosting to set, about 10 minutes.
  4. While the frosting middle sets, microwave the remaining bag of red velvet candy melts until smooth. Using your spoon, spoon the mixture on top and over the mounds of frosting in each candy cup to enclose the cream cheese icing inside of the candy cup. Repeat with remaining candy cups, and sprinkle with icing if desired. Pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set.
  5. Once firm, peel back the liners and serve!
These candy cups would be perfect to tie up for quick & easy Valentines for the classroom or office!  You could also swap out the Valentine sprinkles for regular jimmies or non-pareils to make these transition into any holiday or occasion — just think how cute they'd be with Christmas sprinkles, too!  The decorating options are endless, and no matter how you dress 'em up, they'll still be deliciously gooey and creamy inside — the perfect surprise inside of these adorable candy cups!
Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

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