Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

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Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

I watch MasterChef Junior and am sort of in awe of those kids, on television, articulating themselves so well, while perfectly icing cupcakes. Like, what was I doing at age 10?!

Let’s see…I was probably convincing my mom to give me money (or trying to earn it by doing random chores) so I could ride my bike to the corner store and load up on Starbursts to only pick through them and only eat the pink ones. I was probably thinking about my frizzy hair and how unlucky I was to be born this way bc no boy would ever like me. Now, I like my hair but still only like the pink Starbursts. We don’t change that much!

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

I feel like tahini is the more grown-up peanut butter. Am I right? It’s more bitter than peanut butter and I sort of like that. Because it’s a little bitter, it works really well with white chocolate.

For the longest time, I was always such a white chocolate-hater but I’ve come around and now sort of appreciate it for what it is. It’s very sweet and doesn’t have all that much character but that’s why I think when it is used, it needs to be used with other ingredients that’s the star. In last week’s case: miso. This week’s case: tahini. Feel me?

The tahini gets all weird when you mix it vigorously with honey or brown rice syrup, so I say barely stir in it. Striations of honey or brown rice syrup are a good thing.

Other than that, this recipe is stupid simple. If you own a microwave, which I didn’t until a few weeks ago (and I sort of love it), then it’s even easier. I think the microwave is the best way to melt chocolate—forget a double boiler!!

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

Marbled Tahini Chocolate Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Serving Size: 9 to 12 cups


  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoon brown rice syrup or honey
  • Salt


  • Line a muffin tin with 9 to 12 muffin liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, add the dark chocolate chips. Place in the microwave for 1 minute; remove and stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds and then stir vigorously until completely smooth.
  • In another medium bowl, add the white chocolate chips. Place in the microwave for 1 minute; remove and stir. If needed, microwave for an additional 30 seconds and stir until completely smooth. (With white chocolate I usually only need 1 minute.)
  • In a small bowl, add the tahini, brown rice syrup or honey and a pinch of salt. Barely stir them together (Striations of the syrup or honey are a-ok!)
  • Add a scant tablespoon of dark chocolate to half the liners. Add a scant tablespoon of white chocolate to the remaining liners. Smack the muffin tin on the counter to even out the chocolate.
  • Using a fork, add little drops of white chocolate to the dark chocolate cups and little drops of dark chocolate to the white chocolate cups. Using a knife, run it through the drops, creating swirls. Move quickly because the chocolate will set (depending on how cold your house is).
  • Transfer to the freezer to chill for 5 minutes. Remove it from the freezer and add a teaspoon of the tahini mixture to each cup. Transfer back to the freezer to set for an additional 5 minutes.
  • I found that the marbled tops worked best to do them in small batches of 2 to 3 cups. So, top 3 of the white chocolate cups with a scant tablespoon of white chocolate. Add a few drops of dark chocolate to the surface of the white chocolate cups and run your knife through them, creating swirls. Repeat this process, working in batches of 2 or 3 cups, until you’ve created swirls in all of the cups. Give it a gentle tap on the counter to even out the chocolate and transfer to the freezer for 10 minutes to set. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.


If you don't own a microwave, be sure to invest in really good white chocolate so it doesn’t seize on you and you also may want to consider adding a teaspoon of heavy milk to the white chocolate (but this is only if you’re doing it via stovetop).
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  • Reply Miranda | Miranda's Notebook January 25, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how much I like Tahini, and here’s a great new recipe to utilise a jar of it! I also think a microwave is the best way to melt chocolate. Double boilers are a lot more hassle! xxx

  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature January 25, 2016 at 7:56 am

    After I tried Molly Yeh’s tahini cupcakes with chocolate tahini frosting, I have been hooked on using tahini with chocolate! These looks incredible and I cannot wait to give them a try!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High January 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

    These look UHMAZING.

    Also god what was I doing at age 10? Probably running around drooling on myself, who knows.

  • Reply Grace | Eat Write Explore January 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I totally get where you’re coming from, those kids are MACHINES. I try not to watch it too often, it makes my cooking skills feel inadequate! These look so delicious, I love tahini but I’ve never tried it with chocolate before so will have to give them a go. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Mollie January 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

    TAHINI CHOCOLATE CUPS? Okay, this sounds divine. Definitely trying these THIS weekend. Yum!

    xoxo Mollie

  • Reply Celia Becker @ After Orange County January 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

    LOVE Tahini and what an ingenious way you have used it here! I’ve actually never thought of using it in anything other than a savory dish. This is brilliant!

  • Reply Megan (Cozy Eats) January 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Love! I currently have a batch of tahini chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer from Molly Yeh’s blog. I think I need a batch of these to go with the chocolate+tahini theme. 🙂

  • Reply DessertForTwo January 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

    WOW. Such a fun variation on your peanut butter cups that I already love! and I have a giant jar of tahini from the ethnic market in my pantry–hooray!

  • Reply stefanie January 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Just made Molly Yeh’s tahini chocolate chip cookies last week and fell in love with tahini in desserts. Peanut butter cups are the best candies and I’m an adult now (or so I’ve been told) – will definitely have to try this recipe! Your miso white chocolate cookies look divine as well.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      She’s da tahini queen, I wanna try those cookies!

  • Reply Rahul @ samosastreet January 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Just mouthwatering…looks lovely and delicious!

  • Reply Allison from Baking: a Love Story January 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    omg, I’m obsessed wit tahini right now! My mom has been giving me Danielle Walker’s Paleo cook books and she uses tahini as a base for chocolate chip cookies that are so freaking good.

    Will totally try this too. Thanks!


  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel January 25, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I’m in love with these. Tahini + white chocolate is BRILLIANT. Wait but what if we did tahini + miso + white chocolate???? Omg. Might have to report back to you on that.

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect January 26, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I always buy tahini to make houmous, forget about the jar in the back of the cupboard and then end up having to throw it out.

    I’ll have to buy another jar and then use it to make these! I agree about white chocolate, a really good quality one makes all the difference.

  • Reply Billy January 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

    feeling attacked bc u didn’t save any of these for me

  • Reply Kari January 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    The look so pretty with the two tone swirls!

  • Reply Monica January 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    “Now I like my hair, but still only like the pink Starbursts. We don’t change that much!”

    Ummm I think if we’re growing we’re changing.

    PS these look fantastic.

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  • Reply Trina and Tina January 30, 2016 at 6:09 am

    YUM! These are inspiring! Giving them a try for sure! Thanks!

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship February 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I love tahini!!! It’s like…. peanut butter but more…. Words can’t describe! I love how it’s used here. And I’m red and green starbursts.

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