Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts Recipe
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts with chocolate crust. A simple yet elegant dessert recipe.
If you are a salted caramel fan, you don’t want to miss out on this easy Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts recipe with a chocolate crust. Allison and I made these a few week for some friends and it was a huge hit! We will definitely be making them again .
It’s mid November, and we have already had a few inches of snow and frigid cold temperatures. This morning the wind chill was -1. That is January weather for St. Louis, NOT mid November. I think someone needs to have a talk with Mother Nature.
In our desperate attempt to see the bright side………our thoughts, naturally, turned to chocolate and salted caramel.
A day of snow and cold is the perfect excuse for a night of fancy salted caramel chocolate tarts for dessert.
These tarts are oh so decadent, rich and buttery, and they are knock-your-socks-off good! I tossed some pecans on top of a few and they reminded me of a giant homemade turtle.
I’m a self-confessed caramel addict especially when it’s salted caramel. The soft, slightly chewy, smooth, salty caramel layer cuts through the richness of the double chocolate goodness and adds a whole other dimension to these tarts. The salted caramel almost steels the show.
Just what the doctor ordered, Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts would be wonderful on a holiday dessert table.
These salty caramely chocolatey delights will grace any cold snowy day with a little warmth and goodness.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tarts
- 10 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Caramel Filling :
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 6 tablespoons water
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- fleur de sel or coarse sea salt, and pecan halves for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- For the crust, whisk to combine the flour and cocoa powder. Set aside. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg yolks and beat well. Add the dry ingredients until incorporated. The dough will look crumbly, but it should come together in next step.
- Press the dough out into 6 mini tart pans. Prick all over with a fork, and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Bake for 12-15 minutes until crisp, then cool completely on a wire rack.
- Combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil (do not stir) until golden caramel color. Remove the pan from the heat, and add cautiously add the heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla and salt, stir to combine . Pour the caramel into the cooled crust.
- To make the chocolate ganache, heat the heavy cream to a simmer,either on the stovetop or in the microwave, then pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for 60 seconds, then stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate ganache over the caramel tart, and refrigerate for a few hours until set.
- Garnish with fleur de sel and pecans.
- My mini tartlet pans were 3.5 inches in diameter
- To make a full size 9 inch tart: Press dough to a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom, prick the tart shell with a fork and refrigerated for 15 minutes then bake about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool. Fill with caramel and top with ganache and chill for a few hours until set.
- The caramel on this tart will hold its shape when cut but not when you leave it out in a warm environment for too long.
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These tarts definitely look like they would help get through the snow! I mean, salty, sweet, chocolate AND caramel? YES PLEASE. Pinned!
Cheryl, these tarts are gorgeous! The chocolate and caramel filling looks too die for! So gooey and rich and indulgent – I need to make these! Pinned!
My goodness!! This is exactly what the doctor called for :0
If the snow has to arrive already, thank goodness we have the fabulous tarts to help us through!
OMG – Cheryl, this recipe looks incredible. I think I will add it to my Christmas cooking baking list which is already very long. How far away are you from Ballwin as I’m on my way over right now for some of these. 🙂
These are SERIOUSLY beautiful!! Wow!
Holy Moly! These are so drool worthy! Pinning!
Gorgeous photos, Cheryl! They make me want to dive right in. And even now I’m calculating the drive…I could be there in four hours!! 😉
These tarts look incredible! So indulgent and rich!
OMG how GORGEOUS are these tarts?! To die for!!
What a delicious looking dessert! I’d eat all 6 myself 🙂
Mmmm … such perfection!!
Oh. MY. Word. These look INCREDIBLE!!!
This looks completely divine!
Oh Cheryl, this is a masterpiece! Pinned to my “Chocolate!” board.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, dear.
I will be back again soon …
Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row ♥
Scrumptious! I can’t wait to make these.
I bet this is so good! These flavors are perfection!
Stopping by from I’m Lovin It link party. 3 of my favorite things, caramel, chocolate & pecans! Love the pictures!
These look absolutely amazing! Will be making them this Christmas.
I had a few questions though:
~ What do you mean with “1-1/2 cup”? Do you mean 1½ cup? (so one AND a half cup? Probably yes, but just checking)
~ At which point can you remove the tarts from their tart pans? After they’ve cooled down completely, or when you place them on the cooling rack? (Or even later when they’re all done?)
Thanks so much in advance!
yes 1 and 1/2 cups
as far as when to remove them from the pans – I left them in the pans until we served them.
Thanks so much for your answer :)!
So I did a test batch for these and they turned out GREAT. Thanks so much for this recipe 🙂
I just wanted to point out a mistake in it. For the crust, you say “Add in the egg yolks and vanilla”, but there’s no vanilla listed in the ingredients for the crust. I added one teaspoon and that tasted fine (or,well, as you know, these taste AMAZING, not “fine” heehee), but I thought I’d point it out.
thanks for catching that! I have no idea why I put “and vanilla” – there is no vanilla in the crust (I fixed the recipe) , but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt….which obviously it didn’t since you added some in!! Glad you enjoyed them as much as we did!!
You also did not indicate the amount of salt to put in the crust. I used 1/2 tsp. Thanks for the recipe.