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Mini Chocolate Tarts

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Impress your friends with easy-to-master mini chocolate tarts! These chocolate tartlets feature a decadent chocolate ganache filling in a buttery pastry crust with a white chocolate drizzle. You will love these impressive yet portable treats!

Easy mini chocolate tarts with a white chocolate drizzle on a white surface.

It’s no secret I adore all-things chocolate! If it can have chocolate, it WILL have chocolate. These individual chocolate tarts look like they came from a pastry case at a high-end bakery. Nobody has to know they’re easy to make! The silky smooth ganache with the buttery crust is divine.

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I used semi-sweet chocolate, but you can just as easily use dark chocolate for an intense flavor or milk chocolate for a sweet flavor.

These easy mini chocolate tarts freeze well too. Make them ahead of time, freeze, and pull them out a few hours before you plan to serve them.

These show-stopping treats are great for dinner parties, get-togethers, and celebrations. Add festive sprinkles for holiday pizazz! Try red hearts for valentine’s day, red & green sprinkles for Christmas, or orange jimmies for fall!

👩‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Rich chocolate ganache filling
  • Beautiful for a special occasion, a dinner party, or afternoon tea
  • Chocolate lover’s dream, will totally satisfy your chocolate craving!
  • Made with basic ingredients
  • Kid-friendly
  • Easy to make with simple steps
  • Make the chocolate filling as sweet or intense as you like!

🥘 Ingredients

This mini chocolate tart recipe requires simple ingredients found at your local grocery store.

Ingredients for mini chocolate tart recipe on a white background.
  • All-Purpose Flour: To make the shortcrust pastry. It has the right amount of protein to give you a sturdy but tender crust.
  • Sugar & Salt: To sweeten the pastry shells. A little bit of salt actually brings out the sweetness of the sugar even more!
  • Butter: A whole stick of butter seems like a lot, but it makes a buttery, tender tart crust! Be sure to use cold butter.
  • Egg: To bind the ingredients together.
  • Cold Water: Water hydrates the dough, but it’s crucial to use cold water. Cold water keeps the butter cold, which is essential for a flaky crust that’s not tough.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate: Semi-sweet chocolate is about 53 percent cacao, depending on the brand. If you like an intense chocolate flavor, swap with dark chocolate instead. It’s best to use a high-quality chocolate bar like Ghirardelli or Callebaut. Use a chocolate bar, as chocolate chips don’t always melt into a smooth consistency.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream has a high fat content, which creates the richness of the chocolate ganache.
  • White Chocolate: For drizzling! I like easy-to-use white melting wafers that don’t clump or harden too quickly.

📖 Variations

Baked mini chocolate tarts are easy to customize – there are so many different ways to modify this easy dessert! Try one of these droolworthy variations.

  • Toppings: Try chopped nuts, fresh berries, cacao nibs, whipped cream, sea salt, toffee bits, fresh fruit, smooth caramel, or raspberry sauce.
  • Chocolate Mousse Mini Tarts: Whip 1 cup of heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the ganache until smooth, then fill the tart crusts. Chocolate mousse tarts need to be refrigerated.
  • Make It Gluten Free: You can use a gluten-free flour with xanthan gum instead of the all purpose flour – it should work well as a 1:1 substitution.
  • Mini Chocolate Caramel Tarts: Top each tart with store-bought or homemade caramel. The caramel layer can be on top or bottom.

🔪 How To Make Mini Chocolate Tarts

Pulse Ingredients: Add all the pastry ingredients, except the egg and water, into a food processor. Pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Dough for pastry crust in a food processor.

Form Dough: With the machine still running, pour in the egg and drizzle in the water until the mixture just starts to form a ball.

Pastry crust dough in a food processor.

Chill Dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and use your hands to form a ball of dough. Press the ball into a disc shape, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill for 30 to 45 minutes.

Pastry dough wrapped in plastic wrap on a white surface.

Spray Tart Pan, Roll Out The Dough: Spray the tart tins with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat your oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Clean off a work area and dust it with flour. Roll the pastry dough out on the floured surface to about 1/8 of inch thick.

Pastry dough rolled out on a work surface.

Shape Dough: Cut the dough into circles slightly larger than the tart pans.

Pastry crust dough rolled out and cut into round circles for tart shells.

Fill Tart Pans: Place each dough circle into each tart pan. Gently press dough down into the pan to remove any air bubbles. Use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of the tart. Trim any excess pastry hanging off the edges with a sharp knife.

Mini chocolate tart shells being poked with a fork for aeration before baking.

Bake Tart Shells: Place a small piece parchment paper into each pastry crust and fill with rice. Place the tartlet shells on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

Rice filled into pastry crust shells before baking in the oven.

Chop Chocolate: Finely chop the chocolate and place into a large bowl.

Chocolate bar being chopped on a cutting board.

Add Cream: Heat the cream in a microwave-safe glass until it begins to bubble upward but not overflow. Alternatively, you can heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 30 seconds. Stir the melted chocolate with a rubber spatula until completely smooth.

Chocolate ganache in a mixing bowl.

Remove From Oven: Pull the pastry crusts out of the oven, place on a wire rack.

Chocolate mini tart shells baked in the oven.

Fill Mini Chocolate Tart Shells: Pour the chocolate mixture into the cooled tart shells.

Baked chocolate mini tarts on a wire rack.

Chill & Serve: Place the chocolate desserts in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Once these chocolate mini tarts are firmly set, drizzle the tops with white chocolate and enjoy!

Individual mini chocolate tarts on a white tray.

❓ Recipe FAQs

Can I use store-bought pastry shells instead?

Yes! If you’re in a hurry or want to simplify this recipe, buy store-bought pastry shells and skip directly to step 12. All you have to do is make the ganache filling, pour it into the shells, and chill until firmly set.

How should I store these mini tarts?

These mini chocolate ganache tarts taste best within a day of making them. This ensures the shortbread crust stays crisp. Store leftover tarts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 3 days.

Can I freeze mini chocolate tarts?

Yes, mini ganache tarts freeze well. Chill the tarts first so they are firmly set, then wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze. For best results, enjoy within 3 months. After that you risk them getting freezer burnt. Thaw the tarts in the refrigerator overnight, then enjoy!

Can I make one large chocolate tart instead?

Yes, if you don’t want to make individual tarts, you can make this recipe in one large tart pan instead of small tart pans.

💭 Recipe Tips

  • Don’t skip chilling the chocolate tart before serving because it needs that time to set up all the way. 
  • Remove the tart from the fridge about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Don’t use chocolate chips for the ganache – a high quality chocolate bar melts much better and creates a much smoother consistency!
  • It’s important to add pastry weights like dried rice or beans when you bake the crust. Doing this prevents the bottoms from puffing up too much.
  • Be sure to use cold butter for the crust. The tiny pieces of butter throughout the crust release steam in the oven, which gives you a light and tender crust.
Easy mini chocolate tarts with a white chocolate drizzle on a white plate.

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Easy mini chocolate tarts with a white chocolate drizzle on a white surface.
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Mini Chocolate Tarts

Impress your friends with easy-to-master mini chocolate tarts! These chocolate tartlets feature a decadent chocolate ganache filling in a buttery pastry crust with a white chocolate drizzle. You will love these impressive yet portable treats!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill Time:2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 tarts
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Pastry

  • cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold butter diced
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1-2 tbsp cold water

Ganache Filling

  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¾ cup heavy cream

Topping Options

  • ¼ cup white chocolate, melted

Instructions

  • Add all pastry ingredients, except the egg and water, into a high-speed food processor and blitz until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  • While the machine is running pour in the egg and slowly add the water until the dough just starts to form a ball.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured bench, bring the dough together and shape into a ball. Press into a disc shape, cover with plastic wrap and rest it in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
  • Lightly spray 6×6 inch tart dishes with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F / 160 C
  • Roll the dough out to approximately ⅛ inch thickness. Cut the dough into circles a little larger than the tart dishes.
  • Place the dough circle into the prepared tart dish, gently press to remove any air bubbles. Trim the edges and use a fork to dock the base.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place a sheet of baking paper into each tart and fill it either with rice or baking beads.
  • Place the tart dishes on to an oven tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Remove and allow to cool while preparing the ganache filling.
  • Finely chop the chocolate and place into a mixing bowl.
  • Heat the cream in a microwave until hot. Pour over the chopped chocolate and stir until completely melted.
  • Evenly divide the filling amongst the cooked tart bases.
  • Place into the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to set firmly.
  • Serve the tarts with a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

Video

https://youtu.be/Umj_OObnvKw

Notes

  • The finer you chop the chocolate the easier it is to melt with the hot cream.
  • Bake the tart bases until lightly golden.
  • Chilling the pastry before rolling and cutting reduces shrinkage.
  • Substitute the all-purpose flour with gluten free flour to make these tarts gluten free.
  • Using a fork to dock the pastry allow reduces air bubbles in the pastry.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5tart | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g

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20 responses to “Mini Chocolate Tarts”

  1. I’ve always been a fan of chocolate desserts, so these tarts are right up my alley. They’re delicious and they present beautifully!5 stars

  2. These mini chocolate tarts look fantastic; I’ve booked marked this recipe and will make it over the Xmas holidays; my family will love them 🙂5 stars

  3. When we want a dessert it has to be chocolate and this one is the best! So rich and fudgy, just how we like it!5 stars

  4. This looks like my kind of dessert! Coffee always helps bring out the chocolate flavour. Loving the cherries on top too.5 stars

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