Dark Chocolate Tart

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you might be looking for a quick chocolate fix for the weekend's festivities. Look no further! This decadent dessert comes together in minutes, but has fancy special occasion vibes for days. You can decorate it any way you'd like, although just having it as is really highlights just how rich and sinful it really is.

If you don't have sandwich cookies, you can also use any number of different cookies or graham crackers instead. I just liked using chocolate all the way down. No one needs to guess what the theme is here!

Because this is so rich, I highly recommend slicing your servings thin. While I might normally get about 8 servings our of a tart like this, 12 is more reasonable and, if you are using whipped cream or any sauces, consider cutting it into 16 servings instead. Yes, it's really that rich. You're welcome!

Dark Chocolate Tart

  • 2 c. crushed sandwich cookies (I used S'mores Oreos)
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ c. heavy cream
  • 1 ¾ c. high-quality dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder (optional)
  • ¼ c. butter at room temperature, cubed

Grease a 9-10 inch tart pan; set aside.

For the base, crush the cookies using a food processor, which makes for a smoother crust, or place the cookies in a resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Add the crumbs to a bowl and pour in the melted butter. Mix the ingredients together until they resemble the texture of wet sand.

Press the mixture into the prepared tart pan and press down firmly. Bake for 8 minutes in a 350°F oven to help set the crust. This step is optional, but the crust will be more crumbly if you skip it.

To prepare the filling, bring the heavy cream to a low boil on the stovetop or in the microwave by microwaving for 1-2 minutes.

Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips, and add the instant espresso powder, if using.

Let the mixture sit for around 30 seconds, then stir gently. It will look grainy at first but will come together.

Add the cubed butter and continue to stir until the butter has completely melted into the chocolate.

Pour the filling into the tart shell and chill the tart in the fridge for several hours or until the filling has set.

Cut the tart into thin wedges using a sharp knife that's been warmed briefly under hot running water (wipe any water off the knife before using).

  • Yields: 12 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes