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Chocolate Ganache Tarts

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These chocolate ganache tarts feature an Oreo cookie shell with a rich decadent filling. The mini tarts are topped with luscious whipped cream, chocolate shavings and dark red cherries. A unique Black Forest dessert!

PIN CHOCOLATE GANACHE TARTS

Chocolate Ganache Tart with Oreo cookie crust garnished with whipped cream, chocolate curls and cherries.

This elegant dessert is surprisingly quick and simple to make. The skill level for this recipe: beginner. Prep the Oreo cookie crust shells and ganache filling in 20 minutes. Then chill the chocolate tarts until the filling is set.

For special occasions most everyone loves an extravagant, indulgent, Black Forest dessert. It’s when rich chocolate is paired with dark-red cherries.

As single-serving confections, these impressive chocolate ganache tarts are ideal dinner party desserts. For anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, and special romantic occasions serve them with one fork or two!

After dinner, pair these rich chocolate tarts with espresso, coffee, milk, or hot chocolate. For adults-only beverages try a sweet champagne, pinot noir or a fruit-forward merlot.

Chocolate Black Forest Tart with Oreo cookie crust, and chocolate ganache and cherry filling.

ingredients

These luxurious-looking tarts come together with basic, easy-to-find ingredients plus a handful of fresh deep-red-colored cherries.

When cherries are not available, use fresh raspberries instead.

FOR MINI TART SHELLS

  • Oreo Cookies
  • Butter

FOR CHOCOLATE GANACHE FILLING

  • High-quality chocolate baking bars
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream (same as “heavy whipping cream”)
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cherries

TOPPING AND GARNISHES

  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings (from a chocolate bar)
  • Fresh cherries
Ingredients for chocolate ganache tarts with Oreo cookie.

RECIPE STEPS

Chocolate Tart Shells

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350°F. With nonstick cooking spray, grease 4 mini tart pans. (It’s important the tartlet pans have removable bottoms.)

  • STEP 1: In the bowl of a food processor, add whole Oreo cookies, melted butter and a tiny of pinch of salt. Process until the cookies are reduced to fine crumbs. (If no food processor, smash the cookies inside a zip-top bag with the back of a metal measuring cup. Combine crumbs, butter and salt in a large bowl.)
  • STEP 2: Divide the cookie crumb mixture between the 4 prepared tart pans. Firmly press crumbs into the pans to create a smooth, compact even layer on the bottom and sides. Transfer pans to a baking tray. Bake the chocolate tart shells for 6 minutes. Transfer tray to a wire rack. Let the tart pans remain on the baking tray until fully cooled.

Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • STEP 3: Add chopped chocolate and cubed butter to a heat-proof mixing bowl. Add heavy cream to a (heat-safe) Pyrex glass measuring cup. Microwave until cream is steaming. (Or heat cream in a pan on stovetop). Pour cream over the chocolate and butter. Don’t stir. Let it sit 3 minutes so chocolate can melt. Add vanilla. Whisk until chocolate and butter are completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  • STEP 4: Divide chocolate ganache between the 4 chocolate tart shells. Add a few fresh cherries (that have been pitted and halved) to each. Refrigerate chocolate ganache tarts for 3 hours or until filling has set.
How to make chocolate tarts in 4 easy steps.

HOW TO SERVE CHOCOLATE TARTS

  • Gently remove chocolate ganache tarts from pans. With one hand, lift and hold the tart pan by the rim. With your other hand, lift the removable bottom straight upwards. The metal rim will fall down and away. Carefully slide the tart off the removable bottom and onto a dessert plate.
  • Top each tart with a pinch of flaky sea salt, freshly-made whipped cream, a sprinkle of chocolate shavings, and stemmed dark-red cherries. Immediately serve and enjoy these black forest desserts.
Black forest chocolate ganache tart with cherries being pierced with the tines of a metal fork.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly asked questions when making chocolate ganache tarts from scratch, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

WHAT TYPE OF CHOCOLATE FOR GANCHE FILLING?

The best choice for a smooth ganache are pure chocolate baking bars (finely chopped) rather than chips or chunks that contain additional ingredients like stabilizers. Select semi-sweet, dark, milk chocolate, or bittersweet. What’s most important is that it’s high-quality chocolate like Ghirardelli, Guittard, Bakers, or Trader Joe’s Pound Plus.

DAIRY-FREE ALTERNATIVE FOR HEAVY CREAM IN GANACHE?

The best option is full-fat canned coconut milk. Use it as a 1-to-1 replacement for heavy cream. Make sure to shake the can well before opening and measuring it out. Bring the coconut milk to a simmer on stovetop while constantly whisking.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE FASTER?

Rather than a package of whole Oreo cookies, buy a box of Oreo cookie crumbs. Mix the crumbs, butter and salt in a large bowl. This eliminates the need for a food processor (and the clean-up of the machine parts afterwards). Instead of homemade whipped cream, use Cool Whip or spray-on dairy whipped cream from a canister.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS FOR TOPPING TARTS?

Place chocolate bar on its side. Use a vegetable peeler to shave off thin pieces of chocolate. You can make them as long or short as you’d like.

MORE TOPPING VARIATIONS FOR CHOCOLATE TARTS?

Try raspberries or blackberries with a light dusting of cocoa. Or drizzle salted caramel, dulce de leche, or hot fudge topping over the surface of each tart along with a sprinkle of flaky salt or chopped nuts.

CAN YOU FREEZE CHOCOLATE GANACHE TARTS?

Yes, they can be frozen. Arrange tarts in a single layer inside an airtight container lined with 2 layers of parchment paper. Freeze up to 1 month. When ready to enjoy, defrost in the fridge overnight. Note: with freezing, the chocolate ganache may lose some or all of its original glossy shine.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE USED TO MAKE A LARGE CHOCOLATE TART?

Yes, this recipe can be used to make 4 mini tarts (in 4-inch pans), or 1 large chocolate tart in a 9-inch round fluted pan with removable bottom. (NOTE: For good measure, use 28 whole Oreo cookies for the crust paired with 6 tablespoons melted butter for the large tart.) At parties, the presentation of a large tart is stunning. For nice clean slices, use a clean hot knife that’s been wiped down between cuts.

CAN CHOCOLATE GANACHE TARTS BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

Yes, if the chocolate shells and ganache are stored in separate air-tight containers and refrigerated (up to 5 days). When ready to enjoy, spoon ganache into the shells, add fresh cherries, and top as desired. NOTE: If the cold ganache needs to be thinned out or rewarmed, add it to a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water on stovetop and stir constantly. Don’t allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water.

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Black forest chocolate ganache tart with cherries being pierced with the tines of a metal fork.

Chocolate Ganache Tarts


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

These chocolate ganache tarts are elegant, rich, decadent desserts. Serve these Black Forest treats for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and dinner parties.


Ingredients

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CHOCOLATE TART SHELLS

  • 24 whole Oreo cookies, reduced to fine crumbs in a food processor
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 small pinch of salt, if needed

CHOCOLATE GANACHE FILLING

  • 2 4ounce premium chocolate baking bars, very finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (same as heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 fresh cherries, pitted and halved

FOR GARNISHING

  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh cherries with stems

 


Instructions

CHOCOLATE TART SHELLS

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350°F. With nonstick cooking spray, grease 4 mini tart pans. (It’s important the tartlet pans have removable bottoms.)

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add whole Oreo cookies, melted butter and a tiny of pinch of salt. Process until the cookies are reduced to fine crumbs. (If no food processor, smash the cookies inside a zip-top bag with the back of a metal measuring cup. Combine crumbs, butter and salt in a large bowl.)
  2. Divide the cookie crumb mixture between the 4 prepared tart pans. Firmly press crumbs into the pans to create a smooth, compact even layer on the bottom and sides. Transfer pans to a baking tray. Bake the chocolate tart shells for 6 minutes. Transfer tray to a wire rack. Let the tart pans remain on the baking tray until fully cooled.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE FILLING

  1. Add chopped chocolate and cubed butter to a heat-proof mixing bowl. Add heavy cream to a (heat-safe) Pyrex glass measuring cup. Microwave until cream is steaming. (Or heat cream in a pan on stovetop). Pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Don’t stir. Let it sit 3 minutes so the chocolate can melt. Add vanilla. Whisk until chocolate and butter are completely melted and ganache mixture is smooth.
  2. Divide chocolate ganache between the 4 chocolate tart shells. If desired, add a few fresh cherries (that have been pitted and halved) to each dessert. Refrigerate  tarts for 3 hours or until filling has set.

GARNISH CHOCOLATE TARTS

  1. Gently remove chocolate ganache tarts from pans. Transfer to dessert plates.
  2. Top each tart with a pinch of flaky sea salt, whipped cream, a sprinkle of chocolate shavings, and stemmed dark-red cherries. Immediately serve and enjoy these black forest desserts.

Notes

CHOCOLATE FOR GANACHE: The best choice for a smooth ganache are pure chocolate baking bars (finely chopped) rather than chips or chunks that contain additional ingredients like stabilizers. Select semi-sweet, dark, milk chocolate, or bittersweet. What’s most important is that it’s high-quality chocolate like Ghirardelli, Guittard, Bakers, Callebaut, Trader Joe’s Pound Plus, etc. 

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS: Place chocolate bar on its side. Use a vegetable peeler to shave off thin pieces of chocolate. You can make the pieces as long or short as you’d like. Use them to garnish the tarts.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Chill Time: 3 Hours
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven / Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chocolate Ganache Tarts, Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Tart Recipe, Mini Chocolate Tarts, Black Forest Dessert

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