Mini chocolate walnut tarts make an individual sweet treat. This decadent dessert has a rich chocolate filling topped with walnuts on a flaky crust.
Hello chocolate! These chocolate walnut tarts are just what you need when you want a special dessert or treat. I made these chocolate tarts mini sized.
I think it's always fun to have your very own dessert.
Winter finally made a huge appearance here these past couple of weeks. Up until then, it had been pretty mild. We had 40 degree days in January and just a small amount of snow. Then last week we were hit with a cold blast and had temps below zero.
This week the snow came and just didn't stop. We ended up with more than two feet of snow in just a couple of days! The good news is we also had two days of no school! You gotta love a good snow day.
What do you do when you get two extra days off? Well, there was a lot of shoveling and more shoveling and then we had to get in some sledding. I also had lots of time for baking! These tarts were one of the items I baked.
Making these tarts is a two step process. First you make the crust and then you make the filling. Then everything is baked altogether.
You do need mini tart pans to make this sweet treat. These pans have a removable bottom that makes removing the tarts from the pan a breeze.
How do you make the pastry crust?
- I find it easiest to use a food processor.
- Place all ingredients except water in food processor and blend
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, blending between each time
- When dough comes together, remove from food processor and form into a ball
- If dough is too sticky, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Divide dough into 6 equal pieces
- Place each piece inside the mini tart pans and flatten dough down with your fingers
- Continue flattening dough up the sides of the pan
- Run a butter knife over the top of the pan to remove excess dough
- Place tart pans on a baking sheet
- Do not pre-bake crust
Melt the chocolate
There are two great methods to melt chocolate. The first in using a double boiler and the second is in the microwave. I usually use a microwave because I find it's easier.
- To microwave place chocolate in a microwave proof bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds at a time and then stir.
- Return to microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Continue until chocolate is nearly melted.
- Remove and stir until chocolate is fully melted.
To toast the walnuts
- Place walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Place in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
- Halfway through cooking time, give walnuts a gentle stir.
What if I don't have any walnuts?
Not a problem! You can substitute just about any nut. Pecans, hazelnuts or cashews would be great in this chocolate dessert too! Just use an equal amount called for in the recipe and toast nuts before using.
Making the chocolate mixture
- Combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt and vanilla together.
- Add chopped walnuts and melted chocolate
- Mix until combined
I made these in mini size so each person can have their own, but don't be afraid to share your chocolate walnut tart with that special someone!
More delicious desserts
- Chocolate Cream Pie
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Strawberry Chocolate Shortcake
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Lemon Cupcakes
- Cocoa Apple Cake
- Chocolate Mousse
- Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Bars
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Chocolate Walnut Tart
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces)
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 1 ¼ cups walnuts (chopped)
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter (melted)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- In a food processor add flour, sugar, salt and butter. Mix until combined.1 ¼ cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 8 tablespoons butter
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing for 15 seconds between each addition.3-4 tablespoons water
- Continue adding water until dough forms a ball. You might not add all 4 tablespoons of water.
- Remove dough from food processor bowl and form a ball. Divide into 6 equal pieces. Place one piece in each mini tart pan.
- Using your fingers, press dough evenly down over bottom and sides. Once all areas are covered, use a butter knife across the top of the pan to remove all excess dough. Set each tart pan on a baking sheet.
- Place walnuts on a baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Stir walnuts lightly halfway through baking time. Remove from oven and let cool.1 ¼ cups walnuts
- Place chocolate in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until chocolate is almost completely melted. Remove bowl from microwave and continue stirring until completely melted. Set aside and let cool slightly.½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- In a bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in cooled walnuts.1 tablespoon butter, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Stir in slightly cooled chocolate.
- Pour mixture into prepared tart shells.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow tarts to fully cool on a baking rack before removing from pans.
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Rachel Tan says
Hi Kathy! May know the size of the tart tins that you are using? Thank you so much!
I used 4" mini tart pans with a removable bottom.
David @ Spiced says
Holy cow! These tarts look amazing, Kathy. I hear ya about winter. We were having a relatively mild winter here, too...and then things changed. Now we're buried in snow, and I'm freezing! You know what would help though? A batch of these chocolate walnut tarts. These look and sound delicious, my friend! If you have extras, I'll happily help you get rid of 'em. 🙂
Sorry - no extras! These disappeared quickly. Maybe next batch...
I'm all about buying tarts instead of making them. I really like chocolate anything tarts! Now I'm hungry. Where am I going to find tarts to buy this time of night?!
Ohhhh....there's nothing worse than a late night craving!
Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage says
Wow! Now this is a dessert and since they are individuals its all mine lol. I love chocolate and walnuts together. These look amazing! Take care.
Nothing better than not having to share! 🙂
Kelly | Foodtasia says
OMG! Yum! Yum! Yum! That chocolate filling looks heavenly! The swirls are so pretty!
Fred G says
Another great combo of incredients.
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
Oh big time YES! These look so good, Kathy! And you can't beat walnuts + chocolate in a homemade pastry. Pinned!
Chocolate and walnuts are a delicious combination!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Oh my! These look amazing Kathy! Such a treat! I love the chocolate/walnut combo!
Yummy! These tarts look so delicious! Love the combination of chocolate and walnuts in a buttery tart shell!