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Chocolate Pecan Tart

Chocolate Pecan Tarts are a unique way to serve your pecan pie this Thanksgiving.

In my opinion, is nothing better than real butter for a pie or tart crust.

And there certainly isn’t a Holiday without at least one of those at the dessert table.

My recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Pecan Topping will always be my Thanksgiving pie of choice.

But, I know that a traditional Pecan Pie recipe is a popular dessert with many during this time of year.

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Confession: I have never really enjoyed traditional Pecan Pie.

That is, not until I tried this recipe for Chocolate Pecan Tarts.

I like the taste of the pecan filling so much better in this recipe and combined with the chocolate I think it’s really something special.

You can make one regular sized Chocolate Pecan Tart with this recipe, or you can make 6-8 individual sized tarts (depending on the size of your tart pans.).

For individual tarts I use Wilton Excelle Elite 4-Inch Round Tart/Quiche Pan, Set of 6.

What desserts are you looking forward to on your Holiday table this year?

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

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I’m sure you’re all busy getting ready for the big day tomorrow, but I hope you’ll take a moment to link up your favorite BUTTER recipe.

It doesn’t need to be a new recipe, if you want to link up an old one, just edit it to make sure you include the proper linkage according to the rules.

What is your favorite recipe to use butter in? (Lately mine is this Chocolate Pecan Tart!)

Is it a sweet one or a savory one?

Come share your favorite recipe!

Check out Jamie’s recipe for Pumpkin Butter Cakes.



If you’re looking for additional dessert inspiration for your Thanksgiving Menu this year, here are a few other favorite recipes.

Be sure to check out the whole Thanksgiving Recipes Archive right here if you need help building the rest of your menu.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a decadent and unconventional way to get your pumpkin in for Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking for the perfect kid-friendly Thanksgiving treat, check out this Easy Pumpkin Pudding; it combines a few pantry ingredients for a perfect autumn treat and is simple enough for younger helpers to assist in preparing.

Mini Sweet Potato Tarts with a Gingersnap Pecan Crust are divine if you are looking for individual serving desserts to make, plus it only makes 3 tarts so it is perfect if you need desserts for a smaller gathering.

This Browned Butter Bourbon Apple Crisp is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and has lots of make-ahead tips to help you simplify your Thanksgiving prep.

If you’re looking for something completely different, be sure to check out this Cinnamon Pear Crostata featuring and Almond Oat Crust. Crostatas are a free form pie, so there is no need to make the crust look perfect.

This Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie is the kind of pie you convince yourself is perfectly okay to eat for breakfast once Thanksgiving is over.

And the pie that my Dad always asks for – let’s see if he’s reading hhis or not, because he texts me every year to ask where the recipe is again – Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Pecan Topping. It is a family tried and true favorite.

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Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Pecan Tart

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Chocolate Pecan Tarts are a unique way to serve your pecan pie this Thanksgiving.


Tart Dough

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Pecan Tart Filling

  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup pecan pieces

Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 ounces chopped dark chocolate, at least 60% cacao
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


For the tart dough:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, and salt and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter, cool slightly, then whisk in eggs. Add flour, careful not to overmix.
  3. On an un-floured surface, turn the dough out and shape it into a circle, approximately 6" in diameter, kneading as little as possible.
  4. Dust both sides of the circle with a bit of flour and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator or freezer.
  6. Set it aside while you dust the work surface and rolling pin with flour.
  7. Unwrap the dough and roll with a rolling pin until the dough has formed a circle and is 1/8" thick.
  8. When the dough is the proper size, wrap it gently around the rolling pin to transfer to the pie plate.
  9. For individual tarts: cut 6-8 circles slightly larger than the tart pans. Press into the pans.

For the Pecan Tart Filling:

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar over medium-low heat.
  3. Cook until it reaches 120 degrees F.
  4. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Whisk in eggs, salt and vanilla.

For the Ganache:

  1. Bring cream to a slow simmer in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted.

To assemble the tarts:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. After you've pressed the tart dough into the pan(s), brush the insides of the dough with the chocolate ganache (you will not use all of it).
  3. Divide the pecan pieces evenly between the pans (if using individual tarts).
  4. Divide the filling between the tarts and pour on top of the pecan pieces.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour for a full sized tart. 20-35 minutes for individual tarts, or until set and crust edges and lightly browned.
  6. Cool completely and drizzle with remaining ganache.
  7. Store any leftover ganache in the fridge for up to one week.


adapted from Flying Star Cafe

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 423Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 111mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 20gProtein 7g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Thursday 9th of October 2014

Wow! What a yummy looking fall treat!


Thursday 23rd of December 2010

I'm making this right now and getting ready to make the filling. Question: in the ingredients, salt is listed, but it's not listed at all in the directions for the filling. Is there supposed to be salt? Thanks!


Thursday 23rd of December 2010

Yes - sorry! I seem to be on a roll lately with leaving salt out of the instructions. Just add it in with the rest of the filling ingredients and I'll update the recipe in the post.

naama peled

Monday 29th of November 2010

Looks fantastic!


Monday 29th of November 2010

Oh lovely pecan recipe, love little tarts, get to have the whole tart all to myself, not like a pie that you have to share.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Monday 29th of November 2010

This looks absolutely lovely! I will definitely have to pick up some more pecans so that I can give it a try for the holidays.