Chocolate Tartlets with Butter-Orange Cookie Crust

  • Active Time 35m
  • Total Time 50m
  • Rating ****

Makes 8 Tip: When melting the chocolate, be sure to set the metal mixing bowl firmly on the lip of the saucepan so no steam escapes but without resting the bowl in the water. Do not allow any of the steam to touch the chocolate when removing the bowl as water will make the chocolate seize.


  • For the Crust:
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blend all ingredients in a food processor just until dough forms. Transfer dough to work surface. Gather dough into ball. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Press 1 dough piece over bottom and up sides of each of eight 4 3/4 inch tartlet pans with 3/4-inch-high sides and removable bottoms, forming 1/4-inch-thick crusts. Pierce crusts with fork. Refrigerate until firm. Bake until crusts are pale golden, about 18 minutes. Cool in pans on rack.


Stir chocolate and butter in large wide metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using electric stand mixer and whisk attachment, beat sugar, eggs, yolks, Grand Marnier, orange peel and salt in large bowl until very thick ribbon falls when whisk attachment is lifted, about 8 minutes. Sift flour over egg mixture, then fold in. Fold egg mixture into cooled chocolate mixture. Transfer batter to prepared crusts, dividing equally.


Can be made 1 week ahead. Freeze 1 hour. Cover and keep frozen.

Arrange tartlets on baking sheet. Bake until filling puffs and begins to crack, about 15 minutes for room temperature tartlets and 25 minutes for frozen tartlets. Place tartlets on plates and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4658

nutrition information per serving

814 calories; 51g total fat; 306mg cholesterol; 343mg sodium; 87g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 9g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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