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Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Happy Friday!  Boy this week went by in a blur!  Our family was meeting like ships in the night this week…it will be so great to hunker down and spend some time together.  And maybe I’ll have a nap…I’m worn out from last weekend, lol!

I’m in a baking and cooking kind of mood lately…it must be this winter that never ends.  My tastebuds love it, but my pants not so much…oh well.  When life hands you pecans, you have to make Chocolate Pecan Tarts right?  Isn’t that how the saying goes?

I had other plans for this recipe…originally I had hoped to make chocolate pecan galettes…but let’s just say that they didn’t work.  They were what you might refer to as a recipe fail (I’ve had a few of those lately).  The kind where you have to clean the oven and you smell liked burnt sugar.  Good times.  So instead of making them little rustic galette pies, which would have been the cutest, I made them into tarts with homemade pie crust.  And they’re goooooood.  Not as cute as I thought they would be, but they’re delish.

And to add insult to injury, I took these photos with my iPhone.  Yep, my phone, because my camera is broken.  🙁  So that’s an awesome expense…but I have to admit I’m really excited now…I’m upgrading to a better camera and I’m thrilled!! Anyway, I did make some delicious, chocolatey and nutty tarts for you.  They were worth all the trouble…they’re so good…I even had one for lunch yesterday, I took one for the team, all in the name of product testing!

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

I used my tried and true pie crust recipe for these tarts, and it takes these tarts to the moon and back.  Flaky pie crust with chocolate and pecans in every bite.  YUM.




Chocolate Pecan Tarts

  • Yield: 20 tarts 1x



Tart/Pie Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (lard)
  • 1/4 cup water

Chocolate Pecan Filling

  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/23/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (about the size of chips)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Making the Tart Crust:

  1. Sift flour, salt and sugar into a bowl.
  2. With a pie cutter, cut in shortening until the particles are pea sized.
  3. Sprinkle in water, 1 tsp or so at a time, mixing lightly with a fork. Don’t over mix or the crust will be tough.
  4. Press into a ball. It is okay if it is crumbly. In fact crumbly makes for a tender, flaky crust! Set aside.

Making the filling:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the butter, cream and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add the honey, sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  3. Stir in the pecans and chocolate.

Putting the Tarts together:

  1. Split the pie dough into 2 balls, then using a rolling pin, roll out each ball, doing one at a time (it’s just easier to handle the dough this way).
  2. Using a 3 inch circle (like a drinking glass, or cookie cutter), cut out your tart shells.
  3. Place the tart shells into a muffin tin.
  4. Add a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate pecan mixture into the shell (fill the pie shell about 3/4 full).
  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned.
  6. Let the tarts cool completely. They really should sit for at least 1 hour or more before you eat them. These tarts need time for the chocolate to harden…they just taste SO much better this way.

Recipe adapted from 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes

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Serve these little chocolatey nutty gems with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  YES.

Chocolate Pecan Tarts {A Pretty Life}

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Have a delicious day!

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    March 7, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    I had a pecan recipe fail too this week! Let’s just say it was not pretty LOL.

    These tarts turned out beautifully though. Yum!

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      March 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Ahhh fails…only thing to do is laugh!! Sometimes they taste great but look terrible!! The joys of food blogging!

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    March 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Yay for a new camera, they are pricey though. YUM

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      March 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Yay is right! I am feeling a little stressed about the cost, but I think it’ll be SO worth it!!

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    Angie@Echoes of Laughter
    March 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Yum! Those looks absolutely delicious! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get some rest! Angie xo

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      March 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Thanks Angie! I hope you have a great weekend too!
      P.S. I’m thinking I might make your chocolate pecan bites this weekend…YUM!

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    March 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Oh I had a fail, my pull apart breakfast bread FLOPPED literally. Thankfully these look wonderful, great job! Pinning for later

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      March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      LOL! I’ve had quite a few fails lately…hahaha!

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    March 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    The crust looks amazing! Yummy.

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      March 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Mmmm I can’t decide if I love the crust or the filling better!

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    Sally T.
    March 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Pecans are so expensive that I have to pick out some good recipes.I just love them
    plain,and pecan pie is my hubbies fav.

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    March 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Where to you buy dark chocolate chunks? This recipe looks wonderful, I buy my pecan at Costco.

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    Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams
    March 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    This just looks so delicious!!! I love pecan. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’m hoping to try this soon.

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