Between food and staying slim, a battle always rages inside my head. I absolutely love food, but I hate being fat. At the same time, I love desserts and chocolate which are basically the bane of staying slim. But in the end I gave into temptation and decided to make chocolate tarts with my friend (actually he did most of the making… I just, watched, haha). It wasn’t the first time that he made it, so success was expected. The tarts tasted really good and they are convenient finger food for parties and such.
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 3 ounce package cream cheese
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
These ingredients make about 24 tarts. We made 3 batches, so we tripled the amounts.
- Mix the 1/2 cup butter and 3 ounces of cream cheese into a smooth consistency. It helps that the butter is slightly warmed.
- Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix well with your hands into dough. The dough cannot be dry or flaky at this stage, or else your tart crust will fall apart. Add more butter if the dough is not solid enough. I think the tart would have been better if the crust had some salt, so you can add some into the dough if you want. Let sit in the fridge for an hour before proceeding to the next step.
- We used a 4×6 mold tray. Mold the crust into the tray. If the dough crust is too thin, it will be hard to take out of the tray without them falling apart. But if the crust is too thick, it won’t taste as good. I would say a 0.2~0.3 cm thickness is good, but it really is up to you. Just make sure you don’t really see the color of the tray – if you do the crust is probably too thin. Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small pot on low heat. Add 1/2~3/4 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the pot,1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until the chocolate is all melted. Turn off the heat and add 1 beaten egg into the pot. Mix it until the filling is smooth, as shown in the picture. The sugar should not be melted. Put the filling into the mold.
- Put the tarts into the oven for about half an hour.
- Take them out. You can put marshmallows or other cute things on top of the tarts (if you would like).
- Let them cool on a rack. They should be fairly airated. If you put them into a closed container the crust will become soggy and taste bad. The tart tastes the best when it is cool because otherwise the crust is not crunchy and flaky. Enjoy!