Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

We’ve started a fun tradition in lab this year where I try to bake something for each person’s birthday. You know I love having the excuse to try new dessert recipes! My only request when I started was that each person make a list of their favorite treats so that I have a bit of guidance and they get something they really enjoy. Allison’s birthday was this week and she asked for a chocolate peanut butter combo, which is one of my absolute favorites too. So, I spent a bit of time trying to dream up the ultimate peanut butter and chocolate dessert this week.

I settled on making a peanut butter cookie crust (which I over baked a bit, so be careful with it!) and then filled the tart with chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and a creamy peanut butter faux mousse. Then I topped the tart with a chocolate ganache and more Reese’s cups. Mmm, totally indulgent and perfect for a bday celebration! I’m already looking forward to seeing what the next person requests!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart
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Peanut Butter Cookie Crust:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Filling:
1 (3.4-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups whipped topping, thawed

Ganache Layer:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

For Assembly:
2 cups mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, cut into fourths (10 ounces)

To make the peanut butter cookie crust, heat oven to 350˚F. Mix butter and sugar until creamed in a large bowl. Mix in egg and peanut butter until smooth; stir in flour and salt. Grease a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom; press cookie dough evenly over bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Bake at 350˚F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. With back of spoon, press down crust so bottom and sides are evenly covered; bake 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until deep golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Press down crust again with spoon, if needed. Completely cool the crust, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, make the peanut butter filling. In a medium bowl, mix instant pudding with milk and condensed milk until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and then fold in whipped topping.

Prepare the ganache. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream, uncovered, on high for 1 minute. Stir well and microwave another 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth, microwaving another 15-30 seconds if needed.

To assemble the tart, evenly sprinkle half the chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups in the bottom of the cooled peanut butter cookie crust. Fill tart with peanut butter filling and spread ganache evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with remaining chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and refrigerate until the ganache is set, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 wedges.

Nutrition: 539 calories, 35.4g fat, 3.4g fiber, 13.7g protein per serving
Cost: $0.90 per serving

59 Responses to Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

  1. I like to bake for all of my fellow MD/PhD’s birthdays as well! There are only 14 of us so it works out awesomely. I am definitely bookmarking this recipe for a future birthday celebration. After all, if it were up to me chocolate and PB would be it’s own food group.

  2. All I can say is, “Wow!”

    Your creativity is amazing. What a spectacular – and I’ll bet delicious – dessert. I’ll bet Allison was thrilled with her special birthday dessert. Love the topping. I might do something like that on top of basic Peanut Butter cookies.

    I appreciate that you take the time to calculate out the calories.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next person requests too.This looks incredibly indulgent. It’s so beautiful too. Tarts are perfect in that way, aren’t they?

  4. What a great idea, trying a new dessert recipe for each friend’s birthday! This tart looks incredible and decadent. I had to scroll quickly past the nutritional info. I just don’t want to know :)

  5. I knew it! You are trying to kill me. This sounds fantastically delicious. I guess a small slice wouldn’t hurt. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Wow, can we start the tradition where you make me a birthday cake? Hahaha, I crack myself up.
    Seriously though – this looks SOOOO good. I actually just started a little tradition of making little treats for friend’s birthdays. Delivered my first one this past Saturday. It really is rewarding! :)

  7. Kerstin.. this is seriously one of the most delicious chocolate peanut butter recipes I’ve ever seen.. I have to try it immediately.. good thing the kids in my office love this combo as much as I do!

  8. You could make that for my birthday any time! :) I actually had my mom make me her famous peanut butter pie one year instead of a cake… it’s similar to yours but she uses chocolate wafer cookies.

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