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
Printable Recipe


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

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59 Responses to Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

  1. Shannon says:

    *swoon* my favorite combo!!!

  2. There is just nothing wrong with this recipe. Not one thing at all…is there anything better than PB and chocolate? Looks awesome..

  3. Lauren says:

    WOW. Kerstin, this looks delectable! It’s like a gigantic Reese’s pb cup :)

  4. CaSaundra says:

    I wish I worked in your office–I would love to sample your sweets! They always look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is a favorite combo of mine too!

  5. Michelle says:

    OMG, this looks seriously drool-worthy. Yum!

  6. The people in the lab must love you! This is sinful and must be unbelievably delicious!

  7. this looks, quite simply, AMAZING! my father in law will love it!!!

  8. Alicia says:

    This looks incredibly decadent! Great combo!

  9. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    I am saving this recipe- it sounds unbelievable!

  10. Joanne says:

    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.

  11. Leslie Green says:

    Oh yum…totally indulgent indeed!

  12. vanillasugar says:

    i haven’t made a pb cake or tart in ages. Isn’t hard unwrapping all those pb cups? I tend to eat more than I use. Bad.

  13. 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.

  14. ingrid says:

    Okay, so my birthday is July 13th. And I love bananas and caramel or butterscotch, oh, and vanilla!

    Nice job on this one Kerstin!

  15. Maria says:

    Oh my, this is my kind of dessert. Love it!

  16. This tart looks wonderfully delicious! I love the idea of pb cookie crust and the topping of Reese’s pb cups!

  17. Monica H says:

    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?

  18. Erica says:

    oh my gosh- this look ridiculous good. Josh is a MEGA reeces fan. I bet he would love this for his bday

  19. Emily says:

    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 :)

  20. Danielle says:

    Holy cow this looks ridiculously delicious and oh-so fattening! No one said desserts were supposed to be healthy, right? You’ve just made me hungry!

  21. Mary says:

    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

  22. Nicole, RD says:

    That sounds evvvilll :) And it looks incredible! I love carrot cake and my birthday is July 2nd — want my address? ;)

  23. fabulous dessert–my sister would love this! I’ll bookmark this for her birthday in Feb!

  24. Elina says:

    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! :)

  25. Judy says:

    Kerstin this looks so good I could lick the screen!

  26. Julie says:

    That sounds like my perfect birthday treat too! Looks scrumptious :)

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  28. Cara says:

    yum! any job openings in your lab? ;)

  29. Blond Duck says:

    I’m going to make it without chocolate and eat the whole thing myself.

    And then I’m going to never get off the treadmill.

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  31. Lucie says:

    Ohhh. Oooooh. Can I have a slice (or two) right now?

  32. Sophie says:

    What an inventive, COOl idea to create such a tarte!! Looks amazing & just STUNNING too, Kerstin!

  33. Tara says:

    That looks so good!!

  34. Pam says:

    Wow, wow, wow! I would give anything for a slice right now. YUM.

  35. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Wow what an amazing looking dessert! I love all the cut up peanut butter cups…yum!

  36. Evan@ swEEts says:

    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!

  37. Megan says:

    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.

  38. Cherine says:

    This tart is to die for!

  39. Reeni says:

    How positively delectable Kerstin! Your co-workers are so lucky – and to go out of your way to make them something they love is so sweet!

  40. Biz says:

    That is insane!! My mouth is watering just looking at it, and I don’t do sweets normally! :D

    Nice job Kerstin!

  41. Kelly says:

    Yum. I love the idea of a peanut butter cookie crust. I bet that really complimented the flavor of the filling nicely.

  42. L'Chicken says:

    Oh. My. God.

    I am drooling on my keyboard.

  43. sara tea says:

    Nothing is more magical than peanut butter and chocolate.

  44. grace says:

    clearly, not even a slightly over-baked crust would slow me down in eating something with this high degree of deliciousness. yum.

  45. Daisy says:

    I am so impressed you just created this on a whim. PB&chocolate it also one of my favorite combos. Allison is a lucky gal!

  46. Fortunately for me, I am allergic to peanuts, because if I made that I would est the whole thing! It looks fantastic! My husband would LOVE that! I am bookmarking this to make for his birthday! :)

  47. Eliana says:

    It doesn’t get better than chocolate and peanut butter. This looks incredible!

  48. We’re alike – any reason to bake and we do, be it colleagues, husbands and friends. I love your idea of collecting their preferences! And it looks gorgeous too

  49. Aggie says:

    oh my goodness, that looks heavenly. that’s what I want for MY birthday please!!!

  50. cheffresco says:

    Yum!!! This looks delicious!! PB & Choc are my fav!

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  52. Katrina says:

    That certainly looks heavenly!

  53. Molly Parr says:

    Wow, that looks fantastic! I definitely am adding this to my holiday baking.

  54. Elizabeth says:

    That tart looks delicious. Love the presentation!

  55. Meghan says:

    Your tart is so pretty!! I wish I were organized enough to make a dessert for each person’s bday in our lab… maybe someday! :)

  56. Eva says:

    We made this tonight and it was AMAZING! thanks!!

  57. Thanks everyone!

    Emily – I know, haha, I SO didn’t want to post it :)

    Elina – It’s super fun and rewarding!

    Eva – Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

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