salted chocolate tart

We love a simple chocolate cake, but some occasions call for something more special. This gorgeous salted chocolate tart strikes the perfect balance between elegant and unfussy. It’s the perfect dessert for holiday, but once you make it, don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving it on an average weeknight.

This recipe is all about pure chocolate flavor, so be sure to start with the good stuff! Any brand will work. If you start with a delicious dark chocolate (we recommend at least 70% cacao), then the final result will be outstanding. Don’t skip the sea salt garnish! The salty flakes enhance the flavor and help to cut through the rich ganache. 

Salted Chocolate Tart Recipe

Active Cook Time: 15-25 minutes

Inactive Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Makes: 12 Servings


  • 10 Ounces Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 12.6 Ounces Dark Chocolate, chopped (7 bars)
  • 1 ¼ Cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt


Make the crust: Place the shortbread cookies in a food processor. Pulse until the cookies are finely ground. Add the sugar and butter. Pulse until the mixture is moistened and the consistency of wet sand. Press the mixture evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill until the crust has set, at least 30 minutes.

Make the ganache: Place the chocolate in a large, heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream to boiling on medium-high. Once boiling, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes. Using a spatula, stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Assemble & serve the tart: Pour the ganache into the chilled crust. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill until the ganache has set, about 1 hour. Garnish with the sea salt. Enjoy!

For even more chocolate try our favorite chocolate pot de crème recipe.