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Choco-Berry Tartlets

Choco-Berry Tartlets

Hands-on Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes (includes cooling time)

Makes: 36 tartlets

Little elves can shape this confection's chocolate cookie crust, then help place the fruity surprise in its center. When the tartlets are ready to be packaged, set them in festive mini-muffin liners and arrange them in a cute candy tin.

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

FOR THE FILLING

  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup seedless red raspberry jam
  • 36 fresh raspberries
  • sifted confectioner's sugar

Instructions

Heat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease 36 mini-muffin cups.

To make the crust, in the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and beat on medium-low speed until just blended, 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and divide it into 36 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, about 1 inch in diameter, and press it evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared muffin cups*.

For the filling, in a medium saucepan over low heat, stir together the chocolate chips and condensed milk until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove it from the heat and stir in the jam until well blended, about 2 minutes.

Place a raspberry in each cup, then cover it with about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture.

Bake the tartlets until the crust is set, about 15 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer each tartlet to the rack to cool completely. Sprinkle them with confectioners' sugar. For maximum freshness, store the tartlets in the refrigerator.

Tips:

* Our test kitchen used a tool called a tart tamper to form the crusts more quickly.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving (1 tartlet) Calories 116, Total Fat 4 g (7%), Saturated Fat 3 g (13%), Cholesterol 13 mg (4%), Sodium 53 mg (2%), Total Carbohydrate 16 g (5%), Fiber 0.8 g (3%), Sugars 11 g, Protein 1 g (3%)

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