These little no-bake tartlets are really easy to put together, and require minimal prep work. What’s more simple than buying pre-baked tartlet shells and adding some pudding powder mixed with milk into whipped cream? Amiright?
This idea for a dessert was inspired partially by my anticipated lack of time to make it (it was supposed to be for a holiday party, but I ended up just making more of these), and partially because I came across the pre-baked shortbread tartlets in the baking aisle at Ralph’s. Since I remembered everyone loving this filling when I made it last year for the chocolate whoopie pies, I thought a variation on it would make for another great treat.
CHOCOLATE CREAM TARTLETS
- 2 boxes of pre-baked shortbread tartlets – mine had 16 in a box
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 – 1 cup whole milk
- 1 – 3.9 oz package of chocolate pudding mix
To make the whipped cream filling, please follow the directions from this post (there are step by step photos). My friend, who gave me the original recipe, noted that the chocolate filling doesn’t have as strong a flavor when using the same proportions as we used for the vanilla. I used 3/4 of the packet of chocolate powder, but you could safely use the entire thing for a richer flavor. Just make sure to up the amount of milk you use to get the consistency you’re looking for.
Once your filling is ready, pop it into a piping bag with a wide tip. I used Wilton tip 195, but you can use a round one as well. Just like you would to frost a cupcake, pipe the chocolate whipped cream into the tartlet shell, and voila!
Since I thought the chocolate flavor would be slightly weak, I decided to garnish (enhance) it with chocolate curls from semisweet chocolate. Just use a veggie peeler on a block of chocolate to create them. I peeled the chocolate into a bowl, then popped it into the freezer for a bit so the curls wouldn’t smush when I went to sprinkle it onto the tartlets.
You’ll have plenty of leftover filling, so you can just pipe that directly in your gullet. Otherwise these tartlets, and the filling, will last a few days in the fridge. Just make sure to keep them covered. These are a light and not-too-sweet dessert. And of course, since they’re only 2 bites each, quite addictive! They got rave reviews from everyone who sampled one.