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Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins

Makes 5 dozen

If you make tarts often, Pam suggests investing in a tart tamper. It will make quick work of fitting dough rounds into the pan. Another quick-prep tip: Stack piecrusts to cut multiple rounds in one turn.


  • 2 (14.1-oz.) packages refrigerated piecrusts
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, cocoa

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Unroll piecrusts on a flat surface. Cut 60 rounds, using a 2 1/2-inch cutter. Press rounds onto bottoms and up sides of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 24-cup miniature muffin pan. Refrigerate remaining piecrust rounds until ready to use.

  2. Whisk together sugar and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk in melted butter, vinegar, and vanilla. Add eggs, whisking until well blended. Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoonful chocolate mixture into each piecrust shell.

  3. Bake at 350° for 20 to 24 minutes or until set and crust is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Repeat with remaining piecrust rounds and chocolate mixture.

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Top with whipped cream just before serving.