This dessert was inspired by an incredible dessert my husband, Grant, and I had on a trip to Colorado. Everyone will think it’s a restaurant dessert when you serve it, but you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to pull it off.—Stephanie Simmons

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart FAQs

My chocolate didn’t melt. What do I do?

If any of the chocolate pieces didn’t melt, you can microwave the bowl of ganache for 8 seconds at a time, stirring in between, to get rid of any lumps.

What kind of peanuts should I use for the crust?

We recommend that you go with lightly salted cocktail-type peanuts. Honey roasted peanuts would be good as well, just sweeter.

Salted chocolate peanut butter tart cut into slices, garnished with chopped peanuts.

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

5 / 2 votes
It’s got a crunchy, salty peanut crust, a thick layer of peanut butter mousse, and a smooth layer of chocolate ganache. You MUST top this with crushed peanuts and flaky sea salt. It’s a salty-sweet lover’s dream dessert!
David Leite
CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Servings12 servings
Calories632 kcal
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time7 hours

Ingredients 

For the crust

  • Non-stick baking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) salted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling

  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (full-fat), at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt, plus an extra pinch

For the chocolate ganache

  • 8 ounces semisweet, milk, or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the topping

  • Chopped peanuts
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions 

Make the crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Spray a round 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan or cake pan with non-stick spray. (I like to use a tart pan here because the removable bottom makes it easier to cut and serve neat slices, but you can, of course, use a cake pan if that’s what you have.)
  • In a food processor, pulse the peanuts just until they’re roughly chopped. Don’t let it run too long or you’ll make peanut butter.
  • Place the butter in a medium bowl and microwave in 15-second increments until the butter is melted. Stir in the peanuts, flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Scrape the bowl really well to get all the crust bits out and press the crust evenly into and up the sides of the tart pan. Bake until the crust is a light golden color and smells fragrant, 10 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely while you make the filling.

Make the filling

  • Give the bowl a quick wipe with a kitchen towel if there are still crust pieces in it. Pour the heavy cream into the bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream on high speed just until softly whipped, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the softly whipped cream back into a glass measuring cup (it can be the same one you used for measuring). Pop this in the fridge while you finish making the filling.
  • Add the cream cheese to the same bowl, and beat on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt, and mix until well combined. Add about one-third (just eyeball it) of the whipped cream into the bowl with the filling and mix until just combined. Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold it in with a silicone spatula until completely combined.
  • If the crust is still cooling, cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and pop it in the refrigerator until the crust is cool.
  • Spread the peanut butter filling into the cooled crust. Chill while you make the ganache.

Make the chocolate ganache

  • To a clean, dry bowl, add the chopped chocolate, making sure there’s enough room to add the heavy cream on top.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate in the bowl, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir until it smooths out—you should have a smooth, creamy ganache. Cool for a few minutes.

Assemble the tart

  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the tart. You may have more ganache than you need.
  • Let the tart chill for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving. Serve with a sprinkle of peanuts and flaky sea salt. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 or 6 days.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 servingCalories: 632 kcalCarbohydrates: 35 gProtein: 14 gFat: 51 gSaturated Fat: 22 gMonounsaturated Fat: 18 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 79 mgSodium: 412 mgFiber: 5 gSugar: 20 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2021 Stephanie Simmons. Photo © 2021 Stephanie Simmons. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Alas, in 2021, long-lasting marriages are becoming a rare commodity. Well, not true with one of the best amalgamations known to the culinary world: chocolate and peanut butter. It has stood the test of time and continues to be enjoyed, and now enhanced with fancy salt!

How great not to have to roll out pastry, and the press in peanut dough was terrific, kind of like a cookie! I served this indulgence after enjoying a leanish dinner that was pretty much carb-free (save the wine), and so we didn’t feel too guilty diving into this delicious salted chocolate peanut butter tart. It’s quite rich and we were all happy with smaller slices.

If you’re looking for a quick but impressive dessert this salted chocolate peanut butter tart can do the job. With a few tweaks, this decadent little dessert would be perfect for any dinner party.

First, I will warn you though, it’s very rich. So rich in fact that one slice between two people would be enough, which is very reminiscent of a restaurant dessert in that sense.

I used a rolling pin and a Ziploc bag to smash my peanuts, it’s an easy way to do this process without having to do all the dishes that come with using a food processor, and a good way to avoid making peanut butter. If you want to be eco-friendly just wash the bag afterward, too!




About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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  1. Ok, I have to ask…regarding the amount of butter…I know some packages are 4 ounce sticks, but the vast majority are 8 ounces. Just would like clarification on the #of ounces of butter. Thanks!

    1. Kathy, you will need 4 ounces of butter for the recipe. If you make it, please do let us know how it turns out.