Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart

by Kate on May 14, 2013

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So… I had planned on sharing this recipe with you next month sometime since I had already baked everything I’d planned to share here for the month. However, when I was taking this to test it out on my guinea pigs at work I snapped a picture of this lovely Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart and posted it on Instagram and Facebook, all that changed. Soon after the picture circulated then came the flood of comments asking where was the recipe??? How can I argue with that? The people have spoken and this recipe was being demanded so I couldn’t keep it from you.

Remember when I made that ah-mazing Potato Chip Pretzel Caramel Corn? I mentioned back then that when I was brainstorming what to do with caramel and pretzels  for that I’d had the idea of perhaps making a pie or tart of sorts. At that time I opted out of that idea since I do make a lot of pies and tarts. I just love them though! Tarts especially. I love to make them, eat them and I love how beautiful they look.

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Last month, I thought a pretzel caramel tart sounded like a brilliant idea and tons of people commented affirming that they too loved the sound of it so I ran with it. Oh, I’m so glad I did and you will be too. I present to you a pretzel crust filled with chocolate ganache topped with smooth, buttery caramel and a sprinkle of pretzels creating a stunning, decadent tart. It’s everything that I tend to love in a dessert. It’s sweet, it’s a hint of salty and it is oh so sinfully delicious. If you saw those postings on Instagram and Facebook then you likely also saw the aftermath. This tart was gone and fast! Co-workers who were out on calls or otherwise busy were very disappointed when after less than an hour of my being at work the tart had disappeared already. Oh yeah, it’s that good.

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Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart

Yield: 10\\\" tart/12 servings

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tart

Pretzel crust filled with chocolate ganache topped with smooth, buttery caramel and a sprinkle of pretzels creating a stunning, decadent tart.


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely crushed thin pretzels (3 1/2 ounces) plus an additional 1/4 cup for topping
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • Ganache
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Caramel
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Maldon sea salt


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter with 3/4 cup of the pretzels and the confectioners' sugar at low speed until creamy. Add the flour and egg and beat until combined. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of pretzels, beat just to incorporate, leaving some pieces intact. Flatten the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out the dough between the sheets of plastic wrap to an 11-inch round. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough over a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. This dough is incredibly sticky and will seem more like the consistency of cookie dough than pie dough. Press the dough into the corners and patch any tears by trimming the overhanging dough and pressing it into holes. Refrigerate the shell for 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Line the dough with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until nearly set. Remove the parchment and weights and bake 10-15 minutes longer, until the tart shell is firm. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Brush bottom and sides of shell with melted chocolate and refrigerate for 10 minutes, until set.
  4. While chocolate shell is setting, make the ganache. Place chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside. In a small saucepan, warm heavy cream until steam starts rising from it. Pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until smooth and shiny. Spread 1 cup of the ganache into the crust and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour. Set remaining ganache aside for later.
  5. In a medium saucepan, add the sugar and water stirring over low heat until sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to medium and boil until the sugar syrup is an amber color, about 8 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally to evenly heat.Remove from heat.
  6. Add cream, butter, vanilla and salt (mixture will bubble up). Return pan to very low heat; stir until caramel is smooth and color deepens, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate uncovered until cold but not firm, about 20-30 minutes.
  7. Spoon cold caramel over ganache. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup crushed pretzels. Reheat remaining ganache, if necessary. Drizzle some of the ganache decoratively over the top and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.
  8. Chill before serving, at least 1 hour.


Adapted from both Epicurious and Food and Wine