Indulgent and Decadent: Espresso Bean Chocolate Tarts Recipe

Picture this: silky dark chocolate ganache filling topped with crunchy coffee-infused espresso beans, all on a chocolate graham cracker crust. Can you taste it already? I’m excited to share with you my decadent chocolate espresso tart recipe.

As a barista and avid baker, I adore anything with coffee and chocolate. This recipe is the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness that will satisfy any sweet tooth cravings. Plus, the combination makes an elegant dessert for any occasion whether it’s a date night or a fancy dinner party.

This recipe requires a bit of patience and attention to detail, but don’t let that intimidate you. The end result is worth every minute spent making these heavenly tarts. Not a fan of dairy? No worries, I also have suggestions for vegan substitutions. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for making these espresso tarts. So let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts
Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts

Do you love the rich, delicious flavor of dark chocolate and bold espresso? Look no further than this amazing Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tart recipe!

With a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, this dessert is perfect for those who appreciate the complex taste of quality ingredients. Made with good quality dark chocolate and ground espresso beans, the combination of silky smooth chocolate ganache filling topped with crunchy chocolate graham cracker crust and espresso whipped cream is sure to satisfy any indulgent craving.

But what makes this recipe truly special is the versatility it offers. Whether you are planning on making a dessert for a dinner party, a special date night or just want to indulge in something sweet after a long day, these Espresso Tarts hit all the right notes. Not only are they perfect for coffee-lovers, but they can also be enjoyed by those who prefer tea – making them an ideal accompaniment for your favorite warm drink.

Plus, with their elegant presentation, these tarts are guaranteed to impress your guests or make your significant other feel extra special.

So why not give our Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tart recipe a try? We guarantee that once you indulge in the silky dark chocolate and strong espresso flavors, you’ll fall in love with this decadent dessert.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in these decadent chocolate tarts!
Get ready to indulge in these decadent chocolate tarts!

Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the ingredients you need to gather before getting started with the recipe:

  • For the Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 8 whole graham crackers, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • For the Espresso Ganache Filling:

  • 8 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped (preferably 61% cacao)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

  • For the Topping:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder or coffee granules
  • 8 oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped (preferably 61% cacao)

Make sure to get all the ingredients in good quality and follow the measurements mentioned for perfect results.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a moment to admire the beautiful contrast of espresso beans on top of rich chocolate.
Take a moment to admire the beautiful contrast of espresso beans on top of rich chocolate.

Here’s how to make these decadent espresso bean topped chocolate tarts!


  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, preferably 61% cacao, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp quality ground espresso beans
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso coffee powder
  • 6 oz chopped dark chocolate


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and mix until fully combined.

  3. Divide the mixture among eight tart pans with removable bottoms (each about four inches in diameter). Use a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup to press the mixture down into the bottom and up the sides of each pan.

  4. Bake for about ten minutes, or until set. Set aside to cool completely at room temperature before removing from the pans.

  5. To make the ganache filling, place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream and ground espresso just to a simmer over medium-high heat.

  6. Pour the espresso-infused cream over the chocolate and stir until melted and silky smooth.

  7. Fill each cooled tart with enough of the ganache filling to come most of the way up the side of each crust but not quite reaching the top.

  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until chilled and set.

  9. Whip together an additional two cups of heavy cream to stiff peaks along with three tablespoons of sugar, instant espresso coffee powder and cocoa powder.

  10. Pipe dollops or swirls of espresso whipped cream onto each of the tarts and top with crunchy chocolate covered espresso beans.

Voilà! Your silky dark ganache tart is complete.

Substitutions and Variations

 Elevate your dessert game with these espresso bean topped chocolate tarts.
Elevate your dessert game with these espresso bean topped chocolate tarts.

When it comes to making the perfect espresso bean topped chocolate tart, there are a few substitutions and variations you can try to make it truly your own. Here are some suggestions:

1. Espresso Powder: If you don’t have instant espresso coffee powder, you can use freshly brewed espresso instead. Simply brew 3-4 cups of espresso and let it cool before adding it to the ganache filling.

2. Graham Cracker Crust: Don’t like graham crackers? No problem! You can substitute them for Oreos, digestive biscuits or even vanilla wafer cookies. They will add a different texture and flavour to the tart.

3. Chocolate: While this recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate preferably 61% cacao or higher, you could use milk chocolate or white chocolate instead if you prefer a sweeter taste. Just make sure to adjust the sugar content in the recipe accordingly.

4. Toppings: The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings! Instead of espresso beans, try using chopped hazelnuts or almonds for a nutty crunch on top of your tart. Or, you could sprinkle some sea salt on top for a sweet and salty contrast.

5. Vegan Option: If you’re looking for a vegan option, you can swap out the heavy cream with coconut cream and use vegan chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate. This will create a silky smooth texture without compromising on flavour.

Remember, the most important thing is to have fun experimenting with different ingredients until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs coffee and dessert when you can have both in one delicious bite?
Who needs coffee and dessert when you can have both in one delicious bite?

Once you’ve baked your decadent espresso chocolate tarts to perfection, it’s important to present them in a way that does justice to their rich flavors. I like to serve my tarts with a dollop of freshly whipped espresso cream, which adds a buttery and silky smooth texture to the crunchy chocolate graham cracker crust. The whipped cream also balances out the intense espresso and dark chocolate flavors, offering a delightfully light and refreshing counterpoint.

If you prefer your desserts less sweet, try serving the tart alongside a bold blend of coffee or espresso, which will bring out the complex, earthy notes of the chocolate ganache filling. Some people like to pair their Chocolate Espresso Tarts with a spot of Irish whiskey or dessert wine for those special occasions when they want to indulge.

In terms of presentation, you can get as creative as you like. Dress up your Espresso Tarts with a drizzle of caramel or hot fudge sauce over them, or top them off with fresh berries for an outstanding pop of color and flavor.

Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or enjoying an afternoon tea-time treat with friends, these Espresso Chocolate Tarts are sure to leave everyone begging for more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A match made in heaven: chocolate and espresso.
A match made in heaven: chocolate and espresso.

Let’s face it, sometimes we’re just too busy to make a dessert right before serving it. Luckily, these Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts can be made ahead of time and still taste just as delicious as if they were freshly made.

To make ahead, prepare the tarts as instructed and let them cool completely. Once cooled, cover the tarts tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you are ready to serve, remove the tarts from the fridge and bring them to room temperature for about 30 minutes before garnishing with espresso whipped cream and espresso beans.

If you have leftover tarts, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, simply place the tart(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 325°F (160°C) for about 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, the tart(s) can be reheated in the microwave at medium power for 20-30 second intervals until heated through.

Keep in mind that due to the delicate nature of these tarts, they should not be frozen – doing so may cause the texture and consistency of the ganache filling to change. So if you plan ahead and make these tarts ahead of time, store them in the fridge instead of freezing them.

With this make-ahead tip, you can enjoy your Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts any day of the week without sacrificing any flavor or quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These tarts are picture-perfect and taste even better.
These tarts are picture-perfect and taste even better.

In order to achieve the best possible outcome for this recipe, there are a few tips that I would like to share with you. Making an espresso bean topped chocolate tart can be a daunting task, but with these tips, you’ll have nothing to worry about. So, let’s get started.

The first tip is to use good quality ingredients. When it comes to chocolate, always choose bittersweet or dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao, preferably 61 percent or more. For the crust, it’s important to use unsalted butter and graham cracker crumbs that are finely ground. When selecting espresso powder and instant espresso coffee powder, be sure to choose good quality ground espresso beans.

The second tip is to make sure your crust is properly packed. Use a flat-bottomed glass or measuring cup to firmly press the crumb mixture into the tart pan. Make sure there are no gaps or holes in the crust as it will affect the balance of the tart’s filling.

The third tip is to properly melt the chocolate for the ganache filling. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place them in a heat-proof bowl. In a separate pot over medium heat, bring heavy cream to a simmer and add espresso powder, stirring until dissolved. Pour hot cream mixture over chopped dark chocolate and whisk until smooth and silky. This process will create a silky ganache filling for your tart.

The fourth tip is to allow enough time for the tart filling to set. Once you’ve poured the warm ganache filling into the prepared crust, lightly tap the tart pan on a flat surface to release any air bubbles that may be trapped in the filling. Let it cool at room temperature until firm before topping it with whipped cream and crushed espresso beans.

The fifth and final tip is allowing your tart to chill before serving. This will ensure that your hard work has paid off! Place your espresso bean topped chocolate tarts in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

By following these tips, you’ll have a silky smooth chocolate ganache filling within a crunchy chocolate graham cracker crust that is topped with flavorful espresso whipped cream and crunchy espresso beans. Your tart will look amazing, and it will taste just as good!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts offers a delectable and luxurious experience to any coffee and chocolate lover. The combination of rich flavors, silky textures, and crunchy graham cracker crust creates a unique sensation that leaves you wanting more.

By following the step-by-step instructions provided in this article, you can easily make these espresso tarts at home and enjoy them with your loved ones. Moreover, the recipe allows for multiple substitutions, variations, and serving options, making it versatile enough to cater to different tastes and preferences.

Whether you decide to make this chocolate espresso tart for a special occasion or simply as a treat for yourself, I am confident that you will be blown away by its deliciousness. So, put on your barista hat and get ready to impress your guests with this unforgettable chocolate ganache tart.

Remember to always use good quality ingredients, especially when it comes to choosing your chocolates and espresso beans. By investing in high-quality products, you will elevate the flavors of the tarts and ensure that they turn out perfectly every time.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron, preheat your oven, and follow my expert tips to create a batch of silky dark chocolate espresso tarts that will leave everyone craving more. Trust me; once you try these delights, there’s no going back!

Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts

Espresso Bean Topped Chocolate Tarts Recipe

Posted by request. This is an adaptation of the recipe called "Espresso to Go" in the book Death by Chocolate Cookies by Marcel Desaulniers. I have not tried this yet.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 116.3 kcal


  • 3/4 3/4 cup whipping cream or 3/4 cup double cream
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 30 chocolate covered espresso bean candies, garnish


  • In a medium-large saucepan, heat cream, espresso powder, sugar, and butter, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Place the chopped chocolate together in a large heat safe bowl and then pour the hot cream mixture on top; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Stir until smooth.
  • Line muffin tins with foil candy liners and set aside.
  • Using two spoons, portion out 2 Tbsp of the chocolate mixture into the foil cups.
  • Top each cup with a chocolate covered espresso bean.
  • Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Serve immediately or seal in an airtight container and keep stored in the fridge.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 24gCalories: 116.3kcalCarbohydrates: 6.3gProtein: 2.1gFat: 11.7gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 12.2mgSodium: 6.1mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, For Large Groups, Sweet, Tarts
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