This dreamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart with Caramel and Chocolate Glaze hits all my sweet spots: chocolate, caramel and chocolate chip cookies!!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart
Hooray! After months and months of waiting, I finally was matched with my dear blogger friend, Danielle, of Hugs & Cookies XOXO, for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. We are both bakers and have been taste testing each other’s recipes for years. She’s a talented cookie decorator plus she definitely surpasses me in having the most decadent desserts on her blog. It didn’t take me long to find another marvelous recipe to try. This time up was her tart with chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel and chocolate glaze. Can you see what I meant about Danielle? The name itself is tantalizing!
Tips for Making These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Danielle made salted caramel for her version, but my family is not a fan of salt in their caramels (it takes us a LONG time to accept new food trends!). If you would like to make her recipe, just add 3/8 teaspoons salt to your caramel sauce. My caramel was a little runny…I might decrease the cream the next time; but like Bill commented, they’re gooey BUT good. And Nick, the resident caramel fanatic, was thrilled with these decadent bars.
- If your caramel is runny, just keep these bars covered and refrigerated. Slice and let warm up a bit before serving.
- Use a 13 x 4 inch rectangular tart pan to make these bars. A removable bottom is always nice for easy release from the pan. This link is the closest to these dimensions I could find on Amazon. It should work fine. Here’s another from Williams-Sonoma, but it’s pricey!
- You can tweak these bars by using bittersweet chocolate or even white chocolate for the chips (use a Ghirarelli bar and chop the size of mini chocolate chips) and/or the glaze.
Two Sweetie Pies
Danielle and I also do a monthly recipe exchange called Two Sweetie Pies. Check in next Monday to see what else I make from her blog! Here are some of the recipes I’ve tried from Hugs & Cookies XOXO so far this year:
Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars – for chocolate chip cookie lovers! Enhanced by brown butter and 3 kinds of chocolate chunks!
Twix Bars – Layers of shortbread, caramel and chocolate make these Twix bars irresistible!
Death by Chocolate Cookies – Chocolate lovers will adore these amazing cookies!
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 6 Tablespoons soft butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup regular sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup mini semisweet chips
Caramel Recipe (you may have some leftover):
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 plus 1/3 cups heavy cream (warmed in microwave)
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
Chocolate Glaze (you may have some leftover):
- 4 ounces butter
- 8 ounces chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- Fleur de sel, optional
- Preheat oven to 350º. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix till combined. Add dry ingredients and fold in chips.
- Press cookie dough into a 13 x 4 inch rectangular tart pan lining the bottom and up the sides. Make the bottom slightly thinner than the sides. Bake for about 25 minutes till nicely browned (it will puff up and fill the pan). As soon as you remove it from the oven, press the bottom flat with the back of a spoon to create room for the caramel. Cool completely.
- Make caramel by spreading the sugar in an even layer in a large pan. Set over a moderate heat and cook without stirring, until the sugar near the edges just start to liquefy.
- Use a wooden spoon and begin stirring, encouraging the melted sugar around the edges toward the center, carefully stirring up any sugar melting on the bottom, too. The sugar will start to look "pebbly" as it cooks, but keep going until it is melted completely and an amber color. If it starts browning too fast, lower the heat and keep stirring. Be patient...this takes time.
- Continue to cook until the sugar turns deep brown. Once brown, and remove from heat.
- Very slowly start adding the cream just a drop at a time, and keep stirring. This slow addition of the cream will eliminate seizing. Patiently keep adding a few drops while stirring until all of the cream is mixed in. Once smooth, add butter. Let cool.
- Pour ½ cup of caramel into middle of tart and chill till firm.
- Make the glaze by microwaving the butter and chocolate until smooth. Stir in corn syrup. Let sit a few minutes to thicken a bit. Once the caramel is firm and cold you can pour the chocolate glaze over the caramel tart to fill in the empty space.
- May sprinkle with fleur de sel if desired.
Recipe adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 226mg Carbohydrates: 45g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 40g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
I used a non-stick 13 x 4 inch tart pan with a removable bottom similar but a little smaller than this Amazon product.