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chocolate caramel tart with slice

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Caramel Tart

A decadent chocolate dessert that nobody will be able to tell is gluten-free! Made with a cookie crust, homemade soft caramel and rich chocolate ganache. The perfect special occasion dessert!  Plan on making this Chocolate Caramel Tart a day in advance. The crust will hold up great and then you'll definitely have enough time to let the caramel fully set before serving.
Course baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 -10 servings


For the Cookie Crust:

For the Caramel:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup butter cut into 6-8 pieces
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Ganache:


For the Cookie Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch tart pan (a 9-inch pie plate will also work) with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the crust. Mix using a hand or stand mixer until completely combined.
  • Press the dough into the sides and bottom of the tart pan. It will look like it's not enough dough, but once you make an even, thin layer it will be the perfect amount of dough.
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-24 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

For the Caramel: 

  • Have the butter,  heavy cream and vanilla measured and ready to go. They will be needed quickly after the sugar mixture reaches the right temperature.
  • In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan (pick one with high sides so the mixture doesn't boil over), combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, until the mixture is a dark golden/amber color, tilting the pan just slightly every couple of minutes to swirl the mixture. Do not stop early when it is just a light brown color. Wait for the amber color and avoiding stirring so the sugar mixture doesn't go up the sides of the pot.
  • Immediately add the butter, heavy cream and vanilla extract. The mixture will boil and bubble vigorously. Stir to combine everything until smooth then immediately pour into the prepared crust.
  • Transfer the tart to the refrigerator and let cool until the caramel has set, at least 2 hours.

For the Ganache:

  • Heat the cream in a microwave-safe dish until just simmering. Pour over the Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Morsels and stir until smooth. Spread the chocolate over the cooled tart.
  • Sprinkle with salt then return to the refrigerator for the ganache to set. Slice and enjoy! Keep refrigerated in between serving. Tart can easily be made a day in advance. Enjoy!


  • No candy thermometer needed for this recipe! Just keep an eye on the sugar mixture when you're making the caramel and wait for it to turn a deep amber color before adding the cream/butter.
  • A spinkle of fleur de sel gives this tart a gourmet finish and the perfect hint of salt.


Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg