Monday, June 4, 2012

Five Minute Chocolate Tarts and Tea in the Garden

Have you ever wanted to have a little tea party with your kids, but didn't because you thought it would be too much trouble? What if I told you that  while your tea is brewing, you could prepare some lovely little chocolate tarts?  I call these my 5 minute tarts because they are so quick and easy to prepare.
All you need is a box of ready made cookies, a small box of instant chocolate pudding mix, 2 cups heavy cream, and a bit of sweetened coconut for garnish! I had already purchased a box of Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins, but any plain boxed shortbread cookie will work.
First, place the cookies on a baking sheet. Next mix together the chocolate pudding mix and heavy cream in a chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters. Spoon this mixture into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 2D tip (or any other tip you like) and pipe ruffles or swirls of pudding mixture onto the cookies. Garnish with a sprinkling of coconut, or grated chocolate and a sugar flower. How easy is that?! 
Now you're ready for your tea party! Pour yourself a cup of tea....
smell the hydrangeas.....
admire the hibiscus......
pour yourself another cup of tea and relax!
Tea & Tarts in just 5 minutes! You've got time for that! Have a great day!

I'm linking today with Antiques and Teacups,  Rose Chintz CottageLavender Cottage, and A Delightsome Life. Happy Tea Party Tuesday!


  1. Just darling! Thank you for this SWEET idea!
    Erica :)

  2. What a great, creative and yummy quick treat! Great idea! I bet she loved your garden tea. Thanks for sharing your creativity and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  3. That is a fabulous idea not only for children but for unexpected guests!! Thanks for sharing your lovely garden and your little princess looks adorable!! xo HHL

  4. Hi Jina,
    What an adorable little tea with your wee one! She and teddy look so happy with the treats before them. Your tarts are fabulous and in no time at all one can whip them up! I am always looking for new recipes and you have some wonderful ones. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea. I'm a new follower. Wishing you a delightful day!


  5. Wonderful! What a great idea ... for children or adults. I do love tarts!!! Tea and tarts .. YES! Happy Tea Day!

  6. Oh how precious! And what a simple yet delicious idea! Thank you! It sounds delightful for any princess tea party for our children and

  7. What an adorable post...I love your blog.
    Those little tartlets look scrummy....and the cutest little girl.
    I'm definately going to start following you.

  8. Hi Jina,
    what a cute tea time. Teddy and Princess are having tea. Its too sweet. Your tea cookies look heavenly. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. how adorable !
    I love the cute lil' girl a lot, very vintage and romantic pics. We have teh same taste in styling I guess. I'll be happy if you check out my blog too :)

  10. How far ahead can the Five Minute Chocolate Tarts be made? I'm in charge of a tea for 450 ladies and am looking for an easy, chocolate dessert to make. Thanks.

    1. Hi and thanks for your question! I'm not sure how long the cookies would remain crisp with the filling piped on them. I think you could actually use store bought tart shells in place of the cookies , and then you could possibly make them the night before your function. I would make just a few first and try it - both to see if you like them and to see how well they hold up. I have another Chocolate Tart recipe that I was going to share very soon. It's another "5 minute tart" using store bought tart shells and chocolate ganache. I've made these for a large function before and they were a hit. I topped them with a swirl of whipped cream before serving. I'll try to make that my next recipe on the blog so that you can get that recipe too. Thx! Jina