Satisfy your chocolate craving with a delicious homemade brownie tart! Made with layers of rich, fudgy brownie and a scrumptious brown sugar crust, this chocolate brownie tart is simply irresistible. And best of all? The easy brownie recipe requires only 5 simple ingredients.
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Fudgy brownie tart
Decadent, gooey, and loaded with chocolate, this chocolate brownie tart is the perfect treat to whip up when that chocolate craving strikes. My recipe uses lots of chocolate and a buttery brown sugar crust. Once you try a bite, you’ll be completely sold on this fudgy chocolate tart.
The recipe is made completely from scratch, but I’ll show a shortcut for those moments when you’d rather spend less time in the kitchen. And did I mention that you’ll only need 5 ingredients? Of course, you got options to customize it to your taste.
And brownie tart is versatile, too. I love it as a snack and tasty chocolate fix. Served with a scoop of ice cream, this fudgy brownie tart would also make a lovely dessert to impress your guests.
What is a brownie tart?
A brownie tart is like an upgraded version of your classic brownie. It’s basically a gooey chocolate brownie baked into a delicious tart shell.
Brownie tart ingredients
Don’t let the fact that the recipe consists of 2 components trick you into thinking that you need a lot of materials. You actually only need 5 ingredients, which you probably already have in your pantry.
- Chocolate: Get the good stuff for this homemade brownie recipe. I like to use 60% bittersweet chocolate for a deep, rich aroma that isn’t too sweet. If you prefer to stick with semi-sweet, go with that. You can use chocolate chips, but I recommend chopping up a chocolate bar for the best flavor.
- Brown sugar provides the perfect amount of sweetness and a subtle toffee note.
- Flour: Regular all-purpose flour is all we need. For the best results, weigh the flour with a digital scale or spoon and level the flour.
- Butter: Let the butter soften at room temperature for 15 minutes before making the crust. I always use salted butter in my baking. Unsalted butter + a pinch of salt works too.
- Eggs bind the ingredients together and give the tart structure. Let the eggs come to room temp before getting started.
I wanted to create a super simple, 5-ingredient brownie recipe, but that shouldn’t stop you from customizing your brownie tart with a few extras. Feel free to optionally add any or all of the following to the brownie portion if desired.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract for a holiday version
- 1 cup chopped nuts (e.g., walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (any type will do; I love white chocolate or butterscotch)
- Mixing bowls to combine the ingredients.
- Small saucepan to melt the chocolate.
- Whisk to stir the ingredients together.
- Spatula to combine the wet and dry ingredients.
- Tart pan: I chose a 11 in x 7 in / 27 cm x 18 cm rectangular, non-stick tart pan with a removable bottom. A 9 in to 10 in / 22 cm to 25 cm round tart tin is fine as well.
How to make a brownie tart
Although super simple to prepare, this brownie tart recipe requires some assembly. First, you make the crust and fill your tart pan. Then, you pour in the brownie mixture.
Follow the steps below and check the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete instructions.
Step 1: Prep
- Set the oven rack to the lower middle and preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
- Measure out the ingredients.
Step 2: Make the crust
- Add the flour, brown sugar, softened butter, and egg yolk into a large mixing bowl.
- Combine with your fingers or a fork until the ingredients are well combined and moistened and large clumps form. The mixture will be crumbly but not dry.
Step 3: Fill the pan
- Spread the crumble mixture out into the tart pan.
- Using your fingertips, gently press the dough evenly into the pan. Set aside.
Step 4: Melt butter and chocolate
- Add the butter and chocolate into a small saucepan.
- Heat over low heat until both ingredients are fully melted.
- Stir occasionally and scrape down the sides of the saucepan as needed. Let cool slightly.
Step 5: Mix brownie butter
- Put the brown sugar and eggs into a mixing bowl.
- Whisk to combine and break the eggs apart. Add the slightly cooled chocolate-butter mixture and incorporate well.
- Finally, stir in the flour until you no longer see lumps of dry flour.
Step 6: Bake
- Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared crust and spread out evenly with a spatula or spoon.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- The tart is done when the crust looks golden brown, and a knife inserted in the center of the brownie comes out mostly clean.
Step 7: Chill, decorate, and serve
- Remove the brownie tart from the oven and let cool for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
- Optionally, drizzle melted chocolate over the pastry and decorate with chopped nuts and fresh berries.
- Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Tips for the best brownie tart
- Use high-quality chocolate. With a simple recipe like this, the quality of the ingredients matters. And the quality of the chocolate really stands out, so don’t skimp and buy the best quality you can find.
- Don’t overbake your chocolate tart to retain the soft, fudgy texture and gooey interior.
- Let cool completely. This brownie recipe is positively drool-worthy, and it’s tempting to dive right in the minute you pull the pan from the oven. But in order to slice them into bars, you need to let the brownie cool for an hour or two.
- Slice with a sharp knife to get clean, sharp edges. Run the knife under a stream of hot water and wipe dry with a paper towel between cuts.
- Get creative with the topping. Decorate your chocolate brownie tart with powdered sugar, fresh berries, chopped nuts, chocolate shavings, or a generous drizzle of caramel sauce or melted chocolate. This is not the time to hold back!
Instead of preparing one large brownie tart, use small tartlet pans to make cute brownie tartlets. The recipe instructions and quantities remain the same. Just be sure to reduce the baking time by a few minutes, so your mini brownie tarts don’t burn.
You can make a semi-homemade brownie tart in a pinch by using a boxed brownie mix and a pre-made pie crust. While the from-scratch version tastes best, I love this option when I need a quick and effortless dessert.
Any brownie mix will work. Just make sure to pick one for an 8-in or 9-in pan, not a family-size one.
Wanna elevate this tart with brownie filling to the next level? Then serve your brownie with a big scoop vanilla ice cream (or 2 or 3), a good helping of caramel sauce, fluffy whipped cream, or a spoonful fruit compote on the side.
- Room temp: The brownie can be kept at room temperature for up to 6 hours.
- Refrigerator: Store the chocolate brownie tart recipe in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy it within 4 to 5 days.
- Freezer: The tart recipe is freezer-friendly. You can freeze the whole dish or cut the brownie into individual bars or slices. Flash-freeze individual portions on a baking sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag between layers of parchment paper / baking paper. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.