Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Chocolate Tarts
I love baking and try to share my passion with my children frequently. Our family has a love for pie (I mean who doesn’t??) but for this baking sessions we changed things up a little. I decided to change our normal chocolate pie into simple chocolate tarts. Individual pies that you can hold in your hand?? Sign me up! Head to the kitchen with your kids to whip up these tasty tarts!
Chocolate Tart Recipe
Pie Dough Ingredients:
***Pie Dough Recipe from my Betty Crocker Cook Book***
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup shortening plus 2 tbs
- 4-5 tbs cold water
(Optional – substitute store bought pie dough)
- Instant chocolate pudding mix
- Milk (per package instructions)
(Optional – use snack packs for filling instead of pudding mix)
- Whipped Cream
This is a fairly easy recipe – depending on the age of your child they may be able to do most of this themselves (definitely if you used store bought pie crust and pudding). Baking with your children is a great way to expose them to math and science. Kids learn to read recipes and follow directions and also to feed themselves! All important life skills.
The recipe above is for a two crust pie dough, this will make roughly 18 tart shells (depending on how thin you roll your dough). You could also buy a store bought pie crust to make this even easier.
- Preheat the oven to 475º.
- First mix the flour and salt.
- Cut in the shortening until the dough starts to form small pea sized pieces.
- Slowly add the water until you reach the right consistency.
- I cut the dough into two pieces and had both kids help roll their own piece and cut the circles.
- Flour your counter, roll the dough and cut with a cookie cutter (roughly 4 inch circle – mine had fluted edges to make the tarts a little fancier).
- Push the cut dough into a muffin tin.
- Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly brown.
- Remove from muffin tin and let cool on baking rack.
After the tart shells cool prepare your filling. (If you are using snack packs skip this step and go straight to filling your tarts)
- Measure milk (per package directions for pie filling) into a large mixing bowl with a spout (I use my 2 pint pampered chef bowl).
- Add contents of your pudding package.
- Use a whisk and mix until pudding begins to thicken (my kids took turns mixing the pudding).
- Pour directly out of the bowl to fill the tarts (or provide your children with spoons so they can fill the tart shells themselves).
- Refrigerate until ready to serve (allow at least a few hours for pudding to set).
Top with whipped cream and serve!
This was a fun morning in the kitchen with the kids that turned into a yummy dessert after dinner 🙂 Do you have any favorite recipes you bake with your kids?
Take a look at a few of our past explorations in the kitchen here:
Shannon is currently a stay at home mom to two children, a dog and a bunny! She is passionate about baking and enjoys cooking with her kids and writes about it on her blog Crafty Mama in Me! She loves holidays and creating fun seasonal activities for the kids. Shannon is a Disney loving Mama and working on creating Disney loving kids! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Pinterest and G+!