Cranberry Chocolate Cream Tart

Karen, FamilyStyle Food

Here’s a dessert recipe to take you through the entire holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. A cocoa-flavored creamy mascarpone fills a quick chocolate wafer crust, and the sweet-tart cranberry topping glistens like a jewel.

Cranberry Chocolate Cream Tart
By Karen
Makes 1 9-inch tart


For the topping:
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
¾ cup sugar

For the crust:
30 chocolate wafer cookies
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the filling:

1 pound Mascarpone Cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon heavy cream


For the topping:
Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup water in a small bowl and let soften 10 minutes.

Put cranberries in a saucepan with sugar and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Lower heat to a simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes or so; you want to soften cranberries but retain their plump shape.

Drain cranberries over a bowl. Add gelatin to juice in the bowl, stirring to dissolve. Add cranberries to the juice, stirring gently. Cover and chill until the mixture thickens, about 8 hours or overnight.

For the crust:
Heat oven to 350°F. Pulse cookies, sugar and salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add butter and pulse until mixture is moistened and holds together when you pinch it. Press crumbs onto bottom and sides of 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake crust 10 -12 minutes; cool completely on a rack.

For the filling:
Beat Mascarpone, sugar, cocoa and cream together just until spreadable. Spread filling over cooled crust and top with cranberries.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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  1. Rita said:

    This is going to be Great, I can’t wait to get it going……What a beauty for the table at Christmas dinner

  2. Dianna said:

    Yummie as our granddaughter’s alway’s shout at us when they see what recipes I am making as they get to help make it too, it is such fun to make your recipes that you’ve posted, Keep it up,

  3. Sandra Melendez said:

    I like make dessert and cakes too … cooking for my family……and my friends too…..

  4. We have a neighborhood potluck to attend the 27th and I signed up for a dessert. I think I found the perfect one. Thank you so much!