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Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles

Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles | thefirstyearblog.com
A few weeks ago I wrote about how I am experiencing a quarter century taste bud crisis, and I think it’s because I am turing 25 next month.

The crisis is that I am starting to like citrus flavors over chocolate, and I’ve always been a chocolate girl.

Well, that whole citrus craving must have been a phase because I am back to craving chocolate. And mocha. And peanut butter cups. And mini tarts.

Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles | thefirstyearblog.com
These mocha mousse tarts with peanut butter cup crumbles are like personal sized pies. Which is great for those of us who find ourselves eating or wanting to eat an entire regular sized pie.

And the best part about these tartlets? A mini dessert means you don’t have to share!

Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles | thefirstyearblog.com
I know peanut butter cups can be dangerous. You buy a bag from the store, it mysteriously opens while you’re driving home, and before you know it half the bag is gone before you even get to use the peanut butter cups as you planned.

So I am going to share my secret tip with you. After you use the peanut butter cups for a recipe, store the rest of them inside a ziploc bag in the freezer.

You can hide them behind the peas if you want. But if they are out of sight, I know I am less likely to snack on them. Now you don’t have to go out and buy peanut butter cups each time a recipe calls for a few, because you’ll have some in your freezer!

Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles | thefirstyearblog.com
There are two main parts to this recipe. The tart shells and the mocha mousse.
The tart shells can be made in advance and the mocha mousse should be prepared right before serving.

Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 tarts


    Mocha Mousse
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Tart Shells
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • Topping
  • 10 mini peanut butter cups
  • Melted Chocolate for drizzling


    Tart Shells
  1. Mix the flour, confectioners sugar, and salt. Use your hands to cut in the butter until it disappears. In small bowl, combine the egg yolk and water, add this to the dry ingredients and mix. The dough may seem too dry, but your use hands to knead the dough and it will come together.
  2. Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap, then chill in the refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. Roll the dough out, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter or cup to make circles of dough.
  5. Line a muffin pan with liners, and place one circle in each hole, pushing the centers down to make little bowls. (The muffin liners are there to keep the dough from sticking to the muffin cup and they also make it easier to remove the tart shells after baking).
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the shells are golden. Allow them to cool completely, then remove them from the pan.
  7. Mocha Mousse
  8. In a bowl, combine the heavy cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla. Beat using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (5+ minutes). Add in the instant coffee and cocoa powder, mix gently by hand. Divide the mocha mousse among the shells.
  9. Topping
  10. Chop the mini peanut butter cups, and evenly divide the crumbles among the tarts. Top the tarts with melted chocolate drizzle.

Tart shell recipe adapted from Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard.


Mocha Mousse Tarts with Peanut Butter Cup Crumbles | thefirstyearblog.com
These mocha mousse tarts are so delicious and would be something unique to bring to your next party.
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  1. Peanut butter cup crumbles? Sign me up! :)

  2. YUM, you make the best mini desserts and peanut butter cup crumble…YES,PLEASE! :)

  3. Mocha and peanut butter cups!?! This is my kind of dessert!

  4. WHAT! I love all things mini and these sound amazing!! Love you blog!

  5. What a great combination of ingredients – mocha and peanut butter? I especially like that it comes in tart form – great portion control built right in!

    • Exactly! As long as we can find some friends to share these with, then we won’t be tempted to eat all of them!

  6. Oh gurllllll. I need these in my life. Why is everything with peanut butter and chocolate ah-mazing?! Pinned!

  7. Oh! I love these! So glad you are back on the chocolate loving wagon Beth. These mini tarts are gorgeous! You just can’t go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combo!

    • I may be a flip flopper for a while, or a lover of both chocolate and citrus!

  8. Oooh, these look amazing! I don’t usually think to put mocha and peanut butter together, but that sounds like a delicious combo. Stopping by from Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

    • It’s one of my favorite combos! I always combine my coffee frozen yogurt with peanut butter frozen yogurt!

  9. These looks so delicious! Not sure I’d be able to stop at one;) Thanks for sharing!

  10. I saw this on Make Bake Create Link party and the name alone had me sold! These look incredible!

  11. Have you ever tried frozen peanut butter cups? Pretty sure they’re delicious as well and wouldn’t last long in my freezer. These look delicious as always Beth!

  12. Totally irresistible!

  13. These look delicious! I’m pretty sure it would make my hubby’s week (maybe month- I don’t bake a whole lot) if I pulled these out!

    Also- love your styling!

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