Cooking with Kids: No-Bake Oreo-Snickers Ganache Tarts

Decadent little chocolate ganache tarts that will knock your chocolate-lovin’ socks off. So easy to make – a great kids cooking project! They combine the chocolate richness of Oreo cookies with the peanut crunchiness of a Snickers bar and add a layer of luscious creamy fudge. You’re welcome. (Skip to recipe.)

Four Fudgy Oreo Snickers Ganache Tarts - cooking with kids

Hang on to your chocolate cravings!

Cooking with Meredith

filling the muffin tins with the ganache tarts mixture

I know what I’m making for dessert this Valentine’s Day.

chocolate ganache tarts and vintage Valentine's cards

And yes, I’m not leaving those tarts alone in the fridge without taping the container shut, because that would be my downfall. There is NO way I could look at those tarts without taking little nibbles to check if they’re firm enough yet, or if there are enough peanuts in the middle, or if I made the crust thick enough, and before you can say Oreo-Snicker-Doodle, there’d be none left to share with friends, either. So, in the interest of saving my waistline (I’ve already sacrificed myself enough in the creating, testing, and delicious re-testing of this recipe) and sanity, I vow I will tape shut that box of ganache tarts. There . . . you have it in writing.

But hey, that only counts for Valentine’s day. As soon as the clock strikes midnight on February 14 – I can take the tape off, right?

Celebrate Valentine's Day with decadent Oreo Snickers ganache tarts

The first batch Meredith and I made, we tried using a whole chocolate sandwich cookie (gluten-free) for the base of each tart, but the cookie didn’t soften up enough and made the tart hard to eat. In the next batch I ground up the cookies with medjool dates to make the crusts. Score! Then, the next time, we had to add a layer of roasted salted peanuts inside for a more Snickersy flavour. Double Score!

Chocolate Ganache tarts - peanuts on the crust

grind the cookies to make the crust, press the crumbs into the paper liners, then add a sprinkling of roasted salted peanuts

ganache tarts - ingredients for the filling

then melt together the chocolate, peanut butter, cream, and honey until it is smooth, shiny, and thick

Chocolate Ganache Tarts in the tins

then top with that fudgy layer and add another sprinkling of crunchy peanuts

The Oreos provide their deliciously dark chocolate and cream flavours to the tart base and the medjool dates add that hint of caramel that goes so well with peanuts in a Snickers bar. Bite into one of these ganache tarts and you don’t know what to savour first – that crunchy crust, the sweet salty peanuts, or that thick, rich, nutty, fudge layer on top. Oh well, just keep eating and enjoy it all.

Oreo Snickers Chocolate Ganache Tarts

These fantastic little tarts are:

  • rich and fudgy
  • creamy and crunchy
  • lusciously peanutty and chocolaty
  • quick to make
  • kid friendly
  • adult friendly (are they ever!)
  • a decadent dessert
  • a satisfying snack
  • the answer to all your chocolate-craving dreams

so pretty and even more tasty - chocolate ganache tarts

If you’re making the beautiful Pink Pasta from my last post for a Valentine’s dinner for your sweetie, these little ganache tart beauties would make a great (and easy) dessert to go with them . . .

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Kitchen Frau Notes: To make these chocolate ganache tarts dairy-free, use coconut cream (the thick part from the top of a can of coconut milk) instead of heavy cream and make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free. Oreo cookies and Glutino gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies both don’t have any milk or eggs included in their ingredients, but both state they are made in a factory that uses milk so they could contain trace amounts of it. Using these cookies will depend on the severity of your dairy allergy and tolerance for trace amounts of it.

Oreo Snickers Chocolate Ganache Tarts

No-bake Oreo-Snickers Ganache Tarts

egg-free, gluten-free option, dairy-free option (see Notes, above)

  • 6 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos®) or the gluten-free version (like Glutino®)
  • 2 large medjool dates
  • ¾ cup (120gms) chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup (60ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (55gms) peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (45gms) roasted, salted peanuts, plus a few more for garnish

If your dates aren’t plump and moist, soak them in boiling water for 20 minutes and drain before using.

In a food processor or mini chopper, blend the chocolate sandwich cookies and dates until they are finely chopped and the mixture is sticky.

Line a muffin pan with eight paper muffin cups. Divide the cookie crumb mixture between the eight cups, then press it into the bottom of each cup with your fingers, to make an even crust. Sprinkle the salted peanuts on top of the crusts, about 6 whole peanuts per tart.

In a small saucepan over the lowest heat possible, combine the chocolate chips, cream, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Cook and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and the filling is thick, smooth and shiny. Allow the filling to cool to room temperature, but don’t leave it longer than that as it will start to firm up.

Spoon the cooled filling on top of the crusts in the muffin tin, dividing it equally between the eight tarts. Sprinkle with peanut halves or chopped peanuts.

Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour. Store the ganache tarts in the refrigerator. Take them out of the fridge 5 to 10 minutes before serving to soften slightly.

Makes 8 luscious little tarts.

 

Guten Appetit!

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Decadent Oreo-Snickers Chocolate Ganache Tarts are no-bake and so easy to make. They're luscious and nutty and fudgy. Make them for a quick dessert for Valentine's Day or any special day. A great kids cooking project, too.

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2 Responses to Cooking with Kids: No-Bake Oreo-Snickers Ganache Tarts

  1. I am a chocolate lover and as soon as I saw these delightful treats on FB I was in love! I was thinking of how I would find a way to remove the tape from that box that you accurately sealed shut! 🙂 They seem easy enough to make and even easier to devour! 🙂 Pinned!

    • Margaret says:

      Heehee. I think I’ll have to add a padlock for myself, but I think we can consider chocolate a health food, right? It has antioxidants in it. So maybe we’ll have to sneak in there anyway – for our health, you know? (And they’re maybe too darn easy to make!)

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