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Cranberry Chocolate Cream Tart

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Cranberry chocolate cream tart filled with cocoa-flavored mascarpone and topped with cranberry compote. A great holiday dessert to make all season long!

Cranberry Cocoa Mascarpone Tart

This chocolate and mascarpone cheese tart, topped off with ruby-red cranberry compote, is one of those perfect little black dress desserts.

Make this recipe throughout the holiday season from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s day and you’ll have a versatile sweet treat up your sleeve.

Just like the best LBD,  the tart is ready to impress for any event you might have coming your way, plus it’s simple and looks good on everyone! 😉

Cranberry Chocolate Cream Tart

It manages to be glamorous, festive, and streamlined all at the same time.

Cranberry Cocoa Cream Tart

The crust is easy to make — it’s a basic chocolate wafer cookie crumb pressed into a tart pan and baked for 10 minutes.

The rest of the dessert is fuss-free with no other baking required.

Just fill the shell with a lightly sweetened mixture of cocoa powder and mascarpone cheese, refrigerate and top with a glistening cranberry compote just before serving.

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Karen Tedesco
Easy to make chocolate mascarpone cranberry tart topped with tangy cranberry compote is a beautiful and festive dessert. Perfect to serve from Thanksgiving to Valentine's day!
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4.88 from 8 community reviews
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine dessert
Servings 8 servings


Makes 1 8-inch tart


  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar


  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies, such as Nabisco Famous
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Make the topping:

  • Sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup water in a medium bowl and let it soften for 10 minutes. Put the cranberries in a saucepan with the sugar and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat to a simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes or so — you want to soften the cranberries but keep their plump shape.
  • Drain the cranberries over the bowl in a mesh colander. Stir the juice with the gelatin to combine, then add the cranberries and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture thickens, about 6 hours.

Make the tart crust:

  • Heat the oven to 350 (175 C) degrees.
  • Pulse the cookies, sugar and salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is moistened and holds together when you pinch it.
  • Press the crumbs onto the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake the crust 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

Make the filling:

  • Blend the mascarpone, sugar, and cocoa together until smooth, by hand or using the paddle attachment of a heavy duty mixer. Spread the filling over the cooled crust and refrigerate at least 2 hour.
  • To serve, spoon the cranberry mixture over the chilled filling.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Make the cranberry topping and tart shell a day or two ahead. 
  • Fill the tart with the mascarpone mixture and chill for 2 or more hours, then just top with the compote when ready to serve.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 1172IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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    1. Louisa Morrison says:

      5 stars
      What a sophisticated and decadent dessert

    2. Hi, I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured this recipe on my blog today and to thank you for it. I see that there are no current posts on your blog so I hope that all is well with you. Merry Christmas.

    3. This looks great and I completely agree that any recipe that can manage to be glamorous, festive, and simple all at the same time is worth knowing about. This would also look gorgeous as little individual tarts. Thanks!

    4. Sarah | Shine Food says:

      Discovering your blog has been a bright spot in my (dark, dreary Mon)day! I love the versatility of this recipe, and the idea that it could be a go-to dessert from now through February. It would make a lovely contribution to this month’s Shine Supper Club. I hope you’ll consider joining us!