Chocolate & Cardamom Coconut Tart

This holiday-worthy tart with a cardamom-scented crust is my nod to our family’s Scandinavian heritage. The filling is rich in all the right ways, with coconut, cranberries and chocolate.

Chocolate & Cardamom Coconut Tart

Average Rating: 5

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + cooling
YIELD: 16 servings.


  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, divided
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • Coarsely shredded orange zest, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Add flour and cardamom, mixing well. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, pulse pistachios in a food processor until finely chopped; remove. Repeat with cranberries. For filling, in a small bowl combine the chopped cranberries, coconut, 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, milk and 1/3 cup chopped pistachios.
  • 3. Press half the dough onto bottom and 1/4 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Spread cranberry mixture over dough. Between sheets of waxed paper, roll remaining dough into a 9-in. circle. Remove top sheet of paper. Gently flip dough and place over pistachio filling; remove remaining paper. Press dough around edge to seal. Place pan on a 15x10-in. rimmed baking pan.
  • 4. Bake until golden brown, 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; cool completely. Remove rim from pan. Microwave white baking chips on high until melted, stirring every 30 seconds; remove. Repeat with remaining 1/2 cup bittersweet chips. Drizzle tart with white and bittersweet melted chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup chopped pistachios and, if desired, shredded orange zest.
  • 5.
    Freeze option:
    Cover and freeze unbaked tart. To use, remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Preheat oven to 325°. Place tart on a baking sheet; cover loosely with foil. Bake as directed, increasing time as necessary. Cool and top as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 449 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.