Tropical Tart

Coconut, pineapple, and macadamia nuts give this dessert's sweet and creamy filling a tropical flair. Sprinkle toasted coconut over the top for a finishing touch.

Tropical Tart
Servings: 16 Prep 25 mins Microwave 45 seconds Cook 3 mins Chill 1 hr 30 mins


  • 1 bag (7.25 ounces; 24 cookies) 24 square chocolate cookies (such as Pepperidge Farms Chessmen)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup dried pineapple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup coconut-flavored rum (such as Malibu) or pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 envelope (from a 2.6-ounce package) powdered dairy topping mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make It


1. Set aside one cookie. In food processor, crush remaining cookies until crumbs are even in size. Add butter and sugar; pulse to blend. Press into a 9-inch tart pan. Refrigerate while making filling.


2. Combine pineapple and rum or juice in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH power for 45 seconds. Let stand 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat just until bubbly around the edges, abut 3 minutes. Place chocolate in a bowl and pour hot cream over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then stir or whisk until smooth.

4. Drain pineapple (discarding liquid) and stir into chocolate mixture, along with nuts and 1/2 cup of the coconut. Spread into crust. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours.

5. Combine topping mix, milk and vanilla in a medium-size bowl. Beat on low speed until blended, then on high for 4 minutes. Spread over chocolate mixture. Toast remaining 2 tablespoons coconut; sprinkle over tart. Crush remaining cookie; sprinkle over coconut and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 275, Fat, total (g): 19, chol. (mg): 37, sat. fat (g): 10, carb. (g): 26, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 2, sodium (mg): 72, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.