Macadamia Tart

Level: Challenging
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs 45 min
Yields: 10 servings


Macadamia nuts, with their rich flavor and buttery texture are wonderful in desserts. Here, they're nestled in a flaky crust with a creamy, brown sugar filling. Melted chocolate is drizzled over the top for a professional finish.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (we recommend Land O Lakes® butter), chilled
  • 2 tablespoons or more cold water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable shortening


flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Stir in water with fork just until moistened. Shape into ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

PREHEAT oven to 425° F.

ROLL pastry into 11-inch circle on lightly floured surface. Place in 9 or 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press pastry onto bottom and up sides of pan; turn under edges and crimp. Trim if needed.

BAKE tart on baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is very lightly browned.

brown sugar and flour in medium bowl; stir until well blended. Gradually stir in cream. Pour into hot crust; sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until filling is bubbly. Cool completely in pan on wire rack for 1 to 2 hours.

morsels and vegetable shortening in small, heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH power for 15 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over tart. Garnish with nuts. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Who wouldn't love this!

by M. Melissa , Keuka Park, NY on Sep. 2008

This is a very family-pleasing recipe. It is great for a special occasion -- a "show-off" dessert.

Awesome Recipe

by C. Christa , COLDSPRING, TX on Jun. 2008

I made this for my boyfriend for our anniversary, and it turned out perfect. He loves recipes with nuts, and I wanted something different, so I tried it and he loved it. Similar to pecan pie, smooth, and just sweet enough. The only thing I changed was I did half whipping cream, and half fat free carnation milk to lower calories, and used white chocolate instead of plain for the topping. It was perfect.

Macadamia Tart

by J. JIM , ORLANDO, FL on Jun. 2006

It was so easy for me to make the Macadamia Tart. And when I took it to work, they thought I had stopped & bought it at a bakery. It's a great and yummy treat to have any time you want to give yourself a special treat.


by d. deborah , NEW BRITAIN, PA on Sep. 2005

Chocoholics delight for sure! It was a little hard to make but you will also enjoy it.


by L. L , PASADENA, CA on Feb. 2005

This tart looks like a "fancy" dessert but it was so easy and delicious!! Great for company and everday family dessert as well.

Macadamia Tart

by S. Shirlena , Port Charlotte, FL on May. 2004

I baked this for myself on Mother's Day. It was the best Desert I have had in a long time. It was easy to make and the rest of the family liked it. It will be made a lot around our house.

Macadamia Tart

by m. mike , hewitt, NJ on Apr. 2004

This is a fine recipe and works quite well, the results are excellent. My only sugestion is when baking the tart shell is to blind bake, which means to place a layer of large dry beans in the bottom of shell in order to prevent shell from rising while baking.

Macadamia Tart

by A. Audrey , Pittsburgh, PA on Jan. 2004

Quite yummy! Excellent choice for a special party. It was challenging but worth all the effort to make it.


by W. WENDY , Ankeny, IA on Jan. 2004

This was actually fairly easy, but wow, it makes quite the impression....very fancy!!

W O W How good is this?

by R. Robin , Alexandria, KY on Jan. 2004

This is THE best desert I have ever tasted! Well worth the effort to make!