Chocolate Tart in Pretzel Crust

Measure the pretzels by stacking them in a 1-cup measuring cup, using slight pressure from your hand to fill the cup.

For the crust:

6 chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos®

2 cups mini pretzel twists

6 tablespoons butter, melted

For the chocolate filling:

1 (4-ounce) good-quality semisweet chocolate bars, such as Ghiradelli®

1 (4-ounce) good-quality milk chocolate bars, such as Ghiradelli®

cup heavy cream

whipped cream, optional for garnish

additional mini pretzel twists for optional garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. Place the pretzels and cookies into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal “S” blade. Pulse until almost fine; some small pretzel pieces should remain. Pour into mixing bowl. Add the melted butter. Stir to moisten the crumbs. Press into a 9-inch glass pie plate or a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or your palm to work mixture into an even layer on the bottom and up sides of the pan. Place the pan on a cookie sheet for easy transfer to from the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. Place the chocolate on your cutting board. Using a sharp knife, finely chop the chocolate.

4. Heat the cream in a medium pot until it is simmering. Add the chocolate, including any small shards from the cutting board. Turn off the heat. Stir until smooth and chocolatey throughout. Pour into the prepared crust and chill for at least 2 hours.

5. Slice and serve plain or with whipped cream and pretzels.