Caramel & Macadamia Nut with White Chocolate Tarts

Caramel & Macademia Nut White Chocolate Tarts ~ This is a delectable little bite of caramel goodness mixed in with the nutty and salty crunch of macadamia nuts. To top off the tartlets is a  mousse like buttercream dollop of white chocolate frosting.

Caramel & Macademia Nut with White Chocolate Tart

 The idea for these little tarts are from a catering company in Orange County called 24 Carrots. They catered a lunch event at my company last week and these were one of the desserts. I ate the first one quickly for pleasure and then the second one I ate much slower.

The second was for tasting. I made a few mental notes to take home so that I could recreate it in my kitchen. As you can see from the recipe it really wasn’t that hard to do. This is really delicious and makes for such a nice little finger dessert.

To short-cut the recipe I used pre-made tart shells from here. For the topping I used a Swiss meringue buttercream base instead of a more traditional whip cream topping because it lent a nice mousse-like texture without being too light against the caramel and nut filling.  The original tarts from 24 Carrots uses a much lighter topping, that I found disappeared before it could compliment the caramel and macadamia filling.

A few notes:

  • I don’t recommend using store bought caramel sauce as it tends to be overly sweet and tends to be too thin for these recipe.
  • For those that are regular readers, I often recommend taking the caramel to a dark amber stage before adding the cream and butter, but for this recipe the caramel is ready at medium amber. This will make for a more nuetral flavor caramel so that the macadamia nuts won’t be overpowered.
  • I reccomend using roasted and salted macadamia nuts as its more flavorful. I bought mine at Trader Joes.
  • Tarts can be fully assembled a day ahead.

Caramel & Macademia with White Chocolate Tarts

Makes 2 dozen two inch tartlets

Tart Crust

  • 24 two inch tartlets, premade or homemade
  • 3 tablespoons confectioner sugar

Caramel and macadamia tart filling

  • ¾ cup Macadamia nut, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup homemade caramel sauce  (recipe follows)

White chocolate buttercream

  • 3 oz white chocolate, melted  
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To make caramel and macadamia tart filling:

1. Coarsely chop macadamia nuts and fold into caramel sauce.

To make white chocolate buttercream:

1.  Place white chocolate and heavy cream in a heat proof bowl over simmering water and stir to melt; set aside
1. Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over simmering water. Bring mixture to 160 degrees F while whisking constantly.
2. Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl, fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium  high speed (speed 8 on a KitchenAid stand mixer)until mixture cools and doubles in volume and forms soft medium peaks; about 10-12 minutes.
3. Add butter in one piece at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. The mixture may appear clumpy and almost curdled looking-this is normal. Keep mixing and it will become even and smooth again. Add salt and vanilla and mix to combine. Add cooled white chocolate and mix to combine.

To assemble:

1. Dust tart shells with confectioner sugar. Place one tablespoon of caramel and macadamia tart filling in shell and then pipe white chocolate buttercream on top.  

Homemade Caramel Sauce (click here for a step-by-step picture tutorial)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ c heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat and stir the until sugar has dissolved. Dissolve any crystals forming on the side with a wet pastry brush.
  2. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high.
  3. At this point do not stir the mixture directly. Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute or so. 
  4. After 3-4 minutes the mixture will turn from a light amber to medium amber. Add the butter and heavy cream at this point. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Set aside to cool completely.
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30 Responses to “Caramel & Macadamia Nut with White Chocolate Tarts”

  1. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 22, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Per your comment earlier to me today, yes, you really do love your caramel, don’t you. These look…amazing!

    The opening pic, with that cross sectional shot, omg…I want.


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    Blog is the New Black — February 22, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Love macadamia nuts… this looks amazing!!!


  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 22, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    These are so pretty! Love what you’ve done!


  4. #
    Becca — February 22, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Great little bite size treats!


  5. #
    Jany@SuperCuteCookies — February 22, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    They look amazing & pictures look wonderful!


  6. #
    DessertForTwo — February 22, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    These look absolutely divine! I could eat 5 of ‘em in one sitting! :)


  7. #
    Mary @ Bake Break — February 22, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    YUM! I’m a total sucker for macadamia nuts – especially in combination with caramel. These look beautiful and tasty!


  8. #
    Living The Sweet Life — February 22, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    oh my goodness … all I can think of saying right at this point is YUM!! I need to make these, I can just imagine the creamy caramel, and the crunchy nuts all nestled in that buttery pastry


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    Living The Sweet Life — February 22, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    oh my goodness … all I can think of saying right at this point is YUM!! I need to make these, I can just imagine the creamy caramel, and the crunchy nuts all nestled in that buttery pastry


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    Russell van Kraayenburg — February 22, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    How cute are these guys! Can you believe I’ve actually never cooked or baked with macadamia nuts?! Maybe I need to make these so I can say that I have.


  11. #
    Kankana — February 22, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    OMG these are so pretty! With white chocolate and macadamia nuts I and the husband will go crazy over these.


  12. #
    Kristen — February 22, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    You had me at caramel and white chocolate… my two fave flavors!


  13. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 22, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    Oh goodness, you know I can’t resist a caramel dessert and you went and added macadamia nuts too! Mmm…..


  14. #
    Jaclyn — February 23, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    these look delicious! and adorable! and amazing! i am a huge fan of swiss meringue buttercream, and i can only imagine how wonderfully it compliments the macadamia nuts and caramel. you can totally just air-mail me some of these, right?


  15. #
    Luciana — February 23, 2012 @ 1:19 am

    These tarts are adorable! Love your photos!


  16. #
    Spencer — February 23, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    Looks absolutely delicious! I love white chocolate and know I would love your recipe.


  17. #
    Quyen - Kitchen Runway — February 23, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    Such beautiful and scrumptious looking tarts! I love the combo of macadamia nuts and caramel – they just belong with each other!


  18. #
    MikeVFMK — February 24, 2012 @ 3:13 am

    my kind of tarts. caramel and macadamia and white chocolate heaven. Love the shots, particularly the one from above. So precious!


  19. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — February 24, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    oh my goodness I’m in LOVE :) they are so cute and I’m sure delicious!!!


  20. #
    Jennifer (Delicieux) — February 24, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    I find it so hard to resist anything with caramel, and I would sure find it hard to resist these gorgeous little tarts. Such beautiful photos too.


  21. #
    Vicki V — February 25, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I’m pinning these: they are just GORGEOUS!


  22. #
    Sarah — February 26, 2012 @ 4:58 am

    Yum! Bite-sized dessert is the best. Add caramel? YUMMMMM.


  23. #
    Sweetsugarbelle — February 26, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Instead of rambling, I’m just going to say wow!


  24. #
    meatballs & milkshakes — March 27, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    I love anything with caramel and these look absolutely delicious!


  25. #
    L C — June 4, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    The link to the pre made shells is not working. Can you please repost?
    Thank you!


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  27. #
    niki — February 5, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    making these now and noticed that the vanilla is not in the buttercream measurements but it is in the instructions. I think I’ll just throw 1 tsp in, but I wanted to give you a heads up!


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