Greek Yogurt Berry Cookie Tart

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When I arrived back home a week ago, Mr. T had made this awesome tasting but very high in calories fruit pizza for me. And we decided that I had to recreate it and make it a little bit healthier! The filling in this one is made out of Greek yogurt, cream cheese and white chocolate. It’s super quick and easy to whip up and a breeze to decorate, which is always a score for someone like myself who has no decorating skills. Just toss on some blueberries and strawberries and you’ve got a great little dessert for July 4th.

I made two versions of this tart. One with a more traditional crust with very little sugar and some coconut oil. I used all whole wheat pastry flour, which I had brought back with me, and it was a huge failure. And then I tried again but with a cookie crust. And with butter and a lot more sugar. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that this version was SO much better.

The crust isn’t too hard and not too soft. I’d say it’s kind of like a Lofthouse cookie. While I really loved the tart Mr. T made for me, I found myself leaving the crust behind. It just wasn’t soft enough for my liking. With this version, the crust is just as good as the topping! No wasted calories here.

This time I went with half white whole wheat and half whole wheat pastry flour. I don’t recommend using regular whole wheat flour unless you want your cookie base to taste healthy. I was worried that there might still be a slight whole wheat taste, even with my combination of the two flours, so I used some lemon extract and zest which resulted in a crust that’s light and lemony. No whole wheat taste here!

Greek Yogurt Berry Cookie Tart | texanerin.com

Now we need to talk about white chocolate. While I was living in the US, I wasn’t really into baking like I am now. And I never used white chocolate, just because I didn’t come across any white chocolate recipes I really wanted to try.

Then I moved to Germany and started experimenting with white chocolate. I buy the cheapest brand and even that’s amazing. I always shrugged and admittedly rolled my eyes at the warnings on recipes from other bloggers. “Make sure to use a high quality white chocolate!” And so many people wrote comments on my blog about how they didn’t like white chocolate. I just couldn’t understand it. To me, it was like saying you don’t like puppies or little ducklings or something. It just couldn’t be.

But now I understand.

White chocolate in the US? That stuff was disgusting. It tasted like plastic and chemicals. My mother had a few different brands in her pantry and I didn’t like any of ‘em. From what I’ve read and heard, Ghirardelli is the best. So please… do not make this recipe with the cheap stuff! (unless you live in Europe, where the cheap stuff is good :))

And one final thing to note is that your filling will be thicker than what you see here. I might have eaten about… a third of it waiting for my cookie crust to cool. It was just too good. So I apologize for the misrepresentative picture! Just imagine the filling being as thick as the crust.

Greek Yogurt Berry Cookie Tart

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Greek Yogurt Berry Cookie Tart
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  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

    For the cookie crust:

  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) butter
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (125 grams) unrefined or white sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon extract
  • ¾ cup (93 grams) white whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup (93 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • For the filling:

  • ¾ cup (110 grams) white chocolate
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • To decorate:

  • strawberries and blueberries

Directions

    For the cookie crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, lemon zest and lemon extract and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (white whole wheat, flour through baking soda) and mix for a minute or until well combined.
  5. Press into the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 14"x5" tart pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Let the tart cool completely before filling.
  7. For the filling:

  8. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on half power in 20 second increments, stirring after each 20 seconds, until melted.
  9. Add the cream cheese and Greek yogurt and with a hand mixer, beat together until well combined. Spread this over the cooled cookie crust.
  10. Cover and store in the refrigerator until serving.
  11. Before serving, add the strawberries and blueberries or any other fruit you'd like.

Notes

  • If you add the berries the night before, I'm afraid that they'll bleed and look rumply in the morning. So please decorate just before serving!
  • Only use a high quality white chocolate. If it's not good enough to eat on its own, it's probably not good enough to use in this tart.

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49 comments on “Greek Yogurt Berry Cookie Tart” — Add one!

  • Patty
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    July 9, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    Beautiful berry cookie tart with such perfect strawberries! This is a Summer dessert that’s just perfect for anytime ;)

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    • Erin replies to Patty
      July 20, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Patty! And agreed. It’s perfect any time! ;)

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  • Carolyn says
    July 8, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    This is so beautiful, Erin. I keep thinking I need to make a cookie pizza, I think it would be pretty easy to do low carb and GF. You’ve inspired me!

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    • Erin replies to Carolyn
      July 20, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

      It would be easy! You have to make one. :) So happy to have inspired you!

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  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings
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    July 6, 2013 @ 3:58 am

    I need to move to Europe!!! LOL! Kidding aside, this cookie tart looks absolutely, ridiculously P.E.R.F.E.C.T…I want to try this, like, right now. I need to try this recipe soon!

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  • Maria G. says
    July 5, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Hi, what white chocolate do you suggest I use when whipping up this fruit pizza? I actually have a lot of ideas in mind but now I am no longer sure because my ideas may not be the best white chocolate brand. Can you recommend a brand for me? I am preparing this for the Fourth of July and I don’t want to mess up. Thanks.

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    • Erin replies to Maria G.
      July 5, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

      I’d use Ghirardelli. I link to it in the second to last paragraph. :) Hope you enjoy it!

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  • Suzanne
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    July 4, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    Your tart looks beautiful!! You captured it wonderfully so I don’t know what you were worried about when taking photos. I have to say I totally agree with you and the white chocolate thing. My foreign exchange student introduced us to the good stuff…huge difference. I am really going to make this soon since I was just thinking about a dessert pizza but something a little lighter would be great. Thanks for posting this recipe :)

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    • Erin replies to Suzanne
      July 20, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

      It was just tricky with the angles! And do you think Ghiradelli is as good as the German stuff? I need to know for research purposes. ;)

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  • The Café Sucre Farine says
    July 4, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    This looks beautiful and sound so delicious, thanks for working out all the fabulous details Erin!

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  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} says
    July 4, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Love that Mr. T made you a pizza. I especially love that you made such a beautiful tart that is semi healthy. I SO want that crust right now.

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    • Erin replies to Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}
      July 20, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

      The crust is SO good! Definitely give it a try. And yeah… that fruit pizza was the best coming home present I could have asked for! :)

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  • Chamisa says
    July 3, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Can you use coconut oil instead of butter in the crust? I want to make this for our 6th :) of July party, but I have a family coming that is dairy-free. Do you think it will work?

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    • Chamisa replies to Chamisa
      July 3, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      I forgot to mention that I’ll be using something else for the filling, just wanting to use your crust recipe along with the berries.

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    • Erin replies to Chamisa
      July 3, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      Hey there! I usually use coconut oil and regular butter interchangeably but I’ve never had luck with it comes to crusts like this. :( And what kind of flour would you use? I don’t think this would be good with all regular whole wheat and using German 405 or 550 would be a gamble, too. If you tried with coconut oil, I would use less. I’d go with 52 grams and see if that works but I’m afraid I’m not sure about it. Good luck if you do try and happy 6th! :D

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      • Chamisa replies to Erin
        July 6, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

        I followed your advice, used 52g coconut oil and half 405 and half whole spelt flour. I had to double it to fit in those German tart pans, and it was like a giant chewy cookie. A huge hit at our picnic! For anyone else dairy-free, I used the custard from this recipe http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/06/02/berry-tart-with-dairy-free-vanilla-bean-custard/. Thanks for another great recipe!

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        • Erin replies to Chamisa
          July 20, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

          Awesome! So happy that it worked out for you and thanks for the link to that custard. Sounds good! :)

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says
    July 2, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    That is really interesting! I didnt realize the difference in quality of the chocolate! I need to find out if the same is true here! (I dont really care for white chocolate either, but maybe its the quality Ive tasted…. hmm!) This looks amazing though, and the photos are really awesome!

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    • Erin replies to Carla @ Carlas Confections
      July 2, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

      Yeah, it’s only white chocolate I’m talking about here with quality! I’m sure I’d be fine with some cheap semi-sweet chocolate. :) And darn… I wish I would have seen you while in the US! I would have brought you a big bar of German white chocolate to bake with. And thanks for the picture comment. :D I wanted to throw this thing out the window! Really frustrating.

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  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    July 2, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    This tart is gorgeous! Love the idea of adding lemon zest and extract to hide the wheat taste!

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  • Eat Good 4 Life says
    July 2, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Ha I totally understand what you mean about using the cheap stuff. It is truly disgusting. This tart looks amazing, I see that you have used your new mold :-)

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  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    July 2, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Just perfect :D

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  • JulieD says
    July 2, 2013 @ 5:43 am

    I love this so much…perfect for summer!

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    • Erin replies to JulieD
      July 2, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      Thank you, Julie! And agreed. To me, this is *the* summer dessert. :)

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  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    July 2, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    Sometimes things aren’t meant to be healthy. Hey, there’s still the fruit, right? This is one stunning tart.

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
    July 2, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    This is such a gorgeous tart, Erin! So colorful and perfect for a festive Fourth dessert!

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  • Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says
    July 2, 2013 @ 1:04 am

    At least I have a reason not to like white chocolate: it makes my stomach hurt. But then again maybe I was eating the cheap stuff. Ghirardelli white chocolate does spark my interest though because it only has one ingredient in it. But this cookie tart thing looks sooo delicious! Do you think the filling would work with using actual chocolate (like milk/semi-sweet/dark)?

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    • Erin replies to Becca from Cookie Jar Treats
      July 2, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

      Hmm. Maybe? I don’t know how well chocolate would go with Greek yogurt but I’m guessing it’d be lovely! :) And white chocolate makes your stomach hurt? Aww. That stinks!

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    July 1, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Such a pretty tart, this would be perfect for 4th of July!

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  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    July 1, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    Aren’t you quick! I didn’t expect this tart for a few days!! Gorgeous, and I just want to a spoon to dig into that cream!

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    • Erin replies to Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
      July 1, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

      What’s sad is that I had to make two versions. I hate it when that happens and I don’t have anyone to share with. It means I can’t make other stuff because I have to eat all this! At least it tastes good. Well, this was quite the rant. Sorry about that, Erin. :)

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  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says
    July 1, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    This is beautiful! And I love that you’ve made it healthier :)

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    • Erin replies to Annie @ Annie’s Noms
      July 1, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

      Thanks, Annie! I tried with the healthifying but there’s only so much I could (or really wanted) to do. ;)

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  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
    July 1, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaand look how pretty that pic is ;)

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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    July 1, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    This is one of my faaaavorite desserts that people bring to summer gatherings! Excited to see a healthier version :)

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  • Kathryn says
    July 1, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Love the idea of that cookie crush, the fresh berries and that rich and creamy filling. So good.

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    • Erin replies to Kathryn
      July 1, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Kathryn! And yeah… about that cookie crust: I want it in everything now. No more normal crust. Ever! :)

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  • Tracey says
    July 1, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    What a gorgeous tart! I love the cookie crust and the white chocolate filling. I’m a white chocolate lover (always the good stuff!), especially when it’s paired with fruit :)

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    • Erin replies to Tracey
      July 1, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

      Ooh, I should have asked you where to get the good stuff while in the US! I did look at those Belgian bars at TJ’s but they didn’t have any white chocolate.

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