Chocolate Egg Basket Tartelettes for Spring & Easter Holidays

Despite complicated look those egg basket tartelettes / tartlets are quite quick and easy to make, all you need is some shortcrust pastry, condensed milk and decorations.

The condensed milk filling is adaptation of Polish mazurek recipe I made last year and the idea for the baskets is based on traditional Polish Easter braided bread bakes.

how to make tartelettes


for the shortcrust

  • 3 cups / 500 g plain flour
  • bar / 250 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup golden caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbs natural yoghurt or soured cream

for the condensed milk filling

  • 2 x 397 g tins of sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbs cocoa powder – optional

how to make baskets from shortcrust pastry

for the topping

  • colourful fondant icing to make sugar flowers and butterflies or ready (shop bought) sugar decorations
  • sugar coated chocolate eggs
  • icing sugar + hot water (to stick the decorations)

traditional Polish Easter bakes recipe


chocolate egg baskets for Easter


  1. If you are making your own sugar decorations prepare them in advance, even days before.
  2. On the day of making tartelettes in a mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the shortcrust base and knead until well combined.
  3. Fill each tart tin with some dough, make sure to cover the edges properly.
  4. Use leftover dough to make sure basket handles, baby animals or what ever you fancy… we have used silicone chocolate trays to make our chicks and bunnies.
  5. Pierce couple of times, with wooden skewer, bottom of each pastry  to prevent from bulging during baking.
  6. Bake in the oven preheated to 200°C (392°F) for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
  7. When tartelette bases are ready pour condensed milk into double boiler, add also cocoa powder if using and heat over low fire constantly stirring until it will start bubbling and getting thicker.
  8. Pour filling into the bases.
  9. While still soft and sticky decorate with basket handles, eggs, flowers, butterflies, chicks and bunnies.
  10. Use icing sugar mixed with few drops of hot water as a glue to stick butterflies to the basket handles.
  11. Leave aside to set.
  12. Once completely cooled down store in airtight container for a day or two.

Makes about 16 – 18  tartelettes.

sugar butterflies and short crust pastry baskets


I used half of the coco powder with 1 tin of the milk and left the other half of the filling white.

To make butterflies out of the icing use the cutter or plunger and then place them on curved surface, we have used chocolate egg mould for this (picture above) but small bowl would work fine here as well.

Happy Spring!

Are you are looking for more Easter desserts? Then try Jo’s Mad About Maltesers Easter Bunny Chocolate Piñata Cake, Helen’s Jelly Belly Easter Nests, Bintu’s Spiced Easter Biscuits or some Easter recipes I previously made.

I’m sending this over for The Pastry Challenge organized by Lisa of United Cakedom and Jen of Jen’s Food. The April’s theme is chocolate so my little baskets fit in perfectly.

I’m submitting it also to Inheritance Recipes that we co-host with Solange of Pebble Soup.

traditional Polish recipes passed from generation to generation

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Your thoughts…

  1. What a cute little Easter baking project… I’d love to have a go at making these! I also adore those vintage teaspoons in your first shot :-) Have a great Easter!

  2. These are absolutely adorable! Such a clever recipe! :)

  3. Omg those look amazing and so yummy. I love them :)

    Sophie x

  4. Oh, these are so pretty, what a great idea. Your photographs are fantastic.

  5. When I was younger I remember making things like that out of clay and salt dough (for baking/ decorating, not eating) but never thought to do so for edible treats and they do look so good!

  6. These are so cute and just perfect for Easter. I really like the braided pastry handles to turn the tarts into baskets, a lovely idea :)

  7. so artistic!

  8. Your tartslook great, and I love the handles making the tarts into little Easter baskets, so cute! My kids would love these.

  9. Thank you Everyone for such a nice words!!! I’m very happy to hear that you like my little baskets :)

    Kavey – making those out of salt dough is such a good idea!

    Katie – those are silver spoons I inherited after my granny.

    Choclette – thank you for the compliment about my photos.

  10. how adorable! great recipe!! :)

  11. My sister just sent me a picture of her Easter basket. This is so like it – lovely. Happy Easter.

  12. These are so cute! Would be great for any tea party treat! Thank you for entering this month’s Pastry Challenge!!

  13. these are the cuttest basket-tartes I have ever seen, so thank you for sharing with #inheritancerecipes

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