Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts

What foods are you passionate about? I don’t just love s’mores, I take s’mores and all of their variations very seriously. These Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts are an elegant and fun twist.

Gluten Free S'mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts

What makes the perfect s’more? It’s all about that combination of something crunchy. The decadent bite of chocolate. And of course the star of the show that pillowy cloud like marshmallow.

Breaking Down Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts

There are three main components to these beautiful and elegant tarts. Let’s begin with the hazelnut crust. The majority of the flour in this nutty crust comes from hazelnut flour. I am using Amoretti Hazelnut Flour.

Amoretti is your one stop source for pastry, baking, savory, and craft beverage ingredients. They offer everything from artisanal extracts and flavorings to vinegars and nut butters.

After that we’re going to create the caramel and chocolate layer. To make the caramel, you simply need a can of condensed coconut milk. As it gently simmers it will cook down and become golden and thick. This happens quickly so don’t let it simmer too long.

Last, and truly the crown on top of these decadent Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts is the meringue. With three simple ingredients you will have delicate and delicious airy meringue.

Steps to Meringue Success

Don’t be intimidated by the word meringue. I am going to break it down and walk you through the easy steps to achieve perfectly fluffy and light meringue.

First, you are going to create a double boiler. You want to use a glass bowl large enough to fit over the top of a pot. Make sure that the water never touches the bottom of the bowl. You also want to make sure the water never comes to a rolling boil. Keep it at a gentle simmer.

For the first part of the process you are going to whisk the eggs, sugar, and flavoring while the bowl is over the simmering water. When it begins to get a little frothy and lighter in texture, transfer it to your mixer.

From this point, the mixer is going to do all the work. Let it go for approximately 15 minutes. It’ll become that gorgeous shade of white, thick yet fluffy and pliable. It really is that easy!

Top Tip

When you create a double boiler, it allows you to cook or melt something at a gentle heat without worry of over cooking it. This is useful for making custards, meringues, melting chocolate, etc. The best part is you don’t need any special tools.

Armed with a pot of simmering water and a glass bowl, you can easily create a double boiler at home. The key is to make sure the water never touches the bottom of the bowl. You want the steam created from the seal to do all of the work.

Love s’mores? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free S’mores Revel Bars with Rolled Oats. Now let’s make Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts!

Gluten Free S'mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts

Gluten Free S’mores Hazelnut Turtle Tarts

A hazelnut crust is filled with decadent caramel and chocolate and topped with fluffy meringue.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 2 hours


  • 9" tart pan or 4 4" tart pans
  • Double boiler
  • stand mixer
  • sauce pot


Gluten Free Hazelnut Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups hazelnut flour
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free butter, room temperature

Turtle Layer

  • 1 can condensed coconut milk
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup Dairy Free semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Toasted Marshmallow Merengue


Gluten Free Hazelnut Crust

  • Preheat oven at 375.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, Press into a 9" tart pan, or 4 4" tart pans.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. If it starts to brown lightly cover with foil.
  • Allow to cool.

Turtle Layer

  • Pour a can of condensed sweetened coconut milk into a sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium/low heat for 5-8 minutes until it begins to turn golden and a light caramel color. Do not overcook as it will become too hard.
  • Pour into the tart shell/shells.
  • Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts over the caramel.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate chips over the nuts and caramel.

Toasted Marshmallow Merengue

  • Add the ingredients to a glass bowl and mix.
  • Bring a pot of water to a low boil.
  • Place glass bowl over the pot, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Continue to whisk vigorously for approximately 5 minutes. The mixture should become frothy.
  • Pour the mixture into your waiting mixer. Beat on high for 15 minutes. The merengue should be fluffy and pliable and increased in size.
  • Transfer mixture to a piping bag. Pipe onto your waiting tart.
  • Enjoy!
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