Christmas Chocolate Tart – No Bake Reindeer Tart

This no bake reindeer tart is the cutest Christmas chocolate tart you can make this Christmas. It’s an easy to make chocolate tart with only 4 ingredients for the main tart plus the pretzels, sprinkle eyes and M&M nose to make it festive.

By using a shop bought pastry shell or making this a chocolate tart with digestive biscuits you can make this chocolate tart entirely no-bake (fridge bake). An oven free Christmas dessert for the whole family.

reindeer tart with slice taken out - Christmas chocolate tart

If you’ve seen any of my recipes you know I love a no-bake dessert and this reindeer tart follows an easy chocolate tart recipe UK. It makes a perfect Christmas dessert for all your family-friendly get-togethers this festive season.

Why you’ll love this Christmas Chocolate Tart recipe

It only takes 4 ingredients and tastes amazing. A simple three-ingredient ganache and the pastry case base. It’s easy and delicious.

Creating the little reindeer faces brings me such joy. Decorating the Christmas chocolate tart is fun for the whole family.

It’s a no bake dessert, meaning you can whip it up quickly without having to turn on the oven.

This chocolate ganache tart no bake recipe is super easy and you only need to heat up the cream to make it. Everything else is room temperature or kept in the fridge.

slice of the reindeer Christmas chocolate tart

Top Questions

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Can you make a Chocolate tart with digestive biscuits?

Christmas Chocolate Tart Ingredients

For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.

CHOCOLATE

For this Chocolate Christmas tart I used milk chocolate, it has the perfect creamy texture and isn’t as bitter as dark chocolate.

PASTRY CASE

You can pick up pre-made pastry cases from any supermarket, they make baking these chocolate ganache tart no-bake even easier.

BUTTER

Room temperature, salted butter is the perfect addition to your chocolate ganache. It helps your chocolate and cream mix combine with a glossy look/ texture. This a step not to be missed in your baking of the reindeer tart.

DOUBLE CREAM/HEAVY CREAM

Along with chocolate, the double cream is a vital ingredient in the ganache for the chocolate tart no bake.

PRETZELS

I would recommend salted pretzels for this recipe. The salt really cuts through the sweet of the chocolate and creates a beautiful dish.

RED M&Ms

These (or red smarties) make wonderful Rudolph noses!

EYE SPRINKLES

Perfect for bringing your reindeer tart faces to life, along with the Rudolph noses and pretzel antlers. The eye sprinkles can be picked up in the baking aisle in any supermarket.

close up of the reindeer Christmas chocolate tart with pretzel antlers

How to make Christmas Chocolate Tart – step by step

  • Melt your chocolate, butter and double cream until fully combined and melted.
  • Stir every now and then to stop it from sticking.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache into the pre-made pastry case. It will be super shiny.
  • Set until soft but holding its shape.
  • Now it’s time to decorate, separate your tart into 8 sections and start creating your faces!
ready to serve Christmas chocolate tart

Top Tips

Mark the centre of theChristmas chocolate tart as the chocolate sets so you can equally place out the decorations. You can gently press them away once it’s done if you want to hide the lines.

Break the pretzels to create different shaped antlers – this helps you give your reindeer slices personality!

Make ahead of time. This is the perfect make ahead Christmas dessert.

Serving Suggestions

The no-bake chocolate tart is perfect served at parties, whether for children (or big kids – everyone loves reindeer tarts). It can be served with a dash of ice cream if you want to make the chocolate tart with digestive biscuits.

Slice of reindeer Christmas chocolate tart being taken out of the tart

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Substitutions and variations

TURN IT INTO A HALLOWEEN CHOCOLATE TART

Add Pumpkin spices to the chocolate tart and decorate with little pumpkins. This recipe makes a wonderful chocolate Halloween tart.

CHRISTMAS SPICES

Elevate this no-bake chocolate tart by adding ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger or a little of your favourite Christmas spices. The chocolate tart makes a great Christmas party dessert.

WHITE CHOCOLATE TART

Swap the milk chocolate in this ganache for white chocolate. It adds a lightness to the dessert and is extra sweet! Perfect for a reindeer covered in snow tart.

SHORTCRUST PASTRY TART SHELL

Instead of buying a pastry case, roll out some shortcrust pastry and lay that into your pastry baking dish. and blind bake before pouring in your chocolate ganache.

CHOCOLATE TART WITH DIGESTIVE BISCUITS

Another version of this chocolate tart is making the base with digestives biscuits, simple crush the biscuits and stir through with some melted butter. Once combined, press down the biscuit butter mix into the tart dish to create the base. this is very similar to a cheesecake base.

INDIVIDUAL CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE TARTS

If you like the idea but would love to have an individual tart for each guest then follow my mini reindeer tarts recipe.

close up of the Christmas chocolate tart decorations

Storing / Making ahead of time options

The chocolate reindeer tart can be kept in the fridge for about a week once made. If the chocolate ganache goes white it may start to taste fridgey so I recommend eating this tart quickly!

You can make a ganache and freeze it in an air-tight container for up to a month if you would like make elements of the tart before you need it.

FAQS from Google

How do you store chocolate tarts?

Chocolate tarts can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, or covered in cling film. But you need to store theChristmas chocolate tarts in the fridge.

What is a chocolate tart made of?

A chocolate tart is made of a simple 2 ingredient chocolate ganache (chocolate and cream) and a pastry shell/ base. You can buy a pre-made pastry case or make your own with crushed biscuits or pastry.

How long can you keep chocolate tart in the fridge?

A chocolate tart will keep in the fridge for about a week. I’ve never had a chocolate tart last that long in the fridge.

rudolph Christmas chocolate tart with pretzels

How long does a ganache tart last in the fridge?

A chocolate ganache will last about a week in the fridge if stored properly. You can freeze it if you have leftovers that you think will last longer than a week. It’s the perfect filling for myChristmas chocolate tart.

What flavours can you add to a no bake chocolate tart?

You can add pumpkin-spiced flavours to a chocolate tart, add Christmas spices or if you’re feeling decadent zest half an orange into your chocolate ganache for a chocolate orange tart.

Can you make a Chocolate tart with digestive biscuits?

Yes, you can make a chocolate tart with a digestive biscuit base. Crush your biscuits and press them into the pastry dish. Once this has set for a while you can pour in the ganache.

reindeer slice of tart
top view of the Christmas chocolate tart with reindeer decorations

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Recipe

Christmas Chocolate Tart

Sisley White
This no bake reindeer tart is the cutest Christmas chocolate tart you can make this Christmas. It's an easy to make chocolate tart with only 4 ingredients for the main tart plus the pretzels, sprinkle eyes and M&M nose to make it festive. By using a shop bought pastry shell or making this a chocolate tart with digestive biscuits you can make this chocolate tart entirely no-bake (fridge bake). An oven free Christmas dessert for the whole family.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Setting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert, Party Food, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, British, International
Servings 8 portions
Calories 341 kcal

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • spoon
  • Kitchen Scales

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 large pastry tart case/ tart shell (approximately 8inches. You could also make your own with shortcrust pastry or digestive biscuits. See notes below)
  • 250 ml double cream / heavy cream
  • 300 grams milk chocolate (you can use dark chocolate too. Or even a mix of dark and milk.)
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 16 edible eyes sprinkles (available at most supermarkets)
  • salted pretzels
  • 8 red M&Ms

Instructions
 

  • Remove the tart cases from the packaging or if you fancy making your own shortcrust pastry tart cases get these ready-made baked and cooled before starting on the filling.
  • Break up the 300g chocolate pieces and add them to a bowl and add 40g of butter.
  • In a saucepan warm up the 250ml double cream until it starts to bubble. Do not let it boil. Keep stirring.
  • Pour the cream over the top of the chocolate and butter. Leave it for 1 minute and then slowly mix together until everything is melted and mixed together.
  • Place the tart case on a baking tray or chopping board to keep them level. (Also easier to move).
  • Spoon the chocolate mixture into the tart case leaving a small gap from the top.
  • Once the chocolate tart has setted slightly, use a knife to mark the 8 pieces. I did in quarters and then quarters again. You don't need to cut deep and it does help to keep all the decorations neatly in what will be each slice.
  • Start by adding the 8 red M&Ms in the middle and two pretzels for each nose around the edge. I angled them in so each slice would be easy to cut without cutting through them.
  • Finish off by adding the eyes.
  • Leave the chocolate to set and when it's firm it's ready to eat. It's also fine to eat when it's still molten.

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Notes

I used ready-made tart shells for this recipe as it makes them so much quicker to make.
If you want to make your own tart cases then follow my shortcrust pastry recipe. Have them made, cooked and cooled before filling.
You can use M&Ms or Smarties or even a dried cranberry for the nose.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 587IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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24 thoughts on “Christmas Chocolate Tart – No Bake Reindeer Tart”

  1. 5 stars
    OMGeeeee Sisley. I already pinched you idea for a GF/DF snowflake puff pastry tear and share. You’re making me think I need to do it again with this work of art (bit more of a challenge this one!) I never ceased to be impressed by your creativity. 11/10 for this one lovely xx

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