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Chocolate Reindeer Tart


8 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
1 tart

Show off your holiday cheer with a baked chocolate tart that looks like a reindeer. Tucked into a homemade shortbread crust, this Christmas tart gets its cute looks from pretzel antlers and HERSHEY'S Chocolate Chips.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
20 minutes
10 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Chill Time
6 hours




Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Bowl Bowl
Tart Pan 10-Inch Tart Pan
Saucepan Saucepan
Stovetop Stovetop
Refrigerator Refrigerator
Mixer Mixer
Piping Bag and Tip Piping Bag and Tip

To make the crust: 

Heat oven to 350°F.


Mix butter, cocoa, brown sugar, salt and vanilla in a medium bowl.


Add flour and mix until all incorporated.


Press the dough evenly over the bottom and sides of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.


Poke the bottom of the crust with a fork.


Bake the crust until firm to touch, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let the crust cool completely.

To make the ganache:
1. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over medium heat.
2. Pour hot cream over the chocolate in a small bowl and let sit for 2 minutes.
3. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until smooth and all incorporated.
4. Pour the ganache into a piping bag and put into the fridge to cool, about 30 minutes.
To make the chocolate mousse:
1. Combine the chocolate, vanilla and salt in a small bowl.
2. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup heavy cream to a simmer.
3. Pour cream over chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Beat the remaining 1-1/2 cups cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks.
6. Whisk the chocolate mixture to loosen it and then fold it into the whipped cream.
To assemble the tart:
1. Pipe the ganache into the cooled tart crust.
2. Evenly spread the mousse on top of the chocolate ganache.
3. Put in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
Garnish tart to resemble reindeer by adding pretzel antlers, candy eyes, 2 unwrapped kisses for eyebrows, red foil wrapped KISS nose, candy cane bowtie with KISSES candy cane Candy knot

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