Peppermint Pie

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Peppermint Pie is a cold and creamy no-bake pie that’s perfect for the holiday season! The peppermint cheesecake filling combined with the chocolate crust is the best flavor match. Plus, you can make this dessert ahead of time to make things even easier.

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If it’s Christmas, it’s time for all the peppermint things! If you agree, you need to try this easy peppermint pie recipe – it’s the best no-bake holiday pie.

Cookies get so much attention during the holidays, and, don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I also like to make some unexpected things, and this candy cane pie is one of my favorites. 

The combination of chocolate and peppermint cheesecake is so good. Like, amazingly good! It just has Christmas all over it – from the pepperminty flavor to the crushed candy canes on top.

BEST Peppermint Pie Recipe

  • This is an easy no-bake peppermint pie because – hello! – during the holidays we don’t need anything complicated.
  • It has the best cream cheese filling – I like to tint it pink!
  • You can use a homemade chocolate cookie crust or store-bought to make it even easier.
  • Make this peppermint pie with cream cheese a day in advance to make your holiday life easy!

Make this Christmas pie, and I can guarantee it will get you in the holiday spirit! It’s the best peppermint pie ever.

Crushed candy canes, peppermint extract and red food coloring on counter

Ingredients in Peppermint Pie

Oreo Crust: You can use my homemade Oreo crust or a store-bought one. If you use homemade, be sure to chill it once it’s made before adding the filling.

Cream Cheese: It’s important to use softened cream cheese to avoid lumps – leave it out for at least an hour.

Granulated Sugar: For sweetness

Peppermint Extract: Be sure to buy peppermint NOT mint! Mint extract tastes like toothpaste.

Cool Whip: You’ll need some for the filling and the topping. Use any brand/any kind.

Red Food Coloring: If you’d like to make it pink.

Candy Canes: You’ll need crushed candy canes or candy cane pieces.

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How to Make No Bake Peppermint Pie

  1. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the peppermint extract.
  3. Add eight ounces of whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture and mix on low speed until the filling is fluffy.
  4. Add the food coloring and mix until the filling is light pink.
  5. Pour the filling into the chilled pie crust. Spread it into an even layer, cover it, and chill the pie for at least one hour.
  6. Once the pie is chilled, spread the rest of the whipped topping over the top. Next, sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top for decoration.
One slice of peppermint pie on a plate with fork and full pie in background

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to use peppermint extract and not mint. They are not the same – mint tastes like toothpaste. Also, taste the filling after you add the extract, so you like the flavor. Then, you can add a little more if you think it needs it.
  • For the food coloring, I use regular grocery store coloring and use about five drops. You can also use gel food coloring, but the color is stronger, so reduce the amount.
  • For the candy decoration, wait until you’re ready to serve the pie before adding them. They can dissolve into the whipped topping if they sit for too long.

It will be a very merry holiday season when you make this easy peppermint pie recipe! The Christmas cheer is in every bite – I hope you love it as much as we do!

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FAQ

How do you crush candy canes?

The easiest way is to use candy can bits, which you can find in the baking aisle during the holidays. If you can’t find them, place mini candy canes in a resealable bag and pound on them with a rolling pin to crust them.

Do I have to remove the filling from the Oreos? 

Nope! You can crush the whole cookies to make the crust.

Can I use a prepared pie crust?

Yes, a 9” store-bought Oreo cookie crust works great for this recipe.

How should you store Oreo peppermint pie?

Keep it loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Can you freeze it?

Yes, it will freeze well for up to a month.

Can you make this ahead of time?

Yes, it’s a great make-ahead pie. You can assemble the pie a day or two in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. Then, when you’re ready to serve it, add the whipped topping and the crushed candy.

Can I substitute whipped cream?

If you want to use homemade whipped cream, you will need three cups for the filling and two to three cups for the topping.

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Peppermint Pie Recipe

This Peppermint Pie is the best no-bake holiday pie. We love the flavors and that we can make it ahead of time to make things even easier this holiday season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch Oreo Crust , store bought or homemade
  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 12 ounces (339g) whipped topping, divided
  • 5 drops Red Food Coloring
  • Crushed Candy Canes for garnish

Instructions

  • If using a homemade crust, chill until ready to fill.
  • Add cream cheese and sugar to a large bowl and beat with a hand or a stand mixer until smooth. Mix in peppermint extract.
  • Add 8 ounces whipped topping and mix on low speed until fluffy. Add food coloring and mix slowly until entire mixture is a light pink.
  • Pour cream cheese mixture into pie crust. Spread to fill and then cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Before serving, decorate the top of the pie with the remaining 4 ounces whipped topping and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  • Store loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to use peppermint extract, not mint. Mint extract tastes like toothpaste.
  • Do a taste test after mixing to make sure you don’t need more extract. ¼ teaspoon was perfect for us, but you may want it stronger. A little goes a long way!
  • I used regular grocery store food coloring (McCormick/generic), not gel food coloring. You’ll need less drops if using gel food coloring.
  • Find candy cane bits in the holiday baking aisle during the Christmas season. These are easier to use than crushing candy canes.
  • Don’t add the candy cane bits to the whipped topping until ready to serve; they tend to dissolve.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy canes, no bake pie, peppermint dessert, peppermint pie
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This Peppermint Pie is the best no-bake holiday pie. We love the flavors and that we can make it ahead of time to make things even easier this holiday season.

Last Updated on December 1, 2021

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  1. Do you think it’s possible to make this without the crust? Guess that kind of takes the “pie” out of it, but none of us are huge crust fans! Thanks! Reci