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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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy canes, no bake pie, peppermint dessert, peppermint pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 215kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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.


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