So many things about the holiday season spread excitement and cheer. Christmas lights, present shopping, and Christmas music get anyone in the mood for celebration, not to mention all the sweets! The holidays are full of yummy treats like brownies, chocolate pudding and gingerbread cookies, and one especially Christmasy flavor is peppermint. From peppermint mocha to peppermint bark, this flavor is generally reserved for the holidays. That's why this delicious Candy Cane Pie is the embodiment of Christmas!
Candy Cane Pie, also called No-Bake Peppermint Pie, is as easy as it is delectable. This crowd-pleaser combines candy canes, sugar, Oreo, and whipped cream to create a sweet, creamy holiday delicacy. The cool whip and cream cheese make up a creamy and fluffy filling, with an Oreo crust as the perfect base. Crushed candy canes go on top, adding a crunch and peppermint pop as well as decoration.
This no-bake candy cane pie is the perfect holiday dessert, and its combo of chocolate and peppermint make it beloved by all. The holiday season can get busy with family time and Christmas activities, so making a no-bake pie is a great way to provide dessert without using up any time. It doesn't seem possible to make a delicious and aesthetically pleasing dessert in 15 minutes, but this pie recipe does just that!
Another special thing about this Candy Cane Pie recipe is that you can make it your own! Chocolate lovers find a way to add chocolate to everything, so one alteration would be to add chocolate chips or white chocolate chips on top alongside the crushed candy cane. You can also add marshmallows for extra sweetness! Another idea would be to experiment with food coloring; while this recipe has a lovely shade of pink, you can personalize it by choosing any color.
While this recipe doesn't include the directions for an Oreo cookie crust, they are incredibly easy to make and are used in lots of delicious recipes like cheesecakes and ice cream cake. You only need two ingredients- Oreo cookies and melted butter. Here's a recipe to try it out yourself!
Crushing the peppermint candy canes can be done a few different ways. The quickest and easiest option is using a food processor; simply place the candy canes in the food processor and pulse until they are suitably crushed. Alternatively, you can put them in a zip lock bag, and crush them with a hammer or mallet.
How to Make Candy Cane Pie
First, put the heavy cream into a large bowl and whip until it forms stiff peaks, and set aside. Put your Oreo crust into the pie plate as well, setting aside.
In another large bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar until fully combined. Add in vanilla and the red food coloring to the bowl and mix together.
Add in the peppermint candy bits. Then, combine ingredients by adding the cream cheese/powdered sugar mixture into the bowl with the heavy whipping cream. Mix together on low speed until fully mixed.
Pour the filling into the crust, then top with Cool Whip. Add a layer of crushed peppermint as a lovely and festive garnish! Refrigerate your Candy Cane Pie for at least 1 hour, and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Enjoy this delicious Christmas recipe and happy holidays!