Monday, November 23, 2020

Peppermint Cheesecake (No Bake Recipe)

Peppermint cheesecake is rich, creamy, and simply refreshing. Make this no bake recipe for an easy dessert that’s sure to become a favorite!
Title text (shown on a white plate): Peppermint Cheesecake (No Bake Recipe)

With all of the cooking and baking that typically happens during the fall and winter months, it’s great to have a few dessert options that don’t require the oven.

Not only will you save energy and keep your kitchen cool, but they can easily be made ahead of time!

My Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie and Chocolate Icebox Pie are two more no bake recipes that are perfect for any holiday dessert table.
Or, if you’re looking for more peppermint desserts, try my White Chocolate Peppermint Crockpot Candy or Peppermint Oreo Candy Bark
Both are easy to make, and you only need a handful of ingredients!

Ingredients peppermint cheesecake

How To Make Peppermint Cheesecake

Start with a simple crust made with crushed chocolate cookies and butter. While that sets, whip up the filling and stir in the crushed candy. 

Then, smooth into the crust and refrigerate until firm. It’s that simple!

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure the cream cheese is softened so it’s creamy when mixed.
  • Smooth Out The Filling: Because the whipped topping is so light and fluffy, use a rubber spatula to press the mixture into the crust so there aren’t any pockets of air.
  • Garnish Just Before Serving: Crushed peppermint candies will slowly dissolve in the refrigerator, so be sure to add them just before serving if you’ll be sprinkling some on top of the cheesecake.
  • Using Flavoring: Peppermint flavoring is optional since having the crushed candies in the filling is nice by itself. We enjoy the coolness of the peppermint, so I’ve added as much as 1 teaspoon of flavoring for an extra burst of minty freshness.
  • Food Coloring: This is optional as well. I think the pink color makes this peppermint dessert a little more festive, but it can be left white or even darkened to red if you prefer.
no bake crust ingredients in a glass bowl

What You Will Need To Make No Bake Cheesecake
  • Food processor - Guarantees a perfect crumb for the cookie crust.
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl - Not only does it make melting chocolate easier, but you can use it to quickly steam vegetables too!
  • Springform Pan - This is basically required for cheesecake. The ring sides pop off and make removing this peppermint dessert easy and clean.
  • Peppermint Hard Candies - Stock up for the holiday season! Or, use red-and-white candy canes if needed.
oreo crust pressed into pan

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I substitute whipped cream for Cool Whip?
Yes and no. Regular homemade whipped cream doesn’t stay whipped for very long, and that’s what is needed to give this dessert its stability.

The best option is to make a stabilized whipped cream and use that in place of the Cool Whip.

Or, chill a can of full fat coconut milk and skim the solid cream off the top. Then, whip it with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
no bake cheesecake mixture


Is it possible to double the recipe?
You can certainly make two or three pies at a time, but you may need to make the crust in batches depending on the size of your food processor.

Or, I have a separate recipe for peppermint dessert bars if you need to feed a crowd. It uses a graham cracker crust, but you could easily replace it with the Oreo crust from this recipe if you’d like.
slice of no bake cheesecake being removed from cake

Can this no bake cheesecake recipe be made in advance?
Absolutely! Since this takes about 2 hours to fully set, it may be helpful to make it a day or two before you need it.

Keep covered in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 to 4 days for best results. 

Or, wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.


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a forkful of peppermint cheesecake missing from this slice

Yield: 8 slices
Author: Donna Elick
Peppermint Cheesecake (No Bake Recipe)

Peppermint Cheesecake (No Bake Recipe)

Peppermint cheesecake is rich, creamy, and simply refreshing. Make this no bake recipe for an easy dessert that’s sure to become a favorite!
Prep time: 15 Mininactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 15 M


  • 1 (14.3 ounce) package Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy canes
  • 3/4 cup white baking chips
  • Optional: Two drops of pink food coloring


  1. Using a food processor, crumble cookies. Transfer crumbs to a large bowl. Melt butter and mix into crumbs. Press into an 8" spring form pan. Refrigerate the crust while preparing the filling, so it can set.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with vanilla and peppermint extracts, and powdered sugar. 
  3. Add whipped cream, and two or three drops of pink food coloring, if desired, whisk or stir until it is thick and smooth, and color is evenly mixed. Melt the white chips in the microwave in 30 second increments. (Mine took about 60 seconds to completely melt) Quickly mix in melted chocolate so it doesn’t harden in the cool cream cheese mixture. Stir in crushed peppermint/candy cane until evenly combined.
  4. Pour the filling over the prepared crust and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours so filling can set.
  5. Garnish with chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, or crushed peppermint if desired.
  1. Peppermint flavoring is optional, and I have put in as much as 1 teaspoon, because we like the coolness of the peppermint. But having the crushed peppermint in the filling is nice by itself. I just like the “extra.”
  2. Food coloring is optional as well. I like the pink color, but it can be left white, or even made to be red.
  3. Make sure cream cheese is at room temperature so it is creamy when mixed. And with whipped cream, be sure to use a rubber spatula to press down into the crust so there aren’t air holes.
  4. If using peppermint to garnish, keep in mind, it will slowly dissolve in the refrigerator, so garnish just before serving.

Title text (pictured on a plate): Peppermint Cheesecake (No Bake Recipe)

Originally published November 2020

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  1. Wow, this looks simply amazing! I only have a 6" and a 7" springform pan. Would this fit into a 7" springform pan? Thanks so much.

  2. Looks so good and easy! But how much cream cheese. Photo shows 3blocks instructions say 1. Thank you


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