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10 Minute Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

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This Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake is a 10-minute prep (plus chilling time), no-bake, foolproof way to make cheesecake for the holidays. It’s easy, utterly delicious, and simple. And invokes all things Christmas… and festive!

Slice of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake on a white plate with crushed candy cane and chocolate

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Do you ever take a bite of something that absolutely puts you in a place, with a person, invokes a memory… or simply make you extremely happy?

This no bake cheesecake is that for me during Christmas. I think I might even hear Jingles Bells playing in the back of my mind with every bite.

I’m not weird… it’s just a fun, easy, festive dessert during this most wonderful time of the year.

There is a lot about the holiday that isn’t extremely easy– the elaborate feasts we prepare, the gifts, the entertaining, Uncle Bob and his, shall we say, “creative stories?”

This easy holiday dessert, then, is a reprieve. Because truly, this is ONE thing that is VERY easy.

If you love my 10 Minute No Bake Cheesecake with a simple berry topping, this is very similar. The method is the same, but I’ve added additional festive add ins, much like Peppermint Bark, melted white chocolate, dark chocolate, and crushed candy canes.

Equally simple to make– and quite wonderful to serve!

Side view of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake on a white cake stand

What to Love About Christmas Cheesecake

  • So delicious, like me, you might hear your favorite Christmas song playing in the back of your mind. (Kind of kidding, but it IS festive!)
  • 10 minutes (or less) to prep, plus chilling time
  • Easy to make ahead for the holidays
  • Incredibly simple to make with zero fuss!

What is No-Bake Cheesecake?

This no bake cheesecake is a simple dessert, made in about 10 minutes, that requires no oven, no baking, and very little prep time. Similar to my No Bake 3 Ingredient Chocolate Pie, this dessert is made with simple, ready-to-go ingredients, plus a few whisks and turns of a spatula.

Store in the refrigerator until chilled, and it’s ready to go!

Top view of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake ingredients on a round wood board

All You Need to Make Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

These simple ingredients will transform into a decadent, creamy cheesecake you’ll love. Here are the ingredients needed. The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post:

  • Cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 10-inch ready-made chocolate graham cracker crust or chocolate cookie crust
  • White chocolate plus a splash of milk for melting
  • Sour cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mint extract for holiday flavor (I use Peppermint)
  • Crushed candy canes and shaved or chopped chocolate (or you could finely chop pre-prepared Peppermint Bark too)
  • Whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
Top view of unsliced Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake with a cup of coffee in Christmas cups

Tips for Making Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

This variation of a classic no bake cheesecake is equally simple to make. These tips will make make it foolproof!

Cream Cheese

  • Be sure to use pure cream cheese and not cream cheese spread. I’ve not tested this with lower fat cream cheese.
  • Use room temperature for a smooth and velvety texture. If it’s too cold, it will result in a lumpy cheesecake.

Sugar

  • We’re using powdered sugar for the smoothest texture. But you can substitute granulated sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Chilling

  • Allow at least 4 hours to chill this Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake. Very often I make it the day before.

Topping

Just before serving, I like to add additional piping of whipped topping around the edges and scatter more crushed candy canes and shaved chocolate on top.

Be creative, though. If you’re using preprepared peppermint bark, some wedges on each serving would be super cute and delicious. As would a drizzle of chocolate sauce too.

Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake Questions & Tips

Can I substitute whipped cream for the whipped topping?

Absolutely. However, be sure to use cold heavy whipping cream and beat until stiff peaks form. This step is essential as it gives structure and thickness to the cheesecake. If the cream isn’t whipped until stiff peaks form, it will not set as it should.

How long does no bake cheesecake last?

This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Which makes it perfect for the holidays!

Do you have to use room temperature Cream Cheese?

I would definitely recommend using softened or room temperature cream cheese. This will give you THE best velvety texture. Read below for tips on safely bringing cream cheese to room temperature.

Can you freeze no bake cheesecake?

Absolutely! No bake cheesecake freezes really well in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

How to Bring Cream Cheese to Room Temperature

Cream cheese can sit outside the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. But here are a couple of ways to more quickly and safely soften it.

  • Place cream cheese in its foil wrapping in a bowl. Cover with warm water and let sit for 10 minutes until it’s softened. This is my preferred method. Be sure the water isn’t too warm so you don’t accidently melt the cream cheese.
  • If you would prefer to let it come to room temperature naturally, cut the cream cheese into cubes and let sit on the counter until it softens. This exposes more surface to air and softens more quickly than the entire block.
Top view of sliced Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

How to Freeze a No-Bake Cheesecake

The beauty of freezing no bake cheesecake is that you can freeze the entire dessert or individual slices.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Freeze the cheesecake without any toppings.
  2. Use an airtight container if possible, this provides a firm foundation for the cheesecake. Otherwise, freeze on a cake board and double wrap it in plastic wrap and foil for up to 2 months.

To thaw, refrigerate overnight.

Slice of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake with crushed candy and chocolate on top

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Front view of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake with a bite missing
Slice of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake on a white plate with crushed candy cane and chocolate

10 Minute Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake

This Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake is a 10-minute prep (plus chilling time), no-bake, foolproof way to make cheesecake for the holidays. It's easy, utterly delicious, and simple. And invokes all things Christmas… and festive!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cream or milk
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chocolate
  • 1 8-oz container whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 10- inch ready-made chocolate cookie crust

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together white chocolate and 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk. Microwave on high for 40 seconds, and stir until smooth. If the chocolate has not melted, microwave for another 15 seconds. Chill to cool to room temperature as you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat on high the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and mint extract until smooth and light; 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the cooled white chocolate until incorporated.


    Top view of whipped cream cheese in a glass bowl
  • Gently fold in the whipped topping, crushed candy canes, and chocolate shavings.


    Top view of Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake whipped filling with peppermint bark
  • Transfer the cheesecake filling into a ready-made chocolate cookie crust and smooth the top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight to set.
  • Before serving, add additional toppings.

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Notes

Topping Ideas:

  • Additional piping of whipped cream
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Shaved or finely chopped chocolate

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 55mg | Sugar: 14g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake recipe no bake, Christmas cheesecake, no bake cheesecake, no bake cheesecake recipe, Philadelphia no bake cheesecake

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