This No Bake Candy Cane Pie is the perfect Christmas dessert. It’s easy to make, looks pretty on your holiday dessert table and the taste of the peppermint filling is refreshing (but not overpowering).
You’ve got the Christmas tree up and decorated, presents are on the way and now it’s time to make a few holiday treats. This peppermint pie has been in my recipe box for a long time and it remains a favorite because it’s so easy to prepare and it tastes fantastic!
Family and friends request this holiday dessert every year. And with it being so popular, I figured it was worthy enough to share.
I’m sharing tips to help you get the best results with this recipe. If you don’t need the tips, scroll to the bottom for the full recipe, including a printable recipe card.
Many people run at the thought of mint, because it can be overpowering and super rich. You won’t have that problem with this pie. I’ve perfected this no bake pie recipe so the peppermint is just enough. And the cookie crust adds just enough crunch to balance out the flavors and textures.
If you love no bake desserts as much as I do, be sure to read until the end because I’m sharing my favorites.
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What Do I Need To Make Candy Cane Pie?
Sandwich Cookies – you’ll need Oreos or something similar
Milk – I have only made this recipe with whole milk, but 2% should work well here. If you try a different milk I’d love to hear your results.
White chocolate Pudding Mix – the instant kind.
Red food coloring – this is optional but it does give your pie a festive look. If you’re concerned about the dyes in standard food coloring, try these plant-based food dyes.
Whipped Topping – needs to be thawed (I usually thaw overnight in the refrigerator).
Peppermint Extract -where we get the minty flavor
Candy Canes – for decoration but also adds a crunchy texture
Kitchen Supplies and Tools Needed
- Food Processor or blender
- Pie Plate
- Mixing Bowl
- Hand mixer
Can I Use Homemade Whipped Cream Instead?
Only if you bring us some 🙂 If you are using homemade whipped cream you will need about 2 cups. The pie won’t keep as long if you’re using fresh whipped cream, so it’s best to prepare the pie the same day you’ll be serving it.
How To Store
This pie tastes best the day you prepare it, but you can store Candy Cane Pie in the fridge for up to 3 days. Be sure to wrap it loosely in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
Can you Make Candy Cane Pie Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! We recommend making it no more than one day in advance if you are choosing this method. Decorate it right before serving for best results.
Is It Okay To Use A Store Bought Crust?
Yes! There’s a nice variety of pre-made crusts on the market so this is a great time saving tip if you are in a pinch.
Easiest Way to Crush Peppermint
Use a food processor or blender to crush the candy canes. You won’t get sticky and the smaller pieces are a nice garnish to the top of the pie.
Variations of Candy Cane Pie
- Use chocolate pudding mix instead of white chocolate
- Sprinkle mini chocolate chips or shavings on top
- Garnish with leftover Oreo cookie crumbs
- Substitute spearmint for peppermint
- Use graham crackers instead of Oreos for the cookie crust
More Easy Holiday Desserts:
- Crockpot Apple Dump Cake
- Peach Crumble with Oats
- Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread
- Reindeer Snack Mix ~ Sweet & Spicy Chex Mix Recipe
- Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
Candy Cane Pie
- 24 chocolate sandwich cookies, (aka Oreos)
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Candy canes, optional
- In a large bowl, beat or whisk together milk and pudding mix until smooth.
- Stir in peppermint extract and food coloring (if using).
- Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping.
- Spoon filling into prepared crust.
- Chill the pie in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
- Top with remaining whipped topping and decorate as desired.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Loosely cover leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.