Christmas is coming, and that means it’s time for fun festive treats! This Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dip will put you in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to make, no baking required and sure to be a party favorite.
Who else counts down the days until you see the Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes on the end caps? Please, tell me I’m not the only one!
When I bought the first batch this year I was in the process of planning our Christmas party. And I thought it would be fun to turn the delicious cakes into a heavenly dip.
We’re 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 and a printable recipe card.
Talk about festive! While the cakes are delicious, this dip is absolutely amazing. It’s light, creamy, fluffy, and can be served with a variety of dippers. Which makes it a fun addition to your holiday celebrations.
If you’re into making dessert charcuterie boards, this dip would be a great addition, especially for the holidays. You may also want to try my s’mores dip or marshmallow fruit dip for your party menu.
- Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes – you’ll need 5 snack size or 3 regular sized
- cream cheese – allow time for it to soften so the dip is nice and creamy
- milk – we prefer using whole or 2%
- vanilla extract
- whipped topping – such as Cool Whip. Be sure to let it thaw before mixing it in.
Garnish and Dipper Ideas
- sprinkles – for garnish
- cookies – chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, Biscoff, pizzelle, Stroopwafel, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps
- graham crackers or animal crackers
- pretzels – rods, mini twists, snaps
- fruit – strawberries, apple slices
How to Make Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dip
Cut the cakes into ½ inch pieces.
Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl (use an electric mixer) until it’s fluffy.
Mix in the milk and vanilla.
Stir in the Christmas tree cakes then fold in the whipped topping.
Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill until you are ready to serve.
Garnish just before serving.
- Garnish with holiday sprinkles if desired.
- For a chocolate version, use the chocolate Christmas tree cakes.
- Make this dip year round for all occasions by swapping out the cakes for Zebra cakes, Unicorn cakes, Birthday cakes, Frosted Fudge, or Fancy cakes. Garnish with coordinating sprinkles for a more festive look.
Tips for Making
- Allowing the cream cheese to soften makes it easier to blend the mixture.
- The whipped topping needs to be thawed before making this recipe.
- While we like a little more texture in this dip, you can use a food processor to make a smoother dip.
- Wait until you’re ready to serve to add the sprinkles. The colors tend to melt when they come in contact with the dip. Jimmy sprinkles are the least likely to melt (these are the long and skinny kind).
- This recipe can be doubled or cut in half this depending on how big of a crowd you’re serving.
How to Store
- This dip is best eaten within the first 24-48 hours of making it.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
- Don’t leave dip out more than 2 hours. In addition to the cream cheese needing to stay cool, the whipped topping tends to flatten out and won’t be as fluffy.
Where to find Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
These are a seasonal item and can be found at most grocery stores. I’ve also found them at Walmart and Target. They can also be ordered online if you can’t find them locally.
The original recipe can be found on the back of the Christmas cake box.
Festive Holiday Treats
Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dip
- 5 snack size Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes, (or 3 single serving cakes)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup milk, whole or 2%
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
Optional Garnish & Dippers:
- Cookies – chocolate chip, sugar, Biscoff, pizzelle, Stroopwafel, vanilla wafers
- Graham crackers
- Pretzels – rods, mini twists, snaps
- Fruit – strawberries, apple slices
- Cut the cakes into ½-inch pieces.
- Place cream cheese in a large bowl and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add milk and vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
- Stir in the cake pieces.
- Then fold in the whipped topping.
- Transfer mixture to a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to a day ahead.
- Garnish with sprinkles before serving, if desired.
- Use a food processor instead of a mixer for a smoother dip.
- For the best presentation, wait to add sprinkles until ready to serve.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
- Nutritional information does not include sprinkle garnish or dippers.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.