Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
A delicious and easy no-baking involved wintertime dessert. Everything just whips together with your mixer and gets thrown into the freezer. Or, this can also be a great way to use up those candy canes after Christmas. Garnish right before serving.
- 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter or 1⁄4 cup margarine, melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (regular or light)
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup hard peppermint candy, crushed (such as Peppermint Starlights or candy canes)
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 2 cups heavy cream, whipped
- Combine the cookie crumbs, melted butter, and sugar and press firmly into a 9" springform pan to form a crust.
- Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.
- Add condensed milk, crushed mint candy, and the food coloring.
- Mix on low to combine, then on high to beat together well.
- With a spatula, fold in whipped cream and pour into the crust.
- Cover and freeze until firm.
- Garnish with additional whipped cream and whole pieces of peppermint candy, if desired.
- Variation: Use other flavors of mint candies- such as chocolate mint.
I made this with local, red, cinnamon candies and it was very good. A bit too sweet for my liking - I think the condensed milk with the candies would have been more than enough, and next time, I'll omit the sugar in the crust.
I made this for the first time for Christmas Dinner 2013 and it got rave reviews. I liked that it can go straight from the freezer to the plate. There was plenty of peppermint yumminess and the whipping cream made it light and fluffy. My crust crumbs were a bit dry and did not stick together very well. I will keep an eye on this the next time I make this. There will definitely be a next time. Thanks so much for posting!
This is a must with my Christmas dinner. I have been making it for years; I originally found the recipe in Southern Living.