Your search for Christmas pie recipes is over! Here’s Candy Cane Pie: the most festive no-bake winter treat you’ll ever have. You’ll only need a few standard baking supplies/pie ingredients, plus some peppermint extract. It’s never too early in the year (or too late, honestly) for tasty Christmas fun!
No-bake pies are the heroes of the pie world. You put together the ingredients, chill them in the fridge or freezer for a few hours, and behold! A wonderful cold dessert for everyone without much prep at all.
Today we’re talking specifically about a no-bake candy cane pie. If you’re a fan of peppermint flavoring or candy canes, this is your pie. Heck, if you’re a fan of pies in general, this is your pie. All pies are good pies, especially when they combine pudding, cookie crust, Christmas sprinkles, and the best wintertime flavors around. Yum!
We’ve noticed in particular that the little ones in our life love candy cane pie. Something about it must remind them of Christmas morning…or that school’s going to be out for break very, very soon. Ha! If you’re looking for a kid-friendly treat, here’s a fantastic (and very easy) recipe for you.
Excited to make this delightful wintertime treat? Here’s what you’ll need…
- Chocolate cookie crust: A pie’s nothing without its crust.
- Instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding: This creates your no-bake filling, of course.
- Cold milk: You’ll mix this with the pudding for the no-bake filling.
- Peppermint extract: Can’t have a candy cane pie without peppermint flavoring.
- Whipped topping, thawed: This goes…well, on top of your pie. Nice and fluffy!
- Red food coloring: Just a few drops. Drip it on and get ready for winter!
- Sprinkles: Grab your favorite holiday-themed sprinkles for this one! We recommend simple red and/or white jimmies, but anything from our Christmas sprinkle list would look adorable and festive.
- Large bowl, measuring cups, and whisk: Your standard baking supplies. Nothing else is needed unless you count a fridge. 😉
We’ve gathered up a few questions we’ve gotten about this recipe right here!
Can I make the whipped topping, cookie crust, etc at home?
Of course! If you’re in the mood to create something magical, you don’t have to take a trip to the store at all. We just offer time-savers for those who may need them.
What kind of cookie crust do you recommend?
Oreo, chocolate chip, or even a graham cracker crust will do. It’s up to you!
Do you suggest any other toppings besides sprinkles?
Besides literally anything from our Christmas sprinkle list, we also recommend these toppings:
- Crushed candy canes
- Crushed Oreos or other cookies
- Chopped chocolate mint candies (like Andes mints, for example)
- Regular chocolate chips
If I’m not a fan of white chocolate or vanilla pudding, are there other flavors I can use?
Any flavor pudding will work in this recipe, though of course, it’ll alter the taste, and you may not have that white-and-red theme you’d like. Just be aware of that! Still, you can use anything from dark chocolate pudding to cheesecake pudding as a substitute.
What whipped topping do you suggest?
Honestly, any of your favorites! But specifically, Cool Whip or store-bought whipped cream are A+ with candy cane pie. Using something white or cream in color will help with the aesthetic.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We bet you’re feeling as festive as we are right now, and if so, take on this candy cane pie—it’s the best baking project you’ll do all winter. As always, please let us know down below if you enjoyed the recipe (or had trouble with it). Comments make our day that much better!
If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly baking and treat-making at this time of year…there’s just so much opportunity to give your loved ones tasty gifts! And so if you’re looking for more Christmas, holiday, and winter-time recipes, we have a few to suggest:
- Easy Peppermint Fudge Recipe
- Hot Chocolate Stirrers
- Christmas Ornament Cupcakes
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes
- Gingerbread Cookie Bites
- Chocolate Gingerbread House Tutorial
- Vanilla Fudge Recipe
- ● 1 chocolate cookie crust
- ● 2 boxes (3.4 oz each) instant white chocolate **see notes
- ● 2 cups cold milk
- ● ½ - 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ● 2 tubs (8 oz each) whipped topping, thawed
- ● 4-6 drops red food coloring
- ● Sprinkles
In a large bowl, whisk together milk and pudding until smooth
Stir in peppermint extract and food coloring
Fold in 1 tub of whipped topping
Spoon filling into crust
Chill in refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until set
Top pie with whipped topping and decorate with sprinkles
Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve
Store leftovers in refrigerator
Pudding - you can also use vanilla pudding,
however adding the red food coloring may turn it more orange