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Candy Cane Dessert

This easy homemade candy cane dessert has layers of sweet, creamy filling on a tasty cookie crust.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Candy Cane Dessert Recipe
Prep Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 45 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 197kcal

Ingredients

Oreo Crust

  • 1 family size package of golden Oreos around 540g
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cool whip thawed in the fridge
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Vanilla Pudding Layer

  • 2 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 2 boxes instant vanilla pudding mix

Whipped Topping

  • 1/2 cup cool whip thawed in the fridge
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Instructions

  • Prepare a 13” x 9” baking dish by lining with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Use a food processor to crush the candy canes until coarsely crushed and three quarters of a cup in volume. Set aside.
  • Use a food processor to turn the Golden Oreos into crumbs. Mix these crumbs with melted butter then press into the 13” x 9” baking dish. Put this crust in the freezer while you prepare the next layer.
  • In a large bowl beat the cream cheese.
  • Add the white sugar, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip to the cream cheese and mix until combined. Make certain not to over mix the cream cheese layer.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the crushed candy canes. You don’t want to over mix or beat this in as it will turn this layer pink – unless you like pink desserts! Set aside the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes for the topping.
  • Use a spatula to smooth this layer over the prepared crust. Pop the baking dish back into the freezer while you prepare the next layer.
  • Beat dry pudding mix and milk until the mixture starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to evenly smooth this layer over top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Pop back into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Smooth remaining Cool Whip over the top of the dessert and sprinkle with remaining candy canes.
  • Place the dish into the refrigerator for at least six hours before slicing and serving. For the best layers, it should chill overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg