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Peppermint Dip – Christmas Dessert Dip

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Peppermint dip tastes like Christmas! This family favorite is smooth, creamy, and the perfect dip to enjoy with holiday cookies. Ideal for a holiday party.
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Peppermint dip is a holiday favorite that will make your taste buds tingle! This family favorite is smooth, creamy, and the perfect dip to enjoy with your favorite holiday cookie. Peppermint dip tastes like Christmas!

If you are planning a party this holiday season, then peppermint dip is ideal. It has only a few simple ingredients and is easy to make ahead of time. You can provide an assortment of cookies and let everyone dip away.

Dipping a cookie into the peppermint dip

But this dessert dip isn’t just for holiday parties; it is also great for a family treat! My kids love to dip anything, from chicken nuggets to cookies.

This dip fits the bill when you need an easy dessert during the busy holiday season! Mixing this together takes just 5 minutes, and when you pair it with store-bought graham crackers, you have a fun dessert with almost no effort!

Love peppermint? Try my Peppermint Meringues, Homemade Peppermint Patties, or Candy Cane Peppermint Cookies for more delicious peppermint flavor.

🍬Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Candy canes or peppermint candy – Candy canes are easier to crush.
  • Cream cheese – Softened to room temperature.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Peppermint extract
  • Whipped topping – Such as Cool whip, thawed
peppermint dip ingredients

🥣How to Make Peppermint Dip

  1. Crush the candy or candy canes. I like putting them in a zippered bag and then rolling them with a rolling pin. You can also bang the bag with a spoon or hammer to crush them.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese with the sugar and peppermint extract until smooth.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping and crushed candies. Don’t use a mixer for this; use a spatula.
  4. Chill for 1 hour before serving.
mixing the cream cheese
Beat cream cheese
adding the whipped topping and crushed candy canes
Fold in whipped topping and crushed candy

🍪Serving Ideas

This dip has a wonderful peppermint flavor and a smooth and creamy texture. You can dip almost any kind of cookie in this sweet treat. I especially like pairing this dip with chocolate cookies! Some of my favorites dippers are:

  • Chocolate Teddy Grahams
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate wafer cookies
  • Oreos
  • Graham crackers
  • Gingersnaps
  • Vanilla wafers

You can also pair this with other dips and have a fabulous yet easy-to-make dessert spread for your holiday party. Check out my recipes for Gingerbread Dip and Eggnog Dip for more creamy holiday dessert dips.

💭How to Store

Store this dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Some of the color from the candy canes might bleed into the dip, but that gives it a little bit of pink color.

bowl of peppermint dip made from cream cheese

⭐Tips and Variations

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Kids love to help crush the candy for this dip. I find candy canes are the easiest to crush.
  • For a smooth and creamy dip, leave the cream cheese at room temperature for about an hour before mixing.
  • For a chocolate taste, stir in 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or peppermint baking chips.
  • It works best to use an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese but then use a spatula to fold the whipped topping.
  • Sprinkle some extra candy canes on top before serving.

📝FAQ

Can peppermint cheesecake dip be frozen?

Yes. Store it in an airtight container and freeze it for 1-2 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and stir it well before serving.

Does cream cheese dip need to be refrigerated?

Yes, it needs to be refrigerated. Leaving it at room temperature for about 2 hours is fine if you are having a party. After that, it needs to go back in the fridge.

Do I have to use Cool Whip in this recipe?

No, you can use heavy cream to make real whipped cream instead. Whip the 1 1/2 cups of cream until soft peaks form. Then add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

If you make this with heavy cream, it will only last for 1 day in the fridge and can’t be frozen.

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Peppermint Dip Recipe

Peppermint dip tastes like Christmas! This family favorite is smooth, creamy, and the perfect dip to enjoy with holiday cookies. Ideal for a holiday party.
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 10
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Ingredients
 

  • 10 candy canes or starlight candy crushed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 container whipped topping thawed

Instructions

  • Put the candy canes in a zippered bag. Roll it with a rolling pin to crush them, or bang on it with a spoon.
    10 candy canes or starlight candy
  • Use a mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and peppermint extract until smooth and creamy.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Fold the whipped topping and about 1/4 cup of crushed candy with a spatula. Save some crushed candy for serving.
    1 container whipped topping
  • Chill the dip for at least one hour.
  • Top with additional candy pieces before serving.

Notes

  • For a smooth and creamy dip, leave the cream cheese at room temperature for about an hour before starting.
  • Kids love to help crush the candy for this dip. I find candy canes crush easily.
  • For a chocolate taste, stir in 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or peppermint baking chips.
  • Serve with your favorite cookies or graham crackers.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.03mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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