Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip Recipe

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Add some sweet and festive fun to your holidays with Peppermint Cheesecake Dip. It has the tangy goodness of cream cheese with extra bursts of mini chocolate chips to make it extra irresistible, just like your favorite peppermint bark. An easy recipe to whip up with only five ingredients, this peppermint dip super fun to scoop up with your favorite Christmas cookies, graham crackers, pretzels, or fruit.

Easy Peppermint Dip for Christmas

Recipe at a Glance

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: No-bake
Dietary Info: Gluten-free
Key Flavor: Sweet, tangy, peppermint
Skill Level: Easy

When it comes to the holidays, there are a few flavors that have to be part of your celebration. Maybe it’s Eggnog Cream Pies. Or the spiced goodness of a lovely Gingerbread Loaf. Then, of course, there is the candy cane. Peppermint treats abound this time of year, with candy canes working their way into cookies and cakes and more.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

But to take it to another level, why not take all of your favorite holiday treats and dunk them into a dip made with candy canes? Combine that with the irresistible flavor of cheesecake and, of course, a little chocolate, and Santa won’t be the only one digging in! Here’s why…

  • So simple. The beauty of this sweet cheesecake dip is that you only need five ingredients. And once you cream cheese is softened, it takes about five minutes to make.
  • Not too minty. Peppermint is good. Toothpaste flavor isn’t. This dip gets its minty flavor just from the candy canes, not peppermint extract which can be overpowering.
  • Gluten free. While cheesecake itself isn’t usually gluten free (unless you make my Gluten Free Cheesecake), cheesecake dips typically are. So this is a treat for everyone to enjoy.

Let’s make it…

A platter of cookies with a bowl of peppermint chocolate chip cheesecake dip in the middle.

Ingredients to Make Peppermint Dip

  • Cream cheese. Let it soften to room temperature.
  • Powdered sugar. While most are gluten free, be sure yours is, if necessary.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Mini chocolate chips. These will distribute better than regular chips.
  • Chopped candy canes or peppermint candies. While most candy canes on the market are not certified gluten free, most are gluten free, and some are even made in facilities that do not handle any gluten ingredients.
Bowls with cheesecake, powdered sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips, and crushed candy canes.

How to Make Peppermint Dip

Make the cheesecake mixture. Simply beat the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy.

Add the mix-ins. Then fold in the chocolate chips and candy canes. You can even save a few to sprinkle on top after you transfer your peppermint dip to a serving bowl.

Tips for Making the Best Candy Cane Dip

Here are a few quick tips to make the most festive Christmas dip:
  • Let the cream cheese come to room temperature. This will ensure it blends nice and smooth and creamy.
  • Check your powdered sugar. You might need to sift it if there are lumps.
  • Use mini chips. Regular-sized cips won’t distribute as well and will be hard to scoop up.
  • Don’t overstir. If you stir too much, the red on the candy canes will beleed into the dip and turn it pink.
A bowl of peppermint cheesecake dip surrounded by apple slices and cookies.

What to Serve with Peppermint Cheesecake Dip

This easy peppermint dip is such a fun addition to any holiday party. It adds the flavors of the season and will have sugar plums dancing not only in your head but on your tastebuds as well. Once you’ve whipped it up, the only question is what to serve it with.

Traditional things to dunk in a cheesecake dip include:

  • Graham crackers – regular or gluten free, to get that traditional combination of cheesecake with a graham cracker crust.
  • Fruit – apple and pear slices would work and taste the best.
  • Pretzels – regular or gluten free and perfect if you like that sweet and salty combo.

But as charcuterie boards became all the rage, along came the rise of dessert boards. And this candy cane dip is perfect to add to a platter of Christmas cookies, like these:

A platter of cookies with a bowl of peppermint chocolate chip cheesecake dip in the middle.
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Peppermint Cheesecake Dip

Add some sweet and festive fun to your holidays with Peppermint Cheesecake Dip. It has the tangy goodness of cream cheese with extra bursts of mini chocolate chips to make it extra irresistible. An easy recipe to whip up with only five ingredients, it's super fun to scoop up with your favorite Christmas cookies, graham crackers, pretzels, or fruit.
Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the cheese ball

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature (regular or low fat)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, plus more for topping
  • Cookies, graham crackers, apple or pear slices, pretzels, etc. for dipping

Instructions

  • Using a hand mixer, whip the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 
  • Once they are well combined, mix in the chocolate chips and the crushed peppermint. 
  • Place in your serving bowl and top with additional crushed peppermint. 
  • Serve with cookies, graham crackers, apples or pears.
Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Cheesecake Dip
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons (approximately))
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 131IU3%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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