No Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake
This No Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake features a sweet and creamy peppermint cheesecake batter that requires no oven. A rich, Oreo cookie crust and festive sprinkles make this cheesecake perfect for the holidays!
*December 2017 update! this recipe was originally posted in December 2014. i decided that the photos desperately needed updating, so i reshot the recipe (but still kept the ingredient list and directions the same). i also kept the original post/story below that i wrote three years ago!**
Yesterday, the hubster and I took a day off from work to tackle our Christmas shopping. We do this every year, as sort of an annual Christmas tradition. We started by going out to breakfast and then headed to different malls and stores in the area. With most people at work and kids in school, it makes for less crowded stores, which equals a happier me!
While I love shopping, I hate fighting hoards of people and long lines that stretch forever. And Christmas shopping on the weekends? Forget it! Unless I go late at night, it’s not worth it to me.
Around mid-day, we stopped somewhere to refuel ourselves with some lunch, and then headed back out again. By the time we got home, we were both pooped! From hunting around for the perfect gifts and traveling from store to store, it made for a long day. Shopping definitely tires me out!
In order to help us relax and end our day on sweet note, I made this No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake for dessert. It features a sweet and creamy peppermint cheesecake batter that requires no oven. A rich, Oreo cookie crust and festive sprinkles make this cheesecake perfect for the holidays!
Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and peppermint is just about my favorite Christmas flavor. So when I was thinking of the perfect after-dinner treat for the hubster and I, my mind immediately flashed to this No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake.
And because it’s just the two of us, I decided to serve this dish in mini trifle glasses. Eating mini desserts are more fun, eye-appealing, and just seems to taste better. But if you don’t have mini trifle glasses, feel free to double to recipe and serve in a regular sized trifle dish or pie pan.
And like most of my recipes, this No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecakes are so easy to prepare!
As soon as I took a bite, I knew I had created a winner. The cheesecake is smooth and creamy, with hints of peppermint and oreo chunks spread throughout. And the oreo cookie crust creates a subtle crunch that pairs perfectly with the refreshing peppermint.
This No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake would make a fabulous addition to your holiday dessert collection! With hardly any prep time, this festive dessert will become the star of your party!
Looking for more easy holiday desserts? I’ve got you covered!
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Glazed Eggnog Donuts
- Frosted Peppermint Brownies
- Red Velvet Peppermint Cupcakes
No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecakes
- 2 cups crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, About 25 Oreo cookies
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2-3 drops red food coloring
- Sprinkles or crushed candy canes for garnish
- To prepare crust, in a small bowl, combine Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter. Stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- To make the cheesecake batter, in a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, heavy cream, white sugar, peppermint extract and vanilla extract. Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attached, beat mixture until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in red food coloring.
- To assemble cheesecake in mini mason jars: spoon about 4 tablespoons of cookie crumbs onto the bottom of 4 mason jars. Lightly press down with a spoon. Add about 1/2 cup of cheesecake batter on top of cookie crumbs. Top with sprinkles or crushed candy canes. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.
- To assemble cheesecake in pie form: spread Oreo cookie crumbs onto the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan and lightly press down. Add cheesecake filling and spread in an even layer, followed by sprinkles or crushed candy canes. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve.
These are so beautiful, Gayle! And cute. I love it! And I love your annual shopping tradition. You must be exhausted by the end, but then everything is taken care of. Plus, having a nice lunch out in the middle can’t hurt!
Thanks, Mir! It is a great feeling to know that most of my shopping is done!
One of my favorite dates with hubby is our annual Christmas Shopping Day! Absolutely love it! And love these no-bake treats! Love the addition of the peppermint!
Thanks, Annie! Peppermint makes everything better in my book!
Hi Gayle, this recipe kind of reminds me of a new twist on Peanut Butter Pie and I love it! Mint is the flavor of the season. It’s just so refreshing! Your pictures are stunning, perfect like you said after a hectic day of Christmas shopping. And we do the exact same thing, go out to breakfast and then head out shopping hopping the big breakfast gives us some stamina! Beautiful color, no-bake and only 15 minutes to make. Wonderful =)
Thanks for the kind words, Laura! I would love to try a peanut butter pie version of this! And going out for breakfast is one of my favorite things to do, especially before shopping! 🙂
The hubs and I went Christmas shopping last Sunday. On a weekend.
Such a poor life choice.
The feel the only way to remedy this would be to eat 1000 of these AMAZING trifles. I mean, they’re small, so it’s ok. Pinned!
Oh man, I feel your weekend shopping pain, Taylor! Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, friend!
You know I’m a sucker for anything PINK! These look so good. Wish I had one for breakfast (hey, it’s December so I get to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, right?). Jealous of your shopping skills! You two got this totally down!
Thanks, Liz! And calories definitely don’t count around the holidays…at least that’s what I tell myself! 🙂
These little peppermint oreo parfaits are perfect and so pretty! I love those swirly candy canes you have on the side!! They are too cool!! Pinned!! 🙂
Thanks for the peppermint love and pin, Renee! Those candy cane swirls are my favorite, too. Almost too pretty to eat!
Christmas shopping on a weekend-no way, I totally agree with you! These mini cheesecakes are too cute! And of course so easy to make! Great way ti sweeten your week night! And I can’t believe how close to Christmas we are 🙂 Pinned!
I don’t like the malls on regular weekends, so that’s a big no for me during the holiday season! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Mira! These peppermint cheesecakes are so refreshing and just the perfect amount to eat!
Oh wow, I really should just stay away from your blog, haha. These look amazing, and so, so pretty!
Thanks, Silvia! These are one of my favorite peppermint treats!
Gahhh cheesecake is my ultimate weakness, but throwing peppermint and oreos into the mix?! I die. These parfaits are seriously calling my name!
I knew you would share my love of these cheesecakes, Sarah! Thanks for the peppermint love!
That’s such a great idea to take a weekday with your husband to get your Christmas shopping done, and a fun tradition too! My husband and I braved the crowds Saturday afternoon to do some shopping while my mom watched my kids. It was crowded, but not as bad as I’m sure it will get!
These no bake cheesecakes are so pretty! I love cheesecake and the peppermint flavor sounds wonderful, especially with the chocolate Oreos!
That’s good that you braved the crowds and got your shopping done, Kristine! Isn’t that a great feeling of accomplishment? Thanks so much for the kind words! These no-bake cheesecakes tastes so good, especially with the peppermint and oreo combination!
I love that you two take a day off together! Doing things with your partner is always so much less stressful than doing them on your own. Plus, if you get to reward yourselves with peppermint oreo cheesecake in a cup? Worth it.
I agree, Sarah! Less stressful and make the shopping more fun! Thanks for the peppermint love!
How smart to take a day off of work to go Christmas shopping. There’s nothing worse than doing it on the weekend.
Love these mini cheesecakes! They are super festive and they look completely delicious!
Christmas shopping on the weekends makes me cringe! 🙂 Thanks so much for the compliments, Christin!
Cheesecake is pretty much my FAVORITE thing ever. I love these super easy treats! I can totally understand where you’re coming from with the holiday shopping — I was done super early this year and I’m kind of loving it!
I’m so jealous that you were done with your shopping so early, Ashley! That will be my goal for next year! 🙂 I love that these treats are so easy to whip up, too. Thanks!
Oh man! These look absolutely amazing! Cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite foods and I love love love how cute and festive these are, especially in those mini trifle glasses! FEED ME!
Thank you, Christine! These mini trifle glasses are so fun to serve and even better to eat from!
That is so fun you take the day off to do Christmas shopping! I love that! What a fun day. I did all my Christmas shopping online yesterday, and it was just divine. I can’t really handle the crowds. Ha! I love this treat, perfect for Christmas time : )
Online shopping is great, too! I buy a few things online and then shop for the rest. Thanks for the cheesecake love, Natalie!
These photos are gorgeous! And, well. Layered desserts, with Oreos and peppermint? YES! Pinned!
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Dorothy! Layered desserts are the best!
Gayle, how cute are you and your hubby!!! I love that you guys go shopping together and how fun to take the day off of work to enjoy each other. 🙂 These cheesecakes look amazing and I love that they are easy to make and no bake at that!!! Pinned!
It’s definitely a fun time, Cyndi! Thanks for the cheesecake love and pin!
I’m loving peppermint everything right now! These little cheesecakes look so delicious, and I love that they’re no bake.
Thank you, Rachel!
What a fun tradition! I love that you two got some shopping done yesterday. It has been a zoo at the mall lately so that was definitely a good choice. And so were making these cheesecakes. They look so pretty! Love that they’re no bake and I am drooling over every single layer – so decadent and delicious!
The malls in my area are crazy around the holidays, Kelly! Thanks so much for the kind words! The layers are so fun to make and even better to eat!
Gayle, I love love LOVE how pretty this is! and no-bake makes it even better! and those curled candy canes or peppermint sticks? since they aren’t shaped like canes? lol but they are so cool 😉
Thanks, Michele! They’re curled candy canes…my favorite peppermint find this year! 🙂
I LOVE Oreo cheesecake! And this festive version looks AMAZING Gayle!
Thanks, Nora! Peppermint and oreos go so well together!
Holiday shopping can seriously make you tired! I’m planning to get it all done this weekend, but we will see how that goes. By the way, I read the title of this post and nearly died from excitement. This is all of my favorite things combined into one and it’s no bake! Pinning 😉
Good luck with your shopping, Danielle! Hopefully it won’t be too bad out there! 🙂 Thanks so much for the cheesecake love and pin, Danielle! No-bake desserts are my favorite, too!
Mmmmm…my mouth is watering Gayle!! Looks delicious!! Pinned.
Thanks for the compliments and pin, Manali!
You’re so smart to take a day off and go get your shopping done! I can’t stand crowds, so I try and stay out of the stores if at all possible on the weekends. These peppermint oreo cheesecakes would completely satisfy my chocolate-peppermint addiction! I just love no-bake cheesecake. 🙂
I try as hard as possible to avoid the malls on the weekends, too! I get cranky when I have to wait in long lines and dodge herds of people! 🙂 Thanks for the cheesecake love, Marcie!
Mmm I love cheesecake and peppermint anything, so I’m sure this taste absolutely amazing!! And the fact that it’s no-bake, sign me up!! Pinned!
Thanks, Christina! No-bake desserts are definitely the way to go, especially with cheesecake!
Oreo and peppermint together in a cheesecake sounds fantastic Gayle! I love all those things! 🙂 And they look so quick and easy!
Thank you, Stacey! These mini cheesecakes are so easy to throw together!
Is it bad that even online shopping leaves me hungry? And don’t get me started on the mall … and soft pretzels.
You had me at no bake! And peppermint. I think peppermint is the most fun Christmas color and I love what it looks like in baked goods! Or in this case, not so baked 🙂 Pinning!
Ha ha soft pretzels are my weakness! I have to force myself not to walk by Auntie Anne’s! 🙂 Thanks so much for the cheesecake love and pin, Mary Frances!
I’m loving this peppermint – oreo trifle Gayle! <3 Peppermint somehow just makes the festive feeling get stronger! Need to make this for dessert!
Isn’t peppermint the best around the holidays? Thanks, Samina!
Okay, your Christmas shopping day date with the hubster is seriously adorable 🙂 I don’t think I could ever drag my BF into a mall for that long! Hehe! And all your Christmas shopping in one day? I commend you! What a power shopping couple you two are! 😀
And these no bake peppermint oreo cheesecakes are seriously adorable, Gayle!! I am such a sucker for pink desserts 🙂 Pinned! Hope you are having a great week!
Aww thanks, Ceara! I’m lucky that my husband likes running errands and shopping with me. He’s also my gift-wrapper, as I hate doing that! 🙂 Thanks so much for the cheesecake love and pin, friend! I hope your week is going well, too!
These are awesome!!!! Thank you Gayle. 🙂 Oreo cookies are vegan so I can make these, yay!!!
I’m so glad oreo cookies are vegan, Linda! I hope you love this dessert if you try it!
Ugh I need to brave the mall soon because I have purchased ZERO Christmas gifts! I think you have the right idea – make a day of it with the husband! So cute! Let’s see if my husband is game 😉
Love these no bake cheesecakes! Definitely need some easy recipes like this for the busy holidays! Pinned!
Good luck with your shopping, Lindsey! Thanks so much for the kind words and pin! No-bake desserts are the best, especially around the holidays!
You are killing me with these recipes (not literally haha). Look how amazing these look. Even better that they are raw too.
I am so jealous that you have started your Christmas shopping. I am tackling mine tomorrow. Wish me luck lol.
Thanks, Dannii! So easy to whip up and even better to eat! 🙂 And good luck with your shopping!
Sounds absolutely fantastic! I adore those flavours together, and your photography is just amazing!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Alessandra!
What a fun tradition! You are braver than me, this year I have refused to go to the shopping side of our town! haha! If it can’t be purchased on Amazon I am not gifting it! 😉 I do love the looks of this! And I LOVE that it is no bake!
That’s funny! Amazon is definitely the way to go! And I totally steer clear of all malls and stores on the weekends! Thanks so much for the cheesecake love, Annie!
Cheesecake and Oreo—Yum. I love it. Peppermint and chocolate—-Yum. I love it.
I did most of my shopping on line on Black Friday. It was fun and easy.
That’s a great idea to get all of your holiday shopping done on Black Friday, Carol! And thanks for the sweet cheesecake compliments!
These are so cute! We are having a red and white themed bday party this weekend for my hubby’s grandma so I am all about the peppermint!!
I love anything peppermint-y this time of the year! I have so many candy canes laying around the house – this will be my next go to dessert. Thanks!
This sounds like the perfect dessert for you, Julie! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Holiday shopping is definitely draining! I like to do most of it online to avoid the crowds, but that’s smart you dedicate a day to it. This looks like the perfect treat to come home to afterwards!
I am so tired after I do Christmas shopping, Kelly! Online is definitely the way to go. Thanks so much for the cheesecake love!
Two of my favorite things: mint & Oreo! I would LOVE this dessert!
Thanks, Leah! It’s definitely a great no-bake dessert!
How perfect are these, Gayle?! Love how easy they are too! We are having a party in a couple of weeks with friends and family coming over, and these would be perfect to make! Love the little individual servings and they are so festive! Pinned! Happy Monday to ya 🙂
Definitely party perfect! Thanks, Dawn!
Holy yum!!! Such a perfect, easy dessert option for the holidays! These little cups would be great for a class party at the elementary school!
This looks so pretty ! Perfect for the holidays 🙂 Pining to try it!
These are so festive! I can’t resist! Just perfect for the holiday season!
Definitely festive and fun!
Me and Sir Mix-a-Hubbers haven’t gone Christmas shopping yet but I’m dreading it. Luckily, a lot of our family lives out of state so we can tackle a good chunk of our shopping online. Click and ship, BOOM, done! But anytime I go shopping, whether it’s for Christmas or just shopping, in general, I get wiped out. Your peppermint oreo cheesecake would cure my tired feet each and every time. It looks delicious!
Thanks, Christina! My husband and I haven’t done much shopping yet either (this post was from a few years ago) but we hope to tackle it soon!
D’OH! Hahahaha, I knew that (cough). Yeeeeah, sometimes I don’t pay attention to the little details in life 🙂
You can never go wrong on a recipe that has oreo in it! I absolutely love this idea. And the sprinkles give them a nice holiday touch. Thanks for sharing
Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Paul!
Love a good no-bake dessert, Gayle! Anything with Oreos just has to be good.. love the addition of peppermint. Such a pretty and festive dessert, so glad you decided to reshoot it!
Thanks, Keri! I agree, oreos in anything is the best!