If you like no bake desserts, these no bake peppermint cheesecake bars with Oreo crust are the perfect holiday treat!
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Who doesn’t love a no bake dessert? It reminds of those Jello instant pudding boxes I used to make. Throw a few things together, mix it up and let it chill for a bit. Easy peasy.
With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to try and incorporate some holiday flavors in this dessert. With the Oreo crust. I love an Oreo crust. Probably because I’m scared to make pie crust from scratch. Plus, Oreos, am I right?
So these no bake peppermint cheesecake bars with Oreo crust were the perfect holiday dessert. It reminds me a bit of peppermint bark, but with Oreos.
Sounds yummy, right?
Getting ready for christmas
Who out there is excited for Christmas? I’m getting there. It’s been a stressful holiday season so far. My day job has been very busy, which is hard due to my lack of motivation to work in this season. Between the time change and all the things going on outside the office, my goal is to spend as much time as possible wrapped up in a blanket watching Netflix.
I did bring a blanket to work so I could wrap up while working. It’s not the same thing as Netflix, but still provides some level of comfort.
Speaking of comfort, dessert is comfort. Rich, yummy desserts. I created this cookbook of easy to make holiday desserts. The cookbook is free and is absolutely perfect if you’re stumped over what to make this holiday season. All the recipes are easy, because you all know I’m all about the easiest dessert you can make. Get your free copy below!
How to make these yummy bars
Now you’ll notice how my cheesecake bars are pink in the photos. Well, this is the result of a somewhat failed attempt at artistry on my part. I’m not artistic.
I added some red food coloring to part of the batter so I could swirl it and make it look more holiday-like. I think the idea was good, but the swirler was bad. Me, I am the swirler.
I’ve included instructions to try your own swirling, but these no bake peppermint cheesecake bars with Oreo crust would be just fine with no red food coloring. They might even look better.
What really matters is the taste. If you like peppermint, you’re going to love these bad boys. Seriously, they are packed with rich and creamy pepperminty (who said we can’t just make up our own words?) goodness.
My favorite part is the crushed candy canes in the batter, and the light sprinkling on top. BUT, if you’re feeling adventurous, try these Oreo flavored candy canes – what a perfect complement to the Oreo crust!
Now the Oreo crust is super easy to make. You have the choice of baking it or not baking it. Baking it will give you a slightly crispier crust, which I like. But if you’re looking to stay completely no bake, there is no need to bake it.
So really guys, these no bake peppermint cheesecake bars with Oreo crust are so incredibly easy to make. Especially if you skip the food coloring part.
If peppermint is not your thing, I’ve got some other great holiday recipes for you:
- 2-8 oz. packages of cream cheese softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract
- 2 crushed candy canes
- 5 drops red food coloring (optional)
- Candy canes for garnish
- 20 Oreo cookies
- 4 tbsp. melted butter
Mix the cream cheese and sugar with a mixer. Add the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.
Pour 1/4 of the mixture in a separate bowl. Add the red food coloring. Set aside. (optional)
Pour the cream cheese batter over the Oreo crust. Pour the remaining dyed batter over the top and swirl with a knife. (optional)
Garnish with additional crushed candy cane pieces.
Refrigerate overnight, or until firm. Serve with whipped cream.
Use a food processor to crush the Oreos. Add the melted butter.
Press the "dough" into a parchment paper lined 8x8" baking pan.