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The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

This easy hack for the yummiest Christmas cheesecake will wow your family and friends this holiday season! The best part? It’s a no-bake dessert option that will make your Christmas dinner prep so much simpler.

I am a huge fan of a classic cheesecake recipe. Homemade cheesecake is actually one of my favorite desserts to bake!

But we aren’t doing that today. Because the holidays are upon us and ain’t nobody got time to tie up the oven baking cheesecake.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

Seriously, homemade cheesecake is so easy to make, but the baking, water bathing, cooling bit takes so long. I definitely always have to plan in advance when planning to make a cheesecake.

So instead, I’m sharing the easiest Christmas cheesecake hack. This method will give you a festive and delicious dessert in a literal fraction of the time!

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack


Before we get into the details of this Christmas cheesecake, I wanted to share that I am also joining up with a few of my favorite blogger friends today to share a bunch of fun and cheerful Christmas ideas and recipes with you!

After a really tough year for so many of us, we wanted to take a moment today to spread a little extra cheer. Maybe it will inspire you to try a new recipe or in some other way create a happy little moment for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

I will be linking to all of their posts below! You can also find us all on Instagram using the hashtag #GoodCheerSquad.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

To Make this Christmas Cheesecake, You Will Need:

  • A store bought cheesecake – Pick one up from your local bakery or the freezer section of your grocery store
  • Heavy cream – A good quality cream is the basis of the perfect whipped cream
  • Powdered sugar – I like using powdered sugar when making homemade whipped cream, but you can use granulated sugar as well
  • Vanilla extract – You could also use fresh vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste
  • Candy canes – Or other striped peppermint candies

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

How to Make the Easiest Christmas Cheesecake

For a Christmas cheesecake that your family will love (and that doesn’t take hours to make, bake and cool), start with a good store bought cheesecake.

You could buy one from a local bakery or pick one up from the freezer section of the grocery store.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

The next step is a good, homemade whipped cream. Making homemade whipped cream is so super simple, so don’t let it be intimidating!

If you need it, I made sure to include my homemade whipped cream recipe below.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

I think there is definitely a time and place for the whipped topping that comes in the plastic tub. (This isn’t it!) Since we’re already skipping a lot of the work by starting with a store bought cheesecake, homemade whipped cream is a must.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

You can pile the whipped cream onto the top of the cheesecake as thick and high as you want. I really don’t think you can go wrong with more, especially since we’re talking about a Christmas cheesecake here!

Add all the whipped cream, friends.

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

How to Decorate a Christmas Cheesecake

I’m pretty sure you’re catching on to what we’re doing here, but you’re going to need a bunch of classic peppermint candy canes. Place them in a plastic bag and smash them up good with a mallet or the back of a heavy spoon. 

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

I like to have larger pieces and crushed up pieces that are almost dust-like. It looks so pretty decorating the cheesecake and lends such a festive touch!

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

Then everything gets sprinkled on top – the more the better. (Are you sensing a theme here?)

This is such an easy easy Christmas hack. Seriously. From start to finish you can have the prettiest Christmas dessert made in under 15 minutes!

Side note, my 5 year old calls this “candy cane pie” and I guess she’s not technically wrong. (Read: Everyone will love this pretty and yummy Christmas dessert!)

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

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Festive Christmas Ideas

Please take a moment in joining my friend as we spread a little Christmas cheer! They are all so talented and inspire my own holiday celebrations year after year.

Inspired By CharmOrange-Almond Mushroom Cookies
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Pizzazzerie – Christmas Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

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The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake Hack

The Easiest Christmas Cheesecake

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A simple yet festive Christmas cheesecake recipe that can be made in under 15 minutes right before your holiday guests arrive!


  • 1 store bought cheesecake
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 candy canes


  1. Start with a cheesecake that is cold but not frozen
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Begin beating at low speed, gradually increasing to high. Continue beating for 3 - 5 minutes or until thick peaks form
  4. Top cheesecake with as much whipped cream as you'd like, using a spatula or knife to spread it evenly over top
  5. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and smash to to break up. Sprinkle candy canes over the top of the whipped cream and serve!


Cheesecake should be served within an hour of making since the whipped cream will lose some of its thickness over time.

[Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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