5 from 8 votes
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Peppermint Candy Cane Tart
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This make-ahead Peppermint Candy Cane Tart is a super festive crowd pleaser. It's also melt-in-your-mouth delicious and easy to put together!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 392 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For crust:
  • 12 whole chocolate graham crackers not chocolate-covered finely ground, crushed (should be about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 7 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
For the filling:
  • 8 5-inch candy canes crushed (3 1/2-ounces)
  • 1 7- oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups heavy cream whipped till stiff peaks form
  • ¼ cup peppermint schnapps or 1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring if desired
For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle position.
  2. Combine crushed chocolate graham crackers (see Café Tips above), sugar and butter in a medium-size bowl. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom and up the sides of an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

For the filling:
  1. Crush candy canes (see Café Tips above) into fairly small pieces (don’t completely pulverize). Pour candy cane pieces into a medium hole strainer and shake to separate the superfine powder from the pieces of candy cane. Place the larger pieces in a small airtight container and reserve till just before serving. Set aside the finely crushed powder.
  2. Combine marshmallow creme and softened cream cheese in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.
  3. Fold in whipped cream, finely crushed candy cane and peppermint schnapps (or peppermint extract) until everything is well combined.

  4. Pour mixture into prepared crust and place in the freezer until firm (3-4 hours). Just before serving, top with reserved crushed candy cane pieces. Serve frozen.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Candy Cane Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 915IU18%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.