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Horizontal closeup photo of a Peppermint Candy Cane Tart on a glass pedestal serving plate.
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
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Cane Tart, Christmas Dessert, Peppermint Candy Cane Tart
Servings: 12
Calories: 357 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For crust:
  • 12 whole chocolate graham crackers not chocolate-covered finely ground, crushed (should be about 1 ¼ cups)
  • 7 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
For the filling:
  • 8 5-inch candy canes crushed (3 ½-ounces)
  • 1 7- oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups heavy cream whipped until soft peaks form
  • ¼ cup peppermint schnapps or ½-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring optional
For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in the middle position.

  2. Combine crushed chocolate graham crackers (see Café Tips above), sugar and butter in a medium-size bowl. Press crumbs evenly onto the 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 ¼ cup of the larger pieces in a small airtight container and reserve till just before serving. Set aside the remainder of the crushed candy.

  2. Combine marshmallow creme and softened cream cheese in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.

  3. Fold in the 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 or just slightly thawed.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Candy Cane Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 914IU18%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.