Oh my gosh this Candy Cane Pie is delicious! Light and fluffy candy cane flavored filling surrounded by a chocolate cookie crumb crust. It’s like a holiday dream come true.
And, it’s super easy to make! It’s a no bake pie that’s as simple as melting marshmallows and whipping cream. If you can make Rice Krispie Treats, you can make this amazing pie!
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As visions of sugarplums danced in my head
My husband described this pie as being like a peppermint Oreo pie, what with that cookie crust, and the white icing pie filling with the right touch of minty freshness.
I picture sugarplums dancing in my head with this beautiful and festive peppermint crunch pie.
I found this recipe at A Taste of Home and knew I had to make it. I adore peppermint-flavored goodies. At any time of the year, but especially at the holidays!
How to crush peppermints
You’ll need some crushed peppermints for inside the pie as well as for garnishing the pie. The little crunches are so much fun and so perfect in this sweet pie.
You can use candy canes or peppermint starlight candies for the crushed peppermint candies.
And, crushed candies are a great way to use those candy canes!
To crush the candies, place the candy canes or the starlights in a plastic zip top bag. Seal the bag. Place the bag with the candies on a wooden cutting board. And, with the bottom of a sturdy metal measuring cup, the bottom part of the handle of a metal ice cream scoop, or a flat meat pounder, smash the heck out of the candies in the bag.
And, it’s way cheaper than therapy to smash those little candies!
I also found, in my grocery store’s baking aisle, some peppermint crushed candy canes. I also have a link below to purchase some on Amazon.
Time saving tip
Oh, and another is that you might be able to find a premade chocolate cookie crust at the grocery store too.
My homemade one is a little thicker and richer that the store-bought one, so I recommend making your own.
But, if time saving is a high priority to you, take a look down the baking aisle of the grocery store. They make have a chocolate cookie crust to save you some time. I look at my store, and they don’t carry them anymore.
Is this pie sweet?
Yes, this is a sweet pie. With the melted marshmallows and the peppermint, it is a sweet treat.
I found that the richness of the chocolate cookie crust offset the sweetness of the pie nicely, and the pie had a nice balance of flavors.
Also, I recommend small slices of this pie, thus there are more servings of the pie than you’d typically see on a pie recipe card.
A small slice helps keep some of that sweetness in check.
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Candy Cane Pie Recipe
Candy Cane Pie
- 9 ounces Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers that’s one package
- ½ cup Unsalted Butter melted
Make the crust:
- Break wafers into smaller pieces, and place in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs. Add melted butter to cookie crumbs, and process until well blended. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan. Freeze crust while preparing filling.
Make the filling:
- In a heavy saucepan, combine marshmallows and milk over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla, salt, and peppermint extract. Cool 30 minutes, stirring several times.
- While you’re waiting for the marshmallow mixture to cool, whip the heavy cream using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, until medium peaks form.
- Fold whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies into the marshmallow mixture. Spoon the filling into the chilled crust, smoothing the top so it’s pretty.
- Refrigerate the pie, covered, 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle with additional crushed peppermint candies.