Candy Cane Cheesecake Makes Dessert Very Merry

Did you know candy canes were originally created in order to keep children quiet in church?

According to the folklore story, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany wanted to keep children quiet during a long performance at the Christmas Eve mass. He asked a local candy maker to make the sugar sticks and had them bent in the shape of a Shepard’s staff in honor of the Shepard’s that visited Jesus.

Whether or not you believe the story, I think we can all agree that candy canes and Christmas are synonymous. I know I love the taste of anything peppermint this time of year, especially when you couple it with some chocolate.

When I decided I wanted to make a dessert inspired by the candy cane I passed on cookies, cake and brownies. I went for cheesecake because it’s one of my favorites. With its creamy texture and the variety of different tastes you can create, there’s no denying cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. Coupled with the cool, winter taste of peppermint and you have a dessert that will certainly keep little children quiet while they gobble it all up.

I made my recipe in a pressure cooker but feel free to use the base recipe and cook the cheesecake any way you want. Check out the full recipe below!

Candy Cane Cheesecake

Cookware Used:

  • 7-inch spring form pan (This can be found on Amazon here. It is difficult to find in this size in the store.)
  • Electric pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot. Specifically, this one.)

Cheesecake Crust Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large graham crackers
  • Three tablespoons of butter, melted

Peppermint Cheesecake Filling Ingredients:

  • Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. of vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. of peppermint extract
  • 2 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 6 drips of red or pink food coloring

White Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips, melted
  • Crashed candy canes


1. Crush your graham crackers. Make sure they are crushed to a very fine consistency and then add your melted butter.

2. Press the mixture into the spring form pan and then put the crust in the freezer for 10 minutes.

3. Combine your sour cream, heavy cream and cream cheese. Mix well.

4. Add your sugar, flour and eggs and mix well. Make sure not to over mix though or you will get air bubbles in the cake, which doesn’t make much of a different in taste. It’s more of a look thing.

5. Add your vanilla and fold it into the mixture.

6. Add your peppermint extract and food coloring and fold it into the mixture.

7. Remove the pan from the freezer and use butter or olive oil to coat the edge.

8. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan and even it out with a spatula.

9. Add one cup of water to your pressure cooker.

10. Tent your cheesecake with tin foil.

11. Use the stainless steel rack that comes with the pressure cooker and lower the cheesecake into the pot.

12. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 33 minutes. Remember, you will need to allow time for the pot to come to pressure.

13. When the timer is done, let the pot vent naturally for about 10-15 minutes. Then, release any final pressure.

14. Take the tin foil off and let the cheesecake cool on the counter for about an hour. The, put the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least three hours.

15. Once it has had time in the fridge melt your white chocolate chips in the microwave. About 30 seconds should work. Crush your candy canes while it melts.

16. Use a spoon to put the chocolate on top of the cake and then sprinkle the candy cane on top.

It may sound a bit complicated but it’s actually a really simple recipe. Oh and it’s delicious! Besides, it can’t be more complicated than keeping a bunch of kids quiet in church, right? 🙂

Happy eating, friends.

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  • Krystal Butherus December 22, 2017 10.12 pm

    You had me at cheesecake! And adding candy canes to it? AMAZING! I would love to make this!

  • serena December 22, 2017 11.18 pm

    I had never heard that story. So cute. This cake looks delicious! And the recipe seems pretty simple. Thanks for sharing.

  • Harmony December 22, 2017 11.36 pm

    OH wow! This one’s a keeper! Yum!

  • Karen Morse December 22, 2017 11.57 pm

    Oh this looks so good! I’ve never had candy cane cheesecake before and I can’t believe I never thought about making it! I really appreciate the recipe!

  • Melissa Chapman December 23, 2017 12.34 am

    I love anything with white chocolate and the peppermint on top makes it so festive. I would make this for any holiday party.

  • Suite City Woman December 23, 2017 12.39 am

    Wait, what? You make your recipe in a pressure cooker? Brilliant! Happy Holidays… I’m going to dust off my pressure cooker and try this!

    • Everyday Mom Rachel December 23, 2017 01.16 am

      Yes! I’ve actually never made it another way. :0

  • Angela Tolsma December 23, 2017 01.27 am

    Super interesting that you made your cheesecake in a pressure cooker. That is not something I would have thought would work for desserts. I don’t know if I believe the story but it’s definitely an interesting take on it!

  • Maria Katsulos December 23, 2017 01.38 am

    Oh my goodness!! I almost wish I hadn’t read this because now I feel totally obligated not only to make it but EAT most of it…two of my all-time favorite desserts, cheesecake and candy canes! LOVE it!!

  • Jamie December 23, 2017 02.28 am

    Peppermint flavored desserts are so much fun at Christmas!!!! Thanks for sharing definitely going to give this a try.

  • Raina December 23, 2017 06.26 am

    So festive and so pretty! I love peppermint this time of year, I’ll have to try this!

  • Alice December 23, 2017 02.42 pm

    I’ve never heard that story, adorable. And that cheesecake looks so festive and delish! Pinning it!

  • Jessica Joachim December 23, 2017 04.14 pm

    I am a total sucker for a good cheesecake! I love making it, love eating it, and add peppermint into the mix, YES PLEASE!

  • Terri Steffes December 23, 2017 04.51 pm

    I know my nephew would love this cheesecake. He is a huge fan of peppermint. Great recipe I can’t wait to try.

  • kimberly lewis December 23, 2017 06.18 pm

    this looks almost too pretty to eat! what a great dessert to top off a holiday meal.

  • Erica December 23, 2017 07.45 pm

    I love the story about the candy cane origin. I hope it’s true because it’s a great story. The candy can cake looks phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cake that included candy canes in the recipe. But I imagine I would LOVE it!

  • Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition December 23, 2017 07.48 pm

    My dad and I have a fun tradition of making a homemade cheesecake once a year. Usually we stick to a classic recipe but this would be such a fun way to mix things up next time!

  • BRITTANY GILES December 23, 2017 08.13 pm

    OMG this looks so heavenly! I need to step up my baking game and try this out!

  • brianne December 24, 2017 02.04 am

    This cheese cake is beyond! It looks so yummy and festive! I may attempt to make this!

  • Nailil December 24, 2017 02.09 am

    This just looks delicious. I mean I love all things cheesecake and this one is perfect for the season. I will have to save it and try it.

  • Elle cleverlychanging December 24, 2017 02.48 am

    It’s so beautiful, I’d just want to admire it on my table. The peppermint reminds me of my grandmother. I’d love to share this receipe with my kids.

  • Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles December 24, 2017 01.12 pm

    This looks very delicious! Great recipe for the holiday season.

  • Katrina December 24, 2017 03.07 pm

    Candy cane and white chocolate??? I am dying over this combo! <3

  • Cindy Ingalls December 25, 2017 02.34 am

    The cheesecake looks heavenly. I know I sound like a broken record, but I just love all the candy cane or peppermint treats during the holiday season.

  • Tiffany Haywood December 25, 2017 03.30 am

    Candy Canes and Cheesecakes??? You sut brought two of my favorite things together on one dish! This sounds amazing!

  • Rachel December 26, 2017 01.28 am

    Ohhhh emmm geeee! This sounds fantastic! Even though it’s after the holidays (technically, now) I’m still going to make this! Pinning for later!

  • Heather December 26, 2017 02.14 pm

    What a beautiful cake! My daughters would love this and I’m sure it would be a great conversation starter this week!

  • Pam December 26, 2017 03.58 pm

    This looks (and sounds) delicious! I love that you added in the story behind the candy cane as well. What a neat little history lesson to share with kids when enjoying this dessert!

  • Brittany December 27, 2017 05.41 am

    Oh wow! This is one of those sweets I could see myself making all year long!

  • Tiffany Barry December 29, 2017 12.33 am

    This looks so yummy!!!

  • Claire December 31, 2017 02.10 am

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try!


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