Easy Peppermint Dip

Easy Peppermint Dip is the perfect dessert dip for your holidays!

Serve up this candy cane dip with cookies, and sweet crackers for a festive dip everyone will enjoy!

An OREO cookie dipped in dish of peppermint dip.

Candy Cane Dip Ingredients

This Peppermint Dip is made with super simple ingredients.

All you need is a block of cream cheese, 8 oz. Of Cool Whip, powdered sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract, red food coloring, and candy canes!

To get the peppermint taste in this Candy Cane Dip you will add the peppermint extract along with some crushed candy canes. Crush the candy canes into pieces as big or as small as you like. I prefer them small (smaller than the photo below).

Crushed candy canes

You can add as much or as little peppermint extract and candy canes according to how peppermint-y you want your dessert dip!

Up close shot of candy cane dip in a dish topped with crushed candy canes

Tips for Making Easy Peppermint Dip

Here are a few tips to make this Candy Cane Dip.

  • Make sure your cream cheese is softened, at room temperature, so it will mix in well and not be lumpy.
  • I use a hand mixer to mix this dip. A stand mixer can work too, or you can even mix it by hand.
  • If you do not want a strong peppermint taste to this dip you do not have to add the peppermint extract. You can add crushed candy canes only to the dip and that will give the dip a subtle peppermint flavor.
  • Make sure you mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar first before folding the cool whip into the mixture. Make sure the cream cheese is mixed in fully and its smooth.
  • If you are making this dip ahead of time you may want to wait to add the crushed canes so they don’t soften in the dip.
  • You do not have to add red food coloring to this dip. You can keep it white and it will looks cute with the crushed canes in the dip!
  • Top the dip with more crushed candy canes for serving so it looks festive.
  • You can make this candy cane dip ahead of time. Store the dip in the fridge. After the dip has sat in the fridge the texture will be a bit different. Just give it a good stir and it will be fluffy and right back to how it is when its freshly made.

What to Dip in Peppermint Dip

Easy Peppermint dip is best enjoyed with cookies, sweet crackers and even candy.

OREO cookies are one of the yummiest things to dip in the Easy Peppermint Dip.

Peppermint dip in a small dish with OREO cookies surrounding it.
A hand holding an OREO dipped in candy cane sauce with the sauce and cookies in the background.

Chocolate graham crackers, regular graham crackers, vanilla wafers, shortbread cookies, brownie bites, sugar cookies, chocolate cookies and even chocolate candy bars are delicious dipped in this candy cane dip.

Cookies and brownie bites on a platter with candy cane dip.

Storing the Peppermint Dip

This dip can be made in advance, just store it in the fridge and give it a good stir when you are ready to enjoy it.

You can store this dip up to 5 days in the fridge. The crushed canes in the dip will soften and the color will bleed into the dip as it sits in the fridge. Just stir the dip when you are ready to eat it. You can also add more crushed candy canes as needed to the dip.

Peppermint dip in a dish with cookies surrounding it.

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For another sweet dip try my Pina Colada Dip, or my S’mores Cheese Ball.

For some more peppermint treats try my Candy Cane Fudge or my Candy Cane Sauce.

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Candy Cane Dip in a dish with OREOs around it to dip in it.

Easy Peppermint Dip

This easy Peppermint Dip is the perfect addition to your holiday. It’s a dessert dip that is festive and delicious.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings


  • 8 oz. cream cheese *make sure it is softened
  • 8 oz. cool whip *make sure it is thawed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tsp peppermint extract *more or less to taste, you can also leave out
  • red food coloring *optional
  • 6 crushed candy canes for the dip and topping *you can use as many candy canes as you like- I use at least 6
  • Cookies, sweet crackers, candy for dipping *not included in nutritional calculations


  • In a medium sized bowl, add your softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Using a hand mixer (a stand mixer works, or mix it by hand), mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until it is smooth.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract. Gently fold in the cool whip until its fully mixed.
  • Add the peppermint extract to taste.
    *you can leave it out if you do not want a strong peppermint taste.
  • Add the red food coloring to your liking (optional).
  • Add in crushed candy canes and mix them into the dip.
  • Top the dip with more crushed candy canes for serving.
    Serve the dip with your favorite cookies, crackers or candy. (OREOS are delicious)
  • Store the dip in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can make this dip ahead of time, just stir it until it’s smooth again for serving.
    *See blog post above for tips.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.03mg

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