Cheesecake Christmas Trees

slices of cheesecake that look like Christmas treesRecipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

A tray of these Christmas trees makes a festive open house dessert. For more chocolate decadence, use mini Twix bars (cut in half) for the tree trunks, as shown here.


Makes 12 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Stand: 20 Minutes
Freeze: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


1 to 2 big peppermint candy sticks
1 (30-oz.) frozen New York-style cheesecake
1 (7.25-oz.) bottle chocolate fudge shell coating
1 (6.4-oz.) tube green easy-flow decorator icing
12 red candy-coated chocolate pieces


1. Measure 1/2 to 3/4 inch from end of peppermint stick, and make a small cut using a sharp knife. Gently break peppermint stick at cut. Repeat procedure with remaining peppermint stick to make 12 pieces.

2. Remove cheesecake from box according to package directions. Let stand 5 minutes. (Do not thaw.) Carefully cut cheesecake into 12 wedges. Gently push 1 peppermint piece partially into curved edge of each cheesecake wedge to form tree trunks. Place wedges on a wire rack on a baking sheet, and freeze 10 minutes or until firm.

3. Remove pan from freezer; evenly coat tops of each cheesecake wedge with fudge shell coating, allowing excess to drip down sides and curved edge. Freeze 5 minutes.

4. Remove pan from freezer; squeeze icing on top of each wedge in a pattern using ribbon tip. Place 1 red candy piece at tip of each slice. Freeze at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.