Love Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes? You'll adore our Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake recipe, perfect for adding some festive flair to your holiday dessert spread.
Are you a fan of the iconic Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes? Imagine combining that beloved holiday season treat with the creamy indulgence of cheesecake. In this article, we will take you on a delightful culinary journey as we unveil a tantalizing recipe that will elevate your dessert game to new heights. Get ready to impress your friends and family with this unique twist on a classic holiday favorite.
From the moment you sink your fork into the luscious layers of rich, velvety cheesecake adorned with the familiar festive sprinkles of Christmas Tree Cakes, you'll be transported to a world of sweet nostalgia and irresistible flavors. The marriage of the buttery, crumbly crust with the decadent cream cheese filling is nothing short of pure bliss for your taste buds.
Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering or simply craving something special to enjoy on cozy winter evenings, this Christmas cheesecake recipe is sure to steal the spotlight and leave everyone clamoring for seconds. So grab your apron and get ready to embark on an epicurean adventure unlike any other!
Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes - Christmas Tree Cakes are a beloved holiday treat that brings joy and nostalgia to many. The iconic snack features a moist white cake topped with green icing, red stripes, and colorful sprinkles, resembling a festive Christmas tree.
Graham Crackers - When crushed and mixed with butter, graham cracker crumbs create a firm and flavorful base that provides the ideal contrast to the smooth and velvety texture of the cheesecake.
Salted Butter - Using salted butter in a cheesecake crust brings a delightful savory element to the sweet and creamy dessert.
Cream Cheese - Cream cheese is an essential ingredient in making a delicious cheesecake. The tangy flavor balances the sweetness of the sugar.
Sour Cream - Sour cream is a popular ingredient in cheesecake recipes due to its tangy flavor and creamy texture, which adds a rich and smooth consistency to the dessert.
Granulated Sugar - The addition of sugar adds sweetness and balances out the tanginess of the cream cheese, resulting in a smooth and satisfying taste.
Powdered Sugar - I use powdered sugar along with sour cream to make a creamy topping for the Christmas cheesecake recipe.
Eggs - Eggs play a crucial role. They act as a binding agent, helping to hold the mixture together and create a smooth, uniform texture.
Vanilla Extract - Vanilla enhances the other flavors.
How to Make this Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake Recipe
This really is an easy recipe for a special occasion during the Christmas season. If you've ever made a classic cheesecake you can make this!
Step One: First, combine the graham crackers and butter in a food processor. Process until crumbs form and press the graham cracker crust into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.
Step Two: Second, add the filling ingredients to the same food processor bowl (no need to wash it first). Process until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust.
When making the cheesecake filling in a food processor your ingredients do not need to be at room temperature. Alternatively, you can mix in a large bowl with a hand mixer or electric mixer. In that case, it is better to use softened cream cheese.
Step Three: Next, cut the cakes. You want to gently slice off the tops to use later for decoration. I cut them about ⅓ of the way down. Then, cut the bottoms into bite-sized pieces.
Step Four: Put the cut bottom pieces over the cheesecake batter. press them down slightly, they will not sink.
Step Five: Next, bake the cheesecake until it no longer jiggles. The cake pieces may get a little browned and crisp. This is ok.
Step Six: Mix the remaining sour cream and powdered sugar in a small bowl and spread over the cheesecake. Cool to room temperature.
Step Seven: Finally, add the tree cakes on top of the cake. I made a snowflake pattern. Chill in the refrigerator loosely covered with plastic wrap for at least 3-4 hours.
Crust - Change up the crust by using vanilla wafers, animal crackers, or Golden Oreos.
Extracts - Extracts are a perfect addition to vary the base flavor. You can add almond extract, peppermint extract, lemon extract, or orange extract for a twist.
Chocolate - Since Christmas Tree Cakes come in chocolate I want to give a full-on chocolate variation. You would swap the graham crackers for Oreo crumbs, add ½ cup of cocoa powder to the batter, and then use the chocolate cakes. Instead of the sour cream topping coat the cheesecake with ganache.
Topping - Just whip up some heavy cream and use that in place of the sour cream topping. I recommend adding this right before serving on a chilled cheesecake. Spread out the topping, top with the trees, and serve immediately. Cool Whip is another option. Or make a white chocolate ganache.
Can I use other types of Little Debbie cakes for this recipe?
Yes, you can experiment with different flavors of Little Debbie snack cakes for a unique twist on the cheesecake. They have seasonal snack cakes for almost every holiday so switch it up for Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, or Halloween. And other popular snack cakes like zebra cakes and nutty bars the rest of the year.
Can I make the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make it a day or two in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Can I add additional toppings or decorations to the cheesecake?
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with additional toppings like more green sprinkles or white chocolate shavings to make this festive treat even more special.
How do I store this?
Keep the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake in the fridge until serving time. If you have any left you can transfer it to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Can I freeze leftovers?
Yes, you can wrap individual slices tightly and store them in the freezer for up to a month.
Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake Recipe
- 3 oz graham crackers 5 sheets
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 16 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5-6 Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
- 1.5 cups sour cream
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
- Add the graham crackers and butter to a food processor. Process until it is fine crumbs.
- Press the crumbs into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the food processor. Process until the batter is smooth.
- Gently cut five or six of the Christmas tree cakes ½ inch from the top. You are cutting off the decorative top to use later on top of the cheesecake. Reserve the decorative tops for later.
- Cut the bottom of the cakes into bite-sized pieces.
- Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the crust. Top with cake pieces. Press them down gently.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes or until the center only jiggles slightly.
- Top with the sour cream topping. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Cool to room temperature. Top with the reserved tree cake tops.
- Chill for at least 4-6 hours before serving.
For another delicious dessert at your next holiday party make a batch of Christmas Cookie Fudge! It is a bite-sized fun treat that mixes up in about 5 minutes.