Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake

The holiday season is a magical time when hearts are aglow with joy, loved ones gather around twinkling lights, and the air is filled with the sweet scent of anticipation. Amidst the cozy gatherings and the exchange of warm wishes, there’s one thing that truly unites us all – the joy of sharing delicious treats. If you’re seeking to create a memorable moment at your festive table, one that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also brings a whimsical, holiday spirit to your celebration, look no further than the Christmas Tree Cheesecake. This dessert is the embodiment of everything we cherish during this season: it’s creamy, decadent, and gorgeously adorned. Just like the twinkling ornaments on a Christmas tree, this cheesecake adds a touch of magic to your festivities, making it the perfect centerpiece for your holiday gatherings.

Choosing Ingredients:
To create the perfect Christmas Tree Cheesecake, selecting high-quality ingredients is key. Here are some tips:

  • Cream Cheese: Opt for full-fat cream cheese for that rich and creamy texture. It’s the backbone of your cheesecake, so don’t skimp on quality.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Use store-bought graham cracker crumbs for convenience or crush graham crackers yourself. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try different flavored graham crackers like chocolate or cinnamon for a twist.
  • Sour Cream: Look for a good-quality sour cream to add tanginess and moisture to your cheesecake.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract is always the best choice for the most authentic flavor.

Making the Cheesecake:
Creating this Christmas Tree Cheesecake is a labor of love, but the result is worth it. Here’s a brief overview:

  • Crust Creation: Begin by mixing graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar to create a firm and flavorful crust. Press it firmly into your springform pan.
  • Creamy Filling: Whip together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until you have a smooth and velvety mixture. Don’t rush this step; it’s the foundation of your cheesecake’s texture.
  • Festive Green Hue: Add green food coloring to your cheesecake mixture to achieve that classic Christmas tree shade. Adjust the color intensity according to your preference.
  • Baking and Cooling: Bake your cheesecake until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly. Then, let it cool gradually in the oven with the door cracked open. This helps prevent cracking.
  • Decorate with Flair: Once your cheesecake is fully chilled, let your creativity shine. Decorate it with holiday sprinkles or candies to create the illusion of ornaments. You can even add whipped cream “snow” and miniature candy canes as adorable tree decorations.

Variations and Substitutions:
Now, let’s talk about getting creative with your Christmas Tree Cheesecake:

  • Fruit Toppings: Consider adding fresh berries or fruit compote on top for a burst of fruity goodness.
  • Chocolate Drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate over the cheesecake for a delightful contrast to the creamy filling.
  • Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped nuts like pecans or almonds for extra texture and flavor.
  • Gluten-Free Option: If you need a gluten-free dessert, use gluten-free graham crackers for the crust.
  • Vegan Cheesecake: For a dairy-free version, explore vegan cream cheese and sour cream alternatives, and use a vegan egg substitute.
  • Flavor Twists: Experiment with different flavor extracts, such as peppermint, almond, or even a hint of citrus, to create unique variations.

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the Filling:

  • 3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For Decorating:

  • Green food coloring
  • Assorted holiday sprinkles or candies
  • Whipped cream
  • Miniature candy canes (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar for the crust. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to create the base.
  • In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract and sour cream.
  • Add a few drops of green food coloring to the cream cheese mixture to achieve your desired shade of green.
  • Pour the green cheesecake mixture over the crust in the pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
  • Turn off the oven and crack the oven door. Let the cheesecake cool inside the oven for about an hour.
  • Once completely cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Before serving, decorate the cheesecake with holiday sprinkles or candies to resemble a Christmas tree. You can also use whipped cream to create “snow” on top and place miniature candy canes as ornaments if you like.
  • Slice and enjoy your festive Christmas Tree Cheesecake!
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