December Feast – Cheesecake Christmas Trees

Here’s a colorful and flavorful dessert that can be served at social gatherings or shared as a gift at Christmas.  It’s easy to make and so festive.

Cheesecake Christmas Trees

Ingredients for 12 servings:

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 ½ to ¾ 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 at tip of each slice. Freeze at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

For packaging as a gift: place a tree on a dessert-size paper plate, include a plastic fork, and slide a cellophane bag over it. Tie with a ribbon, and keep frozen until ready to give.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

Stay tuned for the next historical post on December 22nd:

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