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Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake

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This Little Debbie Christmas tree cheesecake is the ultimate in holiday treats. It has big vanilla flavor in such a festive package. Let me tell you, it lives up to the hype!

Lifting first slice of Little Debbie Christmas tree cheesecake out showing layer of crust topped with cake, then cheesecake and marshmallow buttercream for layers of festive goodness.

It is that time of year when holiday treats are a must. The more festive, the better. And this cheesecake screams Christmas!

I have been seeing Little Debbie Christmas tree cheesecakes floating around social media. There are cute short videos that made me know I needed to make one.

But when I searched for a recipe, I couldn’t find one. So, of course, I had to make one.

Whole Christmas tree cheesecake topped with white frosting decorated with red wavy lines of buttercream and green sanding sugar next to Christmas tree snack cake decorated in similar pattern.

Luckily, I am no stranger to cheesecake recipes. We have quite a few favorites around here.

So I put this over the top treat together. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I do have to say it was delicious!

If you are looking for something different to make this holiday season, put this recipe at the top of your list. It is sure to become a new favorite for you as well.

Ingredients including vanilla Oreos, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and Little Debbie Christmas tree snack cakes ready to be made into a cheesecake.

The Crust

Like most cheesecakes, this one starts with a simple crumb crust. To really play into the vanilla goodness of the snack cakes, golden Oreos are a perfect option.

If golden Oreos aren’t your thing, of course you can use other cookies. Graham crackers are a classic and would work here as well.

You could also use vanilla wafers if you prefer. But to really lean into the frosted snack cake vibes, I would highly recommend the sandwich cookies.

Just crush them into crumbs to get started. I like using a food processor to make it easy, but you can use a plastic bag and a rolling pin if you prefer.

Once the cookies are crumbled, add a little melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form a crust.

You don’t have to bake the crust to set it. Just set it aside and move on to the filling.

The Filling

If you are going to call the cheesecake a Christmas tree cheesecake, you need to bring the trees. So go ahead and put a layer of Little Debbie cakes on top of your crust.

I thought the cakes might really be more of a gimmick than anything. But, I have to say they really added something to the cheesecake.

I was worried that putting too many cakes in the pan would cause it to be too full, and I would find a mess in my oven, so I only used 4 snack cakes. I wish I would have used at least 5 or even 6 because the slices with the cake were really that much better.

Pouring cheesecake batter over snack cakes and Oreo crust in springform pan.

So do as I say and not as I do and use that whole box. It will be worth it, I am telling you!

For the cheesecake batter, I used the recipe for our favorite condensed milk cheesecake. It is so easy to put together and we love it!

Just make sure your cream cheese is good and softened. Then make sure it is lump free before you add any other ingredients.

Other than that, it comes together in just a couple of minutes. Pour it over the Christmas tree cakes.

Give the pan a couple of good thumps on the counter to make sure any big air bubble can escape. Then stick it in the oven to bake, no water bath required.

In addition to not whipping too much air into the batter, cooking the cheesecake slowly and cooling it slowly are keys to preventing a crack. However, we are topping this cheesecake with frosting, so if it does crack, it will be hidden anyway!

The Topping

To mimic the fluffy filling of the cakes, we topped this crazy concoction with marshmallow fluff buttercream.

I know, it sounds like that will be too much, but it really isn’t. You are going to have to trust me on this and just do it.

You will want to dye a little bit of it red to make those classic red squiggly lines on top. You don’t need much, maybe 1/4 cup or so.

Spread the rest of the buttercream over the chilled cheesecake. Pipe the red frosting in wavy stripes across your cheesecake.

Decorated cheesecake next to piping bag with red frosting and bottle of green sanding sugar.

Use some chunky green sanding sugar to finish it off. Then, get ready to dig in.

More Festive Christmas Treat Recipes:

If your family is anything like ours, Christmas is a time to go hog wild on goodies. We love having a variety for our family, and I love passing them out everywhere we go.

For an easy, sweet and salty snack mix, try making some white trash Christmas snack mix. The mix of all of the crunchy goodies and the white chocolate coating are so good together.

Three slices of Little Debbie christmas tree cheesecake served on small plates showing the layers of crust, cake, cheesecake, and frosting.

If quick, easy, and no bake is your style, try making classic cornflake wreaths. They are so simple, but they are so good. We always gobble them right up when we make them.

Or try making some hot chocolate cookies for something chocolaty and different. They have hot chocolate mix baked inside and a gooey marshmallow on top.

Check out my collection of Christmas recipes for even more inspiration, and let me know how this cheesecake goes if you decide to make it. I hope you do!

Lifting first slice of Little Debbie Christmas tree cheesecake out showing layer of crust topped with cake, then cheesecake and marshmallow buttercream for layers of festive goodness.

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
This Little Debbie Christmas tree cheesecake is the ultimate in holiday treats. It has big vanilla flavor in such a festive package. Let me tell you, it lives up to the hype!
4.73 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • 14 ounces golden Oreos
  • ¼ cup butter melted

Cheesecake

  • 5 Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes
  • 24 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Marshmallow Fluff Buttercream

Makes: 9inch round2.5inch height

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300℉ and grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Crush Oreos or other vanilla cookies into small crumbs. Mix with melted butter and press into the bottom of the springform pan to form a crust.
    14 ounces golden Oreos, ¼ cup butter
  • Unwrap snack cakes and arrange over crust.
    5 Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes
  • Make sure the cream cheese is really softened. In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese until completely smooth, being sure the scrape the sides of your bowl a couple of times.
    24 ounces cream cheese
  • Slowly add the condensed milk, mixing well between each addition.
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • Stir in vanilla, then eggs one at a time. Stir well after each addition, but try not to whip too much air into the mixture at this point.
    4 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pour cheesecake batter over the cakes in the springform pan. Thump the pan on the counter a couple of times to allow any air bubbles to rise out of the batter.
  • Bake until the cheesecake is just set, about 1 hour. Then cool slowly to room temperature. Chill until ready to decorate.
  • To make the frosting, beat softened butter in medium mixing bowl until fluffy.
    ½ cup butter
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until combined.
    1 cup powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Beat in marshmallow fluff until smooth and fluffy.
    1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • Pull out about ¼ cup of frosting and dye red with food coloring gel. Spread remaining white buttercream over chilled cheesecke.
    red food coloring gel
  • Pipe wavy red lines of buttercream over frosting. Sprinkle with green sanding sugar.
    green sanding sugar
  • Serve cold or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 546kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 8gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 978IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 4th of May 2024

This worked exactly as written, thanks!

Kerry Ausmus

Sunday 24th of December 2023

For some reason my tree cakes floated up while baking so I have tree-shaped lumps barely covered by cheesecake. How do I prevent this next time?

Lacey Smothers

Sunday 24th of December 2023

@Kerry Ausmus, that happened to mine too! It seemed too runny and they immediately floated up.

Lisa

Sunday 17th of December 2023

I followed the recipe provided but the frosting was way too sticky and had a heavy feel to it. After I added the marshmallow fluff, it just seemed heavy and I never could get it to be the consistency I expected.

Any idea what I might have done wrong? Cake was delicious but the frosting was a disappointment. As an important note, I am not a cheese cake baker so experience is not on my skills list.

Carlee

Monday 18th of December 2023

Well, I am glad you liked the cheesecake part. The frosting should have had a fluffy buttercream texture with just a little something extra from the fluff.

Allison

Thursday 7th of December 2023

Would it be ok to break the cakes up into pieces and mix that into the cheesecake batter?

Carlee

Thursday 7th of December 2023

That should work. Or sprinkle the cake pieces over the crust and then pour the cheesecake batter over it. Either way should be good.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Tuesday 28th of November 2023

That is sooooo cool! I'm not sure I've even heard of these Christmas tree cakes, but now I need to hunt them down!

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of November 2023

They are a Christmas must have!