No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Chocolate Peppermint Pie is going to be at the top of your favorite holiday recipes list after you try it! It’s silky smooth, has the perfect touch of peppermint, and looks like a Christmas dream!

My Favorite Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and other pies have their place, but in my opinion, nothing compares to my Chocolate Peppermint Pie!

process shot of chocolate peppermint pie

In fact, I brag all fall long about my incredible pumpkin pie spice, but still, I can’t help getting impatient for Winter so I can start whipping up this creamy Christmas-y peppermint pie.

Chocolate peppermint pie is like a chocolate cream pie but with a smooth peppermint chocolate chip layer that is perfect for the holidays. 

It’s also far easier to make than any other pie! You’ll have to let the layers set, but for me, that’s a bonus because it means I can get it ready the night before an event and just top it off with some peppermint candy right before I need it. 

And did I mention there is absolutely no baking involved? That’s right! You don’t want to miss this yummy peppermint pie!

slice of chocolate peppermint pie with holiday greenery

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Chocolate Peppermint Pie Recipe

Your holidays won’t be complete without this chocolate peppermint pie! It’s easy to whip up and you can make it ahead of time which is a huge bonus!

Ingredients

ingredients for chocolate peppermint pie

For chocolate layer

  • 1 Oreo pie crust
  • 1 – 3.9 oz box instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups milk

For peppermint layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 1 – 8 oz container whipped topping
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips

For cream layer

  • 4 tsp cold water
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • Crushed peppermints, optional for topping

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How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Pie

chocolate peppermint pie in a aluminum pie tin

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To make your chocolate peppermint pie, you’ll start by making the chocolate layer. First, combine the pudding mix and the milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Whisk the pudding until smooth, then place in the fridge to set for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pudding from the fridge and spoon it into the Oreo pie crust, smoothing it out as evenly as you can.
  • Put the pie in the freezer for 2 hours to fully set.
  • When the pie is just about set, make the peppermint layer by adding the cream cheese and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  • Use a hand or stand mixer to mix the ingredients until smooth.
  • Add in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract and beat again until combined.
  • Fold in the whipped topping and the chocolate chips gently until incorporated.
  • Remove the pie with the chocolate layer from the freezer and scoop the peppermint layer on top.
  • Smooth out the peppermint layer and return the pie to the freezer for 1 hour to set again.
  • When the pie is almost set, make the cream layer by adding the cold water to the gelatin in a small chilled mixing bowl.
  • Let the gelatin soak in the water for 5 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, pour in the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
  • Beat on low speed for about 30 seconds, then turn the speed up to high and beat for 2 minutes or until soft peaks begin to form.
  • Place the whipped cream mixture in a piping bag prepared with an open star tip.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer and pipe a star design all over the top.
  • Top with crushed peppermint candies and serve chilled!
overhead shot of chocolate peppermint pie with crushed peppermints

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • Make sure your cream cheese is totally softened before trying to make your peppermint layer! If it is still cold, you will end up with cream cheese clumps in your peppermint layer instead of the smooth and silky filling you want. I usually grab it out of the fridge when I put the first layer in the freezer and it’s the perfect temperature.
  • The best way I have found to smooth out each layer in this pie is using an offset spatula, like one you would see for icing cakes. It’s so much easier than any other tool that I have and makes the layers so even and smooth.
  • Whenever you are making whipped cream, the key is to start with a chilled bowl! Place your bowl in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before you begin to mix and you will see a big difference in how the beautiful soft peaks begin to form. 

Do I have to use clear vanilla instead of regular vanilla extract?

As far as flavor goes, it won’t make much of a difference if you want to use regular vanilla versus a clear vanilla extract.

But if you want crisp white distinct layers of peppermint and cream in your pie, then the clear extract is the way to go! 

Storage

Store this pie in the fridge in a covered container for up to 4-5 days. You can freeze this pie but I wouldn’t recommend freezing your Chocolate Peppermint Pie for more than 1 month because of the high dairy content in the pie. 

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Chocolate Peppermint Pie

chocolate peppermint pie with a slice missing in a pie tin

Chocolate Peppermint Pie is going to be at the top of your favorite holiday recipes list after you try it! It’s silky smooth, has the perfect touch of peppermint, and looks like a Christmas dream!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 - 3.9 oz box instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 1 - 8 oz container whipped topping
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp cold water
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • Crushed peppermints, optional for topping

Instructions

  1. To make your chocolate peppermint pie, you’ll start by making the chocolate layer. First, combine the pudding mix and the milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the pudding until smooth, then place in the fridge to set for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pudding from the fridge and spoon it into the Oreo pie crust, smoothing it out as evenly as you can.
  4. Put the pie in the freezer for 2 hours to fully set.
  5. When the pie is just about set, make the peppermint layer by adding the cream cheese and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  6. Use a hand or stand mixer to mix the ingredients until smooth.
  7. Add in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract and beat again until combined.
  8. Fold in the whipped topping and the chocolate chips gently until incorporated.
  9. Remove the pie with the chocolate layer from the freezer and scoop the peppermint layer on top.
  10. Smooth out the peppermint layer and return the pie to the freezer for 1 hour to set again.
  11. When the pie is almost set, make the cream layer by adding the cold water to the gelatin in a small chilled mixing bowl.
  12. Let the gelatin soak in the water for 5 minutes.
  13. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
  14. Beat on low speed for about 30 seconds, then turn the speed up to high and beat for 2 minutes or until soft peaks begin to form.
  15. Place the whipped cream mixture in a piping bag prepared with an open star tip.
  16. Remove the pie from the freezer and pipe a star design all over the top.
  17. Top with crushed peppermint candies and serve chilled!

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