This easy Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dip blends the sweet flavor of Little Debbie Christmas tree cakes into a rich and creamy dip made with cream cheese and homemade whipped cream.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Simple to Make - With just 5 ingredients, this easy recipe comes together in minutes, making it the perfect holiday treat for impromptu parties.
- Crowd Pleaser - Kids flip for the sweet Little Debbie treats swirled in while grown-ups enjoy the rich, creamy flavors. Everyone loves it!
- Festive Dip - This is my go-to holiday dessert dip recipe for kid's parties. It's also the perfect addition to charcuterie boards at grown-up holiday parties.
- No Cool Whip - Most other recipes for this delicious Christmas dip use Cool Whip. But homemade whipped cream tastes so much better! I think it's worth the 2 extra minutes it takes to whip up.
If you love this Christmas dip, be sure to also try my Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cheesecake! It has a cookie crumb crust and creamy cheesecake filling studded with snack cakes inside.
Looking for the full recipe? See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full list of ingredients, including measurements and instructions.
Cream Cheese - It's important to soften your cream cheese to room temperature for a smooth dip. Full-fat cream cheese or reduced-fat Neufachatel cheese can be used, though the Neufchatel will have a thinner texture.
Little Debbie Cakes - This recipe uses 5 snack cakes which is 1 box. I used the classic vanilla cakes, but chocolate can also be used.
Heavy Whipping Cream - It's so easy to make homemade whipped cream and I think it tastes way better than Cool Whip! Use cream with at least 36% milk fat.
Granulated Sugar - Sugar is used to sweeten the cream. Powdered sugar can be substituted and will be slightly less sweet.
Vanilla Extract - Pure vanilla extract adds the most flavor.
Christmas Sprinkles - Red and green sprinkles make it festive, but any color sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or other decorations can be used.
How to Make Christmas Tree Cake Dip
1) Whip the Heavy Cream
- Chill a large mixing bowl and the beaters thoroughly before starting.
- Use an electric mixer to beat the cream on low speed until it is frothy, then add the sugar and vanilla.
- Gradually increase the mixer's speed to medium-high as the cream thickens.
- Beam until it holds a stiff peak, where it stands straight up when the beater is removed.
2) Blend the Cream Cheese
- Use softened cream cheese for the best texture.
- Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and blend using a hand mixer on medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes.
- Beat until the cream cheese is completely smooth and lump-free.
3) Add the Snack Cakes
- Unwrap 5 Little Debbie snack cakes.
- Use your hands to break the cakes into smaller chunks (you can also use a large knife to cut them into pieces if you prefer)
- Add the cake pieces to the cream cheese mixture.
- Mix with the hand mixer at medium speed, until the texture of the dip suits your preference.
4) Fold in Whipped Cream
- Add the freshly whipped chilled cream to the dip mixture.
- Gently fold together using a rubber spatula until blended.
- Be careful not to overmix and release too much air.
- Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Add the sprinkles on top of the dip before serving.
Tips & Variations
- Zebra Cakes or Fancy Cakes can be used year-round, or try Chocolate Cakes for a different flavor. Other types of seasonal snack cakes can also be used.
- Mix in the sprinkles for colorful fun throughout the dip.
- For a thinner dip, add 2 tablespoons of milk or cream.
- If you prefer to use Cool Whip instead of homemade whipped cream you will need an 8-ounce tub. With this substitution, leave out the sugar, and reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon.
- Wait to add the sprinkles until you are ready to serve the dip, as the color can bleed over time.
- Decorate the dip with wavy lines of red frosting for a look similar to the tree cakes.
- Instead of using red and green sanding sugar, garnish with crushed peppermint candies or jimmies.
How to Serve
One of my favorite dippers for Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Dip is vanilla wafers. I just love how the flavors complement one another perfectly!
Shortbread and gingerbread cookies are also excellent options that pair nicely with the cake pieces.
For more variety, you could arrange graham crackers, pretzels, or animal crackers on a platter, along with some fresh fruit.
Wrap the bowl of dip with plastic wrap, pressing it tightly against the surface to minimize air exposure, or transfer it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator, and enjoy within 4 days.
Yes, get ahead with the prep for your Christmas party! Make this easy dip a day in advance and the flavors will meld in that time.
I do not recommend freezing this dip as the texture after freezing is not optimal. But you can half the recipe if you only need to serve a few people.
They are a popular snack cake that shows up in grocery stores for the winter holidays. They often sell out quickly, so if you don't see them in the grocery store try ordering them online.
Yes, snack cakes can be frozen in their original, unopened packages for up to 6 months. Unwrap them when thawing so the condensation does not make the cakes soggy.
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Little Debbie Christmas Tree Dip (With Real Whipped Cream)Recipe by:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 5 Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes
- holiday sprinkles optional
- pretzels, vanilla wafer cookies, shortbread cookies, or graham crackers to serve
- Using an electric mixer, beat heavy cream in a large bowl on low speed until it is foamy. Add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract and gradually increase to medium-high speed, beating until it forms stiff peaks.1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until it is smooth and creamy.8 ounces cream cheese
- Break the Little Debbie cakes into chunks and add to the cream cheese bowl. Mix on low speed until blended to your preference. The more that you mix it the smaller the cake pieces will be.5 Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with red and green sprinkles, if desiredholiday sprinkles
- If you prefer using Cool Whip versus homemade whipped cream, replace the heavy cream and sugar with an 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip, and reduce the vanilla extact to 1 teaspoon.
- Neufchatel can be used in place of cream cheese.
- For a thinner dip, add 2 tablespoons milk.
- Play with using different flavors of cake and different sprinkles for the topping.
- Wrap with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.