Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Dip is a brilliant idea and a delicious treat! Turn your favorite seasonal snack cakes into a dippable dessert dip that will be the talk of your next holiday party.
I realize that Little Debbie snack cakes are available all year round in a plain hexagon shape, but there is something really special about the seasonal Christmas tree cakes that you can only get in the winter. They probably taste the same, but the little bit of crunch from the sugar sprinkles and the festive shape just makes the trees my favorite.
Turning Christmas tree cakes into a Christmas tree cake dip is entirely too easy. We’re just going to unwrap a box of Little Debbie trees, and mix them up with Cool Whip and more sprinkles. You can make this dip in under 10 minutes and have it ready to serve guests.
Love Dessert Dips? You have to try my Funfetti Cake Batter Dip next.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Serves a Crowd: This recipe for Christmas Tree Cake Dip is definitely sized to feed a large group. 16 Servings in the whole recipe means that everyone can have some. It’s perfect for holiday get-togethers, but you can cut the recipe in half to feed a smaller group.
- Four Ingredients: I love recipes like this one. Making dessert dips like this one means that it’s one less thing that you have to stress about. Dessert is a dip, and it’s ready in a flash.
- It’s a bit different: My recipe for Little Debbie Christmas tree dip is different from others you might find. I tested this with a few different creamy ingredients, and settled on using cool whip and not frosting or cream cheese as the best option. This dip is light, fluffy, and delicious.
- Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes: You’ll need 8 tree cakes to make this dip. Unless you find a large pack somewhere, they typically come in packages of 5. So buy two boxes and enjoy the extras!
- Cool Whip: Whipped topping added to these sweet cakes makes the most delicious, light and fluffy dessert dip.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds a nice hint of flavor to the cool whip to maintain the lightly sweet cake taste.
- Sprinkles: Holiday sprinkles are a must for this dip, they add to the festive nature and make it so fun.
How to Make Christmas Tree Cake Dip
- Chop: Chop the Christmas tree cakes into pieces abou ½ inch wide and add them to a large bowl.
- Fold: Gently fold in the thawed Cool Whip and vanilla Extract.
- Add Sprinkles and Serve: Fold in the sprinkles, then transfer to a serving bowl and top with additional sprinkles if you like. Serve with cookies, graham crackers, or fresh fruit.
- Choose the right sprinkles: Some sprinkles are better than others when it comes to adding them into things. Jimmy style sprinkles (the long, skinny ones) are least likely to bleed colors into your dessert dips. Nonpareils or sugar sprinkles will likely change the color of the cool whip.
- Store in the fridge: Keep this dip stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it, and don’t leave it out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. The cool whip will deflate if left out too long.
- To make it thicker: Make the dip a few hours ahead of time if you want it to be thicker. The cake will absorb liquid from the whipped topping during that time and thicken up the christmas tree cake dip.
- Cut it in half: If you’re not serving 16 people, cut all of the ingredients in half and make a smaller amount of dip.
Dippers for Christmas Tree Cake Dip
This dip is sweet and delicious enough that you could just eat it with a spoon, but to share, you will want to provide dippers with which your guests can scoop it up. Try these:
- Vanilla wafers, teddy grahams, graham cracker sticks, or any small cookies.
- Crushed waffle cones or butter waffle cookies
- Fresh Strawberries or apple slices are a healthy option.
More Delicious Holiday Desserts to Make
- Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a beautiful and festive addition to any holiday dessert platter.
- Sweet and salty Christmas Popcorn is a great holiday movie night snack, or a nibble to put out for guests.
- Serve a festive adult beverage like this Vodka Cocktail or a peppermint spiked Hot Chocolate.
I tested the recipe with cream cheese, and my family found it to be too heavy. Plus the flavor of the cream cheese overpowered the flavor of the Christmas tree cakes. Simple whipped topping is my mix-in of choice for the best Christmas tree dip.
I don’t suggest making Christmas tree dip more than 1 day before you plan to serve it. The texture of the dip will change the longer it sits. Since this dessert is so fast to make, you can easily make it right before you plan to eat it.
This version of Christmas Tree Cake Dip is ready to eat as soon as it’s mixed. It doesn’t need to be chilled, but you can make it a few hours ahead of time if you’d like.
Of course! Any snack cakes can be used in this recipe, even the chocolate ones.
Be sure to check out all of my Christmas Recipes so that you can plan the best holiday ever! I know you’re going to find some recipes that you’ll make over and over again.
- 8 Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
- 8 ounces extra creamy cool whip thawed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Christmas sprinkles
- Chop the Christmas tree cakes into pieces about ½ inch wide and add them to a large bowl.
- Gently fold in the thawed Cool Whip and vanilla extract.
- Fold in the sprinkles, then transfer to a serving bowl and top with additional sprinkles if you like. Serve with cookies, graham crackers, or fresh fruit.
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