These Cream Cheese Mints have a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a bright peppermint flavor. Super easy to make and perfect for gift giving. Customize the color to suit your holiday!
Prep Time: 30mins
Chill Time: 3hrs
Total Time: 3hrs30mins
8ouncepackage cream cheese, softened
3tablespoonsunsalted butter, softened
Light and dark blue gel food coloring
1/2cuppowdered sugar, for rolling
Using a handheld mixer and a large bowl (or a stand mixer), beat together the cream cheese and butter until combined and smooth. Add in the peppermint extract.
Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar until smooth.
Separate the mixture into two separate bowls (or however many different colors you’re using.)
Add a small amount of food gel coloring to each bowl and mix in until no white streaks remain.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to handle and no longer sticky.
Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and generously dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.
Pinch off small amounts of the dough and form into a 1-inch balls.
Roll each ball in powdered sugar and place on the prepared cookie sheets.
Working quickly before the dough dries out, gently press the tines of a fork into the top of each ball.
Let stand, uncovered, for at least a couple hours until the mints firm up and the powered sugar has been absorbed. Transfer to the freezer to harden completely.
These candies need to dry to harden, so you’ll want to make at least 1 day in advance. Don't worry about the powdered sugar they're rolled in - it will absorb into the mint and will no longer be white.
These mints should be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator (separating layers with parchment or waxed paper.) Just take them out when ready to serve. Stored properly in the refrigerator, they will last for a couple weeks. For even longer term storage, you can freeze them up to 12 months! Place them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic freezer bag and keep them in the freezer.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.