This vintage recipe for Easy Cream Cheese Mints is a Spring time tradition in my kitchen. Colored in pretty pastels they’re ideal for serving at any special occasion including baby and wedding showers and Easter. These mints are made with 4 simple ingredients and can be color tinted to suit your fancy or the theme of the celebration. Always a winner, they’re soft and creamy just as a homemade candy delicacy should be.
Easy Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
Making mints may sound complicated, but you’ll be happy to know that it’s not. These homemade mints are made using plain cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar that are combined into a play-dough consistency for the perfect after dinner treat. My family are huge chocolate mint fans. That’s why you’ll find a stunning Chocolate Fudge Grasshopper Trifle on our dessert table for St Patrick’s Day or Christmas. I also like to bake Dark Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies that are rich and fudgy and no bake Mint Chocolate Cookie Bark when we need something sweet with little fuss.
When is the Best Time to Serve Homemade Cream Cheese Mints?
These mints melt in your mouth making them a delicious way to celebrate most any occasion. Sometime called wedding mints, they’re the kind of confection that will take you from Spring celebrations to fall and winter holidays as well as weddings, graduations, baby showers and bridal showers.
How to Make the Best Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
- Ingredients you’ll need to make Cream Cheese Mints: Plain softened cream cheese, powdered sugar (confectioners sugar), softened butter and mint extract. You’ll also need gel or liquid food coloring.
- Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a silicone mat or non stick surface for rolling out the mints, measuring cups and spoons, a sharp knife and mixing bowls.
- Do I need candy molds to make homemade mints? This recipe doesn’t require molds or any special equipment to make.
- Please note, these easy cream cheese mints can be tinted with any food coloring that you like. Adapt the color according to the theme of the event or to match the theme of your holiday table. I highly recommend using gel food coloring to avoid adding liquid to the dough.
- Spring calls for pastels, but at Christmas you can have fun with red and green or match your holiday décor whatever it may be.
- For Thanksgiving it would be terrific using autumn shades and seasonal mini cupcake liners for serving.
- Can you dip these no fail mints in melted chocolate? Yes, you can. When doing so, allow them to dry then dip into chocolate and into the refrigerator to set.
- Once the mints have dried, pack the mints into an airtight container in a single layer with wax paper between to prevent them from sticking together.
- Homemade mints can be packaged into an airtight container and stored chilled in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- These cream cheese mints can also be made in advance and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- When freezing, thaw them in the refrigerator and keep them cold until serving. You can stack them adding a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper between layers.
- Can mints sit out at room temperature? Yes, when serving it’s perfectly fine for them to sit out at room temperature for short periods, even a few hours. It’s best to store leftovers chilled.
More Easy Candy Recipes to Make
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Original recipe credit Betty Crocker
Easy Cream Cheese Mints
- 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 Tbsp salted butter softened
- 2 tsp peppermint extract May use more or less to your taste
- 2 lbs powdered sugar plus additional for rolling
- Food coloring gels in assorted colors
- Using a food processor or using an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter and peppermint extract.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix on low speed just until it comes together.
- Dust a non-stick surface with additional powdered sugar.
- Divide evenly in 4 even pieces. Add a few drops of desired food coloring into the mint mixture.
- Roll each color into a 20-inch rope. Cut into even 20 even pieces. Dust with additional powered sugar between batches to prevent sticking.
- Roll each cut piece into a ball. Press the center with the tines of a fork dipped in powdered sugar.
- Leave on a wax paper lined baking sheet for 2 hours or until dry.
- Store chilled in the refrigerator with wax paper or parchment paper between layers.