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These pretty and soft Christmas mints are so easy to make and would be a delightful addition to any holiday cookie tray. 
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Christmas is all about the peppermint, and our festive, old-fashioned Christmas mints are sure to wow your guests! These little mints are super easy to make and have a creamy soft texture that will melt in your mouth.

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Christmas Mints Ingredients

Christmas Mints raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar 
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 2 tablespoons light/clear corn syrup (I used Karo brand) 
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 
  • 4¼ to 5 cups powdered sugar, divided 
  • 6 drops of green liquid food coloring 
  • 6 drops of red liquid food coloring 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FLAVOR: You can substitute other flavors for the peppermint flavoring, such as pomegranate or raspberry for the red, green apple for the green, or vanilla or coconut for the white.

COLOR: These delicious cream cheese mints can be colored to match any party theme or other holiday. They are great to serve at a baby shower or other parties.

How to Make This Christmas Mints Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can use small silicone candy molds for cute, shaped mints. Dry the same as directed below.

STEP ONE: Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Set aside. 

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese, unsalted butter, light corn syrup, and peppermint extract for 1 minute or until smooth. 

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to ensure the mint mixture doesn’t have any lumps in it.

cream cheese, butter, corn syrup, and peppermint extract blended in a bowl

STEP THREE: Slowly add 4¼ cups powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, to the bowl with the mixer on low speed. Once you get close to incorporating all of the powdered sugar, your dough will be so thick that you may need to switch to a spatula or wooden spoon and finish mixing the dough by hand. 

powdered sugar added to the cream cheese mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Lay out a piece of parchment paper onto a clean counter and sprinkle ¼ cup of the remaining powdered sugar onto the parchment paper, then turn out your dough onto the parchment paper. 

STEP FIVE: Divide the dough into three equal parts. Create a shallow well in the center of two of the dough balls. In the first dough ball, add the red food coloring. Add the green food coloring to the second dough ball, and your last ball of dough will remain white. 

PRO TIP:

If you want a deeper color, you can add up to ½ teaspoon of liquid food coloring. You may even need more of the extra powdered sugar to get your peppermint patty dough to be the right consistency. You do not want it too stiff, but it should not be sticky. Gel food coloring is also a great option because its colors can be a little more vibrant and intense without adding too much moisture to the dough. 

food coloring added to the dough balls

STEP SIX: Carefully knead your red dough ball to distribute the food coloring evenly. You will need to add up to an additional ¼ cup of powdered sugar as you knead because the liquid food coloring will make your dough sticky. Repeat with the green dough ball. You may need to knead your white dough portion just a little with a tablespoon or two of additional powdered sugar. 

PRO TIP:

The amount of extra powdered sugar you need for kneading depends on how wet/sticky your dough is. If the temperature is very warm, you may need more, or if very cold, you may need less. Don’t add too much powdered sugar at once. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.

add powdered sugar to the dough ball until colored

STEP SEVEN: Once all your Christmas peppermint patty dough balls have been colored and kneaded, roll each dough ball into a rope about 18 inches long (it should be about 1 inch thick). 

roll dough ball into ropes

STEP EIGHT: Make ½-inch slices with a sharp knife, starting at one end, until you have cut the entire rope into ½-inch pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough ropes.

using a knife cut ropes into pieces

STEP NINE: Roll all the pieces of peppermint dough in the palm of your hand to make small balls. Set aside. 

PRO TIP:

You could also swirl the mint colors together when rolling the mints into the balls.

using the palm of your hand roll the pieces into balls

STEP TEN: Drop 2 to 3 dough balls into the small bowl of granulated sugar and toss to coat. Place them onto the prepared baking tray. Repeat until all the dough balls are coated and on the baking tray. 

STEP ELEVEN: Using the tip of a fork, lightly press the Christmas peppermint patties into little discs. The tines of the fork will leave a pretty striped pattern on the tops of each peppermint patty. 

using a fork press the mint into little disc

STEP TWELVE: Allow the Christmas peppermint patties to sit out at room temperature, on the tray, for up to 24 hours before you place them onto a platter to serve. This allows them to dry and set up. 

How To Serve

These dreamy little mints are a great treat to add to your holiday cookie trays, scattered amongst the cookies, such as our Christmas pinwheels or gingerbread kiss cookies. They are so pretty that they can almost pass for decoration.

For more delightful candy ideas, our Martha Washington candy and homemade peanut butter cups are two favorites.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This is a great make-ahead treat for any holiday treat platter. These easy Christmas peppermint patties can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze cream cheese butter mints in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Be sure to separate the layers with a piece of wax paper. 

close up shot of Christmas Mints on a wooden board

These creamy Christmas mints will be the stars of the holiday season. With a delicious peppermint flavor and festive red and green colors, they’re the perfect treat to enjoy while you celebrate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store these mints?

This simple recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Can I use silicone molds to shape these mints

This easy cream cheese mints recipe could also be made in silicone molds to create fun shapes if you prefer.

Can I use different extract flavors for these Christmas cream cheese mints?

The sky’s the limit for these mints. Any flavor of extract you can think of would be a great idea to try out for these creamy mints.

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These pretty and soft Christmas mints are so easy to make and would be a delightful addition to any holiday cookie tray. 
Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Servings 100

Ingredients
  

  • cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light/clear corn syrup, I used Karo brand
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4¼ to 5 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 6 drops red liquid food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Line a large rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Place the granulated sugar into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl with a handheld mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese, unsalted butter, light corn syrup, and peppermint extract for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Slowly add 4¼ cups powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, to the bowl with the mixer on low. Once you get close to incorporating all of the powdered sugar, your dough will be so thick that you may need to switch to a spatula or wooden spoon and finish mixing the dough by hand.
  • Lay out a piece of parchment paper onto a clean counter and sprinkle ¼ cup of the remaining powdered sugar onto the parchment paper, then turn out your dough onto the parchment paper.
  • Divide the dough into three equal parts. Create a shallow well in the center of two of the dough balls. In the first dough ball, add the red food coloring. Add the green food coloring to the second dough ball, and your last dough ball will remain white.
  • Carefully knead your red dough ball to evenly distribute the food coloring. You will need to add up to an additional ¼ cup of powdered sugar as you knead because the liquid food coloring will make your dough sticky. Repeat with the green dough ball. You may need to knead your white dough just a little with a tablespoon or 2 of additional powdered sugar. Note: The amount of extra powdered sugar you need for kneading depends on how wet/sticky your dough is. If the temperature is very warm, you may need more, or if very cold, you may need less. Don’t add too much powdered sugar at once. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.
  • Once all your Christmas peppermint patty dough balls have been colored and kneaded, roll each dough ball into a rope about 18 inches long (it should be about 1 inch thick).
  • Make ½-inch slices, starting at one end, until you have cut the entire rope into ½-inch pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough ropes.
  • Roll all the pieces of peppermint dough in the palm of your hand to make little balls. Set aside.
  • Drop 2-3 dough balls into the small bowl of granulated sugar and toss to coat. Place them onto the prepared baking tray. Repeat until all the dough balls are coated and on the baking tray.
  • Using the tip of a fork, lightly press the Christmas peppermint patties into little discs. The tines of the fork will leave a pretty striped pattern on the tops of each peppermint patty.
  • Allow the Christmas peppermint patties to sit out at room temperature, on the tray, for up to 24 hours before you place them onto a platter to serve. This allows them to dry and set up.

Notes

  • You can use small silicone candy molds for cute, shaped mints. Dry the same as directed below.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to ensure the mint mixture doesn’t have any lumps in it.
  • If you want a deeper color, you can add up to ½ teaspoon of liquid food coloring. You may even need more of the extra powdered sugar to get your peppermint patty dough to be the right consistency. You do not want it too stiff, but it should not be sticky. Gel food coloring is also a great option because its colors can be a little more vibrant and intense without adding too much moisture to the dough.
  • The amount of extra powdered sugar you need for kneading depends on how wet/sticky your dough is. If the temperature is very warm, you may need more, or if very cold, you may need less. Don’t add too much powdered sugar at once. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.
  • You could also swirl the mint colors together when rolling the mints into the balls.

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.005mg
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