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Cream Cheese Mints

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Homemade cream cheese mints have such a creamy soft texture and pretty colors, they will be a welcome addition to any event you serve them at.
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  1. Cream Cheese Mints Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese mints are such a delightful and old-fashioned confection that is always a welcome addition to any dessert table. They’re the perfect sweet and creamy treat with an irresistible minty flavor, and you can customize their color to match any season or holiday.

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Cream Cheese Mints Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened 
  • 4 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, softened 
  • 2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract 
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 (2-pound package or 7½ cups) powdered sugar
  • Yellow, blue, green, and red gel food coloring (3-6 drops for the desired color)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling the mints

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FLAVOR: You can substitute other flavors for the mint flavoring, such as strawberry for the pink, watermelon for the green, and banana for the yellow in this easy recipe.

How to Make This Cream Cheese 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: In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium-high speed, beat together the softened cream cheese and softened butter for 1½ to 2 minutes, 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 and butter mixed together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the peppermint and vanilla extract, and continue mixing for another 1 to 1½ minutes.

STEP THREE: Lower the electric mixer speed to low. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each cup. Once all the powdered sugar has been added, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and continue mixing for 1 more minute until completely smooth.

powdered sugar added to the cream cheese mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Evenly divide the cream cheese mixture into 4 separate bowls. 

STEP FIVE: Add 3 to 6 drops of 1 color to the first bowl and stir until the color is even and no streaks are visible. Repeat the process with the remaining colors in the remaining bowls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

PRO TIP:

The amount of food color gel used is up to you, depending on how deep you want each color to be. Using 3 to 4 drops is usually enough to achieve the delicate pastel color traditionally associated with these mints.

drop 3 to 6 drops into each bowl

STEP SIX: Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to a medium-sized mixing bowl. 

STEP SEVEN: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle a dusting of powdered sugar onto the parchment paper.

STEP EIGHT: Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the tinted cream cheese mixture. Roll into a ball. Cut the rolled ball in half. Roll the 2 halves into smaller balls, and then roll in the powdered sugar. Place the coated ball on the prepared baking sheet.

PRO TIP:

We used at least 1 full tablespoon of the rolled/pressed mint and found it just was too big. It was handy to use the tablespoon scoop and then cut the little balls in half. It worked like a charm!

roll dough into balls, cut them in half, roll into new balls, then coat with powder sugar on a parchment sheet

STEP NINE: Gently press the tines of a fork on top of the coated ball. If the fork sticks to the ball, you can dip the fork in the powdered sugar. Repeat the process until all colors are coated and pressed. 

PRO TIP:

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

using fork press into each of the mints on a parchment sheet

STEP TEN: Allow the pressed mints to dry on the coated parchment paper for at least 4 hours. If the weather is humid, once the tops of the mints are dried, you will need to turn the mints over and even transfer them to a drying rack to allow the softer side to finish drying.

How To Serve

You may have seen these dreamy pastel mints at baby showers, bridal showers, graduation parties, weddings, or at another special occasion. They are one of the easiest holiday candy recipes, and these little treats can be tinted in different colors to match the event.

These yummy mints would also make a sweet gift added to a pretty gift box tied with a pretty ribbon.

These little mints are not the only confections we love to make. Our Martha Washington candy and jello divinity are two more favorites to try.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these homemade mints in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Make sure to separate the layers of mints using wax paper. 

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

a overhead shot of cream cheese mint dough on a parchment sheet

These delicious cream cheese mints are a delight any time of year and will be a huge hit for anyone you serve them to. Be careful, they are slightly addictive, and you may not be able to resist once you pop the first one in your mouth.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store these mints?

This simple recipe can be stored on the counter for up to two weeks 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 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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Cream Cheese Mints

5 from 4 votes
Homemade cream cheese mints have such a creamy soft texture and pretty colors, they will be a welcome addition to any event you serve them at.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 112

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar, or 7½ cups
  • 3 to 6 drops gel food color, in the colors yellow, blue, green, and red
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling the mints

Instructions
 

  • Using either a stand mixer or a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat together the softened cream cheese and softened butter for 1½ to 2 minutes, until smooth.
  • Add the peppermint and vanilla extract, and continue mixing for another 1 to 1½ minutes.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each cup. Once all the powdered sugar has been added, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and continue mixing for 1 more minute until completely smooth.
  • Evenly divide the cream cheese mixture into 4 bowls.
  • Add 3 to 6 drops of 1 color to the first bowl, stir until the color is even and no streaks are visible. Repeat the process of the remaining colors in the remaining bowls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Add the 1 cup of powdered sugar to a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle a dusting of powdered sugar onto the parchment paper.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the tinted cream cheese mixture. Roll into a ball. Cut the rolled ball in half. Roll the 2 halves into smaller balls, and then roll in the powdered sugar. Place the coated ball on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Gently press the fork tines on top of the coated ball. If the fork sticks to the ball, you can dip the fork in the powdered sugar. Repeat the process until all colors are coated and pressed.
  • Allow the pressed mints to dry on the coated parchment paper for at least 4 hours. If the weather is humid, once the tops of the mints are dried, you will need to turn the mints over and even transfer them to a drying rack to allow the softer side to finish drying.

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.
  • The amount of food color gel used is up to you, depending on how deep you want each color to be. Using 3 to 4 drops is usually enough to achieve the delicate pastel color traditionally associated with these mints.
  • We used at least 1 full tablespoon of the rolled/pressed mint and found it just was too big. It was handy to use the tablespoon scoop and then cut the little balls in half. It worked like a charm!
  • You could also swirl the mint colors together when rolling the mints into the halved balls.

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Charlotte – here are our storage recommendations, enjoy!
      ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these homemade mints in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Make sure to separate the layers of mints using wax paper.
      IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze these cream cheese butter mints in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Again, be sure to separate the layers with a piece of wax paper.

  1. Karen A says

    5 stars
    Hello, thank you for the recipe! Looking forward to trying it! Do you think I could use powdered food coloring in place of gel coloring?

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Karen – I am not sure how that would turn out. It may change the consistency of the mints. We like the gel color because it gives good color without a lot of product. Enjoy!

  2. Chris Ryder says

    5 stars
    I was so happy to find and then make this recipe. These were my deceased dad & brothers favorite candy. The recipe is so simple to make and easy to follow. Thank you for your great recipes.