This homemade cream cheese mint recipe makes perfect cream cheese mints every time. There are only 4 ingredients needed to create a sweet treat that freezes wonderfully.
Have you had cream cheese mints before? If not, I beg you to try this recipe soon. Cream cheese mints are a delicious recipe that everyone loves! Well, almost everyone, unless you are one of those rare people like my children who say the taste is too sweet / strong. I’m convinced they will grow into liking them. I am determined they will because cream cheese mints are a family tradition!
In the Barz family, we have developed a tradition of serving these cream cheese at our weddings…right next to the wedding cake and buckeyes! My youngest sister, Mikaela, made them for Liesl’s wedding as well as mine. She even made them for her own wedding because she wanted them that much! These cream cheese mints are simply that delicious.
Of course, for weddings, we use candy molds of bells and roses. When I make these cream cheese mints for every day occasions, I roll them into balls and use a fork to flatten them. The mints might not look as fancy but they taste every bit as wonderful.
The other nice thing about these mints is that they are easy to adjust for your preference and occasion. Do you like almond as much as I do? Use almond extract. Is peppermint your flavor of choice? Use peppermint extract instead. My brother prefers butter flavoring. Vanilla can be used, too. The extract choice is up to you!
Finally, you should always adjust the colors to the theme of your occasion. If you’re making these mints for Christmas, roll them in green and red sugar. A baby shower? Pink and blue works perfectly. Making them for Thanksgiving? Use the colors of changing leaves – yellow and orange. Again, the choice is up to you!
These mints also freeze perfectly so it is easy to make these well in advance of your special occasion. These mints come to room temperature quickly, so just move them to the fridge the night before you need to serve them. If you forget, they will thaw quickly from the freezer so don’t worry!
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Here is the recipe our family uses for our easy recipe for homemade cream cheese mints.
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 – 1 teaspoon almond extract (or any extract flavoring of your choice)
3 cups powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and extract. Slowly beat in powdered sugar by half cup until the mixture is smooth. Stop adding powdered sugar when the mixture is smooth and no longer sticky. A little less or more than 3 cups may be necessary.
Next, stir in the food dye of your choice to tint your cream cheese mixture. I recommend matching the color of your mints to the color of your chosen colored sugar.
With your hands, roll cream cheese dough into 1/2 inch size balls. Roll the balls in colored sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Let stand for 1 hour to harden.
Store mints in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator, lining the container with waxed paper between each layer of mints.
Depending on the size of the mints you roll, this recipe yields between 3 and 4 dozen mints.
You can use extract to flavor your mints like I do. Watkins is my favorite brand of extracts, especially when it comes to almond extract. Depending on the extract you are using, you may use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, so start with the smaller amount and add more until it reaches the strength you prefer.
You can also purchase candy oils (like these) to flavor your cream cheese mints. If you use candy oils, remember that the flavor is very concentrated so add only a few drops at a time and taste the mixture as you flavor it.
When dying your mints and sugar, I highly recommend Wilton Icing Colored Gels. These are the only food coloring dyes I use now since it only takes a couple drops to produce a vibrant color! These work wonderfully for frosting, making your own colored sugar and whatever else you may need to dye. The only time I use liquid food coloring now is when I am dying Easter eggs.
Have you made homemade mints before? What is your favorite flavor of cream cheese mints?