Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cream Cheese Mints

I helped a friend of mine make these for a baby shower over fifteen years ago and was instantly hooked.  Somehow they turned in to a Christmas tradition.  It is a good thing I only make them once a year, because I end up eating a lot of them! They are so simple and delicious!!
Cream Cheese Mints
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese*
1/4 cup butter
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint, wintergreen or lemon extract
food coloring
Combine cream cheese and butter in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until butter is melted, cheese is soft and mixture is well combined.
Remove from heat. Add the powdered sugar and stir until well blended.
Divide dough in the amount of colors you want.  Add coloring and mix until your desired color is obtained.
Roll in to 1 inch balls. Place on waxed paper.
Press with a fork.
Let stand uncovered for 4 hours or overnight.  You want the outsides to be dry, but the inside should be moist and creamy. (At some point turn them over so the bottom get dry also.)
After they are dry, store them in an airtight container. 
 I store mine in the fridge because I think they are better chilled!!
*Don't use low fat or no fat cream cheese.  It still works but they are not as good!!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, they look amazing (and why I'll be walking an hour a day in January:@)
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Tiffanee-enjoy!

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  2. They look colorful and beautiful. Merry Christmas Tiffanee!

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  3. Oh boy, these look GOOD, Tiffanee! (Gosh, am I a guaranteed visitor whenever you post a sweet treat like this?!.. MOST times, I would guess!) I have a recipe, somewhere around here, very similar (if not the same), that a friend gave to me. She always used candy molds, but I don't have any, so I've never tried them yet! I'm inspired to now, seeing as you've shown that you don't HAVE to! Yours look so festive, and great just the way they are!.. Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Merry Christmas! Enjoy! ~tina

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  4. These are pretty and look so good! So they aren't cooked? Doesn't cream cheese need to be refrigerated if raw? Sounds intriguing!

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  5. Wow! This looks so easy! Thanks for posting this recipe...can't wait to taste these! Great idea for Christmas! Best wishes to you and your family!

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  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family Tiffanee. I wish to you to celebrate Christmas with love and joy!

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  7. Oh my heck! These sound awesome! I would eat them all too! But I'm still going to take the chance =o) and make them! Merry Christmas!!!

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  8. Oh my goodness! These sound fantastic. Had to copy the recipe. :-) Thanks!

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  9. Oh, I remember making these a long time ago, but I forgot about them. Yours are so pretty and bright.

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  10. I don't know what attracted me most to your post.
    The vibrant colors...the no-bake factor or simply my sweet tooth ;o) Speaking of which, as much as I love sweets, I was wondering if you think the recipe would suffer much if I reduced the amount of powdered sugar? My needs on sugar have reduced a lot through the years. My hips are thanking me. LOL

    BTW, I just accepted your invitation on CES...a pleasure to discover your blog ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  11. Are these the consistency of Irish Potatoes? I love the idea of switching up the extract flavors! I'll bet coconut extract would be awesome too!

    Under the Big Oak Tree

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  12. Hi Tiffanee! I was wanting to make cream cheese mints for my sister's baby shower and for some reason I remembered that you posted a recipe forever ago. I ended up making them and they were DELICIOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing them :)

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