Cream Cheese Mints

PUBLISHED: Dec 11, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

These cream cheese mints are so perfect to make and serve for the holidays, and they’re great to gift to friends and family too! Made with simple ingredients, it’s so quick and easy to make a big batch of this cream cheese mints recipe to enjoy throughout the festive season.

Green cream cheese mints in a small white bowl

I love having these traditional cream cheese mints at home during the holidays. They are so perfectly creamy and sweet, and of course, it is the season of peppermint! I love making a big batch and placing them in bowls for friends and family to help themselves too.

These mints are also perfect for gifting throughout the season, just place in a cellophane bag and decorate with ribbon and a name tag for a delicious homemade food gift.

To Make These Cream Cheese Mints, You Will Need:

  • Cream cheese:  The cream cheese should be softened so it’s easier to mix, and it’s best to use full fat for the riches flavor. Check out my tips for how to soften cream cheese!
  • Butter: The butter in this recipe makes this mints simply melt in your mouth. Use softened and unsalted butter.
  • Peppermint extract: Use extract rather than essence for this recipe. Essence is much stronger in flavor, so if that’s all you have you won’t need as much.
  • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioner’s sugar, it makes the mints perfectly light and fluffy!
  • Food coloring: Add the food coloring in a little at a time until you reach the desired brightness. Use whatever colors you like! It’s best to use a gel or paste food coloring so you don’t add to much liquid to the mixture.

A bowl of green candies

How to Make Cream Cheese Mints

  1. In a large bowl or mixer combine cream cheese, butter and peppermint until smooth.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar.
  3. Divide mixture and dye to preference.
  4. Using an icing bag or a ziplock with a corner cut, pipe onto a parchment lined baking sheet OR roll into balls and press onto lined baking sheet.
  5. Allow to dry 24 hours to firm. Store refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Close up of pink cream cheese mints

Cream Cheese Mints Recipe Variations

These peppermint candies are perfect for a festive treat, but you can use a different flavor if you prefer. Try making them with lemon extract or vanilla essence!

You can make these candies as bright as you like or pastel like mine. Add the food coloring bit by bit until they are just how you like them! You can use any colors you like and can even coordinate them with your Christmas decor!

How Long Do Cream Cheese Mints Last?

If left at room temperature, the mints will last for about four hours before they begin to get too soft. They will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for as long as the cream cheese is good. Just check the expiration date on the cheese for the maximum storage time.

Cream cheese mints served in a white bowl

Can You Freeze Cream Cheese Mints?

These mints freeze really well, so feel free to make a huge batch! Freeze them in an airtight container with the layers separated with parchment and don’t let them touch. Take the mints out of the fridge and place at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. You can also thaw them in the fridge overnight.

These Pretty Homemade Mints Are Not Just For Christmas!

These candies are perfect for all year round and for lots of different occasions. They make perfect homemade wedding favors and they’re fun Easter treats when colored with yellows and blues. Try flavoring them with rose extract and pink coloring for cute Valentine’s gifts.

Green an pink candies in a white ramekin

Top Tips For Making Cream Cheese Mints

  • It’s best to not use liquid food coloring for this recipe, use a paste or gel instead so that you don’t add too much liquid to the mixture.
  • Make the mints several days ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Experiment with different flavors and colors, this recipe is so easy to personalize.
  • You can mix the ingredients together by hand or in a stand mixer. The dough should be well combined and stiff.

Top down shot of pink cream cheese mints in a bowl

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A bowl of green candies

Cream Cheese Mints

These cream cheese mints are so perfect to make and serve for the holidays, and they're great to gift to friends and family too! Quick and easy to make.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 36
Calories: 92kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring to preference

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or mixer combine cream cheese, butter and peppermint until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar.
  • Divide mixture and dye to preference.
  • Using an icing bag or a ziplock with a corner cut, pipe onto a parchment lined baking sheet OR roll into balls and press onto lined baking sheet.
  • Allow to dry 24 hours to firm. Store refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • It's best to not use liquid food coloring for this recipe, use a paste or gel instead so that you don't add too much liquid to the mixture.
  • Make the mints several days ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Experiment with different flavors and colors, this recipe is so easy to make personal.
  • You can mix the ingredients together by hand or in a stand mixer. The dough should be well combined and stiff.
  • You can freeze the mints for up to 6 months. Freeze them in an airtight container with the layers separated with parchment.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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