Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth candies full of peppermint, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Easily made in minutes for holidays!

We love making classic Christmas candy like Chocolate Fudge and Peanut Brittle during this time of year. Candy Recipes like Cream Cheese Mints are another old fashioned favorite that are oh so easy to make.

Cream Cheese Mints

CREAM CHEESE MINTS

The holidays are a time for nostalgia and sharing fond memories with those around us. A timeless classic like Cream Cheese Mints is sure to bring back memories of all kinds of special occasions.

Cream Cheese Mints are a treat that tastes like cream cheese icing and buttercream frosting decided to combine their powers and said, let’s also be candy that melts-in-your-mouth but is hard enough to be great for gift giving. Basically, sugary perfection.

These creamy candies are also known as Wedding Mints and you can find them all year round, from tied up in mesh bags as wedding favors to sprinkled on gift tables at baby showers to a basket of sweets at an Easter brunch.

Part of the reason these homemade mints are so popular is because they aren’t just simple to make, they are an easy recipe to customize.  From the color to the taste to the shape, you can make these mints exactly on theme for your event or party.

Holiday Cream Cheese Mints

We decided to make these as Christmas themed mints this year, perfect for adding to gift baskets full of other holiday treats and small presents. However, you can make these year-round and we’ve included some simple variations below to inspire you.

Much like truffles or bark, these candies are made in just minutes from ingredients you bake with all through the holiday season. Cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and butter are almost certainly in your pantry and fridge if you have baking on the mind.

Speaking of baking, if you are making cakes or cupcakes, why not pipe out some cream cheese candies into designs or use fancy candy molds? Decorate them with edible gold paint and dust with edible shimmer to make gorgeous accents that won’t get smudged or melt.

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HOW TO MAKE CREAM CHEESE MINTS

  • Add the cream cheese and extract to a stand mixer. 
  • Beat in the powdered sugar.
  • Knead the dough for 1 minute (add desired food coloring).
  • Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Cut out circles with 1″ circle cookie cutter.
  • Let harden for 2-3 hours before storing. 

Cream Cheese Holiday Mints

VARIATIONS ON CREAM CHEESE MINTS

  • Valentine’s Day: Make chocolate covered strawberry candies by mixing red food coloring into your mix and swapping strawberry for peppermint extract. Shape into berries or use a candy mold. Dip in dark chocolate after they have set. 
  • Bridal Showers: A fancy celebration calls for some extra special candies. Order some sparkling wine flavoring online and use it instead of the mint. Leave your candies white or color for the bride’s theme and serve in champagne glasses for a glamorous favor.
  • Candy Canes: For a super Christmas themed treat, roll your candies in crushed candy canes before allowing to set. You can also use other hard candies like jolly ranchers, swapping the peppermint for a flavoring that goes better with them.

TIPS FOR MAKING CREAM CHEESE MINTS

  • Gel Food Colorings are going to give you the most vibrant shades and they come in a wide variety of shades. You can pick them up in hobby stores or online.
  • Use these candies as decoration for a Gingerbread house. Use different molds to make festive shapes and give your house a professional bakery look.
  • When swapping out other extracts and flavorings, keep in mind that it’s not always an equal swap. Make sure to test as you add small drops at a time so that you don’t end up with a mouthful of artificial flavoring.

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HOW TO STORE CREAM CHEESE MINTS

  • Serve: After your mints have hardened, you can leave them out for up to 4 hours at room temperature.
  • Store: As long as you seal them in an air-tight container, your cream cheese candies will last about a week in the fridge.
  • Freeze: Freeze your candies for 1-2 months, as long as no moisture gets into the container.

Cream Cheese Candy Mints

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Cream Cheese Mints

Cream Cheese Mints are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth candies full of peppermint, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Easily made in minutes for holidays!
Yield 72
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 3 ounces  cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon  peppermint
  • 3 cups  confectioners' sugar , divided
  • red or green food coloring ,5 drops of each (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the cream cheese and extract to a stand mixer.
  • Beat in the powdered sugar.
  • Knead the dough for 1 minute (add desired food coloring).
  • Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Cut out circles with 1" circle cookie cutter.
  • Let harden for 2-3 hours before storing.

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Cream Cheese Mints

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. My mom always made these for bridal showers and baby showers when I was growing up. They’re my fave — love the slightly sweet minty flavor!