Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

Cream cheese mints are a delightful treat that melt in your mouth. Here's a simple recipe to make them: 

Ingredients: – 4 ounces (about 113 grams) cream cheese, softened – 1/4 cup (about 57 grams) unsalted butter, softened – 1 teaspoon peppermint extract – 4 cups (about 500 grams) powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar) – Food coloring (optional) – Additional powdered sugar for rolling (optional)

Instructions: 1. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and unsalted butter. Beat together until smooth and creamy. 2. Add the peppermint extract to the cream cheese and butter mixture. Mix well to incorporate the flavor. 3. Gradually add the powdered sugar to the mixture, about one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue adding powdered sugar until the mixture forms a smooth and firm dough.

1. If you'd like to add color to your mints, divide the dough into smaller portions and knead in a few drops of food coloring to each portion until the desired color is achieved. 2. Roll the colored dough into small balls, about 1/2 inch in diameter. You can also use a small cookie scoop to portion the dough.

1. If desired, roll the balls in additional powdered sugar to coat them lightly. This step adds a sweet finish and prevents sticking. 2. Place the shaped mints on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.

1. Using the back of a fork or a small mold, gently press down on each mint to flatten it slightly and create a pattern, if desired. 2. Allow the mints to dry at room temperature for at least 2 hours, or until they are firm to the touch.

Once the mints have dried, transfer them to an airtight container for storage. They can be kept at room temperature for several days or refrigerated for longer shelf life. 

These homemade cream cheese mints make a lovely addition to dessert tables, parties, or as homemade gifts. Enjoy their creamy texture and refreshing mint flavor! 

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