Friday, September 21, 2012

Homemade Cream Cheese Mints

I recently made this recipe for my son's Confirmation. It has been used for multiple occasions and celebrations in our family. Everyone loves them and we've had several requests for the recipe.  These can be made ahead of time because they freeze well. You will need to use the silicone or rubber molds. They are not the same as the plastic molds for the candy melts. These are usually found at a kitchen supply or specialty store, I bought them at a cake and candy supply store. They can also be ordered online. You might want to call in your "helpers!" They are fun to make but do take some time.
Here's the recipe:
  • 1 3oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/8- 1/4 tsp flavoring (depending on how strong you want it, if you make the whole thing one flavor it is closer to 1/4 but I usually split the dough into 3 and use about 1/8 tsp for each section) 
  • almond, butter, peppermint, lemon flavoring; or flavoring of your choice
  • food coloring( I split the dough into 3 and do them each a different flavor and color)
Mix the powdered sugar and the cream cheese and knead like bread, adding more powdered sugar so it's not so sticky. Using your hands form small balls, dip the balls and the molds into granulated sugar. Press in mold. Unmold onto wax or parchment paper. Let sit overnight or about 6-8 hours. They won't get hard but they will set up and dry a little. They can be frozen and taken out to serve. This recipe made a little over 200 mints.  Keep in mind, they are tasty so people usually take a few...or 6!

~Simply Angie

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