Growing up, I attended a lot of home parties with my mom. It seemed like every few months there was a Tupperware, Party Lite or Pampered Chef party. While these aren’t particularly entertaining for a child, there was one thing I always looked forward to. The food. The women hosting these parties were from a generation of women that knew how to cook, bake and created some amazing dishes.
One in particular was a dessert that my mom always use to bring to the parties. It wasn’t until last week that the memory of these popped in my head and I asked my mom what they were. To my surprise, Cream Cheese Mints are the easiest candy you’ll ever make.
These small mints are made with nothing more than cream cheese, powdered sugar and flavoring. Not to mention they’re almost too pretty to eat. Once all of the ingredients are combined, you get this wonderful ball of candy that looks and feels more like playdoh than something edible.
Using Wilton Candy Rose Molds you can create little mint candies in just about any shape that look just gorgeous for presentation at a party.
You can even use different gel colors and flavor extracts to create an assortment of themed mints to match your party style.
For our upcoming 1,000 Cooks for the Cure party, hosted to raise money for KitchenAid’s charity of choice, Susan G Komen for the Cure, we made pink rose cream cheese mints in 3 shades of pink and 3 flavors: peppermint, mint and vanilla.
If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the 1,000 Cooks for the Cure website hosted by KitchenAid to register an in home fundraiser party supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure! In the meantime, you can enter to win a new Raspberry Ice KitchenAid Stand Mixer right here on 3 Kids and Us to help make your recipes for the big event!
- 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 8-10 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp mint extract
- ¼ tsp peppermint extract
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- pink gel food coloring
- ¼ cup sugar
- plastic mold (optional)
- In a large bowl knead together room temperature cream cheese and powdered sugar until a ball of stiff dough forms. The candy is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers but still stretches without breaking.
- Split candy dough into 3 equal balls and place in bowls.
- Add extract flavoring of choice to each ball.
- Add gel color to each ball and knead until color is even.
- You may need to add additional powdered sugar to keep it from becoming sticky.
- In your hands, roll a small ball of dough and coat in sugar.
- Press into mold and immediately remove and set aside.
- If not using a mold, you can press the ball with a fork to create a flat mint.