Cook for the Cure, Pink Rose Cream Cheese Party Mints

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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.

Cream Cheese Peppermint Roses

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.

Cream Cheese Mint Dough

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.

Pink Rose Cream Cheese Mint Mold

You can even use different gel colors and flavor extracts to create an assortment of themed mints to match your party style.

Cream Cheese Mint Pink Rose

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.

Tricolor Pink Mint Roses

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!

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Cook for the Cure, Cream Cheese Party Mints
  • 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)
  1. 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.
  2. Split candy dough into 3 equal balls and place in bowls.
  3. Add extract flavoring of choice to each ball.
  4. Add gel color to each ball and knead until color is even.
  5. You may need to add additional powdered sugar to keep it from becoming sticky.
  6. In your hands, roll a small ball of dough and coat in sugar.
  7. Press into mold and immediately remove and set aside.
  8. If not using a mold, you can press the ball with a fork to create a flat mint.


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  1. Connie says

    I have never had cream cheese mints before, but they do look wonderful to serve at tea parties or cocktails. What a simple recipe! I was wondering if these candies need to be stored in the refrigerator?

  2. Amber says

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute!! Sounds like a fun project, I bet the kids would love helping with this.

  3. says

    Love this. I care for three young children and I’m a bit of germ-o-phobe (yes, I realize the two don’t mix). I’ve wanted to do something in the kitchen with them but hesitated because of the germ-o-phobe.

    Now I can give them each their own ball of candy and have them “make” it by putting it in their OWN mold and eating their own candy.

    Score! Thanks.

  4. Lindsay S says

    How clever is this! I imagine you could put it in just about any mold you wanted. I would have never thought cream cheese of all things would be a good base for a mint! So pretty and easy to make too :-)

  5. Donna B. says

    wow, I never knew these were so easy to make! I’ll have to give it a try :)

  6. Jody says

    Yum! I can’t wait to make these with my KitchenAid stand mixer! So glad you’re hosting a Cook for the Cure party to help fight breast cancer.

  7. says

    I think I’ll use this recipe to make some cute little Christmas themed mints. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Aura says

    sound amazing, I think I’ll use them as cupcake toppers. However, I have a very hard time getting things to keep their shape when taking them out of the mold- do you coat your molds?

    • says

      Hi Aura,

      Cupcake toppers would be cute! These actually hold their shape very well. When you roll them in sugar before molding it helps them pop back out easily. You just need to do it within 30 seconds or so.

  9. Leslie Ramey says

    Cat- I am in love with your blog! In two days I have found so many great ideads for family and school functions, I am so excited! My son is in a pre-k where parents provide the snacks. They ask us to make the snacks to go along with the theme of the week and this month my snacks theme is going to be leaves. If I can find molds shaped like leaves, this is what I am going to make. How fun! Do they need to be fridgerated?

  10. Jen D says

    i saw this picture and had to click on it, because I’ve had these before and had no idea what they were! THANK YOU! i’m definitely making these for my kids’ birthday party in a few weeks!

  11. Cindy says

    My Aunt makes these for every wedding!!! (and we have a big family) It’s the one thing everybody looks forward to, I can’t wait to make them for myself!!

  12. Jerrie says

    I was wondering since I do not like mint flavoring, would I be able to add jello for flavoring and deduct it from sugar ingredient? I was thinking about blueberry jello for a baby shower.