5.27.2011

creamy mints

these little bites of creamy, minty goodness are a breeze to make...

...and perfect for a bridal shower brunch. if you are throwing one of those this weekend or anytime soon.

bonus that they keep for more than a week in the refrigerator. if you can keep your husband out of them.

creamy mints
30 minutes, makes about 3 dozen candies

update 12.28.2011 - in response to the overwhelming number of questions in the comments for these, here are a list of responses to frequently asked questions. please read through them before making the mints. good luck!
storage. mints will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4+ weeks.
cream cheese amount. three tablespoons is enough to keep the mixture together. it will be really stiff, which is exactly what you want so the mints keep their shape at room temperature.
reduced fat vs regular cream cheese. regular cream cheese makes the mixture a bit softer and will require more powdered sugar to get a stiff mint.
crumbly mints. if your mixture starts to become too dry and crumbly, and you have cream cheese left, make sure it's nice and soft and add a little bit at a time (a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on how dry it is). make sure it's mixed in really evenly and add it a little at a time until you have the right consistency. if you're all out of cream cheese, try water. add a very small amount (no more than a teaspoon) at a time, mix really well, until you have the right consistency.
too wet mints. if your mixture is too wet, add more sugar, a little bit at a time.

update 8.10.2012 - to those of you who said 3 tablespoons of cream cheese isn't enough, you're right. i wrote down three tablespoons instead of three ounces. so you need 6 tablespoons of cream cheese and i've updated the recipe to reflect that.

6 tablespoons (3 ounces) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
food coloring (optional) - i used a few drops of yellow to get a very soft butter color
4 to 4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
about 1/4 cup superfine or granulated sugar
  1. beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy, about two minutes. add the mint and food coloring, if using, and mix until blended.
  2. add the confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until it forms a stiff mixture.
  3. form balls with about 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture. roll in the superfine sugar and flatten with your thumb or tines of a fork. store in the refrigerator.
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81 comments:

  1. I love it when they have these things at weddings and such. So good and so addicting!

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  2. These look delicious! Is three tablespoons of cream cheese really enough to hold all that powdered sugar together?

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    1. no. I've made these several times and I use much more for 4 cups of powered sugar. When I read that I couldn't believe that they would only have that much cream cheese. By the time you work in 4 cups of cream cheese there is no cream cheese flavour at all.You can also use any flavour you wish. We really love vanilla and almond and orange. You can devide the mixture up and then knead in the flavours.

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    2. so you used more than four cups of cream cheese? That sounds a little better, that must be a typo cuz you cant beat three tablespoons of anything

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    3. You're right, that you can't beat 4 c. of cream cheese!! But on another note, I LOVE the idea of other flavors than mint as I made the mints recipe when I was a pre-teen and OD'd on mint !! Still cannot eat any mint and even careful choosing toothpaste! I love the other flavor idea!

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    4. These are really good have had them at several different showers

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    5. i dont like mint is there anything else to put in these???

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    6. I bet almond would be amazing

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  3. oh man, these bring back memories of my childhood. i'll have to make them soon!

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  4. Wow. I've never seen these before. And so simple too! Thanks for sharing. They look absolutely beautiful.

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  5. Yum, how long can I store them?

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  6. i made a batch last year for christmas,kept them in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic food storage container, and they lasted 4+ weeks. i finally threw away the few that were left...not because they were bad, but because we were sick of eating them!

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  7. and yes, three tablespoons of cream cheese is really enough to hold all that sugar. the mixture will be really really stiff, which is good, since the mints need to keep their shape at room temp.

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    1. I had some toy molds the kids used with play dough. They had a baby rattle, a bow, a rose...and I boiled it and made all kinds for showers using this ratio and a drop or three of food coloring.

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  8. Also good: Make the balls, freeze, dip in chocolate, freeze, then eat.

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  9. Ummm, yum!! So easy, yet so delicious! I bet they would be over the top dipped in chocolate!

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  10. YUM! Those look so great, and SO easy!!!

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  11. These are so pretty and so versatile! I love mints at showers. I'd like to invite you to join my linky party on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-7.html

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  12. I love how simple they are to put together ... I have a ton of family birthdays coming up and I'm dying to take these to one of them!!!

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  13. Just popped over from Sweets for Saturday...great idea for the start of dainty summer parties! Great blog too - will be back! :)

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  14. Came over after finding you on pintrest and I'm so glad I did! We seem to be similar cooks. ~Merrilee

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  15. I ended up using 3 oz. of cream cheese (6Tbs) instead of 3 Tbs, but I loved them and they turned out great.

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  16. My mom used to press this into rubber molds of wedding bells or baby shoes etc. Any idea where to find these molds online?

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    1. eBay is a great place to find the molds..

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  17. I have seen molds in Michaels & Joanns and I bet Amazon has some also. I don't know of any specialty stores that would sell them.

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  18. AC Moore has them too...can't wait to try these!

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  19. my daughter and I made these for gifts about 30 years ago (in pink) and lost the recipe thanks so much for posting this - I must make some.

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  20. My Grandmother used to make these by the hundreds for local weddings when I was a child. As I got older, I'd help her. We'd do them in rose shapes a lot for weddings. I haven't made these in ages but after seeing the recipe again, I suddenly want to!

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  21. never seen these ! But looks so dreamy. Going to try for sure !

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  22. I found this on Pinterest and just remembered making them in Home Economics class in school. Loved them! Need to make them again! Thx!

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  23. Just tried this and my mixture was very crumbly. It didn't get as stiff as it was supposed to but the more sugar I put in the more crumbly it got. The taste is amazing but please help me with the "dough" part!!!

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  24. Chris & Anna (and anyone else with crumbly mints) - if your mixture starts to become too dry and crumbly, and you have cream cheese left, make sure it's nice and soft and add a little bit at a time (a teaspoon or tablespoon, depending on how dry it is). make sure it's mixed in really evenly and add it a little at a time until you have the right consistency. if you're all out of cream cheese, try water. add a very small amount (no more than a teaspoon) at a time, mix really well, until you have the right consistency.

    if your mixture is too wet, add more sugar, a little bit at a time.

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  25. Thank you so much! My husband is a HUGE mint fan and loved these, especially dipped in chocolate! Looking forward to trying your suggestions this weekend to make more!

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  26. These are perfect! Remind me of the ones my family always had at the holidays, though we bought them at candy shops and now can't find them. These will be a surprise for my mom and sister!

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  27. HELP!!! I'm having trouble...is it supposed to look like crumbly balls? I have been adding and mixing and still have about 1 cup of confectioners sugar left to add and it keeps getting crumbly-er

    am I doing it right>?

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  28. mimartin - did they come out ok?!? it is a lot of sugar, and unless it's too dry, looks really crumbly at first. keep mixing and it should come together. if it doesn't, try adding a bit more cream cheese or water to hold the mixture together.

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  29. Do you use a peppermint extract? I've heard there are a couple different kinds, and I have peppermint in my cupboard.

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  30. OK....We made them in Home Ec, too, so I was glad to refind this on pintrest. Now that I've made a normal batch (no choco to dip them in {sad}) I'm going to try some in Rum, then Root Beer dipped in White Chocolate, Cherry dipped in Dark Chocolate, and Anise (L.O.V.E licorice) I can totally see all kinds of things to do with this recipe! :-) THANK YOU!

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  31. Emily.....You can use whichever kind of mint you prefer. The instructions given are for extract, however, if you are using candy/flavoring OIL, then use only about 1/3 the amount.

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  32. I used a strawberry gel flavor instead of the mint extract, and dipped them in candy melts chocolate. Yum!

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  33. I also had trouble- i'm going to take a jump and blame the low humidity in my house as opposed to the recipe. :) i was only able to get 2.5 cups of powdered sugar into 3 TBS of cream cheese. what i ended up with was so dry and crumbly that i added another spoonful of creamcheese and then eventually sprinkled some water in there.

    my question- what should the resulting mix look like? should it get crumbly and then start sticking back together (which is finally what happened when i put the water in there) or should it blend more into a smooth 'batter' that you can scoop and roll?

    my stuff was falling apart, i ended up just pressing it into shapes between my palms/fingers. every time i tried to roll it into a ball it fell apart. It's definitely user error in my case, i'm sure!! i just am not sure what i'm doing wrong.

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  34. hi sarah - the mixture should be like a very stiff batter, definitely able to roll into a ball without falling apart.

    i've definitely noticed a difference in the texture between using low fat cream cheese and regular cream cheese. when i made these with regular cream cheese, they were a bit dry and i had to add water. low fat cream cheese was perfect.

    i think it's time for me to update the recipe with all these tips!

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  35. I just tried these, and I couldn't eat them. WAAAYYY too sweet! I guess my sweet tooth isn't strong enough.

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  36. Great recipe! I made these last night.

    Question, should they be softer/creamy or more of a solid/creamy?

    I thought they were more like the butter aka after dinner mints you see that are pink, green, yellow, and white. But mine are soft. They've been in the fridge the whole time.

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  37. can you add whatever color to them that you want them to be?

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    1. no! it must be yellow!

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  38. Sarah - they should be more solid/creamy. i've noticed if you use regular cream cheese, instead of low fat, they tend to be softer. and if you used low far and they're still soft, and a little bit more sugar. that should stiffen them up.

    anonymous - yes, you can add whatever food coloring to them to make the color you want.

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  39. I found this mixture to be too crumbly. I had a hard time rolling them they just fell apart. Does anyone have a solution to this?

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  40. We just made these with orange extract and orange food coloring, and WOW!!!! They taste like orange creamsicles!!!!

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  41. Just made these - so good! I ended up having to use 6 tablespoons of cream cheese too. The 3 tablespoons just would not form the dough. Thanks for the recipe!

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  42. I made these in 3 flavors- mint, strawberry, and almond; each flavor more nasty than the last. I ate these as a kid and loved them! Maybe it is just this recipe or I did something wrong because as pretty as they looked, they tasted horrid.

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  43. I did these with my daughter according to the recipe & they fell apart. It did not appear that there was enough cream cheese in the recipe. I did mix till fluffy but when we added the confectioners sugar, they just didn't mix into anything... very disappointed. :(

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  44. great recipe, i just made it and they were delicious... i used more cream cheese and less powdered sugar btw.... AND you HAVE TO use a electric mixer im pretty sure this recipe would be close to impossible when mixxing by hand

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  45. I want to use lemon instead mint and call it a lemon melt

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  46. Has anyone tried using a spritz cookie press to shape these?

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  47. This is a recipe in the KitchenAid booklet that comes with the mixer, so possibly it's harder to get the correct consistency using a hand beater.

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  48. Made these today and they turned out great!!

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  49. been making these for years, yellow w/ lemon, red w/ raspberry, green w/ almond or peppermint,

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  50. Just made these for a wedding shower- they turned out perfect! Took a bit of work to get the dough right- I ended up using my hands to really mix it all together. I used 3 tbs reduced fat cream cheese and 4 cups of confectioners sugar. They are really wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. I have been making these for about 30 years and have about 300 rubber mint molds. I use 8 oz cream cheese and 2 pound bag of powdered sugar, mint (or any other flavor you chose) to taste and food color to color them if you chose to. I mix everything by hand, roll in sugar and press with a fork or press into mint mold. They will keep for weeks in frig.

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  52. I have made these mints for my wedding 34 years ago, 3 years ago for my son's wedding, and I am finishing up on 350 for my daughter's wedding which is 1 week from today. You could say they are a wedding tradition in the Lee family, and everyone loves them and looks forward to me making them!

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  53. You can freeze these in air tight containers for over a year! I make big batches and use them for different events throughout the year! Only take about an hour to defrost too!

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  54. These mints are the best mints ever!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  55. www.Voorheesrubber.com sells the original cream cheese mint molds :)

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  56. Do you have to use a beater to make these or is it okay just to use a whisk?

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  57. I just tried these and I must be reading something wrong cuz three tablespoons of cream cheese to 4 cups of sugar? the cream cheese just gets lost in all the sugar, was not able to form any kind of balls.gonna try again w an entire package of cheese or a third of the sugar

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    1. You're right! after a few complaints that there wasn't enough cream cheese, I went back to the recipe - it's three ounces, not tablespoons - and updated it here to reflect using 6 tablespoons instead.

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  58. My grandma used to plan weddings and she would die hers the colors of the wedding then press them into a rose shaped mold! So awesome!

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  59. My mom & I made hundreds of these in individual rubber molds for my wedding 34 years ago! We made roses, daisies & leaves. As I recall, once the daisies were unmolded, we painted the centers w/yellow food coloring. Pretty...VERY time consuming...and DELICIOUS!!

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  60. These little candies are so easy, so versatile and pretty. You can vary the flavor, the shape and the color! Have fun!

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  61. Hi there! I live in the Netherlands and I would love to make these (gotta love Pinterest!), but I have no idea how much a cup is, since we only use grams in recipes.. Can you please tell me how many grams a cup is? Thank you!
    Johanna

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    1. since cups is a unit of volume and grams a unit of mass, there's no easy way to convert cups to grams. that said, 4 cups is equivalent to about 950ml, so if i were you, i would start with 950ml of powdered sugar and go from there.

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  62. these were great.. I chopped up some chocolate chips and added them.everyone loved them!!

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  63. I've made my share of these mints also. Have used many different molds, but my favorite one was one of those push on lids off of a plastic milk jug. It made perfect round patties. Then I piped a tiny rosebud and leaves on each patty. Beautiful, elegant, and sooo simple!

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  64. I just made these. And while my arm got tired, I had no problem with the consistency. They rolled up nicely. Thanks for the recipe!

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  65. I made these today. They were very easy and tasty. I wish I would have read all of the comments before. The idea of using a plastic milk jug top would have been great. I could have put the bride's initial on them. Maybe next time.

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  66. Made these for my wedding in November and used mint flavoring....also used cinnamon flavoring and tinted with a bit of red gel food coloring....everyone raved about them. Easy to make and if you have molds so cute...I agree they are addicting!

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  67. Oh boy....making these by hand is TOUGH!!! I could hear the mix taking a toll on my little hand mixer, so I started mixing with my hands and they came out alright :-) The mixture was a little crumbly even after sprinkling with some water, but I found that if I shaped them right in my 1/2 tsp spoon, they held together nicely and I just had to tap on the side of the bowl to get them out. Very tasty and super cute but sooooo much work if you don't have a stand mixer. :-\

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  68. Would these taste good with Vanilla flavor? I don't have mint on hand but would like to make some of these for our dinner coming up with out making a store trip!

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