Cream cheese mints are a simple holiday treat to make that only requires a few ingredients — cream cheese, mint extract, butter, and powdered sugar.
Easy Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
Cream cheese mints are such a nostalgic holiday treat. Lucky for you, they are so easy to make at home and only require a few ingredients!
Obviously, the star of the show is cream cheese because it’s malleable and easily firms up with the combination of powdered sugar. Mint extract is added for that minty fresh flavor and food coloring is optional.
Why you’ll love it!
- Makes 80 servings.
- Easy to make.
- Few ingredients.
- Great gift idea.
What You Need
Cream cheese: cream cheese is obviously the star of the show. It’s easily malleable and takes on the flavor of the mint quite nicely.
Butter: a little butter adds a nice richness.
Powdered sugar: it is very important that you do not sub the powdered sugar for anything else as it is what allows these mints to take shape.
Peppermint extract: all you need is 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
Food coloring: the food coloring is optional but very festive and we highly recommend it.
Can I substitute a different sugar?
We don’t recommend any other sugars for this recipe.
How to Make Cream Cheese Mints
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand mixer to combine until the mixture feels like wet sand.
If you’re using food coloring, we recommend starting with 1 drop and going up from there until it reaches the desired color.
Use your hands to firmly press the dough together, creating a ball.
Roll + Press
Use a teaspoon as your scooper and roll the mints into balls and then roll them in the remaining powdered sugar. Use a fork to press the mints down.
Can I use a mold?
Instead of rolling and pressing, you can easily use a treat mold to form whatever shape you’d like
Store mints in an airtight container with parchment paper separating each row so they don’t stick.
Can cream cheese mints be left out?
You can leave cream cheese mints out on the counter stored in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. By leaving them out, you actually help them dry out, making them last longer.
If stored in the fridge, condensation may appear and you will likely have to roll them
Store cream cheese mints in an airtight container, lining each row with parchment paper for up to 3-4 days.
Cream Cheese Mints
- 4 oz. cream cheese softened
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 4.5 cups powdered sugar divided
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1-3 drops food coloring optional
- Place the cream cheese, butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, peppermint exgtract, and food coloring into a large bowl. We recommend starting with 1 drop of food coloring and going up from there. Using a hand mixer, mix together until it has the consistency of wet sand.
- Then, use your hands firmly press the mixture together forming a solid ball.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out each mint. Roll each ball into the remaining powdered sugar and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a fork to press into each mint.
- Store in an airtight container with parchment paper separating layers.
Tips & Notes
- If the mints are a little wet after being stored for an extended period of time, roll in more powdered sugar.
- If the fork is sticking during the pressing process, dip it into the powdered sugar.