Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cream Cheese Mints

Still counting down, 35 days to go!  I can’t believe how close the big day is getting and even more, I can’t believe how calm I am!  I spent some time in the kitchen today with my mom, sister and two nephews.  We filled our day making cake, cupcakes, sugar cookies and chocolate-dipped pretzels for Trace’s third birthday party tomorrow.  We also made homemade cream cheese mints for our wedding reception. 

Homemade mints have always been common for big celebrations in my family so I’m surprised at how many people are surprised by the fact that we make mints.  They are a little time consuming but are relatively easy and so very much better than the store-bough variety.  I would suggest this recipe to anyone and everyone.  It was such a fun day in the kitchen with my family!

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Cream Cheese Mints

Yield: 200 mints

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese (you should really use the full-fat version here)
2 pounds powdered sugar
1-2 tsp peppermint extract (more or less to taste)
granulated sugar for rolling and dusting molds

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip cream cheese and slowly add powdered sugar, small amounts at a time until incorporated.
2. Add peppermint extract, small amounts at a time until you reach your desired taste.
3. Roll mixture into small balls and roll in sugar.
4. Press into molds of your choosing, place on a cookie sheet and allow to set. Placing the mints in the freezer is a great way to speed up this process.

If you would like to make the mints in advance, allow them to set then store in an airtight container for up to three months. We doubled this recipe and with heart-shaped "bride" and "groom" molds, we were able to make about 275 mints. The original recipe says that it should yeild 200 per recipe so you can make these as small or large as you wish.

 

12 Responses to “Cream Cheese Mints”

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    Beth Michelle — April 3, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    Ahh I love these! They sound so gooooood! They are perfect for a wedding. 35 days is going to go by sooooo fast :) I got married last June and I can't believe how fast time went and that soon it will be 1 year ago! Enjoy every minute.

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    DeniseB — April 3, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    Wow, they sound perfect for a baby shower I am throwing for my friend and so easy to make! Thanks! Question- if you are storing in air tight container, is that in the refrigerator?

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — April 3, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Hi Denise, you can store in the freezer for three months, I would say a month in the refrigerator and maybe a week in a container left out. We made ours yesterday for our may 7 wedding so they'll be in the freezer until about a day before. They are perfect for a baby shower, we did them for my sister's baby shower and colored them ligh t blue. They are adorable colored but it takes a lot of coloring and your hands will end up the color that you use. The color paste works a lot better than the liquid food coloring. Molds are available at various craft stores too. Have fun!

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    Erin — April 3, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    We made these over spring break and they were so yummy! (We covered some in chocolate too!)

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    Dulce Dough — April 3, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    I love these mints! I remember making them ahead of time for my wedding years ago. I used a rose mold for pink ones and a wedding bell mold for white ones.

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    Tiffany — April 4, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    These are super pretty! The tangy cream cheese and minty flavors sound amazing!

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    Angie's Recipes — April 4, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Those look great!Never made or had anything like this..very interesting!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — April 4, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    What a fun idea, Cassie! These look so delicious, I'd have trouble popping just one! Thanks for sharing this fun and inspiring recipe for homemade mints. I never would have thought you could make em yourself!

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    Wilde in the Kitchen — April 5, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    Oooo, I've got to give these a try! I've been making candy this year as my new years resolution and these would be so fun!

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    A little bit of everything — April 5, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    these cheese mints sound like a great party idea. I would have hard not to eat a couple.
    Thanks for sharing

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    *kimmie* — April 7, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Oh I just love these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    DeniseB — April 19, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    So I tried this recipe for the baby shower and it was a hit! I had some pastel colored sugars so I did not have to deal with coloring paste or anything. They looked so festive and dressed up the table. I would like to put the recipe on my blog with a link to you, is that how it is done? Let me know if that is cool.
    Thanks for the fun recipe addition for parties and weddings and such!
    Denise
    DeniseBirdsall@gmail.com

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