Monday, August 27, 2012

Cream Cheese Mints

This all started with Kylie and her OCD. She went to a birthday sleepover party at a hotel last year. They were the only ones in the hotel and apparently the staff was bored. They made the gals cookies and gave out a crazy amount of hotel mints. And the girl got obsessed. She wanted me to figure out how to make them and so I started to try to find something we could both live with as "mint" isn't my favorite flavor - especially for candy. I found this old recipe and we love it. Kylie has made these and sold them at school and when we made them for Antique Alley last April, she sold out. Yep, mints that are that good!
These are pretty easy to make, they just require some counter space overnight.
Cream Cheese Mints
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/4 c. soft butter
2 lbs. powdered sugar
few drops food coloring
1/2 tsp. peppermint, wintergreen, or lemon extract
So first you need to combine the cream cheese and butter in a pan.

 Melt it over low heat, stirring til the cheese is soft and the butter melted and blended.

 Add the powdered sugar.

 Stir til well combined. Add the food color and flavoring of your choice. If you want, you can divide the whole batch to make it 2 or 3 different colors and either flavor each color differently or just have one flavor with different colors. Either way, mix it up really good.
 Roll up the mix into 1" balls and put them on wax paper. Press the ball with a fork. Now, this makes a lot, so think ahead before you start rolling the balls. I get out lots of cookie sheets and put the wax paper on those so that I can move the candy around while it is drying if the sheets are in the way.

  Let stand, uncovered until each candy is dry on the outside and firm to the touch. You do want the inside to still be moist and creamy. The drying time is just going to depend on how thin you squash them with a fork. I usually let them dry overnight and they've always been great. I'd think it'd take at least 4 hours for thin mints. So make them a day ahead of when you need them.
 These are great for parties or kids' school lunches. We've wrapped them in plastic wrap and frozen them. When we want them (for lunches) I sit them in the fridge to defrost.