Cream cheese mints are a fantastic no bake alternative for a quick and fun appetizer or dessert that everyone loves. And these super festive Christmas Cream cheese mints are so easy to make that they can be whipped up and ready to serve in 30 minutes.
Traditionally served at weddings, cream cheese mints also look great on holiday platters. You will find a lot of recipes for these little bites of buttery and creamy goodness and I have tried enough to know that they all pretty much yield similar results.
The only thing to really know when you are making mints is you have to be careful not to add watery ingredients. For example, if you melt the butter or cream cheese down, it will never stiffen up. If you add too much extract or a liquid coloring, you may also have a huge problem with your mints forming into a ball.
The key is not to over mix, add a little more powdered sugar if needed to keep the stickiness down, and to not keep the room temperature even.
Cream Cheese Mints
When it comes to cream cheese mints, there are two kinds- you can make a delicious cream cheese mint that basically consists of cream cheese , powdered sugar and extract or a little more refined wedding cream cheese mint that has a butter flavor. No matter which you chose, you still get a gorgeous and rich wedding mint. You can easily eliminate the butter from this recipe for no affect on the end result.
This recipe is provided by a guest author here for Salty Side Dish.
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon real butter, softened (but not melted)
- 8 cups powdered sugar (maybe more)
- 2-3 Drops of Peppermint Oil
- 1/4 cup holiday sprinkles, divided
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
You will notice I use Peppermint Oil vs an extract because extracts can be really watery and require more powdered sugar, which throws the flavor balance off for me.
Marshmallow Fluff dip is also super awesome for an appetizer.
Can I use a mold for my Cream Cheese mint?
Yes, but these mints can be sticky, so make sure you coat your mold in sugar prior to pressing your mint in or I have known family members to add melting chocolate and then cream cheese mixture.
Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
Using a hand mixer, combine cream cheese, extract, and half of the powdered sugar in a deep mixing bowl.
Powdered sugar is super messy so I only add half a time and then once mixed, add the other portion.
Now add half of your holiday sprinkles into the mixture, which makes sure they are also in the center of the mint.
As the dough becomes stiff, take out and hand knead.
TIP: If the dough is still too sticky, it means you need more powdered sugar.
Add at 1/4 cup at a time until it forms a ball of dough.
In a separate small bowl, combine granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons sprinkles.
Shape cream cheese mint dough into 3/4-inch balls and roll in sugar/sprinkle combination.
Place balls onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator and ﬂatten gently with a fork.
If you leave mints out for a few hours, they slightly harden.
Keep in fridge.
Other fun ways to make mints:
- Dip in Chocolate for a “York peppermint patty”
- Try other types of food oils or extract flavors
Christmas Cream Cheese Mints
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar divided
- 1/2 tsp mint extract
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/4 cup holiday sprinkles divided
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Using a hand mixer, combine cream cheese and mint extract in medium mixing bowl.
- Blend in 2 cups powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
- Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons sprinkles. Mix again.
- Knead in remaining cup of powdered sugar using hands until dough is consistent and smooth.
- In a separate small bowl, combine sugar and 2 tablespoons sprinkles.
- Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls and roll in sugar combination.
- Place balls onto a baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove from refrigerator and ﬂatten gently with a fork.
- Store mints in refrigerator.