These are rich, simple mints often seen at wedding receptions, baby showers, and graduation parties, and they make a perfect last-minute addition to holiday candy trays. Try substituting almond extract for the peppermint. You can roll them in colored sugar before flattening them, if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
72
Yield:
6 dozen
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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with peppermint extract. Beat in half the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Knead in remaining confectioners' sugar until fully incorporated. Shape dough into 1/2 inch balls, place on baking sheets, flatten with a fork, and allow to stand 1 hour to harden. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator.

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Nutrition Facts

24 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 5g; fat 0.4g; cholesterol 1.3mg; sodium 3.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2004
I make this recipe every Christmas. I have found that one 8 oz block of cream cheese and 1-2 pound bag of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon of mint works great. Using 1/2 tsp of mint and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla is tasty as well. Try dipping the finished mints in dark chocolate. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/25/2004
Wow! Not at all what I was hoping for. I thought there was too much mint flavoring I would have perfered it to be a bit more subtle. Also the powdered sugar was very strong as well. I could barely taste the cream cheese and then only when I was really trying. I basically tasted just like minty powdered sugar. Read More
(7)
72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2004
I make this recipe every Christmas. I have found that one 8 oz block of cream cheese and 1-2 pound bag of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon of mint works great. Using 1/2 tsp of mint and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla is tasty as well. Try dipping the finished mints in dark chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
This was an excellent recipe which made a tasty and smooth candy. I had trouble with the pliability of another similar recipe on this site... but this one was quite easy and I was able to mold it into shapes using candy molds. I did add some chocolate coating to mine when hardened but they would be fine without that. The texture was terrific... very "melt-in-your- mouth" good! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
I also used this recipe for wedding favors and they turned out awesome! I rolled them in sugar and pressed them into heart molds. The sugar made them all "sparkly" giving them an even better appearance. They tasted great and held the heart shape really well. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2011
So easy so addictive! I followed the advice of using 8 oz of cream cheese 2 lb of confectioner sugar and 1 t of peppermint extract. My kids and I added some gel food coloring to make pink for Valentine's Day and yellow for the Steelers:) Can't wait to share them!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2004
I agree with whatarat. I also think that they need to be baked or at least dipped in a chocolate. I let mine sit over an hour and they still did not get hard. I will not make this recipe again. Hubby and kids did not like it either. NOTE I did try this recipe again but this time I put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then put them in the fridge for about a day took them out and dipped them in chocolate. What a difference it made. My kids and husband now like them. They are still pretty sweet but if you like peppermint patties that is what they taste like. Just miniature peppermint patties which will make great Christmas candies to give as a gift. I will make these again in the future. Remember to keep these in the fridge until you are ready to give them away. I also change my rating from a 2 to a 4. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2008
I have had this same recipe for over 20 years. My kids beg me to make these very christmas! I roll them in small balls,, dip the balls in red and green sugar, then flatten with a fork. I read that some people had trouble with drying... try using food coloring paste instead of drops. the liquid is just enough to hamper drying time. Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I gave this recipe to my Maid of Honor to make for my wedding in October. They were fantastic everyone commented on how creamy and delicious they were and wanted the recipe for themselves. Very easy to make and had a wonderful taste and froze well so can be made ahead of time and were easy to put in molds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2004
So easy and tasty! You can also use butter flavoring or orange or lemon extracts for variety. I don't like rolling them in granulated sugar I think it takes away from the creamy texture of the candies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
I made these for Christmas plates that we give to friends. I only used 1/2 the amount of peppermint extract called for and used vanilla to make up the rest of the 1/4 teaspoon. This flavor was amazing! I also flattened the balls with the waffled end of my meat mallet which made a pretty crosshatch pattern then sprinkled with green and red sugars. They were beautiful looked so festive. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/25/2004
Wow! Not at all what I was hoping for. I thought there was too much mint flavoring I would have perfered it to be a bit more subtle. Also the powdered sugar was very strong as well. I could barely taste the cream cheese and then only when I was really trying. I basically tasted just like minty powdered sugar. Read More
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