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Cream Cheese Candies

These homemade mints make a perfect last-minute addition to holiday treat trays. Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood has this recipe now! —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint or almond extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • Sugar or colored sugar, optional


  • Mix cream cheese and extract until blended. Beat in 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar. Knead in remaining confectioners' sugar.
  • Shape into 1/2-in. balls. If desired, roll in sugar. Place on waxed paper. Flatten with a fork. Let stand until firm, 1-2 hours. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 24 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Sharin
    Dec 10, 2019

    How long do these last when you make them? Should you freeze them? They look awesome.

  • Tammy
    Dec 19, 2018

    No comment left

  • Stacey4gop
    Dec 14, 2017

    We make these every year. This recipe is our go to!

  • JoyceNokleby
    Dec 14, 2017

    this is the recipe we have used for years...graduations, weddings etc. Nicest part is can be made a couple weeks ahead of need. Many flavors..anise for licorice, to many garden herb flavors as well as the traditional vanilla, peppermint, orange. My trick is to take a box of JELLO BRAND flavor you want and spin it to the finest powder, add alittle bit at a time to your sugars. I use this for frostings, etc other flavorings. Smells and taste like AWESOME. Then you don't have to have a special extract. Just a teaspoon of powder. I keep these in 8 oz canning jars or glass spice jars.

  • David12846
    Dec 14, 2017

    THREE ounces cream cheese"? Is that correct ?

  • Rosemary Swope
    Dec 23, 2016

    Easy and better than you can buy at a store. Shared some with friends and they really liked them too. Thanks for sharing.

  • bicktasw
    Apr 6, 2016

    I just made these delicious candies .... using raspberry extract instead of peppermint or almond. If you are a fan of dark chocolate covered raspberry creams ..... this is the ticket!! The taste is almost like a raspberry swirl cheesecake .... and once dipped or drizzled with chocolate!!?? WOW!!!

  • Meredith1975
    Apr 30, 2013

    I thought the flavor of these were really good, but no matter how much powdered sugar I added, they never got thick enough to be shaped. It was just a mess. Disappointing.

  • Troyellen
    Dec 19, 2012

    Not very happy with this recipe. All you can taste is the powdered sugar. I will not make it again.

  • ljhore
    Dec 16, 2012

    These are the best!! They are easy to make and every one who has tried these are always asking me for the recipie every year at Christmas time! Expecially one very special friend! Love you Christina!