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Creamy Pastel Mints

These mints are so simple to put together, and fun to share. I make them for all sorts of occasions, from baby showers to birthdays. —Janice Brady, Seattle, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cream cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Place cream cheese in a bowl; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Stir in extract until blended. Tint mixture pink or red as desired. Gradually mix in half of the confectioners’ sugar.
  • On a work surface, knead in remaining confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Divide mixture into three portions; roll each to 1/4-in. thickness. (Flour or additional confectioners' sugar is not necessary for rolling.)
  • Cut candy with a 1-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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  • bicktasw
    Feb 6, 2017

    This is a quick and easy recipe ..... end result is a creamy, sweet treat that is perfect for gift giving or just eating yourself! I added about 1-2 tablespoons of extra confectioner's sugar to make it easier to roll out ......I also made these sweet treats using raspberry extract/flavoring instead of peppermint. All in all ..... a great recipe!

  • ebramkamp
    Dec 31, 2016

    I followed the recipe exactly except I chilled the dough for an hour before rolling it out. It rolled perfectly. I experimented a bit the second batch and made green trees and used spearmint extract. Very good, super simple and so pretty.

  • AfterAgnesDowner
    Feb 6, 2015

    Very sticky. Dough needs to "dry" or be refridgerated before rolling out. Consistency of a very thick icing, then when "dry" you can roll it out. I used nearly 1t mint extract & a bit more sugar.

  • bigdjf
    Feb 3, 2015

    bigdjfHave made these many times successfully. Humidity will affect the outcome. Pick your days to make these and you wont have the sticky problems

  • hathomas21
    Feb 3, 2015

    These are like wedding mints if they are sticky and messy you need to put them in the refrigerator or freezer to firm them up so you can roll them out.

  • rwbean
    Feb 11, 2014

    I am wondering if the test kitchen actually tried to make these mints. I attempted and after adding like two more cups of sugar than what was called for, I still had such a sticky mess that I threw the whole wasted batch away. I would love to try again if the recipe was corrected. The mess of dough tasted pretty good.

  • mamaof13
    Feb 11, 2014

    Good! Better dipped in semi-sweet chocolate!

  • kdaviscomm
    Feb 8, 2014

    I used the recommended amount of powdered sugar and it worked just fine. I chilled the mixture slightly before rolling out, and I rolled it between two sheets of waxed paper. This kept it from sticking. I hope this helps! Also I enjoyed the peppermint flavor.

  • stevejanice
    Jan 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • DippyDi
    Apr 26, 2012

    Recipe is way off on the sugar, I needed much, much more - maybe double. They tasted OK but what a gooey sticky mess.