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Cream Cheese Party Mints Recipe

Adorable assorted Cream Cheese Mints.

Cream cheese mints are smooth and delicious. Often, they are flavored with peppermint extract, which gives them a sharp, fresh flavor. However, with this recipe, you can adapt it to your own personal tastes. You can use vanilla extract for a more traditional flavor.

However, almond extract is tasty, as is rum extract or even coconut extract. For a fruity, mint flavor, you can choose cherry, orange, or lemon extract.

Adorable assorted Cream Cheese Mints.

Cream Cheese Party Mints Recipe

April Freeman
With melt in your mouth texture and the flavor of peppermint, this recipe for Cream Cheese Mints is perfect for a wedding shower or reception or just for a party with friends. They also make excellent gifts for holidays.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Dozen Mints


  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Stand Mixer


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 pound box of powdered sugar, 16 ounces; this equates to 3 ½ to 4 cups 
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract or another flavoring that you prefer

Food coloring

  • Granulated sugar colored sugar (optional)


  • In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, the peppermint extract, and the powdered sugar. Taste the mixture and decide whether or not you want to add more extract. You can also use a food processor or stand mixer to blend these ingredients together.  If using a food processor, just pulse the mixture until it comes together into a dough.
    Set of ingredients in making of Cream Cheese party Mints.
  • Knead together the mixture with your hands. The ingredients will form a thick dough. 
    Well-blended cream cheese, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar.
  • Knead together the mixture with your hands. The ingredients will form a thick dough. 
  • If you are coloring the mints, add the food coloring until it is the color that you desire. However, you can leave the dough white if you like as well.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more powdered sugar. 
  • Roll the mints into small balls that are about a teaspoon of dough. You can press these into candy molds or just flatten them with the tines of a fork .
    Midget size of cream cheese party mints sprinkled with brown sugar.
  • To add a satisfying crunch to your mints, roll them in granulated sugar or colored decorating sugar before storing the mints.
  • Keep the mints in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month. 
    Midget size of cream cheese party mints sprinkled with brown sugar.


You can make these mints in whatever colors you prefer. If you are hosting a party with a theme, add colors that go along with the theme. Gel food coloring is the best kind of dye to tint the dough. However, you can still use traditional liquid food coloring if you want. If you do this, you may want to have extra powdered sugar on hand because the liquid food coloring will add extra moisture to the dough and may make the dough sticky. You can add extra powdered sugar to the dough to make up for the excess moisture.
To give a different appearance or texture to the mints, you can roll them in colored decorating sugar. This also adds a delightful crunch to the mints.
Another fun way to customize this recipe is to use a flexible silicone candy mold. Press the mint dough into the candy mold and then turn the mold over to pop the mint out. You can make the mints in whatever shapes sound good to you. However, if you do not have a candy mold, you can just make the mints in small balls that you will flatten with the tines of a fork. 
These mints do take some time to make, and after a while, the dough may start to get a bit too sticky to handle. Often, this is because your hands get sticky and the dough gets a bit too warm to handle. If this happens when you are making mints, just refrigerate the dough for a bit and wash your hands really well. After about half an hour, the dough will firm up again.
These mints are a very inexpensive way to make a scrumptious treat for a party or for a gift. They make a large number of mints for the amount of ingredients that go into them. If you need even more mints, just double the recipe quantities, using a full 8 ounce brick of cream cheese and a 2 pound package of powdered sugar.  
These mints are so simple that you can even get the kids in on making this recipe. They can use an electric mixer to blend up the ingredients and then use their hands to shape the mints. They make great gifts for teachers and scout leaders.
So what if you have a big party or a wedding in the future and you want to make these mints? Are you worried that you won’t have time to make them in the days leading up to the event? Actually, you don’t have to worry about that. You can make the mints well in advance of the big day and then you can freeze them. Layer the completed mints in a container with an airtight lid. Separate each layer with parchment paper or waxed paper. Freeze the mints and keep them frozen for up to three months. To thaw the mints, put them in the refrigerator overnight before you intend to eat them.
Keyword cream cheese, cream cheese party mints, party mints

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