When you’ve tried all the normal desserts, sometimes you want a recipe that will mix things up a little bit. Cookies, cake and ice cream are all great in their own right, but sometimes we have a taste for something new, something a little off the beaten path. If you cook a lot, you know that these recipes are pretty hard to come by. Fortunately, we’ve found a fun and cute little recipe that will spice up your next party—and it’s so easy to make.
Today, we’re going to be making pastel colored cream cheese mints that are absolutely delicious. Although these are ideal for a bigger party like a baby shower or a wedding, they’re simple enough to make that you could whip them up any time for a snack to have around the house. When done correctly, their taste is buttery and creamy with a punch of mint at the end. The best part of it all? You don’t even have to bake them! Our mouths are watering already—let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8 ounce package of softened full-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of softened butter
- 2 pounds of powdered sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons of mint extract
- gel food coloring
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (for rolling at the end)
Here’s what you do:
1. To begin, get a large mixing bowl and add your cream cheese and butter together, mixing it with a fork or an electric mixer until it turns smooth. Though you can use whatever butter you want, a higher quality butter will yield better results! Add in a cup of powdered sugar and your mint extract as well and keep mixing until it’s all combined.
2. Once that mixture is smooth, start gradually adding in the rest of your powdered sugar gradually, mixing it all in so that it stays smooth throughout the mixing process and doesn’t clump up. When you’re done, separate the mixture into four bowls (or as many bowls as you want for how many colors of mints you want).
3. Add a few drops of different food coloring to each of the bowls and mix it in, stirring it up so that the colors stay consistent throughout. Don’t overdo it but add enough until you get the perfect colors you want.
4. At this stage, cover the bowls with some plastic wrap and throw them in the fridge for about two hours so that they can firm up. In the meantime, get some quarter sheet pans and line them with parchment paper. Once the paper is in, dust the top of each one with some powdered sugar.
5. When the mint “dough” is firm enough, take it out of the fridge and pinch it off into one-inch balls. Roll each one gently around in powdered sugar and put the balls on your sheet pans. Once they’re all lined up, use a fork to press down gently on each one to flatten them and to make an imprint. You can turn your fork 90 degrees and do it both ways as well.
6. Finally, let the mints stand uncovered for at least four hours or until they get firm. After that time has passed, flip them over to check if they still have any excess moisture. If so, let them dry out until all of that moisture is gone. When they’re dry, eat a few and store the rest in an airtight container! They should keep for two weeks at room temperature or much longer in the fridge or frozen.
As you can see, this recipe is simple to put together and doesn’t even require use of the oven. The resulting mints are a fun party treat that goes well at more official functions but let’s face it: they’re also just fun to have around the house as well. Give this recipe a shot and let us know what you think!
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Source: Mom On Time Out